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  • 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...

  • Budgetary proposals - Michael Briguglio

    In today’s Malta, around 72,000 persons are at risk of poverty and around 3.3 per cent of the population is severely deprived. The latter figure is better than that of previous years, but this is no consolation for those who are facing daily misery.

  • Bonne rentrée - Kristina Chetcuti

    Bonne rentrée - Kristina Chetcuti

    Are you dreading tomorrow? Are you setting your alarm to 4am, so you leave the house by 4.30am and you’re at your desk by 5am? Have you been studying Google maps and Google Earth trying to see if there are any hidden unknown lanes that you can use...

  • Best of times yet to come - Arthur Muscat

    It looks like we are reverting back to the notorious 1980s, with the slide towards mediocrity and intolerance seemingly gaining momentum. For the Minister of Justice and Culture to find the time to intervene, elaborate and communicate a ludicrous...

  • Why are we not surprised? - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Widespread public reaction to the Planning Authority’s approval of the permit for the proposed ‘City Centre’ at St George’s Bay was a mixture of anger and dread. Thousands have opposed the project. But at the core there was also a demoralised and...

  • Solidarity in reverse - Fr Joe Borg

    It is now official: for our government, solidarity means siding with the powerful against the weak.  The government-appointed members on the Planning Authority followed the official diktat and sheepishly voted for the monstrous db group project.

  • Death by floor space index - Mark Anthony Falzon

    What happened on Thursday was a reminder, if any were needed, that we are now living in the Age of Sandro and Silvio. It makes you weep to think that however much construction madness there may be all over the place, it is never enough. Some...

  • Sweeping memory away - Sandro Spiteri

    In 1899 Count Gerald Strickland, then Chief Secretary for Malta, decided that a road was needed to link the Rabat highland to the railway station between Mdina and Mtarfa. The quickest route was a steep cut behind what we used to call the Roman...

  • If I were a boy… but I am woman - Miriam Cassar

    If I were a boy    Even just for a day    I’d roll outta bed in the morning   And throw on what I wanted and go drink beer with the guys And chase after girls I’d kick it with who I wanted And I’d never get confronted for it cause they’d stick up...

  • The power and the glory - Cher V. Laurenti Engerer

    The power and the glory - Cher V. Laurenti Engerer

    Lately we have had prolific reports of women being murdered by their partners or exes, husbands battering and raping their wives, and inappropriate sexual conduct by people in authority. What people may not realise is that these ugly realities...

  • Latest alcohol study: an argument for abstention? - Ray Grech

    Latest alcohol study: an argument for abstention? - Ray Grech

    As the country’s representative body of the alcoholic beverage industry, The Sense Group has always taken serious note of any emerging, scientifically solid research findings that shed more light on how alcohol affects us humans. The recent Global...

  • Need for future strategies on Malta’s fortified towns - Anne Zammit

    Need for future strategies  on Malta’s fortified towns - Anne Zammit

    Despite the Malta Tourism Authority’s efforts to move away from promotion of the islands as a sand, sun and sea destination, in order to focus more on cultural tourism, much remains to be done.  This was one of the key points to come out of a...

  • Downsizing to size - Frank Salt

    I remember very clearly an English contractor, client and friend of mine, telling me in the 1970s, just how antiquated the Maltese building industry was. What he said was true, but let us go back in time and remember some points. In the not too...

  • Question time: The beautiful game

    Luciano Busuttil, Chairman of SportMalta Football is by far the most popular sport on the island, and our football history dates back to 1900. In legendary games such as against Italy, Germany and England, our national team did us proud. Even...

  • Case for a European greenback - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Case for a European greenback - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    When war broke out with the South that attempted to break away from the Union, US President Abraham Lincoln got Congress to pass the 1862 Legal Tender Act to issue a second generation greenback, US notes, to the tune of $150 million. The new issue...