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Fr Joe Borg

Bishops are not the proverbial monkeys

Whenever Archbishop Scicluna “dares” to speak about the environment, economic justice, high rise buildings, the gaming industry, euthanasia, morning after pill, bloggers and other similar subjects all hell breaks loose.  The “Bishops should be...

Not in the national interest

One of the most important decades for people my age was surely the 1960s. There was a great awakening as well as a desire for freedom and self-determination.   On the international scene it was the decade of student protests and demonstrations...

What is Aleppo?

I thought that I had lost the ability to be surprised by the lack of knowledge that people show.I got accustomed to University students not knowing who Aristotle or Confucius are. I was not shocked when a colleague told me that his art students...

The nun who stole the world’s heart

“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” These words were spoken about a woman small of stature but of...

Bullies engaging with residents

“I am a strong, fearless bully. I can beat you senseless three times a day. But I happen to be a very kind hearted bully so I will only beat you senseless three times a week. Aren’t you lucky to have me as your next door neighbour.” Luck is made...

Syrian children and American puppies

Another photo of another boy victim of war grabbed the world's attention. It shocked all those who saw it and drove many to tears.The video footage showed little Omran Daqneesh shell-shocked, covered in dust, his face red with blood. He had just...

I feel it, therefore it is

Quite some years back I had a discussion with a number of students from the Faculty of Education. I thought I misunderstood what they were saying so I asked them directly to make double sure. “Are you telling me that you would not to tell your...

Those who lord it over us

It is now official: Malta is ruled by a few of mega-millionaire families; and current public policy dictates that everything is done so that they become richer. The rest of us, it has been decreed, have to do with the crumbs that fall from the...

'The first terrorism'

It has been quite a while, a very long while indeed, since I contributed to these cyber columns, though I kept my regular appointment with the Sunday Times of Malta. I don’t know whether what follows is good or bad news: I resolve to start writing...

A lesson in power for our self-appointed gods

Yesterday there was a very surreal debate in Parliament. Undoubtedly different people will have different takes about it.Some would point towards The Malta Independent, which on a number of consecutive days published the results of its survey...