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Opinion

  • Question time: Healthy arguments

    Malcolm Galea, Doctor of Medicine When it comes to healthcare projects, there are no doubts from the government. It is the Nationalist Party that is casting doubts in a frantic effort to undermine anything that the Labour government has not only...

  • The birth of Floriana - Joe Bugeja

    The birth of Floriana - Joe Bugeja

    It came to my knowledge (Il-Furjana,  April 2018, by Martin Camilleri) that a contention raised doubts about the relationship between Valletta and Floriana. As I shall prove from historical data, Floriana is a completely detached conurbation. The...

  • Road ambassadors for safety - Franco Azzopardi

    Safety on our roads should never be discussed. Ideally, it should be taken for granted, upheld and respected. If it were, we wouldn’t be discussing it. However, unfortunate fatalities on the road are becoming too much of a regular occurrence and...

  • My embryonic fellow - Peter Micallef-Eynaud

    My embryonic fellow - Peter Micallef-Eynaud

    I know that the anguished cry of our fellow embryonic human beings (April 24) is being heard by others too. There are those who do not hear it and will not hear. They block their ears and endo-secrete morphine into their moribund conscience. There...

  • Two sides of the coin - Lino DeBono

    Two sides of the coin - Lino DeBono

    As there are two sides to a coin, so did Daphne Caruana Galizia. On one face she had a ferocious aspect through her excellent knowledge of English. The writing, when normally criticising people, was in such a way that it left the individuals...

  • Muted speech and a distant dream - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Within the European Parliament, I have made it a point to follow media issues pro-actively. I firmly believe that independent media and investigative journalists are key to safeguarding democracy and our right to be informed, more so when we are...

  • Tough mind, soft head - Ranier Fsadni

    Tough mind, soft head - Ranier Fsadni

    The international Daphne Project continues to bring new leaked documents to light. As we debate them, is there a set of non-partisan principles we should expect politicians to be held to? Off the top of my head, I can immediately think of two...

  • IVF and human rights - Silvan Agius and Gabi Calleja

    Today is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Following a third successive number one placement on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index, many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and genderqueer community in Malta will...

  • Proud of my politics - Albert Buttigieg

    Recently, the Labour Youth Forum launched a campaign entitled: “Proud of my politics.” I am not proud of politics that sells my citizenship as a commodity. I am not proud of politics that promotes a “u ejja, come on” mentality where anything goes...

  • Brainless frenzy of concrete making - Adrian Grima

    What really strikes you in db Group’s megalomaniac project proposal for the ITS site in Pembroke is the utter disregard for the people who have been living in the apartment blocks across the road for years. To peep into the mind of the people who...

  • Malta’s rule of law - Martin Scicluna

    Malta’s rule of law - Martin Scicluna

    My last two articles dealt with the current state of Maltese politics in which I highlighted the hypocrisy and cant that drives the pseudo-political grouping calling for what they define as “truth and justice” in Malta following the assassination...

  • Year of living dangerously - Karsten Xuereb

    Year of living dangerously - Karsten Xuereb

    In 1869, John Stuart Mill adopted a utilitarian approach to the problem of authority versus liberty. In On Liberty he argued that the individual has the right to self-expression as long as they did not harm other individuals. Furthermore, the good...

  • Here we go again - Fr David Muscat

    Here we go again - Fr David Muscat

    On May 5 the Archbishop’s Curia issued a circular letter reminding parish priests of a pre-existing policy prohibiting letting off fireworks from any church property. This sudden harking back to an obsolete policy that many a parish priest has...

  • Suspicious deals - Denis Tanti

    Suspicious deals - Denis Tanti

    The news came as no surprise that Malta Enterprise has persisted in its refusal to a request made over a year ago by the Times of Malta to be furnished with a copy of a memorandum of understanding that was secretly signed on October 10, 2014...

  • Failing our finance students? - John Consiglio

    Failing our finance students? - John Consiglio

    An observation which I keep making to myself regarding the recruiting practices of finance services organisations abroad, particularly asset management companies, is that they often appear to be engaged in a big scramble to hire mathematicians and...

  • The painting on the wall - Frank Salt

    There are three things that really bother me. They bother me to the extent of really getting under my skin. First: I hate motorists who just cannot wait in line. Everybody else is waiting patiently, then, from behind, some clown decides to...

  • Passing the buck - Michael Briguglio

    If there ever was a case of putting party before country, this was when Joseph Muscat disallowed Konrad Mizzi from being Labour deputy leader but deemed him fit to remain a minister despite the Panama Papers scandal. The Maltese citizen had to...

  • Amoral familism - André DeBattista

    Amoral familism - André DeBattista

    Sixty years ago, Edward Banfield published a book which sheds some light on politics, society and the dynamic between the political class and citizens in Mediterranean and Levantine societies. The Moral Basis of a Backward Society was the product...

  • Round about the caldron go - Manuel Delia

    Round about the caldron go - Manuel Delia

    It started escalating when the suspicion of corruption at the highest level of government was confirmed by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s stories and then the Panama Papers. The toxicity, the tension and the poisoned environment have only got worse and...

  • Idiot’s Guide to 17 Black - Kristina Chetcuti

    February 2013. It’s the peak of a general election campaign. A fresh face and the star candidate of the Labour Party is wheeled out for all television debates. He’s tall, thin, with a bit of a stutter and a geeky look, and he’s all the time...