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  • From Vietnam to Watergate - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    From Vietnam to Watergate - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The Watergate saga is both fascinating and intriguing, because it raises the question of whether a person occupying the highest political office in the US could be removed or forced to resign specifically for juridical reasons, rather than at the...

  • Spectre of fake news - Francis Zammit Dimech

    The Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology at the London School of Economics has recently proposed the creation of an Independent Platform Agency to combat fake news. The spectre of fake news is one that is widespread more than ever throughout...

  • Metsola’s 17 Black - Martin Scicluna

    Metsola’s 17 Black - Martin Scicluna

    Two Nationalist Party members of the European Parliament have shown no compunction about painting Malta as a country that does not respect the rule of law. Instead of representing Malta’s national interest abroad, they have sought to undermine...

  • Respect and compassion - Carmen and Carmel Conti, Stephanie Galea, Pat and Anthony Girard, Louisa and Philip Grech, Louise and Ivan Laferla, Joseph and Joseanne Peregin

    Recently there have been some sentiments aired, including Jacqueline Calleja’s piece ‘A chaste life’ (November 16), claiming that the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality are clear, leaving no room for ambiguity. Reading such...

  • The churches of Malta - Frank Salt

    If you look at Malta from the air, you will see literally hundreds of churches and chapels. Why, on an island so small, was there a need for so many? Apart from the village and town churches there are also many wayside chapels dotted around...

  • Back where you came from - Revel Barker

    Back where you came from - Revel Barker

    I am hearing stories that many old-time settlers on Gozo are in process of upping sticks and returning to the mother country or elsewhere. By “many” I mean more than a dozen, for example, from Għarb alone. But they are leaving the other villages,...

  • Working towards a poison-free planet - Vandana Shiva

    Food. The word conjures up diverse images but we seem to have forgotten its most important element that our web of life is a food web. And if you really think about it, that’s how all of nature works. We have created an illusion where we’ve placed...

  • Rents we can afford - Charles Pace

    Rents we can afford - Charles Pace

    What is the White Paper suggesting we do to make sure we have affordable rents? Rents that are too high to afford can evict families to poorer houses or garages, uproot adults and children and even play havoc on family life. But we equally cannot...

  • Carnage on our roads - Gordon Caruana Dingli

    I recently attended the World Health Organization’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2018, which had the theme ‘Roads with stories’. There is no doubt that too many people, many of them young, die on our roads every year. The...

  • More on the housing challenge - Michael Briguglio

    In my article last week, I explained that while Malta has a high home-ownership rate, the country is also currently experiencing prohibitive housing prices, resulting in an increasing number of evictions, young people who remain living with their...

  • De-Christianised? - Philip Beattie

    Much has been said of the so-called progress this country has made with the advancement of civil liberties over recent years. For those whose mindset has been secularised to the point of ignoring the lessons of the history of civilisation, the...

  • Sexual health, reproductive rights - Daniel Attard

    I refer to the Times of Malta editorial of November 15. According to this editorial, Fr Ivan Attard, whose vlog disseminated unscientific and warped information about contraception, was warning us against “the dangers of contraceptives”. Which...

  • “It’s not me, it’s the piggy bank!” - Kristina Chetcuti

    “It’s not me, it’s the piggy bank!” - Kristina Chetcuti

    Once upon a time in a faraway land, there lived a little boy called Jo. He lived in a small cottage with his mother and father in a small village in the outskirts of the kingdom. This little boy Jo looked like a little cherub with golden curly...

  • Sophia’s problems - Maurice Cauchi

    A recent ‘current affairs’ programme emphasised the accoutrements of a pretty doll equipped with not just a pretty face that can flutter eyelashes and say a few words in Maltese – which many dolls can do these days –  but which apparently can...

  • Lest we forget - Claire Bonello

    I have often wondered what would happen to Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando if he was starved from the oxygen of publicity for too long a time. Would he shrivel down to a diminutive size – much like a balloon when air is let out of it? Would he become...

  • Love in a new Victorian era - Michela Spiteri

    You forget so much of childhood – the things you did, felt and said. But some experiences stay with you forever.    It was summer and I must have been about six or seven. We were at Exiles – the place where we always swam. My mother was sunbathing...

  • Open is more is more - Mark Anthony Falzon

    A couple of weeks ago, the Planning Authority approved plans to “rehabilitate open spaces” in a number of places around the country. At Għar Lapsi, the rehabilitation will include a “marble art installation and new lighting system”; at Naxxar, an...

  • An open letter to Silvio Schembri - Christopher Bugeja and others*

    An open letter to Silvio Schembri - Christopher Bugeja and others*

    On November 2 the government  launched the ​malta.ai National Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy. As a group of experts in AI and technology policy and in ethics, we applaud the government for embarking on this process. Given the various ways...

  • Infiltration - Manuel Delia

    Infiltration - Manuel Delia

    They’re not long and not complicated. So the facts are worth repeating. Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri set up two companies in Panama. They used Nexia BT and Mossack Fonseca for the purpose. Between the latter two we have seen written...

  • Fiddler on the Roof - John Vassallo

    Fiddler on the Roof - John Vassallo

    Malta’s present collective leadership has been likened to Dickens’ Artful Dodger and to Shakespeare’s Macbeth who could not suppress his guilty conscience. Like Sisyphus, our government has been pushing the rock of guilt, of overpadded or...