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  • The self-reflexive university

    Last Tuesday, a symposium organised at the University of Malta discussed the ‘Post-Humanist University’.  At the risk of over simplifying the concept of post-humanism, I will try to explain its meaning. It basically challenges the liberal idea of...

  • Greatest ambassador

    Several weeks ago, Malta lost what to me was its greatest ambassador, Jacqueline Azzopardi, from the University of Malta. I first dealt with Jackie when inquiring about an opportunity to lecture in Malta as a Fulbright scholar. She invited me to...

  • The art of distinction

    Recently, while I had the grace of reading and enjoying an interesting book, I met a Latin phrase which really made me reflect. So went this proverbial phrase: Qui bene usquit distinquit, bene docet. In other words, whoever distinguishes well,...

  • No justification

    I refer to Roger Mifsud’s letter ‘The voters’ clear choice’ (November 25) by saying that the Nationalist Party’s ċedoli scheme is perfectly legal. What the correspondent called “the huge progress Labour has forged in government” can never justify...

  • Urgent restoration work needed

    Urgent restoration work needed

    The Victoria Lines at the Mtaħleb/Fomm ir-Riħ end appear to be undergoing restoration. When visited three months ago, a small section of wall had been rebuilt, and capping stones placed in two piles. Two weeks ago, some few capstones were back,...

  • Cartoon of the day (1)

    Cartoon of the day (1)

    Joseph's new look

  • Cartoon of the day (2)

    Cartoon of the day (2)

    Renzi's referendum

  • RIP 007

    RIP 007

    The other Sunday, AA Gill, who is the restaurant critic of the Sunday Times of London, wrote in his weekly review column that he has cancer. Not just any random cancer: “I’ve got the full English. There is barely a morsel of offal that is not...

  • Europe is put to the test

    Europe is put to the test

    Europe is facing a number of challenges and will encounter a number of key tests shortly. Populist parties, mainly of the Eurosceptic right, are taking support away from the mainstream political parties, and the electorate in Italy and Austria...

  • Beyond ideologies and political jargon

    After I attended the hot debate entitled ‘Brexit. Trump. Should we blame democracy?’ organised by the Times of Malta at the Intercontinental, St Julian’s, last Wednesday, I was inspired to express my reflections on such a current topic. Though...

  • Tell the lie about Santa

    There was the Grinch who stole Christmas, “Bah, humbug Christmas” Ebenezer Scrooge and now killjoy psychologists who want to wipe out Santa. In an article entitled ‘A Wonderful Lie’ published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, two psychologists...

  • Welcome to the Gula Archipelago

    There is no mistake in this heading. It is a proof-reading job done well. This title does not refer to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s three-volume book about the Soviet forced labour camp system titled The Gulag Archipelago. That system of forced labour...

  • Tal-Barrani, every single day

    Last Wednesday was the 30th anniversary of the notorious incidents at Tal-Barrani. In 1986 I was in my early teens and certainly in no position to evaluate things with any degree of sophistication. My opinion then was simply that, on Tal-Barrani...

  • Residents are the blind spot

    Sliema and St Julian’s are residential areas, not just tourist or entertainment venues. There are of course many shops and restaurants along the seafront, but there are also thousands of residents. Tower Road and Spinola Bay are full of...

  • Parsing the Patient’s Charter

    This government just cannot get a break. Right on the day when Health Minister Chris Fearne was proudly launching the Patient’s Charter, the Ombudsman rained on his parade. The House Business Committee chose that same day to discuss the...

  • University entrance requirements

    University entrance requirements should ensure that the applicant will succeed in the discipline for which they are applying, rather than exclude people by making unnecessary demands. Thus Education Minister Evarist Barolo is absolutely right when...

  • Austria: lesson for Malta?

    Austria: lesson for Malta?

    When next month, on January 1, 2017, Malta assumes the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the in-tray of Joseph Muscat and his ministers will be bulging. Taking over from Slovakia, they will have to negotiate and agree proposals on...

  • Jobless scheme

    I refer to the article ‘GWU will earn €8.5m from government jobless scheme’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 27). The article is misleading and unfair vis-à-vis Jobsplus and the GWU. Jobsplus supplied the author of the article with all the...

  • A Labour of love… Blogpost 45…

    Christmas comes but once a year, but when it comes it brings… lots of freebies from my loyal constituents. I never realised just how much we MPs get out of the festive season. So far… and December has only just begun… I have cleaned up 16 hampers...

  • Overlooked masterpiece

    Originally overlooking Spinola Bay is the 17th century Palazzo Spinola, a three-floor Maltese Baroque architectural masterpiece. Among its many uses it served as a residence, a military hospital, a shelter for the homeless and an art museum.

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