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  • 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...

  • The coming of stem cells - Deo Debattista

    The coming of stem cells - Deo Debattista

    The regenerative capability of a living creature was recorded as early as 330 BC when Aristotle observed that a lizard could grow back the lost tip of its tail. Since then there have been slow but steady developments in understanding the...

  • All in the name of the national interest - Noemi Zarb

    All in the name of  the national interest - Noemi Zarb

    Not a day passes without a headline blaring the demolition of yet another chunk of Malta’s traditional urban landscape to make way for trendy, totally unimaginative high-rise, while creating mountains of waste that no one is concerned about. Most...

  • Walking North-West - Anne Zammit

    Walking North-West - Anne Zammit

    The north-westerly wind, which lends its name to the cliff-top nature park between Golden and Anchor Bay, is deceptively refreshing, yet the fierce sun grills the back of unprotected necks. The month of March was already seeing temperatures...

  • EU funding and Gozo - Peter Agius

    Gozo has a special place in my campaign as a candidate for the European Parliament election. I strive to dedicate a good part of my efforts to visit interest groups on the island, including a Question & Answer event tonight in Marsalforn, and...

  • Question time: The voluntary sector

    Ryan Borg, Head of Secretariat at the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations Voluntary organisations provide a necessary service to society. Many, in recent years, have been positively shaped through the voluntary...

  • United States wars - Richard Galustian

    United States wars - Richard Galustian

    The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Donald Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Meuller Report, enabling us to now concentrate on the real problems of the US that affect the whole world. In the hope of...

  • The con must be exposed - Jason Azzopardi

    The details are dizzying. The lucrative health services contract of concession entitles the hidden owners to €70 million per year, or €188,000 a day, from the Maltese government (read, we taxpayers) for potentially 99 years. A contract...

  • Housing sector challenges - Michael Falzon

    Housing sector challenges - Michael Falzon

    “Malta’s economic growth continues to be one of the strongest in Europe, resulting in rapid income convergence towards the European Union average,” the International Monetary Fund said in mid-January. This concluding statement certifies that...

  • Nostalgia is no recipe - Frans Camilleri

    Nostalgia is no recipe - Frans Camilleri

    Sir Andrew Cook’s article ‘Bring back the Sterling Area – a safe, stable alternative’ (March 16), where he called for a new sterling area of which Malta would form part, is nothing but economic nonsense and nostalgia for a past long lost. It is...

  • A dream that came true - Reno Calleja

    I recently received a phone call from Malta’s Ambassador to China, John Aquilina. His voice revealed signs of joy and excitement. “Reno,” he told me. “Prosit. You made it. I have just launched the Maltese food festival at the Minzu Hotel. Malta is...

  • Unity and the President - Ranier Fsadni

    Unity and the President - Ranier Fsadni

    Much time has passed and few remember that, 27 years ago almost to the month, the man who becomes our President today, George Vella, turned down the chance to become Labour leader. The events surrounding that episode suggest that Joseph Muscat is...

  • The power elite and Brexit - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The power elite and Brexit - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Ever since Margaret Thatcher, the UK economy has swung away from manufacturing. It was finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with Japan, Germany, the US, Italy and others.  The UK, and specifically the City of London, which is not the same...

  • Photoshopped image of Mcast - Justin Schembri

    Mcast has been in the public eye for quite some time and generally for the wrong reasons. Lecturers at Mcast are facing everyday problems of mismanagement, are demoralised and are no longer impressed by triumphant announcements of great things to...

  • Conscience and choice - Martin Scicluna

    Conscience and choice - Martin Scicluna

    A few months ago, Ireland overturned its near-absolute ban on abortion striking a powerful blow for the principle that women’s bodies should not be policed by either Church or State. I am delighted that a pro-choice coalition made up of prominent...

  • Gozo effectively accessible - Franco Mercieca

    Gozo effectively accessible - Franco Mercieca

    The proximity of coastal and countryside environments, of man-made heritage treasures and of cultural activities are key elements of Malta’s enviable quality of life, of our national identity, and of our attractiveness as a tourism and business...

  • A force for positive change - Helena Dalli

    Change has always been a trademark of Labour governments. Change is what spurs us to keep going. The minute we stop im-proving our society is the moment we start to become irrelevant. Historically, we have always made progress when we exited our...