Author: Anna Marie Galea

When it comes to laws and the way they are applied, I often find myself struggling to understand the logic behind certain decisions. Putting aside the fact that it would seem that some of our laws are in desperate need of revision, especially when it comes to sexual abuse, and that our judges’ and magistrates’ rulings are very much subjective and have to be made within the parameters of the laws which already exist, I still grapple with the outcomes of many cases which make it to the media. I struggle even more to understand how we always seem ready…

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I’ve been accused of many things since this column took a “political” turn a few years ago, many too nasty to be publishable. When I was called a filthy liberal several times, my closest friends had a field day because I’ve always been considered to be the more conservative of the bunch and they’d been trying to convert me for years. One particular article I wrote about domestic violence even brought in someone accusing me of breaking up families. I knew from the get-go what sticking my neck out week after week would mean for me and those closest to…

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Between the unsurprisingly growing number of COVID cases, our usual political pass-the-parcel-of-blame game, and the mounting excitement of an England versus Italy showdown, one piece of international news has stuck out like a sore and very painful thumb: the murder of Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant who worked at a senior citizen’s home. His crime, it would seem, was nothing more than being gay. Samuel was at a club when he got a call. He left the club to take the call and was pounced on by two men who accused him of filming them. One of the men…

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So, one of the worst things that could have happened to our islands on an international level has finally happened. Despite our visibly desperate, last-minute scrambling to fix a system long broken (if it was ever working, to begin with), despite our platitudes and our lobbying, Malta has been greylisted. Our land of milk, honey, dust and money has been told that the buck stops here. The financial crimes powers that be do not believe that we are not corrupt, they do not assume that we are transparent, and they certainly do not think we are the best in Europe.…

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For a nation so easily offended by singers’ stage costumes and small placards in planters, you would think we’d have a stellar reputation for being sensitive to mental health issues and having an envy-inducing prison system. Yet, the stories that sometimes surface are bone-chillingly awful, to say the least. Yesterday, I came across such a tale that I have been turning over in my mind since I read it. For such a traditionally Catholic country, we aren’t very good at concepts like mercy and kindness. It would seem that many stopped reading the Bible after the Old Testament and just…

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