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Is the European Union changing into the Devil’s Union


It looks like the Masons of Europe has gained enough power to dictate the rights and wrongs. Freedom and democracy have been virtually been wiped out. The people of European Countries and the centuries of law building as structured by the inhabitants of each Country are being dismantled to a one size fit all European Constitution.
The very foundations (democracy and freedom) on which the EU was built have now been weakened with imposition (blackmailing) EU Countries into accepting the vehemently rejected EU Constitution, which the only gainers are tremendous powers given to the unelected EU leaders – just like their predecessor dictators.
Moral values are no longer included in the EU vocabulary and the treading of rights of each individual citizen in his own Country, to be governed by his elected representatives and legislated law in his own Country is now bypassed to reflect the will of the dictators in the EU.
Let us take the recent The European Court of Human Rights ruling to abolish crucifixes from classrooms in Italy which is rejected by the absolute majority of Italian – can only indicate one thing, No matter what or how citizens feel, they must obey their EU masters. Now if this EU court ruling applies for Italy, then it must apply for all EU Countries.
Now if a cross is deemed offensive, than works of art will have to be seen as illegal and have to be destroyed, I have personally seen art painting depicting angels white and demons black – they have to go, all other shrines of worship such as Fatima and Lourdes – according to our immaculate experts will logically have to go. It also gives reason to believe that taking an oath in the justice system irrelevant as would taking an oath in any office to serve the Country, if the cross or bible means nothing so does the oath which will mean that none of those serving a Country is obliged to honor their oath!! Criminals will be assured absolute protection with a fuck the victim attitude – all in the name of the blackmailing unelected EU dictators in Brussels. The only concern and ambition of the EU unelected leadership is to take on America. On that same note, one has to remember that ALL GREAT WORLD WARS ORIGINATED FROM EUROPE, and the next one is no exception. Those that thought the Nazi have lost the war must re think again – How did an un-elected gain so much power? Now how did an un-elected EU council gain so much power? The strategy is different but the outcome will defiantly be the same. Why is illegal immigration in the EU left un-checked, it is only to rub in guilt from past wars and pave the way for a reason for internal racial conflicts to start where drastic measures can be taken to take full control as done in communist Countries.

As Reported in the Times Of Malta (with comments from readers)

Tuesday, 3rd November 2009 – 18:57CET

Uproar over EU court ruling against Crucifix – Archbishop Cremona reacts
‘Should this situation arise in Malta one day, it will be my duty to insist, along with Maltese Christians, that the crucifix retains its place in public places.’

(Adds Archbishop’s reaction, question in Parliament)

The European Court of Human Rights ruled today that Italian schools should remove crucifixes from classrooms, sparking uproar in Italy, where such icons are embedded in the national psyche.

“This is an abhorrent ruling,” said Rocco Buttiglione, a former culture minister who helped write papal encyclicals.

“It must be rejected with firmness. Italy has its culture, its traditions and its history. Those who come among us must understand and accept this culture and this history,” he said.

The court ruling, which Italy said it would appeal, said crucifixes on school walls, a common sight that is part of every Italian’s life, could disturb children who were not Christians.

Italy has been in the throes of national debate on how to deal with a growing population of immigrants, mostly Muslims, and the court sentence is likely to become another battle cry for the centre-right government’s policy to restrict newcomers.

The Vatican spokesman said he would not comment until he knew more about the ruling but Italy’s powerful bishops’ conference said the ruling “evokes sadness and bewilderment”.

Members of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government bristled, weighing in with words such as “shameful”, “offensive”, “absurd,” “unacceptable,” and “pagan”.

MORTAL BLOW

Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said the court has dealt a “mortal blow to a Europe of values and rights,” adding that it was a bad precedent for other countries.

Condemnation crossed party lines. Paola Binetti, a Catholic in the opposition Democratic Party, the successor of what was once the West’s largest communist party, said: “In Italy, the crucifix is a specific sign of our tradition.”

The case was brought by an Italian national, Soile Lautsi, who complained that her children had to attend a public school in northern Italy which had crucifixes in every room.

Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini said crucifixes on the walls of tens of thousands of classrooms “does not mean adherence to Catholicism” but are a symbol of Italy’s heritage.

“The history of Italy is marked by symbols and if we erase symbols we erase part of ourselves,” Gelmini said.

Lautsi, the woman who filed the suit, said crucifixes on walls ran counter to her right to give her children a secular education and the Strasbourg-based court ruled in her favour.

“The presence of the crucifix … could be encouraging for religious pupils, but also disturbing for pupils who practised other religions or were atheists, particularly if they belonged to religious minorities,” the court said in a written ruling.

“The State (must) refrain from imposing beliefs in premises where individuals were dependent on it,” it added, saying the aim of public education was “to foster critical thinking”.

“JESUS DOESN’T BOTHER ME”

At least one Muslim girl disagreed with the court.

“If the crucifix is there and I am a Muslim I will continue to respect my religion. Jesus in the classroom doesn’t bother me,” Zenat, a 14-year-old girl of Egyptian origin, told Reuters Television.

Mario Baccini, a senator in Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party, said the court had “gone adrift in paganism”.

Two Italian laws dating from the 1920s, when the Fascists were in power, state that schools must display crucifixes.

Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, said such rulings were leading to “a Europe without an identity”.

Only a handful of politicians defended the court, including some members of the Democratic Party, as well as members of the communist party and atheist groups.

ARCHBISHOP PAUL CREMONA’S REACTION

Archbishop Paul Cremona said that should this situation arise in Malta one day, it would be his duty to insist, along with Maltese Christians, that the crucifix should retain its place in public places.

A spokesman for the curia said it was still early to comment on the decision as the judgement could be appealed.

ISSUE RAISED IN PARLIAMENT

Opposition MP Alfred Sant this evening raised the issue in Parliament and asked if the government had a reaction. The Acting Speaker, Carmelo Abela, however, said the question could not be raised at that time.
Comments
Alex Ellul (22 minutes ago)
Quod non fecerunt Barbari Romae, fecit Barberini. What the Italian communists did not manage to do has been now carried out by the new barbarians in power in Europe.
J Farrugia (28 minutes ago)
Let me set the record straight. I have no faith in these European bureaucratic institutions. For me they are a waste of people’s money. Then taken into account the recent bocciatura of Rocco Buttiglione because he was a catholic, and the recent verdict regarding the crucifix, (following Spain’s removal of crucifix in its own territory, be that as it may) if ever in Malta we are met with such a decision (surely it will never happen under the PN Governments) I will institute a constitutional case for the removal of all islamic, hindu and other religious signs and wear from all the Maltese territory. Moreover the Holy cross will never be removed from anywhere in public places. Irrespective of any court decision which may in future be taken with regards to oour Island. And no one will get a tiny penny given to them by our or foreign courts. No one. They will get only what they truly deserve. Our condemnation.
Raymond Sammut (33 minutes ago)
The first sentence of this report is misleading because it implies that the ECHR is requiring the Italian government to remove crucifxes from classrooms; which is not the case.

In accordance with the Italian Constitution, the Italian government may allow schools to display the crucifix in classrooms. However, there also appears to be a conflict in this same constitution which requires separation of State and Church.

More serious is what this report is omitting, namely, the fact that Ms Soile Lautsi has been awarded €5000 in damages by the ECHR which the Italian government has to pay.

Now imagine a potential scenario in Malta where the Archbishop with “Maltese Christians” take to the streets in defense of the crucifix while Gonzi in Castile has to keep forking out €5000 in damages to parents on Malta suing in the ECHR. It would be interesting to see which stance Gonzi will take. Will it be the crucifix or will it be the €5000.

In the meantime, the pro-crucifix Italian government can still appeal to the European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber where we can be sure the Vatican will give the Italian government their support.
Joss Galea (34 minutes ago)
If someone UNinvited comes to my house I wouldn’t change my furniture becuase he doesn’t like it. If he wants to stay and live off my wae in my own house, he has to stick to my rules. If he doesn’t like it he can go where he belongs! another thing, I never saw muslim countries changing their habits and culture because Christians are living there!!!!
Evarist Saliba (34 minutes ago)
@ Stephen Farrugia

One should note that the person who brought the case to court is a native Italian with no known allegiance to any non-Christian religion. Most probably the same applies to the judges involved and to most commentators, including local ones, supporting their decision.

The rot lies within modern permissive society.
Dr Francis Saliba (43 minutes ago)
By no stretch of the imagination could a crucifix hanging on the wall of a classroom in a Christian country be considered as running “counter to the child’s right to freedom of religion.” It would appear that not only is the “law an ass” but the higher the court of law the more asinine are its brayings!
Anthony Mercieca (43 minutes ago)
The ruling does worry me, but my worries go further than any hurts to my religious belief and sentiment.
I query the wisdom do these European judges.
In all the logic of reason and events, I see the legal equation on the following basis. Someone with different beliefs moves to a country where the people’s faith is everywhere openly manifested both private and public since it is ingrained in its history and culture.Than somebody, a foreigner to this country, objects to such, on the basis of a fundament right to give a different education to his children.Such religious manifestation goes against his conviction.
Just to simplify, leaving aside the religious implications to this ruling: It is like that I decide to go close to the torch of an oil well because I have freedom of movement but insists that it is my responsibility to tell you that it is your responsibility that I do not get burned, knowing that the chance to get burnt would be evident!!!! Definitely a falacious judgement on the basis of elementary logic independent of all religious sentiments. I encourage our authorities to start lobbying for the replacement of these judges because they demonstrate evident incompetence.
Lorraine Vella (43 minutes ago)
if i go to a muslim school and there is someone wearing a burka, or there is a picture of Allah or Muhammed, or whatever it is that is against my traditions/likings, will these be removed?
J.Camilleri (47 minutes ago)
Eat your YES vote now ! This is just the beginning… abortion on it’s way, divorce on it’s way… wait and see.
George Portelli (50 minutes ago)
@M. Brincat and M. Attard

If crucifixes had to be removed from each classroom, I will be the first to go to school wearing a t-shirt with a crucifix on it as I am a teacher who believes in values. That way the crucifix will still be in every classroom I visit.
e frendo (53 minutes ago)
How about the Muslim countries accepting Catholic churches , and crucifixes in their classes now?? The west is trying to accomodate and bend backwards to make these people have it their own way everywhere ….how about these countries doing the same for western cultures? The European Courts of Human Rights SHOULD SEE that Human Rights are observed everywhere!! We should wake up before these cultures are taking over ………probably, they have already!
Alex Dalli (55 minutes ago)
Where are the Jesuits now? Any comments?
Clive Gerada (1 hour, 12 minutes ago)
Off with the Crucifix in Maltese schools as well! :), we have enough churches around to compensate!
Ramon Casha (1 hour, 39 minutes ago)
Although I am not upset by the sight of a crucifix or any other religious depiction, I don’t like the idea of a law requiring all schools to have one. The crucifix is a beautiful symbol to many, but to others it depicts a corpse nailed to an ancient torture instrument, dripping blood.
Joseph Sammut (1 hour, 44 minutes ago)
This is one of the negatives of the EU: imposing issues on member states, bringing down all boundaries, which in time, would make all the same – lifeless without a character. What makes a muslim, a cathlic, a british, an italian, a german, a dutch, maltese? Some time ago, the EU wanted the british to make away with the pint – why? what possible good reason is there to do away with a time old thing?

Can’t you see the magnitude of this issue: according to this decision, nations (because this does not affect Italy only) would have to change age old traditions just because one person complained. Isn’t this out of proportion in every way and angle? Should national issues be judged so lightly? What has the world come to?
t. borg (1 hour, 49 minutes ago)
mhux ta’ b’xejn hawn din il-mibgheda kollha! harsu x’qalu rigward dik il-persuna li qed jigi akkuzat bi stupru fuq in-neputija tieghu fin-1993 meta kien minuri! kwazi kollha qalu li ohtu wara dan is-snin kollha ma tahfirx lil huha ta’ zbal li ghamel snin ilu. ohrajn riedu li jmur ghomru l-habs u sahansitra kien hemm min qal li ghandu jigi maqtul. dan mhux ghax nehhejna lil Alla minn qalbna?
Joseph ellul – Sydney (2 hours, 9 minutes ago)
Hi, in Australia there are no religious symbols in public schools, no corporal punishment and no discipline. The students love it. They swear at the teachers, fight between themselves and can skip school whenever they want, because the parents cannot touch them. We have the highest rate of illiterate school leavers and also the highest rate of dole bludgers straight from school. Most of the trades people are now imported from overseas, ready to work. Europe is not different and withen a few years your students will start blowing up cash machines for the money and stealing small amounts of money with force from anywhere they can. There is no respect for anyone.
IF YOU CANNOT STAND UP FOR THE CHRISTIAN SYMBOL THEN YOU WILL DESERVE THIS AND MORE.
Michael Grech (2 hours, 52 minutes ago)
Well done to the European Court of Human Rights. As a Christian I would like to see Christ in people’s hearts and mind; not hanging on a wall and imposed upon my non-believing sisters and brothers by politicians, who are not normally the epitome of Christian living. With all the unchristian feelings and attitude of local Catholic at frenzy-pitch level (intolerance, self-centredness, racism, acceptance of injustice, hedonism, etc), it took this issue to wake up our dear bishop from his slumbers and make him remember that he has certain duties relating to public statements!

