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Opinion

  • Our three musketeers

    The Three Musketeers is a novel penned by Alexander Dumas. It recounts the intrigues, mishaps and comradeship of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. These were three inseparable musketeers of the king. Their inspirational motto was ‘all for one, one for...

  • Open marketplace of ideas

    Free speech is under attack. Where we once had the freedom to object, to think for ourselves and have open and honest debate, we now have censors soliciting our conformity and forbidding any deviation from the norm. The window of public discourse...

  • Getting fed up of Panama? 

    Let’s face it; we’ve heard a lot about Panama. The story itself took a long time to unfold, with new evidence coming in almost on a daily basis, with more and more people finding themselves embroiled in the mess, and now that the web has unfolded...

  • A total ethical collapse

    A total ethical collapse

    You may disagree with some ideas in his articles appearing in this paper but you cannot deny that what he says is never dull and most of the times stimulating. I am referring to Martin Scicluna’s regular contributions and will focus on one (May 4)...

  • Ukraine’s exposure

    The European Broadcasting Union, the organiser of the Eurovision Song Contest, feebly attempts to enforce a ‘no politics’ rule. The EBU sifts through the lyrics of all submitted entries to ensure that no ‘political content’, however subtle, makes...

  • Arms for Libyan government

    The decision on Monday in Vienna to provide ‘arms’ to a Libyan government that exists in name only, has taken the international community’s stance from the sublime to the completely ridiculous. Exactly what military kit is being supposed to be...

  • The Panama plot thickens

    Revelations made through The Sunday Times of Malta and The Malta Independent on Sunday prove that the Panama Papers scandal is not fading away. Quite the contrary. The plot thickens. We now learn that the Prime Minister’s most trusted minister and...

  • Panamagate: the crunch

    Panamagate: the crunch

    Journalists report, voters decide. That basic axiom has been followed to the letter by much of the Maltese press in the reporting on Panamagate. However, in the wake of the continuing revelations on Konrad Mizzi’s and Keith Schembri’s secret...

  • Reclaim those bastions

    Reclaim those bastions

    The three major cities of Malta, namely Valletta, Mdina and Vittoriosa, and the Cittadella in Gozo, are zones of exceptional historical, artistic and architectural interest. Historians, artists and academics have attempted to capture their unique...

  • Facing Muslim realities

    Facing Muslim realities

    The Muslim diaspora in the EU consists of roughly 16 million people (out of 508 million). France and Germany lead the way with about five million each. Britain hosts about three million. The Netherlands, Spain and Italy each have about 800,000.

  • Build like there’s no tomorrow

    Sliema has been a construction site for years but the present situation is unprecedented in scale, with construction taking place literally on every corner. The two towers planned for the Tigné area are to be viewed in this context. I have tried...

  • One way to beat traffic

    With the finer weather approaching and the Kappara project set to send traffic congestion to new highs, the Bicycle Advocacy Group have the following advice for those who opt to switch to a bicycle to beat the traffic. Even if your trip is just a...

  • Archbishop’s true father

    Bishops, both Catholic and Anglican, are not immune to sensational stories. The latest is that of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, a priest who is blessed with grace, charisma and spirituality. The archbishop is very close to both Pope...

  • Adopting equality as way of life

    I am a firm believer that no person should be treated as a second-class citizen. Additionally, I believe that the State is duty bound to remove any barriers that may lead to unequal treatment or hinder the attainment of substantive equality. It is...

  • Cohabitation Bill flaws

    Cohabitation Bill flaws

    The Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties has recently published a Bill to regulate cohabitation. Each person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and it is therefore the legislator’s duty to cater for the...

  • Diversity at the workplace

    “A colleague told me he respected me but thought I was abnormal... in a few words, my sexual orientation was against nature in his opinion.” This is the experience of a 28-year-old lesbian woman from Italy who was quoted in a 2012 survey conducted...

  • Radiating joy, hope and love

    Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Bi-phobia, and Transphobia and, in many parts of the world, there are prayer vigils being held in honour of victims who were brutally murdered or suffered violence and hate, at times even from members...

  • The government we deserve

    Unlike John Consiglio (‘Confusing issues’, May 3), unfortunately, I have never had the pleasure of dwelling in the ivory towers of academia and professional consultancy but instead chose to apply myself to the real world of the hard unrelenting...

  • Strengths of civil society

    In the past days, some columnists in different newspapers suggested that civil society in Malta is very weak. I disagree. My premise is simple: in Malta, civil society is effective when it has clear party political support. Civil society exists in...

  • Equality and the workplace

    Equality and the workplace

    A serious and successful effort to remove discrimination in the world of work, against women, gays, persons with a disability and other disadvantaged persons, was long in coming. Thanks to the persistence of women, gay and disabled rights...

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