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  • Built in stone

    Janice Fiorentino, Architect Architecture, similar to other industries, reflects the social, technological and political contexts of the time. It is influenced by the international trends and evolves with technology.  Architecture reflects the...

  • Renewable energy in Malta

    Renewable energy in Malta

    In his excellent discussion (November 8) on Malta’s strategic vision on energy, Michael Zammit Cutajar drew attention to the country’s backward position with regard to renewable energy. While the substitution of gas for oil to generate electricity...

  • Who’s right?

    I simply cannot understand the “mathematical” logic behind the decision of the constitutional court when handing down its sentence on the two extra parliamentary seats given to the PN. The court itself said that: “The principle of proportionality...

  • Scientifically literate students

    Scientifically literate students

    When I ask high-achieving students who did not opt for chemistry and biology in Form 3the following questions many do not knowthe answer. The questions are: What is the difference between a chemical and nuclear reaction? Can you explain why not...

  • Justice four years too late

    Congratulations to Edwin Vassallo and Peter Micallef, the two recently elected members of Parliament who were sworn in on Monday. After nearly four years and a lot of tactics to play for time from the party in government, justice was done with...

  • No peace at all

    I write in response to the editorial dealing with antisocial behaviour (November 26). We live in Triq il-Qawra, Qawra and have experienced first-hand being woken up at any time from 6.30 on a Sunday morning by the roar of motorcycles along the...

  • When a poppy goes potty

    When 22 men lined up for their World Cup qualifier match in Wembley stadium on Armistice Day, they had much more in common that their love for football. They each wore a poppy on their arm, in defiance of a Fifa directive banning “political,...

  • The public service going private

    The current debate on the General Workers’ Union jobless scheme – the union will manage a community work scheme through a government concession – has raised numerous questions, not only on the scheme itself but also on the wider scope and mission...

  • A return to the ‘golden years’

    The award of a government contract to the General Workers’ Union, from which it will profit to the detriment of workers, is a stark wake-up call that this country may be reliving the times of Labour’s ‘golden years’ of the 1970s and 1980s. The...

  • Of gods and animals

    Of gods and animals

    Education and Employment Minister Evarist Batolo has become synonymous with an old Roman law that states that there is a law for the gods and another for animals. Before the last election Bartolo seized every occassion that came his way to...

  • Let them eat Panama

    Let them eat Panama

    A few days ago, I watched an interview with Pope Francis on Italian television station TV 2000 and what hit me was the simplicity, yet the sheer significance of what he said in these few phrases: “I ricchi stanno diventando più ricchi; i poveri,...

  • Investing in local talent

    A recent news item on the management structure of Vitals Global Healthcare (November 26) makes depressing reading. Malta has always enjoyed a high standard of medicine in spite of relative underfunding of the health service. Yet, instead of...

  • The will to love

    We were all made by God. We were meant to be all brothers and sisters in Christ. We were born in a certain age and year because God wanted something from us in that particular age. Hence, we are co-travellers on this brief trek on earth and in...

  • Political thought

    Political thought

    Dictatorship is dictatorship, whether it is meant to serve  capitalism and whether it is meant to serve the interests of the masses. In principle, both are detested. Agreed? It is a notorious fact that, in 1959, when Fidel Castro overthrew the...

  • Bridging students’ achievement gap

    Decades of educational reform have left Malta in the unenviable position of ranking among the countries with the lowest achievement levels for students who leave compulsory education at the age of 16. Although Malta spends relatively as much on...

  • Putting Pinocchio to shame

    The story of Pinocchio is well known. It brings back childhood memories. Pinocchio is best known for his short nose that becomes longer when he lies. Many suffer from Pinocchio’s lying traits. Some go to the extent of becoming compulsive liars. ...

  • Strategy after populism

    Strategy after populism

    This year’s electoral encounters in the US, UK and France have attracted attention from many angles, particularly on domestic and European politics. So far, however, one angle has been under-noticed. The three countries, currently convulsed by...

  • If I may, Your Grace…

    If I may, Your Grace…

    I often find myself defending Archbishop Charles Scicluna for the wrong reasons, though this time I might be right. Over a year ago, in another part of the Maltese press, I published an article titled “Two Charlies and a secular quandary”, where I...

  • The romanticised dictator

    The romanticised dictator

    Fidel Castro, hailed by many news outlets as a revolutionary thinker, thought to be the singular absolute ruler who would create a functioning communist state, has died aged 90. For a time, it was believed that he would be the man to finally solve...

  • Decisions of the judiciary

    I would like to refer to what purport to be reports in the Times of Malta of what I said during the swearing in of new members of the judiciary recently. These reports tended to be very summary and not always faithful to what I said, probably as a...

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