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Opinion

  • Stronger pension system

    The Pensions Strategy Group notes the article titled ‘A stronger pension system?’ by Micheal Brigulio (July 13). The report by the group is open for consultation. The group will embrace recommendations that contribute to the strengthening of...

  • Competence now irrelevant

    A piece of inherited Maltese wisdom goes, Mill-kliem għall-fatti hemm baħar jikkumbatti. It is loosely translated as ‘Words come cheap, while actions are dear’. Nothing has ever proven this statement true as much as the comparison between the...

  • Overdue censorship reform

    On July 8, Minister of Culture Owen Bonnici announced a reform of our censorship laws. The reform has to be viewed in its proper context. In the years 2009-2011 there was a spike in acts of censorship by the State, the most famous being the ban of...

  • The Jurassic debate

    I loved watching the recently-released film Jurassic World. It is being acclaimed as a summer sensation, a popcorn thriller and a dinosaur dream for all those who are thrilled by T-Rex and Triceratops. Though it has its critics, it broke numerous...

  • Bitter pill to swallow

    Bitter pill to swallow

    A recent study found that women taking oral contraceptives are attracted to faces that look less masculine. Anthony Little and colleagues found that after about three months on the ‘pill’, women started to prefer men who look more feminine. Craig...

  • A multicoloured dream

    Do not be afraid. This was the first statement that was made by the man who came from afar, Carol Wojtyla. Pope John Paul II was quoting his Mentor. Soon after His crucifixion, Jesus appeared to his bewildered and insecure apostles and He...

  • MUMN officials’ response to article

    MUMN officials’ response to article

    I refer to an online article (July 15) titled ‘Court issues warrant of seizure over assets of Times of Malta journalists at request of Paul Pace, ex-MUMN president’. In the first place, it is clear that the garnishee order in question was issued...

  • Ashes to ashes, dust to… fireworks!

    Ashes to ashes, dust to… fireworks!

    It was a one-small-step-for-man, one-giant-leap-for-mankind kind of week last week. We finally found the most elusive of them all. No, no, I’m not talking about Sai Mizzi. I’m referring to Pluto, of course. Humans – read, Americans – have now...

  • Iran nuclear deal: a triumph for patient diplomacy

    Iran nuclear deal: a triumph for patient diplomacy

    The nuclear deal between Iran and the 5 +1 world powers (US, Russia, Britain, China, France and Germany) is historic and a victory for patient diplomacy. It may not be a perfect agreement but it is without doubt a huge step in the right direction.

  • Opinions on Greece and all that

    I’m astonished at how many people seem to have an opinion on Greece. Since mid-May or so, most people I know have bandied about words like ‘Syriza’, ‘Oxi’, and especially ‘Varoufakis’ (the cool bloke with the bike, by some coincidence) as if they...

  • Freely choosing to work

    In the literary world, the idea of Greece conjures up two visions. The first is classical Greece, dotted with the ruins of ancient temples and stories of the Trojan War and the Odyssey. This is the Hellenic world of the Olympic Games, philosophers...

  • Enthusiasm and investment

    Recently, as I looked at the calendar, two dates immediately grabbed my attention. The titles read: ‘Passing out parade – Civil Protection Department’ and ‘Passing out parade – Armed Forces of Malta’. It is normal practice that as Minister for...

  • Coming home to roost

    It’s not easy to attract donations for any cause these days – least of all for political parties. There are hundreds of more worthy charitable causes competing for donations and the time-honoured raffles, bake sales and sponsored walks just don’t...

  • We should not be afraid to do God

    I had been planning to write about the eulogy President Barack Obama delivered on June 26 on the occasion of the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, but other more urgent subjects kept cropping up. Pinkney was a Demo­cratic state senator and...

  • A toenail on the property ladder...

    “Yes, this is indeed the show apartment. Exactly the same as the one you would be purchasing. Oh hang on, I’m getting ahead of myself. I should have said... exactly the same as the one you should be purchasing. “Yes, come right in... this...

  • Call that changed my life

    July 18 last year was meant to be a normal day of work. Court in the morning, meetings at party HQ in the afternoon and Joseph Calleja’s concert at the Granaries in the evening. Little did I ever expect that in the afternoon, at 5pm to be exact, I...

  • And she’s back. Not.

    And she’s back. Not.

    They sought her here, they sought her there, they sought her everywhere and, hey presto and a hey nonny no, up she popped, smug as a rabbit that’s snagged a year’s supply of carrots, to tell them that they’ve found her. It is Sai Mizzi Lang or...

  • To put the record straight

    It is unfortunate that the Alliance of Pensioners’ Associations , which should protect the interests of all pensioners, focused its assessment of the proposed pensions strategy on one issue: service pensions. In so doing, the alliance is...

  • People’s right to worship

    It is with a heavy heart that, as a practising Christian, like (hopefully) the majority of Maltese, I learned that the government, in its eagerness to modernise and secularise, is planning to decriminalise the vilification of religion. This, in...

  • Final nail in the coffin?

    Final nail in the coffin?

    Culture Minister Owen Bonnici’s announcement that the government was to scrap our antiquated obscenity laws is the final nail in the coffin, a coffin which has been in construction for the last six years. The year 2009 turned out to be great for...

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