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Fr Joe Borg

Don’t pit Christians versus Muslims

“We welcome them in Malta and they kill our people in Iraq. Muslims cannot be trusted.” This is what someone told me recently. Is this just the reaction of a very kind but quite a simple man, I asked myself. My fears that the feeling is widespread...

Pouring cold water on Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over the Western world, and perhaps a little bit more. It is the ‘in’ or hip thing to do. Truth be told, I am not really impressed by what is happening. So I will take the risk of being accused of not being a...

A murdered journalist; amputated audiences

The news and, more so, the video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic extremists shocked the world. Truth be told, these barbaric fundamentalists who do not deserve to be called Muslims or even humans, have been...

He has what it takes

Together with Prof Joe Pirotta, I present on Campus FM a weekly programme titled “Minn Poplu ghal Nazzjon.”  Throughout the programme we discuss the constitutional progression of the Maltese Islands since the coming of the British. During the last...

“They are systematically beheading children”

My commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (August, 3) was headed “The shame in attacking sleeping children.” The quote was taken from Ban-ki Moon’s statement about what the Israelis were doing in Gaza. Children were in the line of fire. The...

Gaza - 'I cried as I took notes'

Part of my weekly commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta was dedicated to the man-made hell called Gaza. I gave three examples that manifest the gravity of what is happening. You can access the commentary from...

Fighting drugs through parents

No civilized society should accept defeat in the constant struggle against drugs. On the other hand, no society will find it easy to win the war against drugs. The jaws of defeat are wide open ready to swallow all. Is it possible to snatch defeat...

‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’

I have just received this email from an Iraqi friend of mine. Together with his wife and children he lived in Malta in the 1990s. I had employed him with RTK, his profession being a transmitter’s engineer. Today he lives in Canada. His wife’s...

The Calleja – Attard Concert

Everyone heard about the Joseph Calleja annual concert on the Granaries; but what about the Calleja – Attard Concert? Probably you have never heard of it. I know that the concert will not be possible without Joseph Calleja and his friends. Calleja...

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...