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  • Television vs cinema - Kristina Chetcuti

    Television vs cinema - Kristina Chetcuti

    Do people go to the cinema anymore? I wouldn’t really know. These days we mostly watch movies at home. Obviously it’s great because not only do we always have the best seat but we can sprawl all over it. However, there’s one main minus: the actual...

  • The UK’s future matters to us - Adrian Delia

    The UK’s future matters to us - Adrian Delia

    I followed much of what has been said and written about Brexit. Geoffrey Cox, the United Kingdom’s Attorney General, gave one of the most evocative speeches on this topic. He reminded parliamentarians that 45 years of integration organically...

  • Halal and the cultures of meat - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Halal and the cultures of meat - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Sooner or later it had to land here. Halal (and kosher) slaughter has been a matter of public debate elsewhere for a long time, and has involved people like Brigitte Bardot, restaurant chains like PizzaExpress and Subway, and so on. Muslims in...

  • Violence in/of schools - Sandro Spiteri

    Violence in/of schools - Sandro Spiteri

    The way the whole business of violence on teachers has been mishandled makes me despair. Let’s start with the numbers: we currently have at least 12,000 teachers and others in teacher support roles (the last time the NSO published such data was...

  • Tunnel vision - Anne Zammit

    Tunnel vision - Anne Zammit

    Two gaping wounds wait in the wings for Maltese and Gozitan landscapes. The twin entry/exit portals for a planned undersea road link between the islands stand to violate the visual environment on a scale few can yet imagine. First floated in the...

  • Let’s have a discussion - Josef Cutajar

    In one of his telling poems, American author Matt Rasmussen wrote: “No island is an island. There is no new land, just the same body broken open.” The fact that as a nation we live on two islands seems to trouble our psyche. Economic theory...

  • A bad start to 2019 - John Vassallo

    Here we go again, a new year has crept up on us and there is no change of course in sight. We began the year with another revelation concerning another scandal that Daphne Caruana Galizia had written about a long time ago: the arranged sale of...

  • Way to a livable Gżira - Arnold Cassola

    Way to a livable Gżira - Arnold Cassola

    Article 3 of the Development Planning Act 2016 states that: “It shall be the duty of the government to enhance the qua­lity of life for the benefit of the present and future generations, without compromising the ability of future generations to...

  • Three steps to save our farmers - Peter Agius

    After tasty, healthy and possibly meaty, my criteria in food usually involves also ‘local’. I believe that most of us actually prefer to eat local. This is not just a matter of reaping the benna of one’s own land, but is also a part of our being...

  • Question time: Call for a higher role

    Question time: Call for a higher role

    Felix Busuttil, Labour Party MEP candidate The appointment of the next president of Malta is due in two months, so it is not surprising that the media and the public have been discussing and speculating on who our next president should be.  We...

  • Call for a new leadership election - Jean Karl Soler

    Various front page articles in the Times of Malta over the past few weeks struck me for all the wrong reasons. Adrian Galea, director-general of the Malta Insurance Association (MIA), was “rather sceptical” of the number of drivers who tested over...

  • Pain, a personal experience - Charles Gauci

    Pain, a personal experience - Charles Gauci

    Pain is caused by an event which has either damaged the body, such as chronic arthritis,  or which has the potential to damage the body if left unheeded, such as acute appendicitis. In some cases pain is described in imaginary terms; hence,...

  • Teacup in a storm - Ranier Fsadni

    Teacup in a storm - Ranier Fsadni

    There are storms in teacups and then there are teacups in a storm. The social media furore over halal slaughter in Malta began as the former but threatens to morph into the latter. The fuss over a piece of non-news has swelled into an...

  • Toxic and killing - Carol Gatt

    Toxic and killing - Carol Gatt

    Social norms are what we would think are normal, as in, what we accept versus what we refute, how we dress, how we behave, how we interact with the opposite gender, how we go about our day. Some of these burn us women and yet, we usually are...

  • A Europe we’ll be proud of - Frank Farrugia

    The Maltese electorate will this year join other citizens around the European Union in voting for their representatives in the European Parliament. No doubt, as is customary prior to any electoral process, this day will be preceded by an intense...

  • 170 people died on a cruise ship - Mario de Marco

    No they did not. They died on a small boat. And you probably neither heard nor read anything about it. Why? Because we stopped caring. We stopped feeling embarrassed. We stopped feeling guilty when the “boat people” died. Today it makes more news...

  • Troubled Europe - Martin Scicluna

    Troubled Europe - Martin Scicluna

    The European Union faces a troubled year. The outcome of the European Parliament elections in May could define the path of Europe’s development for the next decade and its ultimate destiny. Two months ago, Europe commemorated the 100th anniversary...

  • Valley – check with likes - Alfred Baldacchino

    Valley – check with likes - Alfred Baldacchino

    The news of the restoration of Wied il-Qlejgħa, alias Chadwick Lakes, is good news. Not least because the ‘cleaning of valleys’ has been put to bed. The measures highlighted in the media for such restoration are also something to look forward to,...

  • Mistaken perceptions - Lino Debono

    Mistaken perceptions - Lino Debono

    Following my recent article about the Gozo Ministry, I received many positive remarks as well as a few negative ones, which viewed my article as critical of the Gozo Ministry. Due to this, I wish to clarify the meaning behind the article. My point...

  • What we have, what we need - Frank Salt

    What we have, what we need - Frank Salt

    From the time the British Forces left Malta in the early 1970s until today, successive governments have given us, the citizens of Malta, quite a few things that we now take very much for granted. We shouldn’t of course, but we do. We should thank...