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Opinion

  • Revitalised Commonwealth

    Marked across the Commonwealth by a range of activities, Commonwealth Day is an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international cooperation and Commonwealth values. In essence, it is a celebration of what unites us as a...

  • Netanyahu’s snub to Obama

    Netanyahu’s snub to Obama

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the US Congress last Tuesday was a direct snub to President Barack Obama and an intrusion into American domestic politics. It does not augur well for future US-Israeli relations, especially if...

  • Rob public to pay the people

    By some kind of kangaroo decision, the works on Castille Place (‘fuq Kastilja’ in Maltese) will start tomorrow morning, barely a week after the new design was unveiled. We were told at the press conference (not an architect in sight) that the...

  • Changes that make it happen

    The Grant Thornton international business report 2015, ‘Women in Business: the path to leadership’, reminds us that “when women thrive, businesses thrive. If an economy is only using half of its most talented people then it immediately cuts its...

  • Crossing the dark abyss

    Three British teenage girls have been spotted in Istanbul on their way to Syria, thought to be joining extremist terror groups. Around 22 young women did this over the last year, most of whom were under the age of 20, according to the Metropolitan...

  • Out of the blue and into the red

    It’s been one of those weeks, two of them actually. My head has been submerged in a fraught custody case which has frayed my nerves, left me sapped of energy, allowing me time for little else and certainly no time to read the newspapers. And of...

  • Credibility matters

    When it was announced that a referendum on spring hunting would be held, some people sighed. This was going to lead to referendum-fatigue, they said. Did we really want to end up like the Swiss (apart from their secret bank accounts and their...

  • Paralysing fear versus liberating truth

    There is an ancient Arab fable that throws light on a problem that is as old as the world itself and as recent as this morning’s breakfast. This fable narrates the story that Plague threatened to visit Teheran and kill 10,000 people. True to his...

  • Bread with a pinch of salt

    Bread with a pinch of salt

    Front page news this Tuesday: half of our elderly population suffers from high blood pressure. But not to worry, because our Health Parliamentary Secretary is a man with a plan. The problem, he ‘notes’, is that “Maltese love to eat bread and...

  • Whatever you do, don’t bank on it...

    In a dark and dusty law office in deepest Valletta a Maltese MP is furtively telephoning his bank in far-off Zurich. “Oh hello, is that Zurich 479162?” “Oui.” “Ah, then could I speak to – ” “Parlez vous Français?” “Erm no, ’fraid not... at least...

  • Politics and morality

    It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love and never talk to them of our own...

  • This country is at war

    This country is at war

      It was The Evening News and Southern Daily Mail that came out with the portentous headline above on September 3, 1939, when Neville Chamberlain’s efforts at appeasing the Nazi scum petered out and war was declared. Equally portentous, though...

  • Impotent arms embargo

    Impotent arms embargo

    Even as the Islamic State rises further in Libya, looming ever closer to southern Europe, there is a widening arms race to supply the various sides, namely Tripoli, aka Libya Dawn, and Tobruk, aka Libya Dignity. The suppliers, who seem to be...

  • PN does make a difference

    The Nationalist Party’s general council will convene tomorrow with the theme Nagħmlu differenza, or, in English, we make a difference. Two years down the line of this legislature , with probably less then three years left for the next general...

  • Needed: moral leadership

    The Nationalist Party convenes its general council, aptly named ‘Nagħmlu d-differenza’ (We make a difference) on Sunday. We are barely a month away from the next round of local council elections and it’s an uphill battle for the PN. Most of the...

  • A strong film industry

    A strong film industry

    The film industry found its roots on the Maltese islands about 90 years ago. Recently, Malta has been making headlines in the movie world through major high budget films and episodes of popular TV series and documentaries that were totally or...

  • The enemy next door

    A very grave situation is looming a few hundred kilometres away from us. Isis is establishing military bases in Libya: in Sirte, Derna and Benghazi. They are eager to extend their caliphate not only to northern and central Africa but to Malta,...

  • Inter-religious dialogue

    Man is a gregarious animal and communicates with other men. However, it is strange that when it comes to trade and industry, science and education, health and food, freedom and human rights, democracy and politics and, to some extent, concern for...

  • The safer the workplace...

    In summer and autumn of last year, 49,320 establishments in 36 countries across Europe, including all 28 EU members, six candidate countries and two European Free Trade Association states, participated in ahuge survey which aimed to assist...

  • A discarded resource

    A discarded resource

    When we think of sewage, resource is perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind. Sewage is mostly considered a nuisance: a source of pollution and disease and, at best, a hassle to dispose of. As the world’s clean freshwater supplies dwindle,...

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