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Opinion

  • Amend the embryo law

    Amend the embryo law

    The government is absolutely right to review the efficacy and effectiveness of the Embryo Protection Act, passed four years ago. It has a duty to ensure that a law, once passed, achieves what it was legislated to do. And that the greater public...

  • An unwinnable battle?

    An unwinnable battle?

    By some strange coincidence, the Today Public Policy Institute (TPPI – a Maltese think-tank) document on Maltese obesity and its serious health, longevity and public health service costs consequences, was published practically at the same time as...

  • Classes for the digital age

    We live in an age where technology has provided us limitless access to in-formation and different ways to do things. In our day-to-day activities, technology, especially the internet, has transformed every aspect of our life in a positive and more...

  • The new risk society

    The new risk society

    While writing this piece the World Economic Forum (WEF) is about to convenein Davos, Switzerland, for its annual January meeting. In the backdrop is The Global Risks Report 2016, the WEF’s acclaimed insight report that puts the delicate issue of...

  • The wheel goes round

    The wheel goes round

    Tackling the social and economic situations of a small island region like Gozo has never been a straightforward issue. In a place where infrastructural improvement may easily trample on the environment, or where economic and educational advances...

  • Bloggers and their sources

    Ranier Fsadni (‘Bloggers and their sources’, January 21) raised an important issue, in the realm of media law, which needs to be addressed legislatively. He refers to the question of confidentiality of journalistic sources. I have had occasion to...

  • Democratic patriotism

    The self-declared Organisation of Maltese Patriots is promoting discriminatory discourse which could enflame dangerous action. The organisation has made its intentions clear: Malta has one religion, namely Roman Catholicism, and Muslims shouldn’t...

  • That subliminal message

    That subliminal message

    Reviewing the first year of Muscat’s Labour administration in office, nearly two years ago, I concluded an article in this paper, thus: “The style over substance dichotomy will finally devour the politician who indulges in such an ephemeral...

  • Everyone has Tom Cruise teeth

    Everyone has Tom Cruise teeth

    The first thing I notice when I meet someone new is usually the teeth. After the handshake that is, which if it’s limp, I don’t even bother looking at anything else. I find that the teeth can say a lot about someone, and not just about hygiene.

  • ‘Only weeks left to save Schengen’

    ‘Only weeks left to save Schengen’

    The European Union has to act fast and on many fronts if there is any hope of it managing the bloc’s migrant crisis which is spiralling out of control and threatening the survival of the Schengen agreement. A number of EU leaders last week sounded...

  • Off-season perceptions

    Does anyone remember the age of traffic? It was a time when traffic jams made the headlines, when Facebook was a firmament of posts by people stuck in their cars, and when hardly a conversation took place that the dreaded word was not...

  • Deliver us from the evil of abortion

    January 22, 2016, is the anniversary of a legal system gone askew, a system that failed to protect millions of vulnerable preborn children from annihilation by abortion. Forty-three years ago, in 1973, the US Supreme Court, in ‘Roe versus Wade’,...

  • Keeping things confidential

    Confidentiality is so essential for good journalism, that it is recognised at law. This principle must be defended to the hilt by anyone engaged in journalism, which is why I am writing this article today. Protection of sources is a fundamental...

  • There is no crueller tyranny

    To say that Borg vs Malta passes both legal and moral censure on our courts would be no understatement. This absolute judgment handed down recently by the European Court of Human Rights now constitutes a watershed in the judicial history of...

  • Elephants in the room

    The Nationalist Party held a convention about the environment and many people got very excited and gurgled on about this great new green awakening. There were a lot of tweets with the Idea Ambjent hashtag and much sipping of fairtrade coffee and...

  • A loud ‘we shall not be moved’

    Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People, depicting, among other things, the bullying of the media in Norway towards the end of the 19th century, is very relevant to Malta today where press freedom is under threat. Dr Stockman, the protagonist...

  • Go music, lights, camera, stand by and… action!

    The scene is a local sound stage. We are eavesdropping on the shooting of the Supreme Leader Malta’s New Year message for 2017. (Lucky old us.) Sixteen local dancers of both sexes, dressed in scraps of wispy grey gauze, are waiting to perform a...

  • A resignation is not enough

    When the Times of Malta broke the story about the expropriation of one-fourth of a building in Old Mint Street, Valletta, Michael Falzon said this was a case of ‘much ado about nothing’. Following the publication of the Auditor General’s report,...

  • A collusion, no less

    A collusion, no less

    The National Audit Office has concluded that the Gaffarena deals – there were two apparently – on those Valletta properties were the result of collusion. Responsibility was heaped on the officials at the Land Department, together with outgoing...

  • The EU Poland wants

    The EU Poland wants

    Poland fought long and hard against foreign occupation as well as against an oppressive communist regime in order to achieve its current solid democratic order. Yet, its new government, barely two months in office after winning a convincing...

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