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Opinion

  • Political chess player

    Objectivity and a clear vision of the actual facts are essential if one is to make a good reading of a situation. Facts listed in my latest article about Gozo and the EU were confirmed in the European Commission report on the economic and social...

  • The voice of the people

    The European Parliament elections have come and gone. The people have spoken. But what messages they have sent will be the subject of much analysis and debate in the weeks to come. Perhaps the most important message that was sent, was sent to us –...

  • Messages from the polls

    Messages from the polls

    As the dust settles on the European parliamentary elections, it is clear that the people of Malta delivered a two-fingered salute to the Opposition Nationalist Party, while for different reasons the people of Europe also stuck two fingers up at...

  • Summit to end rape in war

    The use of sexual violence in war is one of the great horrors of our age. It is hard to document, let alone investigate. Perpetrators do not discriminate because it’s not about sex but violence, terror, power and control. When rape is committed...

  • The scourge of binge drinking

    The scourge of binge drinking

    It is fortunate that the editorial on alcohol consumption in Malta (May 24) followed close on the heels of an earlier report under the optimistic and reassuring title ‘Alcohol consumption below European average’ (May 14). This editorial...

  • Laws to halt elder abuse

    This generation of older Maltese has achieved a range of remarkable accomplishments and has contributed to imp­ortant socio-economic transformations. It can never be overstated that older persons deserve to live in peace and dignity; to experience...

  • A rude awakening

    A rude awakening

    It’s really quite simple. Hunters don’t have a right to shoot birds; they have a licence issued by the government to do so. They pay their licence, while the rest of us foot the bill for the police and the army to try and stop them from blowing...

  • Pope Francis and diplomacy

    Diplomatic success is difficult to gauge. The lack of a clear framework to evaluate success is a result of the different and complex diplomatic processes which often need years, if not decades, to bear fruit. In many cases, the success of one...

  • National Book Council revival

    The National Book Council has released its first annual report since its formation by legal notice in 2001. For the first time, a comprehensive document has been compiled by the NBC to outline its work, plans, vision and financial standing in...

  • No need to go to the moon

    It may be the fact that my ageing process is rapidly catching up with my years. Or that I am becoming more grumpy than usual. But I am finding driving or being driven along the roads of Malta more of an ordeal than ever before. I say that in the...

  • There’s work to be done

    In his opinion piece of June 2, Lino Spiteri took it upon himself to pen what he assumed went on during the last PN executive meeting. Despite not having first-hand knowledge of the goings-on of same meeting, he ventured to speculate that, and I...

  • Hundred days in Rwanda

    Hundred days in Rwanda

    Refugee Day 2014, on June 20, brings to mind the 20th anniversary of one of the most horrendous genocides and refugee-producing tragedies in human history. It happened in Rwanda and went on for 100 days, from April 6 to July 16, 1994. Between...

  • Obama’s ‘commitment’ to European security

    Obama’s ‘commitment’ to European security

    US President Barack Obama’s visit to Europe last week was a symbolic, but nevertheless important reaffirmation of American commitment to the continent’s security, and served as a warning to Russia that it would face further consequences should it...

  • The lives of others on a small island

    The other day I found myself having a conversation with someone whose career had taken her from country to country in a life of considerable luxury and privilege. As is often the case with globe-trotting elites, she had developed a bent to sum up...

  • Obese? It’s probably not your fault

    We have all become terrorised by the rapid spread of the obesity epidemic and its train of health-related issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, limitation of lifestyle choices – the list goes on. In a poll published in Times...

  • Better times should lie ahead

    Despite efforts to keep the backlash expected by the Nationalist Party to its dismal result in the European Parliament election, leaving it to the party leader to try to mitigate the negative impact with measured public utterances that include...

  • Flamingos and ‘minority rights’

    Personally, I prefer birds to be flying in the air and roosting in trees, but then, of course, not everyone agrees with me. Nor do I expect that. The issue of bird shooting – I prefer using this expression rather than ‘hunting’ – has been with us...

  • Small island snippets

    It always helps to have a good sense of humour, more so when you live in Malta. How else can you get through the day after seeing what passes for serious news in this country? Take that ridiculous petition presented by the hunters last week. A...

  • Does it still take a village?

    I clearly and vividly remember the neighbourhood where I was born and lived for 20 years. It was St Anthony Street, Balzan (now I think it is called Birbal Street.) Houses were very small, just two or three rooms with a little yard converted into...

  • The start or the end?

    In April, Parliament en­dors­ed the introduction of Legal Notice 76 presented by the Minister of Education, which authorised the respective minister to access, collect, use and store data pertaining to each and every student in the education...

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