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Opinion

  • Bad taste for a good cause

    If you were wondering whether to swipe off your make-up, dab off the traces of yesterday’s mascara and pout for the ‘No Makeup Selfie’ in aid of cancer research or awareness, don’t bother. Or rather – go ahead and donate to this worthy cause or...

  • The media and the people’s President

    President George Abela will spend most of the day meeting people at the Verdala Palace while also signing copies of George Abela. Qalb in-Nies, the book which commemorates his hugely popular presidency. Last Friday, a farewell concert was organised.

  • 1979: end of 449 years of Malta as a military base

    Malta this year marks the 35th anniversary of the end of the British military base on March 31, 1979. It is one of the anniversaries being covered by an important exhibition organised by Heritage Malta at the Museum of Archaeology, commemorating...

  • Out of the box

    I love a good, old-fashioned monster. Vampires, werewolves, zombies... further to my column on horror from last week, nothing beats a well-crafted monster movie to get the adrenalin going. Thing is, I find that today’s offerings are nothing like...

  • Modern Maltese men expo-sed

    If I lived in a clan in prehistoric times, would I want to marry – what did they have in those days: partnership, cave unions? – a hunter or a gatherer? Well, the vision of a muscled, loin-clothed man wrestling a bear and then dragging the...

  • Why we have no nudist beaches...

    Reply to: Ms Monica Proust Mangion Hon Secretary, Malta Naturist and Strip Poker Ass’n, Flat 164, Floor 137, Ċaqnu Towers, Sir Agostino Sant Sant Street, Mdina. From: Maurizio Pueblo Fenech Permanent Secretary (At least until the other lot get...

  • Distractions only

    Miriam Dalli, an MEP aspirant, made it pretty darn clear that, seen through Labour lenses, the European Union is “them” and we are “us” and ne’er the twain shall meet, really. The same sort of sentiment is expressed, less elegantly, by Alfred...

  • Why is Gozo not a Gozo?

    Back in the 1970s, when visitors travelled to Gozo for a day or a weekend, Gozitans would sprinkle nails in the main streets and cars would get three or four punctures in a day. It kept their tyre repair boys busy but eventually kept visitors away...

  • President Abela’s dissent

    It has finally happened. A President of Malta has done the constitutionally unthinkable and expressed his intention not to sign a Bill if approved finally by the House of Representatives. Within constitutional circles it was widely mooted that the...

  • The reading on the wall

    A lot is being written about the dearth of reading in Malta and, separately but associated with this, about the state of our libraries. The facts are very hard to deny. The Maltese as a people are not the most avid readers in the world; quite the...

  • The perils of young age

    Arecently-publicised case involving a teenager raised a number of concerns in the media, especially from parents. Without going into the specifics of the particular case, the details released in the social media raised awareness regarding: (a) the...

  • Clericalism and silence

    “I see the Church as a field hospital after battle,” warned Pope Francis when analysing the present situation of the Church. What is true about the Catholic Church is also true about the local Church. “The Church”, my Church, is not limited to the...

  • Walter Sobchak’s MEPs

    After the far right’s strong showing in municipal elections in France, there are two reactions to choose from. One can join the ritual hand-wringing and finger-pointing. Or one can consult The Big Lebowski (1998), the crime comedy by the Coen...

  • Benn’s political legacy

    Politics is often associated solely with political parties and their pursuit of power. Perhaps, it is an innate dislike and distrust of those who claim authority over our individuality, which leads to certain caricatures of politicians. The...

  • We’re better off together

    One may perceive the current European political situation as quite ironic. On the one hand we are witnessing the rise in popularity of Eurosceptic groups while, on the other hand, people in Ukraine have risked their lives, striving for closer ties...

  • Accidents and wardens

    In our view, any reform of the local warden enforcement system must aim at strengthening and improving traffic management and reducing the occurrence of road accidents. According to the White Paper, a new unit will take over the functions of the...

  • Disrespect for rule of law

    When we read about flouting of hunting regulations and the shooting of protected species; when we connive at VAT irregularities; when we witness numerous traffic and parking irregularities, what does this tell us about our national attitude to the...

  • Joseph Muscat’s firsts

    On two consecutive days over the last weekend, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told his followers that “what was not done in the last 25 years of the previous administration happened in less than 12 months under Labour”. My first reaction was that...

  • The armed coup in Crimea

    I was shocked by Russian Ambassador Boris Marchuk’s aggressive piece ‘Crimea: Lies and Hysteria’, through which he lashed out at those who disagree with his country’s policies on the Ukraine, accusing them of substituting strong arguments with...

  • Cyrus’s minorities

    The hunters’ brigade could not have found a more apt champion for their cause than Labour’s European Parliament candidate Cyrus Engerer. At first glance, they may come across as very strange bedfellows. Engerer says he doesn’t share hunters’...

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