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Opinion

  • Our European differences

    Racism comes in all shapes and sizes. It is just another type of discrimination. The most common form of it is, of course, the one where ‘white’ people are at the top, with everyone down below. This is the type we are most familiar with for a...

  • The master manipulators

    You find them everywhere and throughout your life: manipulative people with their own agenda looking to get something out of you. The more you encounter these people, the more you realise their tactics go further than just flattery and false...

  • More equal than others

    When a ruling elite is in trouble it can resort to various tactics to save face. Some tactics, such as taking responsibility for one’s actions, are honourable, while others, such as resorting to counter-attack, can say a lot about the real...

  • A national consensus

    I always thank God that my children grew up in an atmosphere of relative stability in this country, where confrontational politics belonged to the past. People my age, the youths of the 1970s and 1980s, will never forget the way politics ruined...

  • Interviewer’s delusions

    You are about to make an important decision regarding the hiring of a new employee and the time has come for the critical face-to-face meeting. If you could choose a single question to ask the potential new employee from the following 10...

  • Will we become suspicious?

    Will we become suspicious?

    Until CNN came along, we watched international news on Rai Uno. This meant that I grew up with anchor Lily Gruber, tilting her head, dangling her earrings and telling us in that sexy voice of hers that “un altra bomba è scattata” in Northern...

  • Europe’s values under attack

    Europe’s values under attack

    The terrible terrorist bomb attacks in Brussels last Tuesday which killed 31 people and injured 300 should lead to a reassessment of Belgian and European intelligence and security operations and co-operation, as well as a thorough look at Belgian...

  • When expropriation is madness

    I was not at all scandalised to read that an acre of foreshore at Delimara was up for sale. Surprised, possibly. The place is known to locals as Xifer l-Infern (‘the edge of hell’) and the asking price of €422,000 seemed a bit steep, even for such...

  • Brussels a shock but no surprise

    The terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels last Tuesday have shocked the continent but not surprised it. With the tragic events of last November in Paris still fresh in the collective memory of Europeans, the attacks in Brussels somehow...

  • Ping-pong over planning

    Planning matters regularly crop up as a bête noire of the political arena. In the electoral campaign of 2008, it was evident that the environment was a force to be reckoned with. After a series of street demonstrations and Jeffrey Pullicino...

  • On the road to sustainability

    A few years ago, Enemalta was at a crossroads. Consecutive increases in electricity tariffs were having no comforting effect on the entity’s spiralling debts. Rising theft losses, uncollected revenues, unpaid taxes, a reliance on old, inefficient...

  • The terrorists next door

    The collective response of Europeans to the Brussels attacks is: “Kick them out. Ship them back home. Lock them out.” And yes, during these times when fear and death stalk innocent men, women and children going about their everyday lives, it seems...

  • When God breaks His silence

    The Portuguese Jesuit, Sebastian Rodrigues, is the central character of Shusaku Endõ’s 1966 novel titled Silence, considered to be one of the best Catholic novels of the past 100 years. Rodrigues and Francisco Garrpe went to Japan in 1638 endowed...

  • When is a tree not a tree?...

    This is the transcript of the minutes of a special emergency session of the Ħas Siġra local council meeting of February 5, 2016. Present: Mayor Mr Abram Said Degiorgio, BSc, NGO, HSBC; Deputy mayor Ms Delilah Costa Sangiovese; Councillor Ms...

  • Enquiry and knowledge

    The university’s Cotto­nera Resource Centre at Vittoriosa held a community education project focusing on Holy Week, a theme that served as the springboard for venturing into different areas of enquiry and knowledge. I would like to think that the...

  • And in conclusion...

    I didn’t go to the late Archbishop’s funeral. It’s not as if I’m a national leader, after all, duty-bound to observe protocol and lead the nation in mourning for one of its distinguished sons. I didn’t know the gentleman personally, either. My...

  • It never rains, it pours

    The lack of rain this winter has become a great concern for many social leaders. Parched valleys, dried cisterns, empty wells, wilted vegetation, worried farmers, are just a harbinger of things to come during the coming hottest months of the year.

  • Safe home for the elderly

    The recent tragic circumstances of an elderly man who was found dead weeks after his demise has shocked the whole nation. Once again, this has brought on the national agenda the debate about fragility and insecurity of our senior citizens as well...

  • Mean but no pushback

    Mean but no pushback

    For Maltese voters, there’s something puzzling about the Prime Minister’s description of the just concluded agreement, between the EU and Turkey, about the migrants flooding into Europe via Turkey through Greece. Some background - in terms of...

  • Wanted: Serious Prime Minister

    Wanted: Serious Prime Minister

    Imagine a serious country led by a serious prime minister, wherever in the world. Not Malta. The Prime Minister’s chief of staff and the energy minister visit Azerbaijan on government business. They keep the visit under wraps. They only admit the...

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