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Opinion

Gendered mobility: what future?

We would like to share some insights of a paper that we recently presented at an international conference held in Paris entitled ‘Women’s Issues in Transportation’. Many assumptions are made in transport planning with regard to travel patterns,...

  • Lobbying risks corruption

    In a democratic society, lobbying is a potentially legitimate activity. It involves the communication of views and information to legislators and administrators by those who have an interest in informing them of the impacts of the decisions under...

  • Germany on top of the world

    Germany on top of the world

    Germany’s victory in the World Cup is a symbol of the country’s emergence as a major world power, a European economic powerhouse, Europe’s leader and a nation very much at ease with itself after years of shyness and apprehension. This is Germany’s...

  • Common fronts and vigilantes

    This column has consistently argued that it is unwise to talk about migration only when some or other perceived crisis or emergency crops up. Accordingly, I wish to make three somewhat disconnected points on the subject. The first concerns...

  • Courting the Chinese dragon

    China has become a major economic powerhouse and is the second largest economy in the world. Globalisation has been a key success factor and the main driver in modernising the economy and the infrastructure of that country. China registered a 7.5...

  • Negativity back and flourishing

    Negativism is alive and well and living main­­ly at Pietà, at PN headquarters. If by nothing else, consider that in the context of the hounding of Sai Mizzi Liang, the appointee of Malta Enterprise to drum up business in China. The attacks on her...

  • Time for ministerial blues

    Media reports on how Education Minister Evarist Bartolo handled the Skolasajf fiasco say that he has publicly admitted he was irked by the way he was misled into believing that everything would be ‘all right on the night’, when in fact those...

  • It is the silly season

    Every now and again we get a bout of collective hand-wringing because of some survey showing that the great majority of the Maltese people haven’t read anything other than an article in Hello magazine for the past 10 years. This is usually...

  • Human rights: your rights, my rights

    In the mid-1990s I was one of the journalists who covered the visit of a Maltese delegation led by Eddie Fenech Adami, then prime minister, to the People’s Republic of China. It was quite a large delegation. Most, if I remember correctly, came...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    To be honest, I’d never heard the name Jonathan Glazier before Under the Skin started screening at St James Cavalier. Many of you are probably shaking their heads at me, but what can I say. When I read that he is the director behind Scarlett...

  • ‘Can the children stop the war when they grow up?’

    ‘Can the children stop the war when they grow up?’

    I have just spent a day on a tiny boat, with a straw hat on, a fishing rod and a rickety umbrella for shade. And all through the morning I watched and watched as hundreds of day trippers were dumped by ferries on the barren island of Comino and...

  • Summer Sunday ‘fun’ at the beach

    “Alfred... fancy a day at the beach?” “What? You’re kidding, right?” “No, it’s Sunday, it’s summer. It’ll be lovely at Għadira or Armier or Għajn Tuffieħa or Ġnejna or ... ” “Are you feeling alright, woman? Yeah, right, it is summer and Sunday.

  • The more things change

    The more things change

    I went along to the 2Cellos concert, opening the Malta International Arts Festival, and it was superb and then some. The things those guys do with their instruments would probably have Mozart and Vivaldi standing in rapturous applause,...

  • ‘Europeans’ don’t exist

    ‘Europeans’ don’t exist

    In his article ‘Did Dalli act bizarrely?’ (July 10), Ranier Fsadni used phrases such as “One has to show that Europeans, generally, would not have minded” and “one would need to show that such behaviour is not ‘bizarre’ for Europeans.” While Dr...

  • The working poor in Malta

    There are at least three ways of looking at the economy. The first is to look at it solely as a tool for companies to make profits quickly. The second is to look at it as a way to ensure the majority have their pockets lined with money in the...

  • Proudest pride week

    Since last year’s pride march there has been a significant change in Malta: families which had hitherto only been recognised socially can now also be recognised legally. As it should be. When the Maltese Parliament voted for civil unions, albeit...

  • Is obesity here to stay?

    Is obesity here to stay?

    As a health professional who has dedicated his life to sports and exercise medicine, I feel it is laudable that the government and Opposition are finally in agreement about the urgent need to address the national epidemics of obesity and physical...

  • The real losers in Brazil

    The real losers in Brazil

    After the shocking, humiliating meltdown of Brazil in the World Cup, it is time to reflect about the cost the average Brazilero had to endure. The organisation of the World Cup was expected to bring in billions of dollars to Brazil’s economy. Many...

  • Let us organise ourselves

    I am sure that God loves Malta. I say this with utter conviction because, over so many years, I can’t think of any other explanation as to why this country has been capable of advancing so well in spite of the external and self-created problems...

  • In pursuit of sleaze

    In pursuit of sleaze

    As the party financing Bill continues to be pondered and accusations of cronyism, graft and misuse of public funds continue to fly about, here’s a story to bring tears to your eyes, whether you want to laugh or cry. It is the notorious Toblerone...

  • The art of setting wages

    The art of setting wages

    The introduction of a nationwide minimum wage of €8.50 per hour in Germany hit the world headlines lately. Although a minimum statutory wage that has been in force in Malta since 1974 provides a base for bargaining between the social partners,...

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