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  • After the leaders’ TV debate

    Televised debates between political leaders aren’t the audience magnets that they were a couple of decades ago when a Dom Mintoff/Eddie Fenech Adami confrontation meant deserted streets and their exchanges echoing throughout the country as the...

  • Cynic Malta and the ‘u iva’ culture

    Three judges have been sacked al­though they did not do anything illegal. Don’t get too ex­cited. This did not happen in Malta but on a different planet. On the other hand, on the ‘u iva’ island, a magistrate is still sitting on the bench months...

  • Islanders

  • “How are you?” “Insomma”

    “How are you?” “Insomma”

    Here’s a quick look at how people of different countries commonly greet each other when they meet: Italians: “Ciao, come stai?”; “Bene, benissimo.” French: “Bonjour, ça va?”; “Oui, ça va bien.” Spaniards: “Hola, ¿cómo estás?”; “Muy bien.” Brits:...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Simon says...

  • More snippets from my ‘In’ box

    My e-mail inbox is frequently the recipient of ‘advice’ from readers as to precisely what I should be writing about. Mostly this concerns matters political, but I also get more interesting suggestions. For instance, lately the three topics that...

  • ZTV - Off the record

  • Archbishop Charles Scicluna in the hot seat

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna in the hot seat

    Malta’s new religious shepherd, Charles J. Scicluna will take centre stage on Tuesday’s edition of Times Talk. What sort of leadership are we to expect from Archbishop Scicluna. Will he carry out any radical changes? Is he the kind of leader the...

  • Dimech dismissed too hastily

    Dimech dismissed too hastily

    Columnist Ivan Fenech has a critical mind, an incisive pen and a perfect command of English, however, it is sad to see him in an all too partisan fashion repeatedly dismissing Manuel Dimch as ‘a criminal’ (March 10). I do not think much of the...

  • A setback for Middle East peace

    The surprise electoral victory of Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud Party in Israel is a major obstacle for peace in the Middle East and has been met with dismay by the international community. Mr Netanyahu was widely expected to lose...

  • Pork barrels and shows

    Pork barrels and shows

    I was buttonholed by a gent at the place where I pass some of my time on a working day (no, not at Cafe’ Stretto, which is a place to take breaks) who told me that he enjoyed my assorted public utterances. No accounting for taste, is there? If you...

  • The Pope’s conversion

    Pope Francis is now 78 years old. He was born the eldest son in a family of five from Italian immigrants from Piedmont in 1933 in Flores, Buenos Aires. Having briefly had a girlfriend and helplessly dreamed of one during his Jesuit studies, he...

  • The Calderon factor

    The Calderon factor

    Apart from making a name for himself as President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon has been chairing for some time an organisation best known as The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Over the past months, this organisation has overseen what...

  • Translating Ebejer

    Please allow me to put the record straight. It was Francis Ebejer (1925-1993) himself who had asked for a Maltese translation of his novel Requiem for a Malta Fascist a couple of years before his death. The cultural dominance of Maltese...

  • Defence of the realm

    In Malta, rumours travel fast by word of mouth. Though the Prime Minister has tried to allay fears, Maltese hearts and minds are not entirely persuaded. Malta’s army and police force are limited in numbers. Thus, in an emergency they...

  • Racists, you’re stupid

    Racists, I’m sick and tired of the stupidity you show in your haste to incite hatred against those who don’t fit your notion of ‘pure Maltese blood’. Pure Maltese blood indeed – if  there ever was the perfect place to insert a ‘LOLZ’, this would...

  • Wither Maltese?

    After reading Henry Frendo’s article ‘Language or hotchpotch’ (March 3), I would like to pose just one question: do the powers that be really have the Maltese language at heart? I personally believe that all this shows that some ulterior...

  • Seeing to pensioners’ needs now

    In the twilight of the previous Nationalist administration, former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi used to say he was more worried about the inadequacy of the State pension than the sustainability of the pension system. The subject seemed to fall by...

  • Trash in the countryside

    After reading Times of Malta, I thought about the very positive impact it would have on a tourist if the whole island, including its countryside and pathways, could be kept cleaner. It would not be difficult to organise (I have done so in France)...

  • Suffering in silence

    The dramatic tale of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished into thin air on March 8, 2014, is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in aviation history! No bodies and not a trace of debris from the plane have been found. Nothing...

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