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Opinion

  • Let’s talk about depression

    Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and can impact on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks. Untreated depression can prevent people from working and...

  • Grumpy old men

    Grumpy old men

    It’s hard to understand Martin Scicluna’s fixation on abortion. For someone who accuses the anti-abortion lobby of obsessiveness, he writes about it a lot. He would have us believe that it is a non-issue, to him at any rate, yet, it seems he...

  • Politics working backwards

    Politics working backwards

    A new video is doing the rounds on Facebook showing President Donald Trump signing an executive order that will result in the reopening of coal mines. The main headline for this video was all about how the US is no longer helping to combat climate...

  • Speculating on Manoel Island

    Speculation about Manoel Island is rife, with statements varying from buy-backs to buy-ins. Whatever the outcome, Manoel Island must be protected as the last open space within the dense Sliema/Gżira conurbation and its numerous historic sites...

  • A year on, we’re serfs

    A year on, we’re serfs

    One year after the Panama Papers story broke, Konrad Mizzi refuses to take any more questions on his Panama company, saying he has exhausted all questions on the matter. Really? You could have fooled us. Every time he’s bothered to answer a...

  • Not just about quotas

    Not just about quotas

    Over the past few weeks, the Prime Minister spoke several times about the need to introduce gender quotas to mitigate the lack of women elected in Parliament. Last weekend, the matter was also addressed by the President of the Republic and, again,...

  • Modern rehabilitation facility

    For many people in the Maltese islands, April 5 is just another day of the year. However, for us at St Luke’s Hospital, today marks the anniversary of the beginning of our story and the 87th year since the foundations of our home were laid, back...

  • The Korean flashpoint

    The Korean flashpoint

    Is North Korea’s leader of six years, Kim Jong-Un, rational or crazy? North Korea has given the world ample reason to ask this question following its threats of war, occasional attacks against South Korea, its succession of eccentric leaders and...

  • Popular not populist

    Popular not populist

    Brexit is upon us. The trigger-ing of Article 50 will be an important milestone in the history of the EU demanding serious reflection. I write in that spirit and in despair of the coverage of Brexit in Malta that has become so shrill and lacking...

  • Opinion: We must act now on gender parity - President Coleiro Preca

    Opinion: We must act now on gender parity - President Coleiro Preca

    Seventy years ago, women in Malta achieved the right to vote. Seventy years ago, Agatha Barbara was elected the first woman in the Maltese Parliament. Sixty years ago, Agatha Barbara became the first Maltese female Cabinet minister. It took us...

  • Inclusive cultures

    As the world becomes increasingly globalised due to a multitude of reasons, ranging from economic imperatives to increased military conflict, the need to equip school leaders to reach more diversified student populations becomes increasingly...

  • Muscat’s other ‘firsts’

    The other day, I received via e-mail a letter from Joseph Muscat entitled ‘Four years of firsts’. On seeing the heading, I thought for a moment the Prime Minister and Labour leader was writing to me as mayor of Swieqi to inform me that, for the...

  • Uneasy time for France

    Uneasy time for France

    Many breathed a sigh of relief when François Fillon won the primary election of the Gaullist Les Républicains. He successfully defeated former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and former prime minister and Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé. The polls...

  • Environmental quality and health

    To simply state there is a direct relation between environmental quality and human health is a truism and I feel we should be able to go beyond that. It is very often stated, and rightly so, that the economic significance of environmental...

  • Migration, Libya, Lebanon

    Libya and Lebanon are both Mediterranean countries heavily affected by migration. Yet they are worlds apart when it comes to dealing with the issue. At least this is what emerged from a most interesting seminar on migration organised by the Konrad...

  • A source of stability

    A source of stability

    Important potential changes in British policy towards Libya may be afoot. The Conservative Middle East Council (CMEC) released its report following a trip to Libya by its director Leo Doherty and including Kwasi Kwarteng, a backbench Conservative...

  • Opinion: A nation that can stand up proud - Joseph Muscat

    Opinion: A nation that can stand up proud - Joseph Muscat

    For centuries, our nation’s economic growth and our people’s prosperity was dependent on the expenditure of foreign military powers. Very few believed that we could make it on our own. In fact, UN economists sent to our country at the time of...

  • Zebras and robot wars

    Zebras and robot wars

    This week during drama class at school my daughter and her classmates had to sit down and draw plans for a robot. No technological limits and no expenses spared. “We came up with this robot which can do all the chores! Cooking, housework, fix the...

  • The million-euro questions

    The Manoel Island issue has become a national one as residents choking in crowded, overbuilt cities stand up for one of the few remaining green lungs on the island. They’re just not buying into the declarations about areas for public use – mainly...

  • Welcome home, Mattia Preti

    In a country where so much money is squandered on tasteless and garish embellishment, ghastly gimmicks and ephemeral art, to say nothing of master plans that never see the light of day, I find it rather frightening – and quite telling – that a...

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