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Opinion

  • Freely choosing to work

    In the literary world, the idea of Greece conjures up two visions. The first is classical Greece, dotted with the ruins of ancient temples and stories of the Trojan War and the Odyssey. This is the Hellenic world of the Olympic Games, philosophers...

  • Enthusiasm and investment

    Recently, as I looked at the calendar, two dates immediately grabbed my attention. The titles read: ‘Passing out parade – Civil Protection Department’ and ‘Passing out parade – Armed Forces of Malta’. It is normal practice that as Minister for...

  • Coming home to roost

    It’s not easy to attract donations for any cause these days – least of all for political parties. There are hundreds of more worthy charitable causes competing for donations and the time-honoured raffles, bake sales and sponsored walks just don’t...

  • We should not be afraid to do God

    I had been planning to write about the eulogy President Barack Obama delivered on June 26 on the occasion of the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, but other more urgent subjects kept cropping up. Pinkney was a Demo­cratic state senator and...

  • A toenail on the property ladder...

    “Yes, this is indeed the show apartment. Exactly the same as the one you would be purchasing. Oh hang on, I’m getting ahead of myself. I should have said... exactly the same as the one you should be purchasing. “Yes, come right in... this...

  • Call that changed my life

    July 18 last year was meant to be a normal day of work. Court in the morning, meetings at party HQ in the afternoon and Joseph Calleja’s concert at the Granaries in the evening. Little did I ever expect that in the afternoon, at 5pm to be exact, I...

  • And she’s back. Not.

    And she’s back. Not.

    They sought her here, they sought her there, they sought her everywhere and, hey presto and a hey nonny no, up she popped, smug as a rabbit that’s snagged a year’s supply of carrots, to tell them that they’ve found her. It is Sai Mizzi Lang or...

  • To put the record straight

    It is unfortunate that the Alliance of Pensioners’ Associations , which should protect the interests of all pensioners, focused its assessment of the proposed pensions strategy on one issue: service pensions. In so doing, the alliance is...

  • People’s right to worship

    It is with a heavy heart that, as a practising Christian, like (hopefully) the majority of Maltese, I learned that the government, in its eagerness to modernise and secularise, is planning to decriminalise the vilification of religion. This, in...

  • Final nail in the coffin?

    Final nail in the coffin?

    Culture Minister Owen Bonnici’s announcement that the government was to scrap our antiquated obscenity laws is the final nail in the coffin, a coffin which has been in construction for the last six years. The year 2009 turned out to be great for...

  • A prophetic message

    A prophetic message

    It is not often that we get dire messages directed to the whole world relating to impending disasters but that is exactly what the latest encyclical from this unconventional Pope, Laudato Sì, actually is. The gist of the message, contained in this...

  • Political half-time analysis

    On the game of football, the coach does the half time talk and, according to the result, adjusts the team to face the opponent in the second part of the game. In political terms, the summer season is football’s half time. In the hot season, our...

  • Not just any development

    A lot has been written about the government’s plans to build five university colleges in the limits of Marsascala. Beyond the controversies surrounding the actual motives behind this project and the decision to encroach ODZ land, there exists...

  • A betrayal, not a coup

    A betrayal, not a coup

    On Monday, Greece struck a deal that saved it from being kicked out of the eurozone but at the cost of losing, at least temporarily, its national sovereignty. A fund of €50 billion, from the forced privatisation of State assets, will be under...

  • Labour’s ‘silly mistakes’

    Speaking in a political conversation on Labour’s One Radio lately, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat seems to have lamented on his government’s proneness to commit ‘silly mistakes’ without entering into the merit of particular cases. Now, the world...

  • Priority for cancer patients

    Malta has made huge strides ahead in facing and combating the challenges we constantly face in the field of cancer: a new oncology centre, new specialists in oncology, new cancer drugs are just some of the develolpments made. Amidst all this,...

  • Parliament’s half-way point

    Parliament’s half-way point

    As the House of Representatives breaks up for its summer recess, it is worth observing that this is also the half-way point of the Parliament. In another 30 months’ time we shall be in the throes of a general election. What is the current state of...

  • That fear of the outsider

    That fear of the outsider

    The Malta Union of Professional Psychologists, in collaboration with the Maltese Psychological Association, would like to express serious concern regarding the prevalence of racist and xenophobic behaviours in the Maltese Islands as described in...

  • Prime Minister adds insult to injury

    Joseph Muscat never struck me as a man of principle. Today, I’m certainly not alone in thinking that. Barely two years in government, he is a Prime Minister battered by political scandals. In the run-up to the 2013 general election, Muscat assured...

  • Soho’s coming to Malta

    Soho’s coming to Malta

    Former European Court of Human Rights judge Giovanni Bonello made a chilling statement about the state of our justice system last week. He said: “It is a miracle that justice can be served at all within such a flawed system of appointing...

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