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  • Mistaken perceptions - Lino Debono

    Mistaken perceptions - Lino Debono

    Following my recent article about the Gozo Ministry, I received many positive remarks as well as a few negative ones, which viewed my article as critical of the Gozo Ministry. Due to this, I wish to clarify the meaning behind the article. My point...

  • What we have, what we need - Frank Salt

    What we have, what we need - Frank Salt

    From the time the British Forces left Malta in the early 1970s until today, successive governments have given us, the citizens of Malta, quite a few things that we now take very much for granted. We shouldn’t of course, but we do. We should thank...

  • Proper planning before handouts - Alex Torpiano

    There has been considerable recent debate on whether the right price is being paid to the state for the disposal of public land for the Corinthia project (as well as for the dB Tower project).  Irrespective of the value of the land, it is...

  • Is it about money or will? - Francesca Grillo

    By definition, a trade-off is when the acquisition of a product or item results in the loss of another. Perhaps one would mostly associate such a term with everyday situations, like spending money at a shop: the more items you buy, the less money...

  • Let’s stop the agricultural decline - Michael Briguglio

    Recent Eurostat statistics do not provide encouraging reading for Malta’s agricultural sector. Income in the sector declined by 9.4 per cent between 2016 and 2017, and it has fallen by about a third since 2010. Finland and Slovenia had similar...

  • Our liquid generation - André DeBattista

    Our liquid generation - André DeBattista

    The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman’s last book, Born Liquid, consists of a conversation with the Italian journalist Thomas Leoncini. It is a book which speaks of the experiences of those born after the mid-1980s – a generation that was ‘born liquid’...

  • Resurrecting all that is Gozo - Clint Camilleri

    Resurrecting all that is Gozo - Clint Camilleri

    Last month’s announcement by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Pro­jects Ian Borg, on the permanent connection between Gozo and Malta, has again caused discussions to flare up on what the future holds for Gozo. A dream that...

  • Brexit and the Bogeyman - Kristina Chetcuti

    Brexit and the Bogeyman - Kristina Chetcuti

    When I was studying in the UK back in 1999 ­– paying triple the fee of other students sitting on the benches next to me because I was a non-EU student – I was offered a job with CNN London. I cannot remember the job description, although I seem to...

  • Cannibalising the country - Claire Bonello

    The public shockwaves following the ITS land giveaway have barely subsided, when the country is presented with yet another dubious land concession on the spectacular peninsula.  This time round there is no oddly termed “Request for Tender...

  • Home thoughts from abroad - Michela Spiteri

    The French Riviera, in some respects, is a sort of Sliema-as-was. Both enjoy the reputation for being fashionable resorts. The South of France especially. Favoured in the 19th century by the wintering British and Russian upper classes, it became...

  • Wooden spoon for architecture - Mark Anthony Falzon

    There was a time when the candidate who got the lowest marks in the mathematics finals at Cambridge would be awarded a wooden spoon by his fellow students. The practice itself survives only as a figure of speech, but it does have some living...

  • Passage of desperation, politics of survival - Victor Paul Borg

    Passage of desperation, politics of survival - Victor Paul Borg

    When I read of a migrant mother and her newborn plucked from a migrant boat and airlifted to Malta a few weeks ago I was reminded of Chinese mothers making surreptitious plans to give birth ‘accidentally’ in Hong Kong. There is border control...

  • Thirteen reasons why… - Manuel Delia

    Thirteen reasons why… - Manuel Delia

    Our democracy is not working. Our parliamentarians have no mission. Being an MP is not a job. There is no task, no vocation, no ambition. Parliament is a waiting area for promotion and prestige. The process of seeking re-election is not...

  • Mammals on death row - David Marinelli

    Mammals on death row - David Marinelli

    Mankind is driving a mass extinction that could obliterate large swathes of life on Earth for millions of years, scientists have warned in a new study. The US National Academy of Sciences has published a report in its journal, Proceedings of the...

  • Kite-flying over Comino - Alan Deidun

    Kite-flying over Comino - Alan Deidun

    In the native Pashto language, gudiparan bazi, or the practice of kite-flying, represents a cult for many Afghanis which not even Taliban State repression a decade ago managed to completely suppress. So much so that in Kabul alone, thousands of...

  • Land reclamation in Malta - Mikela Borg

    Life on the Maltese islands has become more hectic than ever, with a construction boom snowballing to unprecedented proportions. Catering for the ever-increasing population, construction work is all around, with developments and infrastructural...

  • Question Time: Constitutional convention

    Question Time: Constitutional convention

    Jonathan Attard, lawyer Before any attempt is made in trying to give a direct answer to the question at hand, a number of considerations ought to be thoroughly analysed. The point of departure should always be that we are discussing the...

  • PD’s political will to deliver - Godfrey Farrugia

    Since independence, Malta has been led, ruled and shared by Labour and Nationalist governments, and we are witnessing the result in the present scenario of an unhealthy and bipartisan political system. The Democratic Party’s representation in...

  • Wrong interpretation of law - Tonio Borg

    Wrong interpretation of law - Tonio Borg

    Respect from decisions and judgments of a court of law are indispensable for the proper administration of justice within a system based on the rule of law. This, however, does not mean that one cannot publicly criticise judgments delivered by our...

  • Teachers deserve far better - Francis Zammit Dimech

    “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacherfor living well” – Alexander the Great. Educators provide society with the necessary skills, prepare us for our careers, and instil in us our moral and democratic values, all of which are so...