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Opinion

  • Sliema: a race to the bottom

    People have been given until August 3 to put forward their objections to two proposed high-rise buildings in Sliema. If the projects go ahead, a 38-storey tower would rub shoulders with a 40-storey non-identical twin. There are many reasons why...

  • Not blinded by doubtful liasons

    These past months we have witnessed with dismay the government taking measures that, in one way or another, lower the standard of higher education in Malta. When Evarist Bartolo was in Opposition he used to try to rubbish the standard of education...

  • Stories of a hot summer

    One of the pleasures of summer is lying beside the sea after a swim, reading a good book. Each year, newspapers and magazines publish lists of ‘Best Summer Books’, featuring writers, academics, journalists, politicians or actors who recommend...

  • Casting stones. . . casting couches

    As if Malta wasn’t hot enough. Temperatures rose last Monday as the Maltese took to their couches, casting or otherwise. Tempers also flared on Facebook and other online portals as stones and judgements were cast at the latest sex scandal to make...

  • This is the naked truth

    Is John Suda entitled to a fair hearing before a court of law? Yes he is. Is he innocent until judgment is reached? Definitely. Does the prosecution have to prove that the charges made in his regard are beyond all reasonable doubt? Of course. And...

  • Is it not prudent to be prudent?

    Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas, together with a host of other luminaries, are definitively not amused by recent developments on this island of ours which threaten to turn some of their philosophical musings topsy-turvy. These eminent philosophers...

  • The naughtiest shop in town...

    I don’t know about you but when I saw that the government was to sanction the opening of sex shops in Catholic Malta, well... I did a double take. I kept thinking of my nanna turning slowly in her grave at the mere thought of rude retail. Having...

  • Some stupid questions

    Some stupid questions

    If Premier Joseph Muscat would be so kind, might I be permitted to pose a stupid question? I do this in the full knowledge that he might have to pull himself up to an imperious height and pronounce himself on its stupidity and, by necessary...

  • A workforce of mixed ages

    Since the dawn of the industrial age, ensuring a good supply of jobs has been at the centre of political debate. The recurrent fear that new developments will reduce opportunities has frequently given rise to demands for labour protection. For...

  • Discrimination’s long-term effects

    Let’s face it, Malta is fast becoming a racist country, and quite a significant proportion of the Maltese are already blatantly racist. Ignoring this fact will simply allow the cancer to get worse and invade further within society. Recent events...

  • Is Europe still relevant?

    Is Europe still relevant?

    If one were to judge much of what is reported or commented upon by the media, the European Union is destined to fail and to disintegrate. Popular disenchantment and Euroscepticism seem to be gaining the upper hand as ‘Brussels’ gets the blame for...

  • Polio-free world forever

    Polio-free world forever

    Malta is a nation that has long stood at civilisation’s crossroads. From the times of the Phoenicians, its strategic location has placed it firmly in the paths of travel, trade, culture and conquest. For centuries, as civilisations rose and fell,...

  • Nature provides solution

    The economy is a linear one. We extract the earth’s resources, make use of them and, subsequently, when they are beyond their useful life, we throw them away. Clearly, the linear economy and its exponents assume that this pattern of behaviour can...

  • How to shut critics up

    How to shut critics up

    The Finance Minister, Edward Scicluna, is reported to have said some testy things about critics of some of projects the government is very fond of. He was also dismissive of critics of the eurozone’s deal with Greece. He’s said, essentially, that...

  • Unleash global polio fight

    Unleash global polio fight

    In November, Malta will play host for the second time in 10 years to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. For many Maltese, the descent of thousands of delegates and media representatives from around the world will create an energetic...

  • Language consultation exercise

    The Department of Maltese at the University of Malta refers to the consultation exercise on the Maltese language launched by the Ministry for Education and Work and to the recent piece by Henry Frendo (July 12). The department is required by law...

  • Apocalypse postponed

    Apocalypse postponed

    Monday, July 13, was the morning after the night before in Brussels. After an acrimonious marathon session Eurozone leaders had postponed the economic fate of Greece for a few more months. The can had satisfactorily been kicked down the road...

  • Religion needs protection

    Religion needs protection

    The Criminal Code (Amendment) Bill, published in The Malta Government Gazette on July 10, 2015 essentially proposes the decriminalisation of the crime of vilification of religion, presumably in the interests of freedom of expression. The reason...

  • Respect for the police

    Jailed for punching officer in the face; Police sergeant kicked in the head; Accused of false report after blaming policeman; Traffic policeman’s helmet smashed in ‘vicious attack these are some of the headlines found in recent editions of the...

  • We’re not Tibet, or Ċukaj

    We’re not Tibet, or Ċukaj

    In the months following the demise of the Labour regime in 1987, members of the protest group Tan-Numri got together with many others to draft a satirical programme on national television, which came to be called Aħn’aħna jew M’aħniex. Some of...

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