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Opinion

  • Secularism, religious liberty

    This year’s Discern’s Gaudium et Spes lecture was by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Williams maintains that a particular kind of historical narrative sees an irresistible march of enlightened and non-religious conviction...

  • Holiday time in Aleppo

    “Aleppo’s people are being slaughtered. Did we learn nothing from Srebrenica?” This question was recently asked in the Guardian by Nedzad Avdic, a survivor of the latter genocide. Avdic added that after the horrors in Srebrenica, there were...

  • Part of our family, or not

    Part of our family, or not

    Parliamentary Secretary Justine Caruana can thank her lucky stars that a mistake took place in the Gozo district vote counting in the last elections. This human error was translated into a parliamentary seat for her and subsequently further...

  • A kiss on the hand

    According to news reports the new Equality Bill to be tabled in Parlia­ment will forbid businesses from discriminating against people when providing their services. By way of example we were given this: “Therefore, a gay couple will be able to sue...

  • An alternative future for Malta

    As distrust in governments worldwide soars, an inversion of roles is necessary for citizens to become active in decision-making. Political disengagement is commonplace because a sense of helplessness with no access to influencing public policy has...

  • Practise what you preach

    The Equality Bill and the Human Rights and Equality Commission Act will soon be uploaded for public consultation. We’ve been told that these laws will usher in a bright, new era of meritocracy. No longer will people be discriminated against on...

  • Should the Archbishop shut up?

    In more senses than one, Malta has always been a topsy-turvy country where the tail wags the dog. Many easily get distracted from the core of the argument (i.e. the dog) at the behest even of phoney arguments (i.e. the tail) aimed at alienating...

  • Amazing speech, President

    Last Tuesday the President put on her gravest face – which is saying something – and made a speech that was quickly and universally lauded as a breath of fresh air, brave, historic, radical, game-changing, and so on till the kingdom of adjectives...

  • The anti-liberal backlash

    A backlash of people in rural and small-town areas, reacting against the dominant liberal values and multi-culturalism of the cities, has been linked to the Trump victory in the US. To a lesser extent, this has also been part of the Brexit...

  • Immigrant neighbour of mine

    Over these last weeks the media spotlight has once again focused on the plight of migrants in Malta. In November, a few days after Donald Trump won the American presidential elections on an anti-immigrant platform, our government announced that it...

  • A basic income for all

    A basic income for all

    Probably the most hazardous thing when it comes to long-term investment is technology. Getting it wrong can be hazardous, but getting it right can give you a strategic edge for many years. Think of the advantages their road network gave to the...

  • Have yourselves a hassle-free Christmas…

    “So that’s it. It’s decided then. We go to a hotel for Christmas.” “I think so George. Less work for me, everything laid on.” “So where do you suggest we go?” “Well… I’ve been looking at this newspaper supplement, where it gives you stuff about...

  • Limited shelf life?

    Lack of copyright enforcement is blamed for ‘Maltese publishers… closing up shop in alarming numbers’. How could that be allowed to happen? Andy Ellul, Lawyer  A few years ago Maltese authors finally welcomed remunerative rights each time their...

  • Slipping into dictatorship

    Slipping into dictatorship

    Once again, the far-left lobby groups demonstrate utter contempt towards a free, meritocratic society, now in the tremendously serious form of prospective legislation. The misleadingly named Equality Act as well as the Human Rights and Equality...

  • Stepping out of our ego

    A Christmas Carol is a classic literature masterpiece. Pen­ned by Charles Dickens, this novel narrates the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Ebenezer is a cold-hearted person who values money more than anything else. His craving for money made him lose...

  • Coal by the sackful

    It’s the season to be jolly, to talk of fun and games and food and sweets. To take things easy and drink a few glasses of mulled wine and think of births, new advents, new beginnings. It would be great to only think of good things and happy tidings.

  • The year of the (un)expected

    As we approach the end of the year one cannot but reflect on this year and recall the major milestones. I tackle this from a different angle. Contrary to best practice I start with the title. From Leicester City to Brexit and recently Donald...

  • Wind power: a requiem

    At the end of his piece  ‘Renewable Energy in Malta’ (December 3)  George Debono wrote: “It would be interesting to know the basis for the decision to exclude land-based and near offshore wind turbines in (shallow) coastal waters, if there was...

  • Olive quick decline syndrome 

    Mid-October 2013, saw Xylella fastidiosa, the olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS) recorded in Italy: its first record for Europe. By April 2015 it had infected up to a million olive trees, many of them century-old, in the southern region of Apulia.

  • Towards integration, inclusion

    We recently celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a day set by the United Nations to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with...

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