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  • Time for national bereavement - Peter Agius

    The Romans had a saying, “De mortuis nil nisi bonum”, that is, you only speak good of the dead. In Malta, we all invariably tend to mention departed ones with sympathy. When Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered I thought this Maltese characteristic...

  • Daphne, a year later - Michael Briguglio

    On October 16, 2017, I was giving a lecture in environmental sociology at the University of Malta. As is the case with my two-hour lectures, I gave my students a 15-minute break halfway through it. I duly scrolled though my smartphone during the...

  • Need for public gardens - Astrid Vella

    If Malta had not been colonised for the last few centuries, we would probably not have any public gardens and few trees. Think about it. How many public gardens of note have been set up since the British left? It is thanks to the Knights that we...

  • May’s time is running out - Ivan Grixti

    This summer, the Times of Malta carried an article entitled ‘Could Chequers talks mean checkmate for Theresa May’s Brexit?’, which featured a number of major players of the UK economy highlighting the cost of a bad Brexit. In particular, Jaguar...

  • A letter to my daughter - Kristina Chetcuti

    A letter to my daughter - Kristina Chetcuti

    On October 16 last year at 3pm, we were at home together, in the living room laughing about something we had just seen on television. I don’t even remember what about, but I remember the sound of laughter. And then I remember a few seconds later,...

  • The degrading of Malta’s name - John Vassallo

    Today all newspapers and TV stations worldwide name Malta in the same breath as Slovakia, Bulgaria and now Saudi Arabia because of the terrible fate suffered by journalists. We are now placed in the same boat as two former Soviet Bloc countries...

  • Fat cat insults the nation - Claire Bonello

    So it turns out that the concession for the national aquarium was another case of public land given away at a low price to private interests. A report issued by the National Audit Office concluded that the concession did not take into account the...

  • The other side of what, exactly? - Michela Spiteri

    I have written several articles on the subject of underage/under the influence/reckless driving, and my views on the subject must now be well-known. Every columnist has a hobby horse – a sore point or two – and this is definitely one of mine. But...

  • Taking Daniel Holmes seriously - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Daniel Holmes was released from prison two weeks ago. The Welshman was 28 when he was arrested in Gozo in 2006 for growing cannabis plants. In 2011, he was fined €23,000 and served a 10-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Over the years, his case has...

  • Shocking revelations - Arnold Cassola

    The two articles in La Repubblica and the ensuing fracas in Parliament last week have taught me and the Maltese something more about the hidden dirty works ofour country. First, we learned that the price of blasphemy depends a lot on who it is and...

  • The state of journalism - Manuel Delia

    The state of journalism - Manuel Delia

    The killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia brought about change in many people’s lives. Hers was ended. And dramatic, brutal killings are normally expected to bring about change beyond the shattering pain they cause to those closest to the...

  • Crime against the country - Victor Paul Borg

    One year after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the event that ruptured Malta’s innocence, the convoluted aftermath has led to a dangerous state of dichotomy. It’s a dichotomy between the two Maltas – those who see everything bad,...

  • Where is teachers’ professional status going? - Sandro Spiteri

    Where is teachers’ professional status going? - Sandro Spiteri

    The rise in the status of teachers in Malta throughout the 20th century mirrors the steady improvement of education provision and investment therein by successive governments. From being considered akin to janitors in 1907, which prompted the...

  • No more learners of a lesser god - James Calleja

    No more learners of a lesser god - James Calleja

    The prevailing culture in many European and non-European countries is that vocational education is a second option – most parents would want their children to go to university. This trend has been provoked and promoted by a clear separation...

  • More than one perversion - Ċensu Galea

    Reading Desmond Zammit Marmara’s article ‘A perversion of Democracy’ (September 25), forced me to write these thoughts. In particular, my thoughts were provoked by this section of the article: “I am particularly irked, as a local councillor, that...

  • Question time: Educated planning

    John Portelli, advisor to the Ministry for Education and Employment The continuous process of education has two equally important aspects: forming prospective citizens and leading out and nurturing their positive qualities. A holistic education,...

  • Concern and theatrics - Angelo Micallef

    Over the last couple of days, German MEP Sven Giegold managed to do something quite rare in Maltese politics these days; trigger a certain level of political consensus. Giegold  found it fit to tell the British press that he was actively toying...

  • The British military presence - Joe Zahra

    I refer to Karl Flores’s letter entitled ‘Malta’s Independence’ (October 8). I would not want to enter into polemics but I like to clarifycertain misconceptions.  Flores wrote that the British had a military base on the island “for which they paid...

  • Reclaiming democracy - Francis Zammit Dimech

    It’s been a year and we are none the wiser to know who ordered her assassination. The day Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed the greatest loss was hers, denied the right to live out her years. Next, come her husband, children, parents, family, all...

  • Atmosphere of public distrust - Denis Tanti

    Atmosphere of public distrust - Denis Tanti

    Consecutive Eurobarometer surveys have shown a growing decline in trust among the Maltese public towards the country’s democratic institutions. A survey carried out in October 2013 that sought citizens’ perceptions of justice and the rule of law...