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  • 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...

  • That M word

    That M word

    I could write about a humanitarian disaster, slavery or human trafficking and get zero response. But, mention the M word and the balloon goes up as noisy and spectacular as fireworks on a festa night. Maltese politics aside, no subject seems as...

  • Let's address the elephant in the room

    Let's address the elephant in the room

    The dominant (indeed overwhelming) story pumped out in many media outlets and certainly on social media is that the ‘migration reality’ is totally one-sided. ‘They’ arrive (invade) in huge numbers, ‘they’ turn up here ‘illegally’ (even though no...

  • Our world in 90 seconds

    Our world in 90 seconds

    It took less than 90 seconds to graphically reveal the horrific underbelly of globalisation and of ‘modern’ consumerism and business. In April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 people and injuring an...

  • The online hate mob

    The online hate mob

    I'm an animal lover. I own two Persian cats which I sometimes treat like spoilt brats. I'm an advocate against any forms of animal cruelty. But when I see mass hysteria in reaction to incidents of animal cruelty (especially those spawned from fake...

  • 'I can take it... but stop attacking the vulnerable'

    'I can take it... but stop attacking the vulnerable'

    And it is time to blog again. Why, after months of silence? These last few months have been a tough personal journey for me. One that took me to places where I questioned my dedication to advocacy, as I often felt that nothing will change. I laid...

  • 'I used my fatness as a joke until I decided enough was enough'

    'I used my fatness as a joke until I decided enough was enough'

    There’s been a lot of talk about bullying recently. For many of us, maybe because of our appearance, bullying was part of growing up. But the fact there has always been some form of bullying doesn't make it justifiable. And in today’s world, with...

  • Egrant and politicians' children

    Egrant and politicians' children

    As a social scientist I know that missing data is as relevant as the available data, because what is unsaid has a lot to say about what is and is not valued. Recommendations on ‘the’ way forward further to magisterial inquiry on Egrant are no...

  • When all bets are off

    When all bets are off

    Some time ago, when the Panama papers revealed two Maltese names which happened to be PEPs, or politically exposed persons, political opinion quickly exerted pressure on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to force them out of government. Yet, Muscat did...

  • When football comes home

    When football comes home

    Some watch the World Cup for the love of the game or the team, getting together with beers, bar food and big screens, as well as the benign rivalry. Yet the World Cup is also fertile soil to question what happens when people come together, more so...

  • Call it national egoism

    Call it national egoism

    It's time to face the truth. Migration cannot be stopped and will not be stopped. It is history which teaches me that, not my humanitarian values. We can build the biggest walls, we can send soldiers to patrol the borders and we can set up...

  • Manichaeism, trees, and frozen embryos

    If you have strong feelings about either frozen embryos or trees, I advise you to stop reading now. I would respect you for it, and I would respect you more if you don’t give me the usual litanies, from which, frankly, we all need a break. First,...

  • Confessional and parochial responses to risk management

    Confessional and parochial responses to risk management

    The confessional model is increasingly being used as a vehicle of risk management in the global service and knowledge-based economy. Thus, in preventive and remedial healthcare, in education, banking and insurance, prospective services’ end-users...

  • The 'influss' hypocrisy

    The 'influss' hypocrisy

    If you ever wondered what's really wrong in the state of Malta, then look no further than Net News's reportage of Joseph Muscat's Sunday sermon about the "need" for more foreign workers.  In a nutshell, the Prime Minister made his argument why...

  • No to a watery grave

    No to a watery grave

    At the time of writing the crisis around the migrant rescue ship Aquarius is still ongoing. It is a sign that the migration honeymoon between Malta and Italy is about to end. Thanks to the informal agreement that existed between prime ministers...