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  • Abortion: religion and logic - Frank Salt

    Abortion: religion and logic - Frank Salt

    The subject of abortion is a very difficult, delicate and a personal matter. I can never know or begin to understand what a woman goes through before making the decision to abort. But I do have my own opinions and I am free to voice them, so here...

  • Pension enhancements in the best of times - Michael Falzon

    Michael Briguglio’s article ‘Pension cuts in the best of times’ (February 18) tries to give the impression that in recent years State pensions have been cut. The reality is that spending on State pensions has risen year after year. In 2019...

  • Are we missing the buck? - Frank Psaila and Justin Schembri

    When the Malta Union of Teachers published the results of an internal survey conducted among its members, the Education Ministry was more concerned with its methodology than its findings. This survey revealed that approximately 90 per cent of...

  • Civil society: flourishing opuntia? - Benjamin Dalli

    The opuntia ficus-indica may have originated several time zones away, yet the prickly pear, an alien species, found itself pasted on the emblem of Malta for over a decade. To the reckless passer-by, the cactus is a threat. For the wiser rambler,...

  • European spending audit - John Consiglio

    European spending audit - John Consiglio

    The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is probably that EU institution which, possibly because it works in silence but also effectively, receives least coverage from the media. This is a pity, because here we have a body of serious and capable...

  • The spiritual penthouse - Ranier Fsadni

    The spiritual penthouse - Ranier Fsadni

    No one is more conventional than a wild-eyed rock star smashing his guitar on stage. Nothing is more old-fashioned than taking hallucinogens, unless it’s infanticide. No one is more puritan than a vegan, although you’re getting close with affluent...

  • A new cancer factory - Hermann Schiavone

    Successive governments over the years have dumped national projects and industries in the south of the island. The Delimara power station, the Malta Freeport, the gas bottling station, the fuel depot, the oil depot for marine purpose and needless...

  • Backstop steeped in history - Martin Scicluna

    Backstop steeped in history - Martin Scicluna

    For five intensive years, between 1985 and 1989, I was responsible for advising ministers in the Ministry of Defence on operational policy in Northern Ireland. Ireland and its history are subjects close to my heart. The history of Anglo-Irish...

  • The truth is worth it - Fr Joe Borg

    News coverage is not about ‘bothsidism’, described by Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman as “the almost pathological determination to portray politicians and their programmes as being equally good or equally bad, no matter how ludicrous that pretence...

  • The Beatitudes, stupid - Tony Mifsud

    The Beatitudes, stupid - Tony Mifsud

    It was reported that according to the Church 2017 census, catholic Mass attendance (in Malta) is set to collapse and that young people are staying away in droves. The published statistics show that the young are likely to start picking up again in...

  • An investment in peace - Kathryne Bomberger

    The response of some governments to the migration issue has been to focus on deterrence – policing the coast of the southern Mediterranean and turning back refugees and migrants with the help of countries of embarkation. A number of European...

  • The true popular party - Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici

    In my last contribution to this newspaper, I had affirmed that our Nationalist Party has an identifying character which is that of a ‘national’, ‘Christian democrat’, ‘popular’ party. As such, it is not a right-wing, conservative party and neither...

  • Pension cuts in best of times - Michael Briguglio

    A few weeks ago, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat warned that if Malta does not want more foreigners it can say goodbye to pensions. He added that if Malta had to go to back to its previous situation, it would not be able to pay for pensions and would...

  • Deconstructing myths - Ivan Falzon

    Deconstructing myths - Ivan Falzon

    It’s not normal for me to involve myself in public discussions but after some days of thinking and without in any way trying to give the impression of being some form of strategic thinker, I’ve decided to put pen to paper and share my honest views...

  • What your car says about you - Kristina Chetcuti

    What your car says about you - Kristina Chetcuti

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the rudest of us all? That’s a hard question to answer, but at least thanks to a study published in Xjenza, the Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists, we can narrow it down to ‘who’s the rudest on the...

  • Aquaculture production in Malta - Charlon Gouder

    The tuna industry has, in terms of production and economic results, been a success. Nevertheless, the environmental performance of the last few years, as well as the latest revelations, have cast a serious shadow on the sector. Since taking up my...

  • Salt in a wound that won’t heal - Claire Bonello

    Xarabank featured the man who murdered Caricia Sammut’s mother nine years ago. The slaying of Christine Sammut was the infinitely sad end to a saga of stalking and obsession that traumatised her and her family – especially Caricia, who was still a...

  • We’ve had enough. No more. - Michela Spiteri

    It’s been a month since I returned from my week in the south of France. Any wistful longing for Malta has since evaporated and the rose-tinted spectacles have fallen off.  Malta has been falling victim to the wrecking ball for years, but this year...

  • No Christmas for Doris - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Last Sunday, the Prime Minister made it known to us that he was not Father Christmas. I’m not convinced. In fact, a close examination reveals a number of tell-tale signs, down to the habit of showering gifts on some and lumps of coal on...

  • Friendship among the faiths - President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

    It was a proud moment, to welcome so many representatives of the diverse faith communities in Malta to San Anton Palace. Together, our faith community leaders engaged in constructive discussions and approved the first national Declaration for...