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Opinion

  • An exodus in five verbs

    Simon Peter had just professed his faith that his leader Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth, was “the Christ of God”. Jesus ordered his group of disciples to tell no one and started talking about suffering, being rejected, dying and being raised...

  • Wrong by saying nothing at all

    Political parties, to some extent or another, are coalitions centreing around related beliefs. In many democracies this is reflected in the fact that multiple parties compete with each other, indicating that it is not possible to muster broad...

  • Was the writing on the wall?

    Erin Stuart Tanti and Lisa Maria Zahra. A modern-day Shakespearean double tragedy, love story and psychological drama which runs the gamut from the macabre to the surreal. Two families, not previously rivalled, drawn together by force majeure,...

  • Picking the wrong battles

    Tuesday evening was not a good time to be a Nationalist MP. As the members of the Nationalist parliamentary group walked out of the House after abstaining on the Civil Unions bill, they were loudly booed from the crowd which filled the square...

  • More than just chocolate eggs

    By and large British politicians have followed the advice that Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s erstwhile spin doctor, had given his master: “We don’t do God.” Most British politicians, in contrast to their counterparts on the other side of the...

  • Now I can... as long as...

    You don’t have to be a brilliant political pundit to detect that the Labour Party campaign for the European Parliament election due in May is being run through government-sponsored billboards throughout the island, government adverts in the local...

  • Out of the box

    A chance conversation last week led to me reminiscing about my favourite twist-ending films. I hardly need add that there will be many a spoiler present in today’s column, so if you spot the name of a film that you would eventually like to watch...

  • ‘Mamà, my new friend has two mummies and no daddy’

    Ideally a child should be brought up in a home full of laughter; with a garden which has a wooden swing hanging from an orange tree; a clever mother and father who cheerily share the child-rearing tasks and who are madly in love with each other; a...

  • Some suggested jobs for the boys...

    Shock horror! The news hit me at lunch. I almost swallowed my tongue... well, not mine exactly, but some deceased bovine’s. What news? Well obviously the sad tidings that – bless him – Johnny Dalli had lost another job. Apparently, somebody...

  • Liberal or not so liberal?

    If I were a cynic, I’d be congratulating my gay friends on joining the world of marital strife, parents-in-law, custody battles and all the other great things in life that come packaged with marriage. To say nothing of the worry and expense that...

  • No quiet on eastern front

    The events preceding the start of World War II are well known. British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, returned to Downing Street from Munich on the night of September 30, 1938 claiming that he had brought “peace for our time” after signing...

  • Poverty and unborn children

    The Green Paper themed ‘A framework for poverty reduction and for social inclusion’ deals also with children but not with unborn children. It should, for many reasons. International public health experts, writing in the Journal of the Royal...

  • Champion of environment

    Din l-Art Ħelwa and citizens who value the environment and Malta’s natural heritage are indeed grateful to The Sunday Times of Malta for enticing Environment Minister Leo Brincat to declare that he will champion the environment when Mepa is split...

  • Patter of conscience

    In the week in which civil unions were legalised, and gay couples were officially permitted to apply to adopt, there must be several politicians, on both sides of the adoption divide, who can see themselves reflected in the words of Martin Luther...

  • Curing those we wounded

    On Maundy Thursday, Christ instituted two great sacraments: the Eucharist and the ministerial priesthood. Both of them are interrelated and cause each other to come into being. In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis...

  • Hunters and xenophobia

    Last week, world renowned guitarist and animal rights campaigner Brian May had the temerity to criticise Malta’s primitive attitude to birds and our so-called tradition of bird-hunting and trapping. The hunters’ reaction and, disappointingly, that...

  • Was it a futile protest gesture?

    The article ‘A discordant swansong’, by Martin Scicluna (April 2,), raises a few points which require some further reflection. Scicluna has it with President Emeritus George Abela for having refused to sign the Civil Unions Bill when he was in...

  • Three Joes in a tub

    There is something of a naughty, little boy look in MEP Joseph Cuschieri’s face that kind of inclines you to give him a sympathetic ear. Until he opens his mouth, that is, and his Labour DNA comes gushing out in waves and leaves you standing there...

  • Concern over legal notice

    This is an open letter from the heads of schools, who constitute the Church Schools Committee within the Private Schools Association, to the Minister of Education and Employment. While acknowledging that each legislature has its own priorities in...

  • Nationalist cheek on PBS

    One of the highlights of the 2013 electoral campaign was the barefaced abysmal bias to which public broadcasting had sunk. It had become nauseating to many people, in part accounting for the apparently substantial numbers of switchers from the...

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