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  • To boycott or not to

    To boycott or not to

    Unphased by the deafening chorus of "are you nuts?" that greeted his notion that a boycott of the Gasan and Fenech commercial empires was on the cards as popular revenge for their monstrous constructions (I was going to use a different word, but...

  • Fiscal conservatives and a dormant opposition

    Bar a few hasty comments here and there, the PM’s recent interview with Il Foglio did not exactly arouse much excitement. While this is not surprising, it is a pity because here Joseph Muscat is making a case for a government that is presented as...

  • Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha walk into a bar…

    Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha walk into a bar…

    Look, I get it. Some people take offence when others joke about their beliefs. After all, religion is a very personal thing. For many it is a cornerstone of how they live their lives. This is why it seems logical that even when it comes to...

  • Syrian children and American puppies

    Syrian children and American puppies

    Another photo of another boy victim of war grabbed the world's attention. It shocked all those who saw it and drove many to tears.The video footage showed little Omran Daqneesh shell-shocked, covered in dust, his face red with blood. He had just...

  • Victim Shaming 101

    Victim Shaming 101

    The Salott on Facebook – it has a lot to answer for. Free speech is all very well and good, but it does prompt all the ugly lice to crawl out of the woodwork.  One particular post managed to combine a heavy dose of misogyny, prejudice and...

  • Have I got news for you?

    Have I got news for you?

    When I watched John Oliver's 19-minute rant on the doom and gloom facing the newspaper industry, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The TV host joined the dots to outline the way cash-strapped news organisations could inevitably lead to...

  • Not a good week for the premier

    Two pieces in Wednesday's print edition of this media house's output, and some later news, inspired my title. The first piece was Martin Scicluna's full-pager about Sliema and Mrieħel's "newly permitted" carbuncles and how this merits a boycott...

  • I feel it, therefore it is

    Quite some years back I had a discussion with a number of students from the Faculty of Education. I thought I misunderstood what they were saying so I asked them directly to make double sure. “Are you telling me that you would not to tell your...

  • Cheating and getting away with it

    Cheating and getting away with it

    There was a time when people believed that cheaters never prosper. Unfortunately we seem to be living in an age where if you don't cheat you never get anywhere. Politicians the world over seem to have decided they can get away with anything. In...

  • Some myths, exploded

    Some myths, exploded

    Sometimes you just have to wonder whether anyone who matters (or thinks s/he matters, a different kettle of herring altogether) has a critical bone in his or her body. I don't mean that the bone concerned is critical to the continued survival of...

  • More than our skyline

    More than our skyline

    Even as we wail (and rightly so) about the latest government mess up that will have Malta's skyline look like some dystopian nightmare, we forget that - as important as maintaining a balance in development is - the buck doesn't start and stop with...

  • Timmy Gambin and moral despicability

    Timmy Gambin and moral despicability

    A couple of weeks ago we got news that the Dutch were the tallest people on Earth. Averaging 183cm (that’s 6ft for Imperial measure folk), they are literally head and shoulders above other nations. But we seem to be getting there. In fact we can...

  • Mintoff Mintoff

    Mintoff Mintoff

    The easiest way to write about former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff is to play the usual game between the messianic and demonic. To Labourites, Mintoff represents the leader and the visionary who lead the Maltese Labour Movement through the troubles...

  • Those who lord it over us

    It is now official: Malta is ruled by a few of mega-millionaire families; and current public policy dictates that everything is done so that they become richer. The rest of us, it has been decreed, have to do with the crumbs that fall from the...

  • Because they know it all

    Because they know it all

    When we were students at Tal-Qroqq, we used to pull our friends in the Architecture & Civil Engineering Faculty’s legs that they thought they knew it all. This was because they studied not only architecture AND civil engineering (usually two...

  • 'The first terrorism'

    It has been quite a while, a very long while indeed, since I contributed to these cyber columns, though I kept my regular appointment with the Sunday Times of Malta. I don’t know whether what follows is good or bad news: I resolve to start writing...

  • A trip down memory lane

    It has just crossed my radar that towards the end of September, just after Independence Day, Sir Temi Zammit Hall at the University is to be graced, if you'll forgive the dripping sarcasm, by a musical celebrating the life of Dom...

  • Tiny cracks

    Tiny cracks

    It is clear that Premier Muscat thinks he's got away with it: the population at large has forgotten all about Panama and assorted other incontrovertible pieces of evidence of Taghna Lkoll having become Taghna Kollha u Taghna Biss.  This is perhaps...

  • Some ideas for the Gozo Minister

    Some ideas for the Gozo Minister

    It's a slow summer and my heart goes out to the Gozo minister, with the whole country taking the mickey out of him for attending to his ceremonial duties and lending the full cachet of government pomp to the opening of... A public toilet.  But we...

  • The economy of truth

    We know now for certain that if the truth was known and said about the inexistence of Saddam Hussein’s chemical warfare capability, the British Parliament would have voted against going to war in Iraq. It would have happened despite Saddam Hussein...

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