The Charade of Royalty

Modern badge of the House of Windsor.

Modern badge of the House of Windsor.

As you may have gathered from reading some of my articles, I am no fan of people who wield authority without merit (even less so when said people abuse said authority). I believe in equality for all; no matter who you are, you are human, and as a member of human society, you have a right to be treated fairly. Upon reading the phrase ‘to be treated fairly’, most people think it means that we all should, at the very least, have enough to get by, that we all should be saved from starving to death because we have nothing at all. I believe that answer is only part of the truth; the full truth is that the being at the other end of the spectrum is being treated just as unfairly as being poor. The point I am trying to get across here is this; to be obscenely rich is just as unfair as being obscenely poor. Continue reading

Irregular immigration

A picture which speaks for itself.

It is a well-known fact that Malta, being only 333 km away from Libya (one of the most notorious hotspots for irregular immigration on the coast of North Africa), is in turmoil due to the large influx of irregular immigrants in the past week (the commonly flouted term ‘illegal immigrant’ is a misnomer, as they have the legal right to seek asylum). Over 1000 immigrants have arrived to our shores seeking asylum in the past weeks, re-igniting the debate about what should be done about this issue and dividing the Maltese populace. Some rally behind the words of Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat, who was stern in his approach to the situation by stating that as a country, “we stood up to be counted”. Continue reading

Et tu, Lou?

Lou Bondi

Criticised by many, the recent decision of appointing Lou Bondi to the National Festivities Committee was of the latest controversial appointments by the recently elected Labour government.  Joseph Muscat marked his 100 days in office by appointing the man despised by many Labourites to the National Festivities Committee.

The post itself:
The functions and purposes of the National Festivities Committee to which Lou was appointed seem to be blurred. Many said that Lou’s experience in management and media make him the ideal person for the post but I still have yet not seen what the purposes of this committee is. Furthermore, as far as I know, this is an unpaid post.

Thus, funnily enough I think that much of the criticism directed towards this decision by Labourites is on a matter of  principle.

Joseph Muscat’s presumed reasoning:
The great leader must have thought that he’d give the impression that he is the bigger person in Maltese politics if he appointed someone like Lou Bondi. He thought he would be seen as the one smoking the peace pipe and leading by example. In all honesty, this reasoning would have made sense and I would have been the first one to believe that Joseph was being revolutionary, meritocratic and looking beyond red and blue politics hadn’t his government been appointing all his Labour elves to all the sensitive positions. Unfortunately, appointments such as that of Jason Micallef amongst others make this appointment seem like a publicity stunt.

Another possible line of thought that the Labour spin doctors at Castille could have used to appoint Lou would be that this decision could be used as a counter argument or to tame those critics pointing their fingers at Labour for not being meritocratic and appointing its elves to the highest positions.

Reactions:
Many Labourites and Labour leaning people found it very hard to accept that the man who tried to destroy Labour at all costs up until a few hours before the voting started would even be considered for such a post. Ironically, many of these were cheering for meritocracy and Malta Tagħna Lkoll during the electoral campaign. They felt betrayed and some were even vocal in sounding their criticisms saying that they voted Labour to get rid of people like Lou.

Furthermore, even though many nationalists were quiet about the appointment, others tried to gain political points by using the Labourites’ criticisms of the appointment against them. In all fairness, their argument makes sense.

Personal Opinion:
I personally believe that Lou Bondi’s appointment was the right move for all the wrong reasons. I do not for a second believe that Joseph Muscat had the best of intentions when he appointed Lou to the National Festivities Committee.

Ché

Perspettivi soċjali

Latte_BlogTul dawn l-aħħar ftit ġimgħat, fejn kelli ftit mhux ħażin tal-ħin liberu, iddeċidejt li nibda nsegwi daqxejn mill-blogs li qed iduru fuq l-internet.

Permezz tal-facebook u l-faċilita tal-aċċessibilita’ tal-internet, illum il-ġurnata nistgħu ngħidu li n-numru ta’ blogs huwa kbir mhux ħażin. Madanakollu jidher li l-kwalita’ ta’ dawn il-blogs tiċkien aktar ma n-numru tagħhom jikber.

Għalhekk xtaqt naqsam mal-qarrejja ta’ din il-paġna, il-blogs u paġni fuq facebook li l-aktar li laqtuni u li naħseb li huma l-aktar ta’ kwalita’. L-ordni kif se jiġu ppreżentati, ma tirriflettix il-livell ta’ kwalita tagħhom.

