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  • The Gozo tunnel hara-kiri - Arnold Cassola

    Last Tuesday, Transport Minister Ian Borg announced that within the next six months there will be an international call for tenders for the beginning of the digging of the 14-kilometre tunnel between Malta and Gozo. The chosen tenderer will be...

  • Muscat, golden oldie - Ranier Fsadni

    Muscat, golden oldie - Ranier Fsadni

    Joseph Muscat’s speech to the Party of European Socialists last week has received lopsided coverage in Malta (and virtually none elsewhere). Despite the European stage on which he spoke, the reports had their eye strictly on the national one:...

  • The Saudi connection - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The Saudi connection - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The whole world and his aunt, barring Donald Trump, is up in arms over the Khashoggi murder at the hands of the Saudis. It has finally stirred from its deep slumber, to the realisation that there is something rotten in the Kingdom of Saudi...

  • A day of national reconciliation - Godfrey Farrugia

    A day of national reconciliation - Godfrey Farrugia

    Last Thursday we debated a motion calling for the establishment of a board that will carry a public inquiry into the circumstances of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.A public inquiry is different from the criminal investigation that is...

  • Do not become inured to the sight of blood - Roberta Metsola

    Habitual exposure to anything, however unpleasant it may be, renders one to become accustomed to it, as is the case with casualty personnel and the sight of blood. Our society is now facing the same situation.  We are fast becoming immune to daily...

  • European army delusions - Martin Scicluna

    European army delusions - Martin Scicluna

    A few weeks ago, in the German Parliament, on a national day of mourning for the victims of war, President Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned case for a “European army” and a tougher foreign policy to prevent the European Union becoming a...

  • The last of the greats - André DeBattista

    The last of the greats - André DeBattista

    In December 1989, the Times of Malta published a supplement marking the Bush-Gorbachev summit held off the coast of Marsaxlokk. Beneath the photos of both leaders, a quote from the Book of Isaiah read: “They shall beat their swords into...

  • No private matter - Michael Falzon

    “Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality and continues to be one of the most notable human rights violations within all societies,” the European Institute for Gender Equality said. It is violence inflicted on an...

  • Gozo needs a ministry - Lino DeBono

    Gozo needs a ministry - Lino DeBono

    I view the government and the Opposition as the parents of our society. When the parents are positive and able, they take care of the family and lead it to a positive and better future. That’s the way I view political leaders, politicians and even...

  • Chip off the old block - Raymond Mangion

    Chip off the old block - Raymond Mangion

    The Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta is holding its seventh foundation day commemoration today. It will be conferring its award for Academic Excellence on John Mamo, who lectured at the department of commercial law for many years. Mamo...

  • We marched, now what? - Josianne Cutajar

    As the year draws to a close, these final weeks are the perfect period to reflect on the events and actions that left a mark on us these past 12 months. Undoubtedly, one of the events that remains imprinted in my mind is the march against...

  • Feeling the growth in GDP - Michael Briguglio

    You probably know that Malta’s gross domestic product went up by 7.5 per cent in real terms during the third quarter of 2018. You might have read this in the newspapers or heard it on the news. If you are part of the growing group which gets its...

  • The kappillan of Malta - Albert Buttigieg

    The kappillan of Malta - Albert Buttigieg

    This is the title of a historical novel. Penned by Nicholas Monsarrat, the novel recounts the parish work of Father Salvatore, a humble Maltese kappillan – parish priest – in his assiduous endeavours to hearten and inspire his parishioners in the...

  • Ejja, let’s sit down for a (soft) drink - Kristina Chetcuti

    Ejja, let’s sit down for a (soft) drink - Kristina Chetcuti

    The stepson’s graduation the other day was a fond, nostalgic throwback to my graduation day 21 years ago. Ouch, seeing it typed out like that, I realise that that’s exactly half my lifetime ago, which erm, makes my days of youth look terribly afar.

  • Human rights from a woman’s perspective - Renee Laiviera

    Rarely is the negation of human rights purposefully or knowingly propagated. It is rather in the implementation of legislation and policies that such negation comes about. On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the...

  • The tile and cake Nazis - Claire Bonello

    The Planning Authority has scored a bit of an own goal with its latest educational campaign. It started off with a collage of tiles and the tagline telling us that tiles were pretty, but they were only appropriate in the bathroom and should not be...

  • Ruling the rule of law - Michela Spiteri

    Fact. I’ve been writing this column for just over 11 years. That’s nearly 300 articles. Some, I suppose, have ‘made waves’, others perhaps have sunk under them; but the one or two with real impact are the ones that matter most. Nothing is more...

  • Cosmopolitanism, à la carte - Mark Anthony Falzon

    “It wasn’t in our manifesto.” This, according to the Prime Minister, is an adequate response to the question of voting rights for non-EU resident foreigners. As reported, the matter was raised at a Cabinet meeting by Minister Helena Dalli, who...

  • The 2nd Republic Constitution: what’s it for? - Robert Musumeci

    What is a constitution? In simple terms, a constitution is an original form of a social pact, that identifies itself with the society that creates and shapes it. In other words, it is a contract which binds citizens and the State. Although the...

  • Manoel Island development: the real, ugly implications - Arnold Cassola

    Manoel Island development: the real, ugly implications - Arnold Cassola

    On December 20, the Planning Authority will be deciding on the plans for Manoel Island. Another piece of our limited public land is going to disappear. First of all, Midi are planning one year and seven months of excavation on Manoel Island. This...