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  • Housing situation demands solidarity - Charles J. Scicluna, Mario Grech,Joseph Galea-Curmi

    We bishops would like to share our thoughts about the housing situation in our country, particularly on the difficulties faced by our families, young people and foreigners among us, who struggle to find accommodation that they can afford to rent...

  • The legality refund - Claire Bonello

    I have only mentioned the Nationalist Party in passing for the past two years. This is mainly due to the fact that the internal strife of a once-proud movement is painful to watch – even though it is to be expected as part of the life cycle of any...

  • Dispelling Church ‘filth’ and ‘caca’ - Fr Joe Borg

    In October 2003, when I was chairman of the editorial board of PBS, I had long discussions with Lou Bondi who was told by a number of men that they had been sexually abused while in the care of a religious order. Besides the seriousness of the...

  • Home worthless home - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Home worthless home - Mark Anthony Falzon

    In the first quarter of this year, pro­perty prices in Malta were up 5.2 per cent compared to where they were last year. Little doubt they’ll be up again next year, and the one after, but I would like to suggest that the value of homes is actually...

  • The Church ain’t perfect - Sandro Spiteri

    Gut-wrenching revulsion. Then anger, fear, impotence, desolation. Wishing I would not hear of this, that I could just lose myself in the festas and the beerfests and the endless parade of mindless gorging that have come to characterise the Maltese...

  • Ghosts of historical sex abuse - Victor Paul Borg

    Unrelated allegations or cases of historical clerical sex abuse morphed into an orgy of news and commentary on a couple of bloggers’ sites over the past few weeks. The hyperbole was triggered by investigations into alleged historical sex abuse by...

  • Four years of growing indifference - Regina Catrambone

    Four years of growing indifference - Regina Catrambone

    In the summer of 2013 my family and I were sailing around the central Mediterranean on holiday. All of a sudden, a beige coat on the sea surface bore witness to desperate migrant crossings, and it was evident that people were losing their lives...

  • Empty skies (2) : Power to the people - David Marinelli

    Empty skies (2) : Power to the people - David Marinelli

    The recently published report called the ‘State of the World’s Birds 2018’ prepared by Birdlife International sends a stark warning to us all. Forty per cent of the world’s 10,500 bird species are in decline and 12.5 per cent are in danger of...

  • Middle of the road - Anne Zammit

    Middle of the road - Anne Zammit

    Parents last week complained that a newly installed pavement that runs by the Kitchen Garden in Lija is too narrow to use safely with a pushchair. Here are some of the other reasons people street walk in Malta Despite increasing traffic on the...

  • Intelligent transport future - Timothy Alden

    Jean Karl Soler says “bicycles have no place on major roads”. He defends the government’s infrastructure projects and his underlying argument seems to be that bicycles are unsafe and, therefore, we must facilitate car usage and dissuade cyclists...

  • Question time: The right choice

    Question time: The right choice

    Imagine this. It’s a hot balmy Saturday summer night and Paceville is teeming with our young people and tourists out on the town. The heavy partying increases exponentially with the ticking of the hours. By close to midnight Mater Dei Hospital’s...

  • Pensioners’ Budget expectations - Carmel Mallia

    The main objective of the pension reform is to ensure that the first pillar State pension or the two-thirds pension continues to be sustainable and adequate for thousands of pensioners. The European Commission always maintained that the...

  • Poverty and social exclusion - Mark Musù

    Poverty and social exclusion - Mark Musù

    Poverty and social exclusion statistics probably capture the headlines as often as economic statistics.  This is not surprising, given that the EU emphasises smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as much as economic growth objectives.  The EU’s...

  • Revolutionary nature of Pride - Andrea Caruana

    On seeing the Rosary Rally poster, the first instinct was to laugh. And I did, heartily. But on a wiser second glance, the thought behind the rally put forth by Pro Malta Christiana took on a more complex form, worthy of proper examination. Their...

  • Worse than pushbacks - Ranier Fsadni

    Worse than pushbacks - Ranier Fsadni

    Consider these two people, both behaving badly. One hands over a child to someone so irresponsible that there’s a strong risk that serious harm may befall the child. The other physically stops a man from diving into the sea to save a drowning child.

  • Prevalence and prevention - Albert Cilia-Vincenti

    Doctors George Debono and Jean Karl Soler have argued about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Malta, while MEP and lawyer Francis Zammit Dimech has been pushing our health authorities to provide free continuous blood glucose monitors and...

  • The commissioner who never was - Tonio Borg

    In March 2017, Parliament enacted a law setting up the office of Commissioner for Standards. The commissioner was to act as a watchdog over our representatives in Parliament, checking their demeanour and financial assets declarations and receiving...

  • Lessons from John McCain - Martin Scicluna

    Lessons from John McCain - Martin Scicluna

    Senator John McCain, the veteran senator from Arizona, Republican Party candidate for the US presidency in 2008 and great supporter of the Atlantic Alliance, died of an aggressive form of brain cancer last week after a year-long battle. In 1967,...

  • A report, warts and all - John Consiglio

    A report, warts and all - John Consiglio

    The 10th Financial Stability Report (2017) recently produced by the Financial Stability Department of the Central Bank of Malta, and endorsed by the national Financial Stability Committee, must surely rank as the best tool for all those who...

  • Why Independence Day should be Malta's only National Day

    Why Independence Day should be Malta's only National Day

    Many people have written about the need for Malta to have one national day. I myself have been writing in this newspaper for around a decade about this issue. Unfortunately, despite all this, we seem to still be far away from finding a...