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Editorial

  • A rector shouldn’t lead his shadow

    The choice of a rector for the University of Malta should not be a subject of controversy, nor should it make headlines. However, when the government uses its political clout – and majority in the University Council which elects the new rector –...

  • In the good times and in the bad

    Joseph Muscat and his men and women in government are increasingly showing they do not like the heat. The first advice that comes to mind would, of course, be: if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. However, given Dr Muscat’s choice...

  • Is it back to square one in Libya?

    The official rejection of Libya’s UN-backed national unity government by the country’s internationally-recognised Parliament in Tobruk is disappointing but not particularly surprising. Two days before a peace accord was signed last month in...

  • Beauty of the sleeping kind

    From the seed of an idea to its final shape, any form of art carries a lifetime of subjectivity. The spark of an idea is lit by the artist’s imagination. A painting, book, sculpture is formed by the artist’s own hands. Art is necessarily and by...

  • The quality of University leadership

    The time is fast approaching when the University has to choose the new rector who will lead this educational institution in the coming years. Like many universities in Europe, the University of Malta is funded by the State. But the University is...

  • Three, four is not a coincidence

    Last October, a man arrested in connection with an 11-kilo drug haul committed suicide at the police headquarters lock-up in Floriana. The 39-year-old man from Żejtun was due to be arraigned. A few weeks later, in December, a 36-year-old German...

  • Nationalist Party’s green agenda

    In the closing stages of the 2008 general election, the Nationalist Party, then under the leadership of Lawrence Gonzi, promised that, if re-elected, it would faithfully take steps to reduce what it termed “the environmental deficit”. This...

  • To name or not to name…

    Who or what is a journalist? It may seem like an obvious question, with an even more obvious answer, but in the modern age this question has become ever more pressing since journalists ‘benefit’ from limited forms of protection that allows them to...

  • Internet use at the workplace

    Rather than being seen as giving employers the right to snoop on their employee’s private correspondence, a recent judgment by the European Court of Human Rights should be considered as an eye-opener. A Romanian engineer was fired after he used...

  • Charade at taxpayer’s expense

    There appears to be no end to the abuses taking place today, some,apparently, even with the blessing ofthe administration. It is a first-class scandal if, as it has been reported, the staff employed on a position-of-trust basis in the private...

  • Where the buck should stop

    Michael Falzon did the honourable thing last night when he resigned as parliamentary secretary for planning and simplification of administrative processes. He did so right after the Auditor General’s report on the expropriation of part of a...

  • Another positive economic outlook

    There are two sharply contrasting sides of the situation in Malta as it stands today. On the economic front, the country is doing well but, in terms of governance, the record is far from satisfactory and, judging by the shortcomings that keep...

  • Preparing prisoners for life on the outside

    The prison at Corradino has historically been something of a black hole. It has tended to suck inmates into a downward spiral of stigma, lack of hope and relapse. Very little useful information gets out, such as on substance misuse or...

  • When court expenses are justified

    Malta has a long history of trial by jury. Our forefathers petitioned the British Crown for the introduction of the jury system in 1811, leading to its being adopted as one of the bedrocks of this country’s judicial system in 1815, albeit at the...

  • Declaring war on the big ‘C’

    What do David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Barack Obama have in common? For starters, they are all household names. As well as being one of the musicians of his age, Mr Bowie was the master of reinvention; Mr Rickman’s portrayal of the Sheriff of...

  • The Prime Minister’s spouse

    It is really not an option. When you are the wife of the most powerful man in the country – the Prime Minister – there is no avoiding the limelight. Occasions arise and you have to be there, by his side, supportive, understanding and discreet.

  • Racism and defence of culture

    Journalist Victor Vella was at the receiving end of a nasty anonymous letter urging him to take his “clandestine family” back to Africa and calling for all refugees to be booted out. Mr Vella and his wife are the adoptive parents of two children...

  • ‘Anything goes’ mentality keeps growing

    Even if getting a trading licence is just a formality, as the president of the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises – GRTU is arguing, there is no reason why anyone carrying a commercial activity should go against the law and operate without...

  • A master plan for the capital

    Shops in Valletta will hardly be surprised by the recent survey indicating a drop in sales over the Christmas period. This is hardly the first report to put up a red flag and it is unlikely to be the last unless drastic action is taken. The...

  • Obesity and public health policy

    Despite the visual increase in joggers, hikers and cyclists on our roads and promenades, the obesity problem is not getting any better. Malta has tipped the scales as the fattest population in the European Union, according to a report by the World...

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