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Opinion

  • Europe’s duty to save journalists - Dunja Mijatović

    The brutal killings of investigative journalists Daphne Caruana Galizia and Ján Kuciak came as tragic reminders that Europe remains a dangerous place for journalists. How European states respond to these murders will shape not only the future of...

  • The press is an enemy - Ranier Fsadni

    The press is an enemy - Ranier Fsadni

    In a few days Joseph Muscat will address a huge crowd in Valletta. It is this crowd, he has said, that will be the proper answer to the Daphne Project – the project involving 18 international media organisations and 45 journalists intent on...

  • Plastic love affair over? - Mario Schembri

    Plastic love affair over? - Mario Schembri

    Hardly a day goes by without plastic featuring in news reports or social media posts. It seems this ubiquitous material, which we have not been able to live without for so long, has suddenly become undesirable. There are very understandable...

  • What strategy is there? - Mark Montebello O.P.

    Once more, the Catholic Church in Malta and Gozo is giving the damning impression that it is the same retrograde institution of old. Rightly or wrongly, the amendments to the Protection of Embryos Act ruffled its feathers, and the clarion call...

  • Environmental degradation - Martin Scicluna

    Environmental degradation - Martin Scicluna

    Forgive me for beginning with a blinding statement of the obvious. But it is necessary to do so if we are to focus objectively on what is happening to Malta’s environment. The “environment” consists of our physical surroundings. We experience this...

  • Small island states champion - Lino Briguglio, Stefano Moncada and Godfrey Baldacchino

    The strategic objects of Malta’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) refer to a number of global issues of concern to Malta, including small states (article XIX). Malta can pursue this objective more enthusiastically in its...

  • Orange feathers, ivory towers - Lee Bugeja Bartolo

    I think few disagree that in recent years Malta has undergone a significant shift in its political climate and social fabric. As, statistically speaking, the country is going through a strong economic period and a neo-liberalism agenda has been...

  • Moves to regulate digital platforms - Antonio Tajani

    The Cambridge Analytica scandal involving the illegal use of personal data harvested from Facebook to influence the outcome of elections is only the latest in a long line of affairs highlighting the urgent need for measures to regulate digital...

  • Discounting our children - Miriam Sciberras

    Discounting our children - Miriam Sciberras

    The proposed amendments to the Embryo Protection Act have been described as “a complete travesty of ethics, morality, and human dignity, allegedly to remove ‘discrimination’ imposed by nature herself”. The discussion on Xarabank further...

  • Checkpoint of death - Pierre Krähenbühl

    Checkpoint of death - Pierre Krähenbühl

    Local people call it “the checkpoint of death”. For two years, 900 Palestine refugee students registered with United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) risked their lives passing through it every day to get to school in the neighbourhood on the...

  • New approach to peace - Miroslav Lajčák

    When the United Nations was created, its founders envisioned a different kind of world. A world in which disputes were resolved in meeting rooms and not battlefields. A world in which wars were stopped before they broke out. A world that did not...

  • The IVF, surrogacy debate - Michael Briguglio

    The ongoing news concerning the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia represents a huge taint on Malta’s governance. The way the government is acting is more in sync with that of illiberal democracies in Hungary, Poland and Turkey, where institutional...

  • Separation of siblings - Carmen Zammit

    As a child I was fascinated with caterpillars. I would collect them and carefully place them in a small patch in the garden, which my uncle had planted with lettuce and cabbage so that these caterpillars would grow on it and I would be able to see...

  • Ramping on the ferry - Josef Cutajar

    There are moments when I embark on time travel, listening with an ear as big as an elephant’s to old folk recalling events that still linger in their aging memory bank. A couple of days ago, I chatted with two elderly men in a quaint café in...

  • The Prime Minister has been outed – he must be ousted - Kristina Chetcuti

    The Prime Minister has been outed – he must be ousted - Kristina Chetcuti

    These last few years I got to know the Prime Minister’s army of cheerleaders. Every day, these social media cheerleaders receive a newsletter from the Crooks at Castille, which barks at them the line of attack. Then, like orcs from that scene in...

  • Empowering Malta’s young people - Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

    Since the President’s Trust was established in 2015, we have brought together a committed team of professionals, academics, private sector stakeholders and civil society activists with one common goal in mind. This goal is the fight against...

  • They did not kill the stories - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Killing an investigative journalist has two broad aims. Firstly, silencing the stories that the journalist is working on. Secondly, scaring off other people and investigative journalists. The Daphne Project by ‘Forbidden Stories’ proves that the...

  • Screwtape and Artful Dodger strategy - Fr Joe Borg

    The strategy adopted by the government to market the introduction of embryo freezing, the hiring of one’s womb (aka surrogacy) and the exchange of sperm and ova, smacks of a strategy concocted by Screwtape with the help of the Artful Dodger. The...

  • Neither progressive nor feminist - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Neither progressive nor feminist - Mark Anthony Falzon

    There’s a short story by Oliver Friggieri that tells of a certain Koranta, who was unique among the women in her village. Koranta was in her 40s, unmarried, and childless. This placed her at the receiving end of insults, mockery, and cruelty.

  • What price this baby? - Sandro Spiteri

    The complexity of the fraught human realities of childless couples has been all but lost in the heat and dust that has been gene­rated by government’s IVF Bill. It is tempting to just shrug shoulders and say it is not my problem, that this is...