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« Reply #230 on: August 26, 2017, 09:31:16 AM »

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170826/opinion/Major-migrant-problem-looms.656488


 Saturday, August 26, 2017, 00:01 by Louis Cilia

Major migrant problem looms

Next year, Italy has its national election. The complex migration problem will loom high in people’s mind when they cast their vote. The Opposition is making hay while the sun shines. Silvio Berlusconi, leader of Forza Italia, has accused the government of being soft on the issue and of greatly mismanaging the migration crisis to the detriment of Italy.

Despite his advanced age, Berlusconi is trying to make a comeback in politics by aiming to form a right-centre coalition in the next election under his party’s leadership. He believes the migration problem in the central Mediterranean and its negative impact on Italy can be the vehicle for his triumphant return to the forefront of Italian politics.

However, Beppe Grillo, leader of the 5 Star Movement (the largest Opposition party and the second largest party in Italy after the Partito Democratico), has his own ambitions. He is also using the migration crisis to try to shore up his party’s support in the southern Italian regions, notably Sicily. If he succeeds, this would make him unassailable in the next national election.

However, predictions are difficult to make, given the existing political fragmentation of parties in Italy. Recent voter inclinations have shown that the 5 Star Movement is able to attract former far-right and anti-immigrant supporters of the Northern League as well as hard-line Leftists. A strange combination but probably therein rests the 5 Star Movement’s strength. Italians are fed up with the situation in the Mediterranean. They feel abandoned by the European Union, having been left to shoulder the whole burden of the migration emergency in central Mediterranean on their own. The EU’s Triton Operation and those NGOs operating rescue ships are, moreover, being accused of running a ‘sea taxi’ service for illegal migrants. Collusion between NGOs and smugglers dealing in migrants is also being alleged.

In 2014, the number of migrants arriving in Italy by sea amounted to 170,100, up 296 per cent over 2013. In the following year, it dropped slightly to 153,842, a decrease of nine per cent. Last year, the figure hit 181,100, that is 18 per cent more than 2015.

What happens in Italy in the next national election would definitely impact Malta

After an initial surge in the first months of this year, the numbers of migrants making the crossing from Libya in July saw a remarkable drop of almost 50 per cent over the figure for the same month last year. July is normally the peak period for the crossings from Libya. The assailed government of Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni hailed this as an indication of a turning point in the migrant crisis made possible by the tougher combined actions taken against smugglers in the Mediterranean.

Aware that the situation might suddenly go back to negative territory, Gentiloni has cautiously stated that even if downward trend in July is maintained in the following months, about 140,000 migrants were still expected to reach Italy this year.

The Libyan navy and coastguard, backed by better boats and equipment (funded by the EU and the crews trained by Italian and Libyan-British experts) managed for the first time in many years to disrupt the smugglers’ activities. Libyan coastguard ships even fired warning shots at NGO ships seeking to rescue migrants.

On its part, Italy has drawn a code of conduct for NGO rescue ships (many of them operating from Malta). The code includes some very important rules, among them that rescue ships should not enter Libya’s territorial waters except in situations of imminent danger; to never switch on the automatic identification system; not to signal to human traffickers with flares or radio to coordinate with them on when to send our their dinghies; not to transfer those rescued onto other vessels and, most importantly, to have an Italian policeman on board the NGO vessel to identify and prosecute any smugglers among the migrants.

Some NGOs have criticised the code and declined to approve it. Others have signed it. Italy has threatened to refuse access to its ports for NGO vessels that do not abide by the code. It maintains that the plan has UN backing and that its ships are merely “providing logistical, technical and operational support to the Libyan naval vessels”.

What happens in Italy in the next national election would definitely impact Malta. Between 2008 and 2012, Malta received the highest number of asylum seekers in Europe compared to its national population: 21.7 applicants per 1,000 inhabitants. In 2015 and 2016, very few migrants arrived compared to previous years. Many observers have drawn their own conclusions as to why this is happening.

The situation might change overnight with a new right-wing government in Italy in 2019, more so if the successful party wins mostly on the migrant crisis platform.

