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  • Blockchain and Bitcoins - Anthony Curmi

    Blockchain and Bitcoins - Anthony Curmi

    In my letter ‘Virtual currencies and vigilance’ (January 2, 2018) I had concluded: “My view is a definite no to cryptocurrencies but by all means let us explore the potential introduction of blockchain technology with adequate safeguards.” The...

  • Planet Earth’s champions - George Camilleri

    Planet Earth’s champions - George Camilleri

    You have inherited hurricanes, floods, droughts, cyclones, freezing cold, heatwaves, acid rain, sea level rise, ocean acidification, damage to ecosystems, famines, depleting water resources and failing human health. Your industries, agriculture,...

  • A labelling society - Clifford Galea

    Various studies and surveys suggest that people in many societies are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes towards those dealing with drug addiction. In addition, people generally do not support government policies that aim to help...

  • Stains on our conscience - Ranier Fsadni

    Stains on our conscience - Ranier Fsadni

    George Vella’s inaugural speech as President was obviously well pondered, revealing a lifetime of political thought, but in one of the delicate passages there was a detail that might well have been written spontaneously, without overthinking,...

  • EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 - Alfred Baldacchino

    EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 - Alfred Baldacchino

    Conscious of the need to avert global biodiversity loss, on May 3, 2011, the European Commission adopted a new strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity, known as EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 (EUBS). This was a response to two important strong...

  • Where are the buffer zones? - Joanna Spiteri Staines

    The Irrestawra Darek funds scheme introduced by the Planning Authority is an excellent scheme to restore the façades of traditional old buildings. The scheme was met with approval at Din l-Art Ħelwa since it helps home owners financially to...

  • Egypt recognises Malta’s ‘grande figure’ - Fr Mark Montebello

    Egypt recognises Malta’s ‘grande figure’ - Fr Mark Montebello

    Manuel Dimech (1860–1921) continues to be gradually recognised beyond the ideological and regional confines that so marked his initial diffusion. Much work has gone into this challenging process. His adoption in the Maltese islands by just one...

  • Unworthy of election - Martin Scicluna

    Unworthy of election - Martin Scicluna

    I knew an election was afoot when the ambitious member of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, regaled us with an article titled ‘Speaking up for the centre’ (February 12). She told us, in all modesty, that her “journey in politics was not...

  • Echo chambers - John O’Dea

    The great rift in Maltese society has been intensified by the echo chambers of modern-day media, social media and the internet. Television was first introduced in Malta in 1959. The only broadcasts available at the time were RAI programmes...

  • Politics and opportunism - Emmanuel Galea

    Politics and opportunism - Emmanuel Galea

    The article by Franco Mercieca, ‘Gozo effectively accessible’ (April 3) really presents me with an opportunity to show how the present government is trying to manipulate Gozitans to accept the government’s hidden agenda, which they do not dare...

  • A Day of Remembrance - Jiang Jiang

    A Day of Remembrance - Jiang Jiang

    The Chinese festival of clear brightness, or Qingming, fell on April 5 this year. It is a day when the Chinese visit the burial places of their lost loved ones and honour their memories. It is also a festival that celebrates life as nature thrives...

  • Mcast merits respect - James Calleja

    Mcast merits respect - James Calleja

    Justin Schembri’s Talking Point ‘Photoshopped image of Mcast’ tries to shed bad light on the operations of a public vocational education and training institution. It is truly sad that a young aspiring politician, who also happens to be a teacher...

  • PN-PL collusion - Arnold Cassola

    The PNPL combination might seem to some to be just a catchy linguistic combination which has been fortunate enough to catch the ear of many. It is not.  The PNPL combination is actually much more than a slogan: it represents the incestuous liaison...

  • Those persons of trust - Denis Tanti

    Those persons of trust - Denis Tanti

    I refer to the reply by the Director of Information, Paul Azzopardi, to my article entitled ‘Culture of Corruption’. Instead of limiting himself to a statement by way of contradiction or explanation, Azzopardi has come up with a number of red...

  • ‘Negative’ media is not a problem - Petra Caruana Dingli

    ‘Negative’ media is not a problem - Petra Caruana Dingli

    The Prime Minister’s wife, Michelle Muscat, gave a public speech last week and reportedly requested the media to cover important projects “no matter who was behind them”. Presumably, she especially also meant the projects of her charity...

  • How much louder should our voices be? - Ray Azzopardi

    How much louder should our voices be? - Ray Azzopardi

    How many more voices must we hear to be able to change course and take immediate action?  Last week Graffitti activists set up camp for five days outside the Planning Authority in response to authorities ‘besieging’ the country with over-development.

  • Greco? Who the **** is Greco? - Kristina Chetcuti

    Greco? Who the **** is Greco? - Kristina Chetcuti

    Scene 1. Set somewhere in the corridors of Castille: Jason Micallef: “Have you heard anything about this Greco report? Do you think I’m mentioned? I love it when I’m in the news!” Owen Bonnici: “Greco? Who’s this now? And what’s with reports these...

  • Signs of the times - Edward Zammit

    Signs of the times - Edward Zammit

    Much has been written about the results of the census of people’s attendance at Sunday Mass published recently by Discern (the Maltese Church’s Institute for Research on the Sign of the Times). According to the census, attendance is down to around...

  • President, power and authority - Sandro Spiteri

    President, power and authority - Sandro Spiteri

    President George Vella’s maiden speech on his investiture last week contained the first notes of integrity and moral authority from the leaders of our polity for a long time. President Vella did not try to do a chameleon act. What we heard was the...

  • How Catholicism is viewed in Australia - Maurice Cauchi

    There is no doubt that the status of Catholicism in Australia is currently at a nadir, partly as a result of the bad publicity associated with the case and conviction of Cardinal Pell, the Vatican’s most senior official. Many non-Catholics in...