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Opinion

  • Responsible policymaking

    Responsible policymaking

    In his article entitled ‘The employment debate’ (September 2), Education and Employment Minister Evarist Bartolo claimed that the Opposition gets an ‘A’ for negativity and an ‘F’ for policymaking. I find it ironic for the minister to describe the...

  • In search of quality?

    The government has approved new building heights for hotels stating that this measure can solve the issue of their economic viability and improve the quality of Malta’s offer. At the same time, there are schemes in the offing that will develop the...

  • Something about Islam...

    Something about Islam...

    Writing a syndicated op-ed a month after 9/11, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama argued that the terrorist attacks did not disprove his theory that history had come to a kind of end. There was, he said, no realistic alternative to the...

  • Muzzling democracy?

    Muzzling democracy?

    Malta has recently been hit by a spate of court cases involving abuse of minors. I am not going to write about the merits of the individual cases. Since I was not there to witness any alleged incidents, it would be presumptuous to attempt an...

  • Suicide can be stopped

    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Few are aware of this, despite one person committing suicide every 42 seconds worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. A total of 804,000 individuals take their own life across the world...

  • Libya, threats and neutrality

    Libya, threats and neutrality

    Libya is ablaze and out of control. The polarisation of forces fighting each other has deepened. For several weeks, Tripoli has been battered by militias. The international airport has been destroyed. There has been an exodus of Libyans and almost...

  • A historic tourist plan

    A historic tourist plan

    Over the years, Malta has stumbled and bumbled along, creating a tourism market without really knowing what ideas and attractions we want to promote as a prime attraction. Problems in neighbouring competing countries have helped us, as well as the...

  • Who is assisting who?

    When it comes to Europeans and Africa, the power of popular myths has always been important. Historically, we had the ‘civilising mission’ of Europe in Africa myth; we have also had the ‘African overpopulation threatens us all’ myth and now we...

  • Stoned on Labour

    Stoned on Labour

    The General Workers’ Union has really lost the plot. Last week, its newspaper, l-orizzont, was applauding itself with a front-page splash because three Bulgarian beggars were arraigned after it had photographed them begging in Valletta. Beggars...

  • No justice in Palestine

    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made a trip to Israel the other day, meeting Israeli tech entrepreneurs. He told the press in Jerusalem: “If Hamas halted the rockets, Israel would not attack them. Peace.” Israel would like us to believe that. In...

  • The point of Earth Overshoot Day

    Stephen Hawking, leading physicist and cosmologist, states that it is time for humans to seriously consider going to live in space. The reason is that earth is a fragile planet unable to withstand continued human abuse for more than 1,000...

  • It’s time for direct action

    There was a perfect example of socio-economic juxtapositioning on page three of the September 4 edition of this newspaper. The page led with the banner headline ‘Budget to target welfare dependency – Scicluna’. It was followed by the page’s second...

  • Realities of depression

    The whole world was shocked by the demise of Robin Williams. Not only because he passed away but primarily because not many knew that throughout his lifetime he was battling depression. And this is not a surprise because many people who suffer...

  • How Malta has changed

    Perhaps nothing is more effective in portraying what independence achieved for Malta and the Maltese than going back in time to 1964. Those who, like me, are nearing 60, can appreciate this much more than younger people who did not live in those...

  • Evolution not revolution

    God’s creation is wonderful indeed. The solar system, of which our earth is but a small part, is vast, varied and orderly and, yet, this system is but one of hundreds of millions, some of which are incalculably larger than it. The countless...

  • Ending this pointless war in Ukraine

    Ending this pointless war in Ukraine

    Friday’s signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels at a meeting in Minsk is certainly welcome and one hopes that it will be the start of a diplomatic solution to this conflict. The plan includes a...

  • On friends of Malta and all that

    Rather condescending that Cecilia Malmström. I really wonder why she felt the need to tell us she came as a friend of Malta. (Did she also bring beads and tobacco?) I’ve a feeling someone whispered in her ear what sort of comments and venom her...

  • Muslim friends and fundamentalism

    My experience in human relations in Milan with our Muslim brothers and sisters is quite similar to the trends in Malta. I have some good Muslim friends working at San Raffaele Hospital and God gave me the grace to receive two of them in the...

  • Why play politics all the time?

    Free elections are one of the guarantees that the country which holds them is a practising democracy, though they are not proof enough. But without them democracy does not exist. We are about to get further proof of that in Hong Kong where China’s...

  • When to err is not human at all

    A close friend of mine, who happens to be a very good lawyer, once told me a story which has stayed with me since, and which I am reminded of every time a child abuse case explodes in the media. At the time, he and his wife lived in an apartment...

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