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  • Clinton to ‘earn’ US vote

    Clinton to ‘earn’ US vote

    Hillary Clinton put an end to the worst kept secret in American politics last Sunday by officially announcing that she was running for President. In her opening video posted on the social media, she said she would hit the road to “earn” America’s...

  • Virtually a defeat for hunters

    Barely two weeks ago I was one of probably very many people who thought that the No camp would likely win the referendum. I had pored over the polls, and I had also followed with considerable zeal the constant stream of online comments, posts, and...

  • Maltese living abroad can still be Maltese

    From time to time, since 1969, it was considered important to organise conventions with the aim of bringing together members of the Maltese community from abroad, to give them the opportunity of highlighting issues, problems, ideas and even make...

  • The dice were loaded

    The die is cast, alea iacta est, said Julius Caesar as he led his army across the river towards Rome. In the referendum last week, the dice were loaded against the conservation of nature and spring hunting is now back on track. The post-mortem on...

  • 49.4%’s the new hunter

    Victory for the Yes camp was inevitable. Or was it? Early on, even before the campaigns began in earnest, I bet with an ex-hunter that Yes would win the day. He’d had his ‘Road to Damascus’ moment and desperately wanted me to write about his...

  • The centre will hold

    What’s the best song to listen to when experiencing a defeat? The Bee Gees You Win Again? Green Day’s Nice Guys Finish Last? Elton John’s Sad Songs Say so Much? I suppose it’s a song which will take the edge of the hollow feeling in the pit of...

  • They shoot birds, don’t they?

    It is very clear that they shoot birds besides horses. Following the recent referendum, hunters will keep on shooting birds to their hearts’ content not only in Gozo, which voted in favour, but also in Malta, which voted against. A slim majority...

  • All great things come for free

    All great things come for free

    An article in the British papers last week talked about the things that make British people “feel great”. And you know what single thing makes them happy? It’s not winning the lottery; it’s not a new job; it’s not securing a multi-million business...

  • Come on, feel the noise...

    OK, so now it’s official: We are one of – if not THE noisiest nation(s) on earth. And if that surprises you, well it shouldn’t. We do decibels like trappists do silence, we are Loud with a capital L. When I read the recent report in Times of Malta...

  • Europe must wake up

    Some weeks back, watching the news on Italian television, I was intrigued by the almost positive twist given to a very sad event. The Chinese government, through its China National Chemical Corporation, made an attractive bid to shareholders and...

  • This is the time to think

    This is the time to think

    I’ve remarked on the ennui facing regular columnists at times, when you sit down and stare at the computer monitor and the blinking cursor clicks on and off, marking the seconds ticking down inexorably to your deadline. It’s probably nothing...

  • Equality and inclusion

    Equality and inclusion

    I recently met a young man whom I had the pleasure of being his tutor about 18 years ago. It was wonderful to see how tall and very handsome Peter* has become. Looking back, it was hard to imagine the progress that he would make in the years to...

  • Relations on right path

    Leading members of Libya’s democratically-elected, inter­nationally-recognised Parliament are in Washington DC for meetings with the US government, which started on Wednesday. Almost simultaneously over the past week, there have been coordinated...

  • Strengthening freedom

    Strengthening freedom

    Over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle described free-dom as the basis of a democratic State. The very first article of our Constitution declares that “Malta is a democratic republic founded on work and on respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms...

  • Power the people need

    It looks like Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi lost their way on March 8. Instead of going to Delimara to inaugurate the new gas-fired power station they were driven to Marsa to mark the switching off of the Marsa...

  • Tribute to illustrious judge

    In his article ‘Another side of Maurice’ (March 30), Francis Zammit-Dimech referred to my involvement in the 4Ts and my liaison with the late Maurice Caruana Curran to help him start the youth movement. This tribute to the late judge, inadequate...

  • Third millennium martyrs

    Consecrated men and women from around the globe, meeting in Rome, denounced the persecution of Christians and made an urgent appeal to the international community to “implement concrete interventions” for peace. The message, above the signature of...

  • Muscat on the media

    Muscat on the media

    There’s been some sniffing – outrage, even – at Joseph Muscat’s statement that, following the referendum result, the media (presumably the English-language press that advocated a No vote) had some stocktaking to do. Well, should we sniff or should...

  • From panic to ‘literacy’

    From panic to ‘literacy’

    The debate is an ongoing one: whether the new millennials, who spend, on average, up to eight hours every day engaging with new media, will turn out just as any other generation before them or, as some pundits lament, into the ‘dumbest generation’...

  • If we sacrifice the environment

    The result of the referendum was a close call. The difference is minuscule compared to the variance we had in the divorce and the EU membership referendums. It is also minuscule in comparison to the difference in the votes garnered by the two main...

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