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Opinion

  • No longer any Charlies

    A few weeks ago we were all Charlies. Many western politicians, academics and people in general, including some in our tiny periphery, were wearing their love of free speech on their sleeves. When it later emerged that the journal in question did...

  • Modern prophet of terror

    The massacre at Charlie Hebdo has been depicted by most media and by mainstream politicians as an attempt to thwart freedom of speech and press freedom. That it certainly is but the attack was only the latest within a much deeper and ongoing...

  • Why I am crying for Valletta

    The recent debacle of the monti stalls, and their location in Valletta, has raised the hackles of many. However, the real problem is deeper than simply the ill-conceived design of the stalls and equally ill-conceived decision on where to place...

  • Boldness in politics

    Boldness in politics

    A few months ago, I thought I sensed the first signs of a shift in Malta’s political tectonic plates. Opposition leader Simon Busuttil had had a successful party conference. He had pledged to make “a clean break with his party’s past and to stay...

  • We’re in this together

    The general response to the Economic Vision for Malta launched by the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry last year was very encouraging as observers urged the government to adopt it as its blueprint for a prosperous economic...

  • No ‘quick fix’ school panacea

    In 1967, eight boys from Barbiana, under the tutorship of Don Lorenzo Milani, wrote a scathing review of the education system in Italy. Angered at the way the education system had rubbished thousands of children living precariously, they...

  • Muscat’s full monti

    Muscat’s full monti

    And there you have it: Labour at its crass worst. If there is one area that Labour should not be trusted with, that’s our culture and heritage. That party just doesn’t have what it takes and much of what it does ends up as a national...

  • Vision for active ageing

    Articles and features appearing in the media in recent months show that the public is becoming engaged with the ongoing work on ageing welfare by the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing. This is...

  • Demise of Labour ideology

    Late last year a group of Maltese left-wing activists and academics wrote a scathing open letter to the Prime Minister. There was not much beating about the bush regarding its content and the authors came straight to the point. The principal...

  • Let’s seek what unifies

    As the world commemorates World Interfaith Harmony Week, the time is ripe for us all to move from rhetoric to action. The message of the World Interfaith Harmony Week, ‘Love of God, the Love of Good, and Love of Neighbour’ includes everyone,...

  • Energy stability in the dark

    Let us assume that the Labour government has an energy road map destined to succeed. Does this entitle the government to lack transparency in its decisions and deals? I certainly do not think so. Instead of having clear information on energy...

  • The threat of Boko Haram

    The threat of Boko Haram

    In the wake of the attacks targeting the Charlie Hebdo offices and a kosher deli in Paris, another attack with a death toll of approximately 2,000 individuals almost went unnoticed. The mass killings were carried out over a number of days in the...

  • Greece’s turn to the Left

    Greece’s turn to the Left

    The victory of the far-left Syriza party in the Greek general election did not take many observers by surprise. The party had been leading in the opinion polls for quite some time and the austerity measures imposed by the outgoing government had...

  • How to spell Queen’s Maltese

    Spare a thought for the Maltese Language Council. It has an official brief to “establish the correct manner of writing words and phrases which enter the Maltese language through other tongues”, among other tasks. Let us assume that words of...

  • EU must not build a Greek wall

    Yanis Varoufakis, the newly appointed Finance Minister of Greece, a prolific blogger, wrote on Sunday that “Greek democracy today chose to stop going gently into the night. Greek democracy resolved to rage against the dying of the light.” The...

  • Law of unintended consequences

    The government is not too happy about the approaching referendum on spring hunting. This outcome was probably far from their minds when they began relaxing the hunting regulations soon after moving into Castille in 2013. The law of unintended...

  • Media manipulation and whistleblowing

    When Saviour Balzan launch­­ed his book Saying It As It Is, I was invited to give a short speech. I remember pointing out that the book ends with what Balzan called “The story of the decade” – the Enemalta oil procuring scandal, a story that is...

  • Millions or billionaires?

    Malta is really the island where time stands still. I sometimes get the im­pression that nothing ever changes and we live a Rip Van Winkle-like existence in that if we had to nod off and wake up 10 or 20 years from now, we would still be...

  • Our past not our children’s future

    Last Tuesday, 300 survivors of the infamous Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with political leaders, gathered on the snow-covered expanse that was hell on earth some 70 years ago. They came from many countries, not simply to...

  • Manners maketh man

    Manners maketh man

    A friend of mine had to stay in hospital for a couple of days recently. She shared a ward with four other women, who were, it seemed to me, in an excited teen-like sleepover mode. They gathered round each other’s beds and discussed the best way to...

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