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  • Case for a European greenback - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Case for a European greenback - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    When war broke out with the South that attempted to break away from the Union, US President Abraham Lincoln got Congress to pass the 1862 Legal Tender Act to issue a second generation greenback, US notes, to the tune of $150 million. The new issue...

  • Independence brings us together - Dione Borg

    I was not yet born when Malta attained Independence under the stewardship of Ġorġ Borg Olivier in 1964 but researching and interviewing a number of protagonists of that major game-changer in our history, made me realise why so many people were all...

  • Why Independence? - Charles Pace

    Why Independence? - Charles Pace

    What should Malta do about housing? That question stares us in the face, as we see families evicted and living in garages, and more and more middle-class families losing hope of ever setting foot on the property ladder or even social...

  • Lest we be forgotten - Gaetan Naudi

    Lest we be forgotten - Gaetan Naudi

    “No, you can’t, nannu: you’re old!” protests my six-year-old granddaughter whenever I tease her – as I am wont jestingly to do – that I shall be joining her in class for playschool.  A predictable response on all counts, of course.  ‘Elementary’,...

  • Nine months after a promised review - Astrid Vella

    Last night I couldn’t sleep. I kept on seeing the image of the Graffitti activist being pinned down in a throttlehold, his face red and panic-stricken. With this aggression against the Graffitti activists Malta has hit a new low in its life as an...

  • Return of the saint - Ranier Fsadni

    Return of the saint - Ranier Fsadni

    Some people’s lives need no justification to be recounted. The life of the extraordinary Maria Adeodata of Jesus (1806-55), a mystic Benedictine nun of Mdina, is one such life – at least as retold by the late Peter Serracino Inglott in a...

  • Transatlantic partnership - Edward Zammit Lewis

    Transatlantic partnership - Edward Zammit Lewis

    For more than six decades the transatlantic partnership has been crucial for building a more democratic, secure and prosperous world. The partnership has been constructed on a solid foundation of common values, which, besides the commitment to...

  • One National Day? Of course - Tonio Borg

    The debate about establishing one national day for Malta, promoted by the head of State and others, is indeed healthy and long overdue. The proposal by my friend, Balzan Labour councillor Desmond Zammit Marmarà, that Independence Day (21...

  • EU populist surge - Martin Scicluna

    EU populist surge - Martin Scicluna

    The European Union is meeting for an “informal” but crucial summit in Salzburg tomorrow at which the luckless Theresa May is hoping EU leaders will make concessions over the security and defence relationship between Britain and the EU after Brexit.

  • Roll on… the White Paper - John Consiglio

    There is no contradiction between price control and competition. This basic economic tenet may not be one which emerges from the bishops’ recent pastoral letter dealing in unambiguous terms with the current high rentals and unaffordable...

  • Graffiti: bring out the band - Arnold Cassola

    At my time of writing, the video showing an RIU police officer savagely sticking his elbow into a Graffiti activist’s throat and pressing, has made the rounds on the internet and has had over 110,000 views in less than 24 hours. The video was not...

  • Celebrating and honouring our birthday - Francis Zammit Dimech

    On Friday, Malta celebrates its 54th birthday. It was only on September 21, 1964, and on no other day, that Malta was born as a sovereign and independent nation, as a member in our own right of the international community of nations.  It was as of...

  • A Maltese favela? - Albert Buttigieg

    A Maltese favela? - Albert Buttigieg

    The term ‘favela’ originated in Brazil.  It is a name used to describe shanty towns. The most notorious of these areas are around Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.  Is St Julian’s turning out to be our local version of a favela, an expensive one some...

  • MFSA’s new guard and sentry - Leonard Bonello and James Debono

    MFSA’s new guard and sentry - Leonard Bonello and James Debono

    The new legal and regulatory dimension of initial virtual financial asset offerings (VFAOs) which is shaping up in Malta seeks to unveil the legal uncertainty clouding the crypto market while safeguarding investors’ interests by mitigating the...

  • In defence of Pembroke people - Karol Aquilina

    The Planning Authority will this week decide on the proposed db Group’s mega development at the former ITS site in St Julian’s. Few will recall that the ITS saga started off in November 2015 with the publication of a Request for Tender Proposals...

  • Cheques and pensioners - Michael Briguglio

    When people receive tax refunds, they are receiving what is theirs by right from payments they made to the government. They usually receive a notice about this in their tax statement and move on with their life. The government has taken this a...

  • Rabid development - Adrian Grima

    Rabid development - Adrian Grima

    We shouldn’t even be here. The db Group should never have had the gall to propose a concrete insanity that will bury hundreds of families living in government-built apartment blocks in a residential area. The db want to condemn us all to permanent...

  • The nightmare of flowers and candles - Kristina Chetcuti

    The nightmare of flowers and candles - Kristina Chetcuti

    It seems that the Prime Minister’s head of communications has been lately waking up screaming and sweating in the middle of the night. “What is it dear? A nightmare? Was it bad?” “Yes! Very! Flowers! Candles! Chasing me!” Which is why he put on a...

  • The only value is money - Paul Cardona

    All over Malta and Gozo, cranes, trucks emitting clouds of black smoke, and heavy construction vehicles leaking diesel pollute our air and destroy our roads, while hydraulic drilling machinery generates omnipresent dust and incessant noise. Malta...

  • A biography and an oratorio - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Peter Serracino Inglott, priest and philosopher, wrote and published numerous articles and short pieces in journals and books – including as a columnist in this newspaper in the last five years of his life. Yet considering his prolific and...