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Opinion

  • Sweeping up market debris

    As soon as the uproar about the new monti market stalls broke out, the buck was passed to the Minister for Small Enterprises for him to sweep up the debris. Chris Cardona was left holding the broom and dustpan while others scrambled over each...

  • Just don’t go there... please

    A vibrant market lets you turn a physically ugly location into something eclectic, fun and exciting. But it doesn’t work the other way round. I happen to love markets – food markets even more than flea markets – and I am all for giving the hawkers...

  • Killing our capital city

    Now is a good time to enter the tissues and handkerchief market. It seems that a good part of the country is awash with tears as people are crying over the decision to relocate the monti to the vicinity of Renzo Piano’s parliamentary...

  • Welcome to convenient, cynic Malta

    The Abolish Spring Hunting referendum is not mainly about hunting or not hunting birds for a limited period during the year. It is about many other things besides that. It is about the state of Malta today. This is the second referendum in four...

  • Beauty is an acquired taste

    Beauty is an acquired taste

    “The biggest crisis we have in #Malta right now is where to put monti hawkers! It’s not about higher taxes, higher bills or standard of living,” tweeted Glenn Bedingfield last week. This tweet I think, sums up Malta’s most serious problem. We...

  • Silence is golden... but not in Malta...

    Did you read that scurrilous statement in a recent edition of Times of Malta, the one claiming that Malta is one of the loudest countries in the EU? I SAID... DID YOU RE - ? What utter rubbish! In fact, I felt personally affronted when reading...

  • Signals from climatic front

    Another year, another United Nations conference on climate change; another outcome document in negotiators’ code; another deadline (December 11, 2015 at Le Bourget, Paris) for a new agreement that should put all countries on track towards the goal...

  • Shooting arguments

    Shooting arguments

    What a panic last week, you’d have thought the Exocets or Scuds were about to start raining down on the airport. Or that Paceville was about to be blown into oblivion and where would the younger generation go to have fun and forget about boring...

  • Extreme or far-fetched

    Extreme or far-fetched

    As Greece veers to one extreme or other and Europe trembles, we, on this isle, remain performing reasonably well. We seem to have kept a steady keel. Even if our road map seems to have evaporated into thin air, we manage to keep our neighbours’...

  • The plight of local councils

    The Labour Party won the 2013 general election by a landslide. The electorate in the fifth district, which includes Żurrieq, voted massively in favour of the Labour government and four MPs were elected. Given this situation, it was expected that,...

  • Helping EU achieve climate goals

    Helping EU achieve climate goals

    In June 2014, the European Union committed to moving towards an Energy Union in order to provide secure energy for all EU countries, affordable energy for companies and citizens and make Europe a global leader in renewable energy. The next few...

  • A momentous decision

    A momentous decision

    On April 11, we are all invited to cast our vote to determine whether spring hunting should be allowed or not. That is, whether hunters will be allowed to take over the countryside again to shoot birds during the period of the year when birds are...

  • Evolution or creation

    In one of the opening scenes of a recent film about the famous Stephen Hawking, the young scientist meets Jane, his future wife, in a bar and tells her that he is a cosmologist. “What’s that,” she asks and he responds: “Religion for intelligent...

  • Getting down to business

    I was faced with two recurring scenarios when I first started to explore anthropology and ethnography through my undergraduate university course. The first involved my peers who, at the time, had also set out on their own academic journeys in the...

  • Deciphering opinion polls

    In past years, we have been provided with polls that later proved to be accurate to the decimal. These polls raised their credibility with repetitive successful predictions. Confidence has been raised and political parties now both know that when...

  • IS, anarchy and Libya

    IS, anarchy and Libya

    The last 10 days have been punctuated by three news items concerning Libya. First, there was the attack on the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli, which left several dead but could have been a lot worse. Next came reports of escalating Maltese rumours...

  • No longer any Charlies

    A few weeks ago we were all Charlies. Many western politicians, academics and people in general, including some in our tiny periphery, were wearing their love of free speech on their sleeves. When it later emerged that the journal in question did...

  • Modern prophet of terror

    The massacre at Charlie Hebdo has been depicted by most media and by mainstream politicians as an attempt to thwart freedom of speech and press freedom. That it certainly is but the attack was only the latest within a much deeper and ongoing...

  • Why I am crying for Valletta

    The recent debacle of the monti stalls, and their location in Valletta, has raised the hackles of many. However, the real problem is deeper than simply the ill-conceived design of the stalls and equally ill-conceived decision on where to place...

  • Boldness in politics

    Boldness in politics

    A few months ago, I thought I sensed the first signs of a shift in Malta’s political tectonic plates. Opposition leader Simon Busuttil had had a successful party conference. He had pledged to make “a clean break with his party’s past and to stay...

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