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Opinion

  • The real losers in Brazil

    The real losers in Brazil

    After the shocking, humiliating meltdown of Brazil in the World Cup, it is time to reflect about the cost the average Brazilero had to endure. The organisation of the World Cup was expected to bring in billions of dollars to Brazil’s economy. Many...

  • Let us organise ourselves

    I am sure that God loves Malta. I say this with utter conviction because, over so many years, I can’t think of any other explanation as to why this country has been capable of advancing so well in spite of the external and self-created problems...

  • In pursuit of sleaze

    In pursuit of sleaze

    As the party financing Bill continues to be pondered and accusations of cronyism, graft and misuse of public funds continue to fly about, here’s a story to bring tears to your eyes, whether you want to laugh or cry. It is the notorious Toblerone...

  • The art of setting wages

    The art of setting wages

    The introduction of a nationwide minimum wage of €8.50 per hour in Germany hit the world headlines lately. Although a minimum statutory wage that has been in force in Malta since 1974 provides a base for bargaining between the social partners,...

  • Freedom to choose life

    A truly humane society is measured by how it cares for its weakest members, namely the preborn, the ill, the disabled and the elderly. It is a society that attributes an intrinsic value to life in all its stages, be it an embryo, foetus, infant or...

  • A broken police force?

    A broken police force?

    Of all the major arms of the State, the Malta Police Force is probably the weakest. Although in the post-1987 period of institutional rebuilding considerable strides were made in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Armed Forces and...

  • Muscat’s success formula

    I often meet people who express their astonish­ment at the amazing success of the Labour Party both as a political party and in government. They ask me how Joseph Muscat has succeeded where so many others failed. It is, therefore, worthwhile to...

  • Mixed messages about drugs

    Mixed messages about drugs

    The decriminalisation of drugs is fast becoming one of the prime issues on the country’s agenda. The timing is dubious as I am not too sure that the launch of the proposed White Paper during the sweltering summer months is an appropriate time to...

  • Less haste... more Speed

    We live in a country where the educational system is constantly under fire, many times for the right reasons. One such reason is our inability to argue and discuss in a constructive and informed manner. We have a serious deficiency in that...

  • No win-win for Weiwei

    No win-win for Weiwei

    How touchy people are sometimes. Our woman in Asia, and a Labour minister’s wife to boot, must be one hell of a tough negotiator to have been handpicked to take on single-handedly the whole Asian tiger to lure business to little Malta. But she has...

  • Why always Balotelli

    That football is a team game is pretty obvious. Star players may make the difference but they cannot win games on their own. In this age of media-driven globalisation, an event such as Brazil 2014 provides a unique opportunity for stars to be...

  • The truth about Gozo

    James Vella Clark wrote a well-balanced article, which I liked. It was a positive piece in which the author showed his love for Gozo. However, I do not think I am being condescending in my articles, which I base on personal know-ledge and...

  • Good progress – more required

    The Labour government is doing well on the economic front. Events coincide to confirm such a statement. The Prime Minister has had a very successful visit to China, a meeting of a giant and a small guy that went ahead as if they were equals. That...

  • Party funding Bill... or is it?

    A draft Bill on party financing has been presented to Parliament. The proposed law incorporates various proposals made by Alternattiva Demokratika but it regulates donations to parties and the expenditure limits of individual candidates, without...

  • Nothing heroic in adoption

    Nothing heroic in adoption

    Maltese people are renowned for their affection and the desire they have to care for and raise their children. For a number of reasons, some people choose to bring up a child who is not biologically theirs with that sort of passion and as though...

  • Commitment to our heritage

    Recent events in the environmental sphere have revealed that vast areas of archaeological and historical sites throughout the length and breadth of the Maltese archipelago are privately owned, continuously at the mercy of wanton vandalism and the...

  • Another Middle East flashpoint

    Another Middle East flashpoint

    Fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip intensified last week with Palestinian militants firing rockets at Israeli cities and Israel carrying out numerous (disproportionate) air strikes on Gaza. With a good number of Arab countries in...

  • Why I want my hut

    Ta’ Xbiex may seem like an unlikely place of departure for a piece on huts and basic dwellings. Except that walking there the other day I came across an Italian family who had parked their camper van right on the front. Old and shabby, it didn’t...

  • Why not a socio-religious TV?

    I agree with Martin Scicluna’s article ‘The voice of the Church’ (Times of Malta, July 2) about “the concern expressed about the Maltese Church’s difficulties in getting its voice heard”. I agree with Archbishop Paul Cremona and it pains me to see...

  • A debate about the elderly

    The highlight of this government’s programme so far is the quantity of important Bills it has asked the House of Representatives to discuss and approve, mostly Bills with a liberal and social content, but also others which have been too long on...

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