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  • A villa in paradise… - Alan Deidun

    A villa in paradise… - Alan Deidun

    Unspoilt ridges are a candidate for the single most evocative feature of Gozo’s landscape, with the alternation of undulating valleys and ridges being the mainstay of the sister island’s rural character. Thus, it is very understandable that ridge...

  • The environmental state - Alfred Baldacchino

    The last meeting of the Environment and Development Planning Parliamentary Committee on the state of the environment report highlighted, consciously or unconsciously, the environment hurdles that are preventing professional environmental...

  • Question Time: Overpriced classrooms

    Mirana Agius Silvio, LEAD participant Recognising education as the key to human, social and economic development is crucial. It is what drives the government to want to ensure a quality education for all, as well as endeavour to have lifelong...

  • Tax on the right to work - Arthur Muscat

    Tax on the right to work - Arthur Muscat

    As a constant weekly flow of minor and major incidents of corruption occurs, and gets revealed, there is a need to invent and create distracting controversial issues.  Such issues are strategically required to divert the attention from the...

  • An initiative for shared prosperity - Jiang Jiang

    Over 2,000 years ago, the brave and hardworking people on the Eurasian continent, defying the vast land expanse and raging seas, opened several routes for trade and personnel interflow across Asia, Europe and Africa. As silk was the dominant...

  • No Manderaggio thorn - Fr Mark Montebello

    No Manderaggio thorn - Fr Mark Montebello

    When well-known past events and personalities are visited by analysts who take up a perspective which is as subjective as much as novel, the result is always exciting. No historical interpretation, however comprehensive, is ever the be all and end...

  • Legacy of World War I - André DeBattista

    Legacy of World War I - André  DeBattista

    In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns across the continent fell silent. The Great War came to an end leaving in its wake a death toll of approximately 8.5 million soldiers and 13 million civilians. An...

  • Artificial Intelligence is upon us - Wilbert Tabone

    Artificial Intelligence – robots and the apocalypse! No, not quite. There is the misconception among many people that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all about creating humanoid robots that will replace the human workforce, error out and suddenly...

  • A best-in-Europe manifesto - Ranier Fsadni

    A best-in-Europe manifesto - Ranier Fsadni

    Sometimes it’s the tiny details that enable you to appreciate the more important things in life. Scrabble players will know what I mean. Ours is a best of times for national Scrabble too. Imagine, for a moment, a Best-of-the-West Scrabble game...

  • Achieving planned objectives - Deo Debattista

    Achieving planned objectives - Deo Debattista

    For another consecutive year, this government has managed to present a budget with a specific objective, a budget with one vision, that of helping and providing to the Maltese and Gozitan community without increasing taxes and costs. The...

  • Clean energy research and innovation - Miguel Arias Cañete

    The transition towards a low-carbon economy, as we tackle climate change, is one of the biggest opportunities of our time. As Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, my aim is to accelerate the clean energy transition by putting in place the...

  • Summer of ’56 - John Guillaumier

    In the mid-1950s, Buġibba was very different from the tourist trap that it has become. It was then a quiet summer resort with no commercial activity and no tourist industry. It was exclusively residential. At that time, there was no building boom...

  • Luckless Opposition leader - Martin Scicluna

    Luckless Opposition leader - Martin Scicluna

    The last time Malta had an effective leader of the Opposition was 10 years ago when Joseph Muscat took over a party that had lost three elections in a row. He set about ditching all the policies that had made Labour unelectable.  He adopted market...

  • A memorial garden - Ivan Grixti

    On October 31, 2018, the Department of Anatomy commemorated the first centenary from when the first body of a deceased person was donated to the department permitting ongoing medical research by young Maltese doctors in the process of becoming...

  • Pieces of the puzzle - Roberta Metsola

    Truth is not a commodity. It cannot be negotiated, watered down or traded off for a different version. It is what it is. It also has a funny way of deciding when, how and where to make itself fully visible, even if only bit by bit. It is always...

  • Was Lee Harvey Oswald framed? - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Was Lee Harvey Oswald framed? - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Lee Harvey Oswald was never found guilty of the murder of President John Kennedy by a grand jury, pursuant to the US Constitution. Even after Oswald was killed by Jacob Leon Rubinstein, who called himself Jack Ruby, he should have been...

  • The hand of Saudi assassins - Richard Galustian

    The hand of Saudi assassins - Richard Galustian

    Stalin said that the death of one man is a tragedy, the death of a million a statistic. And the death of one man, Khashoggi, at the hand of Saudi assassins in Turkey has reinforced that axiom.  One man’s death has set the whole complex Middle...

  • Cosmopolitanism planning - Censu Galea

    A recent popular (perhaps populist) catch word is related to all things being cosmopolitan. This term has been referred to, in different manners, by various politicians. In all probability I live in the most cosmopolitan locality in Malta, St...

  • The housing challenge - Michael Briguglio

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat recently remarked that Malta has an 80 per cent home ownership rate, citing this as an example of the economic and social successes of our society. But I recently also encountered another statistic, namely that...

  • The masters of war - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The masters of war - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    As we commemorate a century from the end of one of the most devastating wars, it is sobering to remember that, according to a 2011 report by the Robert Schumann Centre For Advanced Studies of the European University Institute, a staggering 40...