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  • Are we all going to become tricoteuses? - Kristina Chetcuti

    Tricoteuse is French for ‘a woman who knits’. However, be careful how to use the word if you’re going over to France this summer. If you’re somewhere in the middle of a cute Provence village and you spot a woman on a chair in her doorway knitting,...

  • Mental health service challenges - Nigel Camilleri

    The Malta Association of Psychiatry (MAP) recognises that this administration is showing interest in mental health and is demonstrating a desire to develop appropriate mental health ser­vices while improving the quality of service provision. Both...

  • The absent uncaring enforcers - Claire Bonello

    There was a dead tuna fish floating off the coast of Sliema last week. A huge dead fish bobbing up and down on the waves a few metres from bathers near the Chalet. It was the third one in the area in a fortnight. All three rotting specimens had...

  • Sunday Bloody Sunday - Michela Spiteri

    “Believe it or not, even I hesitate to write about certain topics out of fear of being snapped out of context and have my words twisted.”    These aren’t my words: they’re Manuel Delia’s. Out of context they may be, but I’m not twisting them –...

  • Blacks don’t count - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Last week, this newspaper published a photo that showed a group of black people lugging suitcases down a country lane behind the Mrieħel showrooms. They had just been effectively evicted from the cowshed they called home, and were on the way to...

  • The Republic of Darkness (2) - John Vassallo

    The Republic of Darkness (2) - John Vassallo

    I agree with many commentators on the Egrant affair that suspicion or insinuations are not legal tender. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want until all relevant proof is made available to them. The only ones who know for sure who the...

  • La piovra - Manuel Delia

    La piovra - Manuel Delia

    It has never been more necessary to mark the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia with public protest. Three weeks ago the Prime Minister went on stage and wept. It was a starting gun for fire at will. This has been a scorching summer. And I...

  • Do not fear a trade war (2) - David Galea

    In our first article of last week, we mentioned that the world’s two largest economies had just initiated punitive duties to the tune of $34 billion on each other’s exports during the month of July. Many had thought, or better hoped, that...

  • The example starts with us - Miriam Dalli

    When an adult argues that bullying makes children stronger it not only justifies the acts of a bully but it reinforces a child victim’s notion that perhaps they ‘deserve’ to be bullied… for how they look, for who their parents are, for where they...

  • Post-totalitarian Malta - André DeBattista

    Post-totalitarian Malta - André DeBattista

    Malta’s political system seems to rest on two main pillars; the apparatus of State and the power struggle between the two main parties to control this system. In some respects, this structure is similar to that of other democracies. However, the...

  • Political level playing - Tonio Borg

    In recent times, the lack of political level playing between the government and Opposition has manifested itself in several incidents and situations, including legislative and administrative measures. The most recent example of course being the...

  • Question time: Public procurement

    Anthony Agius Decelis, Parliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing It is an undisputed fact that Malta is currently experiencing its best financial results in history. What had seemed to be an insolvable deficit problem,...

  • Theresa May must go - André DeBattista

    An error of judgement can irrevocably change the political life of a person. Theresa May’s decision to call an early election in 2017 did that. Since then, she has hobbled on, from one disaster to another, against all the odds. Her brazen attitude...

  • Indecent exposure - John Vassallo

    Indecent exposure - John Vassallo

    Having spent a couple of weeks in the heatwave that is afflicting northern Europe with temperatures exceeding by some degrees the worst July hot days with 31˚C and 32˚C in Malta, I returned to spend some weeks in Sliema. To my absolute disgust I...

  • Med cleanup champions - Jason Shutt

    I am British/Maltese, having had the enormous privilege of visiting “home” from the UK every year since I was born in 1972. Together with my family, I have witnessed many changes, mainly for the good. My four children are also witnessing further...

  • Better red than dead - Ranier Fsadni

    Better red than dead - Ranier Fsadni

    In a couple of weeks, the 11th edition of the Tomatina Festival will be held in the Spanish town of Buñol. People from all over the world will gleefully pelt and splat each other with over 100,000 kilos of tomatoes. It will bring to an end a...

  • Adrian Delia – one year on - Hermann Schiavone

    It has been almost a year since Adrian Delia became Nationalist Party leader. He won the first-ever election in which party members, 15,000 of them, participated. Their participation was not merely a voting exercise. Most of them engaged in a...

  • Demographic numbers game - Martin Scicluna

    Demographic numbers game - Martin Scicluna

    The average age of the Maltese population has been rising steadily due to a falling birth rate, a decline in those aged 50 years and under and increases in those aged 50 to 64, 65 to 79, and 80 years and above. Nineteen per cent of the population...

  • The fight against cancer - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Cancer is an ever-growing concern around the world, Malta being no exception. There are almost 2,000 new cases of cancer a year and about 900 annual deaths in Malta. This means that, on average, five people in Malta are diagnosed with a form of...

  • Less costly alternative - Fr Eugene Paul Teuma OFM Conv.

    Less costly alternative - Fr Eugene Paul Teuma OFM Conv.

    Do we really need a €55 million road project for the Rabat Road area? The authorities are pushing forward this project, while the residents, along the intended route, are asking for more moderate modifications. Is the Attard/Rabat Road project...