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Fr Joe Borg

Who will be discarded next?

Last Sunday in my weekly column in the Sunday Times of Malta I compared the theories of Sygmunt Bauman, the eminent Polish sociologist, with some of the homilies and speeches that Pope Francis delivers. Bauman’s well know theory about what he...

Thumbs down by Caritas

Thursday night Archbishop Cremona outlined four principles that he said should guide the current debate about the decriminalisation of drugs. The best that one can say about the Archbishop’s position on Government’s White Paper is that he strongly...

The mighty fallen

Those my age remember Rolf Harris as the most lovable entertainer. He provided us with good and clean fun on TV when transmission hours were still limited and the pictures was just black and white. I clearly remember him playing Australian...

Are you being served?

There is a widespread perception that customer care service provided by private industry is better than that provided by the public service. This is not necessarily true. This week I contacted EneMalta in connection with the installation of a...

Don’t legalise drugs

Pope Francis had taken a very clear and unequivocal position in the debate about whether or not the use of some drugs should be legalised or not. He has taken to task the so-called ‘liberal’ stance that the legalisation of some drugs is the...

What a cruel dilemma!

England's defeat at the hands (or is it the feet) of Uruguayans has put us, England's supporters, in a most cruel dilemma. If Italy loses or draws with Costa Rica, the English are definitively out of the tournament. If the Italians win then the...

Nothing human is alien to me: a sequel

Last Sunday I borrowed the title and concluding sentence of my commentary to The Sunday Times of Malta from the Roman poet Terence. The whole sentence written by Terence is: "I am a human being, I consider nothing that is human alien to me.” It is...

The Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of the World Cup

The World Cup kicks this evening in Brazil. Weeks of football, spectacular football one hopes. It is true that for many Maltese the final would be played Saturday night when Italy meet England but for most the tournament goes on irrespective. Pope...

Safely surfing the internet

On June 2, the pan-European research group, EU Kids Online published the results of qualitative research conducted with children – ages nine – 16 - from nine European countries including Malta. This is the first time that EU Kids Online included...

The priceless but tenuous gift of freedom

We take freedom for granted. It was not always like that and in many countries freedom is still a luxury beyond the reach of most people. Freedom is priceless but it is also tenuous. It cannot be taken for granted. We have to be vigilant. The...