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  • Commonwealth and small states - André DeBattista

    Commonwealth and small states - André DeBattista

    The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – the CHOGM – still manages to draw debate over whether the Commonwealth of nations is a relevant force in the world. As an intergovernmental organisation, it undoubtedly has less clout than...

  • Opportunity for quality recycling - José Herrera

    Wholeheartedly, I believe that the absolute majority of the Maltese public sincerely feels more determined to safeguard our environment. I came to realise this when I assumed the role of Environment Minister, which brought me face to face with...

  • Legislators’ responsibility - Martin Scicluna

    Legislators’ responsibility - Martin Scicluna

    The government has been absolutely right to review the efficacy and effectiveness of the Embryo Protection Act, which was passed six years ago. It has a duty to ensure that a law, once passed, achieves what it was legislated to do. As legislators...

  • Letter of protest - Joseph Grech

    Letter of protest - Joseph Grech

    In 2008, incumbent prime minister Lawrence Gonzi devised and started a scheme with the intention of normalising an injustice whereby a number of pensioners (why not all?) who had their national insurance pension reduced (those in reduction of over...

  • Policy on fiscal defiance - John Consiglio

    In various departments of politics and political economy of a number of foreign academic institutions – one which readily comes to mind is that in the Australian National University (ANU) – studies are quite advanced on the topic of the...

  • Muscat’s foreign friends - Arnold Cassola

    Muscat’s foreign friends - Arnold Cassola

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is fixated with the idea that the Maltese economy can boom only if we rope in foreign investment. Of course, he is quite right: a small country like Malta, with restricted human and natural resources, does need direct...

  • A united Opposition - Denis Tanti

    A united Opposition - Denis Tanti

    During the Nationalist Party’s week-long general council meeting, Opposition leader Adrian Delia laid a great emphasis on the importance of listening to the people’s pains and aspirations. The Opposition naturally has to keep its ear to the ground...

  • Leading the rainbow vision - Colette Farrugia Bennett

    Having been around the LGBTIQ activism scene for the past 17 years, I have seen a transformation of my country. I won’t go back as far as 2001, when MGRM was set up, but, in the first edition of the Rainbow Europe Map, Malta only had...

  • The poverty of pensions - Michael Briguglio

    In my article entitled ‘The pensions myopia’ (April 30) I argued that the government may be over-optimistic in its projections regarding the sustainability of state pensions in the coming years. I also proposed a national consensus on the matter...

  • Ignoring health and safety - Luke Fiorini

    Whereas some organisations in Malta can be very proactive when it comes to protecting their employees’ health and safety, other organisations can view this as an unwelcome cost. This is unfortunate, and misguided.  Organisations should protect...

  • Seers of beauty, not! - Manuel Vella Rago

    It is not only when debating the amendments to the Embryo Protection Act that we are challenged to decide on and define human nature, but also when we acquiesce to the radical uglification of our environment. We redefine our understanding of human...

  • Lija’s Little Bakery Shop

    Lija’s Little Bakery Shop

    One of the things that I love about Lija is a little bakery shop at the centre of the village. It is family run, but not as in husband-and-wife, or father-and-daughter, it’s the whole family: the mother runs the shop, the father bakes, and three...

  • Plucking the chicken - John Vassallo

    How deft is our present government and the clique of oligarchs? This is a question I constantly ask myself. Mussolini was once quoted as saying that if one plucks a live chicken one feather at a time, it will not notice that it has become naked...

  • Fragments, theories and evidence - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Two unrelated events this week held underlying similarities. The first was the seminar ‘Archaeological Fragments’ organised by Heritage Malta. Archaeology seeks to understand past civilisations, the origins of the human species. Fragments of...

  • ‘Country where they kill journalists’ - Fr Joe Borg

    A friend told me of a foreigner who has just come to Malta after visiting Cuba. He told my friend: I was in a taxi in Havana on the way to the airport. The taxi driver asked me where I was travelling to. I replied that I was going to Malta. To...

  • Living on the edge - Mark Anthony Falzon

    The country, we are constantly reminded, is doing brilliantly. There’s a surplus, no unemployment to speak of, an impossible waiting list for yacht berths, soaring credit ratings, blue flag beaches, investor optimism, pole position on gay rights,...

  • Maze of the IVF law - Josie Muscat

    Maze of the IVF law - Josie Muscat

    My decision to join the IVF debate was taken after President Marie- Louise Coleiro Preca called for a non-partisan and informed debate. I state my interests at the outset. I introduced IVF in Malta 27 years ago, gave birth to the first IVF baby,...

  • Dangerous politics of fear - Sandro Spiteri

    Last week was the seven-month anniversary of Daphne’s murder. So, on cue, Labour rolled out another creature of its grotesque carnival of distractions. This time it was courtesy of the Forum Żgħażagħ Laburisti (FŻL) who launched a ‘Proud of My...

  • Some more vision for language education please - Sarah Grech

    Some more vision for language education please - Sarah Grech

    What is language education for? Perhaps to answer that question we need to look at what language is for. To communicate, right? Well maybe, but that’s not even half the story of what language is for, if we think about it a little more. How do you...

  • Do not leave Gozo behind - Roberta Metsola

    As a Maltese member of the European Parliament, my constituency spans the breadth of Malta and Gozo. I visit every town and village in our country, listening, speaking to people, and explaining my role as their representative. Gozo is no exception.