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Opinion

  • Domine dirige nos indeed

    The Police Force commemorates its Foundation Day this week. There will be band playing, speeches and events, but not much cause for celebration. The revelations about some of the top brass in the force have strengthened people’s suspicions that...

  • ‘A corrupt society stinks. Got it!’

    Prostitution, it is said, is the oldest profession. Could be. But corruption is probably an even older human activity. Austrian writer Karl Kraus rightly considers corruption worse than prostitution, as while the latter might endanger the morals...

  • Lack of space is making us sick in the mind

    Lack of space is making us sick in the mind

    La Bella Sicilia is not doing particu­larly well. With each time I go, the towns I visit become a bit more empty, a bit more ghost-like, more houses barred, more shops closed down. It almost feels like Greece, just slightly better, because at...

  • A Labour of love... Blogpost 28...

    Goodness me, what a storm in a teacup. All that fuss about Jo-zeff’s decision to obtain lots and lots of jobs for his supporters in the ‘soutt’ of the island. Just because he decided to build a much-needed new Arab/American university/ something...

  • Is it time for reflection?

    I could not stop reviewing in disbelief the news clip involving the arrest of a Hungarian national at the Valletta bus terminus without asking myself incessantly: why did things have to escalate and go this far? Such a sad, demeaning and sorry...

  • Out, once and for all

    Out, once and for all

    It is admirable that, once more, the PN has taken the moral high ground. It is unacceptable that a few rogue policemen should bring shame on their colleagues the way some have done last Wednesday. I hope it’s a few and that they’re rogue and that...

  • ODZ now and yesterday

    The term ODZ (outside development zone) is not simply a description of land that falls outside development boundaries. In essence, it is a legal term applied to those areas where, by law, no development can take place unless it is absolutely...

  • Shooting down the ranges

    Vince Cachia (June 20) was critical of the opinion piece I wrote on the Mosta shooting range plans (‘The objective evidence’, May 30). While thanking him for reading my article, I invite him to be more objective in his response. My contribution...

  • The construction myth

    The mobilisation against the building of a new university at Żonqor Point is fundamentally en­couraging. Apart from the justified plea against further destruction of the countryside, any protest which reminds the Muscat government that not...

  • Sensible ‘extremists’

    Sensible ‘extremists’

    Joseph Muscat’s response to the protest against construction on ODZ reveals the stance his government will be taking. Those who do not accept his ‘compromise’ will be portrayed as extremists or, to use his word, “absolutist”. Those of us unwilling...

  • A prophetic encyclical

    As a Franciscan friar, I rejoice for the prophetic encyclical which bears the title Laudato Si’ mi Signore, “Praise be to you, my Lord”. The title comes from the beautiful canticle composed by St Francis of Assisi who praises God for “our Sister,...

  • IS overshadows al-Qaeda

    It was reported by The Guardian that the mother of Thomas Evans, a 25-year-old British extremist who converted to Islam a few years ago, asked British MPs how her son could be allowed to fly to Egypt just a few months after he had been stopped by...

  • Boissevain’s other Malta

    Boissevain’s other Malta

    During Jeremy Boissevain’s first fieldwork in Malta, some 55 years ago, it was put about in the village that he was a spy for the United Nations. (An American, with a Swedish wife, from a British university, asking questions in Kirkop – what else...

  • Environmental balance

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said: “Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen...

  • Brussels needs to get tougher

    Half a million migrants have already crossed the Mediterranean sea this year, with more than a million waiting for boats in Libya. More are pouring through Africa to join the exodus. After months of dithering and inaction, the EU has at last...

  • We should not be afraid

    In 1775, two Maltese priests – Fr Gejtanu Mannarino and Fr Ġużepp Zahra – for numerous reasons led a revolt against the government of the Order of St John. The revolt was unsuccessful and its leaders paid a heavy price for their temerity. Despite...

  • A Grexit - Brexit link?

    A Grexit - Brexit link?

    By the time you read this article, the fate of Greece will have been sealed. Or will it? Notwithstanding the take-it-or-leave-it demands that have been made by the European Commission, the IMF and the ECB, will it be eurofudge or Grexit? The notes...

  • Public libraries matter

    Public libraries matter

    The public library matters. It matters for community and culture. It matters for education and literacy. It matters for inclusion and democracy. It matters for personal and social well-being. It matters as a stalwart against an increasingly...

  • That revealing interview

    Political electoral campaigns, wherever they are fought, are certainaly not the ideal time for the average voter to digest all the things that are being said and done. There is such political hype around that most things simply go over people’s...

  • Labour boys in uniform

    Labour boys in uniform

    In the golden years of Labour that today are reincarnating with brutal vengeance, there was one dream job for those working-class Labour supporters that still multiply profusely in the south of the island: a watchman on the government’s...

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