I just hope some local follows the example, and sue our bigoted and hypocritical state.
R Micallef (4 hours, 23 minutes ago)
This is a very complex issue. Maybe the court should have suggested the inclusion of other religious symbols. But Muslims have a problem with images, and atheists cannot be represented with a common symbol. Yet, a blank wall is also a biased ´solution´… it puts belief under the carpet as if it were not there. But it is there, and schools should be a context for healthy dialogue respecting each person´s identity, not silence and feigned indifference.

Let us however not make a big fuss on this. This is a sort of hype issue that tends to cover up the paganism of Italian ´realpolitik´. Furthermore, reducing the crucifix to a “cultural symbol” is almost blasphemous. Jesus is not just an fan-club sticker. That´s a brutally tortured man on that wall. And he is the Son of God. No wonder the Church strictly prohibited the symbolic representation of Christ (except using the symbol of the Paschal Lamb) until 692 (Quinisexte Council “in Trullo” – canons 73 and 82), and practically till Nicea II. And the ´naked´ and blood-drenched image we use today was not allowed till the late middle ages; before, only ´glorious´ and fully-clother crucifixes were allowed.
Joe Fenech (6 hours, 47 minutes ago)
Religion and education/work – not a good mix !

Archbishop – GET REAL!!!

Get those crucifixes off our school , university and office walls! The Middle Ages are over!
NATALIE BORG (7 hours, 1 minute ago)
Faith is a way of living not an academical subject. The Crucifix reminds us of our faith. Religion is a subject to be learned in the classroom. We need to remain updated with the Church’s teachings.
joseph Carmel Chetcuti (7 hours, 1 minute ago)
I have absolutely nothing against the Cross. Notwithstanding the fact that I am an agnostic, I have quite a few at my home as well as a large collection of religious statues. The problem is that Christians abuse their privileged status in society and continually seek to impose their views. They deliberately confuse the secular with the religious, the personal with the public. They not only flaunt their religion (as do many others) and I do not have a problem with this but they get upset when others “flaunt” their sexuality. Double standards! They continually seek to convert others but “woe to thee” if you are a homosexual and you seek to “convert” others to “your cause”. Cremona and his band of unhappy men have no right to insist on the Cross being in any public building. Those days are over. The minority, however small, that does not subscribe to their version of Christians morality and values has simply had enough.
Michael Asquith (7 hours, 27 minutes ago)
Muslims or any other religious bigots should not dictate what we do or don’t do. Get rid of these medieval, frankly scary to children, symbols of a make believe bygone age.
Norbert Bugeja (7 hours, 37 minutes ago)
Removing the Crucifix?????

No way….in a country which is populated by majority of Muslims no one tells them to remove things which have to do with the Muslim religion…..so why should a country which is mostly populated by Catholics remove it????

i agree with archbishop cremona the crucifix should retain it’s place in public places.
charles zammit (7 hours, 47 minutes ago)
if ever we should come to this situation archbishop cremona should chide those who voted yes in the eu referendum thats all there would be to it…..
henrybezzina (7 hours, 47 minutes ago)
Was Dom Mintoff right when he described europe of Abel and Europe of Cain.
Stephen Florian (7 hours, 56 minutes ago)
This is the beginning of EU Chaos. Europe is intrinsically Christian and predominantly Catholic and that is how it should stay. Our Christian values and symbols should be respected. What is the next EU bravado ? Perhaps Churches demolished, or churches turned into workshops, factories and museums like in the days of Soviet Russia. Look at Russia today, it has once more embraced its Maker. When shall we learn from other people’s mistakes…? Is this a taste of French Repubblicanism ? Or the Spanish aconfessionalism? This is pure madness or bad history repeating itself. The work of old nick.? It is time for Catholic Malta to seriously reconsider its role and roadmap in such a Godless EU. Quo vadis EU ? What is the hidden agenda ? Why has the beloved Crucifix become unbearable to some ? What is the standpoint of Maltese MEP’s on this ? What does Dr. Joanna Drake think about this ? It is time to stand up and be counted. Which values are we to embrace ?
J Muscat (7 hours, 59 minutes ago)
A crucifix in itself is not a guarantee of Christianity… but it’s the figure of Jesus Christ himself which equals AUTHENTIC LOVE…

But it seems that the New Europe doesn’t want to recognise this type of love…loving for your enemy and losing your life so that others may live…

It’s funny though, that IF IT WEREN’T FOR THIS TYPE OF LOVE, the people who are claiming that a crucifix is an offense to their religion, belief or non-belief, would have not been accepted to come in Europe in the first place!!!

Well done Europe…another good step towards your self-destruction, since that’s what you seem to be aiming at!
Steve Agius (8 hours, 2 minutes ago)
The crucifix is not only the symbol of our religion, but above all a symbol of the values that are at the base of our identity. Will they order Turkey to remove the crescent moon from all public buildings or the Muslims to remove their veils, if it “could disturb” Christians?
Frank Said (8 hours, 6 minutes ago)
We are Catholics living in a catholic country and in our schools we always had and we will continue to have the crucifix hanged on the walls. Any Muslim or whoever may be that feel offended with the crucifix should pack or make him pack and go back to his own country and there he/she may adore Mohamed or whoever he/she wants to. This is Malta, this is our country and foreigners have to either abide by our rules, by our customs, or otherwise they should go somewhere else. No European Court is going to impose on us such rulings.

I have to state that I made a big mistake when I voted in favour of membership because now I am beginning to realize that Europe has lost its roots, its Christian values and believes. I didn’t vote in favour of such a Europe.
Sandro Agius (8 hours, 21 minutes ago)
@M.Attard – dak tkellem ghalik…jekk kurcifiss idejqek….sinjal tajjeb….dak qieghed hemm minhabba fik ukoll

@Brincat – infakkru li l-ideali ta’ Gesu Kristu bnew l-Ewropa u ghalhekk is-salib mhuwiex biss sinjal ta religjon imma fuq kollox juri li l-fuq min kull intelligenza hemm is-sens komun…li Alla jezisti u jhobb lill-umanita…Alla hekk habb id-dinja li baghat lil Ibnu l-Wahdieni…

Din il-kummiedja turi li l-Ewropa qeghda tichad l-gheruq taghha…u min jichad l-ommu huwa destinat ghar-rovina…u l-moralita bhalissa mhix xi gran che.

Dwar li r-religjon “is a private matter” – m’ghandekx ragun – tant huwa publiku li huwa fil-kultura taghna, fit-tradizzjonijiet u l-folklor, l-Innu Nazzjonali, fil-festi li jgibu ammont sostanzjali ta turisti….issa taf x’jonqos – xi Winter Festival flok il-Milied jew Spring Festival flok il-Gimgha l-Kbira….halluna!!!
Robert Bezzina (8 hours, 26 minutes ago)
High IQ starts with respect towards people’s beliefs. The cross is a sign of Christ’s love towards us, of love, plain and simple. If one does not believe in God he should be unaffected by its presence. After all its just a symbol of love for a large religious community. And there is nothing wrong with love, even for an atheist, I must presume. So, what is all this fuss over crosses in schools? After all children are present in schools and they still need formation. So an atheist is strictly instructing his child to be an atheist? No, I believe these comments are from people with a grudge against the church for some reason or another or else their ego or self proclaimed intelligence is just looking down towards the catholic religion. Be it what it is its just one thing, a pity. It is obvious that being led by men, the church is not perfect and never will be. As many other things in life. Avoid looking for perfection and the details, look for the principles. The cross is one of them
Ryan Bugeja (8 hours, 32 minutes ago)
Such rulings surprise me for one reason: Europe is always first to promote tolerance and living in diversity… and then it removes any symbol related to this diversity. Europe promotes inter-religious dialogue, but then removes any symbol that can lead to the dialogue. I just ask, why can’t the ruling be to include the different symbols of the different religions rather than removing all? Is it so difficult?
@M. Attard: Spirituality, and the way one lives is private true… but religion in itself is qutie meant to be ‘public’… people pray together in whatever religion… if you go to a mosque, church, or buddhist temple, you find people praying in groups…
Richard galea. (8 hours, 38 minutes ago)
Thank God…..We are having some sense from Europe at last!

Next Move now……NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO INDOCTRINATE OUR BELOVED CHILDREN ANY KIND OF RELIGION AT LEAST UNTIL PUBERTY………HALLOWEEN INCULDED.
Charles Grixti (8 hours, 38 minutes ago)
Ordinarily, I would be all for it. As an Agnostic, I am in favour of a Secular State.

However, it is plainly obvious that was not done at the behest of the Secular State, the Protestants or the Jews, nor the Atheists or Agnostics, otherwise it would have been done decades ago.

This has become an issue now simply because the West is all out to appease the Islamic faith, the members of which are now strong enough in Europe to start making demands, and to erase our Judeo-Christian heritage that is the foundation of our European Civilization.

Therefore, on this basis alone, I am for the crucifixes to stay. And I call on all sane people who value life and liberty to do the same.

J.Spiteri (8 hours, 39 minutes ago)
Archbishop Cremona said that should this situation arise in Malta one day …….
It’s not a matter of ‘ if ‘ but rather ‘ when ‘. It’s really sad that the reward for accepting immigrants, most of which entered Europe illegally, is that citizens of the host country have to change their rooted traditions so as not to ‘ offend’ their uninvited guests. A ‘not so bright’ future is approaching ! This is only the beginning.
J.Spiteri (8 hours, 40 minutes ago)
Archbishop Cremona said that should this situation arise in Malta one day …….
It’s not a matter of ‘ if ‘ but rather ‘ when ‘. It’s really sad that the reward for accepting immigrants, most of which entered Europe illegally, is that citizens of the host country have to change their rooted traditions so as not to ‘ offend’ their uninvited guests. A ‘not so bright’ future is approaching ! This is only the beginning.
P.Ciantar (8 hours, 40 minutes ago)
Unbelievable!!!!!!!! This is the EU mediocracy…
malcolm seychell (8 hours, 41 minutes ago)
It is the price for diversity. Enjoy
Peter Bonnici (8 hours, 41 minutes ago)
@ M Attard. You ought to visit some countries in the middle east and preach your teachings there, though I doubt if you’d make it back with your head still attached to your body.

@ M Brincat. Sadly I can understand your reasoning in a way. After all it does take an idiot to give up ones life for the love of others. Especially when its not appreciated.
Michael Caruana (8 hours, 47 minutes ago)
The crucifix is a symbol of tolerance, meekness and salvation. Can the European Court impose its decision on country of some 60 million citizens because of the aaction of one person? What are referenda for may I ask!!
Kevin Camilleri (8 hours, 52 minutes ago)
So you come in MY country, WITHOUT being welcomed, given MONEY from taxpayer’s taxes, given education and all the dignity rights that you did not have in your country, and then you want and protest to remove the cross from the classrooms and public places? NO WAY!! No one asked you to come here, you are free to go back if you do not like our culture and tradition.

NO ONE is force to beleive or practice, but this does not remove the RIGHT for christians to have a cruxifix in public places in THEIR country. If in Malta this should happen, it will be mayhem. The Crucifix has to have a place in our classrooms.
Joseph Grech (8 hours, 52 minutes ago)
“The presence of the crucifix … could be encouraging for religious pupils, but also disturbing for pupils who practised other religions or were atheists, particularly if they belonged to religious minorities,” – Well, I guess if that’s the case, then crucifixes on top of (and inside!!) churches are just as disturbing. Do we bring them down?

