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  • Wishing for ...

    On a human level, the scenes of visceral joy that greeted the election results in Greece were understandable. The proletariat had more than enough reason to feel betrayed by the ruling classes, whose cavalier attitude towards good governance and...

  • To speak or not to speak

    Love him or hate him. Agree with him or disagree with him. Whatever your preference, you have to agree that he showed great intellectual honesty and courage. I write of Bishop Charles Scicluna and his position against spring hunting expressed...

  • No, no, a thousand times, no

    If I needed any reason to vote "no" and do my bit to kick Spring hunting into history, the Federation of Conservationist Bird-Killers' reaction to a statement made by two Attard Local Councillors was more than enough. To be sure, I have many...

  • When one is more than 99

    I have never been good at maths. But I know that ninety nine is bigger than one. But now I have my doubts. When today (Wednesday 21) the rich and the powerful start their annual meeting at the exclusive ski resort at Davos they will be faced by...

  • Two ayes, therefore more ‘noes’?

    Simon Busuttil has just announced that he will vote yes in the referendum which is asking voters to decide whether Malta should keep the derogation given for limited spring hunting before our accession to the European Union.  He said that as one...

  • It's not just Fabrizio

    Yesterday evening, singer Fabrizio Faniello spoke out on live, prime time TV about his battle against drug addiction and this morning the Internet broke. For a change, the voice on social media is united in empathy and approval. Lest I be...

  • SO THERE WE HAVE IT

    So there we have it: both party leaders have decided, for reasons that are obvious to anyone with an ounce of political nous, that they will be voting for the derogation on spring hunting negotiated when Malta adopted the aqcuis communitaire to...

  • 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...

  • A good beating, and a whitewash

    A good beating, and a whitewash

    I was on my way to work 10 years ago to date when I got a phone call to alert me that detained migrants at Safi were holding a protest. When I reached a dusty football ground, adjacent to the detention centre, I saw a group of migrants chanting...

  • 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...

  • The Bully and the Beast

    This week the world’s attention was fully taken by the events in France. The massacre of journalists at Charlie Hebdo, policemen and others persons during a number of terrorist attacks were centre stage, and deservedly so. However during the past...

  • Bang, it's dead

    The Constitutional Court has, very politely, told assorted lovers of the heroic deed of killing birds that their application to fend off the referendum designed to end Spring hunting holds no legal merit and that there is nothing to prevent the...

  • CHANGE AROUND PLEASE

    Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil wielded his prerogative yesterday and set up a new Shadow Cabinet. It was a good signal that Busuttil chose to send out: the Nationalist Party is in the process of change and along the road, his circle of...

  • Don’t let them win

    Like many, I felt powerless watching the events of the #CharlieHebdo massacre unfold in front of my eyes. As news updates continued rolling in on Twitter it was not just sadness that I was feeling but anger too. Then, after reading an excellent...

  • Not in the name of Allah

    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...

  • Today they shot at you

    Today two Islamic extremists shot at you. You didn’t notice? How is it possible that someone shoots at you and you don’t notice? Are you so alienated as not to notice that the barbaric attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, the French...

  • To give or not to give

    A debate about organ donation can literally be a debate about life or death. The lives of many were saved thanks to the donation of essential organs (for example a heart) while the quality of life of many more has been greatly enhanced thanks to...

  • GET A GRIP

    Hi, I'm back - sorry about the absence, Xmas was inconsiderate in coming half way through the week, though it did mean a nice long break.  New Year's was as bad, unoriginally. As you'll have noticed from my ex-Beck column, there's not been a heck...

  • 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...

  • The many faces of slavery in 2015

    I did not know that there is such a thing called the Global Slavery Index. I only came to know about it when I started doing some research for this blog. This Index does not give information about slavery throughout the centuries but gives an...

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