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Opinion

  • Safety first at Marsaxlokk

    On Tuesday, Parliament debated the government’s proposal to permanently anchor a floating gas storage tanker in Marsaxlokk. The relevant planning application is set to be decided by the planning authority early next week. Once Mepa grants its...

  • Eagle hunts the fly

    Most eyes are at the moment understandably on Ukraine and the crisis there. Another crisis is developing on the other side of the world, however, in Venezuela. It is not so remote as to be completely without implications for our side of the...

  • Supported employment

    “The key challenges of national and European policies relating to people with disabilities are low employment rates, high unemployment rates and a rather high dependency on welfare benefits. For people with disabilities, it is often hard to enter...

  • Correct political history

    To some, Maltese political history seems to have only started in 1981. In fact, one must go back to the early 1960s when the voice of Maltese political leaders could be heard in Parliament and the country became independent. The elections of 1962...

  • Beware the oil flowing

    Exploratory oil drilling is making headlines again but scepticism abounds. Like trying our luck at a lottery draw, we take the chance to strike oil but some remain hopeful. It is possible that Malta’s exploration areas may prove fruitful one day,...

  • Malta’s real president

    Much has already been written about Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s nomination for the presidency. It’s covered everything from the wisdom of nominating her to the wisdom of the proposed role she will occupy. Everything? Well, there’s one thing...

  • Government giving ball away

    The Labour Party was voted into power one year ago following its resounding victory over the Nationalist Party. Now that the so-called honeymoon period is over, I would like to put forward some critical comments on the government’s performance or...

  • MEPs seek action on US spying

    The data spying scandal has been a subject of discussion for several months now, however, no concrete action had been taken. In view of this, the European Parliament adopted a resolution which condemns spying by the US National Security Agency...

  • Crimea: lies and hysteria

    As ancient Greeks, known for their eloquence, used to teach, if an argument is weak it should be intensified with a loud voice. This is exactly what we are observing today in polemics around Crimea, when hysteria, lies and the use ofdouble...

  • Judgement of Euro elections

    “The measure of a man is what he does with power” (Plato). There is little doubt in my mind that the European Parliamentary elections in 10 weeks’ time will be treated by electors and commentators alike as a direct judgement on how Prime Minister...

  • Culture of active leisure

    In recent years, the concept of leisure has received considerable attention by sociologists, educationists, political scientists and even economists. Since World War II, many theories of leisure have been revamped or developed with the common...

  • From war to seeds of peace

    Not long ago, the West African nation of Sierra Leone was home to the world’s biggest peacekeeping mission. Today, troops from that country are donning blue helmets and serving the UN in other hotspots around the globe. This is just one of the...

  • When worlds collide

    The debate, last week, on that populist television programme Xarabank between the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader was as predictable as it was boring. The Prime Minister was abrasive and cocky and came across like a schoolyard bully. He...

  • Honesty and integrity

    “Lying is simultaneously one of the symptoms and one of the causes of evil, one of the blossoms and one of the roots …As with any lie, the primary motive was (is) fear – M. Scott Peck, People of the Life After a full year of a Labour Government,...

  • Towards a fairer Europe

    On January 23, 1995, a few months after Jacques Delors stepped down from the presidency of the European Commission, Jacques Santer, then prime minister of Luxembourg, stepped into the presidency of the Commission. Seen by many as a second choice...

  • PM in for spot of bother

    There can be too much of a good thing, more than you need to make good of a situation. The massive Labour victory a year ago was one such event, both in terms of votes as well as in the parliamentary majority they yielded. I do not think the way...

  • Pricey medicine and its price

    Last Saturday, Consumer Rights Day was commemorated around the world. Our rights as consumers were highlighted while market abuses and injustices which undermine these rights were emphasized. There is no other area more important to all consumers...

  • Are we serious about ethics?

    On the face of it, the introduction of ethics in public schools is good news. Finally, non-Catholic students will no longer be left walking up and down corridors. Ethics classes will be provided as an alternative to the teaching of Catholic religion.

  • Dangerous impasse in Ukraine

    Emergency talks on Ukraine between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in London on Friday did not prevent today’s referendum in Crimea from taking place. Both the US and the EU have prepared a wide range of...

  • Let there be migrants’ riots

    There are many reasons why Friday’s report on the disturbance at Lyster Detention Centre earlier this year doesn’t impress me much. For one, I didn’t find the disturbances at all disturbing. I rather thought of them as the predictable and...

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