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Opinion

  • At the point of no return

    I too have been following closely the proposed ODZ university rumpus. Same goes for all other development issues or project ideas. Then, the report about another monstrosity being considered for Sliema (two towers, including one rising to 40...

  • Reshape Islamic thought

    Reshape Islamic thought

    The rise in extremist organisations, such as ISIS, Al-Shabab, Boko Haram and several other off shoots of Al-Qaeda, all purporting to be “Islamic”, is very dangerous, disturbing and most insidious to the image of one of the great monotheistic...

  • Constitutional symbols

    Constitutional symbols

    I have been asked to elaborate why I held, in a previous contribution to this newspaper, that the repeal of the crime of vilification of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Religion is inconsistent with the Constitution of Malta. Although the...

  • Striking at the roots of racism

    I was outraged by the attack suffered by Jack Daboma, though I was neither surprised nor shocked. I experienced a greater shock a year ago, when, together with others, we took a Maltese friend who lives in Brazil to a restaurant in Mġarr. The...

  • Crazy apple, zest of lemon

    Crazy apple, zest of lemon

    Tick. Tock. Time is always moving, even when we fantasise that we’ve escaped to a place where it has stopped. Time doesn’t stand still in our mouths, either. Each bite of food we take during our mid-August holiday – chopped tomatoes or oranges on...

  • Identity crises in politics

    Who am I? What do I stand for? What do I want from life? These are fundamental questions in our life journey. To reach a level of maturity, one needs to ask and work tirelessly to attain a convincing reply. In the absence of any significant...

  • Need for ICT professionals

    There is a clear need for ICT professionals to supplement their academic education through continuing professional development that focuses on a selection of current and emerging software technologies and tools. The demand for experts in...

  • Artistic censorship reforms

    In his opinion piece ‘Civil right to objectify women’ (July 27) on the proposed reform to obscenity laws, Kevin Aquilina seems to erroneously imply that the primary purpose of the legislation is to lay the foundations for an international porn...

  • EU’s lack of political will

    EU’s lack of political will

    The spring Eurobarometer survey showed that over 80 per cent of Maltese were feeling well content with the country’s economic situation. Despite the government’s abysmal recent record on the environment and its involvement – whether wittingly or...

  • Vilification of Benedict

    Vilification of Benedict

    Under the guise of analysing the current situation in the Vatican, from his privileged perch in The Times of Malta, Martin Scicluna takes the opportunity to denigrate Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and portray the history of the papacy as one of...

  • Sports clubs held hostage

    A few weeks ago, Anthony Chircop, former president of the Malta Amateur Athletic Association, wrote an article entitled ‘A brighter future for Sports’, dealing with proposed changes in the legislation governing the transfer of public property to...

  • Connecting the power dots

    Power cuts happen. They always have and they always will. If anyone believed that electricity interruptions were going to stop because of a new government, they were being naive. Of course it doesn’t help that as part of their election tactics the...

  • The corruption of politics

    The corruption of politics

    You have to credit Labour with one thing – it is ingenious at squandering other people’s money. The Prime Minister set the ball rolling immediately upon taking office by renting his own car to himself. It was an act that degraded the office he...

  • Line to disappointment

    Line to disappointment

    I don’t think I stand alone when I say that our transport system has reached a new low. The bar wasn’t set high before but now it’s resting on the floor and burrowing deeper each day. Many citizens received their travel cards late in the second...

  • The schoolboy’s speech

    I write in response to the article ‘The “gift” of stuttering’ (July 28). Although it is laudable that an awareness group called The Stuttering Association of Malta is to be established, I wholeheartedly wish that it be a group that promotes...

  • Let’s build a better Malta

    I have been involved in the real estate market for more than 25 years now. I remember people afraid of buying property in secondary roads where it was very difficult to find a street surfaced with tarmac. Experience led me to believe that, during...

  • Never-ending energy story

    Gasol, one of the companies originally involved in the new power station project in Malta, recently announced it is no longer involved in this project. Its official website, however, still states that it is providing 30 per cent equity for the...

  • The correct legal order

    I did not like the recent rift between the journalists and the Institute of Maltese Journalists on one side and the Chamber of Advocates and (indirectly) the Judiciary on the other. No, I did not like it one bit. On examining closely what appeared...

  • Celebrating difference

    In his opinion piece of August 4, Ivan Fenech reacted to the donation of a number of educational resources by MGRM to schools. Most of these resources involved storybooks that are aimed at kindergarten and primary school children but they also...

  • Why Maltese men have always been short

    Why Maltese men have always been short

    I have quite often complained in this column about how Maltese men are, erm, vertically challenged. Today, I just want to say that I will complain no more. And the reason is that I now know for a fact that we’ve come a long, long way. Thousands of...

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