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Opinion

  • Teachers’ language awareness

    At the start of this scholastic year, a group of 230 teachers working within the primary and secondary sectors benefited from an in-service course aimed at enhancing their language awareness. All Year 3 and Forms 3-5 English teachers working in...

  • Opposition in need of opposition

    The Labour Party has never had it so good. Joseph Muscat could, if he were so inclined, sell passports to dodgy millionaires, or hand over a vast salary to the wife of one of his colleagues, or fire a Health Minister for no apparent reason, and no...

  • Building in Malta’s rural areas

    Although our islands are small and densely populated, we still have some scenic and beautiful rural landscapes. Besides their rich biodiversity, our rural areas also contain distinctive cultural features, including traditional rubble walls,...

  • EU’s humour or vision?

    When the President-elect of the EU Commission proposed the line-up of his team, the assignment of Malta’s commissioner-designate to a portfolio that includes protection of migrating birds and conservation of natural habitats caused a stir...

  • Task of reinventing the PN

    Nationalist leader Simon Busuttil dedicated part of the speech he delivered in his party’s public meeting on the Fosos to attempt to answer the question: what type of party does the PN want to be in order to be able to work effectively towards...

  • Wanted: political backbone

    One of my favourite series of detective books is the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin. The books are set in Scotland where the craggy protagonist John Rebus steers his way through the gritty underbelly of the city, avoiding corrupt senior cops...

  • ‘The Pope is the target’

    This title does not refer to recent reports in the international media alleging that credible intelligence shows that Pope Francis can be a target for ISIS. Neither do I refer to another possible threat by the Italian Mafia. The Mafia is seriously...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Earlier this week musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross gave us a teaser of the soundtrack to the upcoming Gone Girl. So far, things sound promising. I have to say that ever since their collaboration on the soundtrack for The Social Network and...

  • Save the village festa

    Save the village festa

    It’s a long story, but for some reason or other I’ve been to a record number of village feasts this year. I happen to think that feasts are the best vantage points for people-watching, and perfect copy fodder, so not for a minute did I...

  • The ultimate school sick note...

    Dear teacher, This note is to let you know that Dwayne Azzopardi-Bastido (Form 5C) will not be coming to school today, ’cos he’s sick... innit. I am well aware that this note should really be accompanied by a doctor’s ‘susstifocate’, certifying...

  • The misleading minister

    In his first public pre-Budget meeting, the Minister of Finance denied the number of employees in the public sector had increased, even though, a few weeks earlier, the Minister for Education and Employment said the opposite. Let us bear in mind...

  • Were we truly united?

    Were we truly united?

    It is pretty obvious that Joseph Muscat does not brook opposition lightly. I don’t mean that he is undemocratic and wishes that the Opposition didn’t exist, that’s why I used a lower case ‘o’ in the first ‘opposition’. That said, like every...

  • China-Malta links boom

    China-Malta links boom

    This year marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. After more than three decades of high-speed growth, China is now the world’s second largest economy. Huge changes have taken place in China and in the lives of...

  • Destructive hunters’ ‘passion’

    The 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence was a day for old friends and adversaries to come together to celebrate. The Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition stood in unity to mark the country’s many achievements and the former...

  • Youths and the ‘festa’

    The village feast season is almost over. most band clubs, pyrotechnical societies and youth sections, among others, would already be thinking about the forthcoming feast, hoping it would be even more colorful and receive better accolades than the...

  • Energy union is a must

    Will Russia cut off the gas just in time for Christmas, leaving millions of Europeans potentially freezing in their homes? No other issue than the looming gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine shows so bluntly that Europe needs to act together...

  • The quest for quality

    The quest for quality

    Over the past months and ever since I took over the tourism portfolio, I am consistently noting that the provision of quality is increasingly becoming the determining success factor for tourism and that this will be highly influential on travel...

  • Serpent between rocks

    Serpent between rocks

    After much deliberation, President Barack Obama has decided to bomb the east Syrian city of Raqqa. It is said to be the headquarters of the operations of the terrorist group Islamic State (Isis) in both Syria and Iraq. In the US, neocon hawks have...

  • Perils of inexperience

    Perils of inexperience

    When the Nationalist Party in government delivered on its decision to upgrade the Sant’Antnin waste treatment plant in Marsascala, it did so to improve the well-being of the people there. When the organic fraction processed by the plant was...

  • The child migrants’ saga

    I read with interest the article ‘Migrant children in Australia ‘treated as baby convicts’ (September 2). The article is of interest to Malta because it is known that more than 300 children emigrated to Australia between 1950 and 1965 under the...

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