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  • A father and a friend

    A father and a friend

    The first time I met Archbishop Mercieca was as a patient at St Luke’s Hospital, recovering from a bad injury to my elbow. As is well known, he used to make it a point to visit the sick. I was 19 at the time yet I can still recollect his...

  • More equal than others

    Michael Briguglio’s article (March 28) was very appropriately titled. “More equal than others” perfectly suits the way in which things were done for many years and it seems that Briguglio himself would like things to remain so. He seems to find...

  • To vilify, or not to vilify

    Each one of us is still reeling from shock and horror after the heinous and deadly attacks in Brussels. Coming so soon after the equally horrific attacks in Paris, we are all dumbfounded at the sheer scale and depth of the evil and carnage that...

  • PN loan scheme questions

    The Voluntary Loan Scheme announced by the Nationalist Party has created quite a stir. Dispassionate observers have – perfectly reasonably – asked a few questions about how the scheme actually works and how it will pan out. Less dispassionate...

  • Testimony from Brussels

    Testimony from Brussels

    The bombs went off on Tuesday morning but the full story of the terrorist attacks did not end there. Days later, it continues to unfold. I don’t just mean the suspect shot in the leg by the police at a bus stop, or the sudden police swoop that...

  • Goal-setting targets

    Goal-setting targets

    Whether we like it or not, sport, especially football, has become the most pervasive activity in the world. What is the essential magic of this game during the European Nations Cup this year, irrespective of the interminable political issues, is...

  • Largest foreign investment in education

    The Prime Minister recently announced that the government had concluded an agreement with Sa-deen on the American University of Malta (AUM), allowing this huge investment to proceed to the next phase. Much has been said and written on this...

  • Cradle-to-grave corruption

    Cradle-to-grave corruption

    A survey for Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has concluded that the Kenyan government offers its citizens cradle-to-grave corruption. The commission measured the average price of backhanders that officials at all levels demand for...

  • Truly a turnaround

    Truly a turnaround

    “A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.” These were the wise words of George Bernard Shaw, an Irish writer and socialist who co-founded the London School of Economics. The attitude of the last...

  • Harmonised data protection

    In an era where digital developments have crucially undermined the thin line between what is private and what is public, data protection is meant to protect the individual’s information from being used in an exploitive manner. With this in mind,...

  • Citizens can drive change

    The decentralisation and centralisation of power is a subject that tends to create division between the political and economic establishments, depending on which school of thought one comes from. Probably the decade we live in provides the perfect...

  • Reputation management

    Reputation management

    In 2015, Malta’s tourism industry reached new heights, with a record 1.8 million visitors experiencing the attractions, the lifestyle and the warm hospitality for which the Maltese islands are renowned. For many of these tourists, it was their...

  • Engaging with people

    As is common knowledge, the Cabinet meets once a week to discuss government business. During this legislature these meetings take place on Tuesday mornings at the Prime Minister’s Office in Valletta. However, this government has also taken the...

  • Our European differences

    Racism comes in all shapes and sizes. It is just another type of discrimination. The most common form of it is, of course, the one where ‘white’ people are at the top, with everyone down below. This is the type we are most familiar with for a...

  • The master manipulators

    You find them everywhere and throughout your life: manipulative people with their own agenda looking to get something out of you. The more you encounter these people, the more you realise their tactics go further than just flattery and false...

  • More equal than others

    When a ruling elite is in trouble it can resort to various tactics to save face. Some tactics, such as taking responsibility for one’s actions, are honourable, while others, such as resorting to counter-attack, can say a lot about the real...

  • A national consensus

    I always thank God that my children grew up in an atmosphere of relative stability in this country, where confrontational politics belonged to the past. People my age, the youths of the 1970s and 1980s, will never forget the way politics ruined...

  • Interviewer’s delusions

    You are about to make an important decision regarding the hiring of a new employee and the time has come for the critical face-to-face meeting. If you could choose a single question to ask the potential new employee from the following 10...

  • Will we become suspicious?

    Will we become suspicious?

    Until CNN came along, we watched international news on Rai Uno. This meant that I grew up with anchor Lily Gruber, tilting her head, dangling her earrings and telling us in that sexy voice of hers that “un altra bomba è scattata” in Northern...

  • Europe’s values under attack

    Europe’s values under attack

    The terrible terrorist bomb attacks in Brussels last Tuesday which killed 31 people and injured 300 should lead to a reassessment of Belgian and European intelligence and security operations and co-operation, as well as a thorough look at Belgian...

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