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Opinion

  • Speaking out loud

    Speaking out loud

    Gianluca Bezzina’s brief intervention last weekend at the general council of the Nationalist Party seems to have solicited quite a furore because of his reference to changing values in our society. I viewed some of the posts that were written on...

  • Nature of diasporic writing

    Nature of diasporic writing

    A convention for Maltese living abroad aims at bringing together Maltese who, though living in a different environment for a variable length of time, still have common interests and feel connected with the mother country. One unusual feature of...

  • Let’s attract foreign investors

    It always amazes me how people in Malta rush to conclusions. People who are greatly influenced by those whose biased and negative opinions overwhelm them – people who should listen and make their own judgements. We have been overwhelmed by...

  • The anti-elitist elitists

    The anti-elitist elitists

    In the space of a week, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has railed against elites not once but twice. He is presenting the Żonqor Point investment as a blow against Maltese elites. Then, questioned in Parliament about his choice of Phyllis Muscat to...

  • Mediterranean solution

    The Mediterranean, once the cradle of civilisation, has again hit the international headlines as a result of wrong decisions made by world leaders which, ultimately, led to the suffering in neighbouring countries being translated into one tragedy...

  • What makes a good university?

    Universities have been expanding worldwide. This reflects the combined impact of supply and demand factors. Technology has enabled an expansion of education services at a cheaper price. The most notable development is the provision of online-based...

  • The weapons of war

    The weapons of war

    A century ago, the world witnessed the first use of weapons of mass destruction. On April 22, 1915, the German High Command launched their first chlorine attack with a bombardment of the trenches on the Western Front, sending a thick yellow cloud...

  • Carbs and corpulence

    Obesity is a serious problem of increasing prevalence, closely associated with several serious chronic diseases which diminish lifespan and strain health services. Furthermore, dietary management advice for weight reduction is coming from various...

  • Modern shooting facilities

    A lot is being said about the proposed national shooting complex at Biż-biżija. However, one can only talk about it if he or she has hadthe experience of visiting a similar facility. I have had the opportunity to visit quite a few shooting...

  • University options welcome

    “Yes to sustainability and investment.” “Commitment to sustainable development can only be shown by ensuring that all development is sustainable development.” “Government is committed to and has the duty to ensure that serious consideration should...

  • But they shoot horses

    But they shoot horses

    A fascinating accusation was levelled last week against the Jesuits by the president of the local shooting association, Stephen Petroni. He said this religious order was objecting to a shooting range right next to their retreat house in Mosta on...

  • Plan needed for ODZ

    Plan needed for ODZ

    Many moons ago, while undertaking a study on the restructuringof the quarrying industry, quarry owners expressed concerns that any increase in the cost of stone blocks, resulting from price liberalisation, would negatively affect their sales. The...

  • Aged, active and contributing

    As a family doctor, I frequently meet people of all ages and creeds who like discussing social issues while they’re being diagnosed or medicated. When some time ago I was visiting such an elderly lady who was quite vociferous in her views, the...

  • Unsung heroes of aid

    Ramona Sunderwith, an American volunteer doctor and trainer says: “I’m a physician, who long ago decided to work in resource-constrained settings with disenfranchised populations.” Serata Silla, a nurse born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and who...

  • Of affluent rats and man

    I was still in my early teens. Television was still black and white. But I still clearly remember a documentary based on Konrad Lorenz’s studies on animal behaviour. Konrad Lorenz (November 7, 1903 – February 27, 1989) hailed from Austria. Besides...

  • Oppressed turns oppressor

    Let my people go, Moses told the pharaoh. The Jewish people then spent 40 years wandering in the desert until they reached the Canaan land where they lived and flourished. During the Roman occupation, the Jewish people revolted against the Roman...

  • Appalling death sentences in Egypt

    Appalling death sentences in Egypt

    Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first demo­crati­cally elected president, was sentenced to death last week, together with more than 100 others, over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and later brought Morsi’s Muslim...

  • The commonwealth of Sadeen

    This is a direct quote (my translation) taken from the Prime Minister’s speech in Marsascala a week ago: “There can be no place for monopolies in Malta today, and certainly not for those that have to do with university education. I’ve a feeling...

  • Migration: A credibility test for Europe

    Over the years, Malta and Italy sought to have the European Union recognise that the migration issues they confront is a European one that should be addressed at a European level. It is tragic that thousands perished in the Mediterranean before...

  • Gardens in our midst

    The idea of transforming Floriana into a ‘garden city’ is very attractive. Floriana already has some lovely public gardens, including Argotti Gardens and the Mall. It was reported in this newspaper last week that a group of young architects have...

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