• What do we do now?

    Dr Ramon Bonett Sladden

    During the past few years, our country has been through a great deal of change. Whether the changes which have come to pass are for better or for worse, I will let history judge. My scope for writing is to try to examine the effects of our action or inaction ...

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  • The ending we already know

    Pietre Vive Malta

    “Sing, O muse, the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.” This is Homer’s powerful opening verse of the Iliad – the epic built around the ten-year siege of Troy. In a few words, it tells us plenty about the nature of anger. It ...

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  • By force of habit

    Jean Govè

    In “The Republic,” Plato proposed the analogy of the human soul and the State. He held that the State should be a reflection of the soul – and its final and primary aim was the attainment of the virtue of justice. Last Monday’s events speak volumes on the soul of ...

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  • Don’t waste your vote

    Maria Vella

    Coming from a background of voluntary work has lead me to having a close relationship with the poor. I know that Rita doesn’t make it till the end of the month with the pension she receives; Anna’s husband keeps her money so unless she receives providence she has absolutely no ...

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  • A much-needed election silence

    Jean Claude Attard

    In this brief, albeit hostile electoral campaign, there are many questions to be asked and many things to ponder about. The one answer we should be able to account for beyond this Saturday’s vote is not, perhaps, who would be representing us in government but, more worryingly, why that would ...

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  • Malta’s Environment Wishlist

    Dr John Paul Cauchi

    In this election cycle, with political parties promising the earth and sky and everything in between, the environment of our country is often used as a trading card in party leader’s desperate attempts to get people to vote for them. With the oft-embarrassing track record on the environment of both ...

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  • The ‘I want it all’ Syndrome

    Dr John Paul Cauchi

    It is clear to all that as time goes by and the general level of wealth of the Maltese increases (I’m not commenting about the increasing wealth gap here as that deserves a post on its own ) we Maltese are becoming more… shall we say daring in what we ...

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  • What it means to be both Maltese and European

    Dr Alfred Sant

    ​Fuelled by globalisation and what is partly its by-product, immigration, identity issues have again become prominent in political and social debate. They have always been close to the surface of public affairs in Europe, a continental space which in human terms, developed par excellence as a conglomerate of different, if ...

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  • Malta’s EU Presidency – a few reflections

    Dr Lawrence Gonzi

    Malta’s EU Presidency is taking place during a defining moment for all of us. It is happening at a time when we are surrounded by political turmoil and uncertainty which is questioning most of our long standing values chief amongst which are our belief in the dignity of the human ...

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  • Freeing Expression

    Pyt Farrugia

    “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” Abraham Lincoln, writing those words to Henry Pierce, articulated the basic fact that democracy cannot successfully function, let alone thrive and flourish, without freedom of expression. Democracy is more ...

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