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  • The truth is worth it - Fr Joe Borg

    News coverage is not about ‘bothsidism’, described by Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman as “the almost pathological determination to portray politicians and their programmes as being equally good or equally bad, no matter how ludicrous that pretence...

  • The Beatitudes, stupid - Tony Mifsud

    The Beatitudes, stupid - Tony Mifsud

    It was reported that according to the Church 2017 census, catholic Mass attendance (in Malta) is set to collapse and that young people are staying away in droves. The published statistics show that the young are likely to start picking up again in...

  • An investment in peace - Kathryne Bomberger

    The response of some governments to the migration issue has been to focus on deterrence – policing the coast of the southern Mediterranean and turning back refugees and migrants with the help of countries of embarkation. A number of European...

  • The true popular party - Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici

    In my last contribution to this newspaper, I had affirmed that our Nationalist Party has an identifying character which is that of a ‘national’, ‘Christian democrat’, ‘popular’ party. As such, it is not a right-wing, conservative party and neither...

  • Pension cuts in best of times - Michael Briguglio

    A few weeks ago, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat warned that if Malta does not want more foreigners it can say goodbye to pensions. He added that if Malta had to go to back to its previous situation, it would not be able to pay for pensions and would...

  • Deconstructing myths - Ivan Falzon

    Deconstructing myths - Ivan Falzon

    It’s not normal for me to involve myself in public discussions but after some days of thinking and without in any way trying to give the impression of being some form of strategic thinker, I’ve decided to put pen to paper and share my honest views...

  • What your car says about you - Kristina Chetcuti

    What your car says about you - Kristina Chetcuti

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the rudest of us all? That’s a hard question to answer, but at least thanks to a study published in Xjenza, the Journal of the Malta Chamber of Scientists, we can narrow it down to ‘who’s the rudest on the...

  • Aquaculture production in Malta - Charlon Gouder

    The tuna industry has, in terms of production and economic results, been a success. Nevertheless, the environmental performance of the last few years, as well as the latest revelations, have cast a serious shadow on the sector. Since taking up my...

  • Salt in a wound that won’t heal - Claire Bonello

    Xarabank featured the man who murdered Caricia Sammut’s mother nine years ago. The slaying of Christine Sammut was the infinitely sad end to a saga of stalking and obsession that traumatised her and her family – especially Caricia, who was still a...

  • We’ve had enough. No more. - Michela Spiteri

    It’s been a month since I returned from my week in the south of France. Any wistful longing for Malta has since evaporated and the rose-tinted spectacles have fallen off.  Malta has been falling victim to the wrecking ball for years, but this year...

  • No Christmas for Doris - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Last Sunday, the Prime Minister made it known to us that he was not Father Christmas. I’m not convinced. In fact, a close examination reveals a number of tell-tale signs, down to the habit of showering gifts on some and lumps of coal on...

  • Friendship among the faiths - President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

    It was a proud moment, to welcome so many representatives of the diverse faith communities in Malta to San Anton Palace. Together, our faith community leaders engaged in constructive discussions and approved the first national Declaration for...

  • Gozitans deserve to know - Emmanuel J. Galea

    The leader ‘The Urbanisation of Gozo’ (February 10) contained several statements that have been rattling in my mind, prompting me to express some concerns. The Labour Party pledged the start of the Gozo tunnel project in its 2017 manifesto, which...

  • Iceberg in the Mediterranean - Manuel Delia

    Iceberg in the Mediterranean - Manuel Delia

    Spanish sources were quoted in the Times of Malta last week describing what we know of the “tuna laundering” scandal as the tip of the iceberg. The newspaper reported that Andreina Fenech Farrugia, the Director General of Fisheries who is now...

  • Heading towards a new arms race - Anthony Manduca

    Heading towards a new arms race - Anthony Manduca

    The announcement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States is suspending its participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty – and will probably withdraw from the treaty in six months – is a rash, dangerous...

  • Land lust on Calypso’s island - Alan Deidun

    Land lust on Calypso’s island - Alan Deidun

    Gozitans constitute roughly four to five per cent of the native population of the entire archipelago, some elementary number-crunching reveals (e.g. by excluding the Maltese in possession of a Gozitan identification card and foreigners who have...

  • Deploy the foot soldiers - Peter Agius

    The European Socialists’ proposal to impose an EU-wide corporate tax of 18 per cent would be a direct hit to Malta’s competitiveness because it erodes our ability to make up for our natural disadvantages when compared to mainland Europe. Germany...

  • Question time: Healthy quality of life

    Josè Herrera, Minister For The Environment, Sustainable Development And Climate Change Economic growth cannot be sustainable if it is achieved at the expense of environmental protection and social progress. The government’s aspirations are that,...

  • More women in politics - Francine Farrugia

    Politics is a term that influences various aspects of life, particularly in Parliament where major legislative decisions are made. Decisions that, directly or indirectly, affect all of us, including women. A few years back, women were not given as...

  • Two-thirds pension is 40 - Carmel Mallia

    The National Insurance Act of 1956 provided for the payment of national insurance contributions and benefits including pensions at a flat rate. The introduction of the two-thirds pension with effect from January 21, 1979 was a big step in the...