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Opinion

  • Language question revisited

    Historically, the language question arose for political reasons. Today, the problem is different. It concerns the way one should deal with the large number of English words that are constantly being imported into Maltese. Although, at first sight,...

  • Make up your minds, do

    Make up your minds, do

    There is evidence that this government is the very epitome of vacillation, imitating a wind vane veering madly from north to south and points in between in the shifting breeze. It is anecdotal, to be sure, but it exists. For instance, some bright...

  • New identity for Europe

    New identity for Europe

    The threat to national security throughout Europe has never been as great and imminent as it has been over the past few days. Yet, that notwithstanding, moderation and tolerance have characterised the response of host cultures as they struggle to...

  • Unbridled multiculturalism

    Sociologists and social scientists in Europe, the United States, Australia and Canada are increasingly focusing their attention on the implications of multiculturalism in their societies. Unfortunately, it appears that scant attention has been...

  • Beyond consumer-producer nexus

    A new draft National Lifelong Learning Strategy for Malta has been placed in the public domain. The provision of such a draft document strikes me as being overdue, with earlier efforts in this regard being inexplicably prevented from public...

  • Libya: UN fiasco in Geneva

    Libya: UN fiasco in Geneva

    The most powerful form of lie is the omission - George Orwell. The news that UNSMIL queered the pitch on Libya is not surprising. All the signs were there: misunderstanding the situation on the ground, information omissions, the ineffectiveness of...

  • EU funds for our future

    EU funds for our future

    Applying for EU funds can be a tough process. Sometimes, the rigorous vetting procedures and paperwork can be disheartening. But if you’ve ever applied for EU funds, you know how rewarding it is to finally be given the green light. It is a special...

  • The change that matters

    The changes in the shadow Cabinet, announced by Simon Busuttil, are yet another confirmation that the Nationalist Party is on the move. The PN leader has sent a clear message: there are no sacred cows in Pietá. If we want to earn back the respect...

  • Obesity and complications

    Tackling obesity (also in childhood) on a national scale, with legislation, is very much easier said than done. For a start, as Monday’s leader on Times of Malta pointed out, the definition of ‘junk’ or ‘fast’ foods is the subject of much...

  • Terrorism: what we know

    Terrorism: what we know

    Last week, three Libyan youths were casually and brutally murdered, their throats slit, in Libya’s western interior. The killers form part of a group of jihadists that had earlier slaughtered a score of soldiers and bystanders. The jihadists...

  • Another face of Islam

    Another face of Islam

    We have grown accustomed to reading news items that depict Islamic fanatics at their worst. They seem to embody the very essence of what modern terrorism embraces. We see them crashing commercial planes into the Twin Towers in New York; bombing...

  • Those obsolete rent laws

    I congratulate Times of Malta for the leader ‘The archaic rent laws that need changing’ (January 3) which practically inaugurated the New Year. Over the last 45 years or so, I have written at least 17 researched articles as well as numerous...

  • Requiem for transparency

    A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both– James Madison (1751-1836, fourth US president). It was once said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. In...

  • Barbarism... freedom

    Barbarism... freedom

    New York 9/11, London 7/7, the Madrid train explosion, and Paris 7/1. The roll-call continues. The attacks in Paris have demonstrated clearly that the free and democratic nations of the West are engaged in a long war with Islamist extremists.

  • Life in its full potential

    Life in its full potential

    Tomorrow marks the 42nd anniversary of the controversial 1973 judgment Roe versus Wade in which the supreme court in the US legalised abortion, invalidating anti-abortion laws throughout the country. Prior to this ruling, abortion was prohibited...

  • Organ, tissue transplants

    Organ transplantation and the systems of how organs and tissues are harvested is a contentious issue both in Malta and abroad although, more often than not, people understand its importance because the practice often saves lives or markedly...

  • Nothing down about Down

    If some people had their way, people like my daughter, Philippa, wouldn’t be full citizens. Why? They have Down Syndrome: trisomy 21 to be exact. This somehow labels them as less deserving of a full life to 71 per cent of employers in Malta – if...

  • Country going to the dogs

    Country going to the dogs

    The Nationalist Party decision to stay out of the spring hunting referendum campaign spells the end to any hope that we will ever get rid of those hunters holding our countryside to ransom. Without political support, the abrogative referendum will...

  • Band clubs’ crucial role

    Band clubs’ crucial role

    My work as councillor in charge of culture within the Balzan local council often brings me into direct contact with the band clubs of the locality. As such, I have come to realise how important is the role of these clubs and their contribution to...

  • Not everyone is Charlie

    Some time has now passed since the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo staff. It was necessary to create a temporal space between the event and a reflection on it out of respect for the grieving of the relatives of the victims and the legitimate anger...

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