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  • Nationalist insolence

    I was really shocked and disgusted when I read that the PN had approached Franco Debono and asked him to pay his membership fee. It was an insult to the thousands of faithful supporters who remained loyal to the party even during the frightful 16...

  • Tax returns

    From Times of Malta we have learned that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have paid a non-paltry sum to the operators of the kiosk at Mġarr ix-Xini so they can close up for the summer while filming is going on. According to one of the operators, the...

  • Did we treat old man fairly?

    An interesting online debate ensued after Saturday’s Times of Malta published a front page story entitled: ‘83-year-old admits hit-and-run in Lija’. This was a follow up to an item that was carried the previous day which showed dramatic CCTV...

  • Rapid revolution in retail industry

    There was a time when Malta, like Britain, could have easily been labelled as an ‘island of shopkeepers’. The time when every town and village had its own ironmonger, a few grocery shops, a tailor, a butcher and a greengrocer are slowly fading...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    … it never was!

  • More women in politics

    In March 2014, the Maltese electorate gave a resounding thumbs-up to four female Maltese candidates out of the six elected to the European Parliament. A month later the second female President of Malta was sworn into office. It is with great...

  • Even life itself is self-inflicted

    Last week the Employer’s Association came up with what (at first glance) appears to be a logical proposition to curb sick leave abuse. On closer scrutiny however, it turns out to be rather silly and, as the PM called it, ‘draconian’.  The...

  • No Sunday rest

    No Sunday rest

    Today, Sunday, was supposed to be our day of rest, but when LRDE director, Mr Chhiv invited us to join him at Anlong Korng, we jumped at the opportunity. Anlong Korng is a new project for LRDE. Families in dire need of assistance have been...

  • OH, YES, REALLY?

    Words, and their meaning, have experienced a disconnect under Joseph Muscat's Labour government that is awe inspiring.  Leave aside our Foreign Minister's concept of the meaning of the words "calm", "stable" and "evacuation" in the context of Libya.

  • A futile war in Gaza

    A futile war in Gaza

    The resumption of air strikes in Gaza by Israel after Hamas fired rockets following the end of a three-day truce on Friday morning is very unfortunate and dashed hopes of some type of permanent truce between the two sides. It was hoped that the...

  • Councils in search of an idea

    Finally, we can breathe again. It seems that the Birkirkara, Santa Venera, and Fleur-de-Lys local councils have ironed out their differences over what to christen the arch they intend to build on a roundabout in the demilitarised zone. The...

  • Facing the new Libya crisis

    Three years ago this month, Muammar Gaddafi finally lost his 42-year-grip on Libya’s capital, Tripoli. The previous six months had been one of extraordinary crisis for Libya’s people, struggling for freedom in the face of ruthless violence. The...

  • All that glitters is not…

    Every so often, it is good to step back from the commentary of the latest economic statistics in order to place the numbers in their perspective. When analysing the latest labour market developments, one realises that developments are not as good...

  • O Sliema, where art thou?

    This summer, Sliema has increasingly reminded me of Amity Island – the fictional beach resort that was terrorised at the height of its summer tourist season by a man-eating Great White. Jaws changed the world’s understanding and perception, not...

  • Invasion of the beach snatchers

    This year it looks like the invasion of the beach and kiosk furniture. Venture anywhere near the seaside and you’ll find sunloungers in a relentless march across the shore. Umbrellas are being staked across new territory as concession owners...

  • Balance in journalism? It’s fiction

    “Facts are the centre. Facts. We don’t pretend that certain facts are in dispute to give the appearance of fairness to people who don’t believe them. Balance is irrelevant to me. It doesn’t have anything to do with truth, logic or reality.” It was...

  • Tragedy over Ukraine: facts vs fiction

    I must admit that the article by Michael Falzon (‘Tragedy born of recklessness’, The Sunday Times of Malta, August 3) in response to my letter in Times of Malta related to the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane left me quite perplexed. Trying...

  • The Holy Trinity in Maltese

    As I was reading Fr Mark Montebello’s interesting article ‘Il-Poeżiji reliġjużi ta’ Manwel Dimech’ (Manwel Dimech’s religious poems) in Knisja elfejn, issue number 108, I came across Dimech’s Marian poem in which he refers to Mary as “mit-Tlitija...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    This week’s highlight – or rather, lowlight from my point of view – was the news that Studio Ghibli is no more. Well, not precisely no more. Media reports about what is happening there are so ambiguous that it’s anyone’s guess whether...

  • ‘Kuraġġ!’ and other words that should never be uttered

    ‘Kuraġġ!’ and other words that should never be uttered

    It’s a word which is always at the tip of our tongues in the face of adversity. “Kuraġġ!”, we love saying to the afflicted person with a slight tilt of the head, our faces etched with a tinge of pity. “Kuraġġ!” we say again, this time squeezing...

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