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Neutrality needs revision

Those who play down the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as Isis or Isil) insurgents’ long-term threat to our island are living in fantasy-land, oblivious of this fanatical group’s intentions to convert pseudo Christian Europe to militant Islam.

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    I probably stand a good chance of finding my car tyres slashed after I write this, but I may be one of the very, very few people who never quite got the reason behind all the hype surrounding Star Wars. I’m sure that coming from someone who writes...

  • The devil is always watching

    The devil is always watching

    When we were little, a girl came over at the playground and informed a group of tiny us that whenever we were to hear the word ‘devil’, we had to quickly make the sign of the cross so as to scare him off. We all listened to her wide-eyed. We all...

  • Hands off my hobby... or else!

    In the wake of the government’s recent publishing of the autumn hunting regulations, Sylvanus today brings you the thoughts and muses of my very good friend, Leli il-kaċċatur. Leli belongs to that much maligned fraternity, the Maltese hunters. And...

  • Speak up over land ‘theft’

    Few people realise that the Maltese Constit­ution pledges that “the State shall safeguard the land­scape”. Mepa policies are full of nuggets of wisdom, including “within the designated natural coastal areas... no urban development will be...

  • Whose shame now?

    Whose shame now?

    When I first saw Konrad Mizzi, now the Honourable Dr K. Mizzi, Minister for Enemalta, Mater Dei Hospital and whatever else he does to earn less than half his family’s income from public funds, I wasn’t particularly impressed at his grasp on...

  • Failure of nation-building

    Failure of nation-building

    In 1925, Sir Harry Luke published a captivating book on ‘Mosul and its Minorities’. Sir Harry, who later served as Lieutenant-Governor to Malta, observes: “There are few parts of the world so baffling to the ethnographic map-maker as the district...

  • The Muslims are coming

    If you believe that the Muslims have a cunning plan to rule the world, come to hear Mass on a Sunday morning at Marsascala. Here you will find your very own champion, a young priest who preaches that the Muslims are telling Christians to be...

  • All together now, ‘Kumbaya...’

    The proposals forwarded by the Malta Employers’ Association for an overhaul of the Employment and Industrial Relations Act provoked numerous reactions which merit consideration and perhaps a response. Alison Bezzina enlightened us with a plastic...

  • Robin Williams’s artistry

    Robin Williams’s artistry

    I never got to speak to Robin Williams; I merely watched him try to learn how to juggle balls and hats. Thanks to that childhood memory, my abiding image of Williams is that of the quietest man in the room, with a shy smile, nodding gratefully to...

  • Crucifixion of Paul Cremona

    Crucifixion of Paul Cremona

    Oh… I see! Did it all start with some politician claiming that the local Church has been silenced? So here comes Mgr Charles Vella referring to the “horrific sound of silence” of the local Church with respect to the plight of the Iraqi Christians...

  • Germany: reluctant leader

    Germany: reluctant leader

    At the commemoration service in Liege to mark the start of World War I, President Joachim Gauck of Germany spoke powerfully of his country’s responsibility for the war. Germany’s “completely unjustifiable” invasion of neutral Belgium showed that...

  • Blackout... of information

    After reading many news reports and comments about the latest nationwide power cut, I have a feeling there is still a lot that is not being said. Almost as soon as the information started coming out, anyone who knows anything about power networks...

  • Selective customer care

    Selective customer care

    For years, when I visited Malta with my family, there was a game we always played on the airplane. It went: let’s see who spots that godforsaken island first. Sometimes, nobody won and we’d say the pilot must have missed it, only to suddenly find...

  • Mepa leaves no stone unturned

    Mepa leaves no stone unturned

    Times of Malta lately reported the construction of a dirt and concrete road on Comino, an island with barely half a dozen residents and an EU Natura 2000 site. The Malta Environment and Planning Authority, which is the competent authority for the...

  • The right man for the job

    Simon Busuttil’s app­roach is seen as too soft: an accusation which is a bit overdone. However, perceptions of strength matter – especially in politics. After a full year at the helm of the Nationalist Party, people still aren’t persuaded. The new...

  • Beyond ‘brownie’ points

    I have repeatedly claimed that young people, even at the tender age of 16 are more than accomplished to contribute to governance. In fact, the way I see it, one very important electoral proposal by the party in government was the one that...

  • Islamic State’s terrifying onslaught in Iraq

    Islamic State’s terrifying onslaught in Iraq

    The brutal and savage onslaught by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria continued to dominate the news last week, especially with the many reports emerging of war crimes committed by this terrorist organisation (or rather, terrorist State)...

  • Jiena jisimni Bond, James Bond

    The other day I found myself at an ‘Evenings on Campus’ event at the University. The offering of the night was Kaurismäki’s Le Havre, a quite wonderful film with definite resonances on migration, life in harbour towns, and so on. That, and a...

  • Summer snapshot of the police

    We are at the height of the summer season, in the middle of August – a time when most people are on holidays, or on shutdown, village festas are happening practically every day, and the tourist population on our islands is at its highest. These...

  • Indifference over plight of the Iraqi Christians

    I have read some of the articles and letters in this newspaper as a plea against the massacre of Christians and other ethnic groups in Iraq. I am very struck by the Talking Point written by Miriam Sciberras entitled ‘Horrific sound of silence’,...

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