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  • Facebook political shambles - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    Facebook political shambles - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    It is incredible that in the year 2018, some people still need to be educated on how to use Facebook responsibly. In Malta, this applies mostly, although not exclusively, to those who comment about political matters. It seems some people simply...

  • Future of Manoel Island - Michael Briguglio

    I have been following the Manoel Island development plan since the late 1990s, when the Midi original proposals were presented. Unlike its sister Tignè Point project, this development never took place. In the meantime, like many others, I hoped...

  • The wrath of Mother Nature - Kristina Chetcuti

    The wrath of Mother Nature - Kristina Chetcuti

    On the first day of summer last week, it rained. Not a sneeze of a little passing grey cloud, but a full blown thunder-and-all mid-winter soaking rain. Whoa! My most precious strawberry plant, which I had gently watered in the morning, seemed to...

  • Migration crisis risks Europe’s dream - Antonio Tajani

    This week’s European Council will have a decisive bearing on the future of Europe. If the Member States fail to reach agreement on a way to stop and regulate the influx of migrants and asylum seekers, the European project itself may be in for a...

  • Close your eyes, he said - Claire Bonello

    “Close your eyes”, he murmured. “Imagine your favourite place. Where do you want to be?” We were in a hotel. He was one of the top men at the Planning Authority. And he was asking where I’d want to be. Actually he was asking  us all where we’d...

  • Let’s occupy trees instead - Michela Spiteri

    I’ve started taking pictures of gardens and trees, starting with those below my rear balcony. They’re not mine, but I admire them all the same and feel increasingly protective. There’s something about other people’s houses and gardens that is...

  • More football needed - Mark Anthony Falzon

    On two occasions last week, I found myself missing football.  The first had to do with the aftermath of the Aquarius matter. It is not, I suppose, unreasonable to expect a major incident that concerns the lives of over 600 people, and that...

  • Fathers abused by the system - Victor Paul Borg

    Fathers abused by the system - Victor Paul Borg

    Court psychological ex­perts in the US, tasked with investigating alleged sex abuse in post-separation custody battles, estimate that about three in four allegations are false. These figures tally with estimates communicated by frontline child...

  • Trenches in the mud - Manuel Delia

    Trenches in the mud - Manuel Delia

    Hardly anyone still doubts the profound corruption that governs the present administration. Even the stragglers who wanted to look on the bright side no longer assume the best. Taken together, mounting documentary evidence, multiple corroborating...

  • Besmirching Malta and its financial sector - Paul V. Azzopardi

    Besmirching Malta  and its financial sector - Paul V. Azzopardi

    The damage being done to Malta and its financial sector by the persistent propagation of pernicious comment has now reached such a criti­cal level that opposing it should be the duty of every Maltese person, irrespective of his or her political...

  • Returning the Festival Hotel site to its original state - Alan Deidun

    Returning the Festival Hotel  site to its original state - Alan Deidun

    The graffiti-emblazoned murals of the Festival Hotel ruins, towering over the Foresta 2000 afforestation site and lying within a buffer zone of an Area of Ecological Importance (AEI), have assumed the status of a goldmine for some. In fact, a long...

  • Lack of discipline - Frank Salt

    I was born in 1944 in Malta to a Maltese mother and Welsh father, but my family soon went over to England, where I was raised and educated. I am saying this so that you can see that I just missed the British national service call-up. All young men...

  • Question time: Citizen responsibilities

    Question time: Citizen responsibilities

    José Herrera, Minister for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change A few days ago, the Ministry for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change launched a public consultation on amendments to the littering regulations...

  • Deal with YouTube around the corner - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Maltese YouTubers will soon start to be compensated financially for content generated on YouTube. This follows the launch of a specific YouTube webpage for Malta: since that will not only make content from Malta more easily accessible for users...

  • The politics of football - André DeBattista

    The politics of football - André DeBattista

    ‘Football and politics should not mix’ – so says conventional wisdom. The trouble with trying to exclude politics out of most spheres of society is that it is somewhat impossible. Politics is an organic concept. It may be encouraged and distorted...

  • Cheers to life - Paula Cauchi

    The Labour Party has time and again broken the silence on sensitive issues, and Tuesday’s vote in Parliament on the IVF law was another feather in the government’s cap. Through their vote, the Labour parliamentary group gave a voice to the...

  • Migration dilemmas - Ranier Fsadni

    Migration dilemmas - Ranier Fsadni

    In a week’s time, another European summit will attempt to address the ethical and political dilemmas raised by irregular immigration from the Middle East and Africa. Paradoxically, however, there can be no realistic humanitarian action taken...

  • Both social and a democrat - Chris Fearne

    The amendments to our IVF legislation have now passed into law. Piloting them through Parliament and securing a balanced judgement on it in the court of public and NGO opinion was not an easy task. We encountered substantial opposition to certain...

  • Hell’s relevance today - Martin Scicluna

    Hell’s relevance today - Martin Scicluna

    A few weeks ago, Pope Francis, to my delight, was reported in an article published by Eugenio Scalfari in La Repubblica as saying that: “There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.” The Vatican subsequently said that the comment...

  • A delicate property market - Frank Salt

    The property market in Malta and Gozo is doing very well. Or is it? When a property market is conceived to be doing well, more and more people want to develop. More and more people jump on the bandwagon and want to become instant estate agents,...