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Opinion

  • Politicians’ seasonal fluff

    Politicians’ seasonal fluff

    “The hijack was a hoax!” I hear somebody say over one of the countless end-of-year meals. I strain my neck to get a better look at the person on the next table, who’s a light blue, V-neck sweater with a tiny yellow pony, over a yellow polo shirt.

  • When is a hijack not a hijack?

    “Control tower MIA… control tower MIA. This is Captain Azhar Mohammed, captain of flight number QZT 141, Mickey Mouse Airlines, Libya, with 104 passengers plus six crew members on board. We are approaching MIA at a height of 1,200 metres and we...

  • Consumer rights and competition

    The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority would like to clarify certain points that were raised in the editorial ‘A threat to consumers’ rights’ (January 5). The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority Act entered into force on...

  • At the heart of Europe

    A few days ago, something special happened in Malta. For the first time in our history we assumed leadership of a top-tier international body – the Council of the European Union. One of the key promises of our presidency is that we will be...

  • How politics shouldn’t be

    In his piece on politics (December 30) Lino Debono, the former Labour MP from Gozo, lambasted the American nation on grounds of hate rhetoric on TV, dished out during the presidential debates. He no longer believes in the US being “the shining...

  • Prospects for 2017

    Prospects for 2017

    2017 is an important year. Last year could be termed an annus horribilis not only in terms of the electoral results that may not have gone the way many of us would have wished, but also because the world does not seem to be a better place with the...

  • World-class business district

    In everyday political jargon, we have become accustomed to hearing the word “investment” being used in practically every discussion or speech, and rightly so, since investment is the key to economic recovery and sustainability. In a small economy...

  • Memo: It’s 2017 not 2003

    Memo: It’s 2017 not 2003

    The government has been criticised for the way it has advertised Malta’s assumption of the EU presidency. I’ve lost count of the fingers wagged at the billboard stating Malta would now be ‘centre-stage’ and showing ‘what it can do for Europe’. The...

  • Contortions for an answer

    The body language spoke volumes. It said it all. Beppe Fenech Adami’s facial contortions in Parliament, in reply to a simple question from the Justice Minister, outdid even Norman Wisdom’s in The Square Peg, when road mender Norman Pitkin was...

  • 2017: the EU in peril

    2017: the EU in peril

    As Malta takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, we should brace ourselves for what lies ahead. If you thought 2016 provided a rough ride for the European Union’s prospects, just wait for the 2017 upheavals. Testing times...

  • Donald Trump’s Achilles heel

    Donald Trump has considerable assets. He is a billionaire worth (according to Forbes) $4.5 billion. He is the 324th wealthiest man in the world and the 113th in the US. The Trump Organisation has interests in real estate, construction,...

  • Fake news memory hole

    Fake news memory hole

    There seems to be a new-found concern for so-called fake news among major social media and newspaper giants, and given the misinformation on the matter, I thought I should put in my two cents’ worth. 2016 will be marked as a year of political...

  • 2017: a post-truth world?

    Many claim that 2016 was a defining year. It seemed to mark a turning point in the global political trajectory. There may be some truth in this. However, societies are complex structures and politics rarely develop in a linear manner. The Oxford...

  • The lonely festive season

    Two recent news articles in the Times of Malta struck me for pointing out social problems that deserve more attention: loneliness and mental health. In one article, Mental Health Services chairman Anton Grech was quoted saying that dealing with...

  • Let’s upcycle the year 2016

    The footage of the children in Aleppo will forever be etched in my mind. Aleppo is an end to the year which wraps up what 2016 has been in international politics: cruel, tense, inhumane. I suppose if 2016 taught us something it is that consumerism...

  • 2017: the year ahead

    2017: the year ahead

    Anthony Manduca looks at the incoming year which sees Donald Trump becoming the next US President and and a number of crucial elections being held in Europe. It is going to be a very challenging 2017, primarily because Donald Trump will become...

  • Wisdom of ‘The Samuel Perspective’

    On Boxing Day, I was privileged to be introduced to Samuel, the young ‘star’ of L-Istrina 2016. At age 11 going on 12, he has lost his eyesight to cancer but, this notwithstanding, demonstrates and exudes a positive outlook on life which is as...

  • Rebels with real causes

    I have never met Simon Bailey, but he’s a modern-day hero for me. Here’s why. This time last year while most of us were enjoying the bright lights and Christmas festivities, Bailey was at his keyboard. He wasn’t sweating the small stuff and...

  • A presidency against ‘polite’ persecution?

    Today Malta assumes the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Next Tuesday a trial will continue to be heard in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two events held in two countries thousands of kilometres apart are – or, at least, should be –...

  • Navel of the earth, yet again

    Not surprisingly for a small country that happens to be an island off an island that itself lies at the periphery of a bunch of powerful players, Malta suffers from a chronic case of ‘arani Ma!’ (‘Mom, look at me!’) syndrome. The kind of...

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