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  • SoK: the exam with a soul

    SoK: the exam with a soul

    This time of the year 20 years ago, or thereabouts, I was doing my A levels. I do not recall much, except for flashbacks of piles and piles of books and handwritten notes. This was the pre-internet and pre-computer age. I sat for French, English...

  • A Labour of love... Blogpost 27

    Is there no end to Jo-zeff’s greatness? OK I know that’s a rhetorical question, to which the answer is obviously: No, his triumphs continue and will carry on doing so as long as he remains firmly in charge of the country... and beyond. Following...

  • Sharing some palatial thoughts

    History was so kind to us but we are not reciprocating that kindness and rather than protecting and preserving what was bequeathed to us, we are letting it lie in ruins, destroying its long-term potential for some short-term gain. Is this...

  • Not impressed, at all

    Not impressed, at all

    I ,for one, am not impressed by Premier Joseph Muscat’s little tweet. I’m not talking about the one where he made it known to all of his puny subjects that Europe, nay the world, is impressed with Malta and its stance on the tragedy unfolding in...

  • Cooing, wooing, cackling

    Cooing, wooing, cackling

    The spring hunting referendum has come and gone. Not so for the migrating turtle doves and quails on their way to their breeding grounds to ensure the survival of the species. No cooing, no going for them. During the first three days of the spring...

  • Crossing of many colours

    In his Talking Point (April 24), Fr Richard-Nazzareno Farrugia expressed his distaste at the inaugural event of the rainbow crossing in Victoria that marked the first anniversary since the enactment of the Civil Unions Act, which crossing was...

  • Are we in heaven or hell?

    Are we in heaven or hell?

    Given that today marks the 11th anniversary of Malta’s accession to the European Union, I could not avoid the temptation to write about a topic which has been the one constant in my career ever since my university days. For some, the process...

  • Machiavellian tactics

    The main story on the front page of the April 10 Times of Malta was earth shattering. Reporting the inaugural ceremony of the interconnector between Malta and Sicily, under the heading ‘Gonzi got it right on interconnector’, the newspaper reported...

  • Dying on our doorstep

    As long as they died out of our sight, or as long as the numbers of those reported to have died in nearby waters was tolerable (as though the value of life with regards to certain people depended on the number of those who died), we could keep...

  • The non-Med conscience

    The photo of the lifeless body of a two-year-old boy washed onto the Libyan shores was just one reminder of the fact that the ongoing migration crisis in the Mediterranean has reached an all-time low. As the mother of a two-year-old myself, that...

  • The civilisation of clashes

    The civilisation of clashes

    Once in a while, one is privileged to hear, at first-hand, a talk by a scholar whose ideas destroy one of the cherished self-images of the age. Geoffrey Lloyd, speaking today at the Valletta Campus of the University of Malta, is the author of...

  • Migration political games

    Migration political games

    As on other occasions inthe past, EU political leaders have been belatedly galvanised into action bythe global media attention focussed on the hundredsof migrants perishing on their southern borders. Despite several heart-felt pleas by Italy and...

  • Sustainable eco scheme

    The business community read with interest that that the government has taken concrete action to undo years of damage which the Eco Contribution Act had brought over the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)...

  • Hidden treasures in books

    Don Bosco loved books. He read, wrote, and published profusely. This he did with the sole aim of educating the young under his care and as a means of educating people to the faith. With a certain amount of insistence, he invited and encouraged...

  • People flows: rhetoric and reality

    The recent, unending tragedies around us and the ritualistic expressions of horror, mixed with disgust and insensitivity, brought back to me an opinion that I had shared in this paper in October 2013. I had then expressed the view that our...

  • A day over the rainbow

    A day over the rainbow

    The migrant tragedy was a welcome distraction for the government last week. It emerged quite bruised from local elections that showed how exposed its underbelly is – in the Labour hardcore south. The only saving grace was that wild card,...

  • The Russian viewpoint

    A number of recent critical articles in the Times of Malta regarding Russia’s role in international affairs, including that in the Ukrainian crisis and the reunification with Crimea, compelled me to try to introduce to readers how our country...

  • Revisiting the Great Siege

    Four hundred and fifty years later, the Great Siege of Malta of 1565 is recognised by every-one as a seminal event in Maltese history. Although historians have tended to give credit for this military victory to Grand Master Jean de Valette and the...

  • How to keep them honest

    If any further evidence were needed to prove the irrelevance of Malta’s politics and its political leaders in modern Europe, the recent spring hunting referendum provided that evidence well beyond any reasonable doubt. The question put to the...

  • Investing in social capital

    Civic engagement, voluntary work, social networks and trust are all key elements of social capital. In turn, these help foster social cohesion, integration and a better quality of life. In his new book ‘Our Kids’, sociologist Robert Putnam makes a...

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