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  • Save our villages - Kristina Chetcuti

    Save our villages - Kristina Chetcuti

    I’m enthralled by the villages of Għasri and San Lawrenz in Gozo. Għasri only has a bunch of 500 inhabitants, and if you discount Comino, it’s officially the least pop­u­lated village on our islands. San Lawrenz is a close second. There’s maybe,...

  • Central Link: the best solution - Fredrick Azzopardi

    After announcing the Central Link Project, many relieved resi­dents and commuters encouraged us to ignore the naysayers, to get on with it and implement this long-awaited investment as soon as possible. I don’t subscribe to this point of view. The...

  • Tunnelling to trouble - Claire Bonello

    So it seems that the Malta-Gozo tunnel is edging into being, with the public consultation exercise having just been launched. There is some scepticism about the scope of these consultation exercises, especially as there is an air of inevitability...

  • The end of the road (rage) - Michela Spiteri

    There was one car fewer on our roads last week. My own. For years, I’ve advocated the benefits of public transport and written about relieving traffic congestion. But until recently I had not ‘walked the talk’ or weaned myself off driving.  So...

  • Migration and its myths - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Beggars are hard to avoid in India. They include amputees, people with severe physical disabilities generally, and the plainly desperately poor. Except most of them are secretly rather well off. Every morning, they put on their rags for the day’s...

  • The culture of resignation - David Griscti, Peter Merciecaon behalf of #CommonSense

    In Malta we often hear it said that the culture of resignations is non-existent. And at first sight this is blatantly true. As a people, on the whole we accept and have always accepted anything without much of a whimper and when resignations are...

  • Justice system: more positive results - Owen Bonnici

    The EU Justice Scoreboard is a useful information tool that looks at the national justice systems of all EU countries and at their independence, efficiency and quality. This scoreboard has been published annually since 2013 and mainly focuses on...

  • Outside the imagined community - Manuel Delia

    Outside the imagined community - Manuel Delia

    Racism finds differences where none exist. We are not identical. Brothers and sisters are not identical. But the collective prejudice on the basis of race is a piece of flat earth pseudo-science that, incredibly, persists. Creationists ignore the...

  • Rebalancing the economy for a better Malta - David Marinelli

    Rebalancing the economy  for a better Malta - David Marinelli

    Repetitive patterns help us to predict and better understand some outcomes but tell us nothing about purpose. It is purpose that gives our life meaning. Without meaning, knowledge is incomplete, and even the little we do know, which is that we...

  • Safeguarding the world’s seventh largest economy - Alan Deidun

    Safeguarding the world’s seventh largest economy - Alan Deidun

    They might not feature at the G7 or similar high-profile economic platforms but the oceans have globally assumed considerable economic importance. In fact, a marine ecosystem valuation conducted by the World Wide Fund (WWF) estimates the overall...

  • ‘A Europe that protects’ - Edward Zammit Lewis

    It is customary for EU institutions to switch to vacation mode in August and simply deploy skeleton staff in Brussels and elsewhere. Not this year though. The EU is facing unprecedented, challenging times. Its cohesion and integration are being...

  • Question time: Voice of the nation

    Josianne Cutajar, Lawyer and executive member of Nisa Laburisti Extending the IVF treatment, as promised in PL’s electoral manifesto, is witness of an ongoing commitment in favour of life. After a number of families benefitted from free IVF...

  • A National Day for Malta - Karl Micallef

    As an employee with an American firm, July 4 is always a special date in the office calendar (alongside Thanksgiving), marked by special culinary treats. Writing a few days after, when my French friends and colleagues celebrate their French fête,...

  • Delia on the way out - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    Delia on the way out - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    It now seems clear that the writing is on the wall for Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia. At the moment, he is like the captain of a warship who knows that when the battle starts, his ship will be torpedoed not only by enemy submarines but...

  • Where does one draw the line? - Tonio Borg

    The migration flow phenomenon is with us again. It has sparked emotions, as well as fiery declarations by Italian Interior Minister Salvini, who never fails to mention Malta at least once in his utterances. He falsely accuses Malta of shedding its...

  • Owen lectures the Dutch - Ranier Fsadni

    Owen lectures the Dutch - Ranier Fsadni

    It was not a bad day’s work. Owen Bonnici, as culture minister, last week paid a visit to Valletta 2018’s Dutch counterparts to persuade them to participate in V18. He left them with the impression that he, as justice minister, didn’t understand...

  • Keeping up appearances - Edward Scicluna

    The Nationalist Party is asking for my head, my resignation. The indictment? The FIAU got itself in breach of the third anti-money-laundering (AML) directive by not following the correct procedures during my watch as Minister for Finance. The PN...

  • Disbandment of TPPI - Martin Scicluna

    Disbandment of TPPI - Martin Scicluna

    Hermann Schiavone is the Nationalist Party spokesman on social dialogue. He is a member of Parliament, a representative of the people. As such his voice should be heard and respected. And as a “spokesman” (shadow minister) for “social dialogue”,...

  • A beautiful, true story - Louis Cilia

    It started very innocently. On June 23, 12 boys, aged 11 to 16 years, and their 25-year-old coach from the Wild Boar soccer team were enjoying a full day of training and adventure in the Thai mountains some 825 kilometres north of the capital...

  • Property owners’ dilemma - Frank Salt

    Property owners’ dilemma - Frank Salt

    Should people have the right to do what they want with their properties, as long as they stick to all local rules, regulations and permits? Over the years, one of the things that I notice about people is the evident change in their attitude when...