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  • Maltese cheerleading ugliness

    Maltese cheerleading ugliness

    I came to teach in Malta some 15 years ago, ended up staying and have now lived in Gozo for 10 years. I have been struck by just how many positive things the Maltese have going for them – the geography of the place, its location (in one of the...

  • Call me 'Lilly' all you want, but...

    Call me 'Lilly' all you want, but...

    Of all the sexual harassment and sexual violence that women endure, I dare say that catcalling ranks very low on the list. Yes, being called "aw ġisem" by a sleaze might irritate or offend, but the damage inflicted on the "victim" most certainly...

  • I disagree with Matthew, but...

    I disagree with Matthew, but...

    A lot has been said about what X-Factor competitor Matthew Grech said about rethinking his own homosexuality when he “found God”. Some have argued that this kind of declaration should not have been broadcast, particularly on national television.

  • I disagree with Matthew, but...

    I disagree with Matthew, but...

    A lot has been said about what X-Factor competitor Matthew Grech said about rethinking his own homosexuality when he “found God”. Some have argued that this kind of declaration should not have been broadcast, particularly on national television.

  • The light that will never be extinguished

    The light that will never be extinguished

    Beyond our shores people pay tribute to Daphne. While here, on this blighted rock, Owen and his sad lot spew rubbish to defend the indefensible. They pontificate about the money spent to clean a memorial, saying more trash than the cleansing...

  • The Irish are great fun until they’re not…

    The Irish are great fun until they’re not…

    The Irish are great craic (the old stereotype goes) until they’re not (the new stereotype insists). As many times before in the history of our two islands, Ireland comes to the fore in thwarting the ambitions of Britain (or more accurately,...

  • We are “women”, not “girls”.

    We are “women”, not “girls”.

    There are approximately 177 students in second-year Law this year, 112 of whom (a whopping 63%) are women. I have not yet had the opportunity of acquainting myself with all of them, but most of the ones I have befriended seem insightful, capable,...

  • Self censorship after Daphne's murder

    Self censorship after Daphne's murder

    Self censorship is healthy. Since I started writing I followed one piece of advice. Do not wait for inspiration to strike. Write as much as you can, as soon as you can and inspiration will eventually come. Following such advice will leave you with...

  • We need an inquiry into dangerous foreign influences in Malta

    We need an inquiry into dangerous foreign influences in Malta

    We urgently need a full-scale magisterial inquiry. Its central terms of reference are to find out what on earth the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis ever did to Adrian Delia. One of our foremost leaders clearly knows something about the dangers of...

  • Life is not a football match

    Life is not a football match

    In his speech at the opening of the forensic year at the Law Courts, Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi chastised lawyers who open "unnecessary" constitutional cases, going so far as to recommend their disbarment. He further said that final court...

  • Muscat's progressive thinking

    Muscat's progressive thinking

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's address to the United Nations Assembly gave food for thought, for reasons that go beyond the statesmanship qualities that many have praised. As relevant as the leitmotifs of "cooperation", "dialogue" and "unity" may...

  • Leave that child alone

    Leave that child alone

    'Parental alienation' was first defined by Dr Richard Gardner as a syndrome in which one parent (the alienating parent) teaches the child to reject the other parent (the target parent) via conscious and subconscious techniques like...

  • Who benefits most?

    Who benefits most?

    It just doesn’t read right, look right or feel right. Linking a holiday in one of Kenya’s top resorts with doing voluntary work with ‘kids in need’ locally while teaching them hygiene, tree planting, tailoring and construction, is clearly...

  • Where modernity has never been

    Where modernity has never been

    While the debacle over the so-called Pembroke Towers unfolds, and where crowds and opinions have been literally bussed in, residents have no choice but confront powerful developers, while environmentalists are countered by the vested and political...

  • When dreams become nightmares

    When dreams become nightmares

    I had a dream. It started badly. A woman was being beaten. A man was hovering over her, swinging his fists left, right and centre. She cried. She screamed. Neighbours, disturbed yet again by the noise, called the police. In a matter of minutes,...

  • One more femicide too many

    One more femicide too many

    Last Saturday, Malta woke up to yet another murder of a woman, Lourdes Agius from Paola. She was 35. Her partner was arrested on suspicion, and the usual comments ensued. Apart from the shock of yet another victim of domestic abuse, on social...

  • Why don’t you drag out the bullies instead?

    Why don’t you drag out the bullies instead?

    The scenes of police forcibly dragging out activists from the Planning Authority’s offices is a stark reminder of the way ‘democracy’ turns its guns on the wrong target in this peculiar country of ours. The activists’ only crime was that they...

  • The growth delusion

    The growth delusion

    ‘I wish you wouldn’t squeeze so,’ said the Dormouse, who was sitting next to her. ‘I can hardly breathe.’ ‘I can’t help it’, said Alice very meekly: ‘I’m growing.’ ‘You’ve no right to grow here’ said the Dormouse ‘Don’t talk nonsense’ said Alice...

  • No to Brexit, yes to Dexit

    No to Brexit, yes to Dexit

    When the Brits decided to pull out of the EU they obviously, even if most perversely, thought it was the right decision. The Brits, those old Empire-lovers, sang their hurrahs and said sod off to all those confused and confusing...

  • Us migrants

    Us migrants

    Having worked and lived across Britain and the Unites States for just over 27 years, I have moved between England and Scotland, from the East Coast to the Midwest, while I was never inclined to regard myself as an emigrant, and less so as a...