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Me from Klandestan

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We come from new country: Klandestan

We come from new country: Klandestan

When I hear the term ‘klandestini’ used loosely, it gives me the impression that some people actually think that this noun describes people who come from a particular country or continent.

So if the natives are ‘Klandestini’, then the country must be called something on the lines of ’Klandestan’ or ‘Klandestinopoli’. This seems to be a huge country with millions of inhabitants as anyone who is a notch darker than the average Rocker is referred to as a ‘klandestin’.  Rockers also call fellow citizens who are dark in complexion “qisek Klandestin” instead of “qisek Afrikan” or “qisek Tunezin”, for example. I’m sure that you heard (by now) about the modern classic: a request for a “towst klandestin.” It seems that Africa has now been given a new name, and it’s no longer a continent. It’s just one hell of a huge country.

This word was originally used loosely by the media who originally started referring to boat people as ‘klandestini’ – which, per se, is a negative term. More positive words like ‘asylum seekers’ would have been more appropriate. Maybe this will serve as a lesson for the news script writers to be careful with the language they use, as this may have serious repercussions in the future.

Some people are now so obsessed with ‘klandestini, that they seem to have lost their sense of proper judgement – if they ever had any! Recently, a group of Bollywood actors shooting a love story on the Gozo channel

 was mistaken for a group of ‘klandestini’. I find this incident rather odd – especially after the huge success of Slumdog Millionaire . If the bigots who mistook Indians for Africans never left their shores, or never watched TV stations other than the crappy local stations, this movie should have given them the opportunity to realise that there’s a huge country somewhere in the East, and it’s called India. But then again, these kind of people are more likely to watch pseudo-actors screaming at each other on TVM, Net and One; and if they ever get to go to the cinema (or watch a movie on one of the Italian stations), it is more likely that they will enjoy some bloodthirsty fast and furious troglodytes chasing each other while exchanging some bullet rounds.

The Gozo incident shows how clouded our judgement is, and how we’re blinded by a paranoid paradigm. Just because a small group of dark people got off a boat and a helicopter was flying above them, some wise Gozitans (it seems that it’s quite a huge number, though) assumed that these were ‘klandestini’. As if ‘klandestini’ would be travelling on a yacht!

How Indians can be mistaken for Africans beats me, as their complexion is completely different. To me, this is a sheer example of insularity, and how cut off some people are with the rest of the world. We can now change the term ‘iswed’ with ‘klandestin’ in the expression: “jekk mhux abjad, iswed”.


Written by mickeymalta

27/05/2009 at 17:22

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Fascism is all around me

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Wouldn't you escape from a war-ridden country where even clean water is a luxury?

Wouldn't you escape from a war-ridden country where even uncontaminated water is a luxury?

Generally speaking, I consider the Italians to be good at vocalising and articulating their thoughts, but poor at taking action, if they take action at all. In their own words: parole si, fatti no.

As an example of poor or no action, I usually cite the huge problem they have with most of their stadia every Sunday where families of avid supports spend the whole afternoon wondering whether their siblings will be coming back home at all, or if they will receive a phone call from hospital or the police.

The problem of violence in football is rampant, and they have been discussing it for as long as I can remember. From time to time, they pass some laws through parliament, but they never managed to tackle the issue properly. A complete opposite to how the UK eradicated hooliganism.

Unfortunately, as from today I will be citing a tragic example. In his petty little mind, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said that today is an “historic day” in the fight against illegal immigration as boat people were returned to Libya before they could have even set their foot on Italian shores. This follows other incidents where people were treated like toxic waste by Italian government as they didn’t want to rescue people stranded at sea. Most probably, if the boats were full of dogs and cats, they would have obliged. This leads me to conclude that Mr Maroni considers the poor boat people as creatures that are inferior to dogs. This is anything buy an achievement. It’s a tragic day for humanity.

I was more than sure that this news will shock our catholic country as these kind of actions are diametrically opposed to Christ’s teachings. However, most of the comments beneath the story on The Times website were hailing Italy’s actions.(http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090507/local/italy-cheers-direct-repatriation-of-migrants).

About two hours ago I posted the following comment, and for some odd reason they didn’t publish it. I wonder why!

I’m amazed at the short-sightedness of most of the people who commented! First of all, this approach goes against the Christian teachings that most of the inhabitants of this rock were flaunting a few weeks ago during lent.

Secondly, on a practical level, this is akin to sentencing someone before putting him on trial. What if some of the people on the boat – even if it was only one person – is eligible for a refugee status? This is akin to a doctor who drives a sick person home without treating him/her after finding him/heron his/her doorstep asking for help. I hope that Italy’s behaviour will be condemned by the rest of the civilised world. but then again, I may be a dreamer as some countries that form part of the civilised world are directly responsible for the mess in many African countries.

