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Opinion

  • Islam taught in schools

    Should Islam be taught in schools in Malta? This question has recently featured quite prominently in the public sphere. The issue peaked some days ago on Xarabank, the programme which everybody loves to criticise but everybody loves to watch. I...

  • Deviant behaviour at school

    The film Backboard Jungle, released in 1955, is about a group of students led by a youth rebel who engages in anti-social behaviour at school with the expressed aim of frustrating and unsettling teachers. Although now the blackboard has been...

  • Economy needs long-term vision

    Live like there is no tomorrow goes one song.  This is anotion which be-comes problematic if it had to be associated with a government and its (lack of) long-term vision.  I am afraid that we are practically inebriated with all the talk of...

  • The perfect family does not exist...

    The perfect family does not exist...

    A pontifical Mass lasts, more or less, three hours. They are not exactly the most exciting events on earth, but there is one thing that most certainly fascinates me about these official Masses on feast days; and that is the sermon from the pulpit.

  • Securing the future of Europe

    The biggest political family in the European Union, the European People’s Party, gathers in Malta in the next few days to decide the way forward in ‘Securing Europe’s Future’. The Nationalist Party, a member of the centre-right family, is proud to...

  • Calling friends of Manoel Island

    One bright September morning last year, environmental activists cut through a wire fence and walked into the green wilderness that is Manoel Island. They swam in the sea at the foot of the stone hewn steps in front of the fort. There were no...

  • Corruption concern: from 3 to 35%

    The front page of last Sunday’s Malta Today presented a damning collage, albeit unintentionally. A three-column photo at the top of the page showed an upbeat Prime Minister waving to party supporters. The heading informed us that the PM had fired...

  • Notes from a Greek island

    Notes from a Greek island

    It was clear there was no room for my luggage in the small and cluttered boot. Giannis, the taxi driver, said it wouldn’t be a problem. He bundled in the suitcase and tied the boot open with a piece of string that had turned up at just the right...

  • There’s still no end in sight

    This government has pledged to introduce a fast-ferry service to Gozo. It will leave from various stops in Malta such as St Paul’s Bay, Valletta and somewhere further south. This cannot be implemented soon enough. The more ways to cut down on road...

  • Two ways to stretch our schools

    Two interesting educational issues are currently making waves in the social media. One wants to stretch schooling beyond its traditional confines; the other wants to replace it. The first is asking whether Islam should be taught in Maltese schools.

  • Happy birthday to the EU

    Happy birthday to the EU

    Yesterday we celebrated 60 years of the Treaty of Rome – the signature where a grouping of nation states previously at war started on a path to become a borderless space of freedom, prosperity and, above all, peace. And yet, notwithstanding...

  • St Patrick’s Day debacle

    Last week was a very challenging one for many residents in St Julian’s. The celebration of St Patrick’s Day was once more a nightmare. Throughout the year, residents have to endure not only the irresponsible behaviour of those who daily throng our...

  • Crime and punishment: local warden style…

    “ ’Ullo, ’ullo, ’ullo!” “Ah good morning warden, is something the matter?” “Is something the matter, he says, is something the matter?” “Well, is it? I mean I am parked within a designated white lined parking zone, so?” “Oh really? I should look...

  • A European desire to dream

    Today we are celebrating the most successful 60-year period in the history of a free Europe. Yet today, more than ever, people are turning their backs on the European project. Both from within and outside the European Union, ultra-nationalism,...

  • Question time: Treacherous waters

    Carmelo Abela, Minister of Home Affairs and National Security The smuggling of migrants across Africa and, in particular, across the Mediterranean into Europe poses a number of serious concerns. To start with, over the years, migrant smuggling...

  • Inviting the wolf in

    Inviting the wolf in

    Xarabank’s recent show continued to add credence to the idea that sanity is becoming ever scarcer in public discourse and policy formation. So much so that our leaders, governmental and ‘spiritual’ alike seem to have tacitly agreed on the terms of...

  • An investigative board?

    The Electoral Commission announced a few days ago: “The Commission is appointing an investigative board to investigate all the cases brought to its attention about alleged breaches to the Financing of Political Parties law (Chapter 554). The...

  • How little government cares

    How little government cares

    I recently watched an interview with international journalist Neil Chenoweth, in connection with the Panama Papers scandal and how it impacts Malta. The interview was aired on Net Television’s programme Iswed fuq l-Abjad. The first thought that...

  • For a stronger Europe

    For a stronger Europe

    It’s your birthday, Europe! Sixty years ago, on March 25, 1957, the founding members of the European Union signed the Treaties of Rome. This date is a major crossroads for the most successful project for freedom, peace and prosperity that the...

  • Vision for cooperation in health

    Earlier this week, ministers for health from 23 European Union countries convened in Valletta under the auspices of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Informal Health EPSCO meeting provides a unique opportunity for...

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