Why does Jesus bother some people?
mike pace (8 hours, 57 minutes ago)
Please Mr Government don;t given in to any different religions to make a stand and keep our right that we are Catholics and keep the Crucifix were its stands in our schools , in public places etc and if these mix religions complains they can pick up their belongs and go to their country of origin and leave us run our internal home affairs by ourselves as they do the same when they are in theirs.
A true Maltese Catholic he or she of any political stands must support the Maltese bishops with their rights to defends this crusade
Galea. L (8 hours, 57 minutes ago)
It’s a great shame. They want to change our way of life. If the government has and decency and guts it will defy them and tell them to go to hell. Those who don’t like what we do they are free to go elsewhere.
It’s about time countries leave the Council of Europe because they are interfering in our way of life. Let them rule themselves not rule over us.
Ivan Scicluna (8 hours, 57 minutes ago)
Nobody has a right to impose on, or try to influence the public in favour of any religion. I agree with the decision in Italy.
p.grima (9 hours, 4 minutes ago)
With so many opinions, advertisments, sex, violence, etc, being pumped daily on all media, why should a crucifix be so offensive?

If I don’t like a program on any media I simply switch off or change channels; likewise whoever is offended by the crucifix can simply ignore it or look the other way.

This is yet another attack on Christianity and all that is Christian.
JBrownie (9 hours, 10 minutes ago)
This is a new low as far as the Italian Court has managed to dip. Europe is built on Christian values and Christianity defines its very identity – it is a most absurd decision of these Courts ,which should forcibly be resisted across all Europe not by Italians only . No wonder that sound morality and the social fabric of entire societies across Europe are crumpling like sugar pastries.
Andre Rizzo (9 hours, 16 minutes ago)
This is a big victory for human rights protection and secularism and a big blow to indoctrination and christian dogma forced down children´s throats. Well done to the ECHR for such a forward-thinking judgment. Of course people like Buttiglione, Frattini and Berlusconi will slam the judgment but we all know where these guys are coming from.
Andrew Paris (9 hours, 18 minutes ago)
Shocking decision which takes no account of the traditions and values of Christian Europe. God forbid that this should ever be contemplated in Malta
Alex Borg (9 hours, 19 minutes ago)
Agree totally. Religion is a private matter. Catholics should not feel offended if crucifixes are not affixed to classrooms or public offices.
MBorg (9 hours, 21 minutes ago)
@ M Attard & M.Brincat

No that is not how it should be, and no it is not a good decision. Religion has a place in our classrooms. Malta is a catholic country and nobody should have the right to make us remove the Crucifix from classrooms and public places.

Archbishop Cremona is right if the situation should ever arise in Malta all Maltese Christians should insist that the crucifix retains its place in public places.

The European Court of Human Rights should not have the power to play about with our faith.
Anthony Bezzina (9 hours, 24 minutes ago)
@M. Brincat
I wonder how you seem to have arrived to the conclusion that the removal of the Crucifix from a class room could encourage high IQ attitudes? As if the Catholics are less intelligent than the non-Catholics! Go and tell it to the marines.
@M Attard
Religion is a way of living and hence it is not that private…….. Even with the Catholic Religion embedded in our Constitution, the Crucifixes should remain in our classrooms.
Paul Barrett (9 hours, 29 minutes ago)
Really why do people get so very uptight about these things – is it really so very important one way or the other. I would have thought that the emphasis should be on the lesson, not the decoration of the classroom.
May your God be with you.
Tania Walters (9 hours, 30 minutes ago)
If the majority of the people are catholics, then the minority should respect that. Otherwise it will be another form of dictatorship. A free democratic country means respect for everyone regardless not adjusting one’s principles and beliefs to please the other. If I migrate to a muslim or hindi country I should not expect or impose on them to remove their icons and replace them with a crucifix. If the new migrants don’t like it, they can always go back where they came from.
Adrian Borg (9 hours, 39 minutes ago)
Whether you belive or not in Christianity, as Maltese we should stick to having crufixes in classrooms and public places. This is a symbol, part of our culture.

Are we going to let people from other countries invade us and impose on us what we can show and what we cannot in our country? NEVER!

If we ban crucifixes, then we should ban that silly dress the Muslim women cover themselves all over with!
C A Camilleri (9 hours, 40 minutes ago)
Personally its not a matter of the crucifix or not. It is a matter of a minority imposing over a majority. Just look at the Politically correct English. They have become strangers in their own country. Sad. You want to call me a racist, go ahead then I am one and proud.
M Agius (9 hours, 42 minutes ago)
‘The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.’ – Karl Marx
Alex Ellul (9 hours, 47 minutes ago)
What the despotic Communist regimes managed to carry out by brute force in Russia, Poland, Albania, Romania, China, etc, is being perpetrated now by the atheists that have managed to make it to the top echelons of power in the ‘new’ Europe and the UN. One day even our street names dedicated to Christian saints will have to be renamed for political-correctness sake. Most probably even the crosses on the church spires will have to be removed and maybe we Christians will be tagged with special ID’s, our children attending ‘special’ educational classes, we will be taxed even, for burning candles and thus contributring to global warming…..However the communist regimes finally fell like a pack of cards, the reason being that their power was top-down. Real Democracies get their power are bottom-up. Now let’s see who the real Christian politicians in Malta are? Adenhauer, De Gaule and De Gasperi, the Christian founding fathers of the European union must be turning in their graves.
Tessie Orsini (9 hours, 48 minutes ago)
Christianity is our culture. The crucifix is the sign of our culture and should be displayed in all public places.
Andy Towler (9 hours, 58 minutes ago)
A further, welcome, nail in the coffin of fascism.
Eleonora Bonnici (10 hours, 4 minutes ago)
Good judgement!!! If all the crucifiexes in public places and all the madonnas at mater dei are not removed by 31-12-2009 I will personally go to the same court to get them removed.
Marisa Bugeja (10 hours, 6 minutes ago)
Right; if we are obliged to take the crucifix off the wall, each student can take one to school with him/her and put it on his desk-that way there won’t be one crucifix per class but thirty! No one can stop an individual from professing his faith.
D Buttigieg (10 hours, 6 minutes ago)
Wrong decision for two main reasons: (i) you don’t achieve freedom of worship by banning religious symbols and (ii) this will ultimately lead to further intolerance as minorities will be blamed for the removal of the Crucifix – From now one those who didn’t ever bother about religion will use religion to their own ends.
J. Sammut (10 hours, 10 minutes ago)
@M.Brincat
I wonder how one can improve one’s IQ just by removing Crucifixes from schools. How does a Crucifix hinder one’s IQ. Are we CHRISTIANS or what?
Archbishop Paul Cremona’s comment deserves praise.

Sylvia Zammit (10 hours, 11 minutes ago)
M.Brincat – and M.Attard have a right to their opinion, but so do the rest of us! If it does not mean anything to you – it should not bother you.if it does signify the crucified Christ to you, then shame on you both for rejecting it. Personally, I object to the fact that the Italians see it as ‘just part of their culture’ – ie, on a par with bullfighting in Spain etc etc.
Andrew Paris (10 hours, 12 minutes ago)
Pork products will be banned next by Europe because it is offensive to some.
I renember in history of people who try to change society because they thought it was right without letting the people choose. It resulted in 2 World Wars and the destruction of Europe.
K. Pullicino (10 hours, 13 minutes ago)
I’m going to use an argument, liberals are so much in love with: “If you don’t like it, don’t look at it.”

@M.Brincat: “Good decision when considering schools need to encourage high iQ attitudes.” Obviously, our University has students with a high IQ level, otherwise they wouldn’t be discussing condoms and how it’s acceptable to publish obscenities.
c.caruana (10 hours, 17 minutes ago)
Crucifixs are there only to give more power to the church because with every symbol, the chruch is having a social space. you can see religious symbols everywhere, maybe it’s time for change.
Ivan Attard (10 hours, 18 minutes ago)
The insatiable, all-devouring appetite for Multiculturalism is taking it’s toll all over Europe. When the last symbols of its cultural and religious heritage are obliterated, Europe will be ripe for the Muslim takeover. It will then be the turn of the church buildings and stone crucifixes scattered all over the continent which once stood sentinel over its inhabitants.
…and all this with the blessing of some pathetically naive and misguided citizens of this once proud continent called Europe! The wolf is no longer howling at the door – it is within.
Long live diversity! O what beauty lies in Multiculturalism!
Eric Gahn (10 hours, 18 minutes ago)
It is high time religion be given its rightful standing in society. I am not going to speak for muslims, jews, buddhists or any other religion. I speak for those who like me simply do not beleive in any religion.

Malta (yes this little island) is no longer the blind catholic country it was. People have learned to read, and think. Society should wake up to the fact that if one believes that their sin will put them in hell, others simply believe otherwise, or nothing at all. Why should everyone suffer their so called piety. Nothing religuously significant should be allowed in public places not just crosses.

I also raise a point on religous education itself. Schools should be teaching ‘Religions of the World’ (seeing how many people seem to want to believe in magic) or simple ‘Ethics’ and not just bang the one brainwashing drum of Roman Catholic Dogma where 1+1 = 3.

(please note I am not attacking Roman Catholicism but all religions).
Jesmond Micallef (10 hours, 29 minutes ago)
How can a culture exist without a faith ?
Henry S Pace (10 hours, 33 minutes ago)
What do you expect from a godless Europe. Look at the Libon Treaty no reference to God.
Europe was built on christianity now whoever proclaims God is being subdued and admonished. Europe has no values whatsoever.
Roderick Bajada (10 hours, 33 minutes ago)
If this happens in Malta, all the Curia could do is say “mea culpa, mea culpa”………
VICTOR VELLA (10 hours, 36 minutes ago)
When Mintoff wanted full integration with England the church in Malta left no stone unturned because then Archbishop Gonzi feared that the Maltese will turn to Anglican religion and the Maltese lose their faith. When the nationalist government integrated Malta with the European Union the church in Malta stayed numb and now we have to adhere what the Europeans do. Today we have to remove the cross from every public building, tomorrow we have to accept abortion and only God knows what is in store. The Cross is the symbol of our faith. In 323 after Christ St Elena, the patron saint of Birkirkara ,at age 80 travelled to the Holy land to bring to the world the true wooden cross of Christ that saved the world from mortal sin. Now, in 2009 the Europeans want to dump the cross back to the grave.
Charmaine Galea (10 hours, 47 minutes ago)
What should be taught in classrooms is basic morality which is common to all religions – let’s leave out man-invented dogma.

Kids should be taught only what helps them in their moral and spiritual development. It’s the right of our children once of age, to feel which religion they ought to follow.

We have to quit our blinkered reasoning that “us catholics” are always right.

“A man arrives at the gates of heaven.
St. Peter asks, “Religion?”
The man says, “Muslim.”
St. Peter looks down his list, and says, “Go to room 24.
But be very quiet as you pass room 8.”

Another man arrives at the gates of heaven.
St. Peter: “Religion”?
Man: “Buddhist.”
St. Peter: “Go to room 18. But be very quiet as you pass
room 8.”

A third man arrives at the gates.
St. Peter: “Religion?”
Man: “Jewish.”
St. Peter: “Go to room 11. But be very quiet as you pass
room 8.”

The man asks, “I can understand there being different rooms
for different religions, but why must I be quiet when I pass
room 8?”

St. Peter tells him, “Well, the Catholics are in room 8,
and they think they’re the only ones here.”
Emile Cassar (10 hours, 50 minutes ago)
I think the Monsinjur is wrong to consider it his duty to insist that we keep the cross in public places. Religion is a private matter… Jesus was the first to emphasize this.
Emile Cassar (10 hours, 51 minutes ago)
I agree in principle, but in practice I’m not so sure it’s a necessary measure. I think it is insensitive of a non-Italian to raise the issue. Ideally an Italian atheist raised it.
Dr Sandro Vella (10 hours, 53 minutes ago)
I am sure many will agree that the Catholic faith embraces the values cherished by the majority of Maltese citizens. Beyond its theological teachings, Christianity has moulded Europe and its values of democracy, freedom, justice and ethical bahaviour. We cannot afford to negate our origins and values, unless we want to risk a downward spiral towards anarchy. The Maltese Government is duty bound to resist any such maneuvre.

Sean Mangion (10 hours, 58 minutes ago)
Christ is alive, His word is alive, and the duty of every Christian is to spread His message so that everyone shall have life.

Yes the Crucifix should remain in all public places in Malta and throughout the world !!

Our children should be raised in Gods love and in a Christian ambience. The Crucifix is an important symbol of how much Jesus has suffered for us so that we would be free, happy, saved and content in the union with God.
W Spencer (11 hours, 2 minutes ago)
@ M Brincat & M Attard

You miss the whole point !!! Crucifixes this time, what next ??? The ECHR decides what YOU will do or not do, you will have no say !!
Amanda Ellul (11 hours, 3 minutes ago)

What’s next? Maltese women wearing the burqa, for otherwise it may offend some illegal? It’d be up in arms, fighting tooth and nail should anyone dare to force a similar thing down the throats of the ordinary Maltese.
Robert mifsud (11 hours, 9 minutes ago)
prosit Archbishop,wake us up before its too late,lets not pave the way for the king of darkness and evil.Sewwa jieghdu id dinja sejra lura.Is it the begining of the end ? These are not good signs at all guys !
Dennis Zammit (11 hours, 10 minutes ago)
If atheists like Brincat and Attard who wrote before me feel that the Holy Crucifix is a threat to them, then they should run a Referendum in Malta and dream of winning it.

