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Opinion

  • Roots of Libya’s present

    Roots of Libya’s present

    In the run-up to the 2012 US presidential election, Barack Obama gave privileged access to a Vanity Fair writer, who obliged with a lengthy puff piece. In between a game of basketball and a tour of the Obama family rooms, the President ruminated...

  • Malta deserves better

    Let us for a second go back to the 2013 general election. The writing on the wall was very clear: the Labour Party was going to win by a landslide. Led by a new, young and charismatic leader and boosted by a sleek and effective electoral campaign,...

  • Major projects for Gozo

    Gozitans usually benefit from government decisions that are meant to affect the whole country and the people in general. However, projects aimed specifically at Gozo are very rare. Indeed, I can only recall two such instances... with a third...

  • Water challenges we face

    Water has become a major resource challenge for our societies. A total of 780 million people in the world have no access to drinking water inside their homes, 2,600 million people have no access to sanitation and one-third of water transported is...

  • Memories of Malta

    Memories of Malta

    Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the launch of my friend Peter Apap Bologna’s first volume of his autobiography, Memories 1941-1973. Not since Herbert Ganado’s Rajt Malta Tinbidel (which covered life in Malta during the first three...

  • Spelling not top priority

    The recent contributions on the Maltese language have obviously been interesting, and, considering the calibre of the contributors, most illuminating too. I would like to add two points to the ongoing debate. One. We cannot deny that English words...

  • The masters of prediction

    Politicians hailing from the Nationalist Party never fail to remind me of those ancient seers who conjured up apocalyptic scenarios or prophesised terrible outcomes. Two years ago, the PN’s prowess in prediction seemed to be at its peak. We were...

  • Is it only about birds?

    Throughout the spring hunting referendum campaign we have been bombarded with all sorts of data and images. We have seen disturbing images of dead or injured birds with gunshot wounds, soliciting indignation and disgust, and in the case of our...

  • Strawberry fields for our Labour

    Strawberry fields for our Labour

    You’ve got to hand it to Labour, they do have a road map after all. It is not to be found in that blue-skies, green-pastures swindle of an electoral programme perversely titled Malta Tagħna Lkoll butit certainly exists. Slowly, the package is...

  • Hunger for global action

    Hunger for global action

    Brazil is out of the map of hunger of the United Nations. This was declared recently by former president Ignatius Lula da Silva in a video conference he gave to the Italian authorities in preparation for Expo 2015. Lula gave a synthesis of how...

  • Duty towards local councils

    Inhabitants in half of the localities spread out across Malta and Gozo will soon be going to the polling booths to cast their vote and elect a new set of councillors to handle their needs on the respective local council. Over 300 candidates are...

  • Why Maltese are overweight

    Sadly, while Malta punches well above its weight in a number of areas, the Maltese are also well above their (ideal) weight as a population. Maltese children are among the most overweight in the world, ranked second in the obesity stakes, with...

  • Equity in education

    Times of Malta reported on March 12 that only 44 per cent of students who go on to study at Sixth Form finish their course. While 86 per cent of school leavers go to Sixth Form, seven per cent enter employment and another seven per cent –...

  • Socar: deal or no deal

    The Energy Minister is hard to believe. Konrad Mizzi had no defence to his failure on delivering the power station on time, with the clock still ticking and, to make matters worse, he keeps defending the indefensible in the latest Socar deal. His...

  • Remembering Crimea

    A year ago, the Kremlin helped stage an illegal and illegitimate ‘referendum’ in Crimea that culminated in Russia annexing Crimea from Ukraine, redrawing the map of Europe by force and deepening the burgeoning crisis in east Ukraine. The so-called...

  • Netanyahu’s shameful U-turn

    Netanyahu’s shameful U-turn

    The victory in Israel of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party, which took many observers by surprise, has made the possibility of a peace agreement with the Palestinians even more remote and has created a new dilemma for both...

  • You cannot be serious, man

    Last Tuesday’s Times Talk was something of a journalistic scoop. It told us what we already knew, but it also told us that what we knew was not necessarily true. Simon Busuttil is in a very difficult position, for three reasons. First, a good...

  • Has multiculturalism failed us?

    It is becoming fairly obvious that we seem to be at a loss what to do about migrants that land unwanted and unwelcomed on our shores. Nations around the world have taken diametrically opposite views as to how to tackle this urgent problem. In...

  • The Marsa spin party

    The fires at Marsa are out, and the power station has stopped belching smoke and flames. Tearful employees said goodbye, having struggled with this iron monster for decades, like a friendly dragon which they cared for in spite of its faults. An...

  • Favouring the law’s delay. . .

    It was a matter of time before Mr Justice J.R.’ Micallef made the news. With initials like those, you’re bound to make the headlines, sooner or later, in Texas or in Malta. His name popped up quite a few times in the media last week: first when he...

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