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Editorial

  • New Cold War is in nobody’s interest

    Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea represents the most serious security crisis to erupt in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Russia has violated international law, defied the international community, damaged its...

  • Editorial: How free are we to speak?

    Editorial: How free are we to speak?

    Most politicians did not attend Lord Judge’s illuminating lecture on human rights earlier this month. Shame, for they would have heard a masterful exposition by the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales on a matter that should be close to...

  • Border chiefs’ warning on migration

    The EU’s border agency, Frontex, has reached the unsurprising conclusion that, given the political instability throughout North Africa but most especially in Libya and Egypt, this coming spring and summer will witness “high migration pressure” in...

  • After the police, the Attorney General

    In a leader entitled ‘Scandal of the historic Australia Hall’ last December, Times of Malta noted that there were certain things in society that belonged to all the people. “But there appears to be a perception among Maltese politicians,” the...

  • Putting GDP growth in proper context

    In its urge to fend off Nationalist Party criticism, Joseph Muscat’ s government is at times losing the sense of proportion that is required for a proper assessment of a given situation. It is true that the new government has contributed to inject...

  • Recognising a culture of poverty

    In one of her last initiatives before taking on her new duties as head of State, Social Solidarity Minister Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca launched a supplementary allowance scheme aimed to help raise some 22,000 children out of poverty. The grant...

  • China strengthens foothold in Med

    China, it seems, never forgets a good deed. In all that has been said so far about the planned Chinese investment in Malta’s energy set-up, it would also seem that the country has not stopped to think about what has possibly led China to decide to...

  • Politics and the civil service

    Yet again, the civil service is back on the government’s radar screen. It has already been once or twice before but it seems that those who are pushing for greater efficiency in the service are now getting a bit impatient. If there is a leadership...

  • State, government and party

    One hallmark of this Labour administration over the past year has been the blurring of the distinction between the State, the government and the ruling party. Taxpayers’ money, furthermore, has sometimes been used to fund events which in reality...

  • Why politicians will ignore Lockerbie truth

    When Jim Swire, father of one of the Lockerbie victims, visited Malta last November he told this newspaper the truth about the 1988 terrorist attack will one day come out. “The question is whether I will be in a box by then,” the indefatigable...

  • Criminal law improvements

    The Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, Owen Bonnici, has established a firm grip over his portfolio and is moving forward the long overdue need for improvements in the administration of justice. Following the wide-sweeping proposals of the...

  • Need of dementia-friendly society

    It is indeed heart rending to witness the advancing symptoms of a disease that slowly but surely sucks the personality out of a person. A once bright, sharp-witted and sociable character is reduced, in the latter stages, to a blank, confused and...

  • Pope Francis: Start of a Vatican spring?

    Both a global American magazine, Time, and The Times of London, elected Pope Francis as their ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013. Time perhaps encapsulated best the reason why this was such a popular choice. “For pulling the papacy out of the palace...

  • Risks of gambling addiction

    Gambling addiction is a problem that affects between two and five per cent of people in Western societies. The risk factors of compulsive gambling include mood problems, antisocial personality disorders and alcohol and drug addiction. It is a...

  • Editorial - Labour: one year on

    Editorial - Labour: one year on

    The big question: has Labour in government over the past 12 months been what it said it would be in Opposition? On the economic front, the answer is largely yes. Joseph Muscat has adopted a pro-business economic policy, the economy has remained in...

  • Police, politicians and the public

    It would be naive to think that politicians do not, or at least try to, interfere in or influence the work of the police. Whether they succeed and to what extent depends very much on how brazen a politician is and on a police commissioner’s...

  • The battle to keep a lid on waste

    Early in his papacy, Pope Francis I, who has made a more modest lifestyle one of the key-stones of his tenure, said in one of his weekly addresses: “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry”. In Catholic...

  • Three big errors in less than a year

    It will not be long now before people start getting weary of the government’s habit of blaming the previous Nationalist administration for every bad thing that comes up or whenever it finds itself in a muddle. New governments everywhere tend to do...

  • Action or stumble under the lard

    Food stalls dotting Valletta’s streets during carnival thrived as whole families hungrily queued for kebabs, sweets or burgers and chips. The fast food outlets too burgeoned while healthy food options were nowhere in sight. This clearly explains...

  • Populism is speeding well ahead

    If there is one area where this country could do with more discipline, it is on our roads. The careless, selfish, irresponsible and dangerous driving standards of what is unfortunately a large number of drivers, combined with growing traffic...

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