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  • In defence of decency - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Minister Owen Bonnici has just visited Leeuwarden, this year’s other capital of culture with Valletta, to try to build bridges. Unfortunately, Leeuwarden is refusing to collaborate any further with the Valletta 2018 Foundation. This is due to its...

  • Nation of laws without compassion - Fr Joe Borg

    So Ġanni Borg was attacked and injured in a shady quarter. Fortunately, a good-hearted van driver rushed him to hospital. The police stopped the van. This was a van not a licensed ambulance, they said, and injured people could be legally...

  • New start for the voluntary sector - Clifton Grima

    On July 4, Parliament gave the first reading to amendments to the Voluntary Organisations Act. These amendments are about transparency and bringing voluntary organisations in line with international obligations, especially when one considers the...

  • Revelry in God’s name: faith or paganism? - Fr Geoffrey G. Attard

    Revelry in God’s name: faith or paganism? - Fr Geoffrey G. Attard

    In mid-April, the festa season in Malta opens with the feast of St Publius of Floriana, allegedly the first Maltese saint who, according to tradition, after having been first bishop of Malta, was martyred for the faith in the city of Athens.  This...

  • The world according to Nina - Sandro Spiteri

    I simply cannot understand people who use Facebook like some kind of private diary. It makes as much sense to me as taking a shower on the roof and expecting people not to look. I use it to share ideas, events and news, so I deliberately ‘friend’...

  • Less protection for children - Daniela Azzopardi Bonanno

    Less protection for children - Daniela Azzopardi Bonanno

    The provisions on mandatory reporting of child abuse in the Child Protection (Alternative Care) Act enacted in 2017 were very similar in content to the provisions in the first draft of the law tabled in Parliament by then Minister Marie-Louise...

  • The boy and the real world - Anne Zammit

    The boy and the real world - Anne Zammit

    Utopian cities hover above the sea, away from dirty, crowded coastlines where polluting factories produce and ship supplies to exclusive domed communities.   This imaginary scene appears in the animated 2013 film Boy and the World, showing this...

  • Pilatusgate fallout - Mario de Marco

    The European Banking Authority writes the rulebook for the financial services sector in the Europe. It is the authority, the main man when it comes to financial services. Last October, it was asked by the European Commission to investigate claims...

  • Question time: Risking life at sea

    Sarah-Louise Galea, spokeswoman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion On June 27, I stood with the international press at Boiler Wharf waiting for MV Lifeline to dock. The ship carrying 234 migrants had been at sea for a week during...

  • Travesty of democracy - Klaus Vella Bardon

    The amendments to the IVF Act has long been a forgone conclusion. Those of us who have been closely following the unfolding events that impact on life and the family have been well aware of this for some time. Malta’s traditional respect for life...

  • Arrogant crescendo - Arnold Cassola

    Before 2013 I had never heard of Keith Schembri. Today, five years later, his has become a household name, of international repute. Of course, people in business did know him since he was, and is, a leading figure in the field of paper...

  • Diverse, independent press - Christian Van Thillo

    If someone told me the internet will collapse and that I could be prosecuted for sharing links with my friends and family if a certain law is passed, I would be first in line to sign a petition calling for that law to be blocked. If I were told...

  • Putting ‘geo’ into geopolitics - George Vella

    Putting ‘geo’ into geopolitics - George Vella

    The issue of migration is very topical these days. Migration is part and parcel of the history of human evolution. Today it has other important connotations. It is a phenomenon with strong political, social, environmental and economic impacts.  It...

  • IVF - the last act - Steve Pace

    IVF - the last act - Steve Pace

    It’s done. The Bill has passed and as expected Parliament was united in its opposing stand on the IVF law amendments as proposed by the government. Once again, a matter of national concern was spun into a political football and the intelligence of...

  • Dwejra: was God talking to us? - Patrick Pullicino

    Though human brains are rational and logical, they do not usually use certain and precise data to reason. The brain is able to use uncertain information. For example, if we are meeting up with a friend and he says, “I will be there soon,” what...

  • The protection of nothing - Carol Gatt

    The protection of nothing - Carol Gatt

    I appeal to our government, and yes, I am Maltese born and bred, to stop this mad “protection of our border”. It is the protection of nothing when you allow the killing of people. The pursuit of life and better life needs to be given the respect...

  • Donald Trump’s nominee - Ranier Fsadni

    Donald Trump’s nominee - Ranier Fsadni

    Facing Donald Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court are the US politics of abortion, which are far removed from the same issue in Malta. But distance sometimes makes things worth discussing, while ignoring them is a lost opportunity to see...

  • The cradle of DLT regulation - Silvio Schembri

    We’re at the dawn of a technological revolution. It is called the Blockchain revolution and Malta has chosen to lead. A clear message was sent with regard to Malta’s and this government’s determination to set an example and regulate DLT...

  • Future of Nato - Martin Scicluna

    Future of Nato - Martin Scicluna

    Nato meets today and tomorrow in Brussels for what could prove to be a defining moment for western defence. President Donald Trump has already thrown this Nato summit into turmoil by questioning the future of the alliance, even as his trade war...

  • Past is a foreign country - André DeBattista

    Past is a foreign country - André DeBattista

    Approximately one hour’s drive from Madrid, a giant 150-metre cross towers over one of the most controversial monuments of the 20th century. The Valle de los Caídos – the Valley of the Fallen – has become a rallying point for Spanish history...