Day: May 24, 2011

Dutch immigration ideas worry EU

EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström says she is concerned about Dutch plans to tighten EU rules on asylum requests and migration. She told Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad on Tuesday that the European Commission has begun a dialogue with the right-wing government. Ms Malmström, who was on a visit to the Netherlands, is […]

Mubarak to be charged for corruption, protester deaths

(CNN) — Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons will face trial before a criminal court for the killings of protesters and the waste of public money, the Egyptian general prosecutor’s office announced Tuesday. Mubarak, who was forced from office in February, is being charged with consenting to a plan to […]

Divorce referendum: Victory for ‘no’ camp would be success of ‘spiritual terrorism’

Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando (MP)  said today that rejection of divorce at the referendum on Saturday would mean that ‘spiritual terrorism’ and ‘brainwashing’ would have prevailed. Speaking at a rowdy discussion on divorce organised by MaltaToday, Dr Pullicino Orlando said the Church and the ‘no’ movement were persisting in scaremongering. Rejection […]

Swiss might not back European as IMF head

The Swiss representative to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said a European may not be the best person for the vacant managing director’s position. René Weber is one of 24 IMF executive directors who will cast votes to decide the eventual replacement for former French managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, […]

Earning the Nobel Prize for Peace

Americans today still live in fear. The collapse of the Soviet bloc and the end of the nuclear arms race made the US believe its absolute military dominion guaranteed its national security. The Clinton Administration confidently shelved Reagan’s Star Wars programme (the Strategic Defence Initiative). The Russian Bear was dead. […]

Where life is extraordinarily good

Oren David was appointed non-resident Israeli Ambassador to Malta in February. He tells Kurt Sansone relations between the two countries have never been so good. “Western democracies should have affinity and show solidarity with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East,” he says. It is a frustration that is […]

Death is a Powerful Motivation

“Every soul shall taste of death. And you shall be paid in full your rewards only on the Day of Resurrection. So whosoever is removed away from the Fire and is made to enter Heaven has indeed attained his goal. And the life of this world is nothing but an […]

New home sales at 4-month high, supply drops

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New single-family home sales rose unexpectedly in April to notch their second straight month of gains and prices increased, offering some hope for the stagnant housing market. The Commerce Department said sales increased 7.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 unit annual rate, the highest level since […]

2011 set to be deadliest tornado year

(CNN) — The devastating tornado that killed more than 100 people in Missouri this week puts the United States on track for a record-breaking year — despite improved forecasting, warning systems and public awareness, weather experts say. By 8 a.m. Tuesday, the death toll in Joplin had reached 117, making […]

No even-handedness toward Israel and Palestinians

Day after U.S. president clarifies vision of Palestinian state within 1967 borders, director of pro-Israel lobby urges Jerusalem and Washington to avoid any public display of diplomatic crisis, as it would likely be exploited by Israel’s enemies. AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr said Monday that U.S. President Barack Obama should […]