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Opinion

  • The most visited place on earth

    The most visited place on earth

    Which touristic landmark in the whole wide world are we most likely to visit this year? Will it be the pyramids in Egypt? Time Square in New York? The Coliseum in Rome? The Great Wall of China? San Siro stadium in Milan or the Theatre of Dreams in...

  • Getting rid of the bits and pieces...

    Poor old Aunty Grace has gone, snuffed it, de-existed. She was 94; she’d have been 95 in July... had she made it – which she didn’t. According to her son, Cousin Brian, she was going downhill – metaphorically; she wasn’t able of physically going...

  • The future belongs to them

    The future belongs to them

    I’m writing this before Italy meet Uruguay on Tuesday, so I’ve no idea whether they squeezed a draw out of the match and got themselves through to the KO stage. I always find myself on the horns of a dilemma when Italy are involved: given that the...

  • Be frank about war on drugs

    Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna has challenged the politicians to deny that the decriminalisation of drugs would help the drug barons. Alternattiva Demokratika, which has consistently opposed the criminalisation of people who are in possession...

  • Eating: all in the mind

    Eating: all in the mind

    Much has been said recently on what people should eat in order to manage or prevent obesity. There has been discussion on the social, genetic and metabolic environments that are conducive to obesity. However, beyond circling around these issues,...

  • Anxiety-free holidays

    Lately, the European Court of Justice decided on two cases – Williams et vs British Airways and Lock vs British Gas – that deal with payments, other than basic wages, considered due to employees when they would be availing themselves of their...

  • Dilemmas Egypt faces

    Dilemmas Egypt faces

    On Monday, an Egyptian court sent three al-Jazeera journalists to jail with sentences ranging from seven to 10 years. The following day, Egypt’s newly-elected President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, rejected a White House appeal for the release of the...

  • Market across the waters

    The Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry is engaged in what can only be described as a frontal attack on the ferry service provided by Virtu Ferries between Malta and Sicily, which has opened the single market to the Maltese public,...

  • Their own way of deception

    The Nationalist Party, yesterday and today, is to be judged in its encrusted philosophy. Historical veracity reveals this warts and all. The ‘new’ revamped PN, in its verbal and written approaches to equity with the individual citizen, needs...

  • Spooks and politicians

    Spooks and politicians

    A year ago, Europe was incensed to discover from whistle-blower and former contractor to America’s National Security Agency, Edward Snowden, that a snooping system, PRISM (which collects e-mails, files and social networking data from firms such as...

  • Working in the dark

    Working in the dark

    Enemalta supplies lighting energy but works in darkness. The corporation tries to impress upon us how everything is going well and “on track” but we never know what is this track and whether Enemalta is on it or has gone offroad. Instead of the...

  • Malta’s shameful roads

    Squaring the circle is needed in order to bring some sense to the systemic mismatch between the way roads are categorised and the financing available for the upkeep of Malta’s main roads. If you are a driver who drives through Sliema you must be...

  • Reaching for the sky

    Reaching for the sky

    Someone on the government side has finally talked some sense about those poor refugees and asylum seekers stranded on our island. And it was Civil Rights Minister Helena Dalli who, not so long ago to please the gay lobby, was not making much sense...

  • Child-friendly justice

    Child-friendly justice

    At a time when everyone and everything has rights, it is very common to hear about children’s rights, the implications and the results. How are the rights of a child translated in a courtroom where adults seem to know everything about...

  • Just one brick in the wall

    The relative silence of the Nationalist leader and leader of the Opposition is the first brick in the laying of new foundations for the Nationalist Party. The fervent hope is to retain the party’s old principles but wrap them up in more appealing...

  • A push to extremism

    A friend of mine recently expressed his astonishment at the substantial number of votes polled by the extremist Imperium Europa at the recent European Parliament elections. Personally, I was not surprised because, putting other contributing...

  • The jihadist threat in Iraq

    The jihadist threat in Iraq

    The recent gains in northern Iraq by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), an offshoot of al-Qaeda, are worrying and have shocked the international community. The spectre of renewed sectarian violence, even the possibility of...

  • We have sushi, why not hanami?

    I first stumbled across Japanese woodblock prints (‘ukiyo-e’, ‘images of the floating world’) some years ago at the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge. I’ve been thoroughly hooked since. It’s been a journey through the exquisite simplicity of early...

  • Heed the European Commission’s suggestions

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has followed the European Commission’s communication to the EU Council on Malta, which made a number of recommendations on certain matters of economic priority. The Commission’s general...

  • Review of justice needed

    Blindness describes justice positively. It is, or at least is meant to be, totally objective, influenced by nothing but hard evidence. In Malta, blindness is not a virtue but an affliction of our system of justice. From time to time, hard stories...

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