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  • [No] fiddling as Rome burns - Edward Zammit Lewis

    [No] fiddling as Rome burns - Edward Zammit Lewis

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, addressing the Bundestag on the morning of June 28, ominously stated that immigration could make or break the European Union. The backdrop to her speech was her struggle to survive the challenge of her rebellious...

  • The cult of terrorism - Samuel Bezzina

    In July, Japan oversaw the last death sentence of six doomsday terrorists linked to Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth). This follows another earlier capital punishment of seven cultist extremists, including the movement’s murderous spiritual leader,...

  • GreenPak to take legal action - Mario Schembri

    Reference is made to Green MT’s statement titled ‘GreenPak should tell the truth’. GreenPak intends to proceed with legal action against Green MT following a defamatory statement claiming that the recycling cooperative had violated State aid...

  • Four years of growing indifference - Regina Catrambone

    Four years of growing indifference - Regina Catrambone

    In the summer of 2013 my family and I were on holiday, sailing around the Central Mediterranean. All of a sudden, a beige coat surfaced from the sea, bearing witness to desperate migrant crossings. It was evident that people were losing their...

  • Heed our President not Salvini - Tonio Borg

    A number of NGOs that used to berth their rescue vessels in Malta have appealed to the Maltese government to withdraw the decision banning them from departing from the island’s harbours. In the recent past, they did so, with no harmful...

  • A sociology of measles - Michael Briguglio

    Sometimes society creates panics which spread like wildfire. They may refer to all sorts of issues, ranging from health to security. Media coverage, word of mouth, sensationalism and popularisers fuel the news. Some people become believers to the...

  • Story protagonists - Alex Muscat

    Story protagonists - Alex Muscat

    The story of a man asking his friend what to do when he gets caught cheating on his girlfriend is depicted in the breakthrough single of Jamaican-American artist Shaggy back in 2000. In the high-charting song, the friend’s advice was to deny,...

  • How to live longer - Kristina Chetcuti

    How to live longer - Kristina Chetcuti

    We were in Sardinia last week, in a tiny remote village in the midst of rural land of shepherds and farmers. It so happens that Sardinia is the island that has the highest number of centenarians in the whole of Europe, and in the village where we...

  • Valuing the identity of Church schools - The Church Schools Association committee

    The agreement between the Church authorities and the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT)  was signed on August 7 after intensive months of delicate and at times challenging negotiations. We, the Church Schools’ Association (CSA) committee, elec­ted by...

  • The battle for public space - Claire Bonello

    It’s not an overstatement to say that there’s a full-blown war going on. It’s for the enjoyment and occupation of previously non-contested public spaces such as pavements and roads. These are being rapidly taken up by business...

  • Nina Nana Filipina - Michela Spiteri

    This time last year, when Nationalist MP Chris Said proposed financial support for grandparents looking after grandchildren, I was somewhat piqued. Having paid for quality childcare all my mothering/working life, I’ve envied other working parents...

  • Soldier, senator, gentleman - André P. DeBattista

    In the run-up to the 2008 US presidential election, emotions were running high. In one meeting, a visibly distraught woman was given the floor: “I do not believe him. I cannot trust Obama. I’ve read about him. He’s an Arab.” She couldn’t finish...

  • Do we care about our farmers? - Peter Agius

    The question might appear rheto­rical. And yet it begs an urgent answer. Over the past few weeks, more out of coincidence than design, I found myself visiting a number of farms, greenhouses and open fields. Farmers of all sorts, from part-timers...

  • The heart of the matter - Fr David Muscat

    In his article ‘No peace for the good’ (August 12) Fr Joe Borg suggested that the Vatican’s official 2005 position during Ratzinger’s pontificate, urging seminary rectors not to admit homosexuals, is malicious just because its architect was...

  • Absolution - Manuel Delia

    Absolution - Manuel Delia

    The Catholic Church has a problem. It needs to make up for the decades during which it failed to deal with those men within its ranks who were bound by vows and yet found themselves on the receiving end of allegations of the sexual abuse of...

  • Sword in the Stone - Timothy Alden

    In the tale of King Arthur, we find that an unassuming young boy draws Excalibur, despite being a mere stable boy. All the lords in their fine costumes and armour could not draw the sword, despite their power and wealth. In Malta, we are...

  • Urgently needed in Malta: our own Cesar Manrique - Alan Deidun

    Urgently needed in Malta:  our own Cesar Manrique - Alan Deidun

    Cesar Manrique’s name is inextricably linked with that of the Canary island of Lanzarote, off the coast of Morocco. The world-renowned artist was, in fact, born on this volcanic island, managing, through his artistic masterpieces and his advocacy,...

  • Step in the right direction

    The sport of shooting has a long history and tradition on our island and this is emphasised by the significant popularity shooting sports had and continue to have, especially in the various emerging disciplines within the sport. Numerous shooting...

  • Question time: The numbers game

    Gavin Gulia, MTA Executive Chairman Rising trends depict MTA’s firm disposition to cater for success. The situation in itself is positive; the number of tourists visiting our islands has increased incessantly over the past years. Latest results...

  • Requiem for a stork - Vicki Ann Cremona

    In many European and North African countries, including Tunisia, the government places big metal baskets on top of high poles, including electricity poles, for storks to make their nests. It is lovely to ride from the capital Tunis to the north on...