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  • ’Tis the season - Kristina Chetcuti

    ’Tis the season - Kristina Chetcuti

    Wasn’t last Friday surreal? Zara Home had a queue till the en­trance of its store. Scan had people queuing from 6am. Sliema was chock-a-block, with shops staying open till midnight. Online, it was berserk. My sister kept Whatsapping me links to...

  • Hungry people in booming Malta? - Anna McKenna

    So you think it cannot be possible that there are Maltese citizens in need of provisions from our Foodbank?  If you do – then you are totally wrong.  You also fail to realise how possible it is for any one of us to sink into poverty as a result of...

  • Pigs might fly at Delimara - Petra Caruana Dingli

    I­­­n the soap opera of politics in this country, the latest surreal episode again featured Minister Konrad Mizzi. Last week he presented himself as presiding over a model of best practice, proven by no less than a National Audit Office report...

  • A tale of two videos - Fr Joe Borg

    Last week, Facebook claimed two new victims. It violated the privacy of the most intimate moments of a man’s life: his dying moments. The second victim lost his job because of Facebook. Both incidents raise questions about the people’s use of...

  • Cycling lanes, literally - Mark Anthony Falzon

    One Monday morning last April, my car misbehaved (or rather, it didn’t behave at all). I found myself looking at an unofficial and unwanted car-free day, just when I needed to run an errand that would take me from Marsa to Żebbuġ. A short...

  • Sir, it was the calculator - Sandro Spiteri

    The President’s efforts to get constitutional discussions going may have finally got off the ground, but the Labour government has long since been hard at work restructuring the Republic. After redefining normality for the health services, the...

  • Let’s walk the talk on AI - Peter Agius

    Last week I went to an aquarium shop to buy a water heater for my fish. I have been buying devices like this since I was nine years old and have seen them evolving in efficiency. But this time there was a quantum leap. The shop owner proposed a...

  • Borders, walls and bridges - Ray Azzopardi

    The rise of right-wing nationalists in Europe together with resurgent populist sentiments in various other nations seems to be threatening the legitimacy of many central democratic governments. French President Emmanuel Macron, in an address to...

  • Securing greener alternatives - José Herrera

    Green Public Procurement (GPP) has been defined as the purchase of goods and services with reduced environmental impacts. When compared to traditional goods and services with the same primary function, they would have lower embedded environmental...

  • Extinction: it is real, it is now - David Marinelli

    Extinction: it is real, it is now - David Marinelli

    Our best estimates place the age of the universe at about 14 billion years. Science tells us that the earth was formed 4.5 billion years ago. Our oceans appeared 700 million years after that. The first evidence of life may have been discovered in...

  • Techethics – to mind or not to mind - Anne Zammit

    Techethics – to mind or not to mind - Anne Zammit

    Discontent over the national artificial intelligence strategy has rocked Malta. How to design an AI product while deterring superhuman hacking, surveillance, persuasion and physical target identification should be bedevilling human brains as we...

  • Until justice is served - Alessandra Dee Crespo

    The Great Siege monument in Valletta and the controversy surrounding it following the makeshift memorial that grew around it following Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination last year, is not the first controversy to hit this monument. At its...

  • Question time: Mental illness

    Antonella Sammut, public health consultant Although mental health care has not always had the prominence that it deserves, progress has been registered in the area. The Mental Health Act, which introduced new modalities of care and established the...

  • Re-traditionalisation - Tony ­Mifsud

    Re-traditionalisation - Tony ­Mifsud

    When lately Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was addressing a conference on business attractiveness he said: “We will definitely not close our doors to our foreign friends. We actually need to be a cosmopolitan society and see what our priorities are.

  • A new institutionalised mindset - Justin Schembri

    In Malta, exams are seen as the key to our educational system and personal success. The removal of mid-year exams in the coming months is being considered a crucial change for the better. However, this will not necessarily lead to the desired...

  • Pushing back homelessness - John Consiglio

    Pushing back homelessness - John Consiglio

    Things happen and move fast in Malta. The Rent Reform White Paper came, was discussed in the media for a brief spell, and then soon vanished from the public radar even as several NGOs and individuals (this writer included) submitted to the...

  • Making ends meet - Claudia Cuschieri

    In your report ‘One in three adults can’t make ends meet – study’ (November 23), the journalist chose only to emphasise a few negative aspects of an otherwise interesting and positive study, the first of its kind in Malta and based on parameters...

  • Peace process dies in Palermo - Richard Galustian

    “Resounding flop” was the verdict of Italy’s former prime minister Matteo Renzi on the recent Libya peace conference held in Palermo. He’s not wrong. The conference hosted by Italy’s new government achieved the remarkable feat of making Libya’s...

  • Dangerous driving - Paul Azzopardi

    I would like to thank Gordon Caruana Dingli for bringing the dangerous driving on our roads to the fore (‘Carnage on our Roads’, November 26). Every day, on our roads, people are killed, injured, maimed, rendered dependants for life, and utterly...

  • Is Malta a Mafia state? - Ranier Fsadni

    Is Malta a Mafia state? - Ranier Fsadni

    What makes a Mafia state? Is it the relative scale of Mafia funds flowing through the economy? Is it the presence of one or more of the international Mafias, whether Sicilian, Calabrian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese or whatever? Is it systemic...