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  • The spiritual giant with a sense of humour

    Blessed John XXIII, will be declared a saint on April 27. Many things have been said about him. A reference to him that I still remember vividly was published in Life Magazine. It featured a two-page spread of the corpse of John XIII with the...

  • Ban the banning

    People have been clamouring to have social networking site (I use the word ‘social’ very loosely here) Ask.fm banned from Malta throughout this past week, so I was not surprised when an actual petition landed in my inbox. The site is based on...

  • From a god to a con

    Our Prime Minister is a great man—greater than anyone I remember in my long years of living on this rock. I nearly said arid rock but then I remembered that since he climbed the hills of Castille and got into power the world here has gone from...

  • PRESIDENTIAL PRECEDENTS

    This bunch have a somewhat strange grasp of the import of the Presidency. It seems that the incoming President is going to take on something of an executive role, running a couple of social policy-affecting committees and generally being...

  • Keep silent and be damned

    There are times when silence—that commodity we hardly know the meaning of today—should rule. At times like these when the horrible tragedy of Lisa Marie Zahra has sent shockwaves around the island and beyond, we should all be silent, stop and...

  • Presidential hostages?

    I had been wondering for a while what on earth parliament is waiting for before it finalises the Civil Unions Bill. Now I have my answer – apparently President George Abela refuses to sign it, so we need to wait for the current presidential term...

  • Knocking out evil

    Last Monday could have been a sad day for many, but thanks to an overwhelming amount of good people, it turned out not to be. On Monday, at about 8 o’clock in the morning, a terrible and unexplainable act of vandalism was discovered at Inspire’s...

  • So much gas

    No one waited with bated breath for the conclusion of last Monday’s marathon Mepa meeting about the tanker/floating gas storage. Everyone knew what the conclusion would be days before the meeting was held. The formal vote at the conclusion of that...

  • OH, THAT'S CULTURE, IS IT?

    On Friday, we broke a long-standing resolution to forego the populist pleasures of Xarabank. Not to put too fine a point on it, whenever I've watched even a few minutes of it (not that on Friday we watched much more than that) I've been struck by...

  • SIMPLY DISGUSTING

    Fuelled by a police publicity stunt that can only be seen as an effort to pander to populist sentiment, and certain parts of a media world that played its own tabloid part, the comments accompanying the reports of the arraignment last night of the...

  • Let my people go

    These last two weeks have been bad weeks for Christians in several parts of the world. Truth be told, even the two weeks before these and the two weeks before those were quite bad. But let’s concentrate on the last two weeks or so. I will give...

  • WHOSE’S FAULT?

    Labour is currently adopting the policy that anyone who criticizes – read does not roll over and acquiesce – the doings and shakings of the Government is a traitorous swine who should be taken out and shot like the cur that he is. OK, I’m...

  • Hit and run

    Although I’ve always been fully aware that racism is alive and kicking, for a while I might have been living under the comfortable delusion that it’s only the ignorant and uneducated that become big fat racists.  Thanks to social media which has...

  • All this gas

    I’m no expert so I’ll just say very little about gas and tankers and sites chosen. The previous government - those PN ruffians - were arrogant, didn’t care about people’s health and they did anything they thought made sense even if others, more...

  • “My Journey”

    This is not a comment on the autobiography of Dr Eddie Fenech. It is about a different journey. Go down memory lane. It is March 13, 2013. It had just been announced that the cardinals had elected a new pope. When the then Cardinal Bergoglio came...

  • Getting used to harassment?

    I’m really not the bra-burning, militant feminist type, and I usually forget all about gender. As far as I’m concerned, we’re not ‘men’ or ‘women’, we’re people. Instead of making a big deal out of gender issues, I prefer to create my own...

  • The Ukraine is also our business

    The gravity of what is happening in Ukraine after Russia decided to intervene in Crimea has not hit the imagination of public opinion in Malta. The reason could be that for many the Ukraine is very far away and what’s far away is not...

  • Bashing by celebrating

    This is the year of anniversaries, so our dear government announced when it took over from the PN. Great stuff has been promised us for the 35th commemoration of Freedom Day, the tenth of EU accession and the 50th since we attained...

  • Why?

    It’s no secret that during the last general elections I came very close to voting PL but ultimately voted AD. Before that I always voted for PN, and hand on heart there’s no telling whom I’ll vote for in the future. Because of my way of voting,...

  • THANK YOU AUSTIN

    The Minister people loved to hate back in the day when others governed and we weren't selling our citizenship for cash was Dr Austin Gatt. One of the main beefs the multitudes had with him was that he was seen as having been responsible for the...

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