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Ramona Depares

Not in the name of Allah

"When activists need a pretext to justify their violence, they always find it." These are words that, in the aftermath of the horrific execution of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and editorial staff yesterday, we risk forgetting. They are words uttered...

Hibs, you're out of line

Everyone, even convicted criminals, deserves a second chance after paying their debts to society. It would be an inhumane world indeed were a person's life to be cut short of all opportunity on the basis that he or she has erred in the past. It is...

Charitable my foot

Yes, I know that begging is illegal and that having beggars on the street is not the ideal situation to aspire to. I also realise that not all those who wind up begging are actually in the dire straits they claim to be in. However, having put the...

Bravo, Mater Dei

A woman shows up at Mater Dei hospital in a state of visible mental agitation and pain. By her own account, she has taken a number of pills in order to induce a miscarriage. What do our noble hospital administrators do? Option 1. Treat her body...

Institutionalism 1 – Art 0

Last week was a pretty exciting one for those who appreciate street art. C215, the French artist who is fast making a name for himself on an international level with his vibrant work, visited Valletta and left his mark in several spots. And by...

Morality 101

Name-dropping of the pseudo-intellectual sort makes me break out in hives and the level indulged in by Michael Axiaq – him of the Ph.D in morality and the rigid morals to match – on yesterday’s edition of Times Talk reached a rather spectacular...

Hunters, you want racist?

I admire people like Mr Lino Farrugia, CEO of the hunter’s federation. Really. His sense of humour must get him through life with a constant smile on his face, and who wouldn’t want that? I’m assuming that it’s Mr Farrugia’s sense of humour that...

Independent? Right

It really doesn’t take a lot to distract us does it? Fifty years of independence slithered down the drain as soon as we got the first whiff of royalty on our shores this weekend. In the meantime, while Prince William did his thing and waved at the...

Saints, bikinis and double-standards

Malta gets a lot of accolades along the lines of Most Beautiful Place, Paradise on Earth, Most Stunning Beaches etc etc. What it hasn’t been awarded so far, at least as far as I’m aware, is the gold accolade for double standards. Which is very...

Malta 'hit by Ebola'

No it isn’t, but apparently nowadays all it takes to make a piece of ‘news’ true is to get it shared on social media. Journalistic ethics be damned. Amidst all the panic-mongering and sensational headlines, here are four things the ebola ‘scare’...