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Opinion

  • Migrants don’t have to drown

    On February 11, 300 migrants drown­ed at sea. Their flimsy rafts supplied by greedy smugglers fell apart in eight-foot waves. As the Italian Coast Guard dispatched ships from Lampedusa, the merchant ship monitoring the distressed dinghies couldn’t...

  • On rock music and kartapesta

    The rain did not stop the carnival this year, and crowds flocked to Valletta to enjoy the spectacle. The hot dog stand near the grand master’s statue provided the first amusing carnival diversion, and the festivities carried on throughout the...

  • Malta’s insecurity complex

    In January, I was going to write about the not-so-great Dane who gained access to one of Mater Dei’s examination rooms by faking his way past security ‘to cop a feel’ as a bogus doctor. But I had second thoughts. For starters, I couldn’t bring...

  • Fifty shades of panic

    A couple of days before everybody in Malta caught the 50 Shades of Grey fever and became an expert on literary soft porn and diverse fetishes, they were engaged in another bout of collective hysteria – about the supposedly imminent Isis invasion.

  • Is there a spy in your bedroom?

    If you ever thought that Liza’s Henry had a big problem because he had a hole in his bucket, think again. Probably you have a bigger problem in the form of a spy in your bedroom and/or your sitting room. There is also very little doubt that in...

  • The death of the qaqoċċa?

    The death of the qaqoċċa?

    David, my green grocer, is selling globe artichokes at the price of €1 for four. That’s very cheap for this time of year. How come? “Ħeq. Spiċċat il-borma,” he said. By which he meant no one is cooking any more. People don’t seem to have the time...

  • Driven to distraction: Countdown to gridlock...

    According to some learned re­searchers at the University of Malta, we motoring commuters waste – on average – one hour per week stuck in traffic. Balderdash! I reckon I spend at least an hour a day banged-up in a queue of non-mobile vehicles, that...

  • Skewed electoral results

    A few days ago, the First Hall of the Civil Court, in its constitutional jurisdiction, delivered its judgment and declared that, following mistakes in the counting process, the Electoral Commission was in breach of the European Convention of...

  • Help definitely needed

    Help definitely needed

    The crisis in Libya, an extension or expansion of the ongoing tragedy that has engulfed Syria, Iraq and other troubled areas, has brought home to us, blithely bobbing about imitating the world’s umbilicus, that the world is not such a nice place,...

  • Great year for tourism

    Tourism has now established itself firmly as the key pillar of Malta’s economy, and last year’s official statistics show that this sector is as solid and robust as ever. During 2014, Malta has hosted 1.71 million visitors, a staggering 7.8 per...

  • Valletta deserves better

    Open air markets are an intrinsic element of most European cities. The Campo dei Fiori market in Rome is one such market; selling all sorts of things including cheeses, flowers, aprons and other wares. The temporary stalls are simple and the...

  • CHOGM venue’s chance

    CHOGM venue’s chance

    From November 27 to 29, Malta will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) with the theme ‘Adding Global Value’, which will discuss the future of the Commonwealth. The major locality of this gathering of heads of state is Fort St...

  • Cities are for people

    Cities are for people

    Our capital city, like any other, has to cater to the needs of the residents living there, people from other parts of Malta and Gozo, tourists, government and other interest groups. It is very natural for these different wants and needs to...

  • Elders’ everyday obstacles

    We are all aware that today around 25 per cent of our Maltese citizens are elderly. Times have changed. Married women are being encouraged to go out to work, not only to earn a living and contribute towards the common good of the nation, but also...

  • Amnesty: victims or villains?

    There have been several reactions since the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, about a month ago, announc­ed that it was preparing to launch a limited amnesty of sorts. It gave as the main reason the fact that it had thousands of...

  • Libya, the UN and Egypt

    Libya, the UN and Egypt

    On Sunday, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, told a press conference that he had requested the League to activate the joint Arab defence treaty in order to address the Libya crisis and the other theatres of war involving...

  • Tsipras and Europe

    Tsipras and Europe

    The result of the Greek election sent shockwaves across Europe. In the first few weeks since the government took office, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Minister for Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, embarked on a short tour of European capitals to...

  • Malta can rise to challenge

    The arrival of terrorist organisation Islamic State in Libya is of deep concern. The horrific murder of 21 Egyptians shows that barbaric extremists are now in effective control of cities a few hundred miles away from Malta, and therefore the...

  • ‘If it flies, then it dies’

    ‘If it flies, then it dies’

    Twelve years ago, under the leadership of then prime minister Eddie Fenech Adami, Malta was locked in a referendum campaign to ensure the country voted in favour of joining the European Union. Like independence, 40 years before, this was a pivotal...

  • Fuel price stability a myth

    Fuel price stability a myth

    Want the truth about fuel prices? Here it is in one simple graph. So much is being said about the price of automotive fuels that sometimes we miss the wood for the trees. While it does make sense to hedge against heavy fuel oil and gas oil prices...

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