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Opinion

  • Concern over legal notice

    This is an open letter from the heads of schools, who constitute the Church Schools Committee within the Private Schools Association, to the Minister of Education and Employment. While acknowledging that each legislature has its own priorities in...

  • Nationalist cheek on PBS

    One of the highlights of the 2013 electoral campaign was the barefaced abysmal bias to which public broadcasting had sunk. It had become nauseating to many people, in part accounting for the apparently substantial numbers of switchers from the...

  • Indignation at injustice

    Later today, we are expected to be voting on the third reading of the Civil Union Bill. This is where this particular journey, which started much before the last general election, comes to an end. It was a voyage along which we travelled some...

  • The Crimean question

    An international crisis has to be taken in the context of the political and legal realities leading up to it. Crimea has historically formed part of the heart of Russia since the days of Catherine the Great but this changed overnight in 1954 when...

  • Remembering genocide in Rwanda

    Last Monday Rwanda commemorated the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place when the world stood by as 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by members of the Hutu majority over a 100-day period. Many say the massacre was...

  • It’s good to be intolerant

    Tolerance is not necessarily a good thing. It can happen that people come to tolerate unjust and harmful things, often because they just can’t see any alternatives. Or the alternatives may appear unreachable. Whatever the reason, it seems to me...

  • Let us not be farm animals

    George Orwell’s Animal Farm, 1984 and many other of his works have become classics in their own right, giving us such everyday terms as Big Brother (is watching you), Newspeak and Cold War, to name but a few. I was reminded of the current validity...

  • European Parliament frolics

    Off they go. Another specific electoral campaign has opened. I say specific be­cause Malta is always in campaign mode. It is the only place I know where the political leaders do not take a breather, unless forced on them or for a few days annually.

  • Joseph Muscat’s unemployment conundrum

    In a statement issued last week, the Nationalist Party claimed that the Prime Minister is trying to solve the problem of growing unemployment by increasing jobs in the public sector, and quoted statistics that show that the number of people...

  • Crime pays country

    Here’s the latest news from Crime Always Pays Country. Those ‘consumers’ who paid to have their electricity meters tampered with and who benefitted from whopping reductions in their electricity bills – are complaining. They’re finding it hard to...

  • Secular and religious fundamentalists unite!

    Brendan Eich is the inventor of the JavaScript computer programming language and co-founder of Mozilla. He is a big fish in Silicon Valley. On March 24 he was appointed CEO of Mozilla. But, at the very beginning of April, barely 10 days after his...

  • John XXIII and Francis: two of a kind

    These two Popes have much in common, starting from the choice of their names upon their election. Fifty years after the death and the impending canonisation of John XXIII, comparisons are being made with Pope Francis. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli,...

  • Out of the box

    I know that lately my column has, maybe, focused a bit too much on horror but somehow I keep getting attracted back to the genre. Which means that finally – after I got fed up seeing everyone waxing lyrical about it online – I decided to start...

  • Clap along to happy songs

    For some reason, my car stereo is always tuned to Magic Malta. And I know I’m listening to it too much lately, because I keep catching myself humming “Farrugia lighting and interiors… more than just lights” as if it was a Top 10 hit. The other...

  • Warden charm offensive: The story so far...

    Last week, Sylvanus enjoyed an unprecedented stroke of luck. I managed to acquire – don’t ask me how – a copy of the missive sent to each and every local warden, instructing them on measures to try... yes, at least try... to make them just a...

  • May it finally happen

    I’m flattered; not even when I was Beck was I read by luminaries such as May, Brian of that ilk. He must have read me last Saturday, in between limbering up for his candlelit croon-fest with La Ellis and having his piccy taken with assorted rock...

  • Questions to the candidates

    If you conduct an online search you find no formal job description for the role of a member of European Parliament. Absent a succinct role description, how can the electorate decide which candidates are best equipped to represent us in...

  • Many shades of grey

    Recently, I was approached to answer a number of questions for a quick interview on a broad range of issues. I agreed and was presented with a question paper covering subjects from immigration to spring hunting to flying the EU flag at sporting...

  • Is a crafts village needed?

    The title has two words that have a somewhat broad definition and interpretation. Crafts are normally associated with the more tangible products that reflect the valuable work carried out by voluntary groups as well as skilled persons. The term...

  • Mary: the mother of fairest love

    Twenty years ago, Pope John Paul II, who, on April 27, will be canonised by Pope Francis, took the opportunity of the International Year of the Family to knock on the door of our hearts with a letter to families, wherein he describes Mary as “the...

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