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  • 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...

  • Creating five million jobs - Manfred Weber

    Together, we have achieved great things in Europe. During the last years, economic recovery has reached millions of families and unemployment is at its lowest since 2009. Yet, too many Europeans still struggle finding work opportunities. Our youth...

  • Question time: Re-prioritising the prison

    Michael Farrugia, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security The Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security has embarked on a full-blown assessment of the services and facilities being offered in the rehabilitation of inmates at the...

  • Sovereign nations - Fr John Caruana

    Permit me put some reflections on Venezuela, a country that I never visited, but living 35 years or so in Latin America, today I have a different view on foreign policy as a whole, than erstwhile. Firstly, who are the Venezuelan people? According...

  • Lost? We all are - Janice Falzon

    The growth of the internet, highly advanced technologies and imitated communication has rotated our existence on its axis by installing a ‘microchip’ of online activity at the back of our brain. We have come to a realisation that Google is the...

  • Keeping up appearances with a stipends system

    Keeping up appearances with a stipends system

    Most students around the world are forced to pay soaring tuition fees to access education. Some countries offer this for free. An even smaller number not only provide free education, but also pay students grants to attend higher education and...

  • Licence to loot? - Albert Buttigieg

    In a well-researched book In the name of the Prince: Maltese Corsairs (1760-1798), author Liam Gauci asserts that being a corsair was a thriving industry during the reign of the Knights of St John. As opposed to piracy, corsairs were granted an...

  • Gozitans should decide - Emanuel Galea

    Gozitans should decide - Emanuel Galea

    Much is being said lately regarding the accessibility issues from Gozo to Malta, especially regarding this pie in the sky – the tunnel between Malta and Gozo. Gozo was once promoted as ‘the Island where time stands still’ – now a more appropriate...

  • Brexit: be prepared - Edward Zammit Lewis

    Brexit: be prepared - Edward Zammit Lewis

    The situation surrounding the acceptance by the UK of the deal agreed with the EU last November remains chaotic. The positions of the two sides, particularly with regard to the Irish border, at present look unbridgeable, and the continuing...

  • Social accommodation targets - Michael Falzon

    An analysis of the latest employment data of the USA, featured in The Guardian last Saturday, stated that “High employment rates gloss over a ‘much more complicated story’ of stagnant wages and vanishing mid-level jobs”. The situation is one where...

  • No, it’s not free speech - Ranier Fsadni

    No, it’s not free speech - Ranier Fsadni

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici still can’t get freedom of expression right. When asked about the latest outburst by the Law Commissioner, Franco Debono, Bonnici said it was protected free speech. So has Debono’s target, Joseph Muscat, whom Debono...

  • Science, faith in harmony - Peter Cassar Torreggiani

    Science, faith in harmony - Peter Cassar Torreggiani

    One of your regular correspondents has for years written letters all with a clear bias against our creator and the community established in his own body by Jesus Christ, the son of God. One admires all who search unstintingly for truth, even if...

  • Land reclamation - Godwin Cassar

    It was recently reported that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has signalled his intention to steam ahead with the construction of artificial islands and land reclamation to make use of the rock that will be cut out of the earth for the...