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Opinion

  • Help definitely needed

    Help definitely needed

    The crisis in Libya, an extension or expansion of the ongoing tragedy that has engulfed Syria, Iraq and other troubled areas, has brought home to us, blithely bobbing about imitating the world’s umbilicus, that the world is not such a nice place,...

  • Great year for tourism

    Tourism has now established itself firmly as the key pillar of Malta’s economy, and last year’s official statistics show that this sector is as solid and robust as ever. During 2014, Malta has hosted 1.71 million visitors, a staggering 7.8 per...

  • Valletta deserves better

    Open air markets are an intrinsic element of most European cities. The Campo dei Fiori market in Rome is one such market; selling all sorts of things including cheeses, flowers, aprons and other wares. The temporary stalls are simple and the...

  • CHOGM venue’s chance

    CHOGM venue’s chance

    From November 27 to 29, Malta will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) with the theme ‘Adding Global Value’, which will discuss the future of the Commonwealth. The major locality of this gathering of heads of state is Fort St...

  • Cities are for people

    Cities are for people

    Our capital city, like any other, has to cater to the needs of the residents living there, people from other parts of Malta and Gozo, tourists, government and other interest groups. It is very natural for these different wants and needs to...

  • Elders’ everyday obstacles

    We are all aware that today around 25 per cent of our Maltese citizens are elderly. Times have changed. Married women are being encouraged to go out to work, not only to earn a living and contribute towards the common good of the nation, but also...

  • Amnesty: victims or villains?

    There have been several reactions since the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, about a month ago, announc­ed that it was preparing to launch a limited amnesty of sorts. It gave as the main reason the fact that it had thousands of...

  • Libya, the UN and Egypt

    Libya, the UN and Egypt

    On Sunday, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, told a press conference that he had requested the League to activate the joint Arab defence treaty in order to address the Libya crisis and the other theatres of war involving...

  • Tsipras and Europe

    Tsipras and Europe

    The result of the Greek election sent shockwaves across Europe. In the first few weeks since the government took office, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Minister for Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, embarked on a short tour of European capitals to...

  • Malta can rise to challenge

    The arrival of terrorist organisation Islamic State in Libya is of deep concern. The horrific murder of 21 Egyptians shows that barbaric extremists are now in effective control of cities a few hundred miles away from Malta, and therefore the...

  • ‘If it flies, then it dies’

    ‘If it flies, then it dies’

    Twelve years ago, under the leadership of then prime minister Eddie Fenech Adami, Malta was locked in a referendum campaign to ensure the country voted in favour of joining the European Union. Like independence, 40 years before, this was a pivotal...

  • Fuel price stability a myth

    Fuel price stability a myth

    Want the truth about fuel prices? Here it is in one simple graph. So much is being said about the price of automotive fuels that sometimes we miss the wood for the trees. While it does make sense to hedge against heavy fuel oil and gas oil prices...

  • A tale of two different languages

    English loanwords should be spelt in Maltese. Retaining the English spelling and italicising them or, worse, placing them in inverted commas is just wrong and I shall explain why. Maltese is, by and large, aphonetic language. It has a mostly...

  • We must stand for truth

    World politics used to be played like a chess game with players thinking 10 moves ahead. Post-September 11, 2001, international affairs have become more akin to the simplest bat and ball game, where the objective is to hit the ball and run as fast...

  • Muscat’s road to war

    Muscat’s road to war

    A funny thing happened at the planning authority last week: they refused a permit. The Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation, headed by former Labour president Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, wanted to put up a so-called monument right opposite Renzo...

  • Peace of mind is no gamble

    Peace of mind is no gamble

    As chairman of the Responsible Gaming Foundation, I have recently come across an array of different situations related to problem gambling. Is there enough awareness about it? Is there enough local research about it? Where can people suffering...

  • Scramble out of Africa

    The UNHCR has warned us about a coming deluge of immigrants and such statements are bound to cause unease in the hearts of many. Whether such misgivings are ethically correct or not is hardly the point; what matters is that a large proportion of...

  • Lessons from Ulrich Beck

    This year has robbed the world of one of the most influential sociologists of our times – Ulrich Beck. Famous for his risk society thesis, Beck inspired a generation of sociologists, policymakers and politicians by means of concepts such as risk,...

  • The Libya maelstrom

    The one-day of talks in Ghademis on Wednesday, which UNSMIL presided over, represented a third round of talks, this time in Libya. Still, the fact remains that this round and the two preceding rounds of one-sided talks in Geneva in January,...

  • Empowering the youth

    As a young candidate, I cannot fail to direct my attention to the young voters and their fundamental role in the respective localities. Many people seem to have adopted a disinterested attitude towards the young generation, as if all young people...

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