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Opinion

  • The browning of Europe

    It has been a historical fact of consider­able importance that Malta has always felt the need to protect itself from foreign invasion. The massive fortifications left to us by the Knights of Malta, meant to protect our forefathers, have been an...

  • What’s in a book title?

    When former Labour Party treasurer Joe Sammut was arraigned in court last week, the book he was carrying got into the news. It was conjectured that he might want to draw attention to its title, as a sleazy, veiled threat of some sort. Perhaps he...

  • Let’s talk trash Prime Minister

    Sliema and St Julian’s have a trash problem. But then litter and garbage are everywhere on Malta, long ignored and studiously swept (oh the irony!) under the official carpet. Our streets and countryside are a national disgrace. Successive...

  • Give us 18,000 square metres

    These last few months have been clouded with a sense of panic environmentally-wise. There’s a sense of carpe diem urgency in having to savour every open spot, every uncrowded roof top, every unspoilt bay, every last undeveloped nook and cranny...

  • Ecclesiastical blood transfusions: Take 3

    When last Sunday I wrote my commentary titled ‘Ecc­lesiastical blood transfusions: Take 2’ I never imagined that during the weekend the ecclesiastical body in Malta would receive a good and healthy blood transfusion. This came in the form of a...

  • Flying by the seat of your pants...

    I expect you all saw that lucid and ‘helpful’ breakdown of what it now means to book a flight on our national airline. But just in case you didn’t, I – Sylvanus, with my public service hat on, would like to explain it all to you: If like me you...

  • Cyber-armour for today’s world

    In April this year, researcher Mary Anne Lauri spoke about the dangers resulting from parents’ lack of awareness on their children’s social media habits. She referred to a survey which found that two-thirds of children aged between eight and 15...

  • An olde worlde method

    An olde worlde method

    If you had the energy, which I certainly don’t in this revolting heat (did I mention that I hate summer?), you could probably look back on my columns, even when I was Beck, and find assertions, with scorn poured upon them by assorted lil’elves,...

  • Why vilify vilification now?

    Myths abound when it comes to debating the issue of whether the criminal of-fence of vilification of religion should remain on the statute book. The first myth, propounded by the progressive and liberal lobby, is that this offence is a special...

  • Our national treasure

    Our national treasure

    I have always been enchanted by Gozo. When we were still children, my sister and I spent many summers in Marsalforn with my parents and grandfather. I have faint recollections of the place we used to stay in, now replaced by a horrid block of...

  • Who needs a new theatre?

    It will come as no surprise to many that when the original proposal for an open air theatre to replace the Royal Opera House was first made public, I was at the forefront of those objecting to the idea. Some noted my objections and claimed I had a...

  • Facebook Islamologists

    Facebook Islamologists

    Last week, writing on his Facebook page, Jason Azzopardi, the shadow minister for justice, citizen rights and democracy, asked for a rational, unprejudiced debate on whether the burka should be banned. It’s clear that Azzopardi meant any full...

  • Excellence and appreciation

    Excellence must become the hallmark of Malta’s businesses and enterprises, irrespective of the economic sector they are operating in. At the national level, an emphasis on quality is to be driven by all social partners, who together must inculcate...

  • Middle East maelstrom

    Middle East maelstrom

    Europe and the West are paying a high price for their damage limitation policies in the Middle East. The fundamental challenges of successive waves of migration into Europe from the Middle East and the threats posed by ISIS will continue to dog...

  • Lines that need to be drawn

    Seventy years ago the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. One of its victims was 18-year old Nakamura. Pedro Arrupe looked for her amid the scene of harrowing destruction and the stench surrounding the remains of her house. Arrupe, later to become...

  • It’s a gas! Gas! Gas!

    It’s a gas! Gas! Gas!

    It took some nerve for Transport Minister Joe Mizzi to deliver a speech to mark the anniversary of Operation Pedestal, better known as the Santa Marija Convoy. In the summer of 1942, 14 ships left Britain for Malta to bring much needed supplies to...

  • A choice of life and death

    I decided to write this con­tribution following the institution of a pro-choice movement to stir debate about the possibility of introducing abortion legislation in our country for selected instances such as safeguarding the health of the...

  • Trans-Atlantic trade queries

    A few weeks ago, the European Parliament gave its go-ahead to the European Commission to keep negotiating with the United States for a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The main aim of the proposed partnership is to create...

  • The office air-conditioning wars

    The office air-conditioning wars

    Mid-summer, even bang in the middle of a heat wave, you would not catch me leaving home without a shawl and a jacket. They are my weapons in an ongoing battle at the office. No, I don’t need the shawl to lasso it and break the glass ceiling; nor...

  • The harm respectable men do

    Some days ago the papers reported that a Somali man had been caught in the act raping a Swedish woman in Gżira. The police did their job and it turned out that the rape was not a rape after all. The man was released and that was that, which is...

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