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Opinion

  • Leo Brincat’s wilderness

    Leo Brincat’s wilderness

    In all the commentary about the Leo Brincat affair, no one has taken a moment to observe what is truly puzzling about his crucial answer to the EU budgetary affairs committee. Just what did he mean when he said that, had he given Konrad Mizzi a...

  • The Kingdom of Denmark

    The Kingdom of Denmark

    ‘Something is rotten in the Kingdom of Denmark.’ Those familiar with Shakespeare’s play Hamlet will surely recognise the unmistakeable quote from the scene when the king and his men are drinking, laughing and dancing in the castle while Hamlet...

  • Sliema tower developers have their say

    Sliema tower developers have their say

    Andrew Ganado, director and shareholder of Townsquare Sliema Ltd, in an opinion piece in Times of Malta today explains the developer's points of view in planning the Sliema tower and rebuts arguments made by Prof Victor Axiak, chairman of the...

  • Valletta at 450 years

    Valletta at 450 years

    To lift one’s spirits in the face of the unabated, destructive assault on Malta’s architecture and environment all over the rest of the country, one has to turn to Valletta and the Three Cities for relief. These represent ‘Old Malta’ before the...

  • In the spirit of Paris

    In the spirit of Paris

    Environment Minister José Herrera recently announced that Malta’s internal processes paving the way to the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement are at an advanced stage. The announcement came during a Brussels meeting at which the minister...

  • Holding the idea doors open

    It is November 10, 2016. Donald Trump, the new US President, is laying the foundation stone of his “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall”, which will shut the door on Mexico. UK Prime Minister Theresa May...

  • Let’s be super positive

    Summer is coming to a close and the heat will soon be a thing of the past but the political situation promises to be not just electrifying but super hot. Sadly and strangely, instead of calm and a better political life as we were promised by...

  • How attractive is Malta?

    As a small open economy with limited natural resources, Malta is dependent on foreign direct investment to drive economic growth. In recent years we have successfully positioned ourselves as a business-friendly and advantageous location for...

  • ‘Thinking’ mental health

    ‘Thinking’ mental health

    Up to October 10 every year, local and international media will often mention mental health and well-being in the run-up to World Mental Health Day. From October 11, 2016, attention to mental health issues will dwindle but mental ill-health will...

  • Separated but undivided

    In a year’s time, Christian churches, both Catholic and Evangelical, will be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation initiated by Martin Luther. In October 1517, Luther published his famous 95 challenges to established...

  • The Greek gifts in Gżira

    The non-violent direct action carried out by Kamp Emerġenza Ambjent (KEA) at Manoel Island was a welcome breath of fresh air in terms of environmental politics in this country. The KEA activists basically enabled access to the foreshore of Manoel...

  • Judicial appointments

    Judicial appointments

    Until August 4, 2016, members of the judiciary were appointed by the government. No consultation was held on such appointments consisting in a unilateral decision based on political patronage. Nor was any evaluation carried out of prospective...

  • What do pets do when we’re away?

    What do pets do when we’re away?

    Do you cross the road when you see a dog on a leash five kilometres away? Do you roll your eyes when the person you’re doing small talk with at a party starts telling you about antics of her cat? Do you think that rabbits are only good as a...

  • Solution to our waste woes

    Growing up in Malta in the 1960s, I vividly remember the Keep Malta Tidy campaign, and as a boy I dreamt that Malta could easily rea­lise these goals and become clean and tidy. How wrong I was. Here I am, half a century later, at the forefront of...

  • Manoel Park – we’re worth it

    I can understand why the call to reopen access to Manoel Island resonates with so many. The islet is a microcosm of the country – its history mirroring that of Malta. First it was occupied by foreign powers and now a corporate takeover of public...

  • Flying with the two wings

    If Pope Francis deserves some corner time for disagreeing with Martin Scicluna (see my commentary on September 4, ‘Teaching Francis some Christianity’), what does Archbishop Charles Scicluna deserve for daring to speak about Żonqor Point, the...

  • Leo Brincat is not Panama

    The Council of Ministers would do well to accept Leo Brincat’s nomination as a member of the European Court of Auditors. Brincat was nominated by a legitimate government, and he happens to be decent and capable. His merits also secured him the...

  • Not in our wildest dreams

    As soon as Leo Brincat’s nomination to the Court of Auditors became known last May, the news portal Euractiv carried an article noting that Brincat “helped a cabinet minister exposed in the Panama Papers to escape a no-confidence motion”. This has...

  • Midi touch at Manoel Island

    Last Sunday at 7pm, I broke with tradition and left my house, inspired by the laudable ‘break in’ the previous day by Kamp Emergenza Ambjent and Gżira mayor Conrad Borg Manche. I refer of course to the metal gates and fences constructed by the...

  • The natural born bullies

    The natural born bullies

    I knew him only by name. I only got to know him in person, one Mon­day morning, on the morrow of the first Panama protest in Valletta. I must give him credit, that though I went unannounced and accom­panied by my partner in crime Kekettoni, he...

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