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Opinion

  • Sustainability in practice

    Sustainability in practice

    The biggest disservice one can do to the mere notion of sustainability is to reduce it to a mere buzzword. While climate, the environment, sustainability and economic growth might initially give the impression they form part of a difficult...

  • West failing in Libya

    The barbaric terrorist organisation, Isis (Islamic State) declared its war on Libya and Egypt last week with its ‘Message signed in blood to the Christian nation’. If there was ever a time for the West to support Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al...

  • Money that must be spent

    It is sad to see the regular stream of unsubstantiated claims contained in government press releases on EU funding. They would have us believe that the previous PN government failed in the EU funding area and that Labour has turned this failure...

  • Daesh and red herrings

    Daesh and red herrings

    There is no question that the battle against Daesh (Isis) is a formidable one. In military terms alone, it is probably no stronger, currently, than a group like Hizbollah of Lebanon but its ability to fight on different fronts, the chaotic...

  • Double jeopardy in danger

    Over the past few weeks, we have been regaled with declarations by the Prime Minister that were little more than smoke and mirrors to create confusion about the legal situation concerning the death of an immigrant in detention some years...

  • Shooting birds in the autumn

    One of the arguments used by the SHout campaign intended to ban spring hunting is that hunters have five months in autumn within which to shoot 41 species of bird and therefore spring hunting is not necessary. Clearly the intention is to discredit...

  • Terrorism and neutrality

    Terrorism and neutrality

    Libya is slipping fast into chaos and, like Syria, is drawing in outside jihadist extremists. It is posing a threat to the West. Libya has two rival governments, two parliaments, two sets of competing claims to run the central bank and national...

  • Time to tackle the Med.

    It is high time that Europe stands up to be counted. I say this on many seemingly disparate, yet inter-connected fronts. For too long now have the northern neighbours of our Union stuck their nose up at what goes on in the Mediterranean. Northern...

  • Hedge, market and roll

    I fear we might be misinterpreting the true meaning of hedging with the result that we are possibly unnecessarily politicising the national fuel policy. A hedge, when practised by competent and honest professionals, is nothing more than a...

  • Our interest in Greek saga

    On the financial front, Greece took centre stage last week, with an insurmountable problem to solve. The ever-increasing burden of the public debt, now standing at 175 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and its 25 per cent cut in its...

  • That third wicked sister

    That third wicked sister

    Many years ago, when I lived in a cute but noisy square in Żabbar, there was a problem with the electricity supply to our house: on windy days the wire from the government’s grid got disconnected. Invariably, we’d phone Enemalta, who always sent...

  • Governing at local level

    It is indeed a pity that the forthcoming local council elections, scheduled for April 11, have been, to a certain extent, overshadowed by the spring hunting referendum. This is certainly important but local council elections are also a crucial...

  • Of principled politicians

    Over the past few years, the local political scene has seen a number of people switching political alliances from one political party to another. While this shows a healthy democracy, allowing people to shift without fearing any repercussions, a...

  • Why they leave school early

    Early school leaving in Malta refers to students between the ages of 18 and 24 leaving compulsory schooling without having at least five SEC passes (at grade 1 to grade 7) or being in education or training. At 20.9 per cent in 2013, Malta’s rate...

  • Nearly two years of Labour

    In the 2013 general election, Labour swept to victory for various reasons. In my reading, this had little to do with Malta’s economic situation.I believe that Labour’s immense victory had more to do with its successful articulation of the ‘common...

  • Scanning for a pastor

    In his pastoral message for Lent, Apostolic Administrator Charles Scicluna rightly described the current situation of the Church in Malta as a time of prayer, waiting and “fasting” because “we are awaiting the nomination of a new archbishop who...

  • Help at community level

    While most people have heard of Rotary, not so many have an understanding of what this international organisation does and how it contributes very significantly to local communities even as it celebrates its 110th anniversary today. Rotary is a...

  • Libya’s deteriorating situation alarming

    Libya’s deteriorating situation alarming

    As Libya descends further into chaos, the international pressure on the two sides in the country’s conflict – the ‘governments’ of Tobruk (which is internationally recognised) and Tripoli – to compromise and reach an agreement has greatly...

  • Armageddon and all that

    It’s been a week of funny looks and conversations I ought to have stayed away from. Reason is, I am not afraid of Islamic State (IS). Nor do I think it represents an imminent threat to European civilisation generally and the local paragon...

  • Migrants don’t have to drown

    On February 11, 300 migrants drown­ed at sea. Their flimsy rafts supplied by greedy smugglers fell apart in eight-foot waves. As the Italian Coast Guard dispatched ships from Lampedusa, the merchant ship monitoring the distressed dinghies couldn’t...

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