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  • The best days of your life… or…

    “Oh, come in Bugeja.” “Yeah, mind if I sit?” “Yes, I do mind. As your headmaster, I sent for you not for a cosy, relaxed chat, but to deal with you and your recent recalcitrant behaviour.” “Deal with my what?” “Sir!” “Yeah that.” “Sir!” “Whatever…...

  • A special kind of vigilance

    Imagined, inherent traits of a group or nationality are not restricted to negative stereotypes. This belief also includes the sense that your country is somehow exceptional and better at government than everywhere else. We see this in the UK, with...

  • Perception by others

    Nigel Vella Discussing good governance while living a political earthquake, as The Sunday Times of Malta rightly put it, is indeed relevant. The shocking disclosure of Simon Busuttil’s alleged insistence for illegal party financing has opened wide...

  • Haftar will prevail in Libya

    Haftar will prevail in Libya

    Theodore Karasik, writing in Al-Arabiya raises questions about Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar’s anticipated offensive against the Libyan capital, Tripoli. While Karasik is spot on, let me add some additional context to the Libyan army commander’s...

  • Judging a book by its cover

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici’s Talking Point ‘Telling a tree by its fruit’ (March 13) gives rise to legitimate reaction and deep reflection. The Party Financing Act was certainly a positive and significant step towards addressing the...

  • Europe – what future?

    Europe – what future?

    First Brexit, then Trump and now the collapse of the Azure Window. Of course these are only three of many other man-made or naturally caused calamities afflicting us and our world over the span of just a few months. Naturally, there are those who...

  • Solid EU migration, asylum policy

    The refugee crisis in 2015 and early 2016 posed an unprecedented challenge for Europe. A strong, common and coordinated response by the European Union was needed: a comprehensive response aimed at putting an end to uncontrolled migration flows...

  • Turkey beyond Erdogan

    Turkey beyond Erdogan

    Joseph Muscat is urging the EU to engage more closely with Turkey but, as of this week that position will find even fewer takers than before. To the increasing repression within Turkey, already a source of tension with Europe, the Turkish...

  • Shattering of myths

    Shattering of myths

    In recent years, due to the global socio-political climate, the phrase ‘Muslim woman’ might conjure an image of stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated...

  • A window pain for sure

    The Azure Window at Dwejra succumbed to the forces of nature on March 8. It was swallowed by the deep blue abyss. There it joined the cave it once proudly held so high above. There was nothing we could do about it. Not even control people from...

  • Echo chamber politics

    Echo chamber politics

    As an independent commentator on the Maltese scene, I am not in the business of scoring political points or wearing my political views on my sleeve. My task is to provide informed and constructive criticism and commentary, and to cajole and if...

  • First sign of insecurity

    First sign of insecurity

    I have to reply, once more, to an article by Desmond Zammit Marmarà, a Labour Party councillor and an insider of Ċentru Nazzjonali Laburista. This follows another and similar reply to a Zammit Marmarà contribution in which he had stated that...

  • Closer look at trade union figures

    The latest report from the Registrar of Trade Unions, with a breakdown of union membership by trade union and gender, was published without much fanfare in the Government Gazette on January 20. A cursory glance would suggest good news: by June...

  • Counterculture is here

    Counterculture is here

    The days of total liberal hegemonic rule are fast coming to an end, as it seems like the dissident, mischievous, fresh youths will be the ones to spearhead the battle against the continually faltering leftist establishment. Indeed, Generation Z...

  • Language tampering

    Language tampering

    As a seed germinates through the surface of the soil, its seedling in time matures into the plant its genome is programmed to become. In similar autochthonous behaviour language sprouts through the fertile soil of sound, intonation, tonality,...

  • Telling a tree by its fruit

    Politics is about doing. Politics is about making decisions, delivering change. Until 2013, Malta was one of the few countries that did not have a regulatory system on political party registration and financing. Greco, the anti-corruption entity...

  • Impacts of development?

    Does the Planning Authority analyse the impacts of development? A minimalistic perspective would argue that it does. The Authority consults with stakeholders such as the Environment and Resources Authority, the Superintendence of Cultural...

  • Legal research methods

    Legal research methods

    Traditionally, the subject of legal research methods as studied at the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta was quite a straightforward exercise. It pertained to what in the literature is called ‘doctrinal research’ or the ‘black letter’...

  • No one noticed when it was born

    No one noticed when it was born

    Five hundred years ago, some time in the beginning of the 16th century, no one thought much of Gozo, unless you were a furban, that is, and used it as a pirate playground. It was then truly the island where time stood still, because, well,...

  • A house divided cannot stand

    Carmel Caccopardo from Alternattiva Demokratika has challenged me to say what I think about last week’s storm. Not the one that took away the Azure Window, but the other one that laid bare the 50 years of a rotten political system. In all fairness...

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