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Opinion

  • Plan needed for ODZ

    Plan needed for ODZ

    Many moons ago, while undertaking a study on the restructuringof the quarrying industry, quarry owners expressed concerns that any increase in the cost of stone blocks, resulting from price liberalisation, would negatively affect their sales. The...

  • Aged, active and contributing

    As a family doctor, I frequently meet people of all ages and creeds who like discussing social issues while they’re being diagnosed or medicated. When some time ago I was visiting such an elderly lady who was quite vociferous in her views, the...

  • Unsung heroes of aid

    Ramona Sunderwith, an American volunteer doctor and trainer says: “I’m a physician, who long ago decided to work in resource-constrained settings with disenfranchised populations.” Serata Silla, a nurse born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and who...

  • Of affluent rats and man

    I was still in my early teens. Television was still black and white. But I still clearly remember a documentary based on Konrad Lorenz’s studies on animal behaviour. Konrad Lorenz (November 7, 1903 – February 27, 1989) hailed from Austria. Besides...

  • Oppressed turns oppressor

    Let my people go, Moses told the pharaoh. The Jewish people then spent 40 years wandering in the desert until they reached the Canaan land where they lived and flourished. During the Roman occupation, the Jewish people revolted against the Roman...

  • Appalling death sentences in Egypt

    Appalling death sentences in Egypt

    Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first demo­crati­cally elected president, was sentenced to death last week, together with more than 100 others, over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and later brought Morsi’s Muslim...

  • The commonwealth of Sadeen

    This is a direct quote (my translation) taken from the Prime Minister’s speech in Marsascala a week ago: “There can be no place for monopolies in Malta today, and certainly not for those that have to do with university education. I’ve a feeling...

  • Migration: A credibility test for Europe

    Over the years, Malta and Italy sought to have the European Union recognise that the migration issues they confront is a European one that should be addressed at a European level. It is tragic that thousands perished in the Mediterranean before...

  • Gardens in our midst

    The idea of transforming Floriana into a ‘garden city’ is very attractive. Floriana already has some lovely public gardens, including Argotti Gardens and the Mall. It was reported in this newspaper last week that a group of young architects have...

  • Silence over Christians’ persecution

    The Holy Land, the birthplace of Jesus, is becoming a land without Christians. The persecution of Christians has become global. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Vatican Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, declared recently that the...

  • Yet another indecent proposal

    I felt like a break from all the talk about alternative sites for Sadeen and Joseph Muscat minions telling me off for not spending every waking hour at Żonqor (which they want to hand over to Jordanian contractors). So I decided to go to watch...

  • Cheap sale of our children’s inheritance

    The statement released last Wednesday by the inter-diocesan Commission for the Environment (KA) with the full backing of the Justice and Peace Commission (an important detail ignored by the media) is perhaps the most holistic, crisp and pungent...

  • Let’s go Dutch

    Let’s go Dutch

    In the past we wanted Malta to be a Switzerland in the Mediterranean; in the present we want it to be the China of the Med. Both are clichés, and we succumb to them because we’re always thinking ‘Money!’ Post world recession, that is uncool; we...

  • Ready and stripped for action...

    Just lately I was struck by a series of ads in a local newspaper – Not this one or its sister mercifully – The first lot appeared in the sits vac. column and I shall reproduce them below. The second ones appeared in coloured box ads and were...

  • EU Libya action unrealistic

    On Monday morning in Brussels, the European Union’s foreign and defence ministers met amid fanfare to announce decisive military action to tackle the migrant crisis. But that action will not happen until July. And even then only if the UN agrees,...

  • Words and only words

    Words and only words

    Premier Muscat is quite the wordsmith, you have to admit. He can say pretty much anything he likes and the world at large swoons at his feet, dazzled at his perspicacity and sheer marketing brilliance. A stonking great majority of 36,000 voting...

  • Choose the environment

    Our mind instinctively labels things and categorises them to ease the process of digesting and storing information. While this process makes sense insofar as objects are concerned, we should never categorise persons. Which is why I find this whole...

  • Do please listen to us

    Do please listen to us

    This year the National Trust celebrates 50 years of Operation Neptune. Set up in 1965 as a reaction to the increasing development along the coastline, the launch was enthusiastically taken up and captured the imagination of people in Britain who...

  • Clean, safe bathing waters

    Clean, safe bathing waters

    If you are planning a summer holiday, you are quite possibly thinking about going to the coast. You go there in the hope – or the knowledge – that the bathing waters will be clean and safe and that your swimming experience will be a pleasant...

  • We’re giving you wealth

    We’re giving you wealth

    What do you do when someone makes an extraordinarily dubious statement but with the air of speaking common sense? Two things, as a rule. First, you look around to see if you’re the only one who thinks that what’s been said is peculiar. If everyone...

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