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  • Cosmopolitan Malta - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    The idea of Malta becoming a place full of people from different countries and cultures and where one has to continuously adapt to different ideas and ways of doing things would have been unthinkable a decade ago. Yet this is precisely what Labour...

  • Gozo as a region - Steve Pace

    Gozo as a region - Steve Pace

    In a recent publicity stunt, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg an­nounced that within the next six months an international call for the construction of the tunnel project will be made. The fact that many Gozitans...

  • Democracy and human rights - André DeBattista

    Democracy and human rights - André DeBattista

    One of the most symbolic images of the temporary triumph of totalitarianism was taken in 1940. It shows Adolf Hitler, standing at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, with architects Albert Speer and Arno Breker and the Eiffel Tower in the...

  • Christa’s sunny message - Charles Pace

    Christa’s sunny message - Charles Pace

    “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candour and more unashamed conversation about illnesses that affect not only individuals but families.” Christa Formosa cited this quote from author Glenn Close but then added the very last sentence...

  • Liquid modern Malta - Michael Briguglio

    In a recent speech on Malta’s current economic situation, Central Bank governor Mario Vella referred to ‘liquid modernity’, the sociological concept attributed to Zygmunt Bauman. This concept refers to freedom and precariousness in contemporary...

  • Yellow vest revolution - John Vassallo

    Yellow vest revolution - John Vassallo

    Two hundred and thirty years after the French Revolution and 50 years after 1968, are we witnessing another transformation of Europe towards a fairer society based on the principles of equality, liberty and fraternity? The last three weekends have...

  • Rent a home for 12 hours a day - Kristina Chetcuti

    A friend of my sister has a small apartment in Sliema which he decided to rent out because he’ll be going abroad for a while. He got an estate agent over to gauge how much he could rent it out for, per month. The estate agent in his snazzy...

  • Why the PD is the solution - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    My decision to run for Member of the European Parliament for Partit Demokra­tiku (PD) is the culmination of a personal journey. Joining PD was not an easy decision to take, but I am proud of my choice. From a very young age, I was always taught...

  • Weighing up the options on waste - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Earlier this year, a government report about the proposed incinerator was published. This raised many questions. Where do we stand now? For a start, it seems to be decided that this incinerator will be built at Magħtab. While the forthcoming...

  • Truth, not neutrality or bothsideism - Fr Joe Borg

    Last Thursday the Committee for the Protection of Journalists released its annual report stating, among other things, that there are 251 journalists in prison around the world. Undoubtedly it is a tough time to be a journalist. Imprisonment is not...

  • Konrad loves Joseph (and Salv) - Mark Anthony Falzon

    You know there is something the matter with journalism when it has to remind itself that it is impartial. ‘Ma jħares lejn wiċċ ħadd’ is how Saviour Balzan describes his own show on TVM, Xtra. The lady doth protest too much and all that, but never...

  • Russian Window on the Med - Sandro Spiteri

    Russian Window on the Med - Sandro Spiteri

    I almost hesitate to write about it, for fear that this government’s reverse psychology pathology will kick in and make it happen. But have you seen the proposed steel carbuncle that some Russian architectural firm wants to attach to the remaining...

  • Financing energy efficiency in Malta - Ian Borg

    I recently addressed the European Commission Conference on Financing Energy Efficiency held in Malta – a conference which focused on working towards a more energy efficient infrastructure and financing such initiatives. During my time as...

  • Another eventful year for NAO - Charles Deguara

    Another eventful year for NAO - Charles Deguara

    The year drawing to a close has been another extremely eventful one for the National Audit Office (NAO). Starting with its core function, the NAO managed to maintain and improve on its commendable performance of previous years by issuing 17...

  • Asset stripping Malta style (1) - John ­Vassallo

    Asset stripping Malta style (1) - John ­Vassallo

    I had started writing this article about the shenanigans surrounding the production and sale of Malta’s energy supply several times but never sent it to be published. I have changed my decision to remain silent, prompted by the recent revelations...

  • Real life biology and other curiosities from student work - Anne Zammit

    Real life biology and other  curiosities from student work - Anne Zammit

    Science is purely undiluted human curiosity. Academic research can help confirm earlier findings and expand our understanding of life on earth. Taking the science of biology and applying it to the needs of people in real life means creating...

  • Don’t mess with Malta and the Maltese - Frank Salt

    I am going to make a very definite statement, which people are at liberty to agree with or not. I believe that we should issue to every visitor, with a special emphasis on young people who come to our island, an attractive but informative leaflet...

  • Question time: Two sides of the coin

    Clayton Bartolo, Labour MP During this administration, workers’ rights have been high on the national agenda. We have seen unprecedented measures being implemented with success, such as the right given to members of disciplined forces to join a...

  • A speech to mull about - John Consiglio

    A speech to mull about - John Consiglio

    Traditional writers of Maltese economic history (how many of them do we really have?) have regularly trooped out the mantra that whenever worry and strife were present elsewhere in the Mediterranean, Malta’s economy would always be doing well. The...

  • Pro-European and Mediterranean - Consuelo Femenía

    This year, in addition to celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Spain and Malta, Spaniards are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Constitution. On December 6, 1978, the Spanish Constitution was overwhelmingly...