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  • Queue ferry, cue canopy - Michela Spiteri

    Maybe it’s climate – a convenient enough explanation why queuing comes naturally to the British and not to us. The ability to form an orderly line and coolly wait your turn is probably much easier when temperatures are cool to start with. On the...

  • Beauty and the beast - Mark Anthony Falzon

    On Thursday, a group of activists who were protesting outside the Planning Authority boardroom were attacked and manhandled by the police. There’s something rhetorical and vacant about ‘condemning violence’. Politicians do it all the time, which...

  • Women’s rightful place - Renee Laiviera

    At present, there are 10 women and 57 men in the Maltese Parliament, with gender balance being manifestly absent. A gender-balanced participation is essential for a functioning society and for democracy, so the persistent gender imbalance in...

  • The right move for engineers - Ian Borg

    Years of anomaly in the Maltese engineering profession have finally come to an end, after I recently announced – together with my colleague the Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo – that Mcast engineering degrees will now be...

  • Agora - Manuel Delia

    Agora - Manuel Delia

    Democratic life does not begin and end with free and fair elections. If it did, elections would not really be free or fair but a product of the conditioning flushed down people’s conscience during the rest of the time. That would not be a...

  • Żejtun ODZ: a success story - Alan Deidun

    Żejtun ODZ: a success story - Alan Deidun

    The quick succession of two recent high-profile rebuttals of ODZ development proposed for the Wied iż-Żrinġ ODZ area in Żejtun (proposed government extension of the Bulebel industrial estate and a private proposal for a spanking new fuel station)...

  • The nerds in Brussels - Peter Agius

    What does it take to be an MEP? Getting elected. True, that is a main part of it. And, yet, the mission of bringing anything home starts right on the day after election. Having worked with MEPs from the negotiating table in Brussels and Strasbourg...

  • Question time: Unlikely scenario?

    Randolph Debattista, CEO Labour Party I find the question too hypothetical and the proposed scenario very unlikely. Although the last two general elections resulted in landslide victories by Maltese standards, the effect in parliamentary majority...

  • Push, shove, approve! - Wayne Flask

    Push, shove, approve! - Wayne Flask

    I was an unusual face among a pack of protestors at the Planning Authority building last Thursday. Thankfully, I never laid my hands on any musical instrument because my motor skills are comparable to those of an elephant on morphine, and that...

  • What’s primary about primary healthcare? - Chris Fearne

    The Labour Party can legitimately be called the party of primary health care. It should not be surprising. After all, we were the party that gave birth to the welfare state in Malta almost five decades ago. Consequently, neither should it be...

  • Dealing with a chaotic Libya - Edward Zammit Lewis

    Dealing with a chaotic Libya - Edward Zammit Lewis

    Nearly seven years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya remains in a chaotic state. The United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, has been unable to extend control over territory held by rival factions,...

  • The legacy of Jean-Claude Juncker - Aaron Farrugia

    Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg politician who has been serving as the President of the European Commission since 2014, delivered his valedictory “State of the Union” speech to the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday. Debates on the...

  • Independence in 2036 - Ranier Fsadni

    Independence in 2036 - Ranier Fsadni

    Imagine that this summer you became the proud parent or grandparent of a baby girl. Perhaps it’s easy because you actually did. We need a name for this little creature. Let’s call her Emma. So, one evening this week, you find yourself cradling...

  • Urban planning at its very worst - John Ebejer

    The Planning Authority is to decide on the proposed City Centre multi-use development at the former ITS site at St George’s Bay.   The proposed development has been criticised for many reasons, one of them being that it is not compliant with the...

  • Phallic and tragic - Martin Scicluna

    Phallic and tragic - Martin Scicluna

    When I was privileged to be ap­poin­ted as executive president of Din l-Art Ħelwa in 2001, my first battle against a plan to erect a high-rise building was directed at Tigné Point, which we regarded as intruding too closely on the world heritage...

  • One national day - Joseph Pirotta

    I have just read Desmond Zammit Marmarà’s ‘Re-opening the National Day Debate’, on my return from abroad. May I commend him on his persistence in publicly advocating Independence Day as Malta’s National Day. He argues that, “Serious historical...

  • It’s the petrodollar, stupid - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    It’s the petrodollar, stupid - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Geopolitics has always been about seizing wealth and the smoke and mirrors set up to distract people from the real game. When President Bill Clinton’s campaign adviser uttered similar words about the economy he was but revealing an age old truth...

  • Tourism and number limits - John Consiglio

    The new academic year gets ever closer and it’s always nice when some VIP provides us lecturers with yet another useful “bite” to use for discussion during our lectures. The most recent contributor to my “Economic Blasphemies” lecture is Gavin...

  • The State of the Union - Michael Briguglio

    On Wednesday, European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker will be delivering his State of the Union address at the European Parliament. This comes at a time when the EU is facing important challenges on various fronts. At the same time, the...

  • Why have we abandoned the prickly pear? - Kristina Chetcuti

    Why have we abandoned the prickly pear? - Kristina Chetcuti

    I can tell your age if you tell me the first thing that comes to mind when I say ‘prickly pear’. If you think, “Ah, the colourful cactus fruit!” then you were born pre-1975. If you go, “Isn’t that a pinkish liquor or something?” then you were born...