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Opinion

  • The change that matters

    The changes in the shadow Cabinet, announced by Simon Busuttil, are yet another confirmation that the Nationalist Party is on the move. The PN leader has sent a clear message: there are no sacred cows in Pietá. If we want to earn back the respect...

  • Obesity and complications

    Tackling obesity (also in childhood) on a national scale, with legislation, is very much easier said than done. For a start, as Monday’s leader on Times of Malta pointed out, the definition of ‘junk’ or ‘fast’ foods is the subject of much...

  • Terrorism: what we know

    Terrorism: what we know

    Last week, three Libyan youths were casually and brutally murdered, their throats slit, in Libya’s western interior. The killers form part of a group of jihadists that had earlier slaughtered a score of soldiers and bystanders. The jihadists...

  • Another face of Islam

    Another face of Islam

    We have grown accustomed to reading news items that depict Islamic fanatics at their worst. They seem to embody the very essence of what modern terrorism embraces. We see them crashing commercial planes into the Twin Towers in New York; bombing...

  • Those obsolete rent laws

    I congratulate Times of Malta for the leader ‘The archaic rent laws that need changing’ (January 3) which practically inaugurated the New Year. Over the last 45 years or so, I have written at least 17 researched articles as well as numerous...

  • Requiem for transparency

    A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both– James Madison (1751-1836, fourth US president). It was once said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. In...

  • Barbarism... freedom

    Barbarism... freedom

    New York 9/11, London 7/7, the Madrid train explosion, and Paris 7/1. The roll-call continues. The attacks in Paris have demonstrated clearly that the free and democratic nations of the West are engaged in a long war with Islamist extremists.

  • Life in its full potential

    Life in its full potential

    Tomorrow marks the 42nd anniversary of the controversial 1973 judgment Roe versus Wade in which the supreme court in the US legalised abortion, invalidating anti-abortion laws throughout the country. Prior to this ruling, abortion was prohibited...

  • Organ, tissue transplants

    Organ transplantation and the systems of how organs and tissues are harvested is a contentious issue both in Malta and abroad although, more often than not, people understand its importance because the practice often saves lives or markedly...

  • Nothing down about Down

    If some people had their way, people like my daughter, Philippa, wouldn’t be full citizens. Why? They have Down Syndrome: trisomy 21 to be exact. This somehow labels them as less deserving of a full life to 71 per cent of employers in Malta – if...

  • Country going to the dogs

    Country going to the dogs

    The Nationalist Party decision to stay out of the spring hunting referendum campaign spells the end to any hope that we will ever get rid of those hunters holding our countryside to ransom. Without political support, the abrogative referendum will...

  • Band clubs’ crucial role

    Band clubs’ crucial role

    My work as councillor in charge of culture within the Balzan local council often brings me into direct contact with the band clubs of the locality. As such, I have come to realise how important is the role of these clubs and their contribution to...

  • Not everyone is Charlie

    Some time has now passed since the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo staff. It was necessary to create a temporal space between the event and a reflection on it out of respect for the grieving of the relatives of the victims and the legitimate anger...

  • Towards a higher standard

    The perennial debate on the level of English used in Malta and Gozo is in full swing. It is indeed useful for the authorities and society in general to focus from time to time on the standard of English in Malta, given both its status as an...

  • If Greece makes an exit

    The upcoming snap election in Greece has put Syriza in the spotlight, given that the party is leading the polls. Questions are being raised whether a Syriza victory will result in Greece’s exit from the eurozone. Syriza (an acronym for Coalition...

  • A first for agriculture

    A first for agriculture

    Malta’s accession to the European Union 10 years ago was a culture shock to the agricultural sector. From a protected industry, largely dependant on import quotas, prohibitive levies and an outright ban on the importation of competing products,...

  • Labour’s grand illusion

    In the very first speech of the 2013 electoral campaign, on January 7 of that year, Joseph Muscat fired his parting shot: “Malta belongs to us all. This is the rallying call which will be uniting us. Uniting the Maltese and Gozitan people. Uniting...

  • After the Paris attacks

    After the Paris attacks

    Last Sunday’s turnout of almost four million people at a number of rallies in France to protest against the terror attacks in Paris sent out a clear message: France is united and will not budge in its defence of freedom of expression, which is a...

  • Ched Evans and extra time

    The reason I go back to the Ched Evans story has nothing to do with football. It has everything to do with the whole argument of role models and impressionable minds, which I find unbearably sanctimonious and nannying. For whatever it’s worth, my...

  • Exciting times ahead for culture

    Our culture is a construct of who we were, who we are now and who we shall be. We are sparing no effort to cultivate a cultural sector that is vibrant, accessible and sustainable. First and foremost, we want to ensure an ever-stronger awareness of...

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