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  • 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...

  • Is there a reason to be jolly?

    It’s ho ho ho time and I have forgotten to wish happy holidays to all, including my far-flung enemies. Yes I know it should be Happy Christmas but I’m trying hard to annoy no one, including all the atheists who don’t mind the feasting festivities...

  • My yearly illogical Christmas

    I hate Christmas. There I said it. But why? Why would any sane person hate a feast that’s entirely dedicated to love, family, giving and peace? I know it’s crazy, in fact it doesn’t even make sense to me, but I do, I hate it, and only now that...

  • Something beautiful for the Church

    I have just flipped through the first printed copy – hot from the printing press - of “The Maltese Missionary Experience”; and what a gem of a book it turned out to be. The book is ably penned and published by Maltese missionary Fr John...

  • Non-stick superman

    I salute the man who has been a god-sent gift to us Maltese, Dr Joseph Muscat. Talk of Trojan horses is not welcome as we, the Maltese nation as a whole, know a gift-horse when we see one and we are truly impressed by him. If the recent survey...

  • Is the Church discriminating?

    My commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (21/12/14) will discuss the present controversy between the Church and the Malta Union of Teachers (and to a lesser extent the General Workers' Union) about the employment criteria that should be used...

  • FESTIVE PQs*

    In the House before it rose on Wednesday, newly anointed Minister Carmelo Abela happened to be the only Minister around at lunchtime, so he had to answer all the supplementary questions that are traditionally made to the Prime Minister during the...

  • Charitable my foot

    Yes, I know that begging is illegal and that having beggars on the street is not the ideal situation to aspire to. I also realise that not all those who wind up begging are actually in the dire straits they claim to be in. However, having put the...

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