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Fr Joe Borg

New agreement, yes; a misinformation campaign, no

Last April I dedicated my commentary in The Sunday Times to the 1992 agreement on marriage between the Holy See and the Government of Malta. I did not plan to write again on the subject as I do not consider it to be of great importance. I will not...

The politics of principle and St Thomas More

In an era whose politics are dominated by a culture of cynicism and convenience it is good to commemorate a man for whom principles were more important that short term gains. This Englishman was described by Jonathan Swift as "the person of the...

One of Us

I never knew that we Maltese are so awful! At least this is what the International Commission of Jurists wants the world to think about us following their allegation that Maltese women are at risk of torture! A critical comment recently made by...

“People are not garbage”

“If in so many parts of the world there are children who have nothing to eat that's not news. It seems normal. It must not be this way! … On the other hand, a drop of ten points on the stock exchange constitutes a tragedy. If someone dies that...

Proud twice, or three, times over

The Maltese people and the popular TVM/WE programme, Xarabank, did it again! A heartfelt and big ‘thank you’ to both. Last Friday the sum of €566,000 was raised for the people of Tanzania. Even after subtracting the €100,000 that was contributed...

On burying offending words

Those who lived through the 1970s and the 1980s still remember with great unpleasantness (and this is an understatement) the use of the word tixwiex (incitement) and xewwiexi. This was one of the favourite insults/threats forming part of the...

'I walk proud and with my head held high up'

On Tuesday afternoon the French far right historian, Dominique Venner, committed suicide on the altar of the Notre Dame cathedral in in the centre of Paris. The 78-year-old man walked up to the altar, placed a sealed envelope and then shot himself...

Malmo and Gozo calling

This weekend everyone is agog with the Eurovision. This national pastime dominates conversation during this time of year. Lovers and haters of the festival discuss, albeit for different reasons, all aspects of this festival. Eurovision lovers...

Good and bad news from the courts

A recent decision of the Court regarding a case originally hailing from 1979 has both bad and good news for the citizens of this fair land. Should I start with the bad news or with the good news? Let me start from the very beginning as Mary...

Animal rights: hype and reality?

For the very first time ever Malta has a Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights in the person of the Roderick Galdes. In a recent interview with The Times of Malta he said that one of the two tasks on his in-tray is the obtaining of a...

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