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  • Salvini, rational bigot - Ranier Fsadni

    Salvini, rational bigot - Ranier Fsadni

    Few readers need persuading that Matteo Salvini – Italy’s far-right, migrant-baiting, Malta-taunting, interior minister – is a passionately racist bigot. But rational? Yes, because rational doesn’t have to mean reasonable, let alone nice. To think...

  • Of black, blue, white and green - Vicki Ann Cremona

    Black is generally the colour of the thousands of persons who are fleeing their countries because of poverty, hardship and suffering. Blue is the sea that separates them from the hope of a better future, and for many, it is the watery grave where...

  • Police leadership - Martin Scicluna

    Police leadership - Martin Scicluna

    Good leadership is the key to the efficiency and morale of any disciplined force. I argued a few months ago in the wake of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia that the Commissioner of Police had lost the confidence of the country and...

  • The capital of vultures - Wayne Flask

    The capital of vultures - Wayne Flask

    Valletta reaches the halfway mark of its tenure as European Capital of Culture. And my, what a rollercoaster it’s been! I’ve lost count of all the events the foundation has organised celebrating our unmistakable Malteseness – that Mediterranean...

  • Uniting the world against terrorism - António Guterres

    Terrorism is a persistent and evolving global menace. No country is immune. Social media, encrypted communications and the dark web are being used to spread propaganda, radicalise new recruits and plan atrocities. The threat ranges from the crude...

  • Heralds of human life - Bishop Mario Grech

    Heralds of human life - Bishop Mario Grech

    On June 24, the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of the birth of St John the Baptist. This festivity offers us a good opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary experience of those who are expecting a child as well as of those who were...

  • Migrants’ human rights - Katrine Camilleri

    The saga of the MV Lifeline is finally over, or so it seems. After a flurry of diplomatic efforts, a solution was found. Some European States, in an unusual gesture of concrete solidarity, agreed to take the migrants on board who qualify for...

  • When the price of bread goes up - Michael Briguglio

    When the price of bread goes up - Michael Briguglio

    Should we be concerned with the proposed increase in the price of bread? I will leave the nutritional aspect of this issue to experts in the field. I will focus on socio-economic ramifications of the upcoming increase from 75c to 99c for a big...

  • Reduce Reuse Recycle trees - Sandro Spiteri

    Reduce Reuse Recycle trees - Sandro Spiteri

    I say, I say, I say: why are the Augustinians like the Labour government? Because they both destroy the environment for the greater good. And why are the Augustinians not like the Labour government? Because at least the government (partly) changed...

  • We’re the ones who need to go back to our country - Kristina Chetcuti

    We’re the ones who need to go back to our country - Kristina Chetcuti

    Just as a bus was about to drive off from a stop in Ħamrun, the driver noticed a man lying unconscious on the road. Immediately she pulled the bus to the side, switched off the engine, quickly got off and ran to assist him. There she found another...

  • Buried alive… where will be next? - Roberto Debono

    As a Naxxar resident, I was struck by the slogan ‘Do not bury us alive’ at the recent Pembroke protest against the 27-storey ITS development. This is a feeling which I share and which is being increasingly shared by fellow Naxxar residents in view...

  • The changing face of Malta - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Two growing concerns are, the rising foreign population in Malta and the rapid deterioration of our environment, particularly the disastrous traffic, frenzied construction and lack of greenery. It is tempting to link the two, but I have not seen...

  • The duty not to remain silent - Fr Joe Borg

    Following his presentation, the speaker sat down accompanied by the usual polite applause that characterises academic conferences. He had just compared the media systems in four Arab countries. Why did you not include country X in your review, was...

  • Saving the rest - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Last week, the Planning Authority turned down an application to demolish and rebuild Villa Degiorgio in Sliema. Given the long and colourful case history, the applicant may well take another stab at it. Still, for the moment at least, the house...

  • We have lost our way - David Marinelli

    We have lost our way - David Marinelli

    In Malta, our relationship with the natural world is, to use kind words, disconnected from reality. We choose to exploit our corner of the natural world rather than listen to what nature’s life support system is telling us. We encourage a...

  • Tree triggered - Anne Zammit

    Tree triggered - Anne Zammit

    Did the double-decker incident last April trigger a 9/11 moment for Malta’s trees? Since the tourist bus double-fatality in Żurrieq last April, observers claim that “instead of pruning, the authorities are simply eradicating trees...

  • Question time: A plan for growth

    Gail Demanuele, Lead participant Tourism is an important sector for the country’s economy contributing almost 10.4 per cent to our GDP. Last year was a busy year for the tourism sector where statistics show that the Maltese Islands were hosting...

  • Standing for embryonic fellows - Peter Micallef-Eynaud

    Standing for embryonic fellows - Peter Micallef-Eynaud

    Stand up for our embryonic fellow. Now is the time. More are hearing the anguished cry of our fellow embryonic human beings and discerning it to be the cry against inhumanity. Fore-planned embryo-freezing isthe cardinal criterion for inhumanity.

  • European solidarity to change Dublin - Regina Catrambone

    The European Council is meeting today and tomorrow to discuss diverging topics, such as migration, security and defence, as well as economic and financial affairs. The main focus will be on internal and external dimensions of migration policies in...

  • The chalice and the cake - Ranier Fsadni

    The chalice and the cake - Ranier Fsadni

    Four years ago, having just been sworn in as President of the Republic, Marie-Louise Colerio Preca inspected the troops in St George’s Square. At one point, she spotted someone she knew in the crowd and, breaking solemn protocol, gave a little...