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  • A grand tale of glorious food

    A good friend recently confessed that I bore him with my boring stuff about politics. He’s right I suppose. So here goes - this is all about food, great, succulent, mouth-wateringly fabulous food. I’m going to talk about fairy-tale...

  • Civil right to objectify women

    The government has just published a Bill which, among other things, indirectly proposes the introduction of a new civil right on the Maltese Statute Book: the right to debase, humiliate and objectify women. Contrary to other previous laws and...

  • A Greek life worth living

    A book I recently read about Albert Camus, A life worth living, by Robert Zaretsky, reminded me very much about the current Greek political and economic situation. Zaretsky does not write about contemporary Greece but he writes about key concepts...

  • Searching for a strategic partner

    Air Malta’s flight path remains a bit hazy as the search for a strategic partner picks up in the wake of what appears to be a frenetic drive to cut costs. As time is now running out fast for the airline to become commercially viable by the end of...

  • Planning by State diktat

    Planning by State diktat

    The three proposed draft laws aimed at reforming the planning process are long and complex. It is, therefore, not realistic to expect that they could be seriously and meaningfully understood, discussed and modified in a handful of days. Of the...

  • Constant popular support

    Despite the damaging and humiliating bailout deal that backtracks on nearly every campaign promise he made, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s political support appears alive and well, even among the hundreds of protesters who stormed the...

  • Night bus tariff

    I refer to the letter ‘Funny business on the buses’ (July 23). Malta Public Transport would like to apologise for what happened to Denis Mifsud because the Tallinja card can be used on the bus for night services and the fare is €2.50 and not...

  • No emotions allowed in court of law

    The lack of compassion shown by the presiding judge towards the victim’s brother in the case of Kenneth Gafà (July 21) is nothing short of shocking. According to the report, the judge told the victim’s brother to “go home and light a candle and...

  • Greeks can’t spell taxes

    Greeks can’t spell taxes

    On one of my visits to Greece, I came across this sign in Corfu. It seems that the Greeks do not even know how to spell tax. Is it a surprise that they have a reputation for not paying it?

  • Maternity leave fund

    Besides being refreshingly innovative, the new maternity leave trust fund could equally be looked upon as a solidarity gesture among employers. Well done, ministers Edward Scicluna and Helena Dalli.

  • What’s wrong with Gozo Minister?

    We are a few days from August, so whatever time Malta considers to be the “tourist season” (some think of it as the “power-cut season”) can’t be far away. And, yet... and yet... the main road to the beaches at Ħondoq, Ramla and San Blas remains...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Earth 2.0 is not impressed

  • Persecution of Christians a daily experience

    This blog has repeatedly drawn its readers’ attention to the persecution of Christian around the world. In other countries Christians are not facing  persecution but are experiencing difficult situations and restrictions of their religious...

  • Speak up!

    Speak up!

    At the age of 22, I worked in a place where half the employees, every half an hour or so, would gather at one desk or other and together watch porn on their PCs to a background of lewd comments and loud guffaws. It was the kind of workplace where...

  • Inborn hatred

    The recent events at Srebrenica highlight old differences and hatred between the various people of ex-Yugoslavia and should best serve as a harsh lesson against impositions, especially of religion. The Balkans suffered greatly during the Ottoman...

  • Justice is (not) served

    Early morning on February 17, a car cuts me up in the bus lane, a textbook example of dangerous driving. The van actually drives past a police officer who is attending to the amount of traffic that morning at the junction. I was so angry that with...

  • Smoke and mirrors

    The Muscat government is very adept at announcing new initiatives with great pomp and circumstance. Two that come to mind, however, show this is a government inhibiting a parallel world full of smoke and mirrors. Taking first Justice Minister Owen...

  • Sliema: a race to the bottom

    People have been given until August 3 to put forward their objections to two proposed high-rise buildings in Sliema. If the projects go ahead, a 38-storey tower would rub shoulders with a 40-storey non-identical twin. There are many reasons why...

  • Exceptional gesture

    I feel I should publicly acknowledge an exceptional and spontaneous gesture at the magical Smart City Lagoon in Kalkara recently on the occasion of the Institute of Maltese Journalism Awards. For the Sports Journalism Awards there were two...

  • Not blinded by doubtful liasons

    These past months we have witnessed with dismay the government taking measures that, in one way or another, lower the standard of higher education in Malta. When Evarist Bartolo was in Opposition he used to try to rubbish the standard of education...

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