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Opinion

  • Horrific sound of silence

    As the world watches the escalating human catastrophe of the people of Iraq, in the name of Allah, ISIS continues in its unstoppable cold-blooded rampage, starving and murdering innocent children and massacring all non-Muslims. The news headlines...

  • ‘We will remember them’

    ‘We will remember them’

    When the Governor of Malta announced the outbreak of hostilities on August 5, 1914 which was, unbeknown to those listening, to signal the start of World War I, the Daily Malta Chronicle reported that “it evoked a spontaneous outburst of enthusiasm...

  • Apathy of western world

    Apathy of western world

    On July 20, during his Sunday homily from the Vatican, Pope Francis cried out loud and clear to an indifferent and apathetic world to listen to the cries of persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria by a fanatical jihadist army known as ISIS, also...

  • Common (Labour) good

    Common (Labour) good

    When Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was campaigning in Żurrieq for the European Parliament elections, something unfortunate happened: he suffered radiation burns in both eyes. He described this experience “like blades slashing” his eyes. Muscat was...

  • Assisted-dying debate

    Western societies are increasingly coming to believe that, given appropriate safeguards, terminally-ill persons should have the right to die. This is the culmination of liberalism; it gives supreme consideration to the individual’s right to...

  • The comedy of pillows

    The comedy of pillows

    The drama around Konrad Mizzi’s wife keeps us entertained through the summer. And this al fresco merriment is certainly not cheap. It is theatre in high places, tearful and tragic, yet teasing and comic at the same time. Good stuff for an...

  • Did we treat old man fairly?

    An interesting online debate ensued after Saturday’s Times of Malta published a front page story entitled: ‘83-year-old admits hit-and-run in Lija’. This was a follow up to an item that was carried the previous day which showed dramatic CCTV...

  • More women in politics

    In March 2014, the Maltese electorate gave a resounding thumbs-up to four female Maltese candidates out of the six elected to the European Parliament. A month later the second female President of Malta was sworn into office. It is with great...

  • A futile war in Gaza

    A futile war in Gaza

    The resumption of air strikes in Gaza by Israel after Hamas fired rockets following the end of a three-day truce on Friday morning is very unfortunate and dashed hopes of some type of permanent truce between the two sides. It was hoped that the...

  • Councils in search of an idea

    Finally, we can breathe again. It seems that the Birkirkara, Santa Venera, and Fleur-de-Lys local councils have ironed out their differences over what to christen the arch they intend to build on a roundabout in the demilitarised zone. The...

  • Facing the new Libya crisis

    Three years ago this month, Muammar Gaddafi finally lost his 42-year-grip on Libya’s capital, Tripoli. The previous six months had been one of extraordinary crisis for Libya’s people, struggling for freedom in the face of ruthless violence. The...

  • All that glitters is not…

    Every so often, it is good to step back from the commentary of the latest economic statistics in order to place the numbers in their perspective. When analysing the latest labour market developments, one realises that developments are not as good...

  • O Sliema, where art thou?

    This summer, Sliema has increasingly reminded me of Amity Island – the fictional beach resort that was terrorised at the height of its summer tourist season by a man-eating Great White. Jaws changed the world’s understanding and perception, not...

  • Invasion of the beach snatchers

    This year it looks like the invasion of the beach and kiosk furniture. Venture anywhere near the seaside and you’ll find sunloungers in a relentless march across the shore. Umbrellas are being staked across new territory as concession owners...

  • Balance in journalism? It’s fiction

    “Facts are the centre. Facts. We don’t pretend that certain facts are in dispute to give the appearance of fairness to people who don’t believe them. Balance is irrelevant to me. It doesn’t have anything to do with truth, logic or reality.” It was...

  • Tragedy over Ukraine: facts vs fiction

    I must admit that the article by Michael Falzon (‘Tragedy born of recklessness’, The Sunday Times of Malta, August 3) in response to my letter in Times of Malta related to the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane left me quite perplexed. Trying...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    This week’s highlight – or rather, lowlight from my point of view – was the news that Studio Ghibli is no more. Well, not precisely no more. Media reports about what is happening there are so ambiguous that it’s anyone’s guess whether...

  • ‘Kuraġġ!’ and other words that should never be uttered

    ‘Kuraġġ!’ and other words that should never be uttered

    It’s a word which is always at the tip of our tongues in the face of adversity. “Kuraġġ!”, we love saying to the afflicted person with a slight tilt of the head, our faces etched with a tinge of pity. “Kuraġġ!” we say again, this time squeezing...

  • The curse of the frequent flier...

    Try as I may I cannot, for the life of me, understand why some commercial retailers – and selective service industries, resort to promoting their wares/services via door-to-door fliers. I, plus most of my friends and acquaintances, normally never...

  • When tragedies are politicised

    I read with interest yesterday’s Talking Point by Victor Carachi, president of the General Workers’ Union, as it gives a very good glimpse of the GWU’s partisan agenda. Carachi dedicates the first part of his article to accuse Opposition leader...

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