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  • Malta’s cyber defences - Martin Scicluna

    Malta’s cyber defences - Martin Scicluna

    A month ago, I wrote a column in which I highlighted the significant increase in the scale and severity of malicious cyberattacks globally from criminals, hackers and foreign intelligence services. I said that the threats to cyber security were...

  • Valueless politics - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    The recent controversy about the personal life of the leader of the Opposition has highlighted what is developing into a major problem in Maltese politics, i.e. the gradual disappearance of values. It has come to a point where many politicians and...

  • Pensioners and Budget 2019 - Carmel Mallia

    With regret the Alliance of Pensioners Organisations wishes to state that our proposals together with the recommendations put forward in the Pension Adequacy Report 2018 by the Social Protection Committee and the European Commission to address the...

  • Cooperative alliance - Frans Said

    Few might be aware of the importance of the Place de la Concorde. That square was the site of many notable public executions including that of King Louis XVI.  The square was renamed as a gesture of reconciliation after the turmoil of the French...

  • Force-fed membership - Joseph Farrugia

    Forcing a right on somebody is like saying that foie gras is necessary because the geese are hungry. The topic of compulsory union membership is now on the national agenda, with the Malta Employers’ Association, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants...

  • Budgetary voids - Michael Briguglio

    By now, all readers would have encountered government adverts on Budget 2019. Whether in newspapers, TV, radio or the internet, it seems that these adverts are watching us rather than the other way round. I wonder how much the government is...

  • The beginning of the end of Trump? - Anthony Manduca

    The Democratic Party’s capture of the House of Representatives in the US mid-term elections has ended President Donald Trump’s unchecked hold on power. The US now has an important, and much needed, counterweight to Trump, and American democracy is...

  • On waste: separation and hoarding - Kristina Chetcuti

    On waste: separation and hoarding - Kristina Chetcuti

    We picked up our organic bin last week. We gingerly placed it on the kitchen worktop and then everyone proceeded to practise the art of pretending that it was not there. I don’t know about your family, but mine doesn’t take lightly to the ‘bin...

  • To win, or not to win - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Adrian Delia’s political position was never strong, but over recent weeks it has been disintegrating. Questions about the future of the Nationalist Party are glaring, and have been in the news and discussed on television. Delia’s voice on ongoing...

  • The prudence of jurors - Michela Spiteri

    The case of accused Liam Debono and victim PC Simon Schembri is almost too well known. While I have no doubt that the recent gagging order slapped on Xarabank was well intentioned, I don’t think I’m far off the mark when I say that, by and large,...

  • The New Advent - Mark Anthony Falzon

    I have often wondered how people in places like North Korea can take it. By ‘it’ I mean the propaganda music blared out on the streets, the masses of posters and statues of the Dear Leader, the laughingly heroic tone on tele­vision, and much, much...

  • Neutrality and EU defence: conflict or opportunity? - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    Neutrality and EU defence:  conflict or opportunity? - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    No nation is an island, and Maltese nationals are European citizens. Malta should, consequently, actively contribute to European efforts which seek to propagate peace and stability, especially in Africa, rather than wait for troubles to reach our...

  • Naked Sophia - Manuel Delia

    What does one make of a government minister suggesting that something which is not human, but looks vaguely like one, be granted citi­zenship? There’s a hesitant giggle in the room as at first one thinks this is a joke intended to underline...

  • Largesse is alive and kicking - Alan Deidun

    Largesse is alive and kicking - Alan Deidun

    The restricted dimensions of our archipelago do not seem to dent in any way the delusions of grandeur and largesse that the Maltese in general seem to have. In fact, size limitations are constantly brushed aside by proponents of esoteric...

  • Maltese problems, European solutions? - Peter Agius

    The European People’s Party’s election of Manfred Weber as candidate for European Commission President to replace Jean Claude Juncker is good news for the Maltese people. Should Weber take the commission seat, we will count on a long-standing...

  • Question Time: The Maltese language

    Question Time: The Maltese language

    Why did the University Rector feel he should complain that in some outlets those speaking Maltese were treated as if they came from the moon? Frank Psaila This is not about linguistic snobbery. I speak and write both Maltese and English and I grew...

  • Coming full circle - Richard Galustian 

    Coming full circle - Richard Galustian 

    Sunday’s Paris series of meetings of key world leaders, including a probable Trump-Putin, secret or otherwise meeting, will inevitably take place, while marking the 100th anniversary on the 11th hour of the 11th month, of the end of the World War...

  • Respecting our educators - Francis Zammit Dimech

    “Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system” – Sydney Hook. Undoubtedly our parents come first in making us the persons we are today. Teachers come a...

  • Internal private affairs - Frans Camilleri

    Internal private affairs - Frans Camilleri

    Blogger Manuel Delia the other day posted an item about marital problems between the leader of the Opposition, Adrian Delia and his wife. This was soon picked up by the media and was propagated by the social media, eliciting the usual torrent of...

  • A transparent economy - Aaron Farrugia

    As the seventh edition of the Basel AML Index hits with its list of 129 countries ranked according to their risk of money laundering and terrorist financing, many countries have started pointing fingers at each other. The Basel AML Index is a...