The Maltese in a vast majority are Roman Catholics and we will defend our right over those who want to impose theirs. The Crucifix must STAY and local churches and parishes should start a tradition of creating major crosses around the island just like the one in Kordin.

The say of the majority is the rule.
ALBERT FENECH (11 hours, 13 minutes ago)
Well said Archbishop Cremona. If there were any attempt to inflict this insult and injustice on Malta, it should be resisted in every way possible. This is a Christian, Roman Catholic country with centuries of tradition and no upstart Brussels bureaucrats are going to change that. If anybody is offended then it’s their tough luck. We should never be afraid to show our sentiments and must continue to show our love for the Christian faith by manifesting and showing our traditions.
david vella (11 hours, 13 minutes ago)
Let’s not make these decisions effect us and keep our own beliefs as Christ the King our saviour!! It clearly shows the EU as the antichrist! Guilty of apostacy even those who support such decisions! Human rights? Where? by allowing abortions or euthanasia to go ahead? They don’t know what they’re doing? But anyhow, he’s forgiven them too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FORZA ITALIA fight for your religion & tradition – an ENGLAND fan!!!
D.Zammit (11 hours, 18 minutes ago)
indeed it’s very sad.I don’t care how many immigrants come to my country ,or members of other religions, but one must understand that this is My Home country, and all other foreigners must except my believes since i respect them. I hope the Parliament for once be united in this issue.
Frans Sammut (11 hours, 19 minutes ago)
May I register my full support for the stand taken by Archbishop Cremona? Why the Crucifix offend students in any classroom is simply beyond me.
M.BEZZINA (11 hours, 19 minutes ago)
Qiskom tisthu turu li intom insara!Mur f xi post musulman u tara tridx taddatta ghalijom!!
Anthony Henwood (11 hours, 23 minutes ago)
So i must assume that we have degraded society to the extent that we can now make a mockery of our justice system that will not require anybody to take an oath for testifying in court, and that our politicians will be relieved for not having to take an oath to serve our Country, as it would offend some in our society.
Hypocrites
Matthew 10:33 “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven
John Borg (11 hours, 25 minutes ago)
@M.Brincat
The crucifix is the ONLY cetainty !
The ONLY One 100% reliable and will NEVER let you down!
very very high IQ indeed!!!!!!

Miguel Micallef (11 hours, 26 minutes ago)
Finally. Some good sense and logic being forced upon these hypocrites. This is the good of being in the EU.

I hope the appeal gets rejected. Crucifixes can remain in churches, where they belong.
Josette Camilleri (11 hours, 38 minutes ago)
I encourage acceptance of other religions but I wouldn’t betray my relgion. Will Muslims refrain from praying in public when not in Muslim countries? Will they stop wearing veils when not in Muslim countries? Jesus’ place is everywhere not just the classrooms and yet we barter him so as not to ‘disturb’ other religions.
Joseph Seisun (11 hours, 39 minutes ago)
Welcome to the EU. Welcome to political correctness, the new EU religion. These are just the first symptoms. What’s next? No prayers at school?
I agree with the Archbishop’s opinion. I just hope that if we Maltese are truly Chrsitians, we shall not accept this.
fredmallia (11 hours, 41 minutes ago)
Dr Sant was right. the gonzipn must say something on this. but we know that we have a ‘yes’ gonzipngovernment.
fred
Charles Zammit (11 hours, 41 minutes ago)
@ M. Attard
However private religion is Catholicism is what gave this people and many others a true way of life based on correct moral behaviour. There is nothing wrong in manifesting a people’s beliefs. Democracy is about respecting the majority’s views and desires too.

@ M. Brincat

I don’t know where you got these assertions from. To me it is exactly the opposite. I feel more comfortable with the crucifix nearby. It gives me true reassurance. I am more than 100% sure that many others feel the same.

Jason Borg (11 hours, 42 minutes ago)
Religion is has place everywhere for us Christians, because it is a way of life.
E.Muscat (11 hours, 43 minutes ago)
@Brincat and Attard:what does IQ have to do with one’s beliefs and religion is not only a private matter when we christians are being systematically told to submit to other religions and to deny our judeo-christian roots:europe is a lost soul ready and willing to be taken over by heathens and atheists who will sacrifice our heritage in the name of correctness to other religions who are hell bent to take away our freedom:wake up and use your head!
J S Borg (11 hours, 45 minutes ago)
Just wait another twenty years, and you all will forget about freedom of worship and freedom of expression, when you will be dominated by a better religion other than Christianity. then you won’t have time to argue and discus religious freedom.
Mario Cucciardi (11 hours, 46 minutes ago)
Jesus poured all 3.5 litres of his blood; He had three nails hammered into his members; a crown of thorns on his head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into his chest. Not just a simple crucifix we have on walls, but a reality which is trying to be made forgotten and denied.

No doubt that Jesus suffered and died for this particular decision as well.
Albert Farrugia (11 hours, 53 minutes ago)
Funny isnt it? What is it that makes the depiction of a man dead on a cross such a powerful symbol, of which so many are so afraid? Who knows. Maybe the time will come when people will actually have to die for the right to be able to kneel in front of it.
Darren Buttigieg (11 hours, 53 minutes ago)
About time this happened in Malta and Gozo.
Charles Sammut (11 hours, 53 minutes ago)
Catholics cannot have their cake and eat it too. They are invariably the most vociferous where ‘tolerance’ towards other cultures, creeds and races is concerned. It would be highly hypocritical should they insist on imposing their creed on others.

This is a most welcome decision by the ECHR and the Maltese government should keep up its tradition of being more European than the EU and remove all crucifixes forthwith from all public places, schools, law courts, government departments, hospital etc.

The Maltese constitution will also have to be changed because it is biased in favour of Roman Catholicism and this clearly violates the human rights of the tens of thousands of immigrants who have been welcomed to Malta over the past few years.
Norman Stivala (11 hours, 54 minutes ago)
I suppose M.Attard and M.Brincat will soon advocate that we should remove all traces of our God from our country. Let us not stop at class rooms. Shall we remove all the effigies that remind us that there actually is a God. Sometimes I cannot believe where this country is going. Do the 2 M’s also think we should remove churches, I am sure by doing so it will increase the IQ of a lot of people. I thank you for your input M&M but I think the rest of us have rights too and although at my age I only go to evening classes I will not tolerate the removal of the cross, if someone does not like it all he needs do is not look at it. Praised be the name of God forever
Norman
M. White (11 hours, 54 minutes ago)
Italy is one of the most important countries with deep Christian values. Why should it remove the sign of its religion because of some others who are different????
It is the foreigners should change or at least tolerate the country’s religion instead of trying to change the country’s culture!!

So ok if we remove the crosses, muslims should remove their veils because it irritates some Christians. So is this fair? Where’s the true tolerance?

Muslims have made a promise to overcome Christianity and their plan is coming to action.
L Aquilina (11 hours, 56 minutes ago)
What next, close the vatican?? Bloggers who wrote defending this decision must have one huge chip on their shoulder.
Michael Borg (11 hours, 57 minutes ago)
Welcome to malta boat people yes you can decide and rule our country as well what wrong with that !
E. Inglott (11 hours, 59 minutes ago)
Public schools should not decorate their classrooms with expressions of any religion. Not everyone has the same beliefs and public schools should be neutral in that respect.

Where a school is a (private) church school, or a private school organized by Jewish/Buddhist/Muslim institutions for that matter, then expressions of their respective religions should be allowed; parents would send their children to these schools precisely because of the role that that particular religion plays in its educational program. But, once again, I think that state schools should be religion-neutral.
S Aquilina (12 hours ago)
Il-kurcifiss gie l-ewwel. Min ma joghgbux jitlaq.
A.Cassar (12 hours, 1 minute ago)
Next it will be our processions that have to go as by walking the streets of the general public of the European Union , even if you are here illegally , with a ” Catholic ” statue might seriously insult the belief and freedom of movement of others !!!
I Abela (12 hours, 1 minute ago)
This is unbelievable. What is disturbing is the fact that an immigrant has won a court case against a sovereign nation which is hosting her, in which this single immigrant complained against a crucifix, which has been hanging there for ages, to which the Italian people never complained (anzi they consider it part of their lifestyle). So there goes hundreds of years of christianity, simply because a muslim forced her way into the country and is now trying to impose her lifestyle onto those citizens (citing as usually, their human rights). Why don’t these people just stay in their countries, live their lifestyle there, and fight for their human rights there ??
Tony Abela (12 hours, 3 minutes ago)
We were made to beleive that when we join EU we will show and help Europe to keep the Christian values.

It appears to me that Europe will be enforcing its materialistic values upon us instead.
J Bajada (12 hours, 5 minutes ago)
This is another proof that Islam is on the rise and it will soon be the main religion across the world, having the power to rule on everyone and everything. Christian traditions will simply evaporate.
John Michael Mizzi (12 hours, 7 minutes ago)
The church has every right to put her symbols in her buildings and schools.
The church or other religions have NO right to impose their symbols in secular state buildings or schools and that includes Malta. If the church imposes its symbols on the government than it is making a gross mistake because it shows that it is still stuck in its old ways. The church has to start showing some respect to the general public that use state buildings and schools irrespective of their beliefs.

Any Progressive State is secular and cannot impose any religious symbols of any religion on its citizens. If we argue about tradition and culture than that is purely puerile. In the past it was the church’s tradition to pass heretics to the inquisition of which some were burnt in the most horrendous ways. Obviously in this case it could not continue with this tradition.
A.Cassar (12 hours, 9 minutes ago)
There we go a Catholic Country by history and home of the Vatican . Yet you are in your country and instead of outsiders respecting your cultures and traditions , they start first by removing your traditions and beliefs , next they will make you respect theirs as they will call themselves an ethnic minority . Malta is not far away from this , realise that if there is a court ruling in place it is to be effective in all EU countries . Go on fall out with your own about being gay , lesbian and transgender . These are your own blood . The others enjoy these issues as whilst we waste time on these issues they are taking over . And were is the church in this matter ? Is this the same church that encouraged people to vote for the EU entry ? Now the Archbishop wants us to fight on his behalf ? Well the battle is over as the ruling is out and we have to abide to it ? Hooray for the multicultural followers !!
A Pulis (12 hours, 10 minutes ago)
Indeed the place of religion is everywhere, even in our classrooms! If we strongly believe in Jesus we should promote his word and deeds everywhere. Sincerely I do hope this island is not influenced by this poor person’s attitude. Europe should be ashamed for betraying Jesus Christ – first it betrayed the catholic values and now it is betraying our master.
Vincent Galea (12 hours, 10 minutes ago)
My God, I am ashamed to lift my God, my face unto you.
Michael Vella (12 hours, 10 minutes ago)
Personally i am absolutely disusted by this ruling. I am not a practicing Catholic but i strongly believe that each country has the RIGHT to decide for itself which religion is the state religion. The fact the the European Court has decided this for Italy just goes to show that Europe has absolutely no regard for the individual cultural identity of it’s member states. Why should a whole country have to change it’s beliefs and culture to accomodate foreigners with a different religious view, whether it be Muslim, Hindu or anything other religion for that matter.

ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!!

I would love to go to Saudi Arabia or Iran and demand that Sharia Law be outlawed in favour of a more liberal code of laws. I would probably be executed for my troubles.But not in Europe, we strive to destroy our cultural heritage to accomodate beliefs of anyone non-european. Put simply the EU has today shown that it is a complete joke!
D Spiteri (12 hours, 12 minutes ago)
Europe should be ashamed by this ruling.

Will Europe order Turkey to take off of the half moon from their Flag before joining the European union?
Mark Wattson (12 hours, 14 minutes ago)
Totally agree with M.Attard religion is indeed a private matter and should not have place in schools. It is bad enough it brings wars through out the world, there is no need to teach our children hatred from the early days.

Reuben Gauci (12 hours, 17 minutes ago)
The crucifix is a symbol of our culture. We have a right to a SECULAR life, and a right to our CULTURE!!!
mary camilleri (12 hours, 21 minutes ago)
today’s reading from Romans 12: 10 – 16 says it all:

Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.