The Maltese government should keep this very possible scenario in mind so it would not be unprepared when and if faced with a dire contingency of this nature. It could easily destabilise the country in a short period of time given our limitations to cope with a serious emergency of this kind.


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A good article written in the right spirit.
Due to the continuing perfidy of the NGO traffickers, particularly MOAS:
the situation in Malta could precipitate well before the Italian Elections.



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« Reply #231 on: August 29, 2017, 05:46:17 PM »

      https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170829/local/same-sex-couples-can-marry-as-from-friday.656746         

     Same sex couples can marry as from Friday
All provisions of the amended marriage law set to come into force       



Point  1 
The LGBTIQ pride flag.


There are seven main major chakras in the human soul, and their colors are,
 base-red, sacral-orange, solar-yellow, heart-green, throat-blue, sixth-indigo, and crown-violet.
The Gay "Pride" rainbow flag only has six out of the seven colors of the chakra system.
The colors of the Gay "Pride" flag are:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
There is one missing and it is missing for a purpose.
The sixth chakra , Ajna is missing which means that the kundalini force has to skip this phase
and goes directly from the throat chakra to the crown chakra.
This is deliberately done by the Jewish designers to keep these people stuck in the material world.


Point 2
Making the law gender neutral.

The law does not speak about gender , it only speaks about sex as in same sex couples
which is an insult for these naive people so sacred in the past.
Sex is male and Female with the male word present in both sexes for a reason.
Gender is more subtle and is Feminine or Masculine, both present in both sexes,
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« Reply #232 on: September 03, 2017, 09:58:47 AM »

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170903/opinion/An-island-called-Nauru.657074


Sunday, September 3, 2017, 00:01 by Anthony Buttigieg

An island called Nauru

Isolated in the Pacific Ocean is a tiny island State called Nauru. It is only one third the size of Gozo and has a population of about 10,000. At various times Nauru was under the rule of Germany, Japan and Australia. In 1900 it was discovered that Nauru was 80 per cent covered in metres of guano; bird droppings. Not a particularly appetising thought, but guano is the richest source of phosphates that can be found, a vital ingredient in fertilisers. Initially foreign companies came to mine the resource, then when Nauru became independent the companies were nationalised.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Nauru boasted the highest per capita income of any sovereign State in the world but by the end of the 1980s the supply of guano began to run out and now what is left is economically unfeasible to exploit. Eighty per cent of the land surface area of the island was mined and is now a semi-barren landscape of limestone pillars up to five metres high. All the inhabitants live on a 300m wide coastal strip, the only bit that had no guano.
From being super rich; because it did not manage its resources adequately and did not plan properly for when they would run out; Nauru now has 90 per cent unemployment. It relies almost completely on handouts from Australia, and its only source of income is hosting detention centres for that same country for sea-going irregular migrants.
You may be thinking: what a sad and sorry tale. Indeed it is. One we would ignore at our peril.
There are parallels between the Nauru of half a century ago and Malta today.  We, like them, have a booming economy. We, like them, are devouring our greatest resource to make a quick buck. In their case it was guano, in ours, our natural, urban and historical heritage. Nauru is now almost completely a barren limestone rock, the Maltese Islands will soon be covered in characterless concrete.
In our endeavour to become richer we are making Malta so much poorer in the things that made our country attractive in the first place
The people of Nauru failed to make provision for when the good times would end; we are just making provision to accelerate the end of the good times.
We are already seeing how difficult it is to attract companies wishing to set up shop outside Great Britain after Brexit. The main consideration these companies have when choosing where to relocate is not financial. Being the successful companies that they are, they also look at the quality of life the host country will offer their employees, the most precious resource they have. It seems Malta does not quite fit the bill any more.
In our endeavour to become richer we are making Malta so much poorer in the things that made our country attractive in the first place. Our uniqueness is being fast diluted. We are literally overnight, in historical terms, being transformed into an overcrowded concrete and asphalt jungle. Another Dubai, another Qatar, another soulless mess. Our traffic is in gridlock; I shudder to think what it will be like come the end of September, when the schools re-open. Cosmetic work on our road system is just a stop-gap measure. We will be back to where we started within a handful of years.
Some may argue that progress cannot be stopped. Indeed. But is it progress? Most overcrowded developed countries such as Japan, Korea and Singapore have managed, through strong legislation that is enforced diligently, and through a culture of respecting another citizen’s space, to create a society where cleanliness and harmony go hand in hand. You just have to walk out of your front door to realise that that is not quite the case here.
So, how do we stop being another Nauru?
Well, firstly, let’s put to a stop to the unbridled piecemeal development that is destroying our country and our quality of life. There has to be a master-plan, one that addresses the need for economic progress with the need to leave Malta and Gozo to future generations recognisable as… well, Malta and Gozo. Until it is ready, we need to stop acting like a blind bull in a china shop, destroying what we possess without direction. We need to, once and for all, enshrine in our legislation that ODZ land really does mean ODZ with the possible exception of strategic national (not private) projects where all other possible options have been explored and exhausted.
We need to bite the bullet and invest as soon as possible in a new, efficient mass transport system to get cars off the roads. Our government needs to start a feasibility study on this now. We cannot wait till we and our economy literally grind to a halt.
And finally, being a service based economy, we need to regain that one intangible but so important resource we are losing but can still recover; our reputation. Good governance is not only a political buzz word. It is essential so that people who want to invest in and do business here can feel that they can trust us. Without trust in our institutions they just will not do so. It’s not only the environment that needs to be cleaned up; it’s the way this country is run.
Nauru and Malta: two overcrowded micro States. Let’s work together to make sure that is the only thing we have in common.
Anthony Buttigieg is a candidate for the leadership of the Democratic Party.



