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Opinion

  • Getting lost in registration

    If the early Kodak camera and the new tabloids were regarded as threats to privacy in the late 19th century, I dread to think what Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis would make of today’s webcam age. In their celebrated 1890 article ‘The Right to...

  • There is another way

    There is another way

    One of the biggest challenges in education today is how to move beyond the academic approach. Degrees and certifications are on the rise but I constantly ask myself whether the knowledge behind the certificate has been truly understood and how it...

  • What future for Europe?

    What future for Europe?

    Last week in Brussels we saw European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker presenting a White Paper on the future of Europe. Earlier, the European Parliament adopted three landmark reports setting out radical and feasible deliverables of change...

  • A Labour of true love... blogpost 48

    Four years, four whole years at the zenith of his power as ruler of the country (Malta) at the centre of both the universe and the Mediterranean sea. As Derek Shakespeare once wrote: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have...

  • Squaring the circle

    European Court of Human Rights judgments have, since 2009, consistently enunciated the principle of retrospectiveness of the more lenient criminal law, the lex mitior, which is a principle of international criminal law. However, according to a...

  • Devolution of power

    In 2013, following an uninterrupted 15-year PN administration, the Labour government inherited a Gozo in which foreign direct investment was absent, and tourism was stuttering. The current minister embarked upon a series of projects to reverse...

  • Addressing the young

    The sooner we realise that we’re living in an ever-changing and evolving world, the sooner we would be able to start relating to those around us. Today’s youths don’t see the world we live in a two-colour tone, red or blue. They see it in shades.

  • Case of lopsided justice

    We have become accustomed to reading news reports of pedestrians, mostly the aged and children, getting injured or killed on our roads by motor vehicles but nobody seems particularly bothered. Worse still, reports of pedestrians injured or killed...

  • A money laundering centre

    The categorical declaration by the Pana Committee chairman that what Konrad Mizzi did when opening a secret Panama company is likely to amount to money laundering is damning. Over the course of the last year, the Prime Minister and various...

  • The rigours of abstinence

    The rigours of abstinence

    The annual Lenten period that will lead us towards the celebration of Easter commenced last Wednesday following a noisy six-day carnival celebration. Lent can be a truly inspiring period, inviting us to take a good look at ourselves and address...

  • Truth, what’s that?

    Truth, what’s that?

    There’s an adage which states that the first victim of war is truth. In the Republic of Malta in the year 2017 there’s no need for war, a scandal at the highest seat of governance is more than sufficient. I doubt very much that there’s a literate...

  • Threats to Malta’s heritage

    They say that familiarity breeds contempt, and certainly, we have treated our familiar old buildings with contempt. It began with the obliteration of towers by wrap-around hotels and continues to this day with the profanation of our Unesco World...

  • Konrad and Nexia BT

    Konrad and Nexia BT

    Carnival, the feast that celebrates an upside-down world, came early for Konrad Mizzi this year. He went to face the European Parliament’s Pana committee dressed up as the man more sinned against than sinning. A victim of fake news. The Pana...

  • Government’s ‘feet of clay’?

    Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon had a distressing dream. He dreamt of an impressive statue made of gold and silver. However what disturbed him was that the imposing structure stood on feet made of clay. How could it stand for long on a...

  • Obama administration financed terror

    To the everyday individual, the title above is nothing short of unbelievable; an oxymoron. Yet, it is true and a bitter pill to swallow at that. Iraq, Libya, Syria and now possibly Iran are all examples of wars in which the US and her allies have...

  • Turning Fifty Shades on its head

    I have no doubt that most people have heard of E.L. James’s bestselling erotic novels, collectively known as Fifty Shades. This trilogy has sold over 100 million copies, and the movies are attracting large crowds. I must confess that most of what...

  • End of Pax Americana?

    End of Pax Americana?

    You cannot divest a country of its empire, political system and raison d’etre, its industry, jobs, money, prestige and world stature in five or six short years as happened in the 1990s and not expect an unpleasant rebound: a Stalin-lite regime.

  • Brothel-minded Labour

    It is said that “governments are fortunate for the people they administer don’t think”. Modern politics, despite dealing with a rational globalised world, seems to test relatively frequently the balance between those who think and those who don’t...

  • Voting for the lesser evil

    There is a general understanding that the most dangerous trend to develop in politics is the advent of “fake news” and “alternative facts” which are, in turn, creating a “post-truth” society. The reality is that such phenomena are not new. Indeed,...

  • To speak and debate elegantly

    Like most southern Europeans, we are renowned that when speak, we fill the space around us with emotion. We are thought to be warm but somewhat argumentative.  Our public spaces, which we populate much more than our northern neighbours because of...

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