Sara Baldacchino (12 hours, 22 minutes ago)
@M Attard
If its a private matter why is it that we teach religion in our schools??
Erin Ciantar (12 hours, 23 minutes ago)
I would like to make something clear before the usual backlash against immigrants and muslims and different religions starts.

I am maltese, pure maltese with no history of immigration for many generations that I know of. I also am not a catholic or a christian. Do I and my children not have a right to be given a secular education? This has nothing to do with accepting the traditions of a country as this is MY country and should have the right not to be bombarded with religious images everywhere I go. The only schools which should be allowed to show the cross are the church schools. Government schools should be for everyone.

Well done to the european court. This a victory to human rights, dignity, respect and true freedom. I look forward to this decision being imposed in Malta too.
Sara Baldacchino (12 hours, 29 minutes ago)
Those who come among us must understand and accept our rules and that’s it. Shame to them for wanting to remove the crucifix, what else would they want us to do, go else where so they could rule the whole Europe jew? Go back from where you came from.
R. Gauci (12 hours, 29 minutes ago)
@ M Attard & M Brincat

I’m not a religious person, anzi, but with your attitude in a couple of decades we could easily end up with the koran as a compulsory school textbook. If you want to keep living in a civilised country, unlike many Muslim ones, “our” religion is the first barrier, once this barrier is broken Muslim brainwashers will have fertile ground to accomplish their mission, that is take the World, they couldn’t accomplish it by force so now they’re using other ways.

Then in Italy out of all places! VERGOGNA!!!!

L. Cutajar (12 hours, 30 minutes ago)
A very sad world. Why don’t we all change our religion to that of Islam as from tomorrow. It seems that Muslims have more rights than catholics.
alex grech (12 hours, 30 minutes ago)
I am not a religious person but this is absurd removing the crucifix because of muslims, first they enter illegaly, then settle in reap our beniftis, housing , jobs education and now remove the crucifix as it could disturb children who were not Christians wow i wonder if this can hapen in their country (which i do not agree also) will we be next …………
Rocco Cauchi (12 hours, 32 minutes ago)
Pity such a decision is being interpreted so misunderstandingly by several politicians going against it. They only want to safeguard the presence of the crucifix for historical, cultural and sentimental reasons, little understanding its value and glory when assuming its defence. It would now be up to the Bishops’ Conference in Italy, as it should well be to the local Bishops’ Conference, to explain the real significance of the Crucifix, the same way it used to be expounded in the old days when trendy homilies or Sunday church dialogues were inexistent and priests used to seize the opportunity at any time to preach Christ, and Christ crucified, an ignominy for Jews and a folly for Greeks, in St Paul’s words.
It is senseless claiming that the Crucifix hurts non-Christians. The Cross is a sign of acceptance of God’s will and story given out of His love for each individual, something local baptized Christians rarely understand given the elementary religion (not faith) they have been taught in their doctrine classes.
This is where the Church in Malta and Italy should now step in, with vehement catechesis on the real significance of the Cross and man’s adherence to doing God’s will.
Sergio Galea Vincenti (12 hours, 32 minutes ago)
There is only one word to describe this judgement: Disgusting.

It’s become so cool to denigrate our common heritage and our Faith…. In the meantime, we are losing our moral compass… Wonder why?
M.Gauci (12 hours, 33 minutes ago)
This ruling in my opinion is dangerous and could spark ethnic divisions. One has to be careful, we cannot go to Israel and ask them not to display their religious items in public places because we are Christian.
We cannot in future complain that Churches should not display any icon on their facade because a person with a different religion use the road and has a right to without feeling that the cross on the church affects him. Do you realise that this is absurd and that in future we’ll have to dismantle churches not to offend. Offend what/whom/how?

Do I get offended when I pass corradion hill and see the Mosque. No. Its a symbol of devotion for 1000s of Muslims, who are adoring God. Its a symbol of peace and humanity. Does a Budhist temple affect me? NO for the same reasons.
What really affects me is having pictures of the President / Prime minister in government departments (and I am PN inclined!).

The Cross in school signifies peace and love and also culture, however not subversion to Catholic religion.

Robert Sultana (12 hours, 33 minutes ago)
I remember back in 2003 those MIC clips on national TV ; one of them was precisely about class crucifixes and if here in Malta we would be allowed to keep them. The answer was always very reassuring; namely that we would decide for ourselves and that the EU would have no say in it. Seems the birds have come home to roost !!!
Joseph Micallef (12 hours, 34 minutes ago)
With the logic of the same court ruling Italy should dismantle most of its historic monuments, churches and statues from streets, piazzas, museums etc. as most have religious connotations! Italy without Catholicism hardly exists – even if most people are non practicing Catholics, Catholicism is part of Italy as a culture more than as a religion! The court ruling is simply ridiculous!
Sander Depasquale (12 hours, 37 minutes ago)
UH OH!!!!

Malta must remove the crucifix from our schools too!!!! Dear Maltese throw away your culture and your beliefs…..Its incredible!!!! What happened in Italy must happen here.

Yes allow the other religions to take over, we will be much better off……

HUMAN BEING NEEDS SPIRITUALITY!

Johann Mifsud (12 hours, 40 minutes ago)
Id-dinja spiccat, din kien jonqos. Mhux hekk jigu gewwa pajjizi u jnehhu r-religjon li ilhu jhaddan dan il-pajjiz ghal hafna snin, umbaghad issib xi laqgha bhal t’hawn taht u jighdulek li sew jaghmlu.

misskom tisthu tighdu li inthom maltin
E.Galea (12 hours, 43 minutes ago)
I don’t agree at all. If i go to a muslim country they will not accomodate things for me!!! Everyone must accept other countries traditions.
Maria Zammit (12 hours, 43 minutes ago)
Bad decision. I vote in favour of removing all advertisements from public places!!!

Of course one cannot do that because there’s money involved!!! We really are cheap!

Why is it that we are expected to change just because persons from other countries decide to settle in our country? Does the same apply to the countries from where immigrants are coming? Do we dictate to them what they should do in their own country!!! Mhux hekk tghid!
T Mifsud (12 hours, 44 minutes ago)
This is very sad news.

Although Mr M Brincat and M Attard have their own opinion, we are not here to erase centuries of history and culture that has formed us to what we are today. Should this generation erase that?

Should this mean that the Muslims have to do the same in their country, starting from the broadcasted prayers at 4am to the whole village or city and the TV program interruptions with the Koran reading? Should we accept that the Muslims are pushing away embedded European Christian values, by the day? Should we remove “in God we trust” just because there are other religions who do not believe in God? And now removing crosses from schools in Roman Catholic Italy, the epicenter of the Church?

The way forward is what France is doing. banning the Burkas and Abayas, forcing immigrants to learn French and even sing the French national Anthem.

Let not Malta arrive to that situation. It’s not even debatable!
Franco Farrugia (12 hours, 44 minutes ago)
I disagree with both Mr Brincat and Mr Attard. I, as an educator, would NEVER teach in a class where there is no crucifix. Religion is not a private matter: it is also a community thing – a matter shared by many. It also happens to form part of our origin.
I, honestly, find it .. let’s say, strange, that we have people who find it insulting to be faced with a crucifix.
This rulng is an eye-opener.
malcolm seychell (12 hours, 46 minutes ago)
Hehe sign the lisbon treaty so we have more human rights!!!!!

Suits fine for those who are yes sirs to Brussels.
Darren Galea (12 hours, 46 minutes ago)
Depictions of ancient methods of execution shouldn’t be hung up on our school walls. We have churches for that.
I M Dingli (12 hours, 48 minutes ago)
@ M. Brincat, M. Attard

Are you serious? From your comments, I guess you wouldn’t find a problem in enforcing such judgement in Malta.

So Muslims can be angry if a drawing of Mohammed is used but we cannot hang a crucifix in a classroom. Is this equality and respect? Unbelievable. They would shout Jihad if something similar had to happen in their respective countries and I’m sure it wouldn’t just end there.
Sandro Pace (12 hours, 50 minutes ago)
Italy should indeed disobey this ruling with firmness, as should Malta in such a case. This is not a State-Church seperation issue. It is a democratic issue. The majority would want it there, and there it should remain. Complete Religion-State seperation is an utopia.

Mr. M Brincat, Isaac Newton was a fervent Christian, so I cannot understand the connection with IQ.

I understand that those arguing against the Cross in public cases, would declare that they would not want it even on their final resting place.
Stephen Farrugia (12 hours, 51 minutes ago)
Now our church will suffer from their own promotion of multiculturism. Enjoy your shortsightedness !

With love,

Stephen Farrugia (Sliema)
Malcolm Mifsud (12 hours, 52 minutes ago)
This is a very dangerous ruling as it threatens the rights of millions of people in many other aspects. Hasn’t the European Court of Human Rights anything better to do? Why not try to solve, or at least give more attention to the problem of illegal immigration for instance?
Chris Reiff (12 hours, 52 minutes ago)
A big and important step towards a secular society.
v mercieca (12 hours, 54 minutes ago)
Europe was built on Christian values and the crucifix is the symbol of Christianity.
New arrivals to our continent have to respect our traditions, not necessary adopt our religion.
They knew beforehand that the European continent is mainly Christian, so they knew what they were in for.
Europe should adopt a rule that citizenship given to these new comers, would be withdrawn if they refuse to integrate with the rest of us.
I believe that the European Court made an ass of itself to rule in such a way. The Court ignored the sentiments of hundreds of millions to please a few hundreds.

D.Abdilla (12 hours, 55 minutes ago)
Muslim taking over Europe: 60% complete
Europe Losing it’s Culture: 90% complete
A. Muscat (12 hours, 55 minutes ago)

“If the crucifix is there and I am a Muslim I will continue to respect my religion. Jesus in the classroom doesn’t bother me,” Zenat, a 14-year-old girl of Egyptian origin, told Reuters Television.’

You are absolutely right Ms. Zenat. Ironically, Jesus is recognized, loved, respected and most importantly his teaches are FOLLOWED by all Muslims than His followers!

One thing for sue Lowell-ismists would will a political mileage now.
I notice that my comments don’t appear. Is it an internet problem or cencorship issue?

Carmel J. Caruana (12 hours, 57 minutes ago)
“Two Italian laws dating from the 1920s, when the FASCISTS were in power, state that schools must display crucifixes.”

Something to reflect upon.

E. Psaila (12 hours, 59 minutes ago)
…help them with your comments…don’t you see that this is what they want…they want to achieve what they did not in 1565…
M.Brincat (13 hours, 7 minutes ago)
Good decision when considering schools need to encourage high iQ attitudes.
M Attard (13 hours, 9 minutes ago)

Religion is a private matter and that’s how it should be. It has no place in our classrooms.

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Liberal guilt that hurts Africa


Martin Kettle
guardian.co.uk,
Sunday 24 May 2009 14.30 BST
Article history

Dambisa Moyo pulls no punches. International aid to Africa has failed, she says. It hurts rather than helps. It does not equip individuals for the world. It destroys rather than empowers local leaders. Not a single country on the continent has become prosperous or stable through aid. Aid creates failed states rather than rescuing them. The situation is deteriorating not improving. An entire generation of young Africans is growing up in states which don’t work and in states where there is no work. The consequence is civil strife and the breakdown of order. Things will get worse, not least because the west cannot sustain its aid policies during the recession. The developed world should set a five-year deadline to stop aid altogether.

Views like these, expressed by the Zambian writer in her book Dead Aid, have made Moyo the darling of the old Anglo-American right and the despair of the old left. So you might think that her ideas would cause a riot, even among the herbivores who mostly comprise a Hay festival audience – or at least an outbreak of tut-tutting. But what was striking about Moyo’s discussion of her book with Jon Snow on Sunday morning was that most of the audience seemed content to take her views on the chin. Very few of the questions or comments from the floor were critical, while none of them mounted a fullblown challenge to her views.

I conclude from this that Moyo’s argument makes a liberal audience uneasy but that they rather suspect she may be right. If good intentions could change the world then the advocates of aid would have redeemed Africa a dozen times over. Yet good intentions and admirable motives, while obviously better than malign intentions and suspect motives, are not enough. Africa has 100,000 millionaires. Every African alive today has received roughly $5,000 in aid. If aid were the solution to Africa’s problems it would be a rich continent. Calls for Marshall Plans for Africa — a favourite ploy of Gordon Brown — rather overlook the fact that Africa has already received the equivalent of six equivalents of the original postwar Marshall plan in cash terms. Calls to open hearts and wallets make good headlines and make donors feel good but they don’t actually solve the problems. Playing on liberal guilt does not build a new Africa for its people. As Moyo says, no one would look to Michael Jackson for the answer to the credit crunch. So why would anyone expect Bono to have the answer to African misgovernment and dependency?

