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Opinion

  • Voice of silent majority

    When in a democracy the majority become frustrated and feel unrepresented, then it is time to stop and to change course. Malta is evidently in that position since it is undergoing profound cultural changes imposed from the top without the majority...

  • Gonzi’s sharp question

    Lawrence Gonzi’s op-ed in this newspaper on Tuesday quickly made the headlines. He wrote at white heat in response to a statement by Minister Helena Dalli that seemed equivocal on abortion (later clarified as a strong stand against abortion). He...

  • That super city of culture

    Victoria is pushing ahead with its musical festivals in its efforts to be crowned the capital city of culture in the Maltese islands. But there is more to it than Gozitan efficiency as, once again, the Gualitana Festival of Music (March 21–May...

  • Not happy with defunct Church

    The decision by the Nationalist Party to abstain on the Civil Unions Bill has been met with a chorus of disapproval by the gay community, independent media and a sizeable portion of PN sympathisers. I, for one, would have preferred the Opposition...

  • Duty and conscience

    The Bill on Civil Unions has been passed. Another crucial blow for social justice in Malta has been struck. The battle to introduce same-sex legislation shone a spotlight on four of Malta’s top leaders. They delivered a mixed performance. The...

  • Pontius Pilate politics

    The past few days were characterised by two interesting developments that marked the high and low of local politics. On one hand we had the historical, ground-breaking parliamentary vote on the Civil Union Bill. On the other hand we also had the...

  • The greatness of Shakespeare

    The birth and death of a person are literally a lifetime apart. They are as polarised in their significance as they are in their chronology – beginning and end, joy and sorrow, arrival and departure. It is therefore with a sense of this ambiguity...

  • After gay adoption, what’s next?

    So far I have intentionally refrained from commenting about political issues that are the subject of controversy in Malta. But recently I have been quoted in a manner that is unacceptable to me and to the values I have championed all my life. The...

  • PM: waving or drowning?

    No matter what percentages one tries to throw into the equation, many people just don’t like it that gay unions have been equated to marriage and even fewer want gay couples to adopt children. This is neither homophobia nor an infringement of...

  • In support of Ukraine

    Since last November, the people of Ukraine have been striving to define their own future. In the process, they have become a symbol of courage and peaceful change for the whole world. The international community remains united for Ukraine,...

  • Living with economic uncertainty

    This year the global economy was expected to fully recover from its worst crisis since the Great Depression. There has been great optimism in the air and the IMF has been projecting an annual growth rate of 3.75 per cent. This would be the best...

  • Dragging religion into politics

    The abstention of the Nationalist Opposition on the third reading of the Civil Unions Bill will reverberate for a long time to come. Disagreement with the wishy-washy stance adopted when the group abstained is being expressed from within...

  • Legal victory for journalism

    “From where, and how, the newspaper got the information was not relevant to the case because investigative journalism should always be protected even if there are mistakes in the reporting.” This is, I consider, the most relevant part of a...

  • Hunting on Sunday – a provocation

    Hunting has always been of extraordinary importance in Malta. Before we joined the EU, it was one of the main stumbling blocks that complicated negotiations. At that time the Nationalist government went out of its way to ensure a balance between...

  • Back from the brink in Ukraine?

    Tensions were high in Ukraine last week after armed pro-Russian groups seized control of a number of buildings in about 10 towns and cities across the eastern part of the country, which has large Russian-speaking communities. The rebels are...

  • Richard of York gave in vain

    It’s been a bad week for politicians bleeding to death in public places. Last Sunday two nasty-looking men turned their whips on the mayor of Tarxien and flogged him to ribbons. Not one of several hundred onlookers lifted a finger to help him. He...

  • An exodus in five verbs

    Simon Peter had just professed his faith that his leader Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth, was “the Christ of God”. Jesus ordered his group of disciples to tell no one and started talking about suffering, being rejected, dying and being raised...

  • Wrong by saying nothing at all

    Political parties, to some extent or another, are coalitions centreing around related beliefs. In many democracies this is reflected in the fact that multiple parties compete with each other, indicating that it is not possible to muster broad...

  • Was the writing on the wall?

    Erin Stuart Tanti and Lisa Maria Zahra. A modern-day Shakespearean double tragedy, love story and psychological drama which runs the gamut from the macabre to the surreal. Two families, not previously rivalled, drawn together by force majeure,...

  • Picking the wrong battles

    Tuesday evening was not a good time to be a Nationalist MP. As the members of the Nationalist parliamentary group walked out of the House after abstaining on the Civil Unions bill, they were loudly booed from the crowd which filled the square...

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