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Opinion

  • Construction malpractices

    Reference is made to the video carried online in the Times of Malta of July 19, showing a truck being driven in Attard and leaving behind a cloud of dust. This is just one of the many common malpractices of building contractors and their workers...

  • Promoting sports in Malta

    The recent performances by Maltese football clubs in their Champions League and Europa League commitments, most notably Birkirkara’s historic third round qualification, have proven that when push comes to shove, our sportsmen and teams can achieve...

  • Erdogan’s counter-offensive

    On July 20, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a televised speech from his palace in Ankara in the presence of members of Parliament and high-ranking officials. The speech had a chilling pathological quality about it. He addressed...

  • College of speculation

    College of speculation

    Martin Scicluna, head of the commission which awarded ‘university’ accreditation to a college owned by a Jordanian land speculator in Żonqor, went personal and sank very low indeed calling me names in his article of July 20. If any is needed, this...

  • Responsible road sharing

    The Maltese roads continue to claim more lives. This year, the toll is already alarmingly up, a very sad statistic that, no matter how much we try, no one seems to be able to curb. Surely, it is not the right time to point fingers and it is not my...

  • Night of the ordinary hero

    At around 10pm on Friday, July 15, members of a sleeper cell belonging to a fringe terror cult tried to stage a coup in Turkey, attempting to depose the democratically elected government. The coup was staged by a clique inside the Turkish Armed...

  • Safe bank lending practices

    The Times of Malta carried a front page article yesterday about comments the Prime Minister had made on the major banks’ current lending practices. The article quoted banking observers saying that “comments were more likely directed at Bank of...

  • Erdogan and Europe

    Erdogan and Europe

    As the chill of the post-coup reprisals spreads across Turkey, reaching the offices and homes of dozens of journalists, it’s safe to say the country’s application to join the EU is as good as frozen for a generation. President Tayyip Erdogan...

  • The migratory illusion

    Sub-Saharan Africans are increasingly migrating to North African Mediterranean shores, especially to the interminable Libyan shoreline, using the region in the erroneous belief that it is an easy stepping stone to southern Europe, mainly Italy.

  • Rules for a stable society

    Modern states still follow the practices of ancient times when laws were introduced to regulate and direct their people. In the Bible the Deuteronomy formulates a code of laws which include the Ten Commandments. Clearly, the objective was to...

  • Time for a palace revolution

    Before the Brexit negotiations even start, it might be helpful to pause and have a look at Britain’s current involvement with fellow member states of the EU and a few ‘British’ household names. Cadbury Schweppes has opened factories in France and...

  • The blunt Donald Trump

    The blunt Donald Trump

    Like many on the liberal democratic wing of politics, I believed the assurances of many American political experts that Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination would fizzle out when “real voting in real primaries” began. I am not...

  • Britain’s new premier

    Many must have heaved a sigh of relief when Andrea Leadsom announced she is withdrawing from the Conservative Party leadership race. The markets certainly did; the sterling immediately surged in the wake of the announcement. The doubts on her...

  • The origin of humanism

    Humanism is yet another word that was invented in the 19th century but it derives from a historical group of people in the Renaissance who studied the humanities. Modern historians have piled all sorts of concepts on top of humanism and almost...

  • The new Land Authority

    In the past years, the Government Property Division has been one of the ‘consistent’ targets of any Opposition, whether Labour or Nationalist. Although it is the Opposition’s duty to keep the government in constant check, the problems with the...

  • Certainly not absolute

    Certainly not absolute

    In the heat of a July Friday, I donned jacket and tie to attend court for a case in which my only interest was academic, something I hadn’t done for quite some time. I was slightly disappointed because, although I had the pleasure of renewing some...

  • ‘Manifest’ or money first?

    Parliament is debating in second reading the Standards in Public Life Bill. This draft law has been gathering dust for well over two years. We had approved of the first reading of this Bill on May 20, 2014. Over two years ago. An ad hoc committee...

  • Elderly ‘parked’ in homes

    In a statement by the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging, back in April 2015, it was noted that there were an estimated 6,071 people suffering from dementia in Malta (1.5 per cent of the general...

  • What inertia could mean

    Summer is here with its usual vengeance. Schools, government departments, the courts of law and Parliament slow down, conditioned by the merciless heat. At the same time, other elements of social life blossom. For eight weeks, the sound of...

  • Social motives for Brexit

    What will the impacts of Brexit be? At this early stage, one can only guess what is likely to happen given that there are many possibilies. Britain may end up losing considerable influence at European and global levels and may experience negative...

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