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  • Jason and the Whatnots

    Jason and the Whatnots

    You have to hand it to him, Jason Micallef sure knows how to stir up publicity for himself and V18. And surely that must be a good thing, right? So, when I read on social media that Jason had said that a certain person who had offended public...

  • Daphne's laptop: Why the fuss?

    Daphne's laptop: Why the fuss?

    I am finding it very difficult to find a shred of logic behind the motivation of this sudden “Where is Daphne’s laptop” political campaign. I can totally see why access to the murdered journalist’s laptop would be likely to shed light on the...

  • The music did not die

    The music did not die

    A day after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia six months ago,  Times of Malta titled its editorial “the day the music died.” This evoked Don McLean’s song about the death in a plane crash of rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie...

  • Lest we forget and we be damned

    Lest we forget and we be damned

    Six months ago a journalist’s murder shook the world. The world and a few of us, a poor deranged few of us, are still in shock. But on the whole life in Malta goes on as usual. We, the few, sound like old, battered records going on and on.

  • 6 things I learnt from the cartoon saga

    6 things I learnt from the cartoon saga

    A cartoon by Seb Tanti Burlo commenting about the Żurrieq double-decker bus tragedy in a very brutal manner opened the floodgates of popular opinion. The whole thing fast descended into mass hysteria, as is the wont of many things that slightly...

  • Charles Scicluna to the pillory

    Charles Scicluna to the pillory

    Those who these days surf on the Kingdom on Inanities (Facebook) will be inundated with a tsunami of Happy Easter messages, Easter bunnies, figolli, Easter eggs and all that jazz. Some will try to uplift the mood by posting intelligent sayings and...

  • Isn’t incest illegal?

    Isn’t incest illegal?

    Malta's Finance Minister declared that the rate of corruption today is no higher than it was in the past. I have no clue how the honourable gentleman worked this out but, whatever method he used, this conclusion is still shocking. It is shocking...

  • In the front trenches

    Politicians are seeking credit for having taken a stand against the Gaffarena-Old Mint Street expropriation deal, which has now been overturned by the courts. Yes, politicians tackling wrongdoing is a very good thing, but let’s not overlook the...

  • Down the rabbit hole we go

    Down the rabbit hole we go

    Down some rabbit hole where all is upside down there is, I like to think, a parallel world where all is rosy, where it is truly L-Aqwa Żmien (the best of times) as sloganed, oh so pathetically, by Joseph Muscat and his cronies. Some time ago, down...

  • Hush no more

    Hush no more

    As I write this, Hush – the new Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre musical – today (Tuesday) finishes its run to packed audiences. Part of the Toi Toi children’s programme, the original musical was written and directed by Denise Mulholland, with music...

  • Charles Miceli, Karl Marx and Dorothy Day

    Charles Miceli, Karl Marx and Dorothy Day

    The stars have a habit of misaligning badly. I have no affinity with astrology and never attributed anything in my life to celestial bodies, but on Friday morning (CST) I couldn't make sense of the terrible news which I got on social media: my old...

  • Politicians, wake up and smell the coffee

    Politicians, wake up and smell the coffee

    In this little, heavily fragmented island of ours, there is a unifying force that ties together local politicos of all colours and hues: their wholehearted, undivided concern and preoccupation with Maltese women. Yet, if you think that is somehow...

  • The more you desecrate, the weaker you are

    The more you desecrate, the weaker you are

    Nobody can deny that only a few hundred turn up for any event commemorating Daphne Caruana Galizia. It’s truer still - and crueller - that few youths care enough to come. But this is not a numbers game; numbers are obviously all in favour of...

  • To the cowards who cleared Daphne’s memorial...

    To the cowards who cleared Daphne’s memorial...

    The decision to sweep the Great Siege monument from any speck of reference to Daphne Caruana Galizia is not surprising. In a country where we often take intolerance to an art form, I'm surprised it didn't happen earlier. But that doesn't take away...

  • Pot calling the kettle black

    Pot calling the kettle black

    It was amusing this morning to read the front page headline of Times of Malta 10 years ago to date. It was days before the 2008 general election and then Labour leader Alfred Sant stood outside the Planning Authority offices and accused it of...

  • The PN's radical obsession with abortion

    The PN's radical obsession with abortion

    I haven't really written about the (non) debate that is abortion in Malta, mostly because it's such a personal topic and everyone has their views anyway. But at this point I'm too concerned not to comment about a recent statement made by the...

  • The Musumeci syndrome

    Among Malta’s many problems insularity ranks high. Even if it can be a boon sometimes, on the whole our smallness causes problems: the Maltese are all too closely linked and related. So, when it comes to politicians’ friends or people who give...

  • A virgin or a whore and nothing in between

    A virgin or a whore and nothing in between

    In Greek mythology, Prometheus, a demi-god, creator of men, steals fire from the skies and brings it to earth. Zeus, angered by his actions, creates a woman, Pandora, and sends her to earth, as a gift to men, with a jar that she is ordered never...

  • The rot is everywhere

    The rot is everywhere

    They say that everyone who lived through the assassination of John F Kennedy remembers exactly where they were the minute they were told of the shooting. People reacted in the same way when they heard about the horror of the twin towers on...

  • Enabling gender violence?

    Enabling gender violence?

    It’s official. This country’s political system has not only lost the plot but also the entire script to sanity. So prurient is our MPs' obsession with abortion – and anything related to sex or procreation, for that matter - that it has caused...