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  • Was Saif al-Islam right?

    Was Saif al-Islam right?

    On February 21, 2011, on that fateful night of rebellion in Tripoli, when Muammar Gaddafi was rumoured to have fled and on the way to Venezuela, all speculation about whether the regime had really fallen came to an end when Saif al-Islam Gaddafi...

  • CHALLENGE(ING) TIMES

    The representatives of probably the most law-abiding segment of the population, the federated coven of conservationist bird killers, have successfully piloted what is generally referred to as a "challenge" against the police. From my limited...

  • The art in the Sliema festival

    Ever since The Sliema Street Art Festival came to an end some two weeks ago, it’s been a constant barrage of whining and myopic complaints on all media, including online. The proverbial cherry on the cake appeared on the print version of this...

  • Pavement obstruction

    Those walking along the upper seafront at Ta’ Xbiex Terrace are unable to use the pavement, from the point opposite Villa Brigadoon to the Italian ambassador’s residence, because it is always occupied by people on deckchairs, mostly on Saturdays...

  • Complaints backlog

    I have just read the article entitled ‘Resident loses right to appeal San Ġwann development’ (July 26). I have been complaining to Mepa for five years about illegally-built garages now spewing exhaust fumes through open windows right opposite our...

  • Playing politics

    The leader of the Opposition was making it very obvious that he and his party were using the unfortunate abduction in Libya of a fellow Maltese citizen – Martin Galea – to try to score a few political points. During the parliamentary debate on the...

  • Swift action appreciated

    In a personal capacity, can I publicly thank Transport Malta for seeing to the spalling near a manhole adjacent to the old WSC building on Luqa hill. This was causing cyclists to have to deviate away from the kerb and some spalling damage is not...

  • Broadcasters

    In jest, I wish to tempt readers to contradict this statement. The most favoured word by our local broadcasters, in and out of context, is “propju”.

  • Groundless accusations

    Groundless accusations

    I refer to the letter (July 26) which said that “Russia’s involvement [in the July 17 tragedy of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17] is unmistakable”. This makes one wonder: does this gentleman have his own reliable sources which allow him to make such...

  • Helena’s pride is misplaced

    In her article entitled ‘Proudest pride week’ (July 18), Helena Dalli, the Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, gushes with pride as she praises the great advances achieved by her government in promoting ‘gay...

  • Representative democracy

    Representative democracy

    In a strong speech in Parliament recently, the leader of the Opposition rightly deplored any attempt to tamper with Malta’s democratic institutions. It was a wide-ranging speech touching on a number of important governance issues: the inept and...

  • E-commerce is retail’s future

    E-commerce has been defined as “any form of business transaction in which parties interact electronically rather than by physical exchanges or direct contact”. Today e-commerce refers to a wide range of online business activities that offer...

  • Charity begins on TV

    Over these past days and weeks I heard countless people saying over and over again that TV stations have been turned into ‘tear funds’. This is, in the main, true. We must have accumulated a dozen TV shows collecting money for those ‘in need’...

  • Innocent face of crime

    Innocent face of crime

    The history of crime in Malta may have been rewritten last week after the Magistrates’ Court ordered the police to investigate six conservationists for posing in a photo showing protected birds shot down by our army of hunters. The argument put...

  • Bretton Woods: 70 years on

    Bretton Woods: 70 years on

    Barely was WWII over that the US sought to underwrite its new-found political might through a changed world economic system. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Conference, a milestone in modern economic history. The US was...

  • Whither PN?

    Mario de Marco’s article on war and peace must have provoked much thought but left one with little added hope for the futureof mankind. As a senior politician and a deputy leader of the Nationalist Party, de Marco’s pessimistic outlook seems at...

  • Chamber’s economic vision for Malta

    It looks as if the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry is reinvigorating itself, increasingly becoming an even more focused and effective organisation than it has ever been before. The merger of the Federation of Industry with the Chamber...

  • Ombudsman at work

    In the wake of the Ombudsman’s recently-forged alliance with Times of Malta, we are now regularly regaled with accounts of his endeavours and exploits. In a recent report, readers were informed that the Ombudsman was not insensitive to a complaint...

  • Shakespeare comes to life

    Shakespeare comes to life

    As a foreigner living on this small island of Malta, I had not expected such a great performance of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at San Anton Gardens by a group of ‘amateur’ actors (MADC) and their director, Joe Friggieri. The...

  • Non-taxable perks for high-flyers

    There was a time when high-salaried high-flyers cooked up a chummy contract with the private company employing them to come up with a financial package consisting of a salary and perks. It was common for the salary to be a mere third of the...

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