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Opinion

  • Requiem for transparency

    A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both– James Madison (1751-1836, fourth US president). It was once said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. In...

  • Barbarism... freedom

    Barbarism... freedom

    New York 9/11, London 7/7, the Madrid train explosion, and Paris 7/1. The roll-call continues. The attacks in Paris have demonstrated clearly that the free and democratic nations of the West are engaged in a long war with Islamist extremists.

  • Life in its full potential

    Life in its full potential

    Tomorrow marks the 42nd anniversary of the controversial 1973 judgment Roe versus Wade in which the supreme court in the US legalised abortion, invalidating anti-abortion laws throughout the country. Prior to this ruling, abortion was prohibited...

  • Organ, tissue transplants

    Organ transplantation and the systems of how organs and tissues are harvested is a contentious issue both in Malta and abroad although, more often than not, people understand its importance because the practice often saves lives or markedly...

  • Nothing down about Down

    If some people had their way, people like my daughter, Philippa, wouldn’t be full citizens. Why? They have Down Syndrome: trisomy 21 to be exact. This somehow labels them as less deserving of a full life to 71 per cent of employers in Malta – if...

  • Country going to the dogs

    Country going to the dogs

    The Nationalist Party decision to stay out of the spring hunting referendum campaign spells the end to any hope that we will ever get rid of those hunters holding our countryside to ransom. Without political support, the abrogative referendum will...

  • Band clubs’ crucial role

    Band clubs’ crucial role

    My work as councillor in charge of culture within the Balzan local council often brings me into direct contact with the band clubs of the locality. As such, I have come to realise how important is the role of these clubs and their contribution to...

  • Not everyone is Charlie

    Some time has now passed since the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo staff. It was necessary to create a temporal space between the event and a reflection on it out of respect for the grieving of the relatives of the victims and the legitimate anger...

  • Towards a higher standard

    The perennial debate on the level of English used in Malta and Gozo is in full swing. It is indeed useful for the authorities and society in general to focus from time to time on the standard of English in Malta, given both its status as an...

  • If Greece makes an exit

    The upcoming snap election in Greece has put Syriza in the spotlight, given that the party is leading the polls. Questions are being raised whether a Syriza victory will result in Greece’s exit from the eurozone. Syriza (an acronym for Coalition...

  • A first for agriculture

    A first for agriculture

    Malta’s accession to the European Union 10 years ago was a culture shock to the agricultural sector. From a protected industry, largely dependant on import quotas, prohibitive levies and an outright ban on the importation of competing products,...

  • Labour’s grand illusion

    In the very first speech of the 2013 electoral campaign, on January 7 of that year, Joseph Muscat fired his parting shot: “Malta belongs to us all. This is the rallying call which will be uniting us. Uniting the Maltese and Gozitan people. Uniting...

  • After the Paris attacks

    After the Paris attacks

    Last Sunday’s turnout of almost four million people at a number of rallies in France to protest against the terror attacks in Paris sent out a clear message: France is united and will not budge in its defence of freedom of expression, which is a...

  • Ched Evans and extra time

    The reason I go back to the Ched Evans story has nothing to do with football. It has everything to do with the whole argument of role models and impressionable minds, which I find unbearably sanctimonious and nannying. For whatever it’s worth, my...

  • Exciting times ahead for culture

    Our culture is a construct of who we were, who we are now and who we shall be. We are sparing no effort to cultivate a cultural sector that is vibrant, accessible and sustainable. First and foremost, we want to ensure an ever-stronger awareness of...

  • It’s not just musical chairs

    It’s not just musical chairs

    A cartoon in The Sunday Times of Malta, dated October 27, 1947, shows a queue of women lining up to vote, mostly in modern dress but with one of them still wearing the għonella. This was a historic moment for Maltese women, the day when they came...

  • Is Muscat a ‘Teflon’ Prime Minister?

    Ronald Reagan, the former US President, was the first politician to be called by his detractors ‘the Teflon President’. The nickname was coined by Patricia Schroeder, then a Democrat Congresswoman, who reflected on how a plethora of scandals...

  • Vote for birds, not bullets

    Over on the social media battlegrounds, Nationalist Party whip David Agius has girded his loins and marched out to vanquish all that is terrible. For Agius, one of the evils threatening our world seems to be the bezzun or baguette offered by Air...

  • Are all lives equally sacred?

    In Florida, Jose Gomez’s mother was nagging him to put some boxes in the attic. On New Year’s Eve, having had enough, he beheaded her and stuffed her body in a garbage bag. He then calmly confessed to the police. Fox News chose to ignore the...

  • Why are doors becoming narrower?

    Why are doors becoming narrower?

    I am a winter worrier. In summer, my only troubles are choosing the best beach to go to avoid wind and jellyfish, but even that has been solved with the very convenient Whichbeach website that I check the minute I wake up and plan my day. In...

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