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Opinion

  • Green leadership – an investment that pays

    What will deliver healthy cities, green countryside, clean oceans and a future for our children? In a word: investment. From May 30 to June 3, the European Commission will host Green Week, an event that will highlight, across Europe, how the idea...

  • Notes from a traffic jam

    If we ever needed reminding on the chaotic traffic situation in Malta, a car crash a few days ago hammered the point home. A bus and a car crashed on Tower Road, and a major congestion followed. News outlets reported the crash and drivers were...

  • The decline of nations

    The decline of nations

    Decline is necessary or is it not, is it inevitable or is it not? History gives us an account of the rise and fall of numerous empires and glorious civilisations. So it must be true. Whatever starts must somehow end. This concept is also a...

  • Editorial: The press under siege

    Editorial: The press under siege

    On October 15, 1979, Times of Malta journalists looked out of the window and saw a group of people running in a raging fury towards the main door, screaming “Issa għat-Times” (Now for the Times). In no time, the building was on fire. The premises...

  • A slide instead of an office desk?

    A slide instead of an office desk?

    I wonder who invented the office desk. I’m sure it was a very square man with square eyes and a square outlook on life who woke up exactly at 5.55am and went to sleep at 9.55pm, wearing a night cap on his head. The Desk Man’s ancestors probably...

  • Lessons from Austria’s election

    Lessons from Austria’s election

    Europe breathed a sigh of relief last week when the populist right-wing candidate in Austria’s presidential election, Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party, was defeated by Alexander Van der Bellen, a pro-EU independent and former leader of the...

  • Colouring troops red or blue

    Those of us who were around in the 1980s will know how seriously we took colour. I was hopeless at, and not terribly interested in football, but I remember walking back from school and kicking about an empty cigarette packet with a zeal and...

  • Sliema in a shambles

    Sliema is yet again experiencing an uncontrolled surge in new building development. The local council’s resources are stretched to the limit and it is becoming obvious that we have lost control of the situation. Local wardens have now been...

  • Suffocated by the spin

    Last week I spent some time in the archives reading old reports about Valletta and the Three Cities. Nearly 150 years ago, an unusually high number of deaths occurred during a particular winter. The Chief Police Physician at the time, Dr Antonio...

  • Law needs maintenance

    According to a recent Malta Today report, during the past four years, no less than 3,075 people were charged with failure to pay maintenance to their spouses. And of that number, 342 were imprisoned. I find that staggering. And no, not the...

  • Yet another paper tiger

    When I was growing up, the sun still warmed the beaches where we swam every day. There were no tower blocks looming overhead, turning the rocks into dank, damp expanses. Perhaps there were fewer amenities. If you wanted to lie down in comfort, you...

  • Moses, Abraham and Panama

    The Jews were a collection of loosely connected tribes. They lived under the harsh rule of a powerful Egyptian Pharaoh whose subjects believed he was a god, thus unbeatable. Their lot as over-exploited slaves provided them with very little food,...

  • A force to be reckoned with…

    Dear Minister, I trust this finds you well. And yes, the box of goodies you discovered on your front doorstep this morning was indeed from yours truly. I particularly hope you enjoy the bottle of whisky; yes it is a 20-year-old single malt and of...

  • Does the EU want to implode?

    The question looming on many citizens’ minds is gaining traction with every ill-conceived decision made by the European Union. The EU received 1.2 million asylum requests in 2015 alone, and despite a huge backlash and the consequential assent of...

  • Country’s poverty traps

    As the old proverb goes, love, cough and poverty cannot be hidden. The measurement of poverty, however, can reveal or hide its various dimensions. There lies a trap. The one-dimensional measurement of poverty certainly creates difficulties in...

  • Rebranding youth culture

    Rebranding youth culture

    Recent sad events and alarming statistics on the local youth front are very disturbing. This newspaper reported on its front page (May 9) that three young football players are being arraigned in court for alleged corruption. It also highlighted...

  • Small parties, national elections

    A few months ago a group of people were in the process of forming a new political party. The formation of a new party always makes headlines. We have had quite a few in the last 50 years. The PKM (Partit Kommunista Malti), PDM (Partit Demokratiku...

  • No freedom without law

    No freedom without law

    Laws are laws. However, we have been taught that laws are there to serve society, to preserve order and regulate the interaction between the individual members of a particular society. Yet, as the great political philosopher John Locke wrote: “The...

  • National interest test

    The double-edged sword of tourism is increasingly coming under the microscope of environmentalists and governments managing tourist-based economies. The main thrust of a recent British study dealt with the dichotomy representing the many economic...

  • Time to come together

    Myriam Spiteri Debono in her letter ‘The national interest’ (May 10) said: “It must be acknowledged that the scenario of having two main political parties is very difficult to dislodge”. So she suggested that “one must look at the formation and...

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