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  • Of oranges, carobs and loose alliances

    No, I am not going to engage on a tirade against Archbishop Charles Scicluna. But I have to say, his analogies need a bit of polishing. His take on oranges and carobs is faulty to the extent that here we are talking about fruit, at the very least...

  • Collateral damage at full speed

    The withdrawal of a building permit for a house next to the only surviving early Christian catacombs in Gozo has been met with relief but did it really have to come to this? Did Wirt Għawdex have to campaign the way it did to save the...

  • Marriage is a covenant

    In a 2015 pastoral letter on the same-sex marriage debate, themed ‘Don’t mess with marriage’, the Catholic Bishops of Australia observed that “At this time in history, there is much discussion about the meaning of marriage”. In Malta, although...

  • Gay marriage on principle

    Gay marriage on principle

    Eighty-two years ago this month, Jesuit scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin spoke at the marriage of Hervé de la Goublaye de Ménorval and a fellow palaeontologist, Éliane Basse. Let’s revisit that sermon to see why Archbishop Charles Scicluna is...

  • Death of a political giant

    Death of a political giant

    Political life is a paradox. Politicians seek to achieve results in the short run because electoral success depends on this. However, they are often concerned about how ‘history’ will ‘judge’ them. The nature of their work binds them to act in the...

  • The common good

    It has been reported (June 22) that, after being elected to Parliament, Godfrey Farrugia remarked that his election sends a strong signal to those in favour of the common good. How heartening to hear such words from one who, a few weeks ago, was...

  • Hard-won rights

    I have become ever more worried for the world’s future. It seems democracy is under attack from within and without. The attacks from without are obvious and awful but the attacks from within are insidious and even more damaging. Many countries...

  • Marian experience

    Marian experience

    Two French friends, my wife and I happened to visit the national sanctuary of Ta’ Pinu, near L-Għammar, and Għarb on June 22. The old car park near the shrine has rightly been moved outside its perimeter not to distract from the devotion attached...

  • Watch: 'We nag because animal abuse keeps repeating itself with impunity'

    Watch: 'We nag because animal abuse keeps repeating itself with impunity'

    Enforcement of animal rights is still very lacking despite having a parliamentary secretariat for the protection of animals, activist Moira Delia says. Interviewed on Times Talk, Ms Delia says activists like her are often portrayed as naggers but...

  • A nightmare in Swieqi

    It takes 20 minutes for a whole street of law-abiding citizens to have their lives turned upside down, and the same amount of time for an iconic viewof a major landmark to be stolen from the public gaze forever. This is what happens when an...

  • What garden city?

    When people damage the environment and harm the neighbours’ health I flare up. I vent my anger through writing. Santa Maria Estate is reputed to be a garden city. Tall trees, oleander bushes, the ubiquitous hibiscus all embellish private gardens ...

  • Agenda 2022: Muscat’s legacy

    Agenda 2022: Muscat’s legacy

    Eddie Fenech Adami’s great legacy was Malta’s accession to the European Union. Ġorġ Borg Olivier’s, the attainment of independence. Dom Mintoff’s lay in the transformation of Maltese society through sweeping social improvements. The sovereign...

  • Just causes

    I would like to make it clear that, although I support amending the 2012 restrictive IVF law and agree being extended to single women too, it does not mean I am in anyway involved. I am a civil servant in a clerical grade, not a doctor. All I...

  • EU should be ambitious

    EU should be ambitious

    British voters have delivered the most unexpected election result in decades. Everyone expected Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party to be either significantly damaged or totally crushed. Yet, it was Theresa May that ended up humiliated and her political...

  • Bad planning

    Bad planning

    When one lands at the Sliema Ferries from a Captain Morgan yacht, one is struck by the ugly development and townscape one is greeted with. In recent years, there seems to have been no planning, or even bad planning, of this heart area of Sliema.

  • The habit of gambling

    A survey carried out between 2015 and 2016 by the Malta Gaming Authority found that more than half (56 per cent) of the adult population in Malta engaged in gaming activities in 2015, a figure close to 195,300 people. They spent a total of €125...

  • Moira Delia talks pigeon culls, animal welfare and enforcement

    Moira Delia talks pigeon culls, animal welfare and enforcement

    She came out vehemently against a proposed pigeon cull in Vittoriosa but animal rights campaigner Moira Delia now welcomes the mayor's change of heart and the drive to tackle this problem in a more humane way on a national level. Interviewed on...

  • Culture is the cure

    That Malta is a veritable open-air museum is an acknowledged reality. The earlier inhabitants and many occupying forces have left the island an invaluable inheritance of architectural and cultural wealth. Time, nature, two world wars and years of...

  • A smooth and efficient Brexit

    Last week Michel Barnier and I sat down for the first time, to begin negotiating the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. I have been clear that our first priority is to provide certainty to EU citizens living in the UK and to UK...

  • Coalitions and democracy

    Coalitions and democracy

    The very first provision of the Constitution proclaims Malta to be “a democratic republic”. Other provisions in the Constitution enshrine the principle of democracy such as when they refer to popular suffrage during general elections, the role of...

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