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Opinion

  • Decision time for Scotland

    It is decision time for Scotland. Is it going to be a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ for independence? The latest polls are suggesting that it is too close to call. An unthinkable scenario up until recently, the prevalence of the ‘Yes’ camp all of a sudden...

  • The empire strikes back – again

    Russia’s intervention in Ukraine was one of two important issues discussed by leaders from 28 countries gathered for a Nato meeting in Wales earlier this month, after which Nato issued a statement saying that the leaders and the alliance “stand...

  • September diary

    I suppose that by today’s standards, Valerie Trierweiler has come out a winner. By writing a tell-all book about her relationship with French President François Hollande she has hit ever so many birds with one stone. First there’s the way...

  • Rainbow, river, pilgrim, Areopagus

    In the hustle and bustle of everyday parlance and argumentation, one tends to forget that at the basis of every issue that is raised in the political, cultural, economic or any other sphere of society there is probably a philosophical perspective...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    So Neil Patrick Harris finally married his partner David Burtka and the whole world celebrated with him. It never ceases to amaze me how the actor is loved universally. We all remember him as Doogie Howser – cue the oohs and aaahs of über cuteness...

  • Independence days ahead

    Independence days ahead

    In between discussing whether Kate Middleton will be coming to Malta and exclaiming how immaculate our freshly-painted roads now look and how long will they last, we vaguely try to remember the original reason for this royal visit. Err, what was...

  • Conduct unbecoming a guest...

    “So the felony... misdemeanour... whatever... occurred on a solemn and prestigious occasion, you say Sergeant Scrote Refalo?” “Oh indeed Onorevoli. It occurred at the climax of the laying of the foundation stone of the brand new public...

  • EU sanctions: timely, needed

    This week, the European Union imposed further sanctions on Russia. This decision followed months of destabilisation of Ukraine by Russia, and months of political and diplomatic efforts to restore peace and stability. The EU did not take this step...

  • Just don’t rock the boat

    Just don’t rock the boat

    Except for a letter on Wednesday saying that its author had checked out the Spanish bus company and found it wasn’t exactly an enormous outfit, we don’t know much about them. What we do know, however, is that this newspaper’s sister-on-Sunday had...

  • The birth of a nation

    The birth of a nation

    Fifty years ago I was there. Not only to celebrate the birth of a nation when, at the Independence Arena, in Floriana, watched by over 100,000 people, the Union Jack was lowered and the red and white Maltese flag was raised on the same flagpole to...

  • Cure self-inflicted sickness

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry recently reviewed the comprehensive document published by the Malta Employers’ Association entitled ‘Proposed amendments to the Employment & Industrial Relations Act 2002 (EIRA)’. The document...

  • New way of doing things

    New way of doing things

    What worried me most about the article by Nationalist MP Charlo Bonnici were the endless inaccuracies and false allegations he made. It also seems to be completely out of sync with his own earlier statements on the same subject both publicly and...

  • Responsible policymaking

    Responsible policymaking

    In his article entitled ‘The employment debate’ (September 2), Education and Employment Minister Evarist Bartolo claimed that the Opposition gets an ‘A’ for negativity and an ‘F’ for policymaking. I find it ironic for the minister to describe the...

  • In search of quality?

    The government has approved new building heights for hotels stating that this measure can solve the issue of their economic viability and improve the quality of Malta’s offer. At the same time, there are schemes in the offing that will develop the...

  • Something about Islam...

    Something about Islam...

    Writing a syndicated op-ed a month after 9/11, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama argued that the terrorist attacks did not disprove his theory that history had come to a kind of end. There was, he said, no realistic alternative to the...

  • Muzzling democracy?

    Muzzling democracy?

    Malta has recently been hit by a spate of court cases involving abuse of minors. I am not going to write about the merits of the individual cases. Since I was not there to witness any alleged incidents, it would be presumptuous to attempt an...

  • Suicide can be stopped

    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Few are aware of this, despite one person committing suicide every 42 seconds worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. A total of 804,000 individuals take their own life across the world...

  • Libya, threats and neutrality

    Libya, threats and neutrality

    Libya is ablaze and out of control. The polarisation of forces fighting each other has deepened. For several weeks, Tripoli has been battered by militias. The international airport has been destroyed. There has been an exodus of Libyans and almost...

  • A historic tourist plan

    A historic tourist plan

    Over the years, Malta has stumbled and bumbled along, creating a tourism market without really knowing what ideas and attractions we want to promote as a prime attraction. Problems in neighbouring competing countries have helped us, as well as the...

  • Who is assisting who?

    When it comes to Europeans and Africa, the power of popular myths has always been important. Historically, we had the ‘civilising mission’ of Europe in Africa myth; we have also had the ‘African overpopulation threatens us all’ myth and now we...

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