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Opinion

  • Inadequacies to build upon

    Under the previous administration, all illegal development carried out prior to January 1, 1993 within the established building zone boundaries was immune to direct action. Once served with an enforcement notice to remove the illegality, the owner...

  • Allow Air Malta to fly

    There is no other way to put it: Air Malta is in a mess. I am not referring to the service given to its customers, which I think is excellent. I am referring to its current existential crisis. In the past, the airline carried out some dubious...

  • No Phoenix ending

    We stand transfixed, observing the allegorical shadows in Plato’s cave – a phantom of reality. Decided as we are to become chained by the complacency of convenience, sophistication, alienation and patronising contempt, we dismiss the crumbling of...

  • Making Malta great?

    A billboard on the way to Gozo proclaims: ‘Making Malta great’. This billboard is an excellent call for reflection and action but it is in the wrong place. It should have perhaps been placed on the way to Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim to extol the virtues...

  • Notes from a Greek island

    Notes from a Greek island

    Greek people are very angry. They bark; they wave their hands about in flustered motions; they have a look that says: Why-do-I-have-to-work-when-by-right-I-should-be-lazing-on-a-deckchair. Obviously, over the past three years, they had a lot to be...

  • Syria’s endless tragedy

    Syria’s endless tragedy

    The image of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old Syrian boy, sitting alone in an ambulance, his face covered in blood and dust, has once again highlighted the savage nature of the conflict in Syria. Omran was rescued from a building after an...

  • Society of the spectacle

    Last week, Marsascala and Buġibba were privileged enough to host what has become known as the summer carnival. It’s really much the same thing as its winter sibling, only smaller and set to a summery theme, whatever that means. It apparently also...

  • Who to blame for the Sliema tower

    The approval of a 38-storey tower in Sliema has, understandably, caused uproar and controversy. This application, and the one for the Mrieħel towers, were the first litmus test for the newly set up Environment and Resources Authority. During the...

  • All dissenting voices targeted

    The board of PBS, the public broadcaster, has taken the controversial decision to drop some popular television shows this autumn. One is the current affairs show Times Talk, presented by this newspaper. Another is the cultural programme Madwarna,...

  • Trans rights are human rights

    I can fully understand the Prime Minister’s response, more than once, when asked: “What has been your proudest moment since you’ve been Prime Minister?”, and he answers: “The day we introduced the Civil Unions Act.” Apart from the effect of the...

  • Labour sinks to new lows

    So the Labour government has rolled out its planning amnesty. It has long been coming, having been announced by “I-don’t-have-any-conflicts-of-interest” PA CEO Johann Buttigieg. He spoke about it last year, giving ample time for all those who...

  • We owe them nothing

    When the Planning Authority betrayed us by granting a few families the right to pillage our environment, rob us of our views and make life miserable for neighbours of the four skyscrapers at Mrieħel and a mega-one in the midst of Sliema, aptly...

  • No escape from pain

    No escape from pain

    Here is a moving testimony given by Rand Mittri from Syria, which she shared with me during the recent World Youth Day Vigil with Pope Francis. Let us pray for Syrians and all who suffer for their faith. “My name is Rand Mittri. I am 26 years old,...

  • Summer-slime and the swimming ain’t easy…

    Nobody wants to take a dip in a dirty great slick of fish poo, but you know, I can’t help feeling that the authorities and the fish farmers have missed a trick with all the fuss about the fish farms’ so-called unfortunate effluent. I mean – have...

  • Themes for an EU presidency

    In January 2017, Malta will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. This six-month stint provides some advantages. Malta will be better placed to influence discussion within the EU; it will be in a position to...

  • Failing on three fronts

    I read with interest Desmond Zammit Marmarà’s Talking Point titled ‘Problems Labour must tackle’ (August 17). Though the author has tried hard to sound objective, I believe the article was very apologetic of the huge scandals surrounding this...

  • Yet another toothless dog

    The way in which the new Planning Authority handled the applications for high rise buildings is a harbinger of things to come with regard to the complete destruction of these islands socially, environmentally and economically. Without any policy...

  • Defend life in all stages

    Defend life in all stages

    Much has been written and proclaimed about when life starts and the methods and reasons to prevent or terminate it. Both sides of the political spectrum still profess to be against abortion and the termination of intra-uterine life at whatever...

  • Unbroken glass ceiling

    Hillary Clinton may well become the first woman President of the United States. Through her nomination for President of the US, Clinton broke the glass ceiling. But beyond the race for the White House, and despite the former first lady’s...

  • Adventures on route 202

    I firmly believe that increased utlilisation of public transport is an important step to improve the present chaos on the roads. I am retired but need to travel to different places every day except on weekends. The bus stop I use is the St...

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