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  • 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...

  • We should honour the true patriots

    Correspondence has been going on in the Times of Malta lately regarding the historic events during the patriotic Maltese uprising against the French on September 2, 1798, and the blockade which lasted till 1800. The least we could do to honour our...

  • Stories of a hot summer

    One of the pleasures of summer is lying beside the sea after a swim, reading a good book. Each year, newspapers and magazines publish lists of ‘Best Summer Books’, featuring writers, academics, journalists, politicians or actors who recommend...

  • Do shops want business?

    Valletta’s Republic and Merchants streets with their adjoining streets have now become busy with traffic and one has to be very careful not to get knocked down during the mornings. Most establishments do not open for business before 9.30am and...

  • Casting stones. . . casting couches

    As if Malta wasn’t hot enough. Temperatures rose last Monday as the Maltese took to their couches, casting or otherwise. Tempers also flared on Facebook and other online portals as stones and judgements were cast at the latest sex scandal to make...

  • Megalithic remains

    Sicily is well known for its historic monuments and remains: Sicel, Punic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese, Baroque under the Bourbons, and lastly contemporary. Less well known and established are its rare...

  • This is the naked truth

    Is John Suda entitled to a fair hearing before a court of law? Yes he is. Is he innocent until judgment is reached? Definitely. Does the prosecution have to prove that the charges made in his regard are beyond all reasonable doubt? Of course. And...

  • The problem with the burqa

    Recently in Chad a male suicide bomber wearing a burqa blew himself up in a market killing 14 people. Also in the UK a non-Muslim male tried to carry out a crime dressed in a burqa. Besides being a threat to security, the burqa conceals all...

  • Is it not prudent to be prudent?

    Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas, together with a host of other luminaries, are definitively not amused by recent developments on this island of ours which threaten to turn some of their philosophical musings topsy-turvy. These eminent philosophers...

  • Ignored by wardens

    The junction between Triqil-Kappella tax-Xagħra withTriq Torri tal-Kaptan is “difficult and dangerous” for drivers. This was expressed by the Naxxar council to the Local Wardens Northern Region on March 12, 2014. After witnessing many accidents, I...

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