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Opinion

  • Bloodstream of nation

    Bloodstream of nation

    The visit by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil to Mcast provoked a debate on the education sector, which is healthy, even if a lot of what was written is nothing but misinformation. Did anyone question Muscat about...

  • Malta’s meld of cultures

    Malta’s meld of cultures

    Prince William was in Malta to join the celebrations to mark 50 years of independence from Britain on September 21, 1964. In the early 1960s, Malta was pressing for full integration with the UK but on that occasion we were the ones insisting on...

  • Improving fiscal morality

    The Gospel reading applicable to the 29th Sunday in Ordinary time reiterated the obligation of Roman Catholics to indulge in supporting social justice by paying their dues to the exchequer. Conceptualising the words of our Lord Jesus Christ,...

  • Running out of...Gasol

    On October 12, 2013, Enemalta announced that it had selected Electrogas Malta as the preferred bidder to build a new gas power station and supply electricity to the corporation. Electrogas is a consortium made up of the German firm Siemens, Socar...

  • Jasmine in parliament

    Jasmine in parliament

    Almost four years have passed since the outbreak of protests – the Jasmine Revolution – that brought down the thieving regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. Enough has happened in the country to make one wary of undiluted optimism. Yet,...

  • Animal-friendly Malta

    Animal-friendly Malta

    It was 2001. The first Animal Welfare Act was enacted, providing an invaluable legal framework to non-governmental organisations which tirelessly advocated for animal welfare and animal rights. Unfortunately, more than a decade after this...

  • Stuck down a cul-de-sac

    Over the past few weeks I have often been asked for my views on the unpleasant situation faced by motorists every day. The subject of traffic has never been so topical. But I find it unacceptable that so much is being said about it when so little...

  • Medicine needed for Gozo

    That Gozo’s economy has been ailing for the past decade is no secret to anybody. The raw data speaks loud and clear. While the employment rate in Malta is around 60 per cent, in Gozo it fails to reach 50 per cent. The average yearly income per...

  • Church, State in secular society

    Church, State in secular society

    At an event to mark the World Day for Social Communications, the Archbishop’s delegate said that “a secularised society is one where society is autonomous, not necessarily linked to a particular religious belief. Within such a society one would be...

  • Full-time mayors needed

    Full-time mayors needed

    My experience as a local councillor has con­vinced me of the need for short-term, full-time mayors. I know, of course, that this is a controversial issue and that some long-term, part-time mayors will totally disagree with what I am stating.

  • Cultivating young scientists

    I read the editorial in Times of Malta, ‘Making Science attractive to students’, with a great deal of interest. It is, indeed, worrying that only eight per cent of Maltese students undertook post-secondary science studies last year, which is less...

  • Sugar Daddy Joseph

    Sugar Daddy Joseph

    The Prime Minister has really gotten himself into a rut this time, and it is all his own doing. His meddling around with what should be a free market economy in a modern European state has landed him with a de facto wage freeze: a 58c cost of...

  • Good answer to cynics

    It is genuinely humbling to walk from the ferry terminal towards Admiralty to the epicentre of the Umbrella Movement’s occupation site in Hong Kong. Amidst the upmarket hotels, limousines, banks and giant billboards glorifying global...

  • Your word is your bond

    This statement is what my father constantly drummed into my head ever since I can remember. It is a universal sign of honour that when you promise to do something, you follow through. Sadly but, perhaps, not unsurprisingly, we have learnt, again,...

  • Sharia law in a nutshell

    The Islamic law, also known as sharia law, is one of the most misunderstood subjects in the contemporary world, both by Muslims and non-Muslims. From time to time, we hear the echoes and slogans of implementation and imposition of sharia law from...

  • Fallen trees and lost water

    Following a weekend thunderstorm, October 7 dawned with broken trees, overflowing sewers and rivulets engulfing sensitive traffic areas. This is just a harbinger of things to come every time it rains, let alone when it rains cats and dogs. I drove...

  • Political expediency

    Political expediency

    Andrew Borg Cardona referred extensively to the declaration by Maltese European commissioner designate, Karmenu Vella, that he is a convinced European “having voted for my country’s accession…” (Times of Malta, October 4). Borg Cardona commented...

  • Do we need to ‘assist’ dying?

    The term ‘assisted dying’ is being used more and more in connection with the management of sick elderly patients in hospitals or nursing homes. What does ‘assisted dying’ mean? Many people are scared of dying. They fear that they or their...

  • Gradual reform of the Church

    Gradual reform of the Church

    As the Catholic bishops’ synod at the Vatican concluded last week most news organisations focused on the fact that the bishops had ‘rejected’ proposals for wider acceptance of gay people, as well as the suggestion that divorced and remarried...

  • The sweet shall not inherit the earth

    So now we know. The Catholic Church in Malta was not ready for its first woman bishop. I’ve lost count of the number of references to Mgr Paul Cremona’s ‘ħlewwa’ in this past week of post-mortem sugaring. ‘Ħlewwa’ translates as ‘sweetness’. It is...

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