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  • Trump’s reckless decision on Iran - Anthony Manduca

    Trump’s reckless decision on Iran - Anthony Manduca

    President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States is to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as its is officially known, is the most reckless and irresponsible national security...

  • Fair way to calculate electricity bills - Robert Agius

    The ARMS billing issue has many facets, many of which are emotional because they hit everyone’s pockets. It is easy to dismiss the criticism of the calculation by confusing it with political statements about tariff decreases and past practices. I...

  • Never too big to fail - Claire Bonello

    The Townsquare appeal decision is a heartening one. That’s because it underlines the necessity of adhering to policies and fulfilling requirements. If a proposed development will have a considerable impact on residents and a locality, it is only...

  • Taboo or not taboo? - Michela Spiteri

    In my early days as a contributor to this newspaper, I once wrote about how we Maltese respected the privacy of our public figures. (‘Unfaithfully yours’ … February 17, 2008). Because until then, with a few minor exceptions, private lives had been...

  • The green festival that isn’t - Mark Anthony Falzon

    The other day, methought, I heard nature let out a sigh of relief. The Valletta Green Festival was over, and with it the shameless charade that once a year invades the city in the form of potted fakery that presents itself as green – in some way...

  • If not at conception, when? - Mario Stellini

    So, the cat is finally out of the bag. Mark Sant and Rosianne Cutajar have declared unequivocally that the embryo is not human. Dr Sant’s contribution, ‘Eight cells in the Lab’, is full of misconceptions and fallacies of logic. If an embryo is not...

  • Air Malta – sovereignty and success - Clive Aquilina Spagnol

    In an article on another local Sunday Paper back in January I underlined the need to stop valuing Air Malta, let alone managing it, from an emotional perspective. Part of the emotionalism Air Malta invokes is due to that patriotic feeling...

  • Misunderstanding the Constitution – 16: Why protect rights when you can enjoy seeing them breached? - Giovanni Bonello

    Misunderstanding the Constitution – 16: Why protect rights when you can enjoy seeing them breached? - Giovanni Bonello

    The best thing that happened to human rights in Malta was the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Perhaps the worst was how the Maltese courts misunderstood the European Convention on Human Rights on an industrial scale. The Constitution...

  • Toothless appeals process - Alan Deidun

    Toothless appeals process - Alan Deidun

    As amply demonstrated in one of the photos accompanying this column, the recently approved fuel station in Burmarrad has emerged like a phalanx out of the ashes and has very much come of age. The advanced state of works at Burmarrad jars with the...

  • Fragmentation at the core - Eleanor Borg

    Embryo freezing and adoption, gamete donation and surrogacy are being debated and I hope serious considerations aretaken on the matter prior to amending the present laws. I have listened to the different voices who spoke on the matter: the...

  • Question time: Facing big challenges

    Clint Camilleri, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights In implementing a policy, one might think that financing of the policy would be the determining factor for the success of a policy. However, it takes more than...

  • Childhood vaccines - Victoria Farrugia Sant’Angelo

    Vaccination is a way of protecting children and adults against serious disease. Once children have been vaccinated against certain diseases, their bodies will produce cells known as antibodies which will fight off the bacteria or viruses causing...

  • In praise of the teacher - Mariella Vella

    In praise of the teacher - Mariella Vella

    Countless good deeds (which include the mundane as well as the extraordinary) are carried out every day by school teachers. I know: I am a witness. I am a fourth generation head of school and proud of it. I grew up hearing about teachers,...

  • Reckless and insane - Svetlana Schembri Wismayer

    An embryo is a new, unique individual produced when an egg from a woman is fertilised by a sperm from a man. An embryo is made up of cells, a new born baby from a larger number of cells and an adult is made of an even larger number of cells.

  • Smiles on tiger faces - John Vassallo

    Smiles on tiger faces - John Vassallo

    The plurals in the title are intentional. Everybody is euphoric about the recent meeting, smiles, talks and toasts at the Peace House on the demarcation line zone in Korea. And we should all be very pleased with any sort of progress and hopes for...

  • Freezing not the only way - Tony Mifsud

    Freezing not the only way - Tony Mifsud

    In his article Eight cells in the lab  (May 2) Mark Sant, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, a consultant at the Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic at Mater Dei Hospital, said that “he wants to concentrate on the situation wherein a...

  • Strategy of the Church - Carmel Vella

    I was very sorry to read the contribution by Fr Mark Montebello (April 25). It was truly unbecoming. However, as I am accustomed to his polemical writings I was not surprised. Notwithstanding that, I find this poor contribution loathsome and I am...

  • The problem of change - Manuel Vella Rago

    The problem of change - Manuel Vella Rago

    Anyone remotely familiar with philosophy or has attended some basic introductory course may be familiar with ‘the problem of change’. It is often used, rightly, to introduce the subject. Change happens; nature is change and change signifies the...

  • What Fr Peter really said - Ranier Fsadni

    Recently, in the middle of a debate about the proposed new IVF law, the government waved a shiny object at its critics. And it has managed to distract them. The shiny object: the views of the late philosopher Fr Peter Serracino-Inglott, first...

  • Trickle-down economy - Carmel Mallia

    The title above contains the buzzwords frequently used by the Minister of Finance and other Members of Parliament on social media and on various occasions when talking about Malta’s economic boom, and also about the distribution of wealth. Is it...