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  • All is not bad with this world

    A general feeling of terror has gripped us all. Gruesome beheadings, religious bigotry, fears of worldwide tension make the world a place of horror. A comment much used lately is that never has such horror been witnessed and that the present is...

  • Images of quality

    The subject I'm starting out with today is a bit on the old side but it was overshadowed by the revelation that Karmenu Vella either betrayed his party in 2003 or is telling a little porkie now, when he says he voted for Malta joining the EU. It...

  • Laugh now, hunt later

    I really wouldn’t want to be in Lino Farrugia’s (FKNK) shoes, not only now, but never. And not only because his job is to defend the indefensible or because he’s on the wrong side of history, or because his clan’s time is up, but more importantly,...

  • Great expectations but what about the deliverables?

    Today the Extraordinary Synod for the Family starts in the Vatican. The Synod Fathers will celebrate Mass with the Pope while tomorrow they start the plenary sessions. Do not expect any radical or even non-radical decisions as the conclusion of...

  • Hunters, you want racist?

    I admire people like Mr Lino Farrugia, CEO of the hunter’s federation. Really. His sense of humour must get him through life with a constant smile on his face, and who wouldn’t want that? I’m assuming that it’s Mr Farrugia’s sense of humour that...

  • An open letter to Archbishop Emeritus Mercieca

    Dear Mgr. Mercieca, Today the Church in Malta celebrates the 40th anniversary of your episcopal ordination. This must be a great day for you but it is also a great a day for the whole archdiocese which you served so generously and so well for a...

  • Lies, damned lies and politicians

    I was brought up to believe politicians. Maybe not all but some select ones. Today it’s getting harder to believe any—and although I am no cynic by nature politicians’ ways are turning me into a politico-basher and a non-believer in all they do...

  • WHAT WONDROUS WORDS

    Does Commissioner-hopeful Karmenu Vella suffer from the delusion that his was the only vote in the referendum held to determine whether we would become members of the EU? Mr Vella's vote was, in fact, a single solitary one out of the many, many...

  • Please watch this clip... and think

    Please watch this clip... and think

    If there is one video clip you should watch today, it has to be this (click here to watch). It is not a video of Islamic State embarking on a trail of destruction. It is not yet another ice bucket challenge. But this six-minute clip should send...

  • Principles before popularity

    Today’s papers were graced with the photos of His Grace Bishop Charles Scicluna bird watching. Just for clarity’s sake I hastily add that he was watching the kind of birds the adherents of Birdlife watch. The accompanying words uttered by His...

  • Hunting down my principles

    According to dictionary definitions, a ‘PRINCIPLE’ is a fixed rule, a method or practice, an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct, general law or truth from which others are derived. An ‘OPINION’ on the other hand is a sentiment; a view...

  • BANG, YOU'RE DEAD

    Whether it's because he wanted to give Karmenu Vella a leg up in anticipation of his grilling by the EU Parliament or because he (Muscat) has perceived a numerical advantage in annoying bird-killers rather than appeasing them or because he...

  • Independent? Right

    It really doesn’t take a lot to distract us does it? Fifty years of independence slithered down the drain as soon as we got the first whiff of royalty on our shores this weekend. In the meantime, while Prince William did his thing and waved at the...

  • I was there

    The 1960s were the most exciting and creative decade of the 20th century. Pope John XIII and the Vatican Council II brought a new lease of life to the Catholic Church. The spirit of the Council was put under pressure during these last two decades...

  • The staining of a reputation

    I try hard to avoid commenting about our political class. They, unfortunately, are becoming ever more like the three-legged horse by the entrance to Valletta. They sit on pedestals, they look good but have something intrinsically wrong in their...

  • Hunters shoot themselves in the foot... again

    If you needed one good reason to support the government’s wise decision to suspend the autumn hunting season then look no further than the hunters’ impromptu, unsanctioned protest. As Malta enjoyed a rare show of political consensus to mark 50...

  • Lifecycle stands down in the Land of the rising sun

    The sun was setting and the lights were coming on in the Tokyo telecoms tower that is a landmark on Tokyo's horizon. About a dozen people were exercising their dogs on the grass, and a few joggers went past with earphones plugged in. Besides them,...

  • EBOLA BLUES AGAIN

    Joseph Muscat was probably right in barring entry to a merchant ship with a suspected Ebola case on board, given that it was closer to Italy than to here, but while it was legally correct, was it morally OK? I'm only making the point in the spirit...

  • Tokyo, here we come!

    We are on our way to Tokyo! The cyclist that had to drop out because of bike problems has borrowed the bike belonging to the injured one so 21 should be crossing the finish line some time this afternoon, although only 20 are still in the...

  • Happy Birthday to the love of my life

    Around this time of year I’m always tempted to write about the one person whose existence has significantly shaped my life and essentially my entire world. It was on this day, 33 years ago, that my brother David was born. At birth he was suffering...

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