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  • Are airstrikes enough to defeat IS?

    Are airstrikes enough to defeat IS?

    There has been fierce fighting all week in the strategic Syrian Kurish town of Kobane, located near the Turkish border, between Islamic State and Kurdish forces. US-led airstrikes have dented IS advances, but these have not been enough to stop the...

  • Branding our country

    Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s controversial former communications chief, was spot on when he told an EY conference in Malta on Wednesday that Malta had a good image, but not a powerful one. Mr Campbell said it was clear that Malta was not known...

  • Poor public transport needs to be sorted out

    There is clearly a problem when a full bus arrives at a stop, only to be closely followed by another bus just as full. There is evidently a problem when 20 students (yes, I counted) alight at one stage and another 10 (yes, I counted again) alight...

  • Hunting suspension, bad politics

    I became Ornis Committee chairman 10 months ago. At the time of appointment, I promised parliamentary secretary Roderick Galdes I would do my job with impartiality and discretion. It’s a promise I don’t intend to break, which is why what follows...

  • The Med’s Mare Mortum

    Exactly one year ago today, Malta was dealing with the aftermath of yet another horrific tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea. Hundreds of men, women and children had lost their lives – most of them never to be found – while 146 of the people who were...

  • The thick of it

    The thick of it

    The recent keynote address by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former director of communications, helped throw into sharper focus how the media has evolved over the years, mainly but not exclusively, due to the mushrooming of the social...

  • Please expunge this archaic law

    Sections of the media last Sunday regaled us with pictures of new police recruits celebrating their ‘graduation’ at the Police Academy while a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs was reported to have said that it is prioritising the...

  • Our gridlock island

    I don’t know about politicians. Immediately before and after elections they’re pledging to keep their ears to the ground and their fingers on the nation’s pulse whilst simultaneously curing our ‘weggħat’ (ills and woes). This is politician-speak...

  • Straight talking and straight answers

    Reuters told us last Monday that Pope Francis asked the cardinals, bishops and others participating in the Synod of the Family currently being held at the Vatican to stop bickering. The Free Dictionary says that ‘bickering’ means “to engage in a...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    There are some shows that inspire conflicting reactions in me – a wary enjoyment tem­per­ed by a feeling of ‘what the hell am I watching here and what’s keeping me from switching to something better?’. Call it the train-wreck version of the small...

  • Angelina fasten your seatbelt

    Angelina fasten your seatbelt

    As you are reading this, Angelina Jolie Pitt is sitting on the beach at Mġarr ix-Xini Bay in Gozo, with her Maltese teacher, busy learning Maltese words. People magazine, which can always be relied on for its infinite number of unnamed sources,...

  • Islanders

  • More snippets from my inbox

    How about this for an advert placed in Palermo’s weekly freebie newspaper Omert (I’ve had a translation of the text into English-ish made). “Signori... including capos, under-capos and consigliori... Have you ever wanted to get away from it all?...

  • Nalizpelra

  • ZTV - Storm

  • Watch: Sex abuse claims gone wrong

    Watch: Sex abuse claims gone wrong

    Tuesday's edition of Times Talk discussed the problem when the ‘perpetrator’ becomes the victim of malicious claims of sexual abuse. With criminal lawyer Joe Giglio, victim support lawyer Roberta Lepre and the CEO of the Foundation for Social...

  • Conduct unbecoming a minister

    It is crystal clear that Home Affairs and National Security Minister Manuel Mallia is uncomfortable committing himself to publish the findings of two inquiries both involving the police force. One is about a decision that was made by former police...

  • Where’s William Morris?

    Where’s William Morris?

    It’s a strange experience, living in Malta in the year 2014. It’s as if we’ve been transported, lock, stock and smoking barrel, into the land of milk and honey, where all is serene and blissful and the populace mooches about with a satisfied grin...

  • Telling appeal by the Pope

    I was intrigued by the words of Pope Francis at the opening of the Synod of bishops in Rome on Sunday to discuss family issues. He told the bishops to stop the bickering between progressives and conservatives. “Synod assemblies are not meant to...

  • Guests at the VVIP area

    Once Mario Dingli enjoys reading my letters due to the “fun” he gets, may I give him some more “fun” to make his day. In his reply to a letter of mine, he says that it is this government which is being “divisive” when President Emeritus Eddie...

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