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  • ‘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...

  • Indignation at injustice

    Later today, we are expected to be voting on the third reading of the Civil Union Bill. This is where this particular journey, which started much before the last general election, comes to an end. It was a voyage along which we travelled some...

  • The Crimean question

    An international crisis has to be taken in the context of the political and legal realities leading up to it. Crimea has historically formed part of the heart of Russia since the days of Catherine the Great but this changed overnight in 1954 when...

  • Remembering genocide in Rwanda

    Last Monday Rwanda commemorated the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place when the world stood by as 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by members of the Hutu majority over a 100-day period. Many say the massacre was...

  • It’s good to be intolerant

    Tolerance is not necessarily a good thing. It can happen that people come to tolerate unjust and harmful things, often because they just can’t see any alternatives. Or the alternatives may appear unreachable. Whatever the reason, it seems to me...

  • Let us not be farm animals

    George Orwell’s Animal Farm, 1984 and many other of his works have become classics in their own right, giving us such everyday terms as Big Brother (is watching you), Newspeak and Cold War, to name but a few. I was reminded of the current validity...

  • European Parliament frolics

    Off they go. Another specific electoral campaign has opened. I say specific be­cause Malta is always in campaign mode. It is the only place I know where the political leaders do not take a breather, unless forced on them or for a few days annually.

  • Joseph Muscat’s unemployment conundrum

    In a statement issued last week, the Nationalist Party claimed that the Prime Minister is trying to solve the problem of growing unemployment by increasing jobs in the public sector, and quoted statistics that show that the number of people...

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