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Editorial

  • Trump clearly unfit for the job

    Donald Trump has been President of the United States for just over 200 days. Apart from his negligible legislative achievements domestically, his deplorable record includes a retreat from American global leadership and a rejection of those very...

  • Knowledge really means power

    In an interview with The Sunday Times of Malta earlier this month, University rector Alfred Vella made a powerful plea for more doctoral research to be carried out. He ensured he conveyed one crucial message: research benefits those conducting it,...

  • Green enforcement unit

    One of the criticisms levelled at Malta is that it is shabby and dirty. Litter and the dumping of waste in the countryside are blots on the landscape. The Maltese have an unenviable reputation as litter louts. Part of the reason is cultural. We...

  • Up the hill, backwards

    When a Nationalist Party leadership candidate comes up with the idea of setting up customer care offices in every town and village in Malta, and touts it like a trophy, one realises the abyss situation the country’s political culture is in. After...

  • Two sharply contrasting faces

    Malta today wears two distinct faces: one of a booming economy and the other of complaints about decisions that adversely affect the quality of life. There has rarely been a time when the difference has been sharper than it is today. There is no...

  • The Church’s earthly concerns

    No organisation operating in today’s complex economic realities can survive without sound financial management. The Catholic Church is no exception, even if many still believe that divine providence will always bail out a Church that struggles to...

  • Vice of convenient secrecy

    The Constitution lays down that “in the exercise of his powers to institute, undertake and discontinue criminal proceedings and of any other powers conferred on him by any law in terms which authorise him to exercise that power in his individual...

  • Stemming economic migration

    For the last three years, Italy has borne the brunt of the migration crisis as the central Mediterranean route into Europe has become the chief entry path into the EU. More than 83,000 migrants arrived in southern Italy in the first half of this...

  • A party in existential chaos

    When Mario Galea, a long-time Nationalist MP,      comes out ranting against the party leader, on Facebook of all places, it is an indication that something is fundamentally wrong with the party. It has nothing to do with washing one’s linen in...

  • ‘Open skies’ uncertainty

    Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary is being accused of being rash in forecasting a major disruption to flights between Britain and the European Union come March 2019 unless the UK strikes an early aviation deal with the EU as part of the...

  • Tertiary language barriers

    