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Victor Calleja

War in Italy

A country close to us in Europe has a terrific internal war going on. Italy is ravaged by killings, maimings, bombs, and riven by sectoral and political fighting. No end is in sight and most of its infrastructure is in tatters. The present is...

Knock out Pope

Occasionally, a Pope comes around who truly sounds as if the wizened cardinals in the Sistine Chapel were inspired by a Holy Spirit when he was chosen. And Pope Francis is one of them. He is a true beacon and a fantastic innovator. If he can...

I have a big nose

Anyone is free to laugh at my big nose and draw a caricature of it making it 10 times its size. No one would care. Or no one should care. And, because I am not a crazed numbskull, I would never show anger at this depiction, much less thump...

Is there a reason to be jolly?

It’s ho ho ho time and I have forgotten to wish happy holidays to all, including my far-flung enemies. Yes I know it should be Happy Christmas but I’m trying hard to annoy no one, including all the atheists who don’t mind the feasting festivities...

Non-stick superman

I salute the man who has been a god-sent gift to us Maltese, Dr Joseph Muscat. Talk of Trojan horses is not welcome as we, the Maltese nation as a whole, know a gift-horse when we see one and we are truly impressed by him. If the recent survey...

Bring in more clowns

Let’s revisit some recent events on this blighted isle. Car driven by a certain Smith, of unknown origin, hits minister’s car mirror. Big Deal! Minister’s driver chases, threatens and shoots. DOI issues press release with more holes in it than the...

Righting the balance

This was the week, or the weeks, that was or were. So many things happened, so many tremors were felt, that it rendered most comment superfluous or ridiculous. And every time anyone of us mere mortals spoke, we were upstaged by a bigger bombshell...

The horror, the horror

Can we all wake up and get a proper hold of ourselves? Can we stop thinking of all our problems, especially the minister’s driver’s shooting, as political? To quote the Prime Minister can we wake up and smell the coffee? Not that any coffee would...

The foreign perspective

It’s hard to believe what this tiny, practically barren small rock has achieved over the years. Meeting foreigners, especially those based in Malta who all, or nearly all, speak highly of us and our little spot in the Med, makes me so proud. Even...

Resign Now

I tried hard to think of the right words in the circumstances, to find an interesting angle. But nothing more needs to be said than — show the man the door, kick him out or, if I can appeal to any decorum he may have, resign and go hide in a place...