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  • Challenged to make ends meet

    When I first heard of Steve Hili’s 121 Challenge I didn’t think much of it. I thought it was another one of Steve Hili’s jokes and fobbed it off with the rest of the useless stuff I see on Facebook. You see, I’ve always thought of myself as a low...

  • READ ‘EM AND WEEP

    This is what Joseph Muscat should be doing, if you take polls and columnists at face-value, that is. In fact, in a certain light, looked at through squinty eyes, it looks very much like he is - having a good weep, that is.     This is because...

  • Stop the savages

    It is incredible but obscenely true: a Sudanese court has sentenced a woman to death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. On top of that she was also sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery. The reason: she married a...

  • Big Brother is not the answer

    Earlier this week, a fight in Paceville almost took away the life of a teenager. The injuries were allegedly inflicted by foreigners. Almost immediately, the cries of "give the streets back to the Maltese" and the equally predictable "see where...

  • SHAMEFUL MINISTERS

    You will recall, given that you use your brain (why else would you read this?) that Dr Konrad Mizzi, then still a callow youth without experience of high office, during some telly programme or other had intoned the mantra "shame on you, Minister"...

  • Outlawing revenge porn

    The suspended prison sentence given to Cyrus Engerer who was found guilty, among other things, of distributing pornographic pictures of his former lover, raises several issues. Most discussions have centred on the political repercussions and...

  • THE PRICE OF STEEL

    Minister Helena Dalli, whose grasp of employment law has already been demonstrated by the manner in which her ministry saw fit to treat the Industrial Tribunal, has let it be known that convicted criminal Cyrus Engerer is to remain engaged by the...

  • Exalting mediocrity

    It is a sad direction society has taken when people are patted on the back and elevated to the status of heroes, not for going beyond the call of duty but simply for doing the minimum that is expected of them. This post is inspired by recent...

  • The secret sexists

    My neighbours have a habit of congregating outside their doors and having long-winded chitchats about their lives. Now I know that this is quite a tradition in Malta, and I would probably find it quaint and fascinating if only they didn’t do it in...

  • CRIMINAL OF STEEL

    Joseph Muscat, Leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta, a state within the European Union despite the best efforts of Muscat's predecessors and of Muscat himself, and a state governed by the Rule of Law, despite the...

  • “Technical giant, ethical child”

    The Vatican was in for some negative coverage this week. The occasion was provided by the questioning sessions of Archbishop Silvano Tomasi at the hands of some of the members of the Convention against Torture. As predicted by the Vatican the...

  • Go on PN: de-fence

    Let’s put aside the gay marriage débacle and the hunting referendum issue. The PN is yet again nicely sitting on a fence heading straight for the fence-sitting award for lifetime dedication to be seen and not heard to have an opinion. But there is...

  • Quite the Jack Sparrow

    When the Sunday Times of Malta broke the story about the tanker that ‘escaped’ from Maltese waters, I’m afraid my first reaction was much laughter. The headline conjured images of a vessel with AFM boats in hot pursuit. And my imagination is the...

  • Jesus’s ‘wife’ on Press Freedom Day

    Today the world celebrates Press Freedom Day. The Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste,  who together with Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, are facing trial in Cairo accused of helping the Muslim Brotherhood released,...

  • GET OUT OF THE WAY, THE UNDERDOGS ARE LOOSE

    A revelation of cosmic proportions was made today: the Malta Developers Association Developers (aka contractors and speculators, in truth) has let it be known that they consider NGOs to be an obstacle to development. Oh, wow, what news. It’s as if...

  • Alfred the great

    Let’s say it out loud and clear. Dr Alfred Sant was way beyond a political failure, although, if the full truth be told, he did get rid of the old thugs of the Mintoffian era, moved his party out of antediluvian times and got his cronies to wear...

  • Is North Ireland non-European?

    In this morning’s The Times of Malta I tried to answer Kurt Sansone’s question whether our membership of the EU has had anything to do with the introduction of divorce, gay marriage and gay adoptions. I answered in the negative. Dr Michael...

  • Exposing disabilities

    Last week was a good week because my brother, who has an intellectual disability, was only going to get punched in the face once. I consider it a good week because this sort of thing happens on a regular basis simply because my brother, who is now...

  • Reflections after a double canonisation

    I am writing this blog just after the conclusion of the celebration of the double canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John II. Probably some of you watched parts of the ceremony that was transmitted on local television stations. Malta was not...

  • Rules of our country

    A foreigner comes to Malta to check out our hunting ways and our hunters try scaring the daylights out of the foreigner. Serves him right for interfering in our affairs. Go back home we don’t need you thank you very much. The police take the...

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