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  • 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.

  • An unhealthy competition - Kenneth Charles Curmi

    Last week I received a link to an article on BBC Travel about Maltese pika, in which the author explores this concept, apparently alien to our northern neighbours, and tries to establish the reason behind the competitiveness instilled in the...

  • The oceans are rising, and so are we... - Alan Deidun

    The oceans are rising, and so are we... - Alan Deidun

    The Ides of March represented a global student strike day motivated by the apparent lack of progress made by governments in adopting concrete measures to address climate change. Consulting the Fridays for Future group website...

  • Bring back the Sterling Area – a safe, stable alternative - Andrew Cook

    With more than two years of largely futile in-fighting, agonising and speculating behind it, Britain is set to leave the European Union in two weeks’ time. Those who encouraged this look on uneasily.  Recklessly and with false promises, they...

  • Step up the game

    Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation There is no doubt that financial institutions across the globe are becoming the honeypots for cyberattackers. The recent cyberattack on Bank of...

  • 1800 victory over the French - Albert Ganado

    1800 victory over the French - Albert Ganado

    In a recent article written by Michael Falzon, titled ‘The forgotten 8th September anniversary’, he expressed his disappointment at the sad irony in our history that we celebrate the September victory against the Ottomans in 1565 and Italy’s...

  • Pursuing consumer rights - Antoine Grima

    It is needless to say that consumers are crucial participants in the economy.  Securing continued consumer confidence is of essence as this foments trust and credibility to the market. Indeed, it is the primary function of consumer authorities and...

  • A new police commissioner - Denis Tanti

    A new police commissioner - Denis Tanti

    The quality of governance in Malta has steadily regressed these past few years. Expert assessments and opinion surveys by various European and international organisations have indicated a steady rise in levels of corruption within Malta’s...

  • Dialogue with judges - Vincent De Gaetano

    At the end of January, I had the pleasure of welcoming to Strasbourg Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi. The occasion was the solemn opening of the judicial year of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Since 2005, the official opening of the...

  • OMG! Not Konrad again - Tony Zammit Cutajar

    Having followed local politics from a safe distance for the major part of my adult life, I can confidently state that nothing shocks or surprises me anymore in this blessed country of ours. Not a week goes by without some new “adventure”. The...