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Opinion

  • 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...

  • Right climate for growth

    Right climate for growth

    The climate sector has not been short of studies, research projects and analysis but there is no doubt that the most groundbreaking document published in recent months was ‘The new climate economy report – better growth, better climate’ that was...

  • Chance to air our voices

    Quality in broadcasting is very often spoken about ad nauseam and fingers immediately point towards the regulator. Everyone agrees on the importance of good quality programming. The impact on the way messages reach viewers and how people in the...

  • Malta’s European story

    Malta’s European story

    The Today Public Policy Institute is an autonomous, non-governmental organisation. Its mission is to promote wide understanding of strategic issues of national importance as well as to help in the development and implementation of sound public...

  • People always matter

    Simon Busuttil took over the helm in what is one of the most challenging periods in the Nationalist Party’s recent history. The party emerged from the 2013 general election flat on its back. It got another hammering at the European elections. The...

  • Journalists on the front line

    Journalists on the front line

    Broadcasting corporations and newspaper conglomerates are targets of relentless criticism. Some detect a somewhat problematic link between the media and the setting of the policy agenda; others may be uncomfortable by the media’s ability to filter...

  • The Church family synod

    Bishops will be convening in Rome in the coming days to attend an extraordinary synod with the theme ‘Pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelisation’. The Catholic Church maintains “that there are absolutely no grounds for...

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