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  • Cack-handed Brexit leadership - Martin Scicluna

    As an analysis of what has gone wrong with Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, John Vassallo’s simplistic, biased, ill-informed and insulting diatribe of March 3 (‘Oldest Democracy’ in Action) adds nothing positive to this important...

  • Voting for Europe’s soul - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    Europe is at a crossroads, risking the peace, prosperity and progress it has striven to achieve after centuries of conflict and bloodshed. We find ourselves in this predicament because the European project is failing to adjust to modern day...

  • The lows of legal highs - Anthony Dimech

    The lows of legal highs - Anthony Dimech

    The term “legal highs” will soon shed its connotations. The masterminded legal advantages that these novel psychoactive substances (NPS) enjoy over the other commonly abused drugs are expected to be neutralised as our politicians, a bit behind...

  • Is land reclamation feasible? - Angelo Xuereb

    Is land reclamation feasible? - Angelo Xuereb

    I have been publishing my views on construction and demolition waste since early 2000, when the matter was not in the public consciousness as much as it is now. Already then I identified the issue as a national problem requiring immediate action,...

  • Strong wind warning for mass tourism - Anne Zammit

    Strong wind warning  for mass tourism - Anne Zammit

    Extreme natural events, such as the severe gale experienced two weeks ago, can expose vulnerabilities with possibly serious impacts on Malta’s tourism industry. Obliquely, mass tourism is itself listed as a hazard wherever destinations have been...

  • Ministers become untouchables - Mario de Marco

    Ministers become untouchables - Mario de Marco

    Reading what Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said earlier this week reminded me of something I read some years back: “Governments don’t lie. People lie. And if you want the real story, you need to find out more about those people.” Scicluna was...

  • Question time: Not a storm in a teacup

    Nigel Vella, government spokesman During a ‘thank you’ event organised at the Prime Minister’s office, Joseph Muscat told the crowd in front of him that the end-of-February storm “has proven that Malta has a system in place that works”. All...

  • Give peace a chance - Laiq Ahmed Atif

    Give peace a chance - Laiq Ahmed Atif

    The times we live in pose great challenges to the peace and prosperity of the entire world. Despite the fact that everyone appreciates and comprehends that the world badly needs peace, tolerance, harmony and forbearance, regrettably, it seems as...

  • A celebration of equality... when? - Helena Dalli

    As part of the Women Political Leaders’ International Women’s Day campaign, I was asked to send a short message for publication. I wrote: “Gender balance will be achieved the day when women and men are represented at all levels of society in equal...

  • That tunnel – Go figure... - Revel Barker

    That tunnel – Go figure... - Revel Barker

    A chum of mine, challenging his failure at maths O level, asked the master: “Okay, I got only 15 per cent. But that’s 15 per cent out of how many?” My own grasp of the subject is not that bad, but sometimes I will admit to being confused and...

  • Italian restaurants - Frank Salt

    Italian restaurants - Frank Salt

    Conclusions published from a recent survey state that half those employed in restaurants in Malta and Gozo are foreigners.  I am surprised at that figure. I was under the impression that the percentage was much higher. In most of the restaurants...

  • Crimea: five years on - Vladimir Malygin

    On March 18, 2019 Russia will be celebrating a major event – the fifth anniversary of the voluntary reunification of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol with the Russian Federation. As is well known, soon after the 2014...

  • Ought Francis turn vegan? - Ranier Fsadni

    Ought Francis turn vegan? - Ranier Fsadni

    I may have missed it but it seems that Pope Francis has not accepted the Million Dollar Vegan challenge, which is part of a global campaign to get celebrities to go vegan during Lent, earn a million dollars for the charity of their choice, while...

  • Clerical sexual abuse scandals - Fr Aaron Zahra O.P.

    The recent Bishops’ Summit in Rome, which dealt with the clerical sexual abuse crisis, made headlines all over the world and came about as a result of the muckraking of bishops, cardinals and priests who had sexually abused children or who had...

  • Decency and Manoel Island - Astrid Vella

    There are many ways to go down in history besides being a monarch or earning dubious immortality through nefarious deeds.            The great and the good all over the world have discovered ways to earn immortality by setting up charitable...

  • Advance Australia fair - Martin Scicluna

    Advance Australia fair - Martin Scicluna

    I returned a month ago from a wonderful break in Western Australia where we were visiting our children and grandchildren in Perth. We left just a day before the weekend marking 231 years since the arrival of Arthur Phillip’s First Fleet on the...

  • United we stand - Albert Buttigieg

    It was Aesop, the ancient Greek sage, who first coined the renowned phrase, ‘united we stand’. Many were those inspired by this phrase. This was my message when addressing the recent Nationalist Party general council. The chosen theme was...

  • Truth about contraception - Patrick Pullicino

    In the 1960s, shortly after the release of oral contraceptives, US senator Nelson stated: “Never in history have so many individuals taken such potent drugs with so little information as to the actual and potential hazards. We are embarking on a...

  • Malta-Gozo – so close yet so far - Francis Zammit Dimech

    The Labour government has justly been facing criticism for its lack of action over a span of six years when it comes to connectivity. They have promised a fast ferry, but we still do not have the service, they promised a fourth RO-RO passenger car...

  • Malta’s golden passport - Tina Urso

    Alfred Sant tells supporters ‘Brussels can’t take away Malta’s golden passport’, and I hope he’s wrong. The European Union is considering ending the sale of passport schemes by EU member states, particularly Malta’s and Cyprus’s schemes – two of...