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Opinion

  • Clear voice for voters

    When I read the letter titled ‘The Voters’ Clear Choice’, (November 25) my first impression was that its author should be one of the many political fanatics who, nowadays, populate our media, particularly the social media. But on mentioning this...

  • The distant view from Moscow

    Moscow’s ability to influence world politics is at its strongest since the end of the Cold War. Russia is now a key player in the Syrian Civil War and its intervention undoubtedly complicated the geopolitical realities of the region. Its...

  • How politics shouldn’t be

    How politics shouldn’t be

    Following the recent debates on the American presidency, I wondered what the American political debates were all about. Instead of hearing how and in what way the candidates planned to steer the US in the near future, all that came across was...

  • A just society for everybody

    The proper sharing of the common good is one of the requirements leading to a just society. Unfortunately, we are far away from attaining this goal. The Head of State and the head of the Catholic Church are worried about the prevailing situation...

  • The year of contempt

    The year of contempt

    This will hardly be the first year to end with special appeals from the great and the good for the Maltese to seek unity over division and to tone down the escalating language of political vituperation. But can we at least try to make it the first...

  • Politicisation of civil service

    Politicisation of civil service

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has proved himself to be a true master of trickery by convincing a vast majority of the Maltese electorate to vote Labour with his pre-electoral pledge of a transparent government that would implement a zero-tolerance...

  • Immigration: the new realities

    In the 2004 satirical movie, A day without a Mexican is the day when, due to the sudden disappearance of all the Latinos, the American economy grinds to a halt. This scenario was actualised in the massive one-day protests in Los Angeles in 2006.

  • 2016 - A rough year

    2016 - A rough year

    Not since 1946 when the immediate post-war years laid the foundations of the modern world have we known such turbulence and political upheavals as this year. The Suez crisis in 1956, the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the financial crisis in 2008...

  • Senseless life sentence

    The  recent  landmark  court  judgment  decreeing  that  sentences  of  life  imprisonment  which  preclude  the  possibility  of  review  violate  human  rights  has  reopened  the  debate  about  the  draconian  punishment  of  sentencing  a ...

  • Renewable energy breakthrough

    Our worldwide industrial revolution and future progress is entirely dependent on a reliable and hopefully renewable energy source. In my capacity as a lecturer at the Nevada Atomic Testing Museum/ Smithsonian Institute, I was reunited with a past...

  • 2016: the year that was

    With the end of year coming up, it is traditional for most of us to try to pause and reflect on the past year and sometimes commit to resolutions for the coming year. This is an ideal time to contemplate events and issues that may not only have...

  • Watching from the balcony

    “None of us can say: ‘I have nothing to do with this, they govern.’ No, I am responsible for their governance, and I have to do the best so that they govern well, and I have to do my best by participating in politics according to my ability.

  • Human indifference to Aleppo

    The city of Aleppo was once one of the greatest cities in the region; the largest city in Syria and the third largest in the former Ottoman Empire. Archaeologists estimate that the site of its ancient city has been occupied since 5000BC. The...

  • Muslims make it hard

    Muslims make it hard

    There is a saying attributed to the Prophet Muhammad: “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive...

  • Make Christmas Great Again

    It is the eve of Christmas Eve and I have yet to start my Christmas shopping. I am panicking – but it’s the sort of panic that only flutters in the tummy, if you know what I mean. Because it’s not like I am doing anything about it: instead I am...

  • Let’s give our country back to the people

    This Christmas could not come sooner, bringing some tranquility at the close of a roller-coaster year. Together, we lived through some very significant events on the world stage, such as the unusual US election and the Brexit referendum. We...

  • The Christmas customer

    The Christmas market in Bolzano was bustling last week. Although they weren’t sporting the usual snowy covering, the wooden hut-like stalls still gave that mountain cottage aura. The food stalls were doing a brisk trade selling local delicacies.

  • Not a day, but a frame of mind

    I was fortunate to celebrate Christmas of 1999 in the Holy Land. I was one of the journalists who accompanied the late President Guido de Marco on his visit to that country at the invitation of President Arafat. I fondly remember the visit on...

  • A splendid presepju

    My first reaction to the Maltese presepju (crib) at the Vatican was to reach for my smelling salts. I thought it was hideous, in bad taste, and very traditionally Maltese in the same way a balbuljata is. I will happily admit that I was wrong. I...

  • Fishing boat at the Vatican

    In December 1598, a young German count visited Malta. As was customary, he was travelling through Europe as part of his education. He stayed in Cospicua and crossed the harbour to the ‘new town’ of Valletta. The Great Siege of 1565 was still...

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