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Very good and well worded article.
We are killing Malta through our greed, rapaciousness, short sightedness and Gahanismu.
And another common factor between Nauru and Malta is - rampant Diabetes!



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« Reply #233 on: September 04, 2017, 09:51:54 AM »

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 Monday, September 4, 2017, 00:01 by Tony Trevisan

The liberal socialist doctrine

Clearly there can be no argument with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s recent pronouncements on the ugly face of racism. Fresh from a massive electoral victory, he is riding the crest of a highly successful economy with a clear mandate from the people to remain on track at least as far as the economy is concerned. So it’s a little bewildering when he deliberately sets out to confuse the two issues of racism and illegal migration to Europe, a strategy not entirely without political risk.
There can be no question that the current rate of illegal migration from Africa to Europe is unsustainable and carries a proven nexus to tragic breaches of national security. The Prime Minister’s recent remarks were directed at the sea vessel C-Star. As far as is known the C-Star’s mission is to hinder or stop illegal migrants to Europe, the feed stock of organised crime specialising in lucrative people smuggling.
The main source of illegal migration to Europe is from all over Africa so we don’t need rocket science to prove the vast majority of migrants cannot be genuine refugees. They come from Sudan in the west to Zimbabwe in the East and Libya and Algeria in the north.
Not so long ago this government itself reacted strongly to uncontrolled arrivals of African illegal migrants in Malta, and demanded relief from Brussels. Now that the heat is off it seems it’s time to pick the holier-than-thou torch and mix the issues of illegal migration with racism.
In this context the Prime Minister is making  self-serving incontestable statements which carry no political risk, given the repugnant nature of racism, while currying favour and  attracting  more plaudits from new bosom pal EU President Juncker and his merry band in Brussels who unabatedly, albeit surreptitiously, continue to widen and impose a radical doctrine of  liberal socialism on those countries in Europe which like Malta are willing to surrender increasing national sovereignty in return for more public back- slapping and media exposure for their leaders.
Malta has so far been incredibly lucky. The main drivers of the economy are clearly a successful government policy in attracting new businesses and the burgeoning tourist industry which has perversely been given a significant fillip through terror attacks on most of Malta’s competing tourism resorts.
The tragedy which recently unfolded in Spain is another example of home grown Jihadists hell-bent on cutting off the hand which feeds them. It will do us no harm to reflect on similarities between Malta and Spain.
Both are predominantly Christian countries uncomfortably close to the African coast, both are host to millions of tourists mostly from Western countries, so it beggars belief that certainly the most electorally successful prime minister in Malta’s recent history pours scorn on a proven proactive policy of turning back illegal boats from northern Africa, a highly successful strategy employed by Australia which sits on the doorstep of the most populous Muslim country in the world and puts at risk this nation’s economy and security.
The Maltese family is now genderless at law. Likely to follow are deletions of any references to Christmas as Muslims and others may find it offensive
There are marked fundamental differences between racism and the exercise of a country’s sovereign rights over its borders. The issue of uncontrolled migration and Brussels’ unbridled mania to widen its regulatory grip over Europe has given rise to Brexit and has put question marks on the future EU membership of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