It is beyond dispute that Moyo sweeps casually over many issues that are more complicated than her analysis and well-crafted phrases allow. But I am equally sure that she is asking questions that need to be articulated and debated honestly rather than emotively, or as a test of moral sincerity, even if she has a somewhat scatter-gun approach. The issues around aid are best compared to the issues around the welfare state. Handouts do not automatically create welfare dependency. But they certainly can do so. And where dependency is not addressed, disorder and deliquency can follow. The lesson of late-20th-century welfare system is that dependency needs to be replaced by incentivisation, but without abandoning moral obligation. The same is true for aid. It’s a pity that the left, which has begun to face the facts over welfare reform, has not yet collectively faced them over aid. That’s why the Hay audience was right to feel more uneasy than angry at Moyo’s iconoclastic views.

Liberal guilt that hurts Africa

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Europe – Lost Idenity , A lost civilization


Malta FlagI am going to start with a statement that everybody knows it’s true but everybody is in denial of:

When your own country sucks because your people have ruined it, the only thing to do is to go steal someone else’s…

Unfortunately, the Ghost that keep haunting most Europeans is the heavy burden carried from past wars in Europe. Now Europe just like an old man that is intellectually capable of thinking smart and able to have a vision for the future, it’s (Europe) body is weak and feeble in realizing those dreams.

We have bought into an unsustainable idea that giving up one’s Country for the European enrichment is good.

 Those who subscribe to this idea because they presume that it will bring them out of a lower/standard of living to a higher/standard of living  and income bracket will realize how wrong they are for these simple reasons.

The harder you work will not be an incentive to elevate you out of poverty alas it will be an incentive for Governments to part you from your earnings to give it away to those that live off the system.

I am convinced of this due to the fact that no matter how honestly one worked in his life, when one retires after completing his working life to retirement and contributing all his working life to his Country and society, he ends up deprived of a decent standard of living that rapidly sends him back into poverty. A sort of a snakes and ladders board game that an honest worker is playing through all his working life aiming to win the game where the last square for winning the game has a snake that sends him down to the first square called poverty!
How can someone really believe Governments that says, let us all in our village(Europe) sell our property (European Countries) and we will all buy into this big mansion (called Europe) where all the village (European Countries) can live, There will be a total of 736 shares (MEP’s) to this mansion where Malta will have (MEP’s) 5 shares and the other Countries have different amount, this same Mansion (Europe) will be managed (European Commission) not by the investors (European Citizens), but by their investment broker (European Governments) that really says his aim is to give value to investors.

This is well and good, if only he points you to the fine print where it says ‘Your investment can go up or go down, past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance, etc etc’ and your broker also does not inform you of your investment risks (type of risk, currency implications etc). The only thing an investor knows 100% is that there are implications for subscribing into the investment and exiting the investment, and that the broker has a monetary gain in making you as an investor to part with your wealth. If things go wrong then tough luck.

This is today’s EU, a plan to gamble Countries in the stock market(Complicated integration of Countries) instead of operating each Country like a Business in a free market where traders (Countries) compete with each other for the creation of wealth of all stake holders (Country and its citizens).

Now this is a simplified version that one can relate to more than the jargon that most Governments like to refer to. Everybody knows about the bubble bursts and stock markets crashes (including the inflated evaluation of non-existant wealth), but I know for sure that if the EU bubble bursts, its implications will be war and chaos.

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Malta Government,EU and UNHCR telling us truth ?


The Clip all our Malta MEP’s never told us about!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Another:

EU No Place for sheep but for those who really have their Country and People at heart:

EU – MEP Nigel Farage talks about EU Corruption   Link

and Another:

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UN Admits Corruption:

UN Internal Probe Finds Massive Corruption
Libya a de facto shelter for African migrants

Libya: immigrants wants to go back home

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Ministro Maroni: abbiamo respinto in Libia i clandestini

Il video dei trafficanti di uomini così i libici fermano i gommoni

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Malta’s Contribution in Europe towards Africa


Why is it that writing the truth id condemned by so many, I’d say the majority of people. I am going to explain better, Africa and the African are a hot issue, every where you go in the world. There is this misconception and impression that Africa and its people are poor, they need to be helped, they need more money, hospitals schools and everything else under the sun that we in the West are used to and taken for granted in our daily lives.

Well, I can assure you we (in the West) are wrong. We have shackled Africa and Africans permanently to poverty. God (who ever you might want him to be) blessed Africa and the African people with an unimaginable amount of wealth. The wise people of Europe and America, knows this, starting in the bad old days on the Scramble for Africa (1885), where major European countries (Scramble for Africa) to avert conflicts between colonized African Countries decided to have a conference on how Africa should be divided between European Countries and the USA. Everybody knows the tragedy and consequence since. As a side note: to add insult to Africa and Africans we made the Belgian capital Brussels as the European Capital, Belgium having the worst colonial track record in what is today DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) then Belgian Congo, under King Leopold of Belgium.

Since African Countries where given Independence (most of them middle of last century), Europe and the USA, still meddled in Africa’s politics, to gain advantage to Africa’s riches European Countries and USA started aid programs to African Nations, in return both Europe and USA secured access for their Companies in exploiting their resource for a pittance. By doing So, European Countries and the USA did not give a hoot who or how African Countries are Governed, namely in Africa you have vast amount of Countries Governed by tyrants. That is why you have whole Countries in Europe and the America that are literally Ali Baba’s caves (Switzerland, tax haven islands etc) for these despot leaders where they hide their cash diverted from what should money invested in their economies. Having a destabilized Africa is an advantage for European Countries and the USA and their mult-National Companies that exploit this to their advantage. Trillions of dollars in resources are cunningly taken from African resources in return for a few Billion of dollars given as aid and keeping African Countries in our dependence for their daily survival. These billions given as aid are then stolen by the second scavenging group under the banner of hundreds ngo groups in Africa and UN agencies.

Enter in the scene Dambisa Moyo, with her book ‘Dead Aid’. It is the best book I have ever read by a well educated woman and well versed in the economy, how whole Countries where elevated or being elevated out of poverty (like India and China), while Africa after being the receiver of over a trillion dollars in aid in the last sixty years and more than 400 million deaths since after the last world war, people still die in Africa of petty diseases that have long since been eradicated from most of the world. Something is wrong in how we treat Africa and the African people. I would make it compulsory for every Politician, NGO organization group member and charity groups to read this book if it is our intention to lift Africa out of poverty and decease. She states her case for Africa’s and African’s defense in her great book. Aid should be a short term solution to the problems in Africa not dependent on them.

I have been in my line of work in quite a few African Countries. I can’t believe the vast riches that open up in front of your eyes. Everywhere you look is a business opportunity, yet you just encounter death, poverty and decease. It is a hallmark of disgrace on humanity, where it should be a paradise for their own wealth and an engine to the world economy. They have the resources to feed the world economy with new clean energy resources, wind power generation, hydro power generation, solar power generation, hydro thermal power generation, apart from traditional fossil fuel. They are blessed with vast amount of mineral recourses. Water abundance that that could literally feed the world, you name it they have it, and they could do this from their excess to their needs. What is lacking is our commitment in efforts to lift Africa out of poverty by choosing to continue to rape Africa’s resources.

NGO and charity groups are not excused from this hideous crime either. They should force Western governments, and all governments for that matter to only commit aid if it is coupled first and foremost for African Countries to commit themselves to human rights conventions and have their own check and balances of how to control regimes and military. Secondly, yes commit our knowledge and expertise in building their education system, so that they are able to run their economy (hospitals, banking, agriculture, minerals etc) as a short term  solution not establishing our own permanent education as is done by most charity groups, thirdly assist in establishing investment in their Countries, so that it incentivizes Africans to get educated as it will be able to provide them with jobs to run their economies. We are doing them no favor by keeping them dependent on aid, because by doing so we are aiding despot African leaders to buy whole armies that terrorize their citizens to keep them in power while they abdicate their responsibility towards their citizens in providing for education, health care and a social network they deserve and have a right to. Europe will also gain from this experience because Africa will be a reliable trading partner in an infinite amount of resources that is available, with the only difference being  that we have to pay for them instead of stealing them through corrupt Governments. As for NGO groups and charity groups, I am hoping that this is their aim; as their business will suffer a decline; but after all the goal is to provide stable Countries with stable Governments that can provide the services for their citizens and beyond, or is it? After all Switzerland seams to provide a haven for Ali baba’s African stolen treasures, the UN headquarters in Europe (Geneva) and the NGO groups headquarters (Geneva), so who knows what’s in the Pot.

In the ideal world of doing what is right and good, all of the above should reverse the trend of people being displaced, humans being used for gain in human trafficking and illegal immigration, will relieve Africa of their dependence on outside governments and do-gooder groups, lift its people out of poverty and disease, make it a trading partner on the world stage. It can only be done if set targets are set to release Africa from its shackles of slavery and misery.It is a fallacy riding on the myth that Africa and Africans have a right to eternal aid because of their colonial past, India done it, Singapore done it and Malta done it, it’s time to move on  from self pity and get down to work.

Hear it yourself from Dambisa Moyo on Q&A (one hour interview),

a Zambian Born economist that has a vision for Africa, she should be employed by the European Union for the creation of a road map for Africa.

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Malta, Europe, UN, NGO’s – Humanitarian Mismanegment


The European Taxpayer is getting highly irritated with Politicians in their respective Countries. It is a expensive exercise for European taxpayers to acquire what is supposed to be a service from Politicians to manage our Countries. It is also an area that is highly unregulated, with Politicians assuming the right that instead of good management of our finances acquired through direct and indirect taxation, as their own private property, having to answer to nobody and that they answer to nobody, except for going to the polls every five years or so. They legislate in their favor into how much or if they deserve a pay rise, their expenses are as good as giving each one of them a blank cheque book, they are immune to persecution from the law of the land, they have ample ground to hide their tracks from auditors, they do not make available to the media all that should made public regarding their financing or their political party’s financing.

If one notices, they privatized everything that once belongs to the collective wealth of one’s Country, except their jobs and positions. Now we are also experiencing having to buy back toxic assets in the ‘Free Market’ financial system, not because they want to save our jobs, homes or savings, but simply to protect their investments in these failed institutions. Now this applies to all European Governments including the European Union Institutions, anarchy seems to be the order of the day.

Italy, under Silvio Berlusconi have had enough, they stopped to think, listened to the people, and acted upon the people’s concerns and legislated in their favor. Actually they went back to basics; Italy belongs to Italians and Law abiding residence permit holders, that they can spend their tax money according to Italy’s needs and requirements, to alleviate Italians solidarity needs with those needing it, for the security of Italians in their homes, neighborhood, cities and Country. In doing so, unelected NGO groups and International bodies said NO, Italians have no right for security and peace in their own Country and if they carry on with this policy, they are breaking International law!!

NGO’s and International Groups (UN and its agencies, Amnesty International, Medicines Sans Frontiers and other duplicate agencies) have been having it easy for too long. They hardly publish their accounts to today’s modern transparency accounting practices; they never restructure to reflect today’s needs, they pray on public funds and public sentiments without setting targets in either alleviating poverty in the world, stopping wars and bringing people committing atrocities to justice. It is a matter of one’s loss is another’s gain. They gain from other’s misery. That is why they never restructure or merge duplicate operations as a cost cutting exercise for a good service.

We as taxpayers, demand a stop to all this. The Media and journalists worthy of the name, must do more to inform and expose misuse of public funds even in NGO groups and International agencies such as the UN. They have a duty as Does our European Capital in the EU, to be transparent and accountable, they have to earn back our trust in Politicians and Institutions. Politicians are duty bound as their oath in office, that first and foremost protect their Country and its rightful citizens in all functions that compose a Country. Yes to Solidarity with poor Countries, refugees and those that are going through a crisis be it what it may, but NO to bringing everybody to the West in order to achieve this. Give them the instruments in world for a, desist from temptation of multinational Companies to make agreements with Countries that don’t play by international rules, intervene early where atrocities take place in the best interest of the world community, get the involvement of all international communities as the west cannot afford to neglect their own citizens while others just watch and criticize well intentioned actions. It is called back to basics, where citizens first of all felt secure in their own Country in order to assist others. We need to have some kind of law and order that we can respect, to afford to have and build a family for the benefit of our Country. Europe can ill afford to receive in its homeland the millions of Africans wanting to earn a living at our expense, yes we can help them in their homeland and show them the benefits of freedom, but not by giving aide to corrupt unaccountable governments that don’t have the decency to sign international rights laws, they are just making mockery of us as a well intentioned Union of People wanting to help, you will only waste our money that can help our own needy people in Europe by giving up our hard earned cash to non signatories Nations of  UN rights conventions by doing so. You will have aided corruption to flourish; you would be no better off than those corrupt Governments. Europe should enlist the expertise of Dambisa Moyo (writer of Dead Aide)

to understand poverty and how to manage it. Multi culture in Europe is dead, and the people mean it, We do not want another Yugoslav tragedy in our midst on a grander scale, because if we keep on this track, it will be only a matter of time till another stupid Hitler crops up in Europe that gathers enough support to wreck havoc and misery.

