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More than 270 million want their voice to be heard! Flippin Right!

New call to save EU constitution

Good Morning, Malta! My Island of surreal peace. My Lilliput-landia.

An outpost of ambivalent Europeans suffering from a mass amnesia. Is this the end of our EU-phoria? It is time to stand up and be counted! For once, an issue agreed upon by all local political parties is at stake. And what are we doing about it? Nothing. There is hardly any real debate on this topic. Life goes on. For a second I wonder if this means anything to the crowds that so much cheered or booed the EU membership saga before May 2004; but now, like silent dumb sheep, we are not the least bothered. We got our Petty cash funds. We are patching up our streets. Getting jobs in Brussels.

We move on with our lives, as if nothing is really happening beyond the lovely shores of our islands. We assume that we are the one and only country on earth; the centre of the universe; if anything else exists is must be obviously a threat; or a source to suck up to… How pathetic.

If there had to be an …

Cheating on Your Wife? It might end you up in Jail, for Life!

Yes. And its not a Joke. And Malta maybe next...

With the ever-so-passionate +9 campaign in full swing, an anti-divorce crusade on the go, and with probably one of the highest concentration of churches on earth - we should be next, after Michigan (US), to ban extra marital flings!

The New Bishop will surely have more reasons to smile with the likely backing of such a rule from the ultra-Catholic Government, don't you think? And considering Malta's historic blind backing of Catholic dogmas at state level, I will not be surprised this anti-adultery regime becomes the next mission of some of the many zealot campaigners around, and before we know it, Malta follows suit...

In fact, the Michigan state's appeals court recently ruled that extramarital flings can be prosecuted as first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in jail. "We cannot help but question whether the Legislature actually intended the result we reach here today," Judge William…

The Softer Side of the Dictator

Nurse tells of 'gardener' Saddam

When Sgt Ellis left, Saddam Hussein said he would be his brother Saddam Hussein watered weeds in a jail garden and drank coffee while smoking cigars to keep his blood pressure down, a US army nurse who cared for him says.

In an interview with a US newspaper, Master Sgt Robert Ellis provided a rare glimpse into the last years of Saddam Hussein, who was executed on Saturday. Sgt Ellis looked after the former Iraqi leader - whom they called 'Victor' - in 2004 and 2005 at a camp near Baghdad.

The prisoner rarely complained during his time in captivity, he said. He added that he was under strict orders to do whatever neccessary to keep Saddam alive. "Saddam Hussein cannot die in US custody," he said a US colonel had told him.

'Coping skills'

Sgt Ellis, from St Louis, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that Saddam Hussein was held in a six foot by eight foot (1.8m to 2.4m) cell with a cot, table, two plastic chairs and two was…