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Opinion

  • Will real Muscat stand up?

    The ability of our Prime Minister to morph into a different person depending on whom he addresses or what he perceives to be the mood of the majority is uncanny. His advisers see this as a huge advantage – clearly believing that to attempt to be...

  • Żonqor’s prominence

    The agreement by the government of Malta and Jordanian investor Hani Saleh for the setting up of the American University of Malta has resulted in a myriad of statements, counterstatements, proposals and concern on a variety of matters. As soon as...

  • An oasis of tranquillity

    What should have been a celebration of the 50th anniversary since the opening of the facilities of the Jesuits’ Mount St Joseph Retreat House at Tarġa Gap, limits of Mosta, has surely turned out to be a hectic and serious concern over what future...

  • Discomfort in the south

    I have lived in the ‘south’ of Malta since I was a young child. I find the whole area pretty much fascinating, if not sometimes frustrating. This portside of the island is nothing short of spectacular surprises on the environmental, social and...

  • UK Conservatives’ surprise victory

    UK Conservatives’ surprise victory

    The Conservative Party’s victory in the UK election took everybody by surprise and proved the opinion polls wrong. The Conservatives, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, managed to obtain a overall parliamentary majority of 12 seats, which means...

  • The American who went to Malta

    In principle I have no major problems with the Non-American Non-University of Malta. I think of it much as I would of a monster shopping centre or hotel, that is to say, as a private business venture that has every right to try its luck at turning...

  • Making a difference for the better

    Tough times expose your values; mine have always been to make a difference for the better – no matter what it takes and how high the stakes are. Two years ago I was elected PN general secretary. The Nationalist Party, after 25 years in government,...

  • The zebra’s rainbow

    Last week a priest, Fr Richard-Nazzareno Farrugia, wrote in this newspaper. He expressed his concern about schoolchildren being led over rainbow-coloured zebra crossings to promote LGBTI rights. His article was written in a civil tone, and...

  • An educational hub in Europe

    Last week, a €115 million project by the American University of Malta was launched, delivering another important education pledge. In our electoral programme, we promised a wider educational mix in higher education while investing further in our...

  • Bulldozer/destruction fest

    These days, ‘fests’ are all the rage. Stick ‘fest’ onto any product or service of your choice, set up some stalls, tell the world that you’re open for business and wait for the crowds to flock to your door. In this vein we’ve had the perfectly...

  • Noise is more golden than silence

    Saying that we are a very noisy island is not breaking news, but that we are one of the nosiest in the EU was news for me. “Noisy areas extend to around 90 per cent of Malta compared with some 50 per cent in most other EU member states, making the...

  • Yippee! We’re so very excited!

    Yippee! We’re so very excited!

    Malta is tiny. But we often forget that. In our minds, we think of it as this huge expanse of land, the centre point of the world. When abroad, we do not even blink at the idea of a three-hour car trip; but at home, if you live in Mellieħa, you...

  • Blow, blow that whistle son...

    A clerical civil servant is furtively dialing a number on his desk phone. “Oh hello, is that the um... the Whistleblowing Centre?” (Recorded message) “Grazzi talli ċempilt iċ-Ċentru tal Whistleblowing. Biex tkompli bil-Malti... agħfas in-numru...

  • An EU that makes sense

    Happy Europe Day 2015: Europe Day, which takes place every May 9, is designed to commemorate what many consider the real start of the European project. That is, the pooling of the French and German coal and steel industries in 1950. That decision,...

  • When things get hot

    When things get hot

    I was going to write about the new parliament building and how it will become, in its time, a monument. It will be a monument, at least for those who appreciate the finer things in life and whose outlook is not soured by their inability to see...

  • Media education options

    Media education options

    The ‘Road map net children 2020’ was a two-day conference held in Berlin a few days ago during which policymakers, academics, industry members and NGOs deliberated on children’s protection, living with and learning through new media with the aim...

  • What’s in the firing line?

    Our bodies speak volumes in telling us who we are. We need to communicate with the world out there. We have eyes to see, mouths to speak, ears to listen and noses to smell and breathe. Some of these – our eyes and mouth – have natural ways to shut...

  • Exodus from the south

    Exodus from the south

    Too many times over the past decade, the Maltese islands heard the news about the lives of irregular migrants being lost at sea. The recent news of yet another deadly trip across the Mediterranean Sea does not come as a complete shock. Yet, its...

  • Cultural collaboration

    Over the next three years, Valletta 2018 will be working closely with its Maltese and international partners to host a number of key high-level arts-related events with positive repercussions on the cultural, economic and social aspects of our...

  • The Armenian genocide

    In a speech at Obersalzberg, prior to the invasion of Poland, Adolf Hitler made reference to some form of mass-extermination. Aware of the possible negative reactions to it, he sought to quell the fears of his supporters: “Who, after all, speaks...

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