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  • Forward planning - Sandro Chetcuti

    Forward planning - Sandro Chetcuti

    Malta is in dire need of a breath of fresh air, and the fact of the matter is that our sun-kissed islands are in serious need of medium- to long-term design plans that will brighten our future on a global level. Here I am referring to aesthetic...

  • Better environment proposals - Michael Briguglio

    Malta’s EU membership was beneficial to various aspects of environmental policy, yet our country remains a European laggard in so many environmental aspects. These include quality of air, waste management and usage of renewable energy. Though...

  • Don’t blame the gods - Ranier Fsadni

    Don’t blame the gods - Ranier Fsadni

    It sometimes happens that those whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad; but it’s not the gods who are at work in the Brexit mayhem. I grant it’s a tempting thought, particularly when you see that now even the Speaker of the House has...

  • Prayer of a lonely heart 

    Nowadays loneliness is rampant. Recently I found a prayer in St Faustina’s Diary that can offer comfort and solace during these painful moments: “Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven, You are my peace. You are my salvation, You are my...

  • Opinion - Why Malta too should explode the myths that the Kremlin uses

    Opinion - Why Malta too should explode the myths that the Kremlin uses

    When I come across an article like ‘Crimea: five years on’ of March 7 by the Ambassador of Russia to Malta, Vladimir Malygin, I can’t help being reminded of Lord Acton’s famous definition of an ambassador as “an honest man sent abroad to lie for...

  • Signs for worth while retirement - Godfrey Farrugia

    A lifetime of hard work should be followed up with an adequate pension and a good quality of life. Much has been said about the need to build upon our pension system, while guaranteeing it for future generations. However, not enough has been said...

  • Brexit? What Brexit? - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Brexit? What Brexit? - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The million-pound question, right?In the last three years I have not taken a position on whether I think Brexit is the right choice for Britain or not. Why should I? Should a Juventino take sides when watching a match between Man. United and...

  • Underwater cultural heritage - Arnold Cassola

    Underwater cultural heritage - Arnold Cassola

    It was a pleasure to read in this newspaper that Malta’s underwater heritage is set to receive an extra level of attention and protection with the setting up of a dedicated unit within Heritage Malta. The primary aim of this new Underwater...

  • Are you being serious? - John Consiglio

    If Sir Andrew Cook’s article (March 18) was intended as merely an exercise in personal nostalgia, then all is forgiven and forgotten. If then, however, he is serious about “bringing back the Sterling Area”, then his article is all so outright...

  • So callous and barbaric - Toni Mifsud

    So callous and barbaric - Toni Mifsud

    On the University of Malta website Andrea Dibben is listed as a lecturer at the Social Policy and Social Work Department of the Faculty for Social Well-being.  During the launch of the pro-abortion coalition, Dibben, as the leader of the...

  • Spring: the season to enjoy - Mark Sultana

    From a very young age, children are taught about the four seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring. No doubt, we all understand the important role each season plays in the cycle of life and the survival of living organisms. Yet, I am also sure...

  • Who is changing Malta’s identity? - Joe Portelli

    Who is changing Malta’s identity? - Joe Portelli

    A recent opinion piece said the Gozitan identity can only be salvaged with a permanent link. I beg to differ. It is we Maltese who are not cherishing what makes us Maltese. When planning is driven by what developers dictate and many decisions at...

  • Born this way? - Fr David Muscat

    Born this way? - Fr David Muscat

    On March 8, feast of St John, patron saint of those suffering from mental disorders, Fr Kevin Schembri, an “accredited canon lawyer”, argued on Xarabank that homosexuality is not a disorder because God made it “and saw that it was good’’.  This...

  • Deckchairs and unicorns in Brussels - Kristina Chetcuti

    Deckchairs and unicorns in Brussels - Kristina Chetcuti

    Every month I correspond with the accounts department of this newspaper, and thanks to this exchange of e-mails, month in, month out, for more than a decade now, I’ve kept in touch with reliable, dependable Roberta. Aside from the boring...

  • On the appointment of judges - Tonio Azzopardi

    With so many new judges about to be appointed to serve in the national courts of Malta as well as in the regional courts under the auspices of the Council of Europe and the European Union, it is pertinent to bring to the attention of the...

  • The radical politics of Lent - Fr Joe Borg

    The radical politics of Lent - Fr Joe Borg

    Probably Lent is misunderstood more than any other liturgical season. This misunderstanding has a long history. Mention Lent and most people would point to fasting and abstinence from meat almost as if these are synonyms of the word ‘Lent’. This...

  • Long live Malta GC - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Should we remove the George Cross from the Maltese flag? And how about Victoria, whose statue presides over the canopies in Republic Square? Should we relocate her to some kind of garden of forgetful remembrance, where she would be joined by a...

  • Djar għall-Maltin housing campaign, 1969-2019 - Henry Frendo

    Djar għall-Maltin housing campaign, 1969-2019 - Henry Frendo

    Fifty years ago, the student corps engaged society and made history, in the form of the Djar Għall-Maltin housing campaign in which the author led hundreds of students and others. Fifty years later, the campaign retains significance. History does...

  • Bearing witness - Manuel Delia

    Bearing witness - Manuel Delia

    It is the vocation of the religious to live out their lives as witnesses for their faith. In that commitment lies recognition that their precepts are not self-evident. There is also expectation that others who do not share their faith are likely...

  • The patience of reflection - Fr Gilbert Scicluna

    Now that some weeks have passed from the initial hubbub, I can find no better words to describe the sapiential oracles about the Mass attendance census than those used by contemporary Catholic French philosopher of Jewish descent Fabrice Hadjadj.