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  • 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’,...

  • Malta’s tears of confusion

    Is there a connection between the recent call made by the Chamber of Commerce calling for the inculcation of a culture of excellence and the incident last weekend when a helicopter could not land on the helipad at St Luke’s Hospital because a...

  • The hung over society

    The last time I looked, Malta was not a Dickensian hell-hole in the Mediterranean with Scrooge-like bosses working their employees to the death. Granted, there are the occasional infringements of workers’ rights but there are legal avenues of...

  • Ecclesiastical blood transfusions

    Bishops are not renowned for making critical remarks about the Church, more so when they direct this criticism even towards themselves. Consequently when Bishop Mario Grech recently delivered a homily saying that the putrid stench of death...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    The media houses were dominated by one main story earlier this week: the untimely death of film legend Robin Williams. As is the wont of the great monster that is the internet machine, the whole world and its sister came out in full force...

  • When the moon blows a kiss to the earth

    When the moon blows a kiss to the earth

    I have never seen a shooting star in all my life. While friends look at the star-studded sky pointing one there, another one there and practically all over the place, I see nothing but fixed stars and too many twinkling light of airplanes – so...

  • It’s not your monument... it’s mine...

    Minutes of extraordinary meeting of Ħas-Siġra local council: Present: All local councillors, with the exception of Ms Rita Zarb Plankton – who was excused on account of her not wishing to miss this evening’s episode of East Enders. Agenda: The...

  • Stamp duty exemption danger

    Walk into any bank branch to request a home loan or talk to any real estate agent and you will immediately realise that the first-time buyer market is passing through a period of boom and flurry. Undoubtedly, the stamp duty exemption whereby...

  • Appeasement bites

    Appeasement bites

    Did you see that excellent likeness of me on that rag, KullĦadd? Their respect for the truth is manifested by the way that, on the day they buried, in breach of the law, the right of reply we sent in about the lie they had published, they put up a...

  • Air safety post-MH17

    Air safety post-MH17

    I could not stop thinking about the crash of Malaysian flight MH17 in Ukraine. I was watching CNN when, at about 4pm, the news of an aircraft disappearing off the radar screen in Ukraine started filtering in. My immediate reaction was that it had...

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