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Opinion

  • War minus the shooting

    War minus the shooting

    Once again, there are strong rumblings of a sport boycott against Russia holding the football World Cup finals in 2018 after the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane over Eastern Ukraine and the unconfirmed allegations that Russia is...

  • 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...

  • Circular road maps

    Three months before the election, the Labour Party had unleashed a mantra that the Nationalist government had been sacrificing peoples’ lives as a result of lack of vision on energy. It torpedoed the BWSC plant, the interconnector infrastructure...

  • Women in evolving society

    The International Union of Socialist Youth World Festival just held in Malta focused, among other topics, on education. As a member of PES Women and president of Nisa Laburisti I was invited to join a panel of experts in connection with the debate...

  • Politicians and accountability

    My article ‘No to more polarisation’ (August 8) has contributed to stir some more debate on the subject of local councils and the unfortunate abduction of Martin Galea in Libya. The Opposition’s representative on the Vote 16 monitoring committee,...

  • Combating IS in Iraq and Syria

    Combating IS in Iraq and Syria

    As Islamic State fighters continue to gain ground and terrorise and murder whole populations in Iraq and Syria, many defence and security experts believe it will take a complex military action, a long-term commitment and new regional alliances to...

  • Do not pass Go, do not donate £200

    Just when I thought I had seen and heard it all, last week a friend and colleague challenged me to throw a bucket of ice-cold water over my head, film the whole thing, and post it on Facebook. As if that weren’t bizarre enough, he also asked me to...

  • Urgent need to check the Isis curse

    Martyrdom is again in the news as shocking foot­age of the savagery and bestiality of the jihadists against religious mi­norities in north Iraq hits the internet. The term martyr has been corrupted by the phenomenon of Muslim suicide...

  • When is enough enough?

    Malta is a particular place. In my experience, you either love it or hate it. Very few are indifferent to it. My wife is Maltese, and what I love most about the Maltese character is that the people are warm, generous, gregarious and red blooded.

  • Will Scotland the brave make it?

    I have followed with intriguing interest the televised debates between Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and former chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling in the run-up to the historic referendum on Scottish independence to be held on...

  • Common sense challenge

    Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Labour ministers douse themselves with cold water while the sack of Malta continues. While the law is breached with impunity and hundreds of people help themselves to public land, the ministers who should be...

  • Santa Marija Convoy: Take 2

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge drenched Malta the week after the feast of Santa Marija. The Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Minister for Energy, Water Conservation (sic!) and Health, the Auxiliary Bishop and the editor of this...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    You gotta love Weird Al Yankovic. Shamefully, I had discovered him rather late in the day, when he had released his spoof of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise back in 1996, to be exact. Since then I’ve kept a more or less close eye on his material. Some...

  • Ice, ice baby

    Ice, ice baby

    Facebook made way for Facebucket last week as the ALS ice bucket challenge spread like wild fire into all Maltese households. Which meant, of course, that we had all the time in the world to snoop on people’s houses. I am fascinated by houses and...

  • Some sober reflections on the ‘silly season’...

    In Malta, the so-called silly season lasts from mid-July to early September. In many ways, the term ‘silly’ is a misnomer; a more accurate word would be ‘somnolent’. It is the time of year when, traditionally, not much happens. Maybe a few...

  • Dubaification of Malta

    The name ‘Dubai’ is associated with more than just another city State. The word is linked in the collective imagination with shopping malls, ostentatious wealth, and the large-scale consumption of luxury goods and entertainment including...

  • Another bad financial deal

    On August 7, the Malta Financial Services Authority issued an ominous public notice concerning Maltese Cross Financial Services Ltd, an investment services licence holder, operating until recently under the name of Island Financial Services. A...

  • That ‘feel-good’ feeling

    That ‘feel-good’ feeling

    I was going to start by going into grumpy old man mode and having a whine about – with due respect to celebrities such as the Prime Minister’s wife’s husband and that Times of Malta journalist’s current boyfriend – the spectacle people are making...

  • Due credit where credit’s due

    Due credit where credit’s due

    In its editorial ‘Plunged into darkness’ (August 17), The Sunday Times of Malta was very unfair with successive Nationalist administrations when it stated that “it seems incomprehensible that no proper investment was made in the country’s...

  • Islam: a Christian challenge

    Islam: a Christian challenge

    The absolute horror at the atrocities that Christians and other religious minorities are suffering in almost all the Muslim majority countries of the Middle East cannot be allowed to prevail over the sober observance of the Christian principle of...

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