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Opinion

  • A video is worth 10,000 words

    A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words. Imagine then the worth in words of a whole video segment! And more important, imagine the power of such a video to mobilise people into action. Until last week few people had seen the tract of...

  • An open day to appreciate the art of elegance

    An open day to appreciate the art of elegance

    I was 20 I think when I first saw the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris. And I remember thinking as I stood in square: “!?!” It looked as if the building had woken up hurriedly in the morning and put on its dress inside out. I could not make up my...

  • Let’s hear it for the Eurovision Trash Contest...

    “So are you going to watch it?” “What... the Eurovision nonsense?” “The song contest... yes.” “No.” “Oh, but I thought you liked it.” “Really. How long have we been married my sweet?” “Eleven years... nearly, why?” “Because for all those 11 years...

  • Communicating the family

    A tree without roots is a dead tree and a person without the family is a person without life. No one can live without the family. Everybody needs a family because the family is the right environment where to love and be loved, to live, to grow, to...

  • Three stooges and clowns

    Three stooges and clowns

    I remember, as a young slip of a lad, not being overly impressed by The Three Stooges. It was probably a cultural thing, don’t you know, my being of an Anglo-Saxon bent when it comes to humour, rather like our dearly beloved Premier Joseph...

  • We don’t need your 'education'

    We don’t need your 'education'

    We are being treated to a news snippet in a rather zealous tone, orchestrated by our very own Prime Minister. Expecting us to dance ecstatically in gratitude, we have been told that a so-called American University of Malta is planning to set up...

  • Of zebras and rainbows

    Of zebras and rainbows

    The decision to paint over the zebra crossings in Floriana and Victoria solicited a few contributions in the columns of this newspaper that went far beyond the aesthetics of whether the colours of the rainbow were prettier than the black and white...

  • Antoine Cachia Caruana

    Antoine Cachia Caruana

    Antoine Cachia Caruana, who has just died aged 87, was one of the most remarkable and justifiably one of the most successful headmasters of St Edward’s College, who saw the school grow dramatically under his leadership during some of the most...

  • Natural park is a bad deal

    Since the first week of May, information about the American University of Malta has been gradually trickling out to the public. At the initial announcement, the Prime Minister indicated that a natural park would also be set up in the vicinity of...

  • Narrow straits or open seas?

    Today, I will have the honour of receiving the Charlemagne Prize which every year rewards a person for his/her work towards European integration. It is a prize which has great prestige and a long list of laureates in whose company I am humbled to...

  • Indeed, all that glitters...

    Indeed, all that glitters...

    In 1991, in two different continents, momentous decisions were leading to the founding of new universities. Eastern Europe was seeing off communism. The Arabian Gulf, still shaken, was seeing off the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq’s tyrant, Saddam...

  • Back from the edge

    Back from the edge

    The results of the British general election have seen the country step back from an electoral cliff edge of a hung parliament, electoral deals, coalitions, and possibly another election within six months. A sensational late swing to the...

  • Road traffic expenses

    Road traffic expenses

    The study by the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development (ICCSD – ‘Cost of road transport in Malta’) has been taken aboard, lock, stock and barrel by Transport Malta. Some remarks on this study need to be made. Fifty-two hours are...

  • Labour spin and spam

    Labour spin and spam

    In the space of a week, the Labour Party has officially switched from spin to spam. Nothing it says is being taken at face value any more. People have moved from the incredulous to the downright cynical. In anything Joseph Muscat’s government...

  • Soul-searching lessons

    It was inevitable that the British Labour Party would be subjecting itself to deep soul-searching after the crushing defeat it suffered in the past few days. While I always felt that Ed Miliband was a non-starter from day one, like most other...

  • Libya impasse – a solution

    Two weeks ago, the United Nations issued a mediated Libyan Political Agreement for consideration by all sides. Libya’s internationally-recognised parliament, the HOR, based in Tobruk, is expected to provisionally accept it. And why not? The UN...

  • Will real Muscat stand up?

    The ability of our Prime Minister to morph into a different person depending on whom he addresses or what he perceives to be the mood of the majority is uncanny. His advisers see this as a huge advantage – clearly believing that to attempt to be...

  • Żonqor’s prominence

    The agreement by the government of Malta and Jordanian investor Hani Saleh for the setting up of the American University of Malta has resulted in a myriad of statements, counterstatements, proposals and concern on a variety of matters. As soon as...

  • An oasis of tranquillity

    What should have been a celebration of the 50th anniversary since the opening of the facilities of the Jesuits’ Mount St Joseph Retreat House at Tarġa Gap, limits of Mosta, has surely turned out to be a hectic and serious concern over what future...

  • Discomfort in the south

    I have lived in the ‘south’ of Malta since I was a young child. I find the whole area pretty much fascinating, if not sometimes frustrating. This portside of the island is nothing short of spectacular surprises on the environmental, social and...

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