What’s this? No consequences for Alex Dalli?

2023-07-11T13:02:54+02:00Tue, 11th Jul '23, 13:02|

Cartoon by Ġorġ Mallia. First published in The Third Siege of Malta (2021). Alex Dalli, who ran the civil prisons like a gulag and resorted to psychological torture and intimidation as a matter of course while prisoners under his watch committed suicide in unprecedented numbers, has lost libel suits filed against journalists who [...]

Go ahead, underestimate your children

2023-07-11T12:26:03+02:00Tue, 11th Jul '23, 12:26|

There are tinges of culture-war polarisation in the internet battle over a drag act during pride week at a children’s event in Valletta. There’s blessing in disagreements but intolerance is a curse. Hard right conservatives – who are far more in number than their extremism might suggest – express concern that children seeing a man [...]

The shame in begging

2023-07-11T11:27:58+02:00Tue, 11th Jul '23, 11:27|

There’s no shame in begging if you are in desperate need. The shame must lie with people who need to be begged to stop allowing the conditions in which begging is necessary. Jean Paul Sofia’s mother spent the day outside Parliament yesterday collecting signatures to persuade the prime minister to order an inquiry to find [...]

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