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Opinion

  • A value inherent to us all

    The Life Network Foundation Malta is very disappointed and disillusioned at the proposal to introduce the morning-after pill in Malta. The orchestrated spin and the frequently misleading, as well as biased, information presented in the local media...

  • Daily economic realities

    Aaron Farrugia, Economist and Labour Party Candidate Without sound public finances there is no social justice. With the 2017 Budget, the government has continued to push a process of reform for a stronger and better economy. During the past three...

  • Why the US election matters

    Why the US election matters

    The Washington-based Pew Research Centre recently carried out a survey on worldwide attitudes to the US presidential elections. The survey, conducted across 15 countries, gives a snapshot of how individuals around the globe perceive the two main...

  • A trauma on television

    The happenings of last week’s plane crash will likely remain etched in our memory for years to come. It was quite simply one of those rare “where were you when it happened” moments that will take long to fade away even in this era of non-stop...

  • Umbrella for rainy day

    Umbrella for rainy day

    Since my time at University studying economics, I have been fascinated, or rather intrigued, by the whole process and workings of our national budget. I hardly ever imagined that in the not-so-distant future I would have had the opportunity to...

  • Labour is consolidating

    Labour is consolidating

    As we approach the end of 2016, it is more than obvious that the Labour Party, led by Joseph Muscat, has strengthened its electoral position and can aspire to another resounding victory at the 2018 election. This can be attributed to two major...

  • Accountancy in the city

    In the last weekend of September the University of Malta in conjunction with the Malta Chamber of Scientists and the University’s Research Trust organised the EU-funded Science in the City (SITC) event. The last figures indicate that around 25,000...

  • Boom and bust economics

    The news reported in the Times of Malta that the Labour administration is trying to conclude deals with certain chosen contractors to buy up their unwanted and unsold property in exchange for tax owed by the contractors is economic folly of the...

  • An election for us all

    An election for us all

    Who would have thought that it would take a woman and a Methodist, Hillary Clinton, to give us some first-hand insight into what it must have been like to support a Renaissance pope – to be under no illusions about the venality but alsoto...

  • Real (unpopular) solution

    Real (unpopular) solution

    As long as ownership of a private car remains affordable and its use persists, we can expect no end to the clogged streets, and it is getting worse by the day. The solution is extremely simple - raise the costs of private car ownership (cost of...

  • Worlds apart on a tiny island

    Some weeks ago, Mina Tolu, a young Maltese trans activist, corrected actress-activist Emma Watson when the latter referred to the former as “she” instead of the preferred “they”. Also some weeks ago, Fathi Elhadi Eldeeb was treated for serious...

  • The MH17 war crime

    The MH17 war crime

    In view of what is happening in Aleppo today, it is as well to remind ourselves of the horrific destruction by a Russian missile of a Malaysian aircraft over eastern Ukraine with almost three hundred people on board on July 17, 2014. A joint...

  • Steering the EU together 

    A short time after Malta joined the European Union in 2004, the country was informed it will hold the EU presidency for six months between January and June 2017. The time has arrived for Malta, as a very small  nation state, to lead the EU...

  • Tenth district under siege

    The 10th electoral district is slowly coming under siege from the government. For some this is coming from friendly fire, while others who tried out this government by switching parties are now tasting the sour part, after being promised...

  • Libyan mediation via Malta

    For so many historic reasons, the country that can really mediate to have peace in Libya is Malta. What the EU and the UN have failed to understand is the very important role Malta should and could have had in all this. The international community...

  • When we were worse

    When we were worse

    The Constitutional Reforms (Justice Sector) Act, 2016, raise serious issues of violations of the right to a fair trial as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (the convention) and as espoused by the...

  • More like the Archbishop

    Nearly all humans grumble. Even the ones grumbling about too much grumbling sound like some old hens clucking away. Life is great but, whatever you do and however good-spirited you are, there is always something to moan about. If there is one...

  • Urban and rural bus routes

    Many ideas are being mooted to solve traffic congestion, from bus lanes, car-pooling, congestion charges, etc, let alone fanciful and expensive tramways, railways and tunnels.  These are all solutions aimed at tackling the effects.  But surely,...

  • Figuring out fatness

    Contrary to what many people think, obesity is mainly caused by stress, not by wealth.  “Hurry, curry and worry,” they used to say. Serious problems, like money trouble, marital woes or work challenges –all these cause a person to eat...

  • The people and the car

    A few days ago, the United Nations environment agency spoke about the need to put people before cars. The UN said that governments should invest at least 20 per cent of their transport budgets in infrastructure that promotes walking and cycling,...

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