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  • How exciting is the Pope?

    Saray Gray writing in Salon said that the Pope is amazing and she described his statements as exciting.  Salon, the US based progressive magazine was created by David Talbot in 1995. A quick Google search about the magazine informs us that it...

  • DAMN AND PUBLISH

    The editors of the main two papers in English are engaged in an exchange of views, which some would call forthright, except they haven't started swinging handbags, yet. The point at issue is whether the name of a priest who is being prosecuted for...

  • Not in my back yard… when politics comes before humanity

    Not in my back yard… when politics comes before humanity

    The Maltese have a reputation for being very generous. Thousands dig deep into their pockets in response to any public appeal to raise money for the needy overseas, be it in aid of starving children in Africa or earthquake-stricken Haiti. But that...

  • Editor's blog: Abuse priest: to name or not to name

    Three days ago The Sunday Times of Malta broke a story on its front page about a priest who is facing sexual abuse allegations. Today, the Malta Independent chose to run the same story as its own. However, the point of this blog is more...

  • The Gappening - when the Malta gender gap widens

    Malta might have woken up to some good news after Moody’s affirmed Malta’s A3 rating with a healthy outlook but another piece of news which is as serious and very damning should have been more of a discussion point online. All government MPs took...

  • THE HAS BEENS ARE NOW

    The Labour Party, currently governing the country, if that's what you can call not sticking to promises, not starting anything new, barely keeping the economy afloat and making sure your boys and girls get their plums, recently brought in Alastair...

  • 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...

  • A gentleman, a professional

    I was shocked yesterday when Anna, Manni Spiteri’s wife, phoned to say that Manni had just suddenly died. We had shared so many great experiences together that I came to know him as a close friend, a true gentleman and an avid professional. Manni...

  • Yawn! Here we go again

    Can you imagine if a multi million dollar global company had to declare that no matter how good its female employees are, no matter how qualified they get, no matter their experience, their skills and talents, and no matter how hard they try, they...

  • #BrandMalta? Better work on gender quotas

    The Ernst & Young conference on October 8 gave light to a few interesting topics. The results of the survey about Malta’s investment attractiveness showed a few worrying shifts to respondents preferring to tick the ‘don’t know’ box instead of the...

  • Serving and loving the Church

    The subject of my next commentary in The Sunday Times of Malta is Archbishop Paul Cremona and his resignation which hit us like a bolt out of the blue. I will comment without repeating here what I will write there. Archbishop Cremona’s doctorate...

  • DARK DAYS OF LABOUR'S PAST

    Thirty-five years ago, I married 'Er Indoors, there was a bad storm and assorted thugs burnt down the Times' offices and attacked and destroyed Dr Eddie Fenech Adami's home, terrorising his family in the process. The first two of these significant...

  • Synod Watch 4

    The Catholic right is up in arms against the report prepared by Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who, as the synod's relator, had the task of synthesizing what the bishops said during the first week of their meeting. At the forefront of...

  • Joseph Muscat, my kind of hero

    Yes you did read the title properly. He is a super one in fact. I had other heroes in my life but they all seem to have come a sad cropper. Dom Mintoff went wonky and voted against his own Socialist party so I crossed him out of my heroic league...

  • Synod Watch 3

    Last weekend Cardinal Peter Erdo and his staff could not enjoy the good Italian food and wine that Roman restaurants are renowned for. They burned their candles throughout the night to prepare for yesterday’s meeting of the Synod the document...

  • The horror picture show

    The horror picture show

    Darrin Zammit Lupi’s haunting photograph showing a blonde child staring through a police bus window upon his arrival in Malta a year ago was picked up by all the major news providers around the world. Let’s be honest. News houses demanded that...

  • LIES, DAMNED LIES

    The Government, through the Ministry for which Konrad Mizzi is responsible (for now) got onto the highest of its high horses and denounced as irresponsible lies the reports appearing in the PN media that there had been a case of Ebola in Gozo. On...

  • Synod Watch (2)

    The Synod of Bishop has reached its mid-mark. Now it is expected that the bishops will finalise a document which will serve as the basis for the workshop discussions next week. That document will give one a good idea of where the wind is blowing.

  • Amazing grace

    It is always a heart-breaking affair to see spouses and parents being mourned and wished a final farewell.   Believing, as some of us do, that we pass on to a better life, with angels and sweet music accompanying us for eternity, makes this...

  • B(R)A(N)D MANAGEMENT

    I would despair if I were Joseph Muscat.    At the very least, I would have to wonder why I bother having ministers, when it seems that I have to do everything myself.  Not that Muscat has shown much of an aptitude for doing anything other than...

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