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  • The Malta we believe in - Mario de Marco

    Sidney Hook is considered to be one of the top political philosophers of the 20th century. In his youth, he was a Marxist. Later on, he became an ardent critic of communism and any other extreme ideologies that suppressed democracy. He once wrote:...

  • Defaming and defacing - Martin Scicluna

    Defaming and defacing - Martin Scicluna

    The liberty of the press is one of the birth-rights of citizens in every civilised country em­bracing the rule of law. In Malta, the independence of the press is embedded in article 41 of the Constitution as a fundamental right. The appearance in...

  • Hell on valley of hope - Victor Formosa

    A year ago, the contractor arrived on our street, right on Wied tal-Isperanza (Valley of Hope) in Mosta, to start tearing the building adjacent to ours bringing over trucks and high-ups, noisy equipment and a generator whose noise levels exceeded...

  • Why they all march - Klaus Vella Bardon

    The annual Washington DC March for Life came and went with hardly any mention in the media. This year, the event took place on January 18, marking the 46th anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision of January 1973, Roe versus Wade, when...

  • Speaking up for the centre - Roberta Metsola

    Joseph Muscat’s recent rant in somehow trying to instil an imagined threat to pensions, is not only an economic falsity, it is an attempt to once again use projected fear to pull wool over eyes. But it did bring back memories of how I found myself...

  • It’s called ‘youth’ - Fr Charles Cini, SDB

    It’s called ‘youth’ - Fr Charles Cini, SDB

    Much of the selfish aggressiveness of young people today arises out of insecurity. Rapid changes in Maltese society have in many cases produced injustice; this has created a lack of self-confidence, causing humiliation before parents and family.

  • Broken world order - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Broken world order - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    History is filled with struggles for global domination. Even in the days when it took several months to travel seas and deserts, the intrepid human spirit was ever ready to dominate and exterminate. In today’s world of globalisation, have...

  • Serious tunnel vision flaws - Maria Grazia Cassar

    Serious tunnel vision flaws - Maria Grazia Cassar

    A Gozo-Malta tunnel is on everyone’s lips at the moment, with much speculation on the environmental and social impact it will have. There have also been many suggestions of alternatives and variations on the subject by the public and people in the...

  • Social impact assessments - Michael Briguglio

    Do residents benefit from massive development projects which commercialise public land? Is Malta’s budgetary surplus impacting different social groups in an equitable manner? Is social cohesion given the importance it deserves in Malta’s policy...

  • Weddings then and now - John Guillaumier

    Weddings then and now - John Guillaumier

    In the past, weddings were just weddings. Nowadays, they are a big business, involving wedding fairs, wedding planners and hen parties on chartered cruises. At the Weddings Fair, “dazzling stands” promote and sell “wedding dresses, accessories,...

  • Opium’s not that bad for you - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Opium’s not that bad for you - Mark Anthony Falzon

    I decided to approach the question of falling church attendance by reading an interview with someone from the Malta Humanist Association. It was about “humanist weddings”, which apparently are offered as an alternative to Church ones. In the...

  • The truth will prevail - Simon Busuttil

    The truth will prevail - Simon Busuttil

    Why did Konrad Mizzi drop the libel cases he opened himself to prove his innocence? After all, the allegations of corruption and money laundering in his regard are extremely serious. Let us recall the facts on which the allegations are based. They...

  • A selfie with St Paul’s viper - Kristina Chetcuti

    A selfie with St Paul’s viper - Kristina Chetcuti

    I love babies, and I’m so happy that this year the stork is bringing quite a few in my life whom I can coo and cradle and talk to about the world and they will stare at me with eyes wide in amazement (and when they start crying I can hand them...

  • Another bizarre episode - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Another bizarre episode - Petra Caruana Dingli

    In the latest episode of the Panama Papers fallout, the Prime Minister explained that in this case he had made an exception, in suing Daphne Caruana Galizia for libel. He will not now readily let the case go, even though Daphne has since been...

  • Facebook: sweet or bitter 15? - Fr Joe Borg

    Facebook: sweet or bitter 15? - Fr Joe Borg

    Last Monday Facebook turned 15 years of age. What was an innovation by Mark Zuckerberg aimed at a few hundred college students is now a mega-communication tool used by around 2.32 billion people around the world. These numbers have been monetised...

  • Planning gone mad! - Godwin Cassar

    Planning gone mad! - Godwin Cassar

    Recent decisions by the Planning Authority leave much to be desired in terms of proper application of the rule of law and conformity to proper planning procedure. This is not the PA I laboured so much for in setting up. Let’s have a look at those...

  • The price of saving souls - Sandro Spiteri

    The price of saving souls - Sandro Spiteri

    It turns out there really is a price for everything, including the saving of souls. The Planning Authority’s approval of the 12-story hotel on the grounds of the Augustinians’ St Rita Chapel in Paceville is yet another confirmation that the...

  • Bonfires and Bedouin tents - Anne Zammit

    Where did your mind rush off to on reading that title? Did it pitch in with the patriots? Before we go there, let me take you on a little stroll down a lane on the outskirts of Rabat. The sun is out but the concrete path down Wied Isqof is still...

  • On power and politics - Anthony Buttigieg

    We all should be happy when politicians state they are there to serve the people but, seriously, is that the case? Let us take this collection of tiny islands we live in as an example.  Ever since I returned to Malta, a slightly bemused teenager...

  • Għargħur: will the destruction continue? - Arnold Cassola

    Għargħur: will the destruction continue? - Arnold Cassola

    Not content with proposing to ruin the St George’s peninsula and surroundings, Manikata and Pwales, Xgħajra, Gozo and the area below Ta’ Kenuna in Nadur, etc., the attention now turns to Għargħur, where the usual greedy developers have applied to...