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  • Irrational rationalisation - Jean Karl Soler

    Rationalisation is the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with, or to be based on, reason. If one is not strictly rational in one’s approach, such a process may simply make an opinion seem consistent with reality, rather than...

  • The cause of our failings - Tonio Fenech

    The cause of our failings - Tonio Fenech

    It has become cliché to say that there is no easy solution to the immigration phenomena. A lot of hope, including a monument unveiled, to commemorate the successes of the Valletta EU and African Leaders Summit, endless EU summits that quibble on...

  • From sublime to ridiculous - Richard Galustian

    From sublime to ridiculous - Richard Galustian

    The UN-backed Libyan government has warned that any attempt by the east (Tobruk) to export oil independently will be stopped. “Exports by parallel institutions are illegal and will fail as they have failed in the past,” said the head of Libya’s...

  • Child protection law still has kinks

    Child protection law still has kinks

    The Protection of Minors Bill, currently open for consultation, appears to be on the home stretch after a sinuous journey that has already taken five years. The current bill is the third version – and arguably the best yet – providing clout to...

  • Numbers speak for themselves - Julia Farrugia Portelli

    We are becoming fast-accustomed to spurious and outlandish allegations that tend to be circulated through predictable channels for the sole purpose of damaging the reputation of Malta on a European and global level. A lie, no matter how small,...

  • How free can we be? - Michael Briguglio

    When looking at economic development, ethical matters or law and order, individual liberty is often a prime motivator in current policymaking in Malta.  Exceptions take place when political and economic interests of the ruling elite are...

  • The government we deserve - Denis Tanti

    The government we deserve - Denis Tanti

    “Every country has the government it deserves.” This famous quote is taken from French political philosopher and moralist Joseph de Maistre, who was critical of the 1789 French Revolution with its trinity of “Liberty! Equality!...

  • What’s in a valley when you can have a parking lot? - Kristina Chetcuti

    What’s in a valley when you can have a parking lot? - Kristina Chetcuti

    Every now and then, when I’m at my sister’s in Rabat, we take Sophie, her dog, for a walk down the road, to the Għeriexem Valley. I knew this valley from before my sister moved there – it’s the one that goes down the road from the Roman Villa on...

  • Are we still truly Maltese? - Anthony Buttigieg

    I have just come back from a holiday in Scotland to find Malta in the grips of an identity crisis. On one hand I find a section of our society criticising an 18-year-old lady who has done more to improve the image of our nation with our northern...

  • The poisoned legacy - Claire Bonello

    Last Sunday this newspaper carried an alarming report about the toxic fumes emitted by cruise liners in our ports. Axel Friedrich – whistleblower in the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal and former head of the Federal Environment Agency in Germany –...

  • Those Dallas and Dynasty days - Michela Spiteri

    I’m in television clover: I have Apple TV, an Android Box and a Netflix subscription. Which means that I have access to hundreds if not thousands of movies, shows, sitcoms and documentaries. And yet there is ‘nothing on television’ these days –...

  • Requiem for a tree - Kristian Zarb Adami

    Requiem for a tree - Kristian Zarb Adami

    I had the great pleasure of attending a performance at the renovated Fort St Elmo on Wednesday, put up by the ever creative Teatru Anon. The premise of the play being the dying thoughts of the main character ‘Leli’, all peppered with his childhood...

  • Drastic rise in parents’ rights - David Casa

    The proposed Work-Life Balance Directive, for which I am responsible in the European Parliament, will drastically increase the rights of workers and parents in the EU, particularly in Malta. The proposal seeks to introduce paternity leave, a...

  • From promenades to petrol stations, some things don’t change - Alan Deidun

    From promenades to petrol stations, some things don’t change - Alan Deidun

    The development of promenades, complete with street furniture and ancillary facilities, is a gentrification tool frequently resorted to by politicians and administrators in general, given the feel-good factor that such infrastructure normally brings.

  • Why turtles matter - Mark Anthony Falzon

    For the third time in six years, a turtle has laid its eggs on a beach in Malta. Like the previous two, the event has fired the public imagination, even as it tests the limits of Nature Trust’s logistical reach. There are many reasons why this is...

  • A shot at life - Mario de Marco

    A shot at life - Mario de Marco

    Miep Gies, Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler and Bep Voskuijl. These people broke the law in Amsterdam in 1942. Their crime? They hid the 13-year-old Anne Frank and her Jewish family from the authorities. The Nazis eventually found out and deported...

  • Question time: Today Public Policy Institute

    Cyrus Engerer, EU Policy Advisor and Human Rights Campaigner Our democracy is slowly coming out of its infancy stage, yet since its initial years were hijacked by the two main political parties, it has proven rather difficult for any independent...

  • A ‘roundabout’ for Gozo - Franco Mercieca

    I wouldn’t like to beat around the bush and therefore I go straight to the point about the reason I’m putting pen to paper. I was dismayed to read about the reported reluctance to accept a ‘€3,000 a day rental fee’ for a fourth ferry to assist the...

  • Strong EU leadership - Edward Zammit Lewis

    Strong EU leadership - Edward Zammit Lewis

      The European Council of June 28-29, which took place against a backdrop of a lurking migration crisis in the central Mediterranean and threatening action from the new Italian government, revealed the vulnerability of European cohesion in the...

  • New construction safety regulations - Mark Gauci

    Barely 15 years after the enactment of legal notice 281 of 2004, which brought into effect regulations protecting the occupational health and safety of workers during construction activities, the Occupational Health and Safety Authority carried...