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  • 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...

  • Women are not expected to stay quiet

    Women are not expected to stay quiet

    My first reaction when it was first suggested to me that I should write a blog on Times of Malta was, where do I start? What shall the blog be all about? Should it be about violence on women and domestic violence? Goodness knows that seemingly...

  • Dedicated with bitterness to those who don’t shuffle their feet in protest

    Dedicated with bitterness to those who don’t shuffle their feet in protest

    Some things in life live forever in your heart. Perhaps a glance, a touch or a few words. Even a smile can be etched never to disappear. These are memories our mind treasures in a way reserved - by the materialistic - for the most precious...

  • We are not the centre of corruption

    We are not the centre of corruption

    Ever since the dawn of mankind in Malta, we have been special. Our megalithic temples prove this. We are the chosen few. We are the centre of the universe. Malta is a tiny rock with just enough inhabitants to fill a few stadia but with an...

  • Poor man, he works long hours

    Poor man, he works long hours

    I literally choked on my coffee when I read the Home Affairs Ministry’s defence of Mario Tonna, the assistant police commissioner forced to step down after his partner allegedly reported he had beaten her up. “Ass. Commissioner Tonna was a...

  • Unhappy New Year

    All endings are eventful and usually sad. A year passes - its weary old days over - and along comes a new one. We pour wine, clink glasses and bid all near and far a better beginning, a better year, a bitter-less start. 2017 is drawing to an end.

  • 10 things we have to tackle in 2018

    10 things we have to tackle in 2018

    It's been a year of triumphs and tragedy, successes and too many scandals, all sprinkled with a good layer of construction dust. So what should we challenge in 2018? Let's challenge the bulliesYou can spot them from a mile away – the wealthy...

  • Appeasing interest groups at Majjistral Nature Park

    Appeasing interest groups at Majjistral Nature Park

    The Majjistral Nature Park near Manikata was established in 2007. After years of discussion, a decision was reached to allow hunting until 9 am, later extended to 10 am. A compromise was reached. Hunting and trapping is not compatible with people...

  • I love my gilded cage

    There are a few facts of life we just can’t get away from. Labour won the last election in amazing style. Period. Maltese people in their huge majority love Joseph Muscat and their love seems to grow in proportion to whatever horror he is...

  • Pardon William

    Pardon William

    Fact: prison is anything but a rehabilitation service and most people get out of there even less inclined to live a law-abiding life than they were before.Fact: a first stint in prison rarely stops there and former inmates, mostly thanks to a...

  • New ways to remove old buildings

    New ways to remove old buildings

    Think of a historic building and imagine an internal ceiling is found to have rotten or unstable beams.  Or perhaps some pillars look unsafe. Would you agree that this is enough to knock down the entire building, or rather that the ceiling or...