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  • Life after Bouteflika - André DeBattista

    Life after Bouteflika - André DeBattista

    In the wake of peaceful protests, a frail-looking Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria since 1999, announced that he would not stand as a candidate in the forthcoming elections. The ruling party – the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) –...

  • Libya is not safe: Putting the migrants' incident into perspective

    Libya is not safe: Putting the migrants' incident into perspective

    On March, 27, the commercial tanker Elhiblu 1 was allegedly taken over by five of the 108 migrants it had saved from potentially drowning in the Mediterranean, in their attempt to cross from Libya to Europe. Was this an act of piracy, as declared...

  • Innovative or a Trojan Horse? - Anthony Ellul

    The Malta Developers Association’s recent proposal for the introduction of a planning tool or mechanism used in several countries and known as ‘Transferable Development Rights’, or TDR, has been received with some scepticism and concern from...

  • Church attendance - Frank Salt

    We wonder why our Church services are not well attended, except by those who are rapidly approaching the time when their expectations of another life are around the corner.  Or those, who were brought up to believe, as I was, and continue to...

  • Respecting the human stories - Neil Falzon

    In his opinion piece of March 23 entitled ‘Self-respecting’, Steve Pace makes a number of incorrect assertions on the relationship between abortion and fundamental human rights. He frames his piece as two parallel narratives. One narrative talks...

  • Gozo tunnel debate - Arnold Cassola

    We Maltese and Gozitan citizens must be grateful to the Gozitan NGO Wirt Għawdex. In fact, it is thanks to this NGO that we finally managed to really start a debate on the pros and cons of the Gozo tunnel. Until March 18, we citizens were being...

  • Call for immediate action - Carmel Vella

    After writing about the problems of farmers last January following your editorial on the same subject, other readers have voiced their concerns in your paper. All have agreed on the risks arising from the present difficult situation and asked for...

  • We are what we eat - Godfrey Farrugia

    Over the past years, what people eat has changed drastically as a result of globalisation. Even the famed Mediterranean diet has made way for the increased availability of unhealthy and more processed foods.  A supermarket centric and...

  • Never waste a Brexit - Ranier Fsadni

    Never waste a Brexit - Ranier Fsadni

    Today was supposed to be Brexit’s Eve. Though it’s been delayed, its wide impact on the EU has not. This week’s vote in the European Parliament, concerning golden visa schemes and tax harmonisation, is just one of three major reforming thrusts –...

  • Born that way, can’t change - Frank Muscat

    In her article ‘Do you have the Ex-Factor?’ Labour Party candidate for the European Parliament elections Josianne Cutajar takes Matthew Grech to task, among other things, for his latest venture into cinematography that will see him starring in a...

  • Persons of trust in public service - Paul Azzopardi

    I refer to Denis Tanti’s opinion piece ‘Culture of corruption’ (March 26). Tanti has every right to an opinion, but not to present skewed facts based on outright misinformation. For decorum’s sake, here are a number of facts which he conveniently...

  • An inclusive Parliament - Julia Farrugia Portelli

    As a politician, career woman and mother, I have directly experienced some of the cultural and structural obstacles that often frustrate women from taking the plunge into a political career. While few of us succeeded on their own steam, I am aware...

  • The folly of developing new fuel stations - Elise Muscat

    The folly of developing new fuel stations - Elise Muscat

    Malta currently has 14 development applications for fuel stations on land, which is classified as outside development zone. Nine of these are new stations and five are to replace those found in urban areas. All these new developments will consume...

  • George Cross island - Martin Scicluna

    George Cross island - Martin Scicluna

    Charles Xuereb is a cultivated and well-meaning person. Over the years I got to know him well. He is a Francophile, as I am.  I am also an Italophile, as well as an ardent Anglophile (despite Brexit).  But Xuereb allows his Francophilia to lead...

  • A strong planning regulator - Martin Galea

    Prior to the 2013 election, the Labour Party had a framework manifesto it had committed to implement. In the section on environment, the document stated that by giving priority to the environment, the government would improve quality of life by...

  • Culture of corruption - Denis Tanti

    Culture of corruption - Denis Tanti

    Principal permanent secretary Mario Cutajar (photo) is not bothered by the widespread unconstitutional practice that is taking place in the public service under his watch, where hundreds of Labour Party henchmen and cronies are hand-picked to fill...

  • The final chapter - Mark Said

    The final chapter - Mark Said

    Further to my original article triggered off by a request letter of Victoria Pace Ross, who wrote again on March 9 (‘April 1953 sea odyssey’), curiosity could not keep me from delving even further into this mari-time saga or odyssey revolving...

  • Partito Popolare: 100 years ago - Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici

    With the sour taste left in the mouths of many Europeans, by the tragic events that disentangled violently the close connections between the Altar and the Throne during the French Revolution, and the subsequent, no less bitter, sequels, it was...

  • On economic modelling - John Consiglio

    On economic modelling - John Consiglio

    The word ‘model’ in economics is one which is pregnant with meaning. And as often happens in such circumstances, every Tom, Dick and Harry tries to enjoy himself through using it according to whatever whims come to his mind. Such, I am afraid, is...

  • By gentlemen for gentlemen - Mario de Marco

    Judge Giovanni Bonello’s book Misunderstanding the Constitution should be made compulsory reading in our schools. It should be given to all law students and it should be placed on every bench in Parliament. Judge Bonello, a man of unparalleled...