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  • Everyone has Tom Cruise teeth

    Everyone has Tom Cruise teeth

    The first thing I notice when I meet someone new is usually the teeth. After the handshake that is, which if it’s limp, I don’t even bother looking at anything else. I find that the teeth can say a lot about someone, and not just about hygiene.

  • ‘Only weeks left to save Schengen’

    ‘Only weeks left to save Schengen’

    The European Union has to act fast and on many fronts if there is any hope of it managing the bloc’s migrant crisis which is spiralling out of control and threatening the survival of the Schengen agreement. A number of EU leaders last week sounded...

  • Off-season perceptions

    Does anyone remember the age of traffic? It was a time when traffic jams made the headlines, when Facebook was a firmament of posts by people stuck in their cars, and when hardly a conversation took place that the dreaded word was not...

  • Deliver us from the evil of abortion

    January 22, 2016, is the anniversary of a legal system gone askew, a system that failed to protect millions of vulnerable preborn children from annihilation by abortion. Forty-three years ago, in 1973, the US Supreme Court, in ‘Roe versus Wade’,...

  • Keeping things confidential

    Confidentiality is so essential for good journalism, that it is recognised at law. This principle must be defended to the hilt by anyone engaged in journalism, which is why I am writing this article today. Protection of sources is a fundamental...

  • There is no crueller tyranny

    To say that Borg vs Malta passes both legal and moral censure on our courts would be no understatement. This absolute judgment handed down recently by the European Court of Human Rights now constitutes a watershed in the judicial history of...

  • Elephants in the room

    The Nationalist Party held a convention about the environment and many people got very excited and gurgled on about this great new green awakening. There were a lot of tweets with the Idea Ambjent hashtag and much sipping of fairtrade coffee and...

  • A loud ‘we shall not be moved’

    Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People, depicting, among other things, the bullying of the media in Norway towards the end of the 19th century, is very relevant to Malta today where press freedom is under threat. Dr Stockman, the protagonist...

  • Go music, lights, camera, stand by and… action!

    The scene is a local sound stage. We are eavesdropping on the shooting of the Supreme Leader Malta’s New Year message for 2017. (Lucky old us.) Sixteen local dancers of both sexes, dressed in scraps of wispy grey gauze, are waiting to perform a...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The patriotic pork protest

    We Maltese people get passionate about a great many things. Challenge our football team, political party or band club at your peril but don’t get between the Maltese and their food. Specifically, the sangwiċċ bil-perżut (ham sandwich). From what I...

  • Bloggers and their sources

    Bloggers and their sources

    On March 17, Magistrate Francesco Depasquale will pronounce whether Daphne Caruana Galizia is obliged to reveal her news sources – at least when she breaks a story, or makes an allegation, on her blog as distinct from her newspaper columns. Should...

  • From rhetoric to action

    From rhetoric to action

    Nobody can deny that the inclusion of persons with disability within our education ranks has been a success. Similarly nobody can deny that the attempts to include them within the working population have been a flop. As an individual previously...

  • Trust in government, not parties

    With 60 per cent of the population saying that they don’t trust political parties, politicians should be very wary of the situation. At the same time, the government enjoys a strong 51 per cent trust rating and an approval rating of +22 per cent.

  • That Polidano test

    That Polidano test

    The government’s three years in office have been marked by a succession of public appointments in which party colour, rather than quality or merit, has dominated the selection process. Meritocracy was promised in the months before the election;...

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