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  • Right-wingers, grow a pair

    Right-wingers, grow a pair

    I don't usually resort to this sort of crassness, but the time for kid gloves clearly has gone. Where are your balls? I direct this question to the new wave of right-wingers, the extremists, the Trump supporters. Those who do everything they can...

  • We’re going to make it after all

    We’re going to make it after all

    Way back when I was just over a decade old, a woman would walk down the streets of Minneapolis week after week and fling her hat in the air. That gesture would be accompanied by a song which concluded ‘we’re going to make it after all’. That woman...

  • KISSing the Affaire Lowenbrau

    KISSing the Affaire Lowenbrau

    Given the awesome level of prevarication and obfuscation to which Premier Joseph's minions, now including yet another legal luminary in the shape of Robert Abela (has Deborah Schembri decided to withdraw gracefully?) have sunk, I thought it might...

  • No, But, Yes, But ..

    No, But, Yes, But ..

    I suspect I've used this title before, but hey, what the heck, Donald J. Trump, Gawd'elp'us President of the US, repeats himself ad nauseam, so I can too.  The four words in the title, followed by a pause a couple of beats long and "seriously??"...

  • Fake off

    Fake off

    Donald Trump has been be crowned president of the 'free world', whatever that means. Claims that the so-called 'fake news' phenomenon alone led him to his throne are grossly exaggerated, though it certainly did give him a helping hand. But there...

  • Spinning the power web

    Spinning the power web

    Only a few days have passed since the power cut which left most of Malta without any power and focus has already shifted elsewhere. Most people simply shrugged off Enemalta’s explanation and moved on, even if it never really answered anything. In...

  • Institutionalised quietism

    Institutionalised quietism

    Often, Malta reminds me of DeChirico’s work, and Maltese tribalism recalls those two solitary figures in his metaphysical paintings about which Italo Calvino wrote his essay Travels in DeChirico’s Cities. Calvino tries to imagine what these two...

  • I know what I like

    I know what I like

    It's nice to be able to start with a quote that very few people (Darrin Zammit Lupi, are you reading?) will reference easily, so here goes... "me, I'm just a lawnmower, you can tell me by the way I walk..." What has brought on this flight of late...

  • F.A. Zull's audit report

    F.A. Zull's audit report

    By means of the intervention of a member of the International Network of Spies, I have been made privy to the audit report about Premier Muscat’s little helper, Dr Konrad Mizzi, prepared by a reputable audit firm.   I am taking the liberty of...

  • Aunt Gerit

    She looked very much like the old silver-haired mother in Umberto Boccioni’s paintings. A great aunt with few words to say, mostly sitting majestically against the light of her window overseeing a backyard smelling of basil and lemons. Great Aunt...

  • Presidencies and other P-words

    Presidencies and other P-words

    As the long-awaited Malta EU presidency has turned Valletta into a hive of police activity right as I type this – to a ridiculous degree, with many of the few parking areas available cordoned off, traffic jams galore and pedestrians shepherded...

  • I never saw Star Wars

    I never saw Star Wars

    That's right. I never saw Star Wars until last night. That may strike many as strange. After all, Star Wars first hyper-spaced itself onto the silver screen in 1977 when I was just 17, the right demographic for the movie. And I am a Sci-Fi fan, so...

  • Take this plane to Uganda

    Take this plane to Uganda

    This is not to be taken as any manner of negative criticism of the men and women on the ground who handled the "hijack" last week, or of the coppers who were charged with ensuring that the "hijackers" were safely arraigned in Court. All these...

  • A glimmer of hope at the end of the year

    A glimmer of hope at the end of the year

    2016. One hell of a year, right? Seriously it was one hell of a year. Syria, South Sudan, terrorism all over Europe, thousands of migrants drowning, cultural icons falling like flies (David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Muhammed Ali), Brexit,...

  • The angry politics of corporate nationalism

    The angry politics of corporate nationalism

    Confronted by angry politicians whose followers refuse to be rational and who have a total disregard towards empirical facts, we are increasingly becoming afflicted by a sense that we have lost the ability to think freely and intelligently. This...

  • When words resonate

    When words resonate

    It's not about how our politicians look or dress but about what they say and the way they act. This has never been more true than it has been in the past few days. There is a stark difference between our President and her very powerful words...

  • Dom Mintoff’s and Mgr Scicluna’s yachts

    Dom Mintoff’s and Mgr Scicluna’s yachts

    I remember a speech by the late Dom Mintoff militating for social justice in Malta. He said that a society in which you find some people who have a yacht while others don’t afford a bicycle is an unjust society. He was right. Differences of such...

  • Jungle all the way

    Jungle all the way

    When the news emerged on January 10 that rock legend David Bowie had died, I was among the army of fans who went into overdrive to try to explain the terrible implications to anybody who dared to listen. Seven months later, a particular tweet...

  • If I may, Your Grace…

    If I may, Your Grace…

    I often find myself defending Archbishop Charles Scicluna for the wrong reasons, though this time I might be right. Over a year ago, in another part of the Maltese press, I published an article titled “Two Charlies and a secular quandary”, where I...

  • Joseph Muscat is right

    Joseph Muscat is right

    I thought that would get your attention. Don’t go running away with the idea that I have been converted to slavish adherence to the Movement, that abject manner of behaviour I shall leave to others, who seem to prefer to adopt the ostrich’s...

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