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  • Persons one just cannot trust

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat must have got used trying to defend the indefensible and to give the impression things are right when he knows they are wrong, if not sinisterly bad. He did it when his closest aide and a Cabinet colleague were exposed...

  • The Gozo tunnel hara-kiri - Arnold Cassola

    Last Tuesday, Transport Minister Ian Borg announced that within the next six months there will be an international call for tenders for the beginning of the digging of the 14-kilometre tunnel between Malta and Gozo. The chosen tenderer will be...

  • Muscat, golden oldie - Ranier Fsadni

    Muscat, golden oldie - Ranier Fsadni

    Joseph Muscat’s speech to the Party of European Socialists last week has received lopsided coverage in Malta (and virtually none elsewhere). Despite the European stage on which he spoke, the reports had their eye strictly on the national one:...

  • The Saudi connection - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The Saudi connection - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The whole world and his aunt, barring Donald Trump, is up in arms over the Khashoggi murder at the hands of the Saudis. It has finally stirred from its deep slumber, to the realisation that there is something rotten in the Kingdom of Saudi...

  • Unheeded complaints

    I have had no response from Air Malta. I think you would agree it is not acceptable that the national carrier ignores serious complaints. I have had many people agreeing with me that it is unacceptable to be asked to pay a further €60 to have...

  • Christmas spirit

    So here we go again, the usual Merry (or Happy) Christmas and all that. My thoughts go to the parliamentary Christmas break. I am sure there will be the usual greetings across the floor, though I doubt the sincerity. My thoughts go to those in the...

  • Top three ‘gems’

    I thought of going through the long list of Adrian Delia’s ‘gems’, which he created this year, as long as he does not come up with more stupid ones during these last couple of weeks. I can then decide which, in my opinion, deserve the award for...

  • Too many cars in Gozo

    Too many cars in Gozo

    Before the summer season got into full swing, I wrote a letter, on this page, warning that “Gozo is already full”. It is now, at the start of winter, still full. It is not so much the number of people (although there are too many of them) but the...

  • A day of national reconciliation - Godfrey Farrugia

    A day of national reconciliation - Godfrey Farrugia

    Last Thursday we debated a motion calling for the establishment of a board that will carry a public inquiry into the circumstances of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.A public inquiry is different from the criminal investigation that is...

  • Trust in electronic vote counting

    Malta’s electoral system is complex and depends on an elaborate vote counting process that usually takes days to declare the winners of an election. So, when both main political parties agreed to introduce an electronic vote-scanning system as...

  • Do not become inured to the sight of blood - Roberta Metsola

    Habitual exposure to anything, however unpleasant it may be, renders one to become accustomed to it, as is the case with casualty personnel and the sight of blood. Our society is now facing the same situation.  We are fast becoming immune to daily...

  • European army delusions - Martin Scicluna

    European army delusions - Martin Scicluna

    A few weeks ago, in the German Parliament, on a national day of mourning for the victims of war, President Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned case for a “European army” and a tougher foreign policy to prevent the European Union becoming a...

  • The last of the greats - André DeBattista

    The last of the greats - André DeBattista

    In December 1989, the Times of Malta published a supplement marking the Bush-Gorbachev summit held off the coast of Marsaxlokk. Beneath the photos of both leaders, a quote from the Book of Isaiah read: “They shall beat their swords into...

  • How it works

    Once again, we are tortured by column inches of Eddy Privitera’s ramblings. All this man can find to do with his time is insult Daphne Caruana Galizia and anyone that dares make allegations against Joseph Muscat and those who are dragging this...

  • Watch: I have to take some of the credit for V18's success - Jason Micallef

    Watch: I have to take some of the credit for V18's success - Jason Micallef

    Projects which had languished for years – such as Muża and the restoration of Palazzo Ferreria – were only completed thanks to the impetus given by Valletta 2018’s status as the Capital of Culture, foundation chairman Jason Micallef said. Over €60...

  • Straining forward

    One of the main spiritual concepts in St Gregory of Nyssa’s mystical theology is that of epektasis, in other words, upward striving. St Paul tells us: “Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own but one thing I do, forgetting what lies...

  • Immunity

    In olden days, say during the reign of the Knights, if a criminal managed to get into certain churches, he would enjoy full protection and no action would be taken against him as long as the criminal remained in that church. Nowadays, it seems one...

  • When prudence is missing

    When prudence is missing

    The article ‘The Celtic Tiger is back’ by John Cassar White (December 10) should be studied by all our politicians. Malta and Ireland always had great affinities. The present economic situation and the government politicians’ euphoria and...

  • Devil’s advocates

    Crafty Christians try to lure you into a debate by posing as the devil’s advocates. A typical example was an advertisement for a public lecture entitled ‘The Virgin Mary, a stumbling block or a door to unity?’ You know in your heart of hearts that...

  • Out of cash

    If HSBC cannot keep up with stocking its ATM at the Pama shopping village in Mosta it might as well close it down completely. This ATM is inoperative most of the weekends, obviously because of the huge demand by weekend shoppers. Last weekend...