The sheer hypocrisy of pervasive radical left-wing liberal ideology emanating from Brussels is breathtaking and openly demonstrated by their policy towards the millions of refugees fleeing the Ukraine from civil war, a war fuelled by the EU itself having supported a coup against a democratically elected pro-Russian president who was not enamoured by the prospect of EU membership for Ukraine.
Almost three million refugees have fled the Ukraine.  Despite strong synergies between the Ukraine and Europe in religious beliefs, mutuality of culture and language, the sight of genuine refugees trudging through snow- covered highlands or stowaways on trains or other forms of dodgy mechanical transport has apparently not been compelling enough to the mandarins at EU headquarters.
These unarguably bona fide refugees driven by Putin’s expansionary aggression are on the move unassisted by people smugglers as opposed to economic migrants posing as refugees but yet the optics are obviously not as evocatively fashionable and possibly their skin colour does not fit the self- bestowed and punctilious EU social consciousness as Africans in tatters bobbing on tyre tubes in the Mediterranean.
Despite the common faith we share with the Ukrainians, I very much doubt if the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta, frequently espousing dignity and human rights for African illegal migrants, has even heard of Donetsk or the many thousands of lives lost on the border with Russia.
The EU is threatening to take disciplinary action against Poland for its refusal to grant asylum to additional refugees from Africa at a time when Merkel’s Social Democrats are redefining their own criteria for granting illegal migrants political asylum.
Poland has chosen to give priority to Ukrainian refugees as in their view they were more likely to be assimilated into Polish communities and presented a lower security risk profile.
Poland has successfully absorbed over a million refugees from the Ukraine against a population of 38 million people. Conversely, Germany has accepted 150 Ukrainian refugees against a population of 83 million and a total of some one million African illegal migrants.
Perhaps that explains the multiple terrorist attacks in Germany by home-grown Jihadists over the last three years. Are we now experiencing a point in history where hand-wringing socialist liberals are so hell-bent on reversing the racial sins of the past that we are witnessing a deliberate policy of racial retribution which discriminates against fair skin, disadvantages Europe’s historic ties with Christianity and overtly pushes for cultural changes in the name of social progress but suspiciously based on their arrogant and misplaced self-belief in social righteousness.
The EU socialist liberalism embraced by the Prime Minister will no doubt result in further chiselling aspects of Maltese heritage we have held dear for centuries. The Maltese family is now genderless at law.
Likely to follow are deletions or changes of any references to Christmas as Muslims and others may find it offensive.
In parts of Christian Europe crucifixes are being removed from public places like schools, Sharia law is rapidly becoming more acceptable in countries such as Germany and Sweden and public references to our religious culture continues to come under siege while the rapid growth of Islam will be encouraged under the auspices of equal opportunity for all faiths.
Islam doesn’t need Jihadists with Brussels on its side. The UK has opted with its feet to maintain its traditional rights and culture and leave the EU, a momentous decision more for the EU than Britain, given the significant military vacuum this will exact on the EU at a time of open Russian expansionary ambitions.
Tony Trevisan is a businessman passionate about Maltese heritage issues.

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Overly long but in good ideological direction.
Liberals know they have had their innings that are coming to an end.
They are seeing "Fascists" under every bed - they have become hysterical: DCG is a prime example.

Liberals would rather see the death of Europe, through massive Illegal Immigration of primitive bipeds.
Liberalism is a disease of the mind, pursuing the impossible, unnatural dream of Equality.
Liberals have become the standard bearers of the Squalid Socialists.

