Yana Mintoff (also known as Joan Bland Mintoff) is a Maltese left-wing political activist, economist and educator. Mintoff was born on 21 August 1951, the daughter of the future Prime Minister of Malta, Dom Mintoff and Moyra De Vere Bentinck, by whom she is descended from both Dutch and British nobility. In 1968, at the age of 17, Mintoff travelled to Czechoslovakia, outraged by the Soviet occupation of that country and its harsh repression. She worked at Olomouc as a youth volunteer and opposed the Soviet military presence.

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  • Yana Mintoff (also known as Joan Bland Mintoff) is a Maltese left-wing political activist, economist and educator. Mintoff was born on 21 August 1951, the daughter of the future Prime Minister of Malta, Dom Mintoff and Moyra De Vere Bentinck, by whom she is descended from both Dutch and British nobility. In 1968, at the age of 17, Mintoff travelled to Czechoslovakia, outraged by the Soviet occupation of that country and its harsh repression. She worked at Olomouc as a youth volunteer and opposed the Soviet military presence. Between 1973 and 1974, while working as a teacher in Greece, she participated in the student protests against the military junta. She was among the students who were attacked by the army outside the Athens Polytechnic. In 1974 she contributed to the Granada television documentary series World in Action. The subject was a scandal involving British architect John Poulson and the building of a "white elephant" hospital in Gozo. Her research into the bribery and corruption of local officials led the trail to the UK Home Secretary Reginald Maudling. He resigned after this documentary was broadcast. As a teacher and an activist in the United Kingdom, she worked for workers' and women's rights, and was an activist for Irish and Palestinian causes and a member of the Socialist Workers Party. On 6 July 1978 Mintoff took part in a demonstration in the UK House of Commons; in a protest against the presence of UK troops in Northern Ireland, three bags of horse manure were hurled from the public gallery during a debate on Scottish devolution; Mintoff and a John Mcsherry were arrested and she was later fined. On her return to Malta, she helped establish the Association of Women of the Mediterranean Region, an organization to unite women in 19 Mediterranean countries in the causes of justice, equality and peace. Mintoff helped compile four books of collected works: * Militarism in the Mediterranean, Malta 1994 * Health in the Mediterranean, including interviews with Tuareg Nuclear test Victims, Malta 1995 * Nobody Can Imagine Our Longing: Refugees and Immigrants in the Mediterranean, Plain View Press, Austin TX 1996 * In Search of Peace, Plain View Press, 1998 An economist by training, her publications include an article published in the International Journal of Health Services, Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA. In Texas, Mintoff worked with the Foundation for a Compassionate Society and was invited to speak at the UN Alternative Forum in Beijing in 1995 on the subject of women and peace. She also worked on a study of the health effects of military pollution at Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, where she won two Environmental Justice awards. In addition to being an activist in the cause of peace, Mintoff has been a teacher, administrator and the founder of two schools during the past thirty years. Mintoff was the superintendent of the Katherine Anne Porter School, a charter school in Wimberley, Texas, before returning to Malta due to her father's illness. Having returned to Malta to tend to her ailing father, Mintoff addressed the Maltese Labour Party's General Conference of 2012. She was a candidate in the Maltese general election, 2013, but failed to get elected to the House of Representatives. She married David P. Bland in 1991. Her children are Cetta S. Mainwaring and Daniel X. Mainwaring. (en)
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  • Yana Mintoff (also known as Joan Bland Mintoff) is a Maltese left-wing political activist, economist and educator. Mintoff was born on 21 August 1951, the daughter of the future Prime Minister of Malta, Dom Mintoff and Moyra De Vere Bentinck, by whom she is descended from both Dutch and British nobility. In 1968, at the age of 17, Mintoff travelled to Czechoslovakia, outraged by the Soviet occupation of that country and its harsh repression. She worked at Olomouc as a youth volunteer and opposed the Soviet military presence. (en)
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