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  • Combating IS in Iraq and Syria

    Combating IS in Iraq and Syria

    As Islamic State fighters continue to gain ground and terrorise and murder whole populations in Iraq and Syria, many defence and security experts believe it will take a complex military action, a long-term commitment and new regional alliances to...

  • Libya on the precipice

    If anyone had the slightest doubt about the gravity of the violence in Libya, it was dispelled by the UN Security Council resolution unanimously approved on Wednesday. It called for an immediate ceasefire amid allegations of secret airstrikes by...

  • Do not pass Go, do not donate £200

    Just when I thought I had seen and heard it all, last week a friend and colleague challenged me to throw a bucket of ice-cold water over my head, film the whole thing, and post it on Facebook. As if that weren’t bizarre enough, he also asked me to...

  • Urgent need to check the Isis curse

    Martyrdom is again in the news as shocking foot­age of the savagery and bestiality of the jihadists against religious mi­norities in north Iraq hits the internet. The term martyr has been corrupted by the phenomenon of Muslim suicide...

  • When is enough enough?

    Malta is a particular place. In my experience, you either love it or hate it. Very few are indifferent to it. My wife is Maltese, and what I love most about the Maltese character is that the people are warm, generous, gregarious and red blooded.

  • Will Scotland the brave make it?

    I have followed with intriguing interest the televised debates between Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and former chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling in the run-up to the historic referendum on Scottish independence to be held on...

  • Common sense challenge

    Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Labour ministers douse themselves with cold water while the sack of Malta continues. While the law is breached with impunity and hundreds of people help themselves to public land, the ministers who should be...

  • Santa Marija Convoy: Take 2

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge drenched Malta the week after the feast of Santa Marija. The Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Minister for Energy, Water Conservation (sic!) and Health, the Auxiliary Bishop and the editor of this...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    You gotta love Weird Al Yankovic. Shamefully, I had discovered him rather late in the day, when he had released his spoof of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise back in 1996, to be exact. Since then I’ve kept a more or less close eye on his material. Some...

  • Ice, ice baby

    Ice, ice baby

    Facebook made way for Facebucket last week as the ALS ice bucket challenge spread like wild fire into all Maltese households. Which meant, of course, that we had all the time in the world to snoop on people’s houses. I am fascinated by houses and...

  • Some sober reflections on the ‘silly season’...

    In Malta, the so-called silly season lasts from mid-July to early September. In many ways, the term ‘silly’ is a misnomer; a more accurate word would be ‘somnolent’. It is the time of year when, traditionally, not much happens. Maybe a few...

  • Education eradicates poverty

    I would like to express my gratitude to the Mission Fund which, through the people of Malta and Gozo, provides me with financial help for my mission work. Education has the power to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease in Africa. Inspired by this...

  • Proposals for Floriana

    In my article ‘We need a new Vilhena’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, May 25), I emphasised the need to project a new vision for Floriana and included a proposal to convert the area known as Beltissebħ into a residential complex. The feedback received...

  • Schoolchildren with diabetes

    I refer to the article ‘Teachers urged to give life-saving medication’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 17). The Maltese Diabetes Association has been trying for years to address the situation in schools regarding children with diabetes. The...

  • Thanks from the Philippines

    I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the financial help I’ve been receiving from the Mission Fund. This kind of support encourages us to meet the challenges we face every single day. It gives us a better chance to improve the quality of...

  • Church leadership

    Church leadership

    The Maltese Church has recently been criticised for a lack of leadership, but it’s not clear to me (and perhaps to some others) what exactly its critics mean by “good leadership”. Do they mean the return of some form of fundamentalist...

  • Wake up call

    This is an earnest plea to the clergy vilifying the Catholic administration in Malta. I am sure that many have the best intentions, but there are others with less pure objectives. Both, however, provide fodder to those with strong anti-clerical...

  • The Church needs to reflect

    This is an ideal time for reflection for the local Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Church was instituted to spread the good news of the Gospel. Fr Joe Borg in his article ‘Ecclesiastical blood transfusions’ (The Sunday Times...

  • Sunday Mass

    Further to Peter Calamatta’s letter ‘How to make Mass experience better’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 24), he forgot to mention that parking for the 11.30am Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Paceville is not a problem, as our two...

  • The Church – a solution

    I would like to compare the papacy to that of the presidency of the US. What do they have in common? Both occupants are world leaders, have enormous responsibilities, are on the job 24/7 and their jobs lead to stress. What do they...

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