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  • Sensible ‘extremists’

    Sensible ‘extremists’

    Joseph Muscat’s response to the protest against construction on ODZ reveals the stance his government will be taking. Those who do not accept his ‘compromise’ will be portrayed as extremists or, to use his word, “absolutist”. Those of us unwilling...

  • A prophetic encyclical

    As a Franciscan friar, I rejoice for the prophetic encyclical which bears the title Laudato Si’ mi Signore, “Praise be to you, my Lord”. The title comes from the beautiful canticle composed by St Francis of Assisi who praises God for “our Sister,...

  • IS overshadows al-Qaeda

    It was reported by The Guardian that the mother of Thomas Evans, a 25-year-old British extremist who converted to Islam a few years ago, asked British MPs how her son could be allowed to fly to Egypt just a few months after he had been stopped by...

  • Boissevain’s other Malta

    Boissevain’s other Malta

    During Jeremy Boissevain’s first fieldwork in Malta, some 55 years ago, it was put about in the village that he was a spy for the United Nations. (An American, with a Swedish wife, from a British university, asking questions in Kirkop – what else...

  • Environmental balance

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said: “Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen...

  • Brussels needs to get tougher

    Half a million migrants have already crossed the Mediterranean sea this year, with more than a million waiting for boats in Libya. More are pouring through Africa to join the exodus. After months of dithering and inaction, the EU has at last...

  • We should not be afraid

    In 1775, two Maltese priests – Fr Gejtanu Mannarino and Fr Ġużepp Zahra – for numerous reasons led a revolt against the government of the Order of St John. The revolt was unsuccessful and its leaders paid a heavy price for their temerity. Despite...

  • A Grexit - Brexit link?

    A Grexit - Brexit link?

    By the time you read this article, the fate of Greece will have been sealed. Or will it? Notwithstanding the take-it-or-leave-it demands that have been made by the European Commission, the IMF and the ECB, will it be eurofudge or Grexit? The notes...

  • Public libraries matter

    Public libraries matter

    The public library matters. It matters for community and culture. It matters for education and literacy. It matters for inclusion and democracy. It matters for personal and social well-being. It matters as a stalwart against an increasingly...

  • That revealing interview

    Political electoral campaigns, wherever they are fought, are certainaly not the ideal time for the average voter to digest all the things that are being said and done. There is such political hype around that most things simply go over people’s...

  • Labour boys in uniform

    Labour boys in uniform

    In the golden years of Labour that today are reincarnating with brutal vengeance, there was one dream job for those working-class Labour supporters that still multiply profusely in the south of the island: a watchman on the government’s...

  • More talk of the south

    More talk of the south

    I read with interest Leo Brincat’s contribution to this paper entitled ‘Why is talk of South not on?’ (June 17). As Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, he argued that he could not understand “what could have...

  • Stewards of public purse

    The recent reports of alleged misappropriation of public funds in government-related projects and offices justifiably led to a public outcry. It is disturbing to learn that during the previous Nationalist administration Maltese nationals were...

  • Malta-made ‘Rethink Libya’ plan

    For an average Tripolitanian, Malta (just 350 kilometres away) has always been associated with the common narratives by generations over a history of joy and pain throughout colonial times, waves of independence and nationalism. Nowadays, Libyan...

  • The sustainability buzzword

    Sustainable development has become one of the buzzwords of our times. The term is used and articulated by different sectors of society, ranging from politicians to popes, from environmentalists to energy providers, from sociologists to speculators...

  • Ageing in residential care

    Ageing in residential care

    Tessie’s first 24 hours in the residential home caused her to weep throughout siesta time. Her poor room-mate had been too unwell to go to the dining room for lunch. Instead, her dinner had been set down carelessly on her bedside table while she...

  • Faith in that solitary poppy

    Faith in that solitary poppy

    I never realised how close San Blas, the Caritas drug rehabilitation centre, is to Gianpula. For some reason in my mind I always imagined San Blas to be in some remote, far-flung cliff location, some sort of Cornwall-in-Malta. In reality, it is a...

  • Saving our planet

    Saving our planet

    Pope Francis’s recent landmark encyclical on climate change is a welcome sign of the Church’s desire to contribute to the important social issues of our time, and not just focus on doctrinal matters. It certainly highlights the Pope’s willingness...

  • A village in Malta, from high above

    At least the timing was right. One week ago, a ‘mysterious large box from the University of Malta’ was delivered to Jeremy Boissevain’s house in Amsterdam. In it was the gown he wore at his Honoris Causa graduation last November. It is something...

  • Manifesto pledges are there to be honoured

    Many years back, there was a not so funny incident when Labour was still going through its unelectable mode that its manifesto had been so hurriedly put together that it had even failed to distribute it in time. One of the standing jokes was that...

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