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Opinion

  • Coeliacs and life insurance

    What you eat can cost you a lot in more ways than one. Food is the source of what we need to survive. Vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats come from food. We need to recognise that food is our daily fuel so the quality of food is...

  • Spain’s fragmented political landscape

    Spain’s fragmented political landscape

    Last week’s regional and local elections in Spain sent a powerful message to the established mainstream parties of the centre-right and the centre-left, namely that their dominance of the country’s political landscape is over. For the past three...

  • In search of lost place

    The other day I finally managed to get my hands on a clean copy of Andrew Leith Adams’ Notes of a Naturalist in the Nile Valley and Malta, published in Edinburgh in 1870. The bit of the book that concerns us directly was the product of Adams’...

  • Why we can’t just give up

    A time of crisis can be a time of opportunity. The opposition surrounding the spring hunting season, the proposed shooting range right next to the Jesuit retreat house of Mount St Joseph, as well as the planned ‘American University of Malta’ in...

  • Fragments of a medieval past

    When surviving documents are scarce, writing history can depend on the minutest of facts. Each crumb of physical or written material is a rich source of evidence. The task also requires a strong imagination and sensitivity to detail, in order to...

  • The mother of all scandals

    Only eight years after its official inauguration, Mater Dei is again mired in controversy and doubt. We now know that the uneasy suspicions that grew, fungus-like, for the entire time the hospital was a work in progress, were – shall we say –...

  • Errors of judgement

    Forget ‘tagħna lkoll’. As time goes by, it is becoming increasingly clear that Labour’s strategy is based solely on the popular Maltese song Issa dejjaqtni, għaliex ma titlaqx ’l hemm (You’re beyond annoying. Get lost). This is the constant...

  • Defending our only ‘tagħna lkoll’ Alma Mater

    Maltese newspapers last week reported four items in connection with the University of Malta. The first is the kind of item that one prefers not to have to report upon. There was a problem with the last question of the Matsec pure mathematics...

  • If you sneeze, your boob will pop out

    If you sneeze, your boob will pop out

    Almost everyday I get stuck in traffic in Palm Street, Paola. When I was a child no one walked down Palm Street unless they lived there or unless they needed to go to the shoemaker. The shoemaker is still there, but is now buried amid shops...

  • Land up for grabs... come and get it...

    All this fuss about a scrap of unbuilt-on land at Żonqor, it makes me smile. I mean... it’s not as if there is a shortage of development land available locally. Truly, there are vast expanses of useless countryside hereabouts simply crying out for...

  • Go ahead, just say it

    Go ahead, just say it

    Premier Joseph Muscat’s pretty little handcart trundles on, oblivious to notions of reticent governance or respect for propriety, brimming with slogans, sound bites and surrealism. Starting pretty much at random, his favourite minister, the one...

  • The objective evidence

    The objective evidence

    The project to build a national shooting range in the limits of Mosta should have received widespread support. It is the culmination of years of work by members of the sports shooting community. Sports shooting really is the safest sport practised...

  • Speaking out loud

    Speaking out loud

    Gianluca Bezzina’s brief intervention last weekend at the general council of the Nationalist Party seems to have solicited quite a furore because of his reference to changing values in our society. I viewed some of the posts that were written on...

  • Nature of diasporic writing

    Nature of diasporic writing

    A convention for Maltese living abroad aims at bringing together Maltese who, though living in a different environment for a variable length of time, still have common interests and feel connected with the mother country. One unusual feature of...

  • Let’s attract foreign investors

    It always amazes me how people in Malta rush to conclusions. People who are greatly influenced by those whose biased and negative opinions overwhelm them – people who should listen and make their own judgements. We have been overwhelmed by...

  • The anti-elitist elitists

    The anti-elitist elitists

    In the space of a week, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has railed against elites not once but twice. He is presenting the Żonqor Point investment as a blow against Maltese elites. Then, questioned in Parliament about his choice of Phyllis Muscat to...

  • Mediterranean solution

    The Mediterranean, once the cradle of civilisation, has again hit the international headlines as a result of wrong decisions made by world leaders which, ultimately, led to the suffering in neighbouring countries being translated into one tragedy...

  • What makes a good university?

    Universities have been expanding worldwide. This reflects the combined impact of supply and demand factors. Technology has enabled an expansion of education services at a cheaper price. The most notable development is the provision of online-based...

  • The weapons of war

    The weapons of war

    A century ago, the world witnessed the first use of weapons of mass destruction. On April 22, 1915, the German High Command launched their first chlorine attack with a bombardment of the trenches on the Western Front, sending a thick yellow cloud...

  • Carbs and corpulence

    Obesity is a serious problem of increasing prevalence, closely associated with several serious chronic diseases which diminish lifespan and strain health services. Furthermore, dietary management advice for weight reduction is coming from various...

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