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  • Fighting hunters with hunters

    Fighting hunters with hunters

    While writing these words the story of the unfortunate cuckoo broke, allegedly gunned down by a hunter whose nonchalance boggles the mind. This event, though tragically predictable, serves as a reminder of reality: we cannot eliminate undesirable...

  • Managing demands

    It’s a pity the 49.6 per cent of the electorate have to share the disgust of the rest of the world. Doubly shameful are those who didn’t bother to vote at all. I am sure they’d be the first to squeal if their right to vote were to be taken away...

  • Benefits of a green future

    Every now and then, with little fanfare, an economic trend is identified that might just have the potential to fundamentally shift perceptions. The European Environment State and Outlook 2015 (SOER) has identified such a trend. What the report has...

  • The environmental agenda

    As soon as the hunting referendum result was out, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made one of those speeches that will probably be remembered for some time. The speech has been interpreted in different ways across the social spectrum. In my view,...

  • Focus on natural capital

    With the word biodiversity having been mentioned quite a bit in local circles over the past weeks and months, it will be interesting to find out whether economic opportunities and finance can effectively be linked to biodiversity. I am raising...

  • A green chronic malaise

    I nostalgically recall my favourite campfire song in my youth. Like My Darling Clementine, the Maltese countryside is being systematically eroded and, soon, it will be “lost and gone forever” if this prolonged unscrupulous development, wanton...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    The politicians’ victory

  • Is it our fault?

    Is it our fault?

    The despicable British celebrity and columnist Katie Hopkins managed to sink to ridiculous lows through her column in The Sun when she compared migrants to cockroaches and advocated using gunships to stop them from entering Europe. Only recently...

  • Number indigestion

    Many of the less involved are pretending to have developed number allergies. Not a number of allergies, an allergy to numbers: they manifest this by posting comments, or Facebook stati (proper plural of statuses) or tweeting tweets which basically...

  • Clinton to ‘earn’ US vote

    Clinton to ‘earn’ US vote

    Hillary Clinton put an end to the worst kept secret in American politics last Sunday by officially announcing that she was running for President. In her opening video posted on the social media, she said she would hit the road to “earn” America’s...

  • Editorial: Ray of hope for PN?

    Editorial: Ray of hope for PN?

    It’s rather laughable that Malta’s politicians and their acolytes get excited about winning seats on councils in certain villages that have more livestock than people, but that’s a reality we’ve faced ever since a misguided decision was taken to...

  • Virtually a defeat for hunters

    Barely two weeks ago I was one of probably very many people who thought that the No camp would likely win the referendum. I had pored over the polls, and I had also followed with considerable zeal the constant stream of online comments, posts, and...

  • Maltese living abroad can still be Maltese

    From time to time, since 1969, it was considered important to organise conventions with the aim of bringing together members of the Maltese community from abroad, to give them the opportunity of highlighting issues, problems, ideas and even make...

  • The dice were loaded

    The die is cast, alea iacta est, said Julius Caesar as he led his army across the river towards Rome. In the referendum last week, the dice were loaded against the conservation of nature and spring hunting is now back on track. The post-mortem on...

  • 49.4%’s the new hunter

    Victory for the Yes camp was inevitable. Or was it? Early on, even before the campaigns began in earnest, I bet with an ex-hunter that Yes would win the day. He’d had his ‘Road to Damascus’ moment and desperately wanted me to write about his...

  • The centre will hold

    What’s the best song to listen to when experiencing a defeat? The Bee Gees You Win Again? Green Day’s Nice Guys Finish Last? Elton John’s Sad Songs Say so Much? I suppose it’s a song which will take the edge of the hollow feeling in the pit of...

  • They shoot birds, don’t they?

    It is very clear that they shoot birds besides horses. Following the recent referendum, hunters will keep on shooting birds to their hearts’ content not only in Gozo, which voted in favour, but also in Malta, which voted against. A slim majority...

  • All great things come for free

    All great things come for free

    An article in the British papers last week talked about the things that make British people “feel great”. And you know what single thing makes them happy? It’s not winning the lottery; it’s not a new job; it’s not securing a multi-million business...

  • Come on, feel the noise...

    OK, so now it’s official: We are one of – if not THE noisiest nation(s) on earth. And if that surprises you, well it shouldn’t. We do decibels like trappists do silence, we are Loud with a capital L. When I read the recent report in Times of Malta...

  • Crime in localities

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Car parks prove fertile grounds for criminals’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 5). Kindly note that nowhere in my annual crime review report was there any reference to Malta International Airport. The article...

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