Both Liberals and Socialist will be swept away as the tide of History turns against them.
All over the White World, sanity is slowly returning as Europeans stand their ground and resist their traitorous EU leaders of the Metsola type.
And most important of all: Whites are realizing who the real Enemy is.



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« Reply #234 on: September 11, 2017, 09:22:30 AM »

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170910/opinion/Crime-of-presence.657632


 Sunday, September 10, 2017, 00:01 by Mark Anthony Falzon
Crime of presence


 “We must make their lives as arduous as possible.”
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As you read this, the Moviment Patrijotti Maltin will be getting ready to protest in Marsa against lawless misbehaviour by migrants. They’ve spent the last couple of weeks rabble-rousing locals and telling them that their town is on course to social collapse. There are no prizes for guessing which colour of migrant displeases the patriots and their allies the most.
That’s the easy bit. Last Tuesday, police officers in black bully-boy uniforms descended on Marsa by the squad. The point of the operation seems to have been a general public harassment. Many people were stopped and ordered to produce their papers. The paperless were rounded up. Vendors and other undesirables were cleared off the streets.
And still that’s the easy bit. The part that ought to have shocked anyone who can spell ‘civilisation’ is that the police operation targeted anyone who was doing anything, as long as they were black. There is no way around it – the newspaper and television reports clearly showed police officers harassing black people and black people alone.
The main argument against Turkey joining the EU has always been that civil rights in that country happen to be a mess. I wonder what the EU plans to do with a member state that practises brazen institutional racism at the highest level.
Hyperbole? Let’s leave aside the thuggish, ignorant, uneducated and inarticulate racists and xenophobes who populate the Moviment Patrijotti Maltin. Like all citizens, they have a right to protest about anything them deem unacceptable. If the sight of black skin riles them, so be it.
Institutional racism by government and its agents is another matter altogether. Assuming for the sake of argument that Marsa has become a hotbed of crime, the proper government response would be to increase the presence of police on the streets. They would wear uniforms that didn’t make them look like squadristi, and they would go about seeing to those who broke the law, irrespective of the colour of their skin.
What happened last Tuesday was different. There are two reasons why it was an act of outright racism. The first is the more obvious: the police specifically targeted black people. None were committing a crime when they were accosted, nor did they look suspicious. Or rather they did, simply because they were black. The crime of those who were asked to produce papers was one of presence.
The British writer Benjamin Zephaniah has described first hand exactly the same situation in the Birmingham of his youth. In the 1970s, young men of colour would be harassed by the police for no reason other than their presence on the streets. That pigheaded approach led to widespread and serious riots in 1981.
The police specifically targeted black people. None were committing a crime when they were accosted, nor did they look suspicious
Anyone in Britain who has their screws in place will admit that, looking back, the kind of policing described by Zephaniah was outrageously racist and a recipe for disaster. Our Police Commissioner could do worse than make some space at headquarters for a library.
Second, timing. A first-year undergraduate in criminology will tell you that community policing works best when it is nonintrusive, fair and sustained. Raids, on the other hand, are properly the stuff of emergency situations. I wouldn’t classify a handful of people on a pavement roasting kebabs and chatting as a major and imminent threat to the national security. So much for the men in black and their Land Rovers, sunglasses, dogs and weapons.
It’s hard not to conclude that the timing of the raid was directly linked to today’s protest. The mayor of Marsa has told a newspaper that the two had nothing whatsoever to do with one other, and that the timing was a coincidence. Thing is, how would he know? Is he privy to police decisions on operations?
The president of the Local Councils Association, Mario Fava, is worth quoting in full: “We found out residents were organising a protest on Sunday and our fear, which was reciprocated by the government, was that extreme elements were going to ride the waves of residents’ genuine concerns so as to push forward their agenda.”
Fava, then, thinks that the raid had everything to do with the protest. He should know, because he attended the meeting between government and residents’ associations that took place directly before the raid.
I wish I could bring myself to laugh at the logic of government pre-empting a racist protest by means of a racist police operation. Timing is of the essence here. A raid that is timed to coincide with a patrijotti xenophobic and racist protest is xenophobic and racist by association, especially when it targets black people.
Tragically, it also ends up producing more of the same. Black people living in Malta are marginalised enough as is. The last thing they need is media images that associate them with crime (because the police do not normally accost people for no reason) and the waves of online invective they spawn.
Besides, such clueless policing effectively legitimates the ‘concerns’ of xenophobes and racists, especially when it is timed to coincide with a patrijotti protest. I don’t blame those who, presented with the sight of an army in Marsa, begin to wonder if the racists might have a point after all.
The only thing these pogroms achieve is to make the lives of black people miserable for a while at a time. (Readers will recall another raid in Marsa a couple of months ago.) They’re a textbook case of how governments pander to the basest sentiments by getting strongest with the weakest.

