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  • Poverty is no perception - Claudia Cuschieri

    In his contribution on the 2018 pension adequacy report published by the European Commission, Michael Briguglio (May 21) argues that “the adequacy report notes that the relative incomes of older people have been experiencing negative trends in the...

  • Dying for a pastizz - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Dying for a pastizz - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Some bright spark at Mater Dei has decided that the time’s up for normal food. Full-fat cheese, sweet and savoury pastries, chocolate, sweets, fruit juices, and all manner of creamy stuff will be banned under a new regime that includes both...

  • Let’s talk about Monaco - Kristina Chetcuti

    Let’s talk about Monaco - Kristina Chetcuti

    If you’ve never been to Monaco, it’s very easy to picture it. Think Comino. Comino is, give or take, three square kilometres. Monaco is even smaller, stretching two square kilometres, on one side touching the French border and the other, the blue...

  • One year on – looking at a great future - Chris Fearne

    A year ago a text book case snap election was called. It wasn’t really that the timing was unexpected – more significantly it was called at a time when the Opposition felt itself to be riding high, gleefully pushing a dark cloud over everything...

  • Give heritage stronger teeth - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Give heritage stronger teeth - Petra Caruana Dingli

    The late prime minister Dom Mintoff’s residence in Tarxien has been scheduled at grade one by the planning authority. For those unfamiliar with scheduling jargon, that means that it has been awarded the highest level of protection possible for a...

  • ‘Too much God in Ireland’ - Fr Joe Borg

    James Joyce in his novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man gives us a conversation between Dante and Casey. Dante believes “God and religion before everything!” Casey, on the other hand shouted hoarsely ‘No God for Ireland! We have had too...

  • One law to rule them all - Sandro Spiteri

    When the first version of the Equality Act was published in 2016, one of its main promoters was quoted as saying that: “It will be one law to regulate them all; it’s about setting standards across the board,” making any form of discrimination...

  • A topsy turvy world - John Vassallo

    I sometimes wonder whether the world we are living in has not turned itself upside down. What was right is considered wrong and what was left is now right. It reminds me of the answer that a former well-known and humorous person is said to have...

  • Conspiracy theories which become fact - David Griscti and Peter Mercieca on behalf of #commonsense

    Conspiracy theories which become fact - David Griscti and Peter Mercieca on behalf of #commonsense

    Most conspiracy theories sound like science fiction. A few are so daft they take on a life of their own because their idiocy is so endearing. But then sometimes you wonder if the idiots are those who think conspiracy theories are stupid. Take a...

  • Misunderstanding the Constitution – 18: Why should you obey unlawful police orders? - Giovanni Bonello

    Warning: you are entering a minefield in which judicial sense and nonsense equally risk being blown up. Our courts have never really faced, let alone solved, the unstable dynamics of lawful authority, of illegitimate usurpation of power, and where...

  • An appeal to the Prime Minister from Naxxar - Daniela DeBono

    A massive development project is being planned at the former Trade Fair grounds in Naxxar. At a meeting organised by the Naxxar local council last year, architect Ray Demicoli presented the project to us Naxxar residents and other interested...

  • Question time: Forging ahead

    Janice Bartolo, Current Affairs Commentator “While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands.” Such are the words written by Michel-Rolph Trouillot in his thought-provoking study of historical narrative entitled...

  • Life-changing opportunity - Manfred Weber and Francis Zammit Dimech

    Do you fancy an interrail ticket – one train ticket that gives you the opportunity to travel through up to 30 European countries on your 18th birthday? As of this summer, you can receive a free Interrail pass to travel across many countries,...

  • Emma, making Malta proud - Frank Salt

    Emma, making Malta proud - Frank Salt

    It never ceases to surprise me, how Malta keeps on coming up with absolute gems in the arts and entertainment business. The most notable of course is Joseph Calleja, but then up popped young Gaia Cauchi who won the 2013 junior Eurovision song...

  • The question of consent - Daniela Azzopardi Bonanno

    My intention in this article is not to set forth my personal opinion on the matter of IVF but rather to bring to light another matter that little-to-no consideration has yet been given – the issue of consent that is dealt with in article 18 of the...

  • Three economic paradoxes - Ranier Fsadni

    Three economic paradoxes - Ranier Fsadni

    The president of the Malta Employers Association, Dolores Sammut Bonnici, has made the headlines once more. Speaking at last week’s SME conference organised by the Malta Institute of Accountants, she queried whether anyone in charge was thinking...

  • Joseph Muscat, 10 years on - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    When Joseph Muscat was elected Labour Party leader on June 6, 2008, he inherited a party that was utterly demoralised after three electoral defeats. I vividly remember those dark days when it seemed that the Labour Party had no future and that the...

  • Pro-choice Irish - Martin Scicluna

    Pro-choice Irish - Martin Scicluna

    In an overwhelming and defining vote which may hold lessons for Malta, Ireland has dropped its near-absolute ban on abortion following a referendum last Friday. On such occasions, I am always reminded of the inspiration of the Enlightenment which,...

  • Bystander CPR for all - Simon Attard Montalto

    In Europe, approximately one person suffers a cardiac arrest every three seconds and, in the majority of cases, this proves fatal. The likelihood of survival decreases rapidly from the point the heart stops beating, and irreversible brain damage...

  • Challenging hypocrisies - Colm Regan

    Challenging hypocrisies - Colm Regan

    For me, the challenge of last weekend’s referendum in Ireland was summarised by an 82-year-old man with whom I spoke in Wexford. He was the 12th born into a family of 16 children and he captured the issue brilliantly: “I don’t want what they have...