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Opinion

  • Together against hatred

    This is a very crucial juncture in the history of mankind and the issues of hatred, extremism and religious animosity need to be addressed and discussed because, in the final analysis, they are among the main contributors to international, racial...

  • For future generations

    Now that the spring hunting referendum is done and dusted and the result has sent out so many messages for our analysis and attention, I think it is time to step back and reflect carefully on what this whole process we have been through has...

  • Do not pass Go(zo)

    Do not pass Go(zo)

    Whoever drafted the new drugs law that came into effect last week must have been a keen Monopoly player. Under this law, smoking pot will still be illegal but you don't go to jail. Instead, you get a get-out-of-jail free card, courtesy of Justice...

  • Those blessed rings

    Those blessed rings

    Drachma (Drachma LGBTI and Drachma Parents Group) looks with interest at the discussion that ensued over the issue of the blessing of the engagement of a gay couple by Fr Mark Montebello and the Archbishop’s reactions to the matter. Drachma...

  • Benefits of a green future

    Every now and then, with little fanfare, an economic trend is identified that might just have the potential to fundamentally shift perceptions. The European Environment State and Outlook 2015 (SOER) has identified such a trend. What the report has...

  • The environmental agenda

    As soon as the hunting referendum result was out, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made one of those speeches that will probably be remembered for some time. The speech has been interpreted in different ways across the social spectrum. In my view,...

  • Focus on natural capital

    With the word biodiversity having been mentioned quite a bit in local circles over the past weeks and months, it will be interesting to find out whether economic opportunities and finance can effectively be linked to biodiversity. I am raising...

  • A green chronic malaise

    I nostalgically recall my favourite campfire song in my youth. Like My Darling Clementine, the Maltese countryside is being systematically eroded and, soon, it will be “lost and gone forever” if this prolonged unscrupulous development, wanton...

  • Clinton to ‘earn’ US vote

    Clinton to ‘earn’ US vote

    Hillary Clinton put an end to the worst kept secret in American politics last Sunday by officially announcing that she was running for President. In her opening video posted on the social media, she said she would hit the road to “earn” America’s...

  • Virtually a defeat for hunters

    Barely two weeks ago I was one of probably very many people who thought that the No camp would likely win the referendum. I had pored over the polls, and I had also followed with considerable zeal the constant stream of online comments, posts, and...

  • Maltese living abroad can still be Maltese

    From time to time, since 1969, it was considered important to organise conventions with the aim of bringing together members of the Maltese community from abroad, to give them the opportunity of highlighting issues, problems, ideas and even make...

  • The dice were loaded

    The die is cast, alea iacta est, said Julius Caesar as he led his army across the river towards Rome. In the referendum last week, the dice were loaded against the conservation of nature and spring hunting is now back on track. The post-mortem on...

  • 49.4%’s the new hunter

    Victory for the Yes camp was inevitable. Or was it? Early on, even before the campaigns began in earnest, I bet with an ex-hunter that Yes would win the day. He’d had his ‘Road to Damascus’ moment and desperately wanted me to write about his...

  • The centre will hold

    What’s the best song to listen to when experiencing a defeat? The Bee Gees You Win Again? Green Day’s Nice Guys Finish Last? Elton John’s Sad Songs Say so Much? I suppose it’s a song which will take the edge of the hollow feeling in the pit of...

  • They shoot birds, don’t they?

    It is very clear that they shoot birds besides horses. Following the recent referendum, hunters will keep on shooting birds to their hearts’ content not only in Gozo, which voted in favour, but also in Malta, which voted against. A slim majority...

  • All great things come for free

    All great things come for free

    An article in the British papers last week talked about the things that make British people “feel great”. And you know what single thing makes them happy? It’s not winning the lottery; it’s not a new job; it’s not securing a multi-million business...

  • Come on, feel the noise...

    OK, so now it’s official: We are one of – if not THE noisiest nation(s) on earth. And if that surprises you, well it shouldn’t. We do decibels like trappists do silence, we are Loud with a capital L. When I read the recent report in Times of Malta...

  • Europe must wake up

    Some weeks back, watching the news on Italian television, I was intrigued by the almost positive twist given to a very sad event. The Chinese government, through its China National Chemical Corporation, made an attractive bid to shareholders and...

  • This is the time to think

    This is the time to think

    I’ve remarked on the ennui facing regular columnists at times, when you sit down and stare at the computer monitor and the blinking cursor clicks on and off, marking the seconds ticking down inexorably to your deadline. It’s probably nothing...

  • Equality and inclusion

    Equality and inclusion

    I recently met a young man whom I had the pleasure of being his tutor about 18 years ago. It was wonderful to see how tall and very handsome Peter* has become. Looking back, it was hard to imagine the progress that he would make in the years to...

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