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  • Now is indeed the time

    Now is indeed the time

    The title this week is the first half of the typing exercise that continues “to come to the aid of the party”. It does not fit if quoted in full but now is, indeed, the time. It is the time, I humbly submit, for the people who decided to vote...

  • Migration: only a respite

    In Exodus 22:20-26 we read: “The Lord said to Moses: ‘Tell the sons of Israel this: You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt.’” It is an ironic truth that many of those who talk so loudly...

  • Houses that we build

    Houses that we build

    We read that the Malta Environment and Planning Authority is working on a policy to end “modern slums” and is inviting public consultation on the matter. This is a subject on which I have worked and lectured for close to 30 years and, though I am...

  • Confessions of a chauvinist pig

    I can only smile at the reaction of Nationalist Party exponents, including in yesterday’s Talking Point, in defence of women’s rights and all the nonsense about me being a woman hater and a male chauvinist pig. My track record in civil rights,...

  • A golden age for news

    A golden age for news

    It was about a month ago that we saw the country’s major institutions – the political parties of government and the Church – engulfed in scandal and subjected, concurrently, to terrible media headlines. Since then, media scandal has attached...

  • A prime minister’s legacy

    A prime minister’s legacy

    It is in the nature of political leaders to be concerned about their legacy. This is neither pure vanity, nor hubris, more a natural wish to leave the country with a worthwhile improvement to its social, economic and international standing in the...

  • How low can Labour go?

    It was with great astonishment and a heavy dose of desperation that I read the report in the local media on the Education Minister’s speech last Sunday in Birkirkara. In his attempt to appear cool and, possibly, stimulate amusement, Mr Bartolo,...

  • Surrendering Mallia

    Surrendering Mallia

    That interview with the Prime Minister last week on PBS’s Dissett may have well ended after the first five minutes. In his opening volley, journalist Reno Bugeja asked Joseph Muscat what he had to say about the controversies over his Home Affairs...

  • Boosting world economy

    Boosting world economy

    Economists are aware that the aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis are still affecting negatively the global economy. Emerging economies such as China and Brazil, which drove global economic growth in the early stages of recovery, are losing...

  • Do genders have same brain?

    A recent magnetic resonance imaging study has shown that it is possible to distinguish males and females with an accuracy of 93 per cent just using brain images. Julio Duarte-Carvajalino and colleagues from UCLA used diffusion tensor imaging in a...

  • Intellectual property hub

    “Invention, using the term most broadly, and imitation are the two legs, so to call them, on which the human race historically has walked” – William James. Society needs the inventors of this world who continually drive us forward with novel ideas...

  • Dealing with Iran in nuclear talks

    Dealing with Iran in nuclear talks

    Six world powers (the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and Iran have failed to reach an agreement over Teheran’s nuclear development programme by the November 24 deadline, but thankfully agreed to extend talks for seven...

  • Maltese furniture and the state of the art

    The question I wish to set myself is: Will there be such a thing as early 21st century Maltese furniture in 2214? In other words, will people fall over each other to bid for a 200-year-old Maltese table at the auction of the future? But first,...

  • Fighting human trafficking: a heinous opportunistic crime

    December 2 is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, a day when the world focuses on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery. Modern-day slavery takes many forms, such as trafficking in people, sexual exploitation, child labour, forced...

  • Developing Malta sensibly

    In a country in which land is a limited resource, the proper management of land use should be at the top of the agenda of the whole of civil society, with careful thought for every decision taken. With ever decreasing expanses of open areas,...

  • ‘Could we start again, please?’

    “I am every age that I have ever been,” wrote American writer Madeleine L’Engle. I turned 40 this year but I can still touch, smell and remember what it was like to be seven, nine and 12. One whiff of chlorine and I am immediately transported to...

  • The truth will set you free

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna must feel a bit miffed. There he was making a marathon speech practically unrivalled in duration in parliamentary history and introducing some interesting fiscal benefits, and it was all for nought. He barely had...

  • No one expects the new Inquisition

    Morten Tyldum’s film The Imitation Game has just been released in cinemas in Great Britain. The film features the story of Alan Turing, considered to be one of the finest minds of the last century. The Cambridge mathematician’s ability to break...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    A couple of weeks ago I finally managed to watch Dredd, the 2012 version directed by Pete Travis. For some reason I had missed it at the cinema and, given how much I enjoy these dystopian/action/escapist capers, I was being urged to rectify...

  • ‘Lasagne with bechamel sauce?’

    ‘Lasagne with bechamel sauce?’

    There is no escaping these feel-good Budget adverts: they are everywhere with happy families, children who don’t whine and who never get grubby and with parents who always have their hair in their place. They would warm my heart and make me want...

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