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  • 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?...

  • 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...

  • Looking forward imperative

    Simon Anholt is the person who coined the term national branding. Today, by his own admission, he spends most of his time convincing people and governments that there is no such thing as nation branding. He says it is a myth and a dangerous one at...

  • Vittoriosa Great Siege city

    Vittoriosa Great Siege city

    Every year since September 8, 1926 Valletta has been the venue of the 1565 Great Siege anniversary celebrations, marked with pomp and circumstance and including parades, band marches, speeches and a Pontifical High Mass in selected localities in...

  • Open letter to a princess

    Today is the first anniversary since Nirvana went to the Lord. It’s been a rough and painful year for all the family and lots of her friends. I talk to her every night before I go to sleep. A few days ago, after talking to her, I lay in bed but...

  • One thing Isis wants

    One thing Isis wants

    In defending their town against the heavy siege by Islamic State (Isis) fighters, the Syrian Kurdish inhabitants of the town of Kobani have had to face up to the possibility of annihilation. The battle became everyone’s to fight. Untrained young...

  • What’s best for Sundays?

    The Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business recently issued a public consultation document on the proposed reform of shop opening hours. Compared with other government initiatives in the pipeline, this proposed reform does not seem...

  • Impartiality or prejudice

    Impartiality or prejudice

    A few weeks ago, I wrote an article (‘Malta Tagħna Lkoll lawlessness’) which seemed to strike a chord with hundreds of people who recognised that Malta’s respect for the rule of law – never a Maltese strong point – had slipped precipitately...

  • Baby and the wastewater

    My colleague, Philip Grech, penned a very pertinent article titled ‘Flood relief and reality’ in Times of Malta (September 29, 2014). I was not at all relieved by what he had to say. The office where I work is situated in Main Street corner with...

  • When fools rush in

    When fools rush in

    The organisers of the drifting competition that was meant to take place at Montekristo Estates are the latest victims of Labour’s destructive populist policies. Only a few days ago, it was the hunters who realised they’d been duped. The fracas...

  • Respect the rule of law

    Respect the rule of law

    One of the basic tenets of democracy is respect for the rule of law. Good governance is about having an open and fair government that leads by example. It too has to be seen to respect the law. Since Malta joined the EU, a significant part of our...

  • The past and a bright future

    Historian Charles Xuereb said on television that, as a nation, we should carry out some soul searching and attempt to establish what constitutes our Maltese identity. He contested the ongoing presence of the George Cross on the national flag and...

  • Bombing the Islamic State

    There seems to be general consensus of approval in the international community regarding the initiative taken by the US to form a coalition (that includes also some notable Arab countries) to bomb the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. President Obama...

  • Hong Kong’s challenge to China

    Hong Kong’s challenge to China

    The protests taking place in Hong Kong present a huge challenge to China, perhaps the biggest political challenge Beijing has faced since the Tiananmen democracy movement in 1989. The situation in Hong Kong also presents a challenge to the outside...

  • The tackle that I used to know

    The revaluation of Valletta as a heritage site is very much about its grand period buildings, their contents (lorded over by two Caravaggios), and what one might call the manufactured authenticity of the city’s streets. The restored façades, the...

  • Undermining decades of multicultural peace

    Living together in peace must be the goal of all nations on earth, yet currently, it seems, seismic upheavals threaten this ideal. From neighbouring North Africa to the Middle East and beyond, and north to Ukraine, local violence has become a way...

  • A loud and clear message

    The Sunday Times of Malta (August 28) reported a decision by the Industrial Tribunal of July 23. A dismissed employee sought redress for unfair dismissal. He had received various warnings for various wrong-doings. The tribunal established that...

  • Because we’re going nowhere fast

    In 1990 there were approximately 182,000 registered motor vehicles on our roads. Today, the number has practically doubled and stands at an inordinate 320,000, making Malta’s per capita vehicle ownership figures among the highest worldwide. Cars...

  • The libel boomerang

    You can figure out that someone grew up in the 1980s in Malta if they bought their cassettes from the monti, remember Eileen Montesin and her puppet Pitsu as a permanent fixture on TVM and as a Labour icon, and were au courant with Italian...

  • From Xandir Malta to Xinhua

    On October 12, 1983, Archbishop Ġużeppi Mercieca filed a constitutional case against the Government of Malta asking the court to declare that the Devolution Act and other legislation aimed at the de facto confiscation of Church property constitute...

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