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  • Of loons and more

    I’m never sure whether this country is real or if we are living in a warped spoof of ourselves. In these trying times, in these horrid times where innocent lives are being lost throughout the globe, where everyone is at risk, we indulge in idiocy...

  • How very Christian

    This morning we woke up to more bad news, this time on the local front. And this time, it could possibly have been avoided. Some 70 people injured after a glass stairwell collapsed in a Paceville club. Currently  fighting for their life are two...

  • I weep for humanity

    Some are saying pray for Paris, the dead and the maimed. Some are blaming religion, a creed. Some are saying let’s stop all immigrants from entering Europe because they cause mayhem, destruction. I too weep, like millions more, for France, for the...

  • 5 things I learned from the Migration Summit

    The event that almost brought Malta to a standstill is now over. I might not be any the wiser as to what our world leaders intend to do to tackle migration in a humane manner, but this doesn't mean there weren't some lessons bidden in there,...

  • Why us journalists are part of the problem

    Why us journalists are part of the problem

    I hate it when we choose to be too politically correct while ignoring the bigger picture. I strongly believe in protecting the rights of asylum seekers but I don’t subscribe to the idea of calling all migrants entering Europe “refugees”. Many of...

  • Gotta love Reno

    Thanks to the fact that in the early 21st century, time is flexible, I’m watching Dissett, as I write this. Simon Busuttil was excellent, it need hardly be said. It was as clear that the national station seems to be run by someone who has...

  • A good man, an honourable exit

    Joe Cassar's decision to resign from Parliament is sad news and good news. It is sad that a good man is leaving politics. Dr Cassar is a good and honest man. His downfall came because he was too good and as a result he trusted someone that should...

  • The light fantastic at Castille

    The light fantastic at Castille

    Look, I promise you, I’ve been meaning to write this for some time. So, despite all appearances, I am not just jumping on the bandwagon. You see, the thing is, I have been upset about the whole system of lighting our capital city for some time...

  • Hurray for hypocrisy

    Hurray for hypocrisy

    When I was asked to contribute an occasional opinion piece for timesofmalta.com, I wondered what it was I could talk about. One thing was sure: I wasn't going to talk politics. There was already enough of that to keep those so inclined in clover.

  • Is the end of the Church nigh?

    The Bristol Comic Expo in 2005 brought with it the publication by Michael Molcher of the semi-annual fanzine titled The End Is Nigh. Each issue deals with themed Apocalypses foretelling the end of the world. Judging from a number of media...

  • Shut the phone up

    Shut the phone up

    It started barely one minute in, with the man sitting in front of me leaning across to his companion, giggling and stage-whispering something into her ear. The woman giggled back and mockingly pushed him away. I resisted the temptation to whisper...

  • I'm not, but...

    The phrase that betrays you as a racist, or a bigot generally, is the one that goes "I'm not a ..., but ...", as anyone with even the slightest ear for nuance knows.   Sometimes, to be fair, the wording is employed by people who mean well and have...

  • Help make it a success

    The Education Ministry and the Malta Union of Teachers recently locked horns about a very good initiative taken by the ministry which, in the opinion of the union, is not going too well. The MUT, furthermore, blames the ministry for the lack of...

  • Fire Joe Mizzi, now

    I use a motor-bike as a preferred mode of transport, because it’s easier to park, it gets through traffic like a knife through the proverbial and because, truth be told, it’s excellent fun. Except when some officious twerp decides that traditional...

  • Kick them out before they take over

    Nasa, or at least a scientist from Nasa, has announced that Mars has water on it. To me this doesn’t mean much, but to scientists this seems to prove that there could be life out there in the beyond. It also means that it is possible we humans...

  • Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s beef

    Like several other priests I went with mixed feelings to the meeting called by Archbishop Charles Scicluna for diocesan priests yesterday. Will he deliver the beef, many asked before the meeting. We were not sure. But he did, and big time. I do...

  • Bus off, why don't you

    It is not often that I find myself in agreement with anything the General Workers Union or its head Tony Zarb have to say. Not because I take a cavalier attitude to workers' rights (I hail from what is termed an old-fashioned workers' family), but...

  • The bad man … and woman … of Europe

    The Ottoman Empire, as it weakened, was called the sick man of Europe. Today there probably isn’t a sick man in Europe but a bad man there really is: Victor Orban, prime minister of Hungary. The disgraceful scenes witnessed yesterday on the border...

  • Fast forward. Pause. Play.

    Stereotypes have their advantages. They simplify the world around us making it easier for us to understand it. But they also tend to impoverish the world around us. They can make us see the partial vision projected by the stereotype without the...

  • Consultation? What consultation?

    The Government has rolled out a consultation programme to hear the views, proposals and ideas of stakeholders about the Embryo Protection Act being described as the IVF law. Such a consultation programme is right and fitting for a government that...

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