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Opinion

  • Government dealings

    Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, Former Labour Party president The publication of documents pertaining to the activities of government is a subject of ongoing discussion. Each time a government does not immediately publish a document or parts of a...

  • Regionalism for Gozo?

    Regionalism for Gozo?

    The die was cast for Gozo even before our islands joined the European Union. Simon Busuttil, then the person in charge of our islands’ accession to the EU wrote in his booklet titled Negotiations on Gozo the following: “Noting that the gross...

  • Killing the chicken laying golden eggs

    The recently announced Budget has been lauded as a good budget by the government and its satellites and criticised as visionless by the Opposition. In this country where opinion is so polarised and politicised it is very hard to draw an...

  • ‘Where can we live but days?’

    We are so attached to life that most of us find it compulsive to believe there is an ‘afterlife’, a second shot at existence. So far so good, but then we have systems, called ‘religions’, that actually guarantee a better life than the present one...

  • No new excise duties

    No new excise duties

    The newly introduced excise taxes on a number of products ranging from non-alcoholic beverages to construction-related products is a step in the wrong direction by the government. While the business community has welcomed the total abolition of...

  • Disguised unemployment

    Disguised unemployment

    The unemployment figures issued by Eurostat in September showed Malta as the country with the third lowest unemployment rate across the European Union’s 28 member states. This rating is worked out according to the definition of ‘unemployment rate’...

  • Russia basks in glow of Pax Putiniana

    As Russia gears up its massive preparations to commemorate the first centenary of the Bolshevik revolution, this traditionally detested pariah state of the inhuman gulags and ethnic suppression is presently basking peacefully in an unprecedented...

  • It’s not a revolution

    It’s not a revolution

    Donald Trump’s victory has left many pundits with egg on their hot blushing faces – an entire bubbling omelette. They’ve reacted by going from one extreme – sniggering at his chances – to another. Now they’re hailing his win as a revolution, the...

  • Europe’s new Iron Curtain

    Europe’s new Iron Curtain

    The ideas of great men and women usually fall apart because they necessarily have to be implemented by average people. The idea of a collaborative Europe, working together for the greater good of the continent is, perhaps, one of the most powerful...

  • Don’t always blame motorcyclists

    Sadly, I’m writing this piece after yet ano-ther fatal motorcycle crash. A 25-year-old man from Naxxar was killed after coming off his machine and sliding into a crash barrier. Everyone seems to be talking about how many bikers have had accidents...

  • The Marlene effect

    The Marlene effect

    The new Democratic Party (Partit Demokratiku) formally elected Marlene Farrugia as their leader on October 21. She sits in the House of Representatives. The Democratic Party is, therefore, already represented in Parliament. The question is whether...

  • What Trump represents

    Shock, awe, disbelief. The election of Donald Trump magnified these feelings in a historic Republican victory, and this despite the massive media machine that worked in unison to block him at every turn. Some reacted in euphoric amazement, others...

  • Shameful misleading statements

    The scandal of the LNG tanker in Marsaxlokk Bay is another example of the cavalier attitude that the government adopts where the health and safety of citizens, in this case the residents of Marsaxlokk, Birżebbuġa and Żejtun, is concerned. As we...

  • Complex educational landscape

    Occasionally daily papers publish articles on the state of teacher education in Malta, on the need to attract top graduates to our university courses, on the landscape that surrounds educational reforms that impinge on improved professional...

  • Incredible statement

    If people of undisputed integrity share this same opinion, then our country is doomed and condemned for a long period of bad governance it had never witnessed before. That was my first reaction after having read Desmond Zammit Marmarà’s opinion...

  • Cancer from patient’s perspective

    “Choice” was one of the most powerful words resounding during the Patient Advocacy Track meetings at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, recently. The delegates amounted to 20,000 and included...

  • A knowledgeable society

    A knowledgeable society

    Esplora is now up and running. It is proving to be very popular, as expected, and is set to be one of the foremost visitor attractions in Malta. It is a state of the art interactive science centre spread over more than 20,000 square metres, making...

  • Malta has its own forgotten

    The Trump victory will be subject to a great deal of analysis. It should allow politicians, including our own to find a quiet moment and reflect. The US electorate had a very clear choice. Political elite vs business billionaire and showman,...

  • Living a healthy lifestyle

    World Diabetes Day is celebrated today to raise awareness on diabetes. The theme for this year is ‘Eyes on Diabetes’.  Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be serious and may lead to the same complications – however, there are many important...

  • Dissecting Trump’s victory

    Most social-scientific polls were predicting a victory for Hillary Clinton. Yet Donald Trump won and will now be the 45th president of the United States. This is not the first time that such polls went wrong or that historic moments were not...

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