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  • To name or not to name…

    Who or what is a journalist? It may seem like an obvious question, with an even more obvious answer, but in the modern age this question has become ever more pressing since journalists ‘benefit’ from limited forms of protection that allows them to...

  • A resignation is not enough

    When the Times of Malta broke the story about the expropriation of one-fourth of a building in Old Mint Street, Valletta, Michael Falzon said this was a case of ‘much ado about nothing’. Following the publication of the Auditor General’s report,...

  • Internet use at the workplace

    Rather than being seen as giving employers the right to snoop on their employee’s private correspondence, a recent judgment by the European Court of Human Rights should be considered as an eye-opener. A Romanian engineer was fired after he used...

  • A collusion, no less

    A collusion, no less

    The National Audit Office has concluded that the Gaffarena deals – there were two apparently – on those Valletta properties were the result of collusion. Responsibility was heaped on the officials at the Land Department, together with outgoing...

  • The EU Poland wants

    The EU Poland wants

    Poland fought long and hard against foreign occupation as well as against an oppressive communist regime in order to achieve its current solid democratic order. Yet, its new government, barely two months in office after winning a convincing...

  • Praying in public

    By praying in public as they did last week, Muslims will not gain any sympathy. The only way to solve this problem is to continue searching for the right property in the right place. Bringing up the need to pray five times a day should not be laid...

  • Valletta access

    I totally agree with what was written in the editorial ‘A master plan for the capital’ (January 13). Very well said. Make it difficult for people to access Valletta and they will certainly find a more convenient place to satisfy their wants. Life...

  • Near tragedy on a bus stop

    Last week, a horrendous accident was averted in the nick of time. It was around 5pm on a bus stop in Msida. As a bus pulled in to take on passengers, a sizeable throng of some two dozen surged forward and jostled to get aboard. A handful got on,...

  • Archbishop’s comments on Prime Minister unwarranted

    Archbishop’s comments on Prime Minister unwarranted

    Even the most ardent of the Prime Minister’s supporters may clearly see his New Year’s kitchen message was a public relations disaster. It was an ill-conceived, badly researched, mediocre presentation that inevitably ended badly and was another...

  • Music from the Mdina archives

    While Valletta is basking in the glittering splendour of its fourth International Baroque Festival, it is most opportune to acknowledge the pioneering work of Kenneth Zammit Tabona, the complete gentleman who believes in excellence in art, music...

  • University 2006 ‘coup d’etat’

    In view of what has already been said and written about the forthcoming appointment of a new rector at the University of Malta, it might be worth taking a flashback to 2006. Juanito Camilleri’s appointment as rector was a controversial affair. He...

  • Choice of paving at Parliament square

    Choice of paving at Parliament square

    Several years ago I had suggested that the authorities should take a look at the paving used in Dubrovnik’s main street – Stradun. As was the ‘style’ of the time, my suggestion was rather unceremoniously shot down on the grounds that I was not...

  • Carnival came early

    Carnival came early

    Kate Holmes is the mother of Daniel, a Welshman currently serving a prison sentence of over 10 years in Malta after being found guilty for cannabis possession. The sentence, which also included a €23,000 fine, triggered quite a bit of controversy...

  • Conjured Libyan government

    Conjured Libyan government

    January 17 will mark the international community’s day of infamy, when it tried to push through a new Libyan government elected by nobody and answerable to nobody. Though it failed on the agreed date to do so, it succeeded in part on January 19 by...

  • Illustrious dates

    The photo of HMS Illustrious (January 16) captioned “Berthed at Parlatorio Wharf” shows Valletta in the background and was taken on November 28, 1947. She arrived from Portsmouth and was berthed at Parlatorio Wharf where she had endured massive...

  • Charade at taxpayer’s expense

    There appears to be no end to the abuses taking place today, some,apparently, even with the blessing ofthe administration. It is a first-class scandal if, as it has been reported, the staff employed on a position-of-trust basis in the private...

  • Xenophobia is the wrong word

    The article ‘Dwindling migrant arrivals but xenophobia rife’ (January 14) does not help in clarifying the issue of the reaction in Malta to the wave of unregulated migration into the island. Words are used too loosely. Xenophobia is a morbid...

  • Don’t forget the poor

    The strong and the wealthy are meeting in Davos for the  World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters on the theme: “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.   Pope Francis in a message to the world’s political and industrial leaders said that “the...

  • Ditch the Falzon #respect

    It's offensive. After the National Audit Office yesterday confirmed what we kind of already knew in the most damning way possible, there was only one possible acceptable outcome. The resignation of Michael Falzon, which was indeed what happened...

  • Slap a tax on bus lane drivers

    Usually, if an enjoyable pastime is deemed anti-social, such as indulging in alcohol, tobacco, betting, gambling or owning an over-sized car, the standard remedy is for the State to tax it heavily. Then everyone can feel happy: the politicians...

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