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Opinion

  • Bombing the Islamic State

    There seems to be general consensus of approval in the international community regarding the initiative taken by the US to form a coalition (that includes also some notable Arab countries) to bomb the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. President Obama...

  • Hong Kong’s challenge to China

    Hong Kong’s challenge to China

    The protests taking place in Hong Kong present a huge challenge to China, perhaps the biggest political challenge Beijing has faced since the Tiananmen democracy movement in 1989. The situation in Hong Kong also presents a challenge to the outside...

  • The tackle that I used to know

    The revaluation of Valletta as a heritage site is very much about its grand period buildings, their contents (lorded over by two Caravaggios), and what one might call the manufactured authenticity of the city’s streets. The restored façades, the...

  • Undermining decades of multicultural peace

    Living together in peace must be the goal of all nations on earth, yet currently, it seems, seismic upheavals threaten this ideal. From neighbouring North Africa to the Middle East and beyond, and north to Ukraine, local violence has become a way...

  • A loud and clear message

    The Sunday Times of Malta (August 28) reported a decision by the Industrial Tribunal of July 23. A dismissed employee sought redress for unfair dismissal. He had received various warnings for various wrong-doings. The tribunal established that...

  • Because we’re going nowhere fast

    In 1990 there were approximately 182,000 registered motor vehicles on our roads. Today, the number has practically doubled and stands at an inordinate 320,000, making Malta’s per capita vehicle ownership figures among the highest worldwide. Cars...

  • The libel boomerang

    You can figure out that someone grew up in the 1980s in Malta if they bought their cassettes from the monti, remember Eileen Montesin and her puppet Pitsu as a permanent fixture on TVM and as a Labour icon, and were au courant with Italian...

  • From Xandir Malta to Xinhua

    On October 12, 1983, Archbishop Ġużeppi Mercieca filed a constitutional case against the Government of Malta asking the court to declare that the Devolution Act and other legislation aimed at the de facto confiscation of Church property constitute...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    ‘Tis the season when our favourite television series return with a bang. Literally so, in the case of Big Bang Theory!, which has occupied a strong spot in my top five favourites for these past years. Sadly, not any more. The show has been around...

  • A wedding, a divorce and an annulment

    A wedding, a divorce and an annulment

    There was great commotion, lots of dancing and festa-like fun in the Chetcuti household a fortnight ago: we had a wedding. My sister, who oft features in this column, got married. Of course, this means that now I’ve officially got myself a brother...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 19...

    Something I read in the blog of one of the few surviving Opposition supporters has touched a nerve. She – for it was a she – had the brass nerve to suggest that my Jo-zeff, my hero, our charismatic and lovable leader... is getting to look more and...

  • The passing of Sikka l-Bajda

    The issue of Times of Malta of November 2, 2009, carried a piece headlined ‘If the offshore wind farm fails we are stuck – Pullicino’. The “offshore wind farm” was the proposed wind farm on Sikka l-Bajda off Rdum tal-Madonna at Armier. There...

  • Nothing more than words

    Nothing more than words

    Let me start with a personal note: the health issues I had mentioned back a few months have been tackled as planned and, as they say, “so far so good”. I’d like at this point to highlight our appreciation of the enormous levels of kindness we’ve...

  • Political think tanks

    The role of intellectuals in politics is a very important one. Famous authors like Antonio Gramsci and Michel Foucault have written about this topic. In Malta, today, the political parties have their own think tanks which are very important to...

  • Thanks for the service

    Thanks for the service

    I have been told that one of my problems is that I seem to like everybody. Perhaps I do, but it just does not come automatically. I know that there is always something about someone that is nice and acceptable. It is just a question of finding out...

  • Speaking their language

    Speaking their language

    Towards the beginning of last May, when I was invited for a meeting by the Minister for Education and Employment to discuss foreign language teaching and learning at secondary State and non State schools, we soon realised that the situation was...

  • Sport and mass media

    Sport and mass media

    As early as the last decades of the 19th century, international sports journalists felt the need of an organisation that would give them a sense of direction, help them exchange ideas, raise their status and also assist them in furthering their...

  • Lampedusa, one year on

    A year ago, 366 men, women and children died only 800 metres off the coast of Lampedusa. They came to Europe seeking protection but all they found was death. The Mediterranean – for millennia the epicentre of civilisations – has, in the last...

  • Neutrality for our time

    Neutrality for our time

    Over the course of the last three decades – the period, roughly, during which neutrality has been enshrined in the Maltese Constitution – we have changed the way we discuss the neutrality provisions three times. The discussions showed only fitful...

  • Good luck, bad luck!

    The word luck as a noun can be better described as success or failure apparently brought about by chance rather than through one’s own actions. To substantiate this statement I must share the following story with you. The last few horses of a poor...

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