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  • Reducing vehicle emissions

    Reducing vehicle emissions

    Air pollution is a major concern for all citizens because of its direct impact on health and well-being. According to one of the latest reports released by the World Health Organisation, air pollution is one of the main environment-related risks...

  • Need to take corrective action

    I have always believed that all politicians – whether present or past – genuinely believe they can contribute to improve the general conditions of this country. All of them make daily sacrifices, affecting both their daily family and their own...

  • 2015: the year ahead

    2015: the year ahead

    In 2015 the international community, particularly the US and its coalition partners, will have to reassess its strategy towards the Islamic State, which still controls vast areas of Iraqi and Syrian territory, and which continues to disgust the...

  • No lead in our Charlie’s pencil

    Going by the forests of raised pens, Wednesday’s attack should have set off a gigantic soul-search on the contents, qualifiers, and potential conseque­nces of the principle of free speech. It didn’t. Instead it sent us all scurrying for the...

  • Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo attack

    On January 7, attention turned towards the streets of Paris. Three masked gunmen armed with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades launched an attack on the French satiri­cal news magazine Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people were killed in the attack,...

  • New Parliament building

    The year of national celebrations is now over, including the special anniversaries of achieving independence, be­coming a republic and joining the European Union. It is a pity that Malta’s first-ever Parliament building was not yet ready to be...

  • Driving the message home

    Years ago, before seat-belt legislation was a twinkle in the eyes of Maltese legislators and when breathalyser testing was inconceivable, I took my first trip to North America to attend a family wedding. Needless to say, in addition to the big...

  • Not just musical chairs

    When tragedy strikes and we are overwhelmed by horrific events, our kneejerk reaction is to find someone or something to blame. We think that identifying the root cause, the instigator of the event, we can avoid a repetition. In the wake of the...

  • It is so true: Allahu akbar

    November 16, 1989. An elite group of the Salvadorian army trained in and funded by the US entered the house of the Jesuits at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA). They brutally gunned down six Jesuits. Their only crime was...

  • Fighting tears with laughter

    Fighting tears with laughter

    Whenever I happen to be abroad on a Sunday, I always try to go to church. There is something about sitting on a pew next to people you have never seen in your life and follow a ritual that is familiar, but in a language you don’t understand. There...

  • A second bite of the cherry

    News of the recent re-employment of several retired police officers (some in their 70s... no less) and their re-absorption into the ranks of our denizens of law and order, has given rise to a certain amount of controversy... not to say hilarity...

  • The French resolution

    The French resolution

    Je ne suis pas d’accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai jusqu’à la mort pour que vous ayez le droit de le dire – so said one of the world’s foremost philosophers, Voltaire. It is a quotation that is often referred to whenever an attempt...

  • A very black day indeed

    A very black day indeed

    I am writing this on the afternoon of Wednesday last, having returned from the funeral of young Matthew Meilak, to the news of the attack in Paris on people whose ‘crime’ was to draw cartoons. Words are insufficient - desperately insufficient - to...

  • Tragedy of two Libyas

    At a time when tensions have rapidly escalated between Malta and the ‘two Libyas’, it is necessary to reflect on the facts. The news media often incorrectly report there are two governments in Libya: one in Tripoli and one in Tobruk. Last week,...

  • Let’s not push rape culture

    Let’s not push rape culture

    Whether Ched Evans will be joining local team Hibernians is now a non-argument but the way people debated about the merits of the case is still very interesting. The truth is that the only reason why the Evans move was going to be divisive is...

  • Save Maltese… and English

    The recently-published Matsec results for Maltese and English are a cause for great worry – to parents, teachers, writers and the schoolchildren themselves. The news in the papers concentrated more on the bad results in English. This is perfectly...

  • Aristotle on Ched Evans

    Aristotle on Ched Evans

    Someone who wants to imagine what Aristotle might say about the Ched Evans case had better be careful. A lot of what has been said about the former League One footballer convicted of rape has had a strained, contrived character in the Maltese...

  • Power to the people

    On January 13, 2013, right at the beginning of the electoral campaign that swept them to power, the Labour Party held a press conference to announce their energy plans. The presentation was two hours long. All cards were laid on the table. The...

  • Hubris and abuse of power

    Hubris and abuse of power

    In Greek mythology, Daedalus advised his son, Icarus, to be bold enough to fly. But healso warned him not to fly so high that the heat of the sun melted the wax of the wings he had made for both to escape captivity. Icarus was carried away by the...

  • ‘No drinking and driving’

    Malta completely lacks the culture that drinking and driving do not go together. This is not a question of lack of education, or of people not taking notice of such advertising on TV or the press, it is purely a question of lack of police...

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