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  • The mirrors of Dunkirk - Kristina Chetcuti

    The mirrors of Dunkirk - Kristina Chetcuti

    In the mid-1990s, film director Christopher Nolan and his wife sailed across the English Channel, specifically from Dover to Dunkirk, trailing the sea passage of many small boats that helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands stranded on the...

  • Migration: Time for long-term solutions - Regina Catrambone

    On December 22, rescues at sea saved the lives of 49 people, but everybody was busy getting ready for Christmas celebrations. In our rush to buy presents and finalise recipes, the survivors’ ordeal caught little attention. Now the festive season...

  • Francis’ political philosophy in Malta - Fr Joe Borg

    Politics: as an act of charity; as service to the people; as respect for the primacy of justice and law; the defence of those most vulnerable; as a bridge between peoples and builders of peace and as a means to rethink of our common destiny. This...

  • Adrian Delia’s battles - Mark Anthony Falzon

    I am not a member of the PN, nor was I one when Adrian Delia was elected as leader. Had I been, I would probably have voted for Alex Perici Calascione, who seemed to me the most level-headed and likeable of the four candidates. That said, I have...

  • Civil war or obsolescence? - Sandro Spiteri

    A declaration of war can be a classic diversionary tactic that is used to smother internal strife and en­sure the leader’s position of power by rallying the troops around the flag (or the Maduma, as the case may be). When in the 1980s, Argentina’s...

  • Truth, lies and fake news - Ray Azzopardi

    Christiane Amanpour, a renowned journalist with CNN, in an interview on ‘How to seek truth in the era of fake news’, uploaded by TED in 2017, affirms that one cannot solve the great issues facing the world if one cannot distinguish between truth...

  • The Ombudsman’s DB ruling: what now? - Arnold Cassola

    The Ombudsman’s DB ruling: what now? - Arnold Cassola

    Last Wednesday, following my complaint and that of others, the Ombudsman for Environmental and Planning Affairs gave a very clear ruling on the disgusting behaviour of the Planning Authority CEO, Johan Buttigieg, who had authorised the renting of...

  • Cancer prevention… and helping our beleaguered Blue Planet - Steven Bajada

    Cancer prevention… and helping our beleaguered Blue Planet - Steven Bajada

    If scientific knowledge on the causes of cancer could be translated into successful preventative measures, it is estimated that we can reduce the number of cases of cancer in Europe by up to half. The European Code Against Cancer details 12...

  • Dying to be sustainable – burial or cremation? - Anne Zammit

    Dying to be sustainable  – burial or cremation? - Anne Zammit

    It’s an odd season to be thinking about corpses. All the leaves are green as we move out of the dead of winter toward the spring of new life and renewed hope ahead. Yet Malta is firing up for its first crematorium, a development which can only go...

  • Tackling drink and drug-driving - Adrian Galea

    The annual festive season has a tendency of raising the level of awareness about the perils of drink-driving. In his interview on TVM, George Grech (who faces the extent and reality of drug abuse on a daily basis) reminds us that drug-driving is,...

  • Question Time: Banning petrol, diesel

    José Herrera, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Transport plays a major role in the improvement of every modern society, as a means for economic development and a prerequisite for achieving social and...

  • Gozo, the political football - Steve Pace

    Gozo, the political football - Steve Pace

    The Nationalist Party lost its last election by a staggering majority. It is no secret that for decades Gozo has been treated like a political football by both major parties and considered as the last political frontier or last bastion to...

  • Looking ahead to 2019 - Michael Falzon

    Looking ahead to 2019 - Michael Falzon

    This government’s social policy is based on social justice, inclusion and social mobility. Conscious of the fact that social justice needs to be supported by economic growth, the government prioritised the generation of wealth from the outset.  It...

  • Organised, respectful ceremonies - Frank Salt

    I know that it is not a subject that we normally discuss, but what is certain is that we are all going to die. Our relatives organise a respectful ceremony of remembrance and then our physical bodies are taken to a cemetery to be buried in a...

  • Delia and public trust - Ranier Fsadni

    Delia and public trust - Ranier Fsadni

    Events in the Nationalist Party, concerning its leader Adrian Delia, are moving fast. Important developments may well have taken place between the writing and publication of this column. But speed makes clarity about the essential issues even more...

  • A tribute to the word - David Pace O’Shea

    A tribute to the word - David Pace O’Shea

    Like many other things which we take for granted and that go unappreciated for their value and importance are words. Simple, humble utterances, scribbles and thoughts that have been key to our development, as humans and as...

  • What is of news value? - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    What is of news value? - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    It is a fact that many Maltese follow the news very closely. Whether through television, radio, the printed media or news websites, the daily news is an everyday feature of the lives of most Maltese citizens. As a nation we have been blessed with...

  • Constitutional reform - Martin Scicluna

    Constitutional reform - Martin Scicluna

    The President’s address at the start of this Parliament in 2017 outlining the government’s plans for this legislature placed the reform of the Constitution of Malta at the head of the list. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca has since been asked...

  • The Gozo-Malta tunnel vision - Lino DeBono

    The Gozo-Malta tunnel vision - Lino DeBono

    The absolute majority of those writing against the Gozo tunnel project are either Maltese or guests living in Gozo. I say this because they stand firm against the proposed project. They want life to remain still. Generally speaking, one may agree...

  • It’s China T (for tunnelling) - Revel Barker

    It is a statement of the blindingly obvious, but probably also of some relief, to many, to state that Malta is not going to build a tunnel to Gozo. Nor is “a consortium of Gozitan businessmen” going to build one. Economically flush though Malta...