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Getting stuck in tradition

In The Mystic Heart, Wayne Teasdale clearly distinguishes between being rooted in tradition and being stuck in it. To be rooted in a strong faith tradition where inspiring values of compassion, mercy, charity and family unity are transmitted from...

  • Assisted-dying debate

    Western societies are increasingly coming to believe that, given appropriate safeguards, terminally-ill persons should have the right to die. This is the culmination of liberalism; it gives supreme consideration to the individual’s right to...

  • The comedy of pillows

    The comedy of pillows

    The drama around Konrad Mizzi’s wife keeps us entertained through the summer. And this al fresco merriment is certainly not cheap. It is theatre in high places, tearful and tragic, yet teasing and comic at the same time. Good stuff for an...

  • Did we treat old man fairly?

    An interesting online debate ensued after Saturday’s Times of Malta published a front page story entitled: ‘83-year-old admits hit-and-run in Lija’. This was a follow up to an item that was carried the previous day which showed dramatic CCTV...

  • More women in politics

    In March 2014, the Maltese electorate gave a resounding thumbs-up to four female Maltese candidates out of the six elected to the European Parliament. A month later the second female President of Malta was sworn into office. It is with great...

  • A futile war in Gaza

    A futile war in Gaza

    The resumption of air strikes in Gaza by Israel after Hamas fired rockets following the end of a three-day truce on Friday morning is very unfortunate and dashed hopes of some type of permanent truce between the two sides. It was hoped that the...

  • Councils in search of an idea

    Finally, we can breathe again. It seems that the Birkirkara, Santa Venera, and Fleur-de-Lys local councils have ironed out their differences over what to christen the arch they intend to build on a roundabout in the demilitarised zone. The...

  • Facing the new Libya crisis

    Three years ago this month, Muammar Gaddafi finally lost his 42-year-grip on Libya’s capital, Tripoli. The previous six months had been one of extraordinary crisis for Libya’s people, struggling for freedom in the face of ruthless violence. The...

  • All that glitters is not…

    Every so often, it is good to step back from the commentary of the latest economic statistics in order to place the numbers in their perspective. When analysing the latest labour market developments, one realises that developments are not as good...

  • O Sliema, where art thou?

    This summer, Sliema has increasingly reminded me of Amity Island – the fictional beach resort that was terrorised at the height of its summer tourist season by a man-eating Great White. Jaws changed the world’s understanding and perception, not...

  • Invasion of the beach snatchers

    This year it looks like the invasion of the beach and kiosk furniture. Venture anywhere near the seaside and you’ll find sunloungers in a relentless march across the shore. Umbrellas are being staked across new territory as concession owners...

  • Balance in journalism? It’s fiction

    “Facts are the centre. Facts. We don’t pretend that certain facts are in dispute to give the appearance of fairness to people who don’t believe them. Balance is irrelevant to me. It doesn’t have anything to do with truth, logic or reality.” It was...

  • Tragedy over Ukraine: facts vs fiction

    I must admit that the article by Michael Falzon (‘Tragedy born of recklessness’, The Sunday Times of Malta, August 3) in response to my letter in Times of Malta related to the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane left me quite perplexed. Trying...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    This week’s highlight – or rather, lowlight from my point of view – was the news that Studio Ghibli is no more. Well, not precisely no more. Media reports about what is happening there are so ambiguous that it’s anyone’s guess whether...

  • ‘Kuraġġ!’ and other words that should never be uttered

    ‘Kuraġġ!’ and other words that should never be uttered

    It’s a word which is always at the tip of our tongues in the face of adversity. “Kuraġġ!”, we love saying to the afflicted person with a slight tilt of the head, our faces etched with a tinge of pity. “Kuraġġ!” we say again, this time squeezing...

  • The curse of the frequent flier...

    Try as I may I cannot, for the life of me, understand why some commercial retailers – and selective service industries, resort to promoting their wares/services via door-to-door fliers. I, plus most of my friends and acquaintances, normally never...

  • When tragedies are politicised

    I read with interest yesterday’s Talking Point by Victor Carachi, president of the General Workers’ Union, as it gives a very good glimpse of the GWU’s partisan agenda. Carachi dedicates the first part of his article to accuse Opposition leader...

  • Various notes of note

    Various notes of note

    Allow me a couple of personal notes to kick off with this week, if you would be so kind. As part of the fall-out from that horrid rag Kullħadd’s front-pager about me, about which a little more below, it was made known in another area of the media...

  • No to more polarisation

    The unfortunate abduction of Martin Galea in Libya, if anything, shows how some people are ready to try and score political goals at all costs. This, in general, applies to some core supporters on both sides of our political divide. However, one...

  • It is time up for Mepa

    It is time up for Mepa

    Last Sunday’s newspapers were full of stories about Mepa. The chairman must be livid. Vince Cassar is an affable man, well-dressed and upright, with that stiff upper lip English civil servant look. Almost like Sir Humphrey Appleby in the Yes...

  • Political courage needed

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has taken the proactive initiative to compile an ‘Economic Vision for Malta for 2014–2020’, a document which makes 52 concrete recommendations to the government that address the economic...

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