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  • Keeping silent

    I never object to anything or anyone Chinese. The more they come and invest here the better. After all they will soon take over the world so might as well have them here before other countries and get used to their ways. They seem very energetic,...

  • 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...

  • On truth and spins

    The brief participation by Bishop Charles Scicluna, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Malta, on Xarabank is just one indication that he really means business when he says that the Church should adopt an attitude of zero tolerance to...

  • The slurring stand-up

    One of my favourite things in life is laughing. It keeps me going and gets me over all sorts of nastiness and unpleastantries. Those who don’t laugh or can’t laugh at themselves must live a truly sad life. I adore anything that makes me laugh—even...

  • Me the piper, that be my tune

    WIthout meaning any disrespect to the individuals concerned, the "agreement" signed between the Principal Permanent Secretary (head honcho in the Civil Service) and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Police, Catering, Broadcasting and...

  • Switching saves lives

    It is really really sad that it is only now, in late 2014, that Malta is seriously considering the possibility of legally allowing people to change their identify documents to reflect the gender they identify with – which is not necessarily the...

  • 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...

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