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  • ARE THE MODERATES COMING?

    A clerical gentleman, and an erudite one at that, for whom I have great respect, not least because his sermons are a) meaningful and b) pithy, wrote a thoughtful piece on the interface between Islam and Christianity. Another reason why I hold dear...

  • Cold feet in August

    Up to a few days ago I didn’t think that there was anything that could ever happen that would get me to throw buckets of ice-cold water onto me. I hate feeling cold even if for a moment and I especially hate the combination of being wet and cold,...

  • 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...

  • Hang on, they rescued a Maltese fisherman, not a black migrant

    Hang on, they rescued a Maltese fisherman, not a black migrant

    On Monday morning I joined a group of local and international journalists for the inaugural trip of Moas, the first private migrant rescue mission in Europe. By the time I returned to the office, there were streams of comments on online forums and...

  • Editor's Blog: Ice bucket challenge - Malta style

    Editor's Blog: Ice bucket challenge - Malta style

    Only in Malta could the ALS ice bucket challenge become a political bone of contention. In every other corner of the civilised world, it has been taken for what it is: an innovative and amusing way to raise money for a little-talked-about...

  • DIGGING IT

    Not appreciating, apparently, the wisdom of the old adage when they found themselves in the hole dug through the ill-advised comments of their Chairman (or do they call him President, nowadays?) Mr Ralph Axiak, the Marsa Sports Club continued to...

  • Saints, bikinis and double-standards

    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...

  • 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...

  • BEING LEFTY HIP

    OK, so having a bucket of cold water dumped over your head in August in Malta is a real heroic thing to do, especially when the PR-fluff piece that accompanies your derring-do doesn't tell people how much you donated anyway to the ALS Fund and,...

  • Editor's Blog: News from… somewhere

    You’ve got to feel for l-orizzont. It must be terrible for them to have Labour in government. No more political investigations, no more scandals, no more wrongdoing… apart from a vindictive story here and there, aimed at people as far removed from...

  • ‘Oh my God that's horrible,’ and then go on eating their dinners

    Shortly after his release from a Libyan prison in 2011, American journalist James Foley warned against irrational risk-taking during a TV interview. “It’s not worth your life. It’s not worth seeing your mother, father, brother and sister bawling.

  • 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...

  • INNOCENT, FOR NOW

    At the moment, Facebook is all in a tizzy because the priest who allegedly molested minors had his identity protected by the Court and because he has been granted bail. The Prosecution are appealing the bail decree, from what I see, so by the time...

  • We ALL have what to fight with

    For the third time this month I’m breaking my vow of silence or rather, my vow for a well deserved break from writing.  How could I remain silent with all that’s happening around the world especially in Iraq? How could I not write a single word...

  • A clerical wake-up call

    Back in the days of Galileo and other such star-gazers, the truth was one and that was only the official church-sanctioned one. They who said anything against the truth, or against the church triumphant, met their end or were tortured till they...

  • Editor's Blog: Why did magistrate ban the press from priest case?

    Was it correct for the presiding magistrate to ban the press after a Gozitan priest was taken to court today (Tuesday) charged with offences related to molestation? That depends on the circumstances. If for some reason the complainant felt there...

  • Pool’s out for burkini

    The story in last Saturday’s Times of Malta of a Maltese Muslim woman who was ordered out of the Marsa Sports Club pool for attempting to swim in her Islamic bathing constume predictably triggered off a passionate debate. Reactions ranged from...

  • ALL GOOD THINGS...

    All good things come to an end, it's just a little bit harder when these things are exceptional. And our Cambodia experience has been nothing short of that. We spent part of our morning frantically blowing balloons for our farewell party at LRDE,...

  • ALL GOING SWIMMINGLY

    That bastion of free exchange of ideas and progressive thought since Colonial days, the Marsa Sports Club, which many old-timers still refer to as il-Marsa tal-Inglizi, has banned a Muslim woman from swimming in their swimming pool wearing a...

  • A land of contradictions

    A land of contradictions

    This morning the DO Cambodia team were taken to a province just 15 kmoutside of Phnom Penh, to an area that is being built up but is serene atthe same time. Within this developing area is the plot of land that SFODAhas identified for its future...

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