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Victor Calleja

  • The Musumeci syndrome

    Among Malta’s many problems insularity ranks high. Even if it can be a boon sometimes, on the whole our smallness causes problems: the Maltese are all too closely linked and related. So, when it comes to politicians’ friends or people who give...

  • The rot is everywhere

    The rot is everywhere

    They say that everyone who lived through the assassination of John F Kennedy remembers exactly where they were the minute they were told of the shooting. People reacted in the same way when they heard about the horror of the twin towers on...

  • Dedicated with bitterness to those who don’t shuffle their feet in protest

    Dedicated with bitterness to those who don’t shuffle their feet in protest

    Some things in life live forever in your heart. Perhaps a glance, a touch or a few words. Even a smile can be etched never to disappear. These are memories our mind treasures in a way reserved - by the materialistic - for the most precious...

  • We are not the centre of corruption

    We are not the centre of corruption

    Ever since the dawn of mankind in Malta, we have been special. Our megalithic temples prove this. We are the chosen few. We are the centre of the universe. Malta is a tiny rock with just enough inhabitants to fill a few stadia but with an...

  • Unhappy New Year

    All endings are eventful and usually sad. A year passes - its weary old days over - and along comes a new one. We pour wine, clink glasses and bid all near and far a better beginning, a better year, a bitter-less start. 2017 is drawing to an end.

  • I love my gilded cage

    There are a few facts of life we just can’t get away from. Labour won the last election in amazing style. Period. Maltese people in their huge majority love Joseph Muscat and their love seems to grow in proportion to whatever horror he is...

  • Let the party split now

    Let the party split now

    The political scenario in Malta is one incredible mess. Since the 1970s it has been completely dominated by the two major parties - the behemoths in our midst. For years - even if with democracy being tested at its core - this two-party system...

  • Let the sunshine in

    Let the sunshine in

    In a land without hope we must find hope. At a time when we feel lost, we must invent new ways. In our darkest moment we must overcome the darkness and gather round together to rekindle the light. Find ways of illumination. Whatever way you look...

  • And yet the attacks continue

    It’s been a month since an act of horror happened. The whole world looks on and feels the horror that has gripped this land. Yet, the ones who know, who should act, just look on and snigger away. After saying what is expected of them – expressing...

  • Why the President, Prime Minister and Opposition leader should have gone

    Why the President, Prime Minister and Opposition leader should have gone

    They are three of the most important personalities on our tiny island in the Mediterranean. But they missed the photo op of their life. They should have been strong enough, mature enough, and united in spirit enough to stand in front of Mosta Dome...