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  • The age of Aquarius - Ranier Fsadni

    The age of Aquarius - Ranier Fsadni

    In the MV Aquarius migrant-ship standoff, Malta’s case rested on two planks. First, we argued the determining factor is international law. Second, we insisted Malta has always followed the laws and conventions it had bound itself to follow.

  • Ethics transcend belief - Louisa Mifsud Houlton

    Ethics transcend belief - Louisa Mifsud Houlton

    I am writing once again with reference to the amendments being proposed to the IVF law that is being discussed in Parliament. Mark Sant (May 2) defends embryo freezing, proposed in these amendments, by saying that the process brings about the...

  • Pro-business... not arrogance - Arnold Cassola

    We are living in a Malta where bullies and their arrogance reign supreme, and where a 17-year-old apparently has no qualms about running over a policeman. It has long been coming, with the Planning Authority slowly closing its eyes bit by bit to...

  • Commonwealth’s future - Martin Scicluna

    Commonwealth’s future - Martin Scicluna

    Malta has been so taken up with navel-gazing over the last seven months that little attention has been paid to the 2018 Commonwealth heads of government biennial meeting which took place in London seven weeks ago. The Commonwealth is of importance...

  • The June 7 debacle - Frans Said

    The June 7 debacle - Frans Said

    On and off there are those who want to glorify the June 7 riots and tragedies.  In the past I have been accused of being a colonialist. For some people, any one that does not demonise the British rule is considered to be a colonialist while those...

  • Wanted: affordable properties - Denis Camilleri

    The report titled ‘Crisis in housing, rental markets’ (May 17) referred to a minimum rental period and the mandatory registration of rental contracts. The free rental market should prevail. The minimum rental period will not be required in the...

  • A colonialist’s rule of law - Eddie Aquilina

    A colonialist’s rule of law - Eddie Aquilina

    Humility and accepting our own fallibility are key virtues that distinguish intelligence from pomp, depth from shallowness and strength from weakness. In the 24-hour world we live in, with tidal waves of media content easily available at the click...

  • World Cup in Russia - Richard Galustian

    World Cup in Russia - Richard Galustian

    “I can assure you that all aspects have been taken into account and we have taken note of all threats,” said Alexey Sorokin, head of the World Cup organising committee. “The right balance will be found between security and comfort for fans.” US...

  • Pensioners: victims of power

    Pensioners: victims of power

    A well-researched article on our pension system (‘Letter of protest’, May 23) lamented the discrimination in the manner in which different pensioners are treated. This with regards to those receiving a pension from their former employer in...

  • Growth, deterioration - Michael Briguglio

    The situation in Malta indicates that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics do not necessarily measure the well-being of the country. GDP measures the economic output of a country and the income generated from this output. Social scientists know...

  • Under the microscope - Ali Saad Al-Kharji

    Under the microscope - Ali Saad Al-Kharji

    Approaching the first anniversary of an unjust blockade imposed by the four embargo states (Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) on the State of Qatar, the tragic repercussions of such unjust measures that affected the livelihoods of...

  • Living on this litte rock ​​​- Tony Zahra

    Living on this litte rock ​​​- Tony Zahra

    I was reading the story of an African king who sends his son out to learn the rhythms of the jungle. On his first outing, against the din of buzzing insects and singing birds, the young prince can make out only the roar of lions and the trumpet of...

  • I had a dream… of a rooftop veranda - Kristina Chetcuti

    I had a dream… of  a rooftop veranda - Kristina Chetcuti

    You know how sometimes you wake up with a brilliant home décor idea? You think, wow, yes, if I do that, it will really make the house cosy and pleasant and I will always want to stay here and never bother going out. Sometimes it’s just a couple of...

  • Don’t delete the decency button - Claire Bonello

    When the mayor of Gżira Conrad Borg Manché said that donations given by the Malta Developers Association don’t make up for the inconvenience and distress caused by some developers, he was stating something that resonates with residents – that big,...

  • Give peace (and quiet) a chance - Michela Spiteri

    Queuing last month at my local mini-market, I couldn’t help overhearing two foreigners. One, who sounded distinctly American, had been on the island since October and “just loved it here”. She urged the other – a rookie? – to visit Comino’s Blue...

  • The Joseph delusion - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Louis XIV was on the throne of France for over 72 years. That hasn’t stopped an army of pundits, hacks, brown-nosers and hangers-on from celebrating, and making us celebrate, 10 years of Joseph (five on the throne of Malta). Impressively, even by...

  • El Kasco - Manuel Delia

    El Kasco - Manuel Delia

    Robert Musumeci, who is now formally advising the government not only about ODZ deve­lopments and the ‘legitimate expectation’ people are supposed to have to do with their property as they please, but also about how our democracy is supposed to be...

  • Move over dead wood, I’ve got a job to do - Clive Zammit

    Move over dead wood,  I’ve got a job to do - Clive Zammit

    By the time you read this article, the two trees in the photograph were already long gone. Had this article been about these trees, it would be a complete waste of time. As time is money, we cannot have trees slowing us down as we rush around the...

  • Tourism sustainability: lessons from Iceland - Alan Deidun

    Tourism sustainability: lessons from Iceland - Alan Deidun

    Iceland, sporting the northernmost capital city in the world at a latitude of 66 degrees North, is not exactly a backyard to the Maltese Islands, with 4,000 odd kilometres separating the city from our shores. Despite other incongruencies between...

  • Misunderstanding the Constitution – 19: And why should arbitrary detention bother you? - Giovanni Bonello

    Misunderstanding the Constitution – 19: And why should arbitrary detention bother you? - Giovanni Bonello

    The Constitution confers on the police the right and duty to detain any person reasonably suspected of having committed a criminal offence. But then the same Constitution gives the police 48 hours to choose between one of two courses of action:...