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  • After sadness comes hope - Tony Cassar

    I had just sat down after a long day at work, and the minute I opened FB I saw a post with a photo showing smoke billowing out of Notre- Dame. The photo almost looked like a surreal painting. Not wanting to believe what I was seeing, hoping it was...

  • What Benedict got right - Ranier Fsadni

    What Benedict got right - Ranier Fsadni

    There have been three broad kinds of reaction to a 6,000-word essay published last week by Joseph Ratzinger, the former Pope Benedict XVI. Writing in a Bavarian magazine for the clergy, Ratzinger blames the ‘sexual liberation’ associated with the...

  • Embracing sobriety for Christ - Fr Geoffrey Attard

    Embracing sobriety for Christ - Fr Geoffrey Attard

    As I sit in front of my computer listening to Thomas Tallis’s soothing Lamentation and think of what I can do in a different way this year to prepare myself spiritually for Lent and Holy Week, I try to meditate upon the great love that our Lord...

  • Digging ourselves into a hole - Godfrey Farrugia

    Originally I was in favour of the Malta-Gozo tunnel but the more educated I have become on the subject, the more I am convinced that the government is deceiving people into believing that this tunnel is the right thing to do and that it will be...

  • High-tech Cold War - Martin Scicluna

    High-tech Cold War - Martin Scicluna

    The geopolitical row between the United States and China is the great schism of our times. For Cold War warriors such as me, there is something very familiar about the current geopolitical mood. Western concern with the enemy’s new weaponry, its...

  • Jeremy Hunt, one Europe - Alastair Campbell

    Jeremy Hunt, one Europe - Alastair Campbell

    As Notre Dame burned, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt reached for his phone and diplomatically tweeted his sympathy… “thinking of all our friends in France tonight following the devastating fire… heart-breaking for the millions who love this...

  • The case of mental health - Paulann Grech

    “He [the mental health professional] is like a father to me. He guides me and makes decisions that will help me to get better. The mental health professionals always have to be on top. Because they studied to be like that. I believe that they...

  • Lost in the detail - Eddie Aquilina

    Lost in the detail - Eddie Aquilina

    The art of deceit is practised in crime as in politics. The human mind is by its very nature a process of observation, intuition and judgement. We see something and we immediately characterise it, putting it somewhere on the spectrum between good...

  • When states turn violent - André DeBattista

    When states turn violent - André DeBattista

    Amritsar is a beautiful city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab. Its Golden Temple, the holiest site in Sikhism, was constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries. Its gold-encrusted walls and chandeliers attract millions of visitors and...

  • Giving a voice to the elderly - Louis Cilia

    AGE Platform (Europe) is a network of non-profit organisations which aims to promote the interests of the 190 million senior citizens in the European Union and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most.  The National Association of...

  • Death of the unborn - Fr Christopher Caruana OP

    Death of the unborn - Fr Christopher Caruana OP

    Two recent contributions to this newspaper offered arguments defending “choices of death”. The phrase is not my own, nor is it being foisted upon such liberal theorists of law and politics as I have in mind to address. That phrase was chosen by...

  • Strengthening our institutions - Max Ganado

    The need to split the Attorney General’s office and function into at least two different constitutional functions of the same calibre, with a Director of Public Prosecutions having independence and security of tenure, has long been...

  • Political geese and journalistic gander - Fr Joe Borg

    Political geese and journalistic gander - Fr Joe Borg

    Thumbs up for the front page story carried by this paper last Sunday revealing the meeting of two Nationalists MPs, Kristy Debono and Hermann Schiavone, with Yorgen Fenech, the owner of the shady company 17 Black. He is also, among many other...

  • Adieu, by any means - Mark Anthony Falzon

    I never imagined I would find solace in anything Sandro Chetcuti said. I was wrong.  The occasion was a conference held by the Malta Developers Association (MDA) at which an updated version of a report on the construction industry was presented...

  • The misrule of law - John Vassallo

    The misrule of law - John Vassallo

    Last month during the European Parliament Tax3 Committee meeting on Malta and its rapid descent into the black hole of corrupt countries, we witnessed quite clearly what is essentially wrong about the rule, or the misrule, of law in Malta. I admit...

  • The Triq tal-Ġebel - Manuel Delia

    The Triq tal-Ġebel - Manuel Delia

    You know your town has become violent when a drive-by shooting barely makes the news. It is facile to say that if Lassine Souleymane had been a dog found shot on the side of the Triq tal-Ġebel in Birżebbuġa there would have been more uproar. Such...

  • Fusing tradition with technology - Jonathan Mizzi

    Fusing tradition with technology - Jonathan Mizzi

    Transport is a hot topic of conversation in Malta, now more than ever. There’s much debate surrounding the planned Malta-Gozo tunnel and the possibility of introducing a metro system. One thing that we can all agree on is that our transport...

  • We need some new specs - Bishop Mario Grech

    We need some new specs - Bishop Mario Grech

    As the saying goes, “to the pure eye, everything is pure”. The one who has clear eyes, sees clearly; but the one who has hazy eyesight, sees just a mist; and he whose eyes are covered by a crust, only sees dimly. In the gospel story about the...

  • Deeds not words, Mr President - Kristina Chetcuti

    Deeds not words, Mr President - Kristina Chetcuti

    The term ‘good governance’ was coined sometime in the late 1980s. While the world was perming its hair, putting on shoulder pads and watching Dallas, someone put the adjective and noun together in a World Bank report about African countries. The...

  • Swan song for Burmarrad - Alan Deidun

    Swan song for Burmarrad - Alan Deidun

    Dua Lipa’s recently released Swan Song springs to mind when I think of Burmarrad’s current predicament. The phrase ‘swan song’ originally referred to an artist’s final performance, but it can also symboli­cally represent the inexorable demise of...