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  • The Commonwealth blues

    The Commonwealth blues

    The Prime Minister made an important, measured and well-received speech at the London School of Economics on July 21 on ‘The Commonwealth at 65 – From London to Valletta’. In Malta, there was the usual carping from those whose mindset is so...

  • Labour in cloud cuckoo

    Labour in cloud cuckoo

    As Libya was burning, our Prime Minister was in the UK planning the next Commonwealth summit in Malta, laying out his grandiose plans to flog life into a moribund organisation. He didn’t cut his visit short when it emerged that a Maltese national...

  • City awash with stains

    I congratulate Times of Malta for raising the issue of the stained surface of the Valletta paving forming part of Renzo Piano’s project. On the same day the article appeared, the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure held a press conference to...

  • Undying belief in people

    Joseph Muscat seems intent on cancelling all local elections for the next five years. It should not have come as a surprise. It is yet another idea that exposes the mindset of Labour in government and their blatant disrespect for the people they...

  • Turmoil, wars and war crimes

    Turmoil, wars and war crimes

    It has not been a good two weeks on the international scene: Libya in falling apart (in our own back yard), the war in Gaza continues to claim many innocent Palestinian civilians, Russia persists in causing trouble in Ukraine, Iraqi Christians...

  • The case for non-holidays

    A couple of weeks ago Times of Malta reported the results of an NSO survey on income and living conditions. It seems that 60 per cent of Maltese households with children cannot afford a single holiday a year. The actual wording used in the survey...

  • Ashamed to be Australian

    This once proud country, my second home, built on the labour of migrants, has now become a fortress, determined to repel any invasion from desperate refugees fleeing from persecution and human-created hell in their own country. Against all humane...

  • Tragedy born of recklessness

    I was intrigued to read a letter published in Times of Malta last Wednesday, in which Russian Ambassador Boris Marchuk took to task a correspondent for daring to state that ‘Russia’s involvement (in the tragedy of Malaysia Airline flight MH17) is...

  • Protecting EU holidaymakers

    Europeans enjoy travelling, booking more than one billion holidays every year. Especially in times like this, during the summer months, as many as half of all citizens in the European Union go on at least one trip. Thanks to EU consumer protection...

  • The charity trump card

    On my way down to the beach, near the traffic lights there’s a giant painting of a man’s head topped by a huge lampuka. It’s been there for a couple of years – having been painted as part of the Sliema Street Art Festival. I can’t help smiling...

  • The shame in attacking sleeping children

    Three different epi­sodes communicat­ed to me more than anything else the horror of the collective hell called Gaza: the words of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, the tears of Chris Gunness who is in Gaza as part of his job with the United...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    “Who killed Laura Palmer?” The words are guaranteed to evoke nostalgia into the hearts of those of my generation. This was the tagline to Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s murder mystery series that gave the word ‘surreal’ a new meaning. I must have been...

  • I’m falling in love with the underdog

    I’m falling in love with the underdog

    Summers in Paola are a constant bombardment of firework mortars from all the nearby towns and villages. But a couple of weekends ago, the shaking of the ground was a bit too much even by our standards – it all felt like an earthquake in our...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 17...

    Wow! I have – thanks to Jo-zeff – just seen how the other half lives... and how! Yes, for the past 10 days I have been the ‘honoured’ guest of Is-Sur... (He doesn’t want me to broadcast his name, so let’s leave it as: A prominent and very wealthy...

  • Jumping to the refrain

    Jumping to the refrain

    In the play put up by the Local Luvvies about the cross-dressing Jew-baiter who eventually finds true love in a can, there is a line that resonated with me the first time I read it. The dark-skinned one lets it be known that he will “not jump with...

  • Smart way to pay students

    The abolishment of the Smart Card and its replacement with a free-for-all system has inevitably generated a lot of debate. I say inevitably because this is the sort of thing that gets us all worked up; not the plight of sub-Saharan migrants or the...

  • Efficient link to Gozo

    Efficient link to Gozo

    The debate on a link between Malta and Gozo has reached the point of discussing a tunnel or a bridge. Some were quick to jump on the bandwagon, professing the economic benefits to Gozo of such link. They have every right to think so but so have...

  • Malta on the new Silk Road

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat last month paid a successful visit to China. A memorandum of understanding for mid-term cooperation between the two countries was signed, laying the groundwork for stronger bilateral relations in various fields in...

  • Was Saif al-Islam right?

    Was Saif al-Islam right?

    On February 21, 2011, on that fateful night of rebellion in Tripoli, when Muammar Gaddafi was rumoured to have fled and on the way to Venezuela, all speculation about whether the regime had really fallen came to an end when Saif al-Islam Gaddafi...

  • Helena’s pride is misplaced

    In her article entitled ‘Proudest pride week’ (July 18), Helena Dalli, the Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, gushes with pride as she praises the great advances achieved by her government in promoting ‘gay...

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