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Opinion

  • The zebra’s rainbow

    Last week a priest, Fr Richard-Nazzareno Farrugia, wrote in this newspaper. He expressed his concern about schoolchildren being led over rainbow-coloured zebra crossings to promote LGBTI rights. His article was written in a civil tone, and...

  • An educational hub in Europe

    Last week, a €115 million project by the American University of Malta was launched, delivering another important education pledge. In our electoral programme, we promised a wider educational mix in higher education while investing further in our...

  • Bulldozer/destruction fest

    These days, ‘fests’ are all the rage. Stick ‘fest’ onto any product or service of your choice, set up some stalls, tell the world that you’re open for business and wait for the crowds to flock to your door. In this vein we’ve had the perfectly...

  • Noise is more golden than silence

    Saying that we are a very noisy island is not breaking news, but that we are one of the nosiest in the EU was news for me. “Noisy areas extend to around 90 per cent of Malta compared with some 50 per cent in most other EU member states, making the...

  • Yippee! We’re so very excited!

    Yippee! We’re so very excited!

    Malta is tiny. But we often forget that. In our minds, we think of it as this huge expanse of land, the centre point of the world. When abroad, we do not even blink at the idea of a three-hour car trip; but at home, if you live in Mellieħa, you...

  • Blow, blow that whistle son...

    A clerical civil servant is furtively dialing a number on his desk phone. “Oh hello, is that the um... the Whistleblowing Centre?” (Recorded message) “Grazzi talli ċempilt iċ-Ċentru tal Whistleblowing. Biex tkompli bil-Malti... agħfas in-numru...

  • An EU that makes sense

    Happy Europe Day 2015: Europe Day, which takes place every May 9, is designed to commemorate what many consider the real start of the European project. That is, the pooling of the French and German coal and steel industries in 1950. That decision,...

  • When things get hot

    When things get hot

    I was going to write about the new parliament building and how it will become, in its time, a monument. It will be a monument, at least for those who appreciate the finer things in life and whose outlook is not soured by their inability to see...

  • Media education options

    Media education options

    The ‘Road map net children 2020’ was a two-day conference held in Berlin a few days ago during which policymakers, academics, industry members and NGOs deliberated on children’s protection, living with and learning through new media with the aim...

  • What’s in the firing line?

    Our bodies speak volumes in telling us who we are. We need to communicate with the world out there. We have eyes to see, mouths to speak, ears to listen and noses to smell and breathe. Some of these – our eyes and mouth – have natural ways to shut...

  • Exodus from the south

    Exodus from the south

    Too many times over the past decade, the Maltese islands heard the news about the lives of irregular migrants being lost at sea. The recent news of yet another deadly trip across the Mediterranean Sea does not come as a complete shock. Yet, its...

  • Cultural collaboration

    Over the next three years, Valletta 2018 will be working closely with its Maltese and international partners to host a number of key high-level arts-related events with positive repercussions on the cultural, economic and social aspects of our...

  • The Armenian genocide

    In a speech at Obersalzberg, prior to the invasion of Poland, Adolf Hitler made reference to some form of mass-extermination. Aware of the possible negative reactions to it, he sought to quell the fears of his supporters: “Who, after all, speaks...

  • Is it too little, too late?

    While European leaders have been going round in circles on the illegal migration issue, people have been dying in their thousands. Just a few weeks ago, over 1,000 people, including children, are thought to have drowned within days of each other...

  • Our stand-up tragedy

    Our stand-up tragedy

    The opening of Renzo Piano’s Parliament House inevitably brought with it the speeches that spoke of a continuous story of progress and improvement in the robustness of our democracy. Back in 1964, however, when our past 50 years were once the...

  • Protection of the womb

    Protection of the womb

    In the article ‘Climate plans across Europe’ (March 26), Valletta mayor Alexiei Dingli and 26 other mayors of European cities, wrote: “If climate change is global, solutions are, first and foremost, local... and because large cities are at the...

  • Recalling 1958 and all that

    The report of April 29 on the unveiling by the General Workers’ Union of a monument in Paola Square, dedicated to those who were taken to court following the dangerous happenings of April 28, 1958, brought back stark memories. My father was...

  • Imminent water crisis

    Imminent water crisis

    Two weeks ago, The Today Public Policy Institute (of which I am a member) published a comprehensive report setting out the urgent need for Malta to confront its imminent water crisis. Malta is among the world’s most water-stressed countries. Its...

  • Promoting competitiveness

    Promoting competitiveness

    Malta is enjoying times of relatively high economic growth compared to other Eurozone countries, with government understandably portraying a generally optimistic outlook. From a sectoral perspective, this expansion has been mainly driven by services.

  • Hurrah for the cleaner

    Hurrah for the cleaner

    It appears that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s magic hat is truly bottomless. Nearly every week now he pulls out a white rabbit or two to keep us entertained and panting for more – or so he thinks. The prospect of yet another mega project...

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