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Opinion

  • The Gordian knot in Gaza

    If recent history is anything to go by, the many upheavals taking place in Islamic countries will now be overshadowed by what is happening in the Gaza Strip. Those who have been following the ups and downs of the events in the Middle East over the...

  • Future of local councils

    Future of local councils

    I have noted an interesting aspect of the controversy about whether local council elections should be postponed or not: the substantial amount of comments by the public demonstrating such an utterly negative perception of local councils. To be...

  • Christian persecution

    Christian persecution

    In the present post-modern world nobody would dare to mention the word persecution without showing his utter dismay at it. Let alone practise it or let it happen on such an alarming scale as is happening now in Iraq. The abhorrent nightmare of...

  • Israeli ‘holocaust’ in Gaza

    For the past month, Israel has been carrying a merciless offensive against Gaza that caused the death of about 2,000 Palestinians and injured more than 7,000, of whom 80 per cent are innocent civilians. This besides the destruction of mosques,...

  • One hot summer night

    August is the month of holidays. For the majority of Maltese families, it is the time of holidays. Most factories close for their shutdown. August is the month during which Malta has to sell its image as one of the major tourist paradises in this...

  • Will Isis go to Libya?

    Will Isis go to Libya?

    Even as President Barack Obama authorised air strikes in Iraq, there were high-ranking US military officers expressing doubts about whether they would have anything other than a short-term effect on the disciplined, well-armed fighters of the...

  • Building works in progress

    Building works in progress

    Over the past years, the residents of Sliema have suffered in silence without protesting publicly against the central administration for being subjected to such harsh treatment. When the new Labour administration took over in March 2013, the...

  • The hardships of a celibate life

    Diocesan priests take only one vow on ordination: the vow of obedience to their bishop. Chastity and poverty are taken, as vows, by the religious congregations. Monks and friars, unlike diocesan priests, are bound to live in a convent, community,...

  • Horrific sound of silence

    As the world watches the escalating human catastrophe of the people of Iraq, in the name of Allah, ISIS continues in its unstoppable cold-blooded rampage, starving and murdering innocent children and massacring all non-Muslims. The news headlines...

  • ‘We will remember them’

    ‘We will remember them’

    When the Governor of Malta announced the outbreak of hostilities on August 5, 1914 which was, unbeknown to those listening, to signal the start of World War I, the Daily Malta Chronicle reported that “it evoked a spontaneous outburst of enthusiasm...

  • Apathy of western world

    Apathy of western world

    On July 20, during his Sunday homily from the Vatican, Pope Francis cried out loud and clear to an indifferent and apathetic world to listen to the cries of persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria by a fanatical jihadist army known as ISIS, also...

  • Common (Labour) good

    Common (Labour) good

    When Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was campaigning in Żurrieq for the European Parliament elections, something unfortunate happened: he suffered radiation burns in both eyes. He described this experience “like blades slashing” his eyes. Muscat was...

  • Assisted-dying debate

    Western societies are increasingly coming to believe that, given appropriate safeguards, terminally-ill persons should have the right to die. This is the culmination of liberalism; it gives supreme consideration to the individual’s right to...

  • The comedy of pillows

    The comedy of pillows

    The drama around Konrad Mizzi’s wife keeps us entertained through the summer. And this al fresco merriment is certainly not cheap. It is theatre in high places, tearful and tragic, yet teasing and comic at the same time. Good stuff for an...

  • Did we treat old man fairly?

    An interesting online debate ensued after Saturday’s Times of Malta published a front page story entitled: ‘83-year-old admits hit-and-run in Lija’. This was a follow up to an item that was carried the previous day which showed dramatic CCTV...

  • More women in politics

    In March 2014, the Maltese electorate gave a resounding thumbs-up to four female Maltese candidates out of the six elected to the European Parliament. A month later the second female President of Malta was sworn into office. It is with great...

  • A futile war in Gaza

    A futile war in Gaza

    The resumption of air strikes in Gaza by Israel after Hamas fired rockets following the end of a three-day truce on Friday morning is very unfortunate and dashed hopes of some type of permanent truce between the two sides. It was hoped that the...

  • Councils in search of an idea

    Finally, we can breathe again. It seems that the Birkirkara, Santa Venera, and Fleur-de-Lys local councils have ironed out their differences over what to christen the arch they intend to build on a roundabout in the demilitarised zone. The...

  • Facing the new Libya crisis

    Three years ago this month, Muammar Gaddafi finally lost his 42-year-grip on Libya’s capital, Tripoli. The previous six months had been one of extraordinary crisis for Libya’s people, struggling for freedom in the face of ruthless violence. The...

  • All that glitters is not…

    Every so often, it is good to step back from the commentary of the latest economic statistics in order to place the numbers in their perspective. When analysing the latest labour market developments, one realises that developments are not as good...

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