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Herman Grech

Start spreading the (false) news

In June 2011, an article in l-Orizzont claimed that a mysterious, blast-like sound heard off Dingli was in fact a Libyan Scud missile being intercepted by a Nato missile as it headed towards Malta. Then Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, Nato and the...

The Monti-fication of Renzo Piano

Before all hell breaks loose next week, just take a look at this picture of the hideous white structure, yes the one which looks like a reject from a 1980s Malta bus stop. As from next week, these Monti stalls, consisting of a metal frame fronted...

A good beating, and a whitewash

I was on my way to work 10 years ago to date when I got a phone call to alert me that detained migrants at Safi were holding a protest. When I reached a dusty football ground, adjacent to the detention centre, I saw a group of migrants chanting...

Like a virgin... Touchy for the very first time?

Anyone with a semblance of political objectivity would admit that the Nationalist Party has had the upper hand in recent weeks. The unacceptable delay in the power station project, the jobs-for-the-boys extravaganza, the 'anything goes' building...

The uglification of Malta… the sequel

Or was it ‘the cementification of Malta’? I must admit I’m stealing the title off an opinion piece written by Martin Scicluna some 10 years ago. Sadly, our obsession with building every single vacant space on the island is even more prevalent...

Flushing principles down the drain

I do not know Robert Henry Bugeja, the candidate who spared Labour’s blushes by failing to get elected in the casual election for a parliamentary seat. For all I know, he may have been the most competent candidate on the PL list in the last...

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...