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Editorial

  • Proliferation of hate speech

    Under Maltese law, hate speech consists of any threat or insult directed at a member of a recognised minority group. Hate speech is a criminal offence if it is motivated by hostility based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

  • Italy relations at crossroads

    Malta and Italy have had very close political, economic, social and cultural relations ever since we attained independence in 1964. Most Maltese have a good understanding of Italian, Italy is a very popular vacation destination, thousands of...

  • Fair digital platform

    The European Parliament is next week expected to decide on what is considered to be a crucial proposal obliging internet giants like Google, YouTube and Facebook to pay media outlets for third-party content they now use for free. Divergent...

  • Making integration work

    Various localities have experienced a significant social change in the last decade as a result of the influx of immigrants and refugees. What were once homogeneous communities have now become multicultural ones where the milieu of different...

  • Air Malta’s acid test

    The future of Air Malta is crucially essential for most people who directly or indirectly depend on the national airline’s successful operations for their livelihood. These stakeholders include not only the airline’s employees who had to accept...

  • Unaccountability getting out of control

    Malta may have all the trappings of a democracy but a closer look at how the government is running the country shows a worrying deficit in one of the basic democratic principles: accountability. Equally worrying is that, rather than taking heed of...

  • An uncultured attitude

    Until 2017, Malta had been absent from the Venice Biennale – the most prestigious contemporary art exhibition in the world – for almost two decades. Its return was rightly hailed by the Malta Arts Council as a major achievement in the government’s...

  • Guardian’s tunnel vision

    Unveiled a year ago, the Santa Luċija project, comprising a new underpass and the widening of Vjal Santa Luċija, is meant to complement the major development of the multi-level junction being constructed in Marsa. Three months ago, the...

  • Malpractices in public procurement

    The total volume of public procurement, which is the government activity of purchasing goods, services and works, is substantial. In OECD countries it amounts to 12 per cent of GDP. Public procurement is also one of the government activities most...

  • Maltese festa in a niche

    The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage was drawn up by Unesco 15 years ago but only ratified by Malta in 2017. The document was devised with the overriding objective of preserving intangible heritage, encouraging...

  • Risks of al fresco dining

    Pavement catering facilities are a standard feature in most European cities, especially those that attract a large number of tourists. Malta is no exception as outdoor catering establishments are mushrooming in most parts of the island. But al...

  • Official edicts in print

    There may not be an ‘organic’ law regulating it but it is widely accepted that The Malta Government Gazette is the country’s official journal. It appears there is no need to define it because it is easily recognisable. Indeed, the 1980 Statute Law...

  • Pesticide overuse fears

    A controversy and, given the subject, some concern, has arisen over the use of the pesticide, chlorpyrifos, which is widely used on food crops in Malta. In 2014, a pesticide awareness group found that about a third of pregnant women living within...

  • The war against plastics

    If only people everywhere would realise the harm plastic is doing to our health and to the environment the huge amount of plastic waste lying around on land and at sea would surely be reduced considerably. As global awareness of such harm is...

  • Local neighbourhood WAGs

    In Britain, they’re called WAGs, wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. The term has caught on so well there is now even a TV series of the same title. We never had WAGs in Malta but we are getting close, with a political equivalent. The...

  • The Pope’s Letter: what’s new?

    The Letter to the People of God issued some days ago by Pope Francis in response to the latest developments in the unfolding sex abuse scandal crippling the Catholic Church in America is a remarkable document in many ways. Not surprisingly, it is...

  • Let’s not shoot horses

    The other day, a horse pulling a traditional karozzin collapsed and died in Floriana at about 1pm – the height of the summertime heat. A few days later another horse drawing a karozzin collapsed but, fortunately, did not die. Both cases have...

  • Contentious regulations

    New vacation leave regulations brought into force through legal notices a few days before the feast of Santa Marija, when most enterprises would be on their annual shut down, raised issues that need to be addressed to ensure any rigidity in...

  • Power to commissioners

    Specially appointed commissioners should have both the bark and the bite. Yet, there have been instances, even recently, that led many to conclude they really had no bite and not necessarily because of lack of will on their part. A few days ago,...

  • A shadow on the economy

    Measuring the extent of the shadow economy in any country is a notoriously tricky and controversial task. The size of the shadow economy should take into account all economic activity, including the official and unofficial production of goods and...