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Charles W Sammut • a day ago

Prof. Mark Anthony Falzon B.A.(Hons), M.Phil.(Cantab.),Ph.D.(Cantab.), F.C.C.S., F.R.A.I. should maybe do some research before making a complete fool of himself. The protest, to be held today week, Sunday 17th September, was called by the residents of Marsa not by the Moviment Partiotti Maltin. The tipping point for this was the incident involving a drunken, half naked, African gentleman on holiday in Malta with an Italian ID document, who entered the Marsa parish church during a funeral and disrupted the ceremony with shouts of "Allah u akbar". In court, his lawyer tried to justify this by saying that this was a prayer for the dead. As far as I know this is not quite correct. It is usually the last thing terrorism victims hear before they die. Hardly a reassuring thing to hear given the current (in)security climate in Europe.

Prof. Falzon could do worse than talk to the residents there. He could also ask himself why the residents of B'bugia, Floriana and Hamrun are also joining in the protest.

As to Norman Lowell, one might not agree with the delivery, but what he said in 2005 has all happened. "In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

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Charles W Sammut • 11 hours ago

What Prof. Falzon is not realising, is that branding the police 'racist' for doing their job, risks developing an attitude that any action to combat crimes by immigrants will be deemed 'racist' and we will end up in the same situation that Rotherham police department found themselves in. They knew that Pakistani gangs were grooming and sexually abusing hundreds of under-age white girls over a period of years. Yet they did nothing out of fear of being called 'racist'. Any sociologist worth his salt would immediately see the danger in this. And this is the Head of the Sociology Department of the University of Malta! I pity his students.


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« Reply #235 on: September 12, 2017, 09:32:26 AM »

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170912/opinion/Common-sense-immigration-policy.657804


 uesday, September 12, 2017, 00:01 by Claudio Grech
Common-sense immigration policy