1. Markcamilleri.org: b’ Malti u Ingliż perfett, fuq ġrajjiet kurrenti relatati mal-politika, storja u litteratura – bla ebda dubbju wieħed mill-aqwa blogs li hawn, jekk mhux l-aqwa.

2. J’Accuse – blog li jitkellem l-aktar fuq ġrajjiet kurrenti u fuq issues politiċi. Fl-opinjoni wieħed mill-aktar opinjonisti oġġettivi li hawn.

3. Alfredsant.org – b’Malti mill-aqwa, l-eks Prim Ministru jippreżenta frekwentament opinjonijiet dwar politika, ġrajjiet kurrenti u kultura. Jirnexxielu jispjega l-aktar punti tekniċi bl-aktar kliem sempliċi u li jifmhu kulħadd. Jiġbed attenzjoni fuq issues li ħafna drabi jaqbżu lill-kritiċi oħra u jitkellem fuq temi kulturali li ftit nies huma kolti u kapaċi jitkellmu fuqhom.

4. Alison Bezzina – Fil-blog tagħha fuq timesofmalta.com, Bezzina tikteb bi stil għaliha fuq ħafna issues u affarijiet li ħafna drabi jolqtu jew tiltaqa’ magħhom hi fil-ħajja personali tagħha.

5. Bis-serjeta.com – blog satiriku li jwaqqa’ għaż-żufjett affarijiet ta’ ġrajjiet kurrenti – uniku għall-istil tiegħu. Kellu bżonn hawn aktar paġni ta’ dan it-tip u bl-istess livell ta’ kwalita’.

6. Kelma Kelma – paġna fuq il-facebook li rnexxiela terġa tnibbet ċertu imħabba u interess lejn l-ilsien Malti mal-ġenerazzjonijiet żgħar li jużawh. Idea innovattiva li naħseb li ta’ min jfaħħar. Suċċess kbir.

7. Never Say Well Done – m’ilnix ħafna li ltqajt ma’ din il-paġna fuq il-facebook. Turi permezz ta’ ritratti u ‘posts’, riċetti mill-ifjen u apetitużi. Ironikament meta taħseb kemm aħna poplu żaqqieq, naħseb li din hi l-unika paġna Maltija marbuta mal-ikel,

8. josephmasini.blogspot.com – blogger żgħażugħ Għawdxi b’potenzjal enormi. Jitkellem fuq issues relati ma Għawdex, politika u storja. Oġġettiv u kritiku tajjeb immens. M’hemmx xi ngħidu, nittama’ li l-ġenerazzjoni ta’ żgħażagħ li tiela’, kolta u tajba daqs dan iż-żgħażugħ.

Dawn huma l-aktar blogs li naħseb huma ta’ kwalita. Ma dawn hemm ħafna oħrajn li huma inqas ta’ kwalita’, jew imbarazz. Pero naħseb li dawn aħjar nżommhom mistura fil-ħsiebijiet tiegħi biex ma jieħi għalih ħadd!

Ché

What is Happenning in Istanbul?

İnsanlık Hali

To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…

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Tal-ħomor biss

This week, Cyrus Engerer posted a blog about how he thinks that the recently appointed labour government should not be criticised for the ‘thank-you’ appointments its making. Appointments such as those of Jason Micallef, William Mangion and the other red boys and girls who were part of the ‘Tagħna Lkoll’ campaign.

In his blog, he speaks about how although it’s healthy in a democracy for people to question these government appointments, this criticism from the opposition doesn’t make sense because, according to Engerer, criticism should be based on the performance of those criticised at the end of their contracts. Continue reading

The reality of class warfare

We have all heard the term “class warfare” being used in a political debate or the other. For those of you who are uncertain as to what class warfare is, allow me to elaborate; as the name suggests, class warfare is defined as the conflict of interests between the different classes in society. In societies such as ours which are heavily influenced by modern capitalism and laissez-faire economics, this conflict often boils down to the differences between the rich and the poor, those who run businesses and those who work for them.

Industrial Workers of the World in New York (1914).

Truth be told, I sincerely think that the term “class warfare” is misleading. Upon seeing the word ‘warfare’, one would think that both of the classes mentioned above have an equal amount of power to be used for the achievement of their goals. Sadly, reality is very different; today, it is very clear that only those with the money and the power have a say in this world whilst the common worker is left to the mercy of the wealthy capitalist’s boot. Think about it; modern society is not the pretty picture it is painted to be in the media (media mostly owned by wealthy businessmen, obviously). You are only allowed to vote once every four or five years; this means that you, as one of many cogs in the one big machine that is society, are only allowed to decide who is going to shape the future of your country once every five years. Continue reading