So the Times is happy to publish xenophobic and fascist comments, but it seems to be censoring comments that are not congruent with its apparent Fascist agenda. How can people possibly be so cruel in their comments? How can they possibly think of writing that kind of hogwash? How can Maroni be so irresponsible with his actions?

This is where MEPs should come in. This is their job. They should lobby the EU institutions to condemn Italy’s behaviour as it sets a very dangerous precedent both on a humanitarian, and on a political level. With this move, Maroni has broken the basic principles of the rule of law. He acted as the enforcer, the prosecutor and the executioner of these people in just one move. He created the role of a sort of legal trinity for himself. Who does he think he is? Judge Dredd?

I reiterate that these people may have been breaking the immigration laws, but the rule of law in a civilised society dictates that they should have had the possibility to explain the purpose of their actions. This is sheer savagery. Does he plan to eliminate the trails of whoever is caught red-handed in a criminal act in Italy by sending them directly to jail? Essentially that’s what he did today.

Sadly, Maroni’s thinking is purely Machiavellian. He’s only focusing on looking good in the eyes of his electorate while seeming to be teaching a lesson to those who intend to take this dangerous trip in the future. He’s ignoring the terrible conditions that these poor people live in, the traumas they may have gone through, and the implications that his actions may have on future cases. As a fellow citizen of Niccolo` Machiavelli,  he doesn’t give a flying hoot about the human implications of his actions. Why should he? The ends justify the means, right?

If Italy is led by short sighted politicians like Maroni, then I shouldn’t be surprised that the country is in such a mess. No wonder they can hardly get anything right. But then again, why should I be surprised when the Italian Prime Minister constantly makes a fool of himself and shows “compassion” to his own citizens by inviting them to pretend that they’re camping in their car just after they lost everything they had because of the earthquake in l’Aquila?

People truly get the government they deserve.

Written by mickeymalta

07/05/2009 at 18:43

Solid as a rock: il-veru caghaqa

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Malta must be REALLY a sexy chick. It is being asked to sport suspenders at 45! Many people from all walks of life are encouraging (relatively) young Malta to shed its suspenders and wave the middle finger to the Western world. I’m sure that the powers that be at the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, Downing Street, il Qurinale, and all the other centres of power are trembling with fear at this potential threat.

They must be exhausted with all these sleepless nights. The mighty and powerful state of Malta is contemplating to suspend its international obligations. WOW!!!!!!!!! and more !!!!!!!!!!!!!! and more !!!!!!!!!!!!!! and more . . . . . Although it may sound strange, I am actually not surprised at these suggestions, for the following reasons:

1. they are presumptuous – many Rockers (not the heavy metal ones, but the indigenous habitants of this rock) have the tendency to act like chihuahuas in front of a great dane: they bark at the top of their voice to scare the other dog away. The sad thing is that these little annoying creatures seem to believe that they actually managed to scare the great dane when the latter would just be completely ignoring the nuisance

2. they don’t make logical sense – therefore congruent with Maltese logic

3. they don’t make economic sense – if the Rock suspends its international obligations, it will have to face economic sanctions which will definitely include a ban on tourism and trade. We’re so full of natural resources that we can actually survive without imports, eh! And our domestic market is soooooooooo massive that we can do without export as well

4. they are diametrically opposed to Christian ethics – Malta is one of the LEADING EU countries with high tax evasion rates; one of the LEADING EU countries where teenage pregnancies, marital breakdown rates, low birth rates . . etc are concerned. You get the gist. Malta is so religious that it bans provocative art; it prosecutes people for dressing up as religious characters in carnival; it denies the right to divorce to its inhabitants. Yet, when it gets the opportunity to puts its religious beliefs into practice: the beatitudes, the good Samaritan, all people are created in god’s image, love thy neighbour . . . . it turns to Aleister Crowley’s bible

The sad thing is that these treaties were drafted to safeguard countries like Malta in instances where bigger countries (and it doesn’t take much to be bigger than Malta) think that might is right.

So, even if we had to ignore the moral implications (which are the most important principles in the immigration issue), JPO’s, Joseph Muscat’s, Josie Muscat’s, Norman Lowell’s and the timesofmalta.com bloggers’ suggestions are completely nonsensical.
But then again, if they made sense, they wouldn’t be accepted here . . .

Welcome to Malta: the zone where normal things don’t happen very often!

Written by mickeymalta

20/03/2009 at 13:06