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Herman Grech

Not in my back yard… when politics comes before humanity

The Maltese have a reputation for being very generous. Thousands dig deep into their pockets in response to any public appeal to raise money for the needy overseas, be it in aid of starving children in Africa or earthquake-stricken Haiti. But that...

The horror picture show

Darrin Zammit Lupi’s haunting photograph showing a blonde child staring through a police bus window upon his arrival in Malta a year ago was picked up by all the major news providers around the world. Let’s be honest. News houses demanded that...

Please watch this clip... and think

If there is one video clip you should watch today, it has to be this (click here to watch). It is not a video of Islamic State embarking on a trail of destruction. It is not yet another ice bucket challenge. But this six-minute clip should send...

Hunters shoot themselves in the foot... again

If you needed one good reason to support the government’s wise decision to suspend the autumn hunting season then look no further than the hunters’ impromptu, unsanctioned protest. As Malta enjoyed a rare show of political consensus to mark 50...

Juncker’s sense of humour

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker must either have a bizarre sense of humour or else we are underestimating our government’s negotiation skills. Why else would the EU boss give the environment portfolio to the nominee of a country,...

'Sylvester Stallone dies in horrific crash'...

...no he didn't, but if you had to believe all that is posted on Facebook, apparently the Hollywood tough guy also died in a skiing accident. The story recently spread like wildfire among the online community, prompting panic among fans from all...

Hang on, they rescued a Maltese fisherman, not a black migrant

On Monday morning I joined a group of local and international journalists for the inaugural trip of Moas, the first private migrant rescue mission in Europe. By the time I returned to the office, there were streams of comments on online forums and...

‘Oh my God that's horrible,’ and then go on eating their dinners

Shortly after his release from a Libyan prison in 2011, American journalist James Foley warned against irrational risk-taking during a TV interview. “It’s not worth your life. It’s not worth seeing your mother, father, brother and sister bawling.

Pool’s out for burkini

The story in last Saturday’s Times of Malta of a Maltese Muslim woman who was ordered out of the Marsa Sports Club pool for attempting to swim in her Islamic bathing constume predictably triggered off a passionate debate. Reactions ranged from...

Exiling the 'illegal immigrant'

The media is largely responsible for fuelling racist and xenophobic sentiments. Yes, I’m the first to admit it. Some news organisations have been responsible for driving racist stereotypes of African migrants, often without realising it. Some...