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Opinion

  • Social motives for Brexit

    What will the impacts of Brexit be? At this early stage, one can only guess what is likely to happen given that there are many possibilies. Britain may end up losing considerable influence at European and global levels and may experience negative...

  • On faith the trespasser

    On faith the trespasser

    In his serene response to Mgr Joseph Farrugia, scientist and researcher Joseph Caruana rightly disassociates himself from a rather hospitable and inclusive idea of ‘science’ and favours the prestigious and more specific usage of the term. Of...

  • Politics by paparazzi

    Politics by paparazzi

    Have you ever staggered out of bed, bleary-eyed, and tottered to the grocery shop round the corner for an emergency carton of milk and had a photographic record of your creased T-shirt-and-shorts pyjama combo broadcast to the rest of the world? Or...

  • What is your beach ritual?

    What is your beach ritual?

    I live for summer. I spend the whole of winter glaring at the miserable grey skies and wishing the heaving clouds away. In November when I put my flip-flops away, I’d already be counting the days to June. For the three summer months, every minute...

  • Turkey’s path to authoritarianism

    Turkey’s path to authoritarianism

    The rule of law, freedom of expression and democratic practices have been under attack over the past few years in Turkey but the conduct of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim after last week’s failed coup attempt...

  • Argonauts of Pokémon

    I once had a conversation with a student who had enrolled in the anthropology course at university, but had dropped out to study marketing a few misspent weeks later. She couldn’t see the point of spending at least three years of her life reading...

  • Historic constitutional change

    Last week we wrote history together in what was the greatest constitutional reform in 30 years. The government was elected on the pledge of strengthening the Commission for the Administration of Justice and reforming the appointment, systems of...

  • Island of petrol stations

    While the Catholic Maltese and the Knights of St John buried their dead inside the churches of Valletta, a small cemetery for Muslims existed outside the city walls. When Floriana was built, in the late 17th century, the cemetery was relocated to...

  • Festival of vomit and urine

    I’d like to live in a country where the right to a good night’s sleep is sacred; where the powers-that-be understand that property owners and residents have a first claim on their streets and a right to peace and quiet; where complaints about...

  • What matters is clicks, not facts

    Should President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thank his lucky stars, the gods or technology for quashing the coup against him last weekend? Many news outlets sang the praises of communications technology. According to a BBC report last Monday, for...

  • The failure of multiculturalism

    In the current turmoil when millions find themselves threatened and displaced to an extent not seen since the aftermath of World War II, one keeps wondering whether we have lost control completely and we keep asking ourselves: how did we get into...

  • Flying by the seat of our ‘patched’ pants…

    As an Air Malta captain of many years standing, I have become increasingly irritated, annoyed and frustrated by the current spate of ill-informed criticism we are being made to endure. It seems that some members of our society think that our...

  • Problematic law enforcement

    As a local councillor, I know that one of the things that really irritates residents is lack of law enforcement. As a citizen, I am also amazed that certain situations persist in our country. While everyone acknowledges that civic discipline is...

  • Possibly abortifacient

    I refer to Martin Scicluna’s article on the morning after pill (July 13). The title ‘Ovarian Obsessions’ is disparaging, the right-to-life lobby are “a rag-bag”, and the priests who have contributed to the discussion are “sundry clerics”. Scicluna...

  • The right not to be vilified

    The countries in Europe that continue to proscribe the vilification of religion, whichever that may be, do not do so out of religious piety or hardly on any moral considerations. The main butress in their argument for the criminal offence of such...

  • A language-disabled generation

    There were recently two separate, but ultimately related, news reports about the Maltese language. One was on the alarming decline in Maltese fluency among students (June 20) and the other on the long-awaited decisions on how English loanwords...

  • Summer of discontent

    Summer of discontent

    Writing in the British newspaper The Guardian, Philippe Marlière, professor of French and European politics at University College, London, described the reaction by French President François Hollande to the Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice as...

  • What they won’t tell you

    Those who do not believe in science need not continue reading. This article is aimed at those who value science, logic, responsibility and love. Having an unplanned or unwanted baby whether it’s because of rape, out of wedlock or in marriage or...

  • Creating the digital community

    The digital economy is an area with untappedpotential for both the European Union and Ukraine. Digital technologies, services and systems are of vital importance for social development and can create growth and jobs in all areas of economy from...

  • For more resilient children

    The relationship between education, families and poverty is well documented and researched. Many Maltese students are being failed by the system and bear the consequences all their lives. I write this opinion piece in my capacity as a parent and a...

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