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part1

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part2

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part3

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part4

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part5

Moyo- Proof that NGO’s have a vested interest in keeping Africa poor!

Dambisa Moyo- Proof that NGO’s have a vested interest in keeping Africa poor!

Dambisa Moyo- Proof that NGO’s have a vested interest in keeping Africa poor!

 Dambisa Moyo on interview -Bloomberg

Dead Aide in Africa : Dambisa Moya (African writter and economist) and Alison Evans (International Monetary Fund IMF economist) interviewed on BBC Hardtalk:

Dambisa Moyo Alison Evans- BBC Hard Talk Part 1  

Dambisa Moyo Alison Evans- BBC Hard Talk Part 2

Dambisa Moyo Alison Evans- BBC Hard Talk Part 3

The UN undecisive mess created in Africa- Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk
US Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs (George Bush Administration:

Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk- Part1

Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk-Part 2

Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk- Part 3

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Euronews Oline Polls

 

Accountability of Politicians and Political Parties

Accountability of Politicians and Political Parties

 

Should all political expenses be made public?
yes                  (87%)
no                    (8%)
I don’t know (5%)
 

 

 

 

Controlling a silent European Invasion

Controlling a silent European Invasion

Is the EU doing enough to help countries control illegal immigration?
yes                  (14%)
no                   (80%)
I don’t know (6%)

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Italy Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration
By Sabina Castelfranco
Rome
14 May 2009
 

Italy is cracking down on illegal immigration and under an agreement with Libya has begun sending boatloads of migrants back to Africa. Italy’s lower house of parliament has approved a new security bill by that redefines illegal immigration as a criminal offense.

During a ceremony in the Italian port town of Gaeta, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni gave Libya the first three of six patrol boats as part of an agreement to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.

Italy has long pressed Libya to better patrol its coasts to prevent boats carrying African immigrants from leaving its shores in search of a better life in Europe.

 

Rescued migrants react on board an Italian coast guard boat while arriving at the port of Tripoli, Libya, 07 May 2009

Rescued migrants react on board an Italian coast guard boat while arriving at the port of Tripoli, Libya, 07 May 2009

 

 

Last week, Italy started sending boatloads of migrants it intercepted in international waters back to Libya without first screening them for asylum claims. Libyan Ambassador to Italy Hafid Gaddur said his country could process the requests from asylum seekers who might otherwise have presented the requests in Italy.

The U.N. refugee agency has criticized the new policy, saying it is against international law and criticizing Libya’s alleged lack of facilities.

But Interior Minister Maroni said Italy needs international backing.

He said in the fight against illegal immigration, there are a lot of instruments at our disposal, but they are not sufficient if there is a lack of international collaboration to combat the trafficking of human beings.

Maroni said said the European Union must step in and help member states that bear the brunt of illegal immigration in the Mediterranean. He said Italy is a front-line state against illegal immigration and invests its own funds to protect other European countries.

Wednesday, Italy’s lower house of parliament approved a security bill that redefines illegal immigration as a criminal offense. The lawmakers voted to fine illegal immigrants up to $15,000 and jail people who house them in Italy.

The new measures would lengthen the amount of time illegal migrants can spend in detention and allows local officials to set up citizen patrols.

The new security bill must be approved by the Italian Senate, parliament’s upper house, before it becomes law.

Italy receives the world’s fourth-highest number of asylum claims each year after the United States, Canada and France.

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Italian MPs back crackdown on illegal migrants

New law criminalizing illegal entry or residence is aimed at curbing boats run by smuggling rings

Wednesday 13 May 2009 13.52 BST

Italy‘s lower chamber of parliament passed a controversial bill today making it a crime to enter or stay in Italy illegally‚ in the latest effort by Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative forces to crack down on illegal immigration.

To ensure swift passage, the Italian prime minister’s allies put the legislation to a confidence vote, which they easily won 316-258. Confidence votes force MPs to close ranks, since any defeat would bring about the government’s resignation.

The legislation makes it a crime to enter or stay in Italy without permission, punishable by a fine of €5,000-€10,000 (£4,500-£9,000) but no prison penalty. Anyone who rents housing to an illegal immigrant faces up to three years’ jail.

The measure must now be approved by the senate.

Berlusconi’s conservative coalition has been trying to clamp down on illegal immigrants, bolstered by surveys showing that many Italians link immigrants to crime.

Last year, more than 36,000 immigrants from Africa and elsewhere arrived in Italy by boat, many coming ashore on the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa. Hundreds of boats run by organized smuggling rings set off from Libya alone.

Italy now ranks fourth after the US, Canada and France for the number of asylum-seekers, according to the Italian Refugee Council, a humanitarian group. Last year 31,160 people sought asylum in Italy, more than double the number from 2007.

This month, Italy has started sending back to Libya boatloads of people it intercepted in international waters without screening them first for possible asylum claims. The UN refugee agency, the Vatican and human rights organizations have voiced outrage, saying Italy is breaching international law.

The government, which has long complained that it has been left alone by the European Union to deal with illegal immigration, has defended the new policy, saying the UN refugee agency could screen asylum-seekers in Libya.

Italy’s new return policy is not part of the bill passed today by parliament’s lower house, but of an overall security bill that also would authorize citizen anti-crime patrols.

While Italy has long issued expulsion orders for illegal immigrants, the new law would criminalize illegal entry or residence – something critics say could result in people being turned in for simply going to a doctor.

Rocco Buttiglione, a centre-right MP, bitterly criticized the bill before the vote, saying it would bring “slavery” to Italy by creating a class of workers without any rights.

He said it would restrict illegal migrants to employment as factory workers and care workers “in a condition of material and moral inferiority”.

The end result, he said, would be that the immigrants, rather than turning to police when they needed to, would go to the mafia or seek vigilante justice.

Manuela del Lago, of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, which spearheaded the legislation, said Italy was embarking on the right path. “We don’t understand why we have to keep them all here, and in other countries they don’t take anyone,” she said.

Under an immigration law adopted when Berlusconi was last in power, immigrants must have a job awaiting them in order to get a residency permit.

Italian authorities issue expulsion orders for asylum-seekers who do not qualify, although many of the tens of thousands of clandestine migrants who arrive in Italy yearly slip through the cracks. They either stay in Italy secretly or travel to other European countries to find jobs or meet up with family.

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Malta MP’s – European MEP’s – UK MP’s – Expenses Transperency!!


UK Politicians and Politics can only be described as in a real mess. The voting UK public are utterly disgraced behavior in claiming of expenses by MP’s. With the revelation and publication of claims made by UK Mp’s of major Parties, that a few months ago where calling Bankers Fat Cats, are no more than fat pigs themselves when it comes to help themselves in tax payers money.

The UK Parliament currently consists of , (New sic) Labour 350 seats, Conservative 193 seats, Liberal Democrat 63 seats, Scottish National Party/Plaid Cymru 10 seats, Democratic Unionist 10 seats, Sinn Fein 5 seats (Have not taken their seats and cannot vote) , Social Democratic & Labour Party 3 seats, Independent 5 seats, Independent Conservative 1 seat, Independent Labour 1seat, Ulster Unionist 1 seat, Respect 1 seat, Speaker & 3 Deputies 4 seats (Do not normally vote)– for a grand total of 646

UK Parliament Website
UK Parliament MP’s Salary
UK MP’s Allowances
UK MP’s Greenbook

UK Parliament Party Composition

 

Now that is enough said about UK Politicians. I am getting increasingly worried of wasted tax payers of MEP, as they are also never transparent or have their expenses scrutinized, to top it all they voted themselves a pay rise for 2009 when everybody else is asked to cut back, losing his job or losing his home.

 They are the least accountable lot that hide their tracks from investigative media reporters or publishing their audits. Thank God for the leaked Galvin report.

Interesting Reading about Galvin Report

Galvin Report on EU Taxpayer’s money wasting, and unaccountability

Then we come to our local MP’s in Malta. Never, but never have I seen any published break down report of MP’s expenses. The rule of thumb between the PL and PN has always been you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.

A well known secrets that most of our MP’s are involved in private Companies, and some have shares in each other’s Companies. What is more interesting is that our media does not even try to access any of these documents and inform the Public, as they are duty bound to do (remember the media adage: keeping the public informed).

The reason being that our media don’t like to rock the boat as they too have their snouts in the trough.

 Below is our Parliament Mission Statement and links to MP’s and Ministers code of ethics. All are full of lawyer type word jargon so that they leave themselves enough loop holes to escape any scrutiny of any wrong doing.

Who will ever help and care of our tax money, no wonder all of us Europeans are in such a mess trying to make ends meet and living from hand to mouth.Are all the thieves really imprisoned!!

Mission Statement (Malta Parliament)

The Maltese House of Representatives, through its elected representatives, is accountable to the people of Malta for the provision and conduct of representative government in the interest of Maltese citizens.

Towards this end the Office of the Clerk is duty bound to deliver effective, apolitical, professional and innovative services to support the efficient conduct of the House of Representatives, its committees as well as a range of services and facilities for Members of Parliament. 

Maltese Parliament Mission Statement 

Maltese Ministers Code of Ethics

Maltese MP’s Code of Ethics

TRY GORDON BROWN”S CALCULATOR (I WISH I HAD THE ONE LAWRENCE GONZI USES)

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Europe – What should EU be working for


Mr Barroso asked Europeans to write on issues of their concerns; I decided to contribute by stating a few issues of my own with these 25 points to start with:

Europe started off on the right track at the beginning, unfortunately over the years it has become stagnant with unaccountability. All Europe Union needs is a cleanup in these fields:

1. Independent auditing of EU finance, and made public (unlike The Galvin Report and other reports). Transparency in MEP, other employees within its institutions and contracts for services within the EU intuitions. Independent Auditors and media to have complete access to inform the Public of health financial practices are being observed.

2. Accountability and follow up on EU money given to as aide to external Countries, ensuring that money given as aide is also conditioned with those countries signing UN Human Rights Conventions and treaties or at least European Human Rights Conventions and Treaties.

3. A decent assault throughout the EU to eliminate modern day slavery in prostitution , Human Trafficking, Corrupt Government personnel and Politicians, Use of Human organs by hospitals.

4. Improvement on European Security, EU countries should know who is living in their Country and has some form of secure identification.

5. Transparent Public Servants (Those paid by public taxes) should declare all their finances, the EU should be able to investigate a disproportionate financial gain.

6. Trusting the European voting public, unlike the forcing on Countries an EU constitution cum treaty, The EU should encourage referenda across the EU Countries on sensitive issues that affects future generations. The forcing of an EU constitution/treaty like the one forced on French, Dutch and Irish (all voted No and the EU denied them that right) while other Counties throughout the EU did not even respect their citizens in asking a vote of confidence in the EU Constitution. (Another interpretation of Democracy in Europe maybe?)

7. EU intervention on Countries involved in blatant breach of humanitarian rights in the likes of Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe. Common Policy in forcing UN to restructure to reflect modern day requirements. UN is another organization stuck in time and requires modern up to date regulations that apply to all Nations or none.

8. Embark on easing financial strains on European families, While the EU acknowledges that EU Governments will be facing an aging population, it does nothing to encourage Europeans to procreate, instead burdening European families with all kinds of taxes and tariffs that totally discourages the family structure.

9. Respecting Countries in the EU that encourage long term commitment of a family make-up. Family make up should be defined (ie male+female= new born), without denying the right of those wanting to marry into the same sex (cannot be classed as family), or the men and women that can’t bare their own offspring and decide to adopt or foster children (can be defined as family).

10. Illegal Immigration is to be stopped with the repatriation of those not eligible to refugee status, Those acquiring refugee status should state their Country of preference within the EU in applying for protection and Countries should comply with their wishes.

11. Sanctioning those Countries unwilling to take back their Nationals found to be illegally on EU territory or ask for money to take back their Nationals (Blackmailing Europe)

12. Unless an ulterior motive is being brewed with the EU into importing illegal immigrants as an easy alternative to European families. Illegal Immigrants shall not be granted settlement in Europe. If there would be an EU country requiring workers, it should be able to first import workers from within the EU and the through EU offices set up in Countries that comply with UN conventions and treaties in poor countries and vetted for employment with limited timescale. Companies willing to employ such nationals shall be responsible for these workers from entry to exit into the EU.