The state of affairs in Marsa and Ħamrun is appalling. Quality of life is eroding by the day as a direct consequence of an unwritten policy of ghettoisation, which has turned Marsa and Ħamrun into regional magnets for economic migrants. Law enforcement has now been reduced to Bronx-style daily raids by police squads, visibly confirming the escalation of the crisis which is now seeping into the fabric of these communities.
Marsa is a monument to our collective cross-party policy failure in the management of immigration as much as it is a reflection of our stark hypocrisy.
On one hand, we tick the box of our Christian calling to provide aid and shelter to rescued immigrants, while on the other we close an eye (or both) to the living conditions of these people: an existence bereft of dignity and identity which sows frustration and desperation.
What’s Christian about leaving immigrants to live in a filthy and sub-standard ‘open centre’ not fit for animals, let alone human beings?
What’s Christian about having immigrants living 10 or more in a stable?
What’s Christian about having hundreds of immigrants daily hustling for a job on the streets in the morning in scenes which are more reminiscent of Third World countries than a modern, EU Member State boasting a surplus and unprecedented strong economic growth?
This monumental failure is now transforming itself into a monster, which is fuelling the despicable instincts of racism and paving the way for the self-fulfilling prophecy that immigrants are ‘taking over our country’. Racist elements are feeding on the pent-up anger of desperate residents, exploiting their legitimate concerns to ignite racial hatred and extremism.
As politicians, many of us shy away from expressing our concern on this matter due to the risk of having our arguments pigeonholed as racist. Unfortunately, this avoidance of debate on such a sensitive matter is in and of itself creating the space for racist arguments to take centre stage.
I am a strong advocate of aiding people in distress and those genuinely escaping persecution or unrest in their country. But rescue is only the first step. Relocation to other EU States may be the second. The real immigration politics kicks in right after, with the cornerstone being integration.
As Pope Francis clearly pointed out in a press conference last year, the danger of not integrating immigrants is that they become ghettoised.
Ghettos create sub-cultures, which rapidly replace the sense of community, making residents feel threatened and displaced in their own home towns
For starters, proper policy and planning should counter the evolution of ghettos.
Ghettos create sub-cultures, which rapidly replace the sense of community, making residents feel threatened and displaced in their own home towns.
In order to dance to the populist tune, we have avoided the integration debate many times purely for electoral purposes.
Advocating integration may be perceived as attracting immigrants, therefore it’s a no-go for the tribal psyche cursing this country. We need to balance an effective integration policy with a clear cap on the number of immigrants we can integrate.
We cannot accept more than we can integrate, but that should not be a smokescreen for not embracing integration.
Equally, immigration and homeland security policy need to work hand-in-glove in this matter. Being a high-risk location, the situation in Marsa cannot be addressed by the sporadic, heavy-handed raids but by adequate police resourcing and augmented patrols in the community.
The situation has festered into the chaos it is today for the simple reason that years of neglect and laissez-faire have now made way for the law of the jungle.
The hardship the Marsa and Ħamrun communities are facing goes way beyond party lines, and this is why I strongly advocate a common-sense approach, which enshrines human values that can be endorsed by both political parties.
In European fora we preach so much about burden-sharing. We rightly insist that our European counterparts share the immigration burden fairly with us.
We now have an obligation to put burden-sharing into practice at home and express our solidarity, support and unconditional commitment to the Marsa and Ħamrun communities. Anything less would be another classic case of stark hypocrisy.
Pope Francis remarkably summed up the guiding principles of immigration policy in his address to diplomats in January. He stressed the need for a common commitment to “ensuring that migrants can be integrated into the societies in which they are received without the latter sensing that their security, cultural identity and political-social stability are threatened.
“On the other hand, immigrants must not forget that they have a duty to respect the laws, culture and traditions of the countries in which they are received.”
Claudio Grech is the Opposition spokesmanon economic affairs and competitiveness.

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What a confused jumble of Christian Cretinism, empty words and papal parroting.
The writer admits at the outset that these leeches are "economic refugees! - and so have no right whatsoever to be here.
It is the Jesus Poison the author is soaked in, that makes us accept them, along with the problems they bring with them.

The People of Marsa, B'Bugia, Bugibba and elsewhere were warned at Safi in 2005 of what was coming.
This was no racism as the PN at the time, under the leadership of that Christian Cretin, Gonzi made it out to be.
And the People laughed and ridiculed and denigrated the prophet - and now are realizing who was right.

Gawdi, hu go fik, ja Gahan Malti - ja kelb tieghek innifsek u ta uliedek stess.



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 Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 07:07 by Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

Rediscovering core social values



.....Moreover, unfortunately, the world is witnessing an increase in far-right rhetoric and aggressive populism. Even long-established democracies and liberal nations are not immune to these threats. This situation is further compounded within the context of migration, particularly across our Euro-Mediterranean region.
Studies such as the recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development clearly indicate that migrants account for some 70 per cent of the increase in the European workforce over the past decade. This fact shows that migrants are effectively net contributors to our countries, in terms of taxes and social contributions, rather than net receivers of benefits.
Migration is also boosting Europe’s working-age demographic, particularly in the light of the ageing population in Europe, and unsustainable welfare and pension systems.
Therefore, calling for the creation of borders and closing down potential connections, in response to the perceived threat of migration, is a strategy which is not only socially dangerous, but also economically damaging....


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Simply Disgraceful!
Fortunately, nobody takes her seriously.
A National Embarrassment.




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