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Boundary ‘tweaking’ unjustified

Out of development zones and within them, our countryside and rural areas are due to shrink again if, according to Michael Falzon, Parliamentary Secretary in charge of Planning, the government makes tough decisions to enact yet another...

  • 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...

  • Euro-jargon: As she is ‘wrote’...

    I recently caught a fascinating debate on Euronews all about Euro-jargon – and what it all means. It basically comprises an almost completely new use of language. It’s certainly not English, although it believes it is. And I don’t think any of the...

  • Oh what a tangled web

    Oh what a tangled web

    Last Wednesday, when the news broke, I had already written my meisterwerk for the week, so you must have been disappointed on Saturday when, gasping for my erudition and insight, there was not a word about the shooting that has created such a...

  • A walk on the pavement

    A walk on the pavement

    Do I have a right to walk on our pavements? Unfortunately, my answer is an outright no. This is the feeling of many individuals with a disability, like me, who attempt to move around on their own or else in someone else’s company. The state of the...

  • It was too good to be true

    Honesty is a virtue that politicians should uphold, wherever they are sitting in the House. When politicians fall short of their electoral pledges, trust in institutions falters. So leaders ought to lead by example. However, some politicians have...

  • Mallia’s responsibility

    Mallia’s responsibility

    Manuel Mallia’s personal 2013 election slogan was: ‘In your name with assiduousness, competence and professionalism’ (F’ismek b’serjetá, ħila u professjonalitá). A week after the notorious shooting scandal that began in Gżira, and which has...

  • Shoot first, hide later

    Politics can be a nasty affair. Cross-party accusations can get hot, close and personal. In Malta, this can get compounded by the fact that we are a small population. We are often bound to know the persons who are the subject of criticism, in...

  • Political tectonic shifts

    Political tectonic shifts

    Political upheavals are often compared to the movement in the tectonic plates of society. A shift of that kind occurred in Maltese politics in March 2013. Measured on the Richter Scale, it was probably a 6 or 7 – “specially designed structures...

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