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  • Cannibalising the country - Claire Bonello

    The public shockwaves following the ITS land giveaway have barely subsided, when the country is presented with yet another dubious land concession on the spectacular peninsula.  This time round there is no oddly termed “Request for Tender...

  • Home thoughts from abroad - Michela Spiteri

    The French Riviera, in some respects, is a sort of Sliema-as-was. Both enjoy the reputation for being fashionable resorts. The South of France especially. Favoured in the 19th century by the wintering British and Russian upper classes, it became...

  • Wooden spoon for architecture - Mark Anthony Falzon

    There was a time when the candidate who got the lowest marks in the mathematics finals at Cambridge would be awarded a wooden spoon by his fellow students. The practice itself survives only as a figure of speech, but it does have some living...

  • Passage of desperation, politics of survival - Victor Paul Borg

    Passage of desperation, politics of survival - Victor Paul Borg

    When I read of a migrant mother and her newborn plucked from a migrant boat and airlifted to Malta a few weeks ago I was reminded of Chinese mothers making surreptitious plans to give birth ‘accidentally’ in Hong Kong. There is border control...

  • Thirteen reasons why… - Manuel Delia

    Thirteen reasons why… - Manuel Delia

    Our democracy is not working. Our parliamentarians have no mission. Being an MP is not a job. There is no task, no vocation, no ambition. Parliament is a waiting area for promotion and prestige. The process of seeking re-election is not...

  • Mammals on death row - David Marinelli

    Mammals on death row - David Marinelli

    Mankind is driving a mass extinction that could obliterate large swathes of life on Earth for millions of years, scientists have warned in a new study. The US National Academy of Sciences has published a report in its journal, Proceedings of the...

  • Kite-flying over Comino - Alan Deidun

    Kite-flying over Comino - Alan Deidun

    In the native Pashto language, gudiparan bazi, or the practice of kite-flying, represents a cult for many Afghanis which not even Taliban State repression a decade ago managed to completely suppress. So much so that in Kabul alone, thousands of...

  • Land reclamation in Malta - Mikela Borg

    Life on the Maltese islands has become more hectic than ever, with a construction boom snowballing to unprecedented proportions. Catering for the ever-increasing population, construction work is all around, with developments and infrastructural...

  • Question Time: Constitutional convention

    Question Time: Constitutional convention

    Jonathan Attard, lawyer Before any attempt is made in trying to give a direct answer to the question at hand, a number of considerations ought to be thoroughly analysed. The point of departure should always be that we are discussing the...

  • PD’s political will to deliver - Godfrey Farrugia

    Since independence, Malta has been led, ruled and shared by Labour and Nationalist governments, and we are witnessing the result in the present scenario of an unhealthy and bipartisan political system. The Democratic Party’s representation in...

  • Wrong interpretation of law - Tonio Borg

    Wrong interpretation of law - Tonio Borg

    Respect from decisions and judgments of a court of law are indispensable for the proper administration of justice within a system based on the rule of law. This, however, does not mean that one cannot publicly criticise judgments delivered by our...

  • Teachers deserve far better - Francis Zammit Dimech

    “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacherfor living well” – Alexander the Great. Educators provide society with the necessary skills, prepare us for our careers, and instil in us our moral and democratic values, all of which are so...

  • Picking your battles - Ranier Fsadni

    Picking your battles - Ranier Fsadni

    Last week’s online poll in this newspaper showed the stark disparity between the Labour and Nationalist parties. If a general election were held tomorrow, the poll asked, how would you vote? The vote was consistent from the beginning to eight...

  • Research is key for housing policy - Roderick Galdes

    In an article on this newspaper (January 7), Nationalist MEP hopeful Michael Briguglio posed several questions relating to Malta’s housing policies and vacant properties. I had, more or less, the same queries and concerns when I first entered...

  • US-China tensions - Martin Scicluna

    US-China tensions - Martin Scicluna

    At the dawn of 2019, it is clear that today’s geo-political landscape is dominated by the rivalry between the United States and China. For much of the past two decades the US believed that China would pursue a path from communism to liberal...

  • Fake news, maybe. Who is faking it? - Revel Barker

    Fake news, maybe. Who is faking it? - Revel Barker

    What you are about to read is either a prediction or it is fake. Decide for yourself. In fact, it may be both, because I am predicting what I believe to be fake news. Here is my prediction. The government is going to keep the tunnel running as a...

  • Drugs and youths - Fr Charles Cini SDB

    Drugs and youths - Fr Charles Cini SDB

    I live and work with young people.  It is easy to judge young people, but I always found the best lessons emerge from listening to them with empathy and true commitment, following in the footsteps of Don Bosco. Recently I came across a passage...

  • Parcelling public land - Michael Briguglio

    Parcelling public land - Michael Briguglio

    By now it is no secret that the government’s economic model is heavily dependent on accelerated construction projects. Money is injected in the economy, growth takes place and the government’s political cycle is fuelled. But this comes at a cost.

  • Red + blue = murky brown - Vicki Ann Cremona

    Last week’s judicial and political developments have shocked and saddened many of us. As the report by the Venice Commission on constitutional arrangements and separation of powers in Malta, dated December 15, 2018 states: “Constitutional checks...

  • Slipping into political irrelevance - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Slipping into political irrelevance - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Once the smoke begins to clear, one big reason remains why Adrian Delia should step down as leader of the Nationalist Party. And that is simply because it is highly unlikely that he will ever lead his party to electoral victory. A political party...