Malta: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Parker Borg

Period 1

Nation of your choice: Malta

I chose to research Malta because my family on my dad's side is from there. I have heard many stories about Malta and it sounds great! One day I want to travel there with my family and see everything for myself. I have always been curious about Malta and it's culture because of my family, but I am also curious about it's geography, climate, and social issues. Malta has a warm climate and I have really been missing warm weather and summer lately so that was also a reason for me to research Malta.

Over the summer I had to do a report on a country for my accelerated history class and I chose to research Malta, so I know quite a bit about Malta from that project. Malta is a small island located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located 60 miles South of Italy and 180 miles North of North Africa. Malta is also located in both the Northern and Eastern hemispheres of the Earth. It has a republic form of government, it's capital is Valletta and the Apostle Paul was actually shipwrecked on the island and introduced Christianity to the island.

I hope to learn about Malta's social issues and about the people and culture. In my last project, we mainly focused on geography and social customs. We didn't look at any issues and I really hope to discover the country's strong points as well as it's weak points. I would like to see what is going on in Malta. What is making the news, and what is going on with the people and the government.

Malta is a neutral country when it comes to wars but it was actually heavily bombed during World War II and it actually holds the record for heaviest sustained bombing attack,154 days and nights and 6,700 pounds of bombs. But Malta has since recovered and is now thriving. Malta, in my opinion, is a great tourist destination. There are many things to do in Malta including going to beaches and sight seeing. Malta has a nice warm climate, beautiful beaches and many great places to see and visit but is not as popular for tourists due to lack of knowledge.

New York Times Topics: Malta

#1 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Citizenship-for-cash program in Malta stirs security concerns in European Union"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Dan Bilefsky

Date of Publication: April 5, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: "A program in Malta that offers citizenship for scan is raising concern among officials who fear it could open a back door into Europe and the United States for swindlers, criminals or terrorists who can afford to pay the price tag of up to $1.57 million".

Quote: Jason Azzopardi believes that, "The fear is that people with serious criminal records, scam artists or even terrorists could buy their way into the country and use Malta as an illegal gateway for Europe". Mr. Farrugia argues that "the screening would be rigorous and that the government would make the final decision on citizenship for each applicant".

Comment: Jason Azzopradi is right about the fear of criminals or terrorists entering countries through the backdoor, but Mr. Farrugla seems on more questionable ground when he claims that the screening process is going to be rigorous. For a small country like Malta whose economy is not the greatest, $1.57 million would be difficult to refuse. I think that there are loop holes that criminals and terrorists could and will jump through.

#2 They Say, I Say

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Some of the rich collect art. Others collect passports."

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Robert Frank

Date of Publication: December 13, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: "Along with stock and real estate portfolios, the global rich are now buying a new form of economic security: passport portfolios."

Quote: Christian Kalin, group chairman of Henley & Partners, states that, "Wealthy people in fragile countries want to have a second option in a more stable country"


Comment: Christian is right that many rich people want to move to a more stable country  and have a couple different options, but he seems on more questionable ground when he claims that all wealthy people want another option. I feel that while some rich people want to have a section option in a more stable country but I also feel that other are happy where they are in the country that they are in. Some have family and friends in their home country and even though they might now be the most stable, they want to stay close to home and to their friends and family. Because they are wealthy they have the option to look for a second, more stable country to live in, but many choose to live in their home country.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Some of the rich collect art. Others collect passports."

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Robert Frank

Date of Publication: December 13, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Robert Frank wrote the article for people in Europe and other parts of the world who are concerned with people buying their way into countries. He wrote it to inform us that many countries, including Malta, who are offering citizenship for cash programs and how they are gaining a significant amount of income from it.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The article is about how many countries like Malta are cashing out on these new programs. Robert is informing us about all the different countries that offer these new programs as well as their policies, how much money they are gaining from them and the European Union's response.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) Robert's tone is kind of monotone. There is not much of his own opinion in the article. However there are other people's opinions in it. The article makes the reader feel concerned about all of the risks of these new policies. Robert uses a lot of different diction and uses quotes and statistics to help prove his point.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) Robert uses some stylistic devices but not a whole lot. Like i was saying before, this is more of  a factual article with not a lot of opinion in it.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This is more of a factual, informative article there isn't  a lot of opinion. Robert uses many quotes and his article is fairly long.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Oasis of Resiliency, Malta has confidence in it's market"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Jon Gorvett

Date of Publication: February 16, 2012

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Jon Gorvett wrote this article for people who are interested in real estate in Malta as well as people concerned about Malta's economy. Jon wrote this article to inform us about the state of Malta's real estate economics.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text tells us about how Malta's economy is more than capable of sustaining a crisis than the last country that needed financial rescuing. It also tells us about how Malta's real estate is very stable, Joseph Lupi said,"You are never more than a 15 minutes' drive from a beach".

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) Jon Gorvett uses a kind of monotone tone in this article and doesn't voice very much of an opinion. This article is mainly informative, so if you are not interested in Malta and it's economy and real estate economy, than you will be bored.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) Since Jon's article is mostly informative, there are not a lot of stylistic devices in his article.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) This is an informative article which tells us about Malts's economic stability and real estate market. Jon uses many quotes and statistics to help prove his point.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I bet that a bunch of people like going to Malta because of their beaches and it being a beautiful place.

2 years ago
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This looks great and I like the beaches it made me want to go there.

2 years ago
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I didn't even know where Malta was before I read this, but your tackk was very informative and makes me want to visit.

2 years ago
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Is that background picture of a beach in Malta?