13. All those that employ illegally Nationals not having a right to employment within the EU should be treated as a criminal act (black/illicit economy) and made to pay heavily for their actions.

14. Stop this craze called Global warming, it is another tax scam created by Governments for easy monetary gain. It is a well known fact that all the planets revolving round the Sun have been and still goes through hot and cold phases. It happened before, it’s happening now and it will happen in the future. Use and development of alternative energy resources is fine for the right reasons not for a lame excuse.

15. Carbon emissions should not be the burden on EU Countries to such an extent that EU Industries and Companies close their doors to EU workers because they become less competitive and move to Countries that don’t give a hoot about CO2 emissions (ie: China, India, South America and Africa). Stop trading our good air for their stale air. Carbon emissions should be a UN responsibility with all Countries adopting a timeline not just carried by EU.

16. Stopping the abuse by the wealthy and their accomplices (lawyers and bankers) in misinterpretation of tax laws to their advantage by evading taxes and use of tax havens, non-working Companies/corporations being used as smoke screens to evade taxes.

17. Rapid response entity to co-ordinate aide to an emergency within the EU (ie: natural disasters) and beyond to safe guard humanitarian crisis. Security EU forces to deal with extremism, fundamentalism, and terrorism within the EU.

18. Rapid response entity to assistance required by an EU Company that comes under treat of aggression or fraud (Piracy, like in Somalia or persons defrauded in Nigeria)
19. Treating like with like. If EU citizens are not allowed to own property or business in another Country, so the same response should apply to that County’s citizens within the EU. (Most Countries outside the EU)

20. The right for EU citizens to minimum standard of living (affordability of energy, health and Education)

21. Stop supporting crime, crime is punishable by law with no hiding place within the EU, stop insulting victims of crime by releasing criminals on the streets (especially repeat offenders), EU seems more concerned with a criminal’s rights than the victim’s rights (both should have rights but of a complete dimension). EU lacking discipline and respect.

22. Streamline EU Governments by illegalizing protectionism through taxation (ie: car affordability in Malta is lacking through high taxation on imported cars from within the EU, thereby suffocating fair competition). It should be encouraged to use environmentally efficient cars and transport as is alternative use of energy.

23. An EU wide television network that is involved in educating its citizens in how the EU works and where citizens of the EU can follow EU discussions in all EU institutions.

24. EU citizens are made to comply with his own Country Laws, EU laws and UN Laws. It is absurd that each of these entities impose some form of tax or financial burden for doubled work. It’s no more than Beurocracy and citizens having to pay threefold for our services.

25. Jobs for the blue eyed boys should end within it’s institutions. MEP’s should not be allowed to be employers within the EU intuitions, which a source of corruption, instead EU should have an office where an MEP requests the services required and jobs are distributed throughout EU Countries job centre’s, which will be short listed and interviews done at an EU office by a group of qualified interviewers, eliminating jobs given to friends and family members in the process.

May 12, 2009 Posted by | Britain, France, Germany, Illegal Immigration, Italy, Libya, Malta, Malta corruption, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Spain, UN Agencies, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can Berlusconi ever replace Barroso in Europe’s defence


Unlike the scared and numb approach taken by the Gonzi Government (PN Party) and the Labour Party’s, a new approach has been taken by Italy to defend its Country from unreasonable responsability dumped on them by the UN, the EU and other un-elected groups. Finally the Italian population said enough is enough, and only those deserving shall get the protection deserved. Their insight, that by just simply following the do-gooders ambitions into taking responsability of the millions waiting to cross over to Europe from Africa, will not only be distructive to Italy’s future progress, but also a strain on all the social structures in Italy. It will be a burden on the law and order instruments, their health care system a, their education system and their social network, their by leaving no finance left for the Government to provide these services paid by the Italian Tax payer.

On the other hand the Malta Government, unlike the Italian approach, is waiting fot Italy to get all the flack from International do-gooders while piggy back on Italian good will, which in the process will ease Malta’s Illegal Immigration problem without the bad publicity. Not that their is no willing prospective Maltese Leaders capable in defending Malta’s and Maltese citizen rights, it is that these leaders are not to be found in the two mainstream political parties (Labour Party and Nationalist Party), that discriminate and control the freedom of small rival prospective political parties (Alternativa Demokratika and Azzjoni Nazzjonali and other small independent groups). By manipulating the media and the advantage of owning their own brain washing media (even the Malta Broadcasting Authority is made up of ‘Independent’ persons agreed upon by Labour and Nationalist elite executives). The mid last century idea of gagging the freedom of speech being accessible to the majority still prevails, which still remain dead locked with the Labour and Nationalist Parties manipulating the electoral agenda. Altough they are far from each other’s allies (unless out of the public eye) their common denominator is, as it always have been to eliminate any political competition, even if the other arch rival wins the election, their (Nationalist and Labour) common enemy is all other parties or groups that can expose the truth in Maltese politics. They are aided by the ‘Maltese Independent Media’ (and that is audio/visual and printed media, INCLUDING THE PUBLIC MEDIA PAID BY TAX PAYER MONEY).It takes a leader to defend ones country NOT JUST A POLITICIAN. Maltese politicians should look at Italy and learn how to become a statesman and graduate from ameture politics. If you can’t stand the heat, than get out of the Kitchen and chose an alternative creer.

Here is a news paper report on Berlusconi’s approach gathering public support in Malta and Italy:Monday, 11th May 2009
Italy steams ahead against immigration
Berlusconi lambasts idea of ‘a multi-ethnic Italy’

Defender of Europe's Future

Defender of Europe's Future

About 500 migrants have been pushed back towards the Libyan coast by the Italian authorities in the last few days, Italian Home Affairs Minister Roberto Maroni said yesterday, reiterating Italy’s stand against the influx of illegal immigrants from the north African coast.

“We started five days ago and until today we have already pushed back more than six boatloads of about 500 illegal migrants who would have been hosted by us,” he said.
“This is an important shift, even if not something absolutely new, but a decisive step in our approach to Libya, the departure point of 90 per cent of the illegal immigrants who disembark at Lampedusa. By stopping the haemorrhage from Libya, we can say that the wound of illegal immigration has been solved. It was not easy.”

He was dismissive of the criticism that has been directed at Italy over the human rights aspect of the new policy, mainly by the UNHCR and the Vatican’s Migrants Commission. “I confirm and guarantee that I am ignoring the criticism, the accusation, at times violent, that is made by some representative of the UN, who is not the UN, and from some Catholic organisation, that is not the Vatican. We are the guarantors for all Europe, not only for Italy.”
The Maltese Home Affairs Ministry last Thursday welcomed Italy’s decision to return, for the first time, a group of rescued migrants to Libya. Under the terms of an agreement reached with Libya, the Italian coast guard took 227 migrants, rescued at sea off Lampedusa last Wednesday, back to Tripoli, where they had started their journey across the Mediterranean.

The news was described as a historic achievement by Mr Maroni.
The Italians’ shift in position over illegal immigration started when they initially refused to take in 140 migrants picked up by the Turkish ship Pinar E some 34 miles off Lampedusa over three weeks ago, insisting that Malta should do so as the rescue had taken place in its search and rescue area.

Rai24 reported that yesterday, 162 migrants, including 42 women and two newborn babies, who were picked up by an Italian patrol boat in international waters south of Lampedusa, arrived near Tripoli.

The migrants will be transferred to a Libyan detention centre just like the other group of 227 migrants who were picked up by the Italians and taken to Twescha last Thursday, some 35 kilometres from Tripoli.

Yesterday morning another boat carrying some 70 migrants sent a distress call by satellite phone saying they were navigating in the Sicily channel. According to the GPS coordinates, however, the migrants were further south, between Maltese and Libyan waters, Rai24 reported.

Last Saturday Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi seemed to bless Mr Maroni’s approach towards illegal immigration when he openly rejected the vision of a multi-ethnic Italy.
Mr Berlusconi’s conservative government has won public favour by cracking down on illegal immigration, allowing the premier to go a step further as he defended a new policy to deport migrants to Libya before they arrive on Italian shores.

“The left’s idea is of a multi-ethnic Italy,” Mr Berlusconi told a news conference. “That’s not our idea, ours is to welcome only those who meet the conditions for political asylum,” he added.

His remarks sparked sharp debate yesterday as he won praise from far-right allies and earned accusations of racism from the left.

Long a country of emigrants, Italy in recent years has been grappling with an influx of poor African migrants arriving on its shores and Eastern Europeans seeking work, sparking fears over crime and a loss of national identity, Reuters said.

Mr Berlusconi’s affirmation, which made headlines in Italian newspapers, was welcomed by the Northern League, a junior government ally that says unchecked immigration threatens Italy.

“This underscores a revolutionary change from the past,” said the far-right party’s Roberto Calderoli, recommending honorary party membership for Mr Berlusconi.
Immigration has been high on the political agenda ever since Mr Berlusconi took power a year ago pledging a clampdown on illegal immigrants that his government blames for a spike in crime.

“Once upon a time there were just a few of us defending Italian identity, now with the Prime Minister’s words we are in the majority,” Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa said.

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Malta and Europe – Self on a Self Destruction Mission


The European Elections has jolted our own Politicians (PL and PN) and the European Politicians to crawl out of hibernation and will be active for a wee while (till after beginning of June) and then they will either be going into hibernation once again till another election threatens their job or they go on a partying/spending spree (off EU tax money).

The funny thing is that they sprung into action and acclaiming credit to a problem that they have ignored and denied for years, something that Malta, Italy and the EU Politicians are guilty in it. Now that their very job is under threat by not only the Maltese electorate but also a host of EU Countries electorate, as Polls on Euronews and other European Countries polls indicate, the people demand solutions. Most politicians of major parties with big budgets to ward off any flack from illegal immigration problems are as usual resorting to presenting themselves as fighters for the peoples cause and concerns, but by now surely the EU public knows very well that the Politicians efforts will only last till after June elections, then it’s the usual silent invasion of Europe continues. The usual European workers losing their jobs and free handouts to illegal immigrants.

Mentioning all of this, it is also true that since the start of this year, the number of boat people carrying illegal immigrants have fallen, not because there is a lack of illegal immigrants wanting to start their journey to Europe, but precisely because of the European Elections. The hidden hand behind this lucrative human trafficking business know very well that if hard line Politicians are voted in, it will be the end of their business. Who might have a stake in this high income business?

Well my grave suspicions are with those that have a lot at stake, the obvious losers of income if illegal immigration comes to a halt are- Yes, you’ve guessed it, our beloved EU Politicians with our Tax money cheque book , giving infinite amount of unaccountable money to African Nations to supposedly elevating those Nations out of Poverty. If the results in Africa looked promising, it would have been money well spent, as Africa could have started on the road to recovery, with less lives being lost and living standards improved. That is obviously not the case as everyone with a brain can notice. The other equally worried entities that will stand to lose if the traditional politicians are voted out of the EU are quite a few world class agencies and NGO groups. They are equally beneficiaries of infinite amount of money with no accountability, namely UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Amnestity International, the Jesuits and other highly tax money paid groups. They are also the once holding whole Countries hostage by blackmailing politicians into either playing into their hands or otherwise exposing their Countries into International shame and condemnation. Believe me they have enough power and friends in the media to do just that, even if it is not just. Their failure (Politicians and the other groups) will be dumped on our conscience just like they shirked off their involvement and responsibility when the financial crises hit the man in the street.

If, and only if, one supposes that the EU electorate manages to push in change in Europe, at least one battle would have been won for Europe, and delayed the occupation of Europe by this subtle masonry groups, which on one hand claim separation of church and state and on the other hand they manage to privilege other religions (namely Islam) .Try as you might, the day will come when Europe be no more and out of its ashes will rise Eurabia. The new World Order will be Islamic, like it or not. George Orwell predicted it as did Nostradamus. At the end of the day, Europe would have got what it has deserved, as it was to drunk and continually raped by its European sons and daughters that despised her by their neglect in finding true leaders among its midst to protect and legislate in keeping her(Europe) safe and powerful for her future generations. Europe deserves its self imposed doom.

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Amnesty International, Britain, Britain without identity, Discrimination against Christians, France, Germany, Hostage, Illegal Immegration, Illegal Immigration, Incompetent Malta Government, Italy, Jesuits, Libya, Malta, Malta corruption, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Maltese Justice, Médecins Sans Frontières, MLP, Modern Christian Persecution, MSF, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Sangatte, Spain, Terrorism, UN Agencies, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment