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  • When the moon blows a kiss to the earth

    When the moon blows a kiss to the earth

    I have never seen a shooting star in all my life. While friends look at the star-studded sky pointing one there, another one there and practically all over the place, I see nothing but fixed stars and too many twinkling light of airplanes – so...

  • It’s not your monument... it’s mine...

    Minutes of extraordinary meeting of Ħas-Siġra local council: Present: All local councillors, with the exception of Ms Rita Zarb Plankton – who was excused on account of her not wishing to miss this evening’s episode of East Enders. Agenda: The...

  • Stamp duty exemption danger

    Walk into any bank branch to request a home loan or talk to any real estate agent and you will immediately realise that the first-time buyer market is passing through a period of boom and flurry. Undoubtedly, the stamp duty exemption whereby...

  • Appeasement bites

    Appeasement bites

    Did you see that excellent likeness of me on that rag, KullĦadd? Their respect for the truth is manifested by the way that, on the day they buried, in breach of the law, the right of reply we sent in about the lie they had published, they put up a...

  • Air safety post-MH17

    Air safety post-MH17

    I could not stop thinking about the crash of Malaysian flight MH17 in Ukraine. I was watching CNN when, at about 4pm, the news of an aircraft disappearing off the radar screen in Ukraine started filtering in. My immediate reaction was that it had...

  • The Gordian knot in Gaza

    If recent history is anything to go by, the many upheavals taking place in Islamic countries will now be overshadowed by what is happening in the Gaza Strip. Those who have been following the ups and downs of the events in the Middle East over the...

  • Future of local councils

    Future of local councils

    I have noted an interesting aspect of the controversy about whether local council elections should be postponed or not: the substantial amount of comments by the public demonstrating such an utterly negative perception of local councils. To be...

  • Christian persecution

    Christian persecution

    In the present post-modern world nobody would dare to mention the word persecution without showing his utter dismay at it. Let alone practise it or let it happen on such an alarming scale as is happening now in Iraq. The abhorrent nightmare of...

  • Israeli ‘holocaust’ in Gaza

    For the past month, Israel has been carrying a merciless offensive against Gaza that caused the death of about 2,000 Palestinians and injured more than 7,000, of whom 80 per cent are innocent civilians. This besides the destruction of mosques,...

  • One hot summer night

    August is the month of holidays. For the majority of Maltese families, it is the time of holidays. Most factories close for their shutdown. August is the month during which Malta has to sell its image as one of the major tourist paradises in this...

  • Will Isis go to Libya?

    Will Isis go to Libya?

    Even as President Barack Obama authorised air strikes in Iraq, there were high-ranking US military officers expressing doubts about whether they would have anything other than a short-term effect on the disciplined, well-armed fighters of the...

  • Building works in progress

    Building works in progress

    Over the past years, the residents of Sliema have suffered in silence without protesting publicly against the central administration for being subjected to such harsh treatment. When the new Labour administration took over in March 2013, the...

  • The hardships of a celibate life

    Diocesan priests take only one vow on ordination: the vow of obedience to their bishop. Chastity and poverty are taken, as vows, by the religious congregations. Monks and friars, unlike diocesan priests, are bound to live in a convent, community,...

  • Horrific sound of silence

    As the world watches the escalating human catastrophe of the people of Iraq, in the name of Allah, ISIS continues in its unstoppable cold-blooded rampage, starving and murdering innocent children and massacring all non-Muslims. The news headlines...

  • ‘We will remember them’

    ‘We will remember them’

    When the Governor of Malta announced the outbreak of hostilities on August 5, 1914 which was, unbeknown to those listening, to signal the start of World War I, the Daily Malta Chronicle reported that “it evoked a spontaneous outburst of enthusiasm...

  • Apathy of western world

    Apathy of western world

    On July 20, during his Sunday homily from the Vatican, Pope Francis cried out loud and clear to an indifferent and apathetic world to listen to the cries of persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria by a fanatical jihadist army known as ISIS, also...

  • Common (Labour) good

    Common (Labour) good

    When Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was campaigning in Żurrieq for the European Parliament elections, something unfortunate happened: he suffered radiation burns in both eyes. He described this experience “like blades slashing” his eyes. Muscat was...

  • Assisted-dying debate

    Western societies are increasingly coming to believe that, given appropriate safeguards, terminally-ill persons should have the right to die. This is the culmination of liberalism; it gives supreme consideration to the individual’s right to...

  • The comedy of pillows

    The comedy of pillows

    The drama around Konrad Mizzi’s wife keeps us entertained through the summer. And this al fresco merriment is certainly not cheap. It is theatre in high places, tearful and tragic, yet teasing and comic at the same time. Good stuff for an...

  • Did we treat old man fairly?

    An interesting online debate ensued after Saturday’s Times of Malta published a front page story entitled: ‘83-year-old admits hit-and-run in Lija’. This was a follow up to an item that was carried the previous day which showed dramatic CCTV...

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