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Opinion

  • Digital services for all

    The past decades have witnessed an exponential increase in the ways and methods in which information technology and digital innovation have infiltrated our daily lives and routines. Both domestic appliances and industrial processes have come to...

  • Celebrating anniversaries

    Last Monday was my 50th birthday. Fifty years ago the feast to mark St Paul’s shipwreck was celebrated in the capital city on that day. This took place because February 10 happened to be the first Friday of Lent and given that the immediate Sunday...

  • No guarantee of consent

    I am disturbed by the fact there are people in this country who seem to see no problem with the idea of going to a brothel to pay for sex. To be clear, I do not believe that women who work in the sex industry should be treated as criminals at all,...

  • Truth on morning-after pill

    Lara Dimitrijevic reacted with remarkable haste to the article by Tony Mifsud (January 28) that challenged the stand of the Women’s Rights Foundation on abortion. She should have dispassionately studied all the evidence presented to the Conjoint...

  • Restricted lives of politicians

    The fact that Economy Minister Chris Cardona has taken draconian measures and Parliamentary Secretary Deborah Schembri has taken umbrage at a journalist’s reporting of the former’s alleged visit to a brothel while on government work abroad is in...

  • A papal provocation

    A papal provocation

    I recently visited San Marco’s convent in Florence. It is a magnificent edifice with the friars’ cells on the upper vault having been decorated by the early Italian Renaissance painter and Dominican friar, Fra Angelico. Fra Angelico, beatified by...

  • Tell it to the marines

    We have been led to believe that had there been an authority in place, the scandals that have brought the Land Department to its knees over the past four years would have been avoided. This cannot be any further from the truth. The Land Department...

  • Hitting savers, retirees, investors

    If financial services regulation has, as one of its several essential raison d’êtres, the protection of small investors, then there is much to indicate that the new US President Donald Trump absolutely needs to reconsider some of his current...

  • Herr-ERA and glyphosate

    Glyphosate’s main aim is to kill. Glyphosate Monograph published by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) highlights its negative impacts. Its residues are so widespread in foods, particularly those containing cereals or GM corn or soy-derived products.

  • Defending the most vulnerable

    I refer to Lara Dimitrijevic’s article ‘Lies and insinuations’ (January 31) from the Women’s Rights Foundation. She was replying to an article penned by Tony Mifsud entitled ‘Women’s rights, fetal rights’(January 28). Dimitrijevic’s long response...

  • Pain, suffering in Europe

    Data from the start of this century has shown clear-ly how frequent chronic pain is in the general population. In Europe, one in five people suffers from some sort of chronic pain. Lower back pain is the most frequent, and it is the most frequent...

  • Cheap grace no more

    Before the 2013 Maltese general election, avant-garde priests were vociferous in their calls for social justice and reform. An eerie silence fell after the election. Their mission to stir up dissent vanished, and what matters to them now is how...

  • The commercial take government

    In the thick of the daily dose of filth, sleaze and scandal that the Labour government is faithfully offering the Maltese nation, a good measure of corruption cannot go amiss.   Our eagle-eyed Fourth Estate has newsrooms submersed in fresh...

  • Trump a symptom, not problem

    Trump a symptom, not problem

    The two greatest dealers in democracy, in the last chapter of our turbulent history, have been the US and the UK. Through the years these nations have brought the ideology of democracy into other countries through economics and warfare.

  • Shut up, you’re children

    Shut up, you’re children

    With friends like Deborah Schembri, does Chris Cardona need enemies? On one crucial point, Cardona agrees with the critics who want him fired from the Cabinet. He has declared that frequenting a brothel is conduct unbecoming of a government...

  • ‘Opaquing’ democracy

    In 1947, Winston Churchill quoted an unknown predecessor and referred to democracy as being “the worst form of government, except for all the others”. Democracy is very fragile, however, and is not limited to the occasional election. Its survival...

  • Undermining the press

    Undermining the press

    A year ago, blogger and journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia broke the news about the involvement of a minister and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff in a highly suspicious plan to set up a trust in New Zealand, with a shell company in the...

  • An expression of hope

    In a Parliamentary speech I made on January 17, I spoke about the role of the Catholic Church in Maltese society. My speech was very clear, in that I was merely reflecting on the benefits of a Church that seeks mediation and avoids entering the...

  • Clean energy for all Europe

    After 300 hundred years of industrialisation, our European society is moving towards a low-impact, sustainable existence. While our GDP has grown by 50 per cent since 1990, our emissions fell by 22 per cent. This means we have successfully...

  • Precautionary principle

    Precautionary principle

    Lara Dimitrijevic should keep doing the good work she said she and the Women’s Rights Foundation (WRF) are doing regarding women’s equality and against domestic violence. Although we are one of the few nations that still abhor the murder of...

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