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  • Permanent link to success - Kirsty Agius

    “To be or not to be, that is the question,” Prince Hamlet had said. Maltese citizens are making a similar albeit slightly different question in respect of the permanent link between Malta and Gozo: “To do or not to do.” The construction of a...

  • Growth driven by foreign workers - Joseph Zahra

    I cannot understand on what did Prime Minister Joseph Muscat base his assertion that Malta’s economic growth is not being driven by population increases. Maybe he was thinking of local population increases, which are meagre, but not the growth in...

  • Catastrophe and progress - Ranier Fsadni

    Catastrophe and progress - Ranier Fsadni

    It’s fashionable to think that ideology has disappeared from the politics of Euro-America. This rule is said to apply to Malta too. It’s said that, at most, a new ideological division is emerging between globalists and nationalists, but this is...

  • Unassuming people - Frank Salt

    Unassuming people - Frank Salt

    Throughout my adult life I have met many people. Some are doers and some are not. Nevertheless, they all live together side by side and life goes on. Just as well, because if everyone was a doer, we would probably all end up getting in each...

  • Equality is Malta’s beacon - Helena Dalli

    Last week the government inaugurated new premises for its Human Rights and Integration Directorate. Another wish come true for those of us who want equality to be further mainstreamed in our society. Indeed when this government was elected to...

  • Journalism in the spotlight - Martin Scicluna

    Journalism in the spotlight - Martin Scicluna

    About three weeks ago, Steve Mallia, a former editor-in-chief of The Sunday Times of Malta and the Times of Malta, wrote a first-class article deploring the state to which elements of journalism in Malta have descended. The article was headlined...

  • Jews against Zionism - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Jews against Zionism - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Speaking out against Zionism and the occupation of Palestine, the Golan Heights and the illegal wars in the Middle East often creates a backlash and unleashes a bunch of trolls making ludicrous claims of anti-semiticism through that well-known...

  • Higher level of bilateral relationship - Stuart Gill

    I have been wondering when to go into print again about Brexit. With the negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement in their endgame, it is hard to judge when best to contribute with my own public commentary, but I have been thinking that I might...

  • Gozo’s case in Europe - Frank Psaila

    Gozo’s case in Europe - Frank Psaila

    It’s been a year since I announced my intention to contest the European Parliament elections on behalf of the Nationalist Party. From day one, I’ve been visiting Gozo weekly, conducting hundreds of house visits.  Gozitans are resilient, but the...

  • A cosmopolitan society - Saviour Rizzo

    The usual vitriol in the debate about the 2019 Budget tends to make much more visible the polarised partisan divide in the Maltese political scenario. A new dimension which is lately bolstering this divide is the issue of foreign...

  • Will we all be dead then? - John Consiglio

    Even as some wrongly continue to attribute to John Maynard Keynes (or possibly going even as far back as Adam Smith) the post-war interest in economic academia to “the short, medium, and long term”, historical accuracy should really credit Alfred...

  • A changed St Paul’s Bay - Graziella Galea

    Living in St Paul’s Bay since the day I was born, every day I could note the changes in this locality. These changes happened at a faster rate over the recent years. In my opinion, it was obvious that St Paul’s Bay was the largest locality in...

  • Patient-centred health - Michael Briguglio

    A couple of years ago the Labour government introduced the National Patient’s Charter of rights and responsibilities. Undoubtedly this was a step forward in Maltese policymaking, but perhaps the time has come to verify shortcomings and possible...

  • Satisfying the minimum criteria - Matthew Portelli

    Reference is made to the Talking Point (October 31) penned by Christian Magro, director of Islands Ferry Network Ltd. The issue of  whether or not a Preliminary Market Consultation  (PMC) issued by Gozo Channel, can result in the acquisition  of a...

  • Tsunami early warning - Matthew Agius

    Tsunamis are natural events that can be among the deadliest and costliest hazards. Many people associate the word tsunami with a giant sea wave generated from an earthquake, however, this is not the only source. Volcanoes and underwater landslides...

  • Big Brother island - Claire Bonello

    Big Brother island - Claire Bonello

    I see that certain local media sectors have been very exercised by the “public’s right to know”. Unfortunately it seems that the public’s right to know is largely restricted to receiving punctual bulletins about the state of politicians’...

  • The tiger that makes me laugh - Kristina Chetcuti

    The tiger that makes me laugh - Kristina Chetcuti

    I do not tend to wake up in the morning thinking: “Cor, I despe­rately need a carrot sharpener” or “I really need a stress ball in the shape of cactus”. But you know what? I just discovered that a carrot sharpener and a cactus stress ball make my...

  • Joy and worry at the book festival - Chris Gruppetta

    It’s a few days to the Malta Book Festival – which is basically Christmas for the book crowd. Five days where we meet like-minded booklovers, talk incessantly about books, fete prize winners, drink glasses of wine at endless on-stand dos and buy...

  • Silence, not always golden - Fr Joe Borg

    The origin of the proverb “Silence is golden, speech is silver” is contested. Some say that it hails from ancient Egypt. But today many know it through the 1831 translation by the 19th century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle. There is a...

  • The centre of the edge - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Recently, the CEO of Henley and Partners said that Maltese passports had become a must-have among the global super-rich. Christian Kalin told Bloomberg that “if you have a yacht and two airplanes, the next thing to get is a Maltese passport… it’s...