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  • To Gozo with love - Alfred Baldacchino

    To Gozo with love - Alfred Baldacchino

    The proposed Gozo tunnel has resurfaced once again. No surprise. The MEP elections are round the corner. It is normal that white elephants are driven in the political arena during such times.  Their main aim is to try to get on board the...

  • Cosmopolitanism or nationalism? - Mark Sammut

    Cosmopolitanism or nationalism? - Mark Sammut

    Upon reading Desmond Zammit Marmarà’s ‘Cosmopolitan Malta’ (December 18), one has to wonder whether the Times of Malta’s editorial policy is to periodically publish, tongue-in-cheek, silly articles for the delectation of its more intelligent...

  • Detrimental ‘developments’ - Fr Eugene Teuma

    Some eight years ago, a local council asked me to take a look at a massive site within the Cottonera area. A private contractor, or so I was told, had set his eyes on the site and intended demolishing the “dilapidated” (a liberal term, frequently...

  • How many vacant properties? - Michael Briguglio

    Isn’t it ironic that while the government is considering reform of rent legislation, no one knows how many vacant properties exist in Malta? The only reliable information which exists is from the 2011 national census. When one removes property...

  • Revolutions in 2019? - Richard Galustian

    Revolutions in 2019? - Richard Galustian

    The instantly recognised phrase ‘Liberty, equality, fraternity’ is  in a way the most significant national motto of France. There has always been a tradition of rebellion in France. Not only the obvious famous 18th century revolution, but in the...

  • The island where elephants live in our rooms - Kristina Chetcuti

    The island where elephants live in our rooms - Kristina Chetcuti

    Some 11,000 years ago during the last Ice Age, elephants living on mainland Europe travelled further and further down the stretch of land in search of food. At one point they reached the tip of Italy, the land which is now known as Sicily. When...

  • 2019: the year ahead - Anthony Manduca

    2019: the year ahead - Anthony Manduca

    It is always difficult to make predictions for the year ahead but here are some events and countries worth watching in 2019. Brexit: Will the Brits save themselves? On January 15 British MPs will vote on their government’s proposed withdrawal...

  • Family court is casualty of opacity - Victor Paul Borg

    One of the main casualties of PN leader Adrian Delia’s marital meltdown has been the court, the family court particularly. Social media and private conversations have been skittish with laments of the supposed partiality of the court manifest in...

  • Plotters who have lost the plot - Claire Bonello

    Social media has been agog with “leaked” videos of the Leader of the Opposition engaged in a domestic argument. The people sharing the clips can hardly contain their glee as they spread them. Little thought is being given as to why recordings of...

  • Should he stay or should he go? - Michela Spiteri

    Adrian Delia has been vulnerable to ejection ever since his election, and was on shaky ground long before, not least from factions within his own party. But nothing compares with the recent allegations made by his wife in a sworn reply to his...

  • My kingdom for a monster - Mark Anthony Falzon

    “It’s about as reflective as garden variety dirt, and we were chasing it down, in the dark, at 51,000 kilometres per hour.” That’s how a Nasa scientist described the moment the New Horizons spacecraft caught up with Ultima Thule, an icy mass about...

  • Manoel Island: minimising the effects on Gżira - Arnold Cassola

    Manoel Island: minimising the effects on Gżira - Arnold Cassola

    When, in the year 2000, Minister Francis Zammit Dimech proposed to Parliament the giveaway contract of Manoel Island and Tigné, to MIDI, not one single MP of the 65 composing the House of Representatives dared oppose it. All 65 PN and PL members...

  • MPs: crisis of leadership - Manuel Delia

    MPs: crisis of leadership - Manuel Delia

    On one side there’s Joseph Muscat. Seemingly unassailable, he sits atop a regime that has more chinks in its armour than anyone is prepared to admit. Although it is near impossible to imagine him losing an election, he is powerless to act to...

  • Revitalising local government - Silvio Parnis

    Revitalising local government - Silvio Parnis

    One of the hallmarks of a country’s respect for democracy is its commitment towards strength­ening civic participation in the decision-making processes. This includes measures about consultation with the public on proposed legislation, addressing...

  • Opinion: The tunnel and the end of the Gozo ‘crib’

    Opinion: The tunnel and the end of the Gozo ‘crib’

    Whenever the future of Gozo’s ODZ area is the focus of debate, two diametrically opposed and trenchant positions always emerge – the one of the conservationists, who wish to spare the sister island the ravages of wanton ODZ destruction witnessed...

  • More questions than answers - Arthur Muscat

    More questions than answers - Arthur Muscat

    Our lamented Daphne Caruana Galizia did her best to warn us that the situation is desperate. The deterioration in the ethical standards of Maltese politics, and society in general, has reached dismal levels. The indifferent reaction of a majority...

  • Question Time: What is Malta's topmost priority in this new year?

    Question Time: What is Malta's topmost priority in this new year?

    Nigel Vella, government spokesman Malta is today in a strong enough position to be able to focus on the future. It’s an opportunity we haven’t had for an entire generation. Economic forecasts made by the European Commission show that, in 2019,...

  • Breaking free - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Breaking free - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Empires rose and fell around the Fertile Crescent between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, around the Nile, Tigris and Euphrates. Power then moved westward into the European mainland with the exploits of Alexander, Pompeii and Caesar. But...

  • What purpose should tunnel serve? - Godfrey Baldacchino

    Imagine having a tunnel at least 100 metres underneath the seabed in the Gozo Channel, which is already at an average depth of 30 metres. It would have such a steep incline both in and out that it would be a safety hazard if done over the strict...

  • Congratulations to active farmers - Carmel Vella

    Congratulations to active farmers - Carmel Vella

    Your editorial ‘Farmers Lobby Group’ of November 9 merits appreciation and due attention. You have exposed the salient problems facing the Maltese farming community and expressed your support for the new lobby group. It is very encouraging that...