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Opinion

  • Schools where God has a place

    I see no reason why Islam should not be taught to Muslim children in Maltese State schools. The irrational fear of contamination that seems to have gripped many parents is just that, and rather reminds me of the scourge of tropical diseases that...

  • On coalition talks

    There has been a lot of talk about coalitions in the past weeks and months. In post-independence Malta, Alternattiva Demokratika has been a forerunner with regard to proposals on coalitions. In the run-up to the 2008 election we had proposed an...

  • StEPPing out of Orbán’s jungle

    There’s one in every family, as Zazu in The Lion King sagely remarked 23 years ago. Mufasa had Scar, his shifty, scheming brother. The European People’s Party (EPP) has Victor Orbán, Hungary’s increasingly colourful Prime Minister. Last week, the...

  • Children’s care rests on two

    Children’s care rests on two

    Marital breakdowns, long fend­ed off by staunch Catholicism and community cohesion, are finally sweeping through Malta, but this article is neither a moral lament nor nostalgia for some kind of imagi­nary past. It is about the...

  • Who the **** is Patrick?

    Who the **** is Patrick?

    April Fool’s Day apart, there is one day that gets more annoying each year – St Patrick’s Day. Even the Irish complain of being coerced into binge-drinking by all the hype. Green hat day is styled as some kind of boozy United Nations party. This...

  • Unfettered powers to government

    The Government Land Bill being debated in Parliament purports to be a consolidation of all laws relating to the administration of public land. Indeed, the government proposed, and appealed for, a swift passage of the Bill through the House, since...

  • Wild bird’s conservation

    Imagine this: animal rights’ activists discover the carcasses of a family of swans. A group of rogue hunters is implicated in the killing. Enforcement authorities investigate but the suspects remain elusive. Animal lovers cry foul but the hunting...

  • Value of human life

    Value of human life

    Can you imagine a world in which only scientists considered climate change; where only women cared about women’s issues; where just children held opinions about other children; where only farmers cared about animal welfare; a world in which only...

  • Let’s talk about depression

    Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and can impact on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks. Untreated depression can prevent people from working and...

  • Grumpy old men

    Grumpy old men

    It’s hard to understand Martin Scicluna’s fixation on abortion. For someone who accuses the anti-abortion lobby of obsessiveness, he writes about it a lot. He would have us believe that it is a non-issue, to him at any rate, yet, it seems he...

  • Politics working backwards

    Politics working backwards

    A new video is doing the rounds on Facebook showing President Donald Trump signing an executive order that will result in the reopening of coal mines. The main headline for this video was all about how the US is no longer helping to combat climate...

  • Speculating on Manoel Island

    Speculation about Manoel Island is rife, with statements varying from buy-backs to buy-ins. Whatever the outcome, Manoel Island must be protected as the last open space within the dense Sliema/Gżira conurbation and its numerous historic sites...

  • A year on, we’re serfs

    A year on, we’re serfs

    One year after the Panama Papers story broke, Konrad Mizzi refuses to take any more questions on his Panama company, saying he has exhausted all questions on the matter. Really? You could have fooled us. Every time he’s bothered to answer a...

  • Not just about quotas

    Not just about quotas

    Over the past few weeks, the Prime Minister spoke several times about the need to introduce gender quotas to mitigate the lack of women elected in Parliament. Last weekend, the matter was also addressed by the President of the Republic and, again,...

  • Modern rehabilitation facility

    For many people in the Maltese islands, April 5 is just another day of the year. However, for us at St Luke’s Hospital, today marks the anniversary of the beginning of our story and the 87th year since the foundations of our home were laid, back...

  • The Korean flashpoint

    The Korean flashpoint

    Is North Korea’s leader of six years, Kim Jong-Un, rational or crazy? North Korea has given the world ample reason to ask this question following its threats of war, occasional attacks against South Korea, its succession of eccentric leaders and...

  • Popular not populist

    Popular not populist

    Brexit is upon us. The trigger-ing of Article 50 will be an important milestone in the history of the EU demanding serious reflection. I write in that spirit and in despair of the coverage of Brexit in Malta that has become so shrill and lacking...

  • Opinion: We must act now on gender parity - President Coleiro Preca

    Opinion: We must act now on gender parity - President Coleiro Preca

    Seventy years ago, women in Malta achieved the right to vote. Seventy years ago, Agatha Barbara was elected the first woman in the Maltese Parliament. Sixty years ago, Agatha Barbara became the first Maltese female Cabinet minister. It took us...

  • Inclusive cultures

    As the world becomes increasingly globalised due to a multitude of reasons, ranging from economic imperatives to increased military conflict, the need to equip school leaders to reach more diversified student populations becomes increasingly...

  • Muscat’s other ‘firsts’

    The other day, I received via e-mail a letter from Joseph Muscat entitled ‘Four years of firsts’. On seeing the heading, I thought for a moment the Prime Minister and Labour leader was writing to me as mayor of Swieqi to inform me that, for the...

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