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  • A day in the life of a Maltese Facebooker

    A day in the life of a Maltese Facebooker

    7am. Log on Facebook, upload status: “Good day to all. A nice cup of Jasmine tea and off to work. Bonġu people.” 8am. Upload Googled photo of sunrise in the Caribbean with profound quote: “Everything happens for a reason.” 9am. Husband at work...

  • Bodies of indifference

    Two years ago the Pope warned a congregation of Lampedusans about what he called the “globalisation of indifference”. The occasion was his visit to the island following the deaths of over 300 African migrants at sea. In his words, “in this world...

  • The health roadmap to nowhere

    I have been hearing about the bad state of affairs at Mater Dei Hospital for many months. Not hearsay but first-hand accounts by ordinary people distressed at how family members had been treated. However, just how bad things are only became fully...

  • The shrouds of secrecy

    The government admitted that consultation on Żonqor for the construction of a private project could have been handled better. I would argue that there was no public consultation at all. Caving in to public pressure and designing a way to defuse...

  • Libya’s glimmer of hope

    The Libyan political agreement initialed in Skhirat, Morocco, on July 11 and brokered by UN envoy Bernar­dino León sent a message of hope to a shattered country. Libya is a country with many heavily armed militias, two competing governments and...

  • Summer snapshots

    Marthese Portelli’s fossil-excavation jaunt and the subsequent fallout serve to highlight the perils of Facebook – or rather – of people’s tendency to upload anything and every­thing online. The shadow minister for the environment shared photos of...

  • Another fifty shades of vilification

    The Curia people are still living in the Middle Ages. Why not bring on the Inquisition!” This comment was posted on a news website in reaction to the position paper the Archbishop of Malta and the Bishop of Gozo presented to the Prime Minister as...

  • Let’s hear it for the silly season...

    Yes it’s that time of year when the media are said to put life on hold. Why? Because nothing newsworthy is supposed to happen. Those in the know will tell you that few if any earth-shattering world events have ever taken place during the month of...

  • Rubensian touch of class

    What can a museum ex­hibiting all 29 tapestries be­longing to St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation represent for Malta, its tourism and for the Maltese people? This set of tapestries is the largest complete series of tapestries in the world and...

  • The Premier porkies

    The Premier porkies

    Just in case your Cockney rhyming slang isn’t up to it, or your English sense of humour not on a par with Premier Joseph Muscat’s, a pork pie is a lie and when someone is characterised as an utterer of porkies, well, you don’t need me to do the...

  • The Dark Knight of Malta

    Contrary to the impression politicians sometimes tend to give, the role of the government or the Opposition is not to save the country. Yes, there are those moments in history when a country needs saving. And yes, there are times when politicians...

  • Our reputation at stake

    Our reputation at stake

    As James Carville, the well-known strategist for Bill Clinton, so famously said decades ago, “It’s about the economy… stupid the one sure issue which historically makes or breaks governments at elections is the state of the economy. It is...

  • Mintoff and other monuments

    Every artist aspires to win an important commission, so the Heritage Malta and Mizzi Foundation call for proposals to erect monuments in honour of F. Laparelli and G. Cassar was indeed good news. Downloading the overly elaborate 26-page document...

  • Return of paternalism

    Return of paternalism

    Tell us about the State, our father. Thus went a question by Emmy Bezzina, host of the mid-1980s TV discussion show Anima, to the late Peter Serracino Inglott. In case you haven’t heard, it was a time of political arbitrariness and thug rule.

  • The ethics of gay conversion

    Oregon recently became the third state in the USA to ban “gay conversion therapy”. Governor Kate Brown, the first openly bisexual governor, signed the law in May. President Obama called for a national ban on the practice. His senior adviser said:...

  • The Sunni-Shia schism

    The Sunni-Shia schism

    The internal division within Islam between the Sunni and Shia sects lies at the heart of the current maelstrom in the Middle East. Unless we understand this aspect, we cannot grasp the geo-politics of the region, or find solutions to them. In...

  • Fiddling as Libya burns

    The West, the so-called international community, has done nothing but to allow Isis to grow from a small cell to a mass movement in Libya which, Britain conceded last week, it might take only foreign air strikes to stop. The British ambassador’s...

  • It’s official, we’re banana

    It’s official, we’re banana

    What a sneak this Labour government has turned out to be, and such a spoilsport too. If only government ministers took a joint vacation and left these islands in peace for some time, then some of us would be able to get some sleep. Instead they...

  • Fertility industry’s ethics

    The world of assisted medical reproductive technologies, although providing a haven for couples suffering from problems of infertility, most often loses sight of its moral compass in its quest to provide the couple with a child at any...

  • Summer rain brings relief

    The rain in the past days might have spoilt some summer events, yet it also brought some relief in other quarters. Indeed, public discourse that featured quite prominently referred to the rain’s cleaning of the streets, pavements, beaches and...

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