Almost half a century ago, just before his murder, Malcolm X spoke at the Oxford Union to the motion that "extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue".
Shortly after Frank Gehry's state-of-the-art gallery opened in Bilbao in 1997, urban planners and commentators started to talk about the "Bilbao Effect" - the impact cultural investment could have in turning around a city's fortunes.
THEY haven't played each other for three years.
LET'S be clear on this.
It is hard to tell who are becoming more discredited, the major energy companies or their so-called regulator, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.
When in 1924 England's Lord Chief Justice Hewart said justice should not only be done, but should "manifestly and undoubtedly" be seen to be done, he probably had no inkling of television.
Many well-informed people are worried about hydraulic fracturing, the "unconventional" process by which gas and oil are forced from deep underground.
THERE is nothing in life as impressive as quiet heroism.
IT IS of particular poignancy that yesterday's 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp comes at a time when Jews across Europe are carrying the burden of fear once more, as the twin spectres of far Right extremists and jihadis pose their community a clear and present danger.
THERE can be no doubt about the importance of the whisky industry to the Scottish economy or the UK balance of payments, so we have no quibble with the latest research commissioned by the trade association.
The Scottish Government's decision to drop its plans to build a new women's prison is a welcome and thoughtful move and a rare example of government listening to public concern and accepting that a U-turn was needed.
Mental health services have always been hard to see and therefore easier to cut.
The decision by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to drop Russian as a Higher is part of a worrying long-term decline in the teaching of languages in Scottish schools.