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  • Netanyahu’s shameful U-turn

    Netanyahu’s shameful U-turn

    The victory in Israel of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party, which took many observers by surprise, has made the possibility of a peace agreement with the Palestinians even more remote and has created a new dilemma for both...

  • You cannot be serious, man

    Last Tuesday’s Times Talk was something of a journalistic scoop. It told us what we already knew, but it also told us that what we knew was not necessarily true. Simon Busuttil is in a very difficult position, for three reasons. First, a good...

  • Has multiculturalism failed us?

    It is becoming fairly obvious that we seem to be at a loss what to do about migrants that land unwanted and unwelcomed on our shores. Nations around the world have taken diametrically opposite views as to how to tackle this urgent problem. In...

  • The Marsa spin party

    The fires at Marsa are out, and the power station has stopped belching smoke and flames. Tearful employees said goodbye, having struggled with this iron monster for decades, like a friendly dragon which they cared for in spite of its faults. An...

  • Favouring the law’s delay. . .

    It was a matter of time before Mr Justice J.R.’ Micallef made the news. With initials like those, you’re bound to make the headlines, sooner or later, in Texas or in Malta. His name popped up quite a few times in the media last week: first when he...

  • 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...

  • “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:...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • Patterns of migration

    The Ornis committee decided to recommend this year’s opening of a spring hunting season under derogation, pending the outcome of the referendum result of April 11. As it has done every year, the committee’s decision was based on the scientific...

  • New beginning tomorrow

    New beginning tomorrow

    New beginnings are the two words that came to my mind as I sat at my desk struggling with my thoughts in an attempt to write something coherent and interesting that would make readers of Times of Malta bother to go through. I make no claim on any...

  • Taking tourism forward

    In Parliament, the other day, I reiterated my call for a capacity study given our size and infrastructure. I rebutted absurd claims that I was, in any way, suggesting a cap on the number of tourists that visit the islands. When I called for a...

  • Truth is the first casualty

    On a campaign truth can be the first casualty. So let us not be fooled by the so-called facts that are being bandied about by the pro-hunting lobby. A clip posted on the social media by those calling for spring hunting to remain starts with a...

  • Throwing away our heritage

    What a pity, what a shame! Another old building is about to be demolished. It will be gone forever, the irreplaceable loss of the historic urban fabric of the important Naxxar village core. Such news makes one feel impotent in the face of the...

  • Fr Peter, three years on

    Fr Peter, three years on

    It’s been three years, this week, since Fr Peter Serracino Inglott passed away. Three years and several celebrations of his life and work: at least two sets of lectures associated with his name; a prize named after him to reward social and...

  • Do we speak Maltese?

    Do we speak Maltese?

    The problem of whether English words should be spelt the English or the Maltese way when writing in Maltese has resurfaced. Most of the contributions have dwelt on aesthetic or patriotic aspects. The age-old battle between conservation and...

  • The Lord Denning of Malta

    His chequered life, his love for acting but, above all, his brilliant legal mind, place Maurice Caruana Curran in a prominent place in Malta’s legal Parthenon. His sense of public duty, his creative legal mind and his love for our country’s...

  • Do we look like monkeys?

    Do we look like monkeys?

    No disrespect meant to monkeys, after all we all know about evolution and all that, but quite honestly do Mario Camilleri and the Prime Minister think we are brain dead or something? As a young boy I recall reading the Famous Five and...

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