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Opinion

  • Giving the gift of life

    The consultation period on the organ donation White Paper issued by the government comes to an end today. The response and discussion generated nationally has been tremendous and very constructive. Individuals, NGOs, the ecclesiastical...

  • EU agenda on migration

    EU agenda on migration

    Compared with what is happening in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, the plan announced recently by the European Union in the wake of the EU leaders’ emergency summit convened a fortnight earlier is a model of compassion. Contrast what is...

  • Down the rabbit hole

    Down the rabbit hole

    It gets curiouser and curiouser. The man we elected as prime minister appears to have just one talent to show and that’s to sell what is not his. The signs were there when he came up with that dreadful idea of selling European passports in a scam...

  • Guardian for future generations

    Recent developments concerning a guar­dian for future generations in a Maltese context may revive Malta’s long-standing initiative for a world guardian for future generations. Such a guardian or entity would not have a decision-making role but...

  • Just and inclusive society

    Helping individuals overcome disability and actively working to assure an inclusive society is not an act of charity but a deed of justice. Consequently, the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry agrees with the principles of the law,...

  • Effective green mobilisation

    In my article last week, I argued that the Żonqor development controversy had the unintended consequence of giving further momentum to the Maltese environmental movement within a post-hunting referendum context. It is pertinent to analyse factors...

  • The horrors of ageing

    The horrors of ageing

    Shortly after retirement, Tessie* developed one of the most debilitating illnesses – a rare condition that progressively damages part of the nervous system. She would lose the use of all her limbs but her brain would remain completely functional.

  • A thaw in US-Russia ties?

    A thaw in US-Russia ties?

    US Secretary of State John Kerry met Russian President Vladimir Putin last week in their first meeting since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for rebels in eastern Ukraine plunged relations with the West to a new low. There was no major...

  • What’s in an acronym?

    Funny what three letters can do. To use the Archbishop’s language, to build at Żonqor is to rape pristine land. (Freud would have a field day, but never mind.) But what if Żonqor weren’t an ODZ site? Would we then be looking at a case of uplifting...

  • Fostering a safe environment

    People have a right to feel safe from bullying, harassment and discrimination. However, according to a 2012 survey conducted by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, this is not the reality for individuals who make up part of the lesbian, gay,...

  • More southern (dis)comfort

    A popular cautionary tale says that a frog will jump straight out of hot water, but if placed in some cold water and heated slowly, it will not react until it falls into a stupor. The story ends badly with a boiled frog in very hot water. Frogs...

  • No country for a foreign man

    I have a lot of time for people who up and leave their countries of birth and who choose to relocate to mine. And by ‘time’ I mean a mixture of curiosity, a great deal of interest and a formidable respect. I’m always interested to know what draws...

  • Reverse Robin Hood

    If Joseph Muscat continues to insist on giving away untouched coastal land in an ODZ area to this Jordanian construction company, he runs the risk of coming across as a very warped version of Robin Hood. The Prime Minister is looking increasingly...

  • A video is worth 10,000 words

    A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words. Imagine then the worth in words of a whole video segment! And more important, imagine the power of such a video to mobilise people into action. Until last week few people had seen the tract of...

  • An open day to appreciate the art of elegance

    An open day to appreciate the art of elegance

    I was 20 I think when I first saw the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris. And I remember thinking as I stood in square: “!?!” It looked as if the building had woken up hurriedly in the morning and put on its dress inside out. I could not make up my...

  • Let’s hear it for the Eurovision Trash Contest...

    “So are you going to watch it?” “What... the Eurovision nonsense?” “The song contest... yes.” “No.” “Oh, but I thought you liked it.” “Really. How long have we been married my sweet?” “Eleven years... nearly, why?” “Because for all those 11 years...

  • Communicating the family

    A tree without roots is a dead tree and a person without the family is a person without life. No one can live without the family. Everybody needs a family because the family is the right environment where to love and be loved, to live, to grow, to...

  • Three stooges and clowns

    Three stooges and clowns

    I remember, as a young slip of a lad, not being overly impressed by The Three Stooges. It was probably a cultural thing, don’t you know, my being of an Anglo-Saxon bent when it comes to humour, rather like our dearly beloved Premier Joseph...

  • We don’t need your 'education'

    We don’t need your 'education'

    We are being treated to a news snippet in a rather zealous tone, orchestrated by our very own Prime Minister. Expecting us to dance ecstatically in gratitude, we have been told that a so-called American University of Malta is planning to set up...

  • Of zebras and rainbows

    Of zebras and rainbows

    The decision to paint over the zebra crossings in Floriana and Victoria solicited a few contributions in the columns of this newspaper that went far beyond the aesthetics of whether the colours of the rainbow were prettier than the black and white...

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