Articles by Colm Regan
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Colm Regan

  • A 2019 wish list

    A 2019 wish list

    As we look towards another year, two important lenses come to the fore. That of the years immediately before alongside that of our hopes (or fears) for the year ahead. Such hopes or fears are most often personal related to family, well-being and...

  • Gozo: open to the world

    Gozo: open to the world

    ‘Diversity will not prove to be a barrier but rather a reason for our future success’ – this was the key conclusion of competition winner, 16-year-old Chloe Cauchi when she addressed the motion ‘A diverse society is a sustainable society’. The...

  • Human Rights – a literacy ‘must

    Human Rights – a literacy ‘must

    The Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas once wrote: ‘A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him’. The Czech lawyer and activist Milada Horáková wrote ‘Man...

  • Who elected NGOs?

    Who elected NGOs?

    Who needs NGOs or civil society organisations? And, in whose name do they speak? When government does its job well, responds effectively to citizens’ rights and needs, delivers quality services, a secure and sustainable environment and an economy...

  • Maltese cheerleading ugliness

    Maltese cheerleading ugliness

    I came to teach in Malta some 15 years ago, ended up staying and have now lived in Gozo for 10 years. I have been struck by just how many positive things the Maltese have going for them – the geography of the place, its location (in one of the...

  • The Irish are great fun until they’re not…

    The Irish are great fun until they’re not…

    The Irish are great craic (the old stereotype goes) until they’re not (the new stereotype insists). As many times before in the history of our two islands, Ireland comes to the fore in thwarting the ambitions of Britain (or more accurately,...

  • We need an inquiry into dangerous foreign influences in Malta

    We need an inquiry into dangerous foreign influences in Malta

    We urgently need a full-scale magisterial inquiry. Its central terms of reference are to find out what on earth the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis ever did to Adrian Delia. One of our foremost leaders clearly knows something about the dangers of...

  • Who benefits most?

    Who benefits most?

    It just doesn’t read right, look right or feel right. Linking a holiday in one of Kenya’s top resorts with doing voluntary work with ‘kids in need’ locally while teaching them hygiene, tree planting, tailoring and construction, is clearly...

  • The growth delusion

    The growth delusion

    ‘I wish you wouldn’t squeeze so,’ said the Dormouse, who was sitting next to her. ‘I can hardly breathe.’ ‘I can’t help it’, said Alice very meekly: ‘I’m growing.’ ‘You’ve no right to grow here’ said the Dormouse ‘Don’t talk nonsense’ said Alice...

  • That M word

    That M word

    I could write about a humanitarian disaster, slavery or human trafficking and get zero response. But, mention the M word and the balloon goes up as noisy and spectacular as fireworks on a festa night. Maltese politics aside, no subject seems as...