Author: Colm Regan

All too often we miss the main story and the lessons that might be drawn from it by focusing on secondary aspects. The practice and the politics of distraction and justification are routinely employed to sidestep or ignore fundamentals. The most recent example of this involves the reporting and subsequent discussion of a black man being beaten by a gang and then thrown into the sea in Mġarr in Gozo.  Apart from the original reasons for the row and the subsequent behaviour of the mob (including its real-world racist undercurrents), the event should cause all Maltese and Gozitans to reflect…

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In his fascinating book How Soccer Explains the World, journalist Franklin Foer argues that soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. For him, the game is a ‘perfect window’ into underlying currents in society ‘with all its joys and sorrows’. This perspective has been highlighted once again in the build-up to, the playing of and the follow on from the Euro 2020 final recently.  We have observed the highs, the lows, the best and the worst, the joys and the sorrows not just of the game but also of the individuals and societies most…

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A grandfather talks to his young grandson and advises him that he has two wolves inside of him, each struggling with the other. The first is the wolf of kindness, of peace and also love.  The other is the wolf of fear, greed and hate. The young boy is fascinated and asks his grandfather, “Which wolf will win the struggle?”  The grandfather replies “whichever one you feed.”  This traditional Native American story was updated by the US theatre writing team of Rodgers and Hammerstein in their musical South Pacific. Their song You’ve got to be carefully taught concludes with this:…

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Thinking of public education and the urgent need for change in the aftermath of the disastrous FAFT own goal scored by Malta’s misleaders, the country could do worse than ponder the values and principles derived from the South African traditional philosophy and practice of Ubuntu.  While not directly transferable, it has much to recommend as Ubuntu stands in stark contrast to Malta’s pervasive culture of criminality, social hostility and unregulated greed. It also may offer a roadmap of alternative perspectives and frameworks to animate discussion among younger age cohorts not fully wedded to Malta’s own traditional tribalisms. At the core…

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The images, numbers and language that characterise the debate on ‘overpopulation’ scream out one dominant message – ‘they are the problem’.  Images of sprawling slums, hungry and unhealthy children, endless lines of pregnant women at clinics – any image that supports words such as ‘explosion’, ‘hordes’, ‘spilling over’, ‘bomb’, chaos’ will suffice. The debate has one core message – because the largest concentrations of population are in the Third World (what an accurate label that is in these times of vaccine imperialism), it is self-evident that the problem of ‘overpopulation’ is over there. The corollary sentiment is that we must…

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