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Opinion

  • The village social fabric

    The idyllic Maltese village life as portrayed in the classics of Maltese literature has long been lost. The peaceful scenes of a rural landscape where time seemed to stand still under a blue Mediterranean sky have given way to ones of creeping...

  • Solutions in health care

    Last January, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil told us in no uncertain terms that one of the PN’s priorities would be the dignity of patients at Mater Dei Hospital. It was unacceptable, he said that, because of bed shortages, in certain instances...

  • Campaigns and their impact

    Writing ahead of the results, I will look into the impacts of the spring hunting referendum campaigns. For this purpose, I refer to concepts used in scholarly literature on social movements, namely sensitising impacts, procedural impacts,...

  • Privatisation of education

    With Malta’s expenditure on education at six per cent of the country’s GDP, many are questioning the return on current investment in education. Debates on the high rates of early school-leavers and academic underachievement have, at times, yielded...

  • Labour’s schoolyard bully

    We have all suffered it, witnessed it or been a part of it at some point in our lives. Be it at home, at school, in social circles or at work, there always seems to be that someone who bullies his or her way through things and situations and who...

  • Syria, four years later

    Syria, four years later

    It is indeed tragic and heart-breaking that as the Syrian civil war enters its fifth year the possibility of a political solution seems extremely remote. The conflict in Syria is one of the worst crises of the post-war era and represents a massive...

  • Gay’s the new sensible

    There is something exceptionally wrong about the government’s pandering to the gay lobby. That something is the rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing in Floriana, which is triumphalist and possibly a danger to both drivers and pedestrians. Other...

  • On the road to excellence?

    It is pointless talking about ‘excellence’ in various sectors of the economy, or discussing the establishment of six-star hotels and attracting high net worth individuals when the roads we have are in the dire state they are. The criteria for...

  • Changing identity matters

    Islamic State militants have bulldozed the ancient site of Nimrud in Iraq. They also attacked Hatra, another World Heritage site, and destroyed artefacts in the museum in Mosul. IS has released propaganda footage showing antique statues being...

  • Missing court documents – a reality

    Michela Spiteri (‘Favouring the law’s delay’, The Sunday Times of Malta, March 22) hit the nail on the head when proposing ‘cosmetic changes’ in court procedures. I refer to her proposal that the original court file should never leave the judge’s...

  • Leave them kids alone

    It’s a funny old world. Back in 1979, rock band Pink Floyd was telling teachers to “leave them kids alone”. Their greatest hit Another Brick in the Wall was a protest against a rigid educational system that churned out conformist individuals...

  • ‘A battle going on’ in the Church

    A friend of mine knowledgeable in matters of history told me that during the Council of Trent, discussions sometimes became so intense that they developed into a scuffle or two. Similar and worse stories abound about the Christological...

  • How often do you change your jeans?

    How often do you change your jeans?

    I have nine pairs of blue jeans. I just counted them now. Somehow though, I’m always wearing the same one. But after I read an interview with Sandy Powell, the Oscar-winning costume designer, I no longer have hang-ups about it. Powell told the...

  • Giving power to the people

    Interview room number four at Police HQ, Floriana: Present: Detective Superintendent Martin Carachi Montebello, Constable Jesmond Decleppo Paris, Dr George Sciberras Degabrielle LLD, Mr Gianni Merceica Plonk. Interrogation of Mr Merceica Plonk, in...

  • More CCTV cameras needed

    With the dramatic security environment chan­­ging around the Mediterranean littoral, it is inevitable that organised crime will increase in Malta. Running in parallel with potential terrorism activity and strikes, there need to be countermeasures...

  • Who will they vote for?

    Who will they vote for?

    And there you were, thinking that you were rid of me, this Saturday, because today is polling day and our law assumes that you’re so susceptible to my blandishments that if I were to tell you to vote for Bloggs, Joe of the Raving Loony Party,...

  • A word of difference

    A word of difference

    I have always believed that terminology can have a huge impact on the way we treat others but it also reflects our knowledge (or lack of it) in a particular field. This becomes even more evident when we tackle vulnerable sectors such as the area...

  • New Malta-China Silk Road

    Over 2,000 years ago, the ancient Silk Road was explored and opened for the people of Eurasia. Since then, this road has contributed greatly to the prosperity and development of the countries along its routes both on sea and on land. It has played...

  • When depression strikes

    When depression strikes

    When faced with ad-verse or catastrophic events, such as the Germanwings tragedy, we naturally ask the why questions and tend to jump to oversimplistic conclusions and unreasonable generalisations. Indeed, this is a defence mechanism to help us...

  • The Maltese diaspora

    The government of Malta never forgot the many thousands of Maltese who left the islands’ shores to seek work in other countries around the world. The exodus was so huge that in countries like Australia, Canada and America another Malta was...

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