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  • Editorial: Can we start talking now?

    Editorial: Can we start talking now?

    Human rights NGOs had every reason to cheer when they saw the back of Manuel Mallia as Home Affairs Minister. For 22 months, Dr Mallia refused to engage with them to discuss an inconvenient reality which is not going to go away  irregular...

  • Horrendous massacre by Taliban in Pakistan

    Horrendous massacre by Taliban in Pakistan

    The Taliban massacre of 148 people – 132 of them children – at an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan, (which overshadowed the terrible killing of two hostages by a deranged Muslim cleric at a café in Sydney, Australia) has sent shock waves...

  • Beauty’s in the eye of the contractor

    Mepa CEO Johann Buttigieg said last week that the authority was thinking of resurrecting the long-departed aesthetics board. At first glance, and given the quality of a good chunk of what we see around us, this sounds like a good idea. There are...

  • A Christmas gift for the hunters… now avoided

    If I broke into your home and stole your jewellery and your television would you find it acceptable if I was later allowed to walk free, and keep your possessions, after paying a small fine? No, me neither. Yet this is exactly what has been...

  • Greener pastures await the PN in 2015

    As the clock strikes midnight every New Year’s Eve, resolutions are made. Some are adhered to, others are not. The end of the year provides also an opportunity to look back and assess one’s performance. We are at that time of the year as 2015 is...

  • Are we back to square one?

    Has the dismissal of Manuel Mallia really changed the Maltese political landscape in a significant way? Some say it has done so for the better. I am not so sure. Consider first the Labour Party: maverick Labour MP Marlene Farrugia has gone on...

  • Obesity, wealth... hope

    In much the same way as the German and British soldiers called an unofficial and temporary truce during Christmas 1914 and played football in the no-man’s land between the trenches, Labour and Nationalist MPs are respecting a ceasefire of sorts.

  • Hey unions, leave Church schools alone

    It would be presumptuous and delusional of me to expect the Malta Union of Teachers or the General Workers’ Union to put their principles where there words are. But let us, for the sake of argument, kid ourselves into believing that they have it...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with cute kittens dressed as Santa Claus and little elves singing Jingle Bells, everytime I venture online. Nothing wrong with cute kittens or even little elves, of course, but since...

  • Beggars on the Maltese streets?

    Beggars on the Maltese streets?

    Last week a colleague of mine tweeted a photo of a woman begging by the Mellieħa church door. In his tweet he wrote: “Authorities please note.” I immediately re­tweeted his appeal. Subsequently, photos of other beggars seen recently on the island...

  • Looking a gift-horse in the mouth

    The scene is Santa’s grotto in a large department store out at The Point, Sliema. Santa sits in his sleigh waiting for eager little kiddies to speak to tell him what they want him to bring them on Christmas morning. A sweet, chubby little nearly...

  • What Gozo needs

    There is talk once again of a permanent link between Malta and Gozo. I am against such a link but may change my opinion if I am convinced that such a link is in Gozo’s interest. While this possibility is being carefully considered transport...

  • Malta is facing a moral crisis

    It has been a long time coming and we have now reached crisis point. Malta is a centre of the international drug trade which is permeating our society and causing financial, social and medical havoc, from schools to clubs and families. Huge sums...

  • What quality tourism?

    Speaking at the company’s annual dinner, Corinthia chairman Alfred Pisani (The Sunday Times of Malta, December 14) said that politicians and business leaders should forget mass tourism and opt instead for the quality sector. While one can...

  • The healing powers of football

    A century ago on Christmas Day 1914, while a savage war was taking place, football emerged as a universal power to bring people together on the western front in Flanders fields. Recently, schools in Britain rescheduled their timetable to view an...

  • Building confidence in the forces of democracy

    Building confidence in the forces of democracy

    An unexpected collateral benefit of the parliamentary debate on the inquiry into the Mallia/Sheehan incident was the re-emergence into the limelight of the deaths of two African immigrants on the run from the Safi detention centre – Ifeanye...

  • An ocean of greed

    We are drowning in an ocean of greed, materialism, egotism and a life without any real direction. So I am sending to the Infant Jesus this plea for help for all humanity: Save us from the thick crust of egoism that we have developed in our...

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  • School vans service

    My two grandchildren have to go to school every morning on a red minivan, because their parents both work and don’t have the time to take them themselves. The children have to leave home at 6.30am every day as the van travels around so much, and...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Thank you Dad

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