The Maltese

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The Maltese, Matthew Pandolfino and Rebecca Camilleri are the Maltese. Everyone else is something else.

Mediterranean, Slavic, Germanic (Anglo Saxon?) What ever categorisation fits these people best… Obviously I am referring to the people in the images and no to the Maltese as suggested in the title of the set.

Whilst I completely failed to really get to grips with Malta there were a few key things about the place that I would like to remember/record. One such observation is that Malta’s social atmosphere is curious affine with Istanbul’s in that the pressure of religious obligations, particularly in regards of male/female relations, appears to be obvious. The machismo attitudes of men are very prominent but this may be a changing social scene and actually I can not comment on it with certainty. The similarity that I draw is with Turkish men and their blatant superiority complexes when it comes to their relations with women. Women are definitely victimised in Turkey, Istanbul is a pale reflection on a larger scale problem. Human rights seem to be a point of concern in Turkey that needs serious revision. For a while after reading up on the progress of EU agendas with Turkey it seemed possible that Turkey could become assimilated into the EU. However it is actually far clearer that this is a distant dream whilst Turkey is still unable to carry out fair court cases against men who violate women’s rights. I am not implying that Malta is like this, but rather there is some sense of male superiority that comes across, maybe there is more of a historical reference than a modern one in Malta to this particular misogenistic mentality.

Malta also has a romanticised history, it has a touristic economy, the arts are emerging but more likely to be consumed by the demand for touristic cultural construction rather than the call for Malta: The avant-garde island. Istanbul is similar in this although Istanbul definitely has a contemporary arts scene. The rest of Turkey does not seem to have one of these.

The food in Malta is very good, Maltese sausage is very tasty, Pan and Reb are great cooks and great hosts and great artists.

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