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Opinion

  • Obama paves the way for his legacy

    Obama paves the way for his legacy

    US President Barack Obama delivered a defiant State of the Union address on Tuesday, focusing mainly on domestic policy and laying out his strategy to improve the standard of living of America’s middle classes. His domestic agenda included making...

  • In defence of thieves (of a kind)

    I have a new hero. Last Friday, Stephen Camilleri was handed a two-year prison sentence suspended for four years for theft of ticket money at Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna’s Malta at war museum in Vittoriosa. At the time of the theft, Camilleri was...

  • There is nothing wrong with change

    Winston Churchill, once said: “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.” In fact, a lot of good can result from changes in the right direction. I trust that this belief is what triggered Opposition leader Simon Busuttil...

  • The tourism tug-of-war

    It is often other people who are tourists. The writer Evelyn Waugh once said: “Every Englishman abroad, until it is proved to the contrary, likes to consider himself a traveller and not a tourist.” That was back in the 1930s but the word ‘tourist’...

  • Sure, go tell it to the birds

    Some might be inclined to regard the interference of our politicians in an apolitical referendum on spring hunting as ill-advised; even unconstitutional. On the other hand, in the current ‘Charlie’ climate it might be equally ill-advised to say...

  • Acting today to save tomorrow

    When I was a university student, it was still reasonably easy to find a parking slot on the ring road without having to get there at sunrise. The cars parked in the vicinity of the lecture halls and the main quadrangle weren’t the dinky smart...

  • The Pope of inclusion on exclusion

    I shudder to think what the reaction of the media would have been had Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI uttered the same words spoken by Pope Francis on the flight to the Philippines. The Pope was speaking with journalists about the Charlie Hebdo...

  • The sounds of our lives

    The sounds of our lives

    Every morning I wake up to the sound of chirping birds, trees hustling in the wind and the cows mooing in the fields. No. I don’t. I wake up every day at 6am sharp to the dreaded sound of the alarm clock, which gets louder and louder with each...

  • A bridge/tunnel too near...

    As a fairly frequent visitor to Gozo I have been following the tunnel/ bridge controversy with some interest. And... it occurs to me – and no doubt to nine-tenths of the rest of the archipeligo’s population – that the politicians and pundits have...

  • Language question revisited

    Historically, the language question arose for political reasons. Today, the problem is different. It concerns the way one should deal with the large number of English words that are constantly being imported into Maltese. Although, at first sight,...

  • Make up your minds, do

    Make up your minds, do

    There is evidence that this government is the very epitome of vacillation, imitating a wind vane veering madly from north to south and points in between in the shifting breeze. It is anecdotal, to be sure, but it exists. For instance, some bright...

  • New identity for Europe

    New identity for Europe

    The threat to national security throughout Europe has never been as great and imminent as it has been over the past few days. Yet, that notwithstanding, moderation and tolerance have characterised the response of host cultures as they struggle to...

  • Unbridled multiculturalism

    Sociologists and social scientists in Europe, the United States, Australia and Canada are increasingly focusing their attention on the implications of multiculturalism in their societies. Unfortunately, it appears that scant attention has been...

  • Beyond consumer-producer nexus

    A new draft National Lifelong Learning Strategy for Malta has been placed in the public domain. The provision of such a draft document strikes me as being overdue, with earlier efforts in this regard being inexplicably prevented from public...

  • Libya: UN fiasco in Geneva

    Libya: UN fiasco in Geneva

    The most powerful form of lie is the omission - George Orwell. The news that UNSMIL queered the pitch on Libya is not surprising. All the signs were there: misunderstanding the situation on the ground, information omissions, the ineffectiveness of...

  • EU funds for our future

    EU funds for our future

    Applying for EU funds can be a tough process. Sometimes, the rigorous vetting procedures and paperwork can be disheartening. But if you’ve ever applied for EU funds, you know how rewarding it is to finally be given the green light. It is a special...

  • The change that matters

    The changes in the shadow Cabinet, announced by Simon Busuttil, are yet another confirmation that the Nationalist Party is on the move. The PN leader has sent a clear message: there are no sacred cows in Pietá. If we want to earn back the respect...

  • Obesity and complications

    Tackling obesity (also in childhood) on a national scale, with legislation, is very much easier said than done. For a start, as Monday’s leader on Times of Malta pointed out, the definition of ‘junk’ or ‘fast’ foods is the subject of much...

  • Terrorism: what we know

    Terrorism: what we know

    Last week, three Libyan youths were casually and brutally murdered, their throats slit, in Libya’s western interior. The killers form part of a group of jihadists that had earlier slaughtered a score of soldiers and bystanders. The jihadists...

  • Another face of Islam

    Another face of Islam

    We have grown accustomed to reading news items that depict Islamic fanatics at their worst. They seem to embody the very essence of what modern terrorism embraces. We see them crashing commercial planes into the Twin Towers in New York; bombing...

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