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  • A tragedy of (wilful?) errors - Arnold Cassola

    The approval of the permit for the dB City Centre project on September 20 was supposed to bring to an end the whole saga surrounding this project. I sincerely hope that this is not so and that the battle against this project, which stinks on...

  • The thing about Gozo - Peter Agius

    I have just launched my campaign as candidate for an MEP seat with the Nationalist Party. I believe that European accession was a big leap forward for Malta. However, the European benna did not reach all quarters of society. It also failed to...

  • An unusual barter proposal - Alan Deidun

    An unusual barter proposal - Alan Deidun

    The shenanigans that development applicants continuously churn out defy credulity sometimes. It seems, in fact, that the higher the odds stacked against them to obtain a planning permit for an ODZ area, the quirkier the shenanigan resorted to by...

  • ‘The greatness of a nation’ - Francis Zammit Dimech

    ‘The greatness of a nation’ - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Some days ago, Malta witnessed one of nature’s spectacles. One hundred turtles hatched at Ġnejna Bay, bringing joy to many. This rare experience could probably not have happened were it not to the dedicated work coming from Nature Trust, as well...

  • Question time: Protecting staff better

    Ivan Falzon, CEO Mater Dei Hospital Mater Dei is responsible for more than 50 per cent of the nation’s health care. This, and its position as the only general hospital capable of handling acute cases, means that it is frequently on the national...

  • A tenfold stench - Jorg Sicot

    As September 20 recedes into the background, the anger and hostility unleashed by the Planning Authority board meeting and the subsequent decision against logic, reason and quality of life for much of the nation, festers on. The triumph of the...

  • Preserving tradition - Frank Salt

    Preserving tradition - Frank Salt

    Some weeks ago, we celebrated the feast of St Gregory in Sliema. St Gregory’s parish church doesn’t have a parish square and so the feast’s activities take place on the promenade. The festivities were spread over a few days and it was a delight to...

  • A journey to beatification - Emily Barbaro Sant

    A journey to beatification - Emily Barbaro Sant

    Ranier Fsadni’s article Return of a Saint (September 29) dealt with Fr Peter Serracino Inglott’s book – Adeodata Pisani: A Mystic Nun in Mdina. He says that the book is financed by St Peter’s Monastery. My late husband, Arthur Barbaro Sant,...

  • Protecting traditions - Karmenu Vella

    During my mandate as European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, I have made improving the state of Mediterranean fishing a top priority. We have come far. The ‘Medfish4ever declaration’ signed here in Malta in March...

  • Tony Zarb and real Malta - Ranier Fsadni

    Tony Zarb and real Malta - Ranier Fsadni

    The other week, Tony Zarb, government consultant and former general secretary of the General Workers’ Union, said something deplorable and indecent, even obscene. But in the backlash he’s being criticised for things he didn’t say and pronounced...

  • Wake up Europe!

    In 1918, Europe emerged exhausted from a bloody war that took so many lives without addressing the tensions at the heart of the conflict. In 1939, a new conflict broke out against a backdrop of crisis and the rise of fascism. It took decades of...

  • Nonsensical, idle speech - Laiq Ahmed Atif

    Freedom of speech and expression is one of the core principles of any progressive and democratic society. However, in the very noisy and distracting social media era – where in a matter of minutes, like wildfire, the tweets and posts are spread...

  • Shocking decision by the PA - John Ebejer

    The Planning Authority’s approval of the ITS site development at St George’s Bay has sent shock waves.  The implications of this approval go well beyond the site itself. It reflects a deep malaise in our planning system, one that has consequences...

  • A memorial to Daphne - Martin Scicluna

    A memorial to Daphne - Martin Scicluna

    The memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia, which was spontaneously set up at the foot of the Great Siege monument commemorating the fallen Maltese dead 450 years ago, has been cleared away several times since it was first informally established after...

  • Rethinking society - David Pace O’Shea

    Rethinking society - David Pace O’Shea

    In so many ways our world and society seem to be functioning in the wrong way. So many people are having to leave their conflict-torn countries. We hear of armaments being refined not to make things better but to destroy big scale. Every day we...

  • A perversion of democracy - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    The approval by a majority of the Planning Authority board of the db Group’s City Centre project is simply disgraceful because it highlights a very worrying trend: the ignoring of the voices of ordinary citizens in favour of the interests of big...

  • Charity begins at home - Edward Zammit Lewis

    Charity begins at home - Edward Zammit Lewis

    On September 12, the European Parliament (EP) launched the Article 7 procedure against the Hungarian government on the basis of a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU’s founding values of democracy, equality, rule of law and civil liberties.

  • The immigration conundrum - Louis Cilia

    Since 2016 we have seen a reversal in the political order of things in Europe. The recent swing of the pendulum towards the extreme right (now commonly referred to as ‘populists’) brought about unprecedented shock waves in Europe. Before 2017...

  • Every village deserves one - Steve Pace

    The Attard Residents Environmental Network (AREN) started off as a small project, raising awareness on the importance of protecting Attard’s best assets from obliteration and irreversible damage. Our short, yet very intense journey has taken us on...

  • Faith, civilisation and valour - Therese Comodini Cachia

    When the Minister of Justice and Culture intentionally uses both his portfolios to suppress the free expression of civil society, then we need hardly any more evidence of why the rule of law in Malta is in jeopardy. And it is in jeopardy, not...