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Opinion

  • Pope speaks to us too

    With his encyclical Laudato S On care for our common home, Pope Francis has entered the fray not just on the environment and its future but also, more broadly, on the ethics and impact of dominant models of economic development and extreme...

  • Round and round in circles

    I welcome the environmental aspect to the American University of Malta debate. Yet, at this point I would like to say something about the educational aspect because, as I see it, there is a possibility that this project might have a negative...

  • Don’t kill the golden goose

    Last Saturday’s popular demonstration was a watershed moment for environmental awareness in Malta. A crowd of people with one common sentiment, irrespective of any partisan sentiments, met in Valletta and strongly expressed their objection to...

  • Pope’s new Middle Ages

    Pope’s new Middle Ages

    For once, we have a churchman who accuses the secular world of dragging us all back to the Middle Ages. For a certain kind of modernist (the groan-inducing kind), to accuse the Catholic Church of medievalism is a tired gambit. But it’s refreshing...

  • When your land is taken

    I read with great interest the article (June 12) in which it was reported that Planning Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon promised that, by the end of the year, a process would be initiated so people owed money for property expropriated in...

  • Let the Palestinians go free

    Howard Golden’s reply (‘What Palestinians truly want’, June 5) to my article ‘Oppressed turns oppressor’ (May 25) was very informative. It was extremely interesting but very one-sided. As an observer living in a country were Jews and Arabs have...

  • Impact of papal encyclical

    The latest papal encyclical is not an instant poll or a snapshot. Only time will help us gauge its true impact on society in general, way beyond the realm of the Roman Catholic Church. Spearheaded as the Church happens to be by a great...

  • Pope, climate and Malta

    Pope, climate and Malta

    Pope Francis has been called the “superman Pope”. But can he inspire action on climate change? He has just published a powerful indictment of the developed world’s unsustainable consumption, calling it “a dominant moral and ethical issue for...

  • Lowering age of consent

    Lowering age of consent

    An enduring memory of the 12 years I spent as an educator at the Corradino Correctional Facility is that of a 19-year-old man who, several years ago, was sentenced to a prison term for having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl. I shall never...

  • Of ODZ and good use of land

    One of the classic dichotomies of all times is that ‘man made the town whereas God made the country’. It may involve a bit of stretching because a lot of divine inspiration may be evident in the towns while the country as it has come down to us,...

  • The colour is now green

    The writing is on the wall, and its colour is green. The mounting tide of the green voter is evident and has been so ever since the anti-spring hunting referendum was lost by a mere 1,111 votes last April, swung by last minute desperado political...

  • No deals, no quarter

    No deals, no quarter

    It took a young Italian couple to remind this country what a mess it is in. They got so desperate to get out that they stormed onto the airport apron to stop an aeroplane from leaving them behind. They ended up in court, of course, because this...

  • Gozo: culprit or victim?

    Gozo: culprit or victim?

    Throughout the past couple of months, I sadly observed that Gozo has featured in the media so many times and yet almost always in a negative light. I’m of course referring to the turmoil caused by the so-called ‘works for votes’ saga, which has...

  • Tribunal cats and pigeons

    The Constitutional Court, in the form of the Civil Court (i.e., not in the appeal jurisdiction, where the case might end up if the Labour government appeals the two decisions given in favour of the General Workers’ Union – not a given) has...

  • The Mepa vanishing act

    On June 15, I had the privilege of participating in a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment, which was chaired by Labour MP Marlene Farrugia. The meeting concerned the preliminary site evaluation report of the ‘American’...

  • The cost of special care

    As a parent of a young adult with disability, I am finding it interesting, while on holiday in Scotland, to follow the debate within the Moray local council on whether it is necessary to concentrate youngsters who need additional help in special...

  • Bullying at the workplace

    When someone mentions bullying, most of us are likely to immediately think in terms of childhood and school. This swift association may be due to the strong campaigns conducted over the past years that were aimed at raising awareness about this...

  • Curious case of gay conversion therapy

    The government has asked its consultative council on LGBT+ rights to draft a Bill that would make ‘gay conversion therapy’ a criminal offence. This time, the wind is blowing from the west. The Sunday Times of Malta last week published an interview...

  • Hearing the cry of the earth: we are all responsible for it

    Francis has spoken. He has spoken loudly. The Pope’s encyclical had long been in the pipeline, perhaps even as much as nearly two years. Although the environment has often been part of the social teaching of successive popes, particularly in the...

  • Shifting the goalposts

    In classical Greece, the philosopher Pythagoras divided men attending the Olympic Games into three general types: the spectators, the competitors, and the traders who come to buy and sell. He rated the spectators highest. Others also rate...

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