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Opinion

  • Resilient agricultural systems

    Recent reports have suggested that more than a tenth of fruit and vegetables may contain excessive and illegal levels of pesticides. No further information about the type of pesticides or the active ingredients has been reported at this stage.

  • Malta outspent Obama

    Malta outspent Obama

    In 2012, Barack Obama spent $700 million to win re-election. In 2013, Joseph Muscat’s Labour Party declared that it spent $2 million (€1.5 million at the 2013 exchange rate) on its election campaign; the PN declared it spent $2.9 million. A few...

  • Juncker’s visions for the EU

    Juncker’s visions for the EU

    Jean-Claude Juncker personifies everything that is wrong with the European Union. Following the 2014 European Parliament elections, only the United Kingdom and Hungary opposed his election to the post of president of the European Commission. And...

  • Be bold(er) for change

    One of this year’s themes for International Women’s Day is Be Bold for Change, encouraging policymakers, decision makers and legislators to take action that truly drives change for women. Probably in our case, we should aim for ‘bolder’ change,...

  • The issue of abortion

    The issue of abortion

    An impoverished young woman in Texas was pregnant for the third time. Her first child was being raised by her mother. The second had been given up for adoption at birth. This time she wanted an abortion. But in 1969 the procedure was prohibited...

  • No cracks in glass ceiling

    By now most Maltese have come to recognise that when Prime Minister Joseph Muscat uses superlatives he usually means the very opposite. It has taken us a while to recognise this, but the ‘best Cabinet in history’ is now accepted as ‘the most...

  • Benefits of women on boards

    In an increasingly fast-paced and ever-changing global market, companies have to sustain a competitive edge. Companies are looking to attract the best executives. However, they may be missing out on a key source of talent: women. Official...

  • Of politics and inquiries

    The inquiry established under the Inquiries Act regarding the behaviour of public authorities in the Capital One case has been published. The first conclusion and remark which needs to be registered is that the Inquiries Act of 1977 applies only...

  • Those privileged few

    Those privileged few

    The culture of cronyism and favouritism that has prevailed under successive Maltese governments has continued to deepen further since Joseph Muscat took over the reins of the country four years ago. Labour’s political clique has been living...

  • Libya: enter Russia

    Libya: enter Russia

    Since the Libyan civil war began, the question hovering over everything was – will Russia get involved? The answer to that question came when the chief of Libya’s UN-created Government of National Accord (GNA), the so-called Prime Minister Fayez...

  • Skyscrapers at crossroads

    We have heard the phrase that we did not ‘inherit’ our world but are taking care of it for future generations so often that the severity of this claim no longer has any impact on our sensitivity. We live, we use, we thrive and it is all in the...

  • To hell with poverty

    A growing wave of social and political forces is calling for an increase in the minimum wage in Malta. It is quite evident that the phenomenon of the ‘working poor’ exists in our society. Basically, this refers to persons who are in employment but...

  • Women on boards

    The key purpose of a board of directors is to look after the affairs of and maximise a company’s business by collectively directing its affairs and simultaneously meeting the interests of its shareholders and stakeholders. This includes a range of...

  • Skill acquisition for advocates

    At the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta we have embarked upon a process to assist our students in the Master of Advocacy degree course to acquire hands-on basic skills which, in the past, have not been taught to law students. These...

  • Run like fire!

    Run like fire!

    Would you rather sit on the sofa and sip a glass of wine or would you rather slog and sweat at the gym for an hour? I thought so. But this morning I bring good news: from now on we don’t need to feel guilty anymore for choosing the sofa option.

  • We need Women’s Day every day

    Today we commemorate Wo­men’s Day, celebrating the contributions that women make throughout society in our communities and places of work, as fa­mily members and as friends, as students, as workers, and as leaders. Today, we focus on the things...

  • The injustice of rent laws

    So after the flurry of excitement about all those millionaires who want to make Malta their home (or at least their pretend home for passport purposes) and the smidgeon of smugness at other economies which are not faring so well, we’ve woken up to...

  • On exploring the ‘Fifth Gospel’

    A high concrete wall, 708 kilometres long, snaking through countryside and dividing villages and towns in two. Truly an apartheid wall if ever there was one. An empty tomb. Death could not imprison in it He who came to bring down all walls. Its...

  • Back to the eighties

    ‘The eighties’ is Nationalistese for the political pits. In the minds of many, the period is the ultimate canon of corruption, thuggery and all-round bad governance. It follows that it is not terribly flattering to say of a party or a government...

  • Saving a convent garden

    Balluta Bay is one of the prettiest seaside corners around Sliema. The old square near the valley is always popular. People chat on benches under the trees and Art Nouveau apartments set an elegant backdrop above the restaurant umbrellas. Several...

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