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Opinion

  • Sex and public interest

    Sex and public interest

    They’re at it again, the French, God bless them. President Francois Hollande gives a make-or-break interview hoping it will reverse his political fortunes, which see him with a 12 per cent approval rating. The high-minded section of the press...

  • A defiant quarry owner

    A defiant quarry owner

    The Ta’ Muxi hearing is scheduled to take place today (NOV 13) and, strangely enough, the quarry trucks have recently decided to use the route prescribed by Mepa 16 years ago. Normally, they pass through the centre of Qala spewing out dust and...

  • Muscat’s sunshine business

    Round about this time some two years ago, the Labour Party was gearing itself for a massive victory in the March 2013 election. The Party was determined to leave no stone unturned in its quest to return to power after so many years in...

  • Diabetes a health priority

    According to the World Health Organisation, about 350 million people worldwide live with diabetes, while the prevalence of the disease continues to rise faster than ever predicted. In Malta, a pilot health examination survey conducted in 2010...

  • Twenty-five years after

    Twenty-five years after

    The Berlin Wall collapsed on November 9, 1989. I was in Berlin with my wife the following day with the Royal College of Defence Studies. Berlin was in carnival mood. East Germans streamed through the Wall in their thousands, buying oranges,...

  • The book’s bright future

    The book’s bright future

    The annual National Book Festival is an opportune moment to reflect upon the enduring significance and symbolism of the book. The book has a long and distinguished history, featuring prominently in human affairs and culture since antiquity and in...

  • Sack Refalo, bring on reshuffle

    In Parliament last week, Gozo Minister Anton Refalo messed up, yet again. He refused to answer questions by Opposition MPs on travel by his ministry since the election, and then requested that they be put to him in writing. The Opposition MPs said...

  • Ghost of Lorry Sant

    Ghost of Lorry Sant

    That storm last week was quite a relief for those out for a bit of sanity in this country. There’s nothing like a good cyclone to remind us that Mother Nature is there to stay, no matter how much we try to destroy it down here. An optimist would...

  • Why diet is key in diabetes

    The first survey of Maltese diabetes prevalence was conducted by Professor J.V. Zammit Maempel in the 1960s, and the results were published in a leading British medical journal. A further WHO-assisted diabetes prevalence survey was conducted by...

  • Calling a spade a spade

    I’m not jumpy when it comes to people having fun. On the contrary, I have no problem whatsoever that young people socialise till kingdom come, if they so wish. So what am I uneasy about? Well, part of the joys of parenthood is the unenviable role...

  • Obama pays a high price for US voter frustration

    Obama pays a high price for US voter frustration

    As expected, the Republicans in the US have gained control of the Senate after they won seven additional seats in the country’s mid-term elections. Senate seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas...

  • It helps to talk about the south

    Times of Malta reported last Friday that there are proposals for three hotels and a beach club on the stretch of coast between Xgħajra and Marsascala. The proposals will be discussed by the Consultative Council for the South on Thursday. That’s...

  • A review of the bishops’ synod

    At the synod on the family, 192 bishops were praised by Pope Francis for “having worked very hard”. However, he must have also felt a slight whim of disappointment with the result; nevertheless, after this experience the Church will not be the same.

  • Sex, lies and sellotape

    A section of the Maltese press went to town the other week with reports on the alleged sexual misadventures of a Dominican friar accused of abusing of a woman who was in a vulnerable situation. Many lurid details were exposed for all to see,...

  • The review of the Constitution

    Through the generosity of a friend I have now been given a copy of ‘A Review of the Constitution of Malta at Fifty. Rectification or Redesign?’. There are quite a number of points raised which call for comment but I shall limit myself to what is...

  • The hypocrisy trap

    Last Sunday, a newspaper published a blow by blow account of a woman’s relationship with Fr Charles Fenech. She is alleging that she is the victim of sexual abuse. Actually, what was published was an abridged version of her affidavit. We do not...

  • ‘I am not going to take this...’

    This newspaper was the first to prudently but professionally break the story about the pending court case against Fr Charles Fenech, who stands accused of sexually abusing a vulnerable person. This report was followed by other newspapers and other...

  • Out of the box

    Last week it was all about what many view as an alternative to reading, namely audio-books and storytelling. This week is all about a possible alternative to TV series – at least, that is the way I view webcomics, a form of TV series that is not...

  • And you call me coloured?

    And you call me coloured?

    Some years ago, a little African child wrote a poem, which went on to be nominated by the United Nations as the best poem of the year. It was called ‘I Black’. In the poem, the boy says he’s born black, and that when he stays for a day in the sun,...

  • New beginnings for the oldest profession...

    The front page header in a recent issue of The Times really intrigued me. It read: “Prostitution must change – minister”. Change? Fine, but in what way? Are we talking about some sort of tarts’ charter here? In future are our ladies (and...

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