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Opinion

  • Obama’s Syria, our Dubai

    Obama’s Syria, our Dubai

    On Friday, The Washington Post reported that the CIA was vetting Syrian rebels, 400 at a time, with a view to training and arming them to serve as an alternative to Islamic State (Isis). Coinciding with the news of the beheading of another foreign...

  • Decline of the media

    It is indeed a pity that standards are going down in various aspects of the media situation in Malta. As a regular contributor to this prestigious newspaper for well over a decade and a presenter of a political discussion programme on a political...

  • French response to Ebola

    The Ebola virus epidemic is fast spreading in some West African countries and has reached unprecedented levels in Guinea where the toll has risen to 1505 cases, including 854 deaths. The number of new cases per week has more than doubled since...

  • Commonwealth partnership

    Any visitor arriving in Malta knows immediately that it is a Mediterranean and European country. Malta is also a model Commonwealth country and it will, once more, become chair of our family of nations in 2015. Combining the leadership of Malta...

  • A nettle EU must grasp

    A nettle EU must grasp

    After the unceasing efforts to save the euro from collapse, immigration is the next major political challenge facing Europe. Yet, attempts to find a solution have repeatedly been thwarted by the inability of member states to find common cause or a...

  • Regenerate or degenerate

    Regenerate or degenerate

    The proposal to build three hotels on ODZ land in the south of Malta is not ‘novel’ at all. It echoes the tune that had been set by Lorry Sant over 30 years ago. Considering the large size and location of the area that is now being proposed for...

  • Haiti cannot wait 40 years

    Epidemics are symptoms of poverty, a proxy indicator of lack of social development and weak health systems. Ebola in West Africa is a good example but not the only one. In Haiti, which is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the cholera...

  • Citizen or the consumer?

    When one takes stock of the social and political challenges that Malta is currently facing, three important categories should be given the priority they deserve: social justice, sustainability and democracy. It has become clear that civil rights...

  • J.M. phone home...

    J.M. phone home...

    It had to happen, didn’t it? Labour is now reaching for the stars. It took our esteemed Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth, José Herrera, to break the astounding news that the International Telecommunications Union has...

  • The Budget and beyond

    The media this morning probably carries extensive coverage of Budget 2015 which the Minister of Finance presented to Parliament yesterday evening. And yet, much of the surprise element of past budgets is gone. There was a time when finance...

  • One crazy political decision

    Joining the Nationalist Party was not a decision I took lightly because I knew it would change my life. No matter how much people try to prepare you (and warn you) about this life-changing decision, you only know what it is really like once you...

  • Life beyond politics

    Lino Spiteri was a man of many talents. He was, yes, a politician but he was also an economist, a business and financial adviser, an advocate for the rights of people with special needs and a writer and, most importantly, from his point a view, a...

  • Beyond science education

    The release of the European Commission statistics on students studying science has shed light on Malta’s situation and raised discussion on this paper. Although numbers speak volumes, we need to look beyond figures for a constructive debate to...

  • A tribute to the fallen

    As one drives through the countless villages dotting the English and the French countryside, one becomes aware of a number of war memorials raised to pay homage to locals – often young and inexperienced men – who died in combat during the Great...

  • All matters of the heart

    The Maltese Cardiac Society conference 2014 was held from October 17 to 19 at Mater Dei Hospital. The huge success of last year’s conference motivated the scientific and organising committees to work hard on turning our national cardiology...

  • The little prince, or nothing

    I’ve never enjoyed other people’s misfortunes quite as much as I did on Friday night. The news that a power outage had hit the Junior Eurovision song contest came as music to my ears – easily the winning entry, in fact. That probably means I need...

  • Why can’t woman be more like man?

    The recent Global Gender Gap Report 2014 documents some outstanding gender differences in 142 countries around the world. It is a voluminous report highlighting various indicators, such as health, wealth, and participation in the economic life of...

  • Goodbye my dear friend Lino

    Lino Spiteri has waved us goodbye. He will be deeply missed by his family and others who were close to him. Many more will feel the great void of his departure. He leaves behind a large testament. His personal qualities may be recited only at the...

  • The moral of the immoral story

    If Labour lose the next election, it will be down to the government’s failure to achieve what it set out to – i.e. on account of real or perceived broken electoral promises. It won’t be because of broken vows or promises between ministers and...

  • All hail Sandro the Great!

    I’m tired of hearing that it’s difficult for third parties to make it to power and that they have to overcome all these obstacles to make it. All that earnest debate about electoral thresholds and whatnot. It must be the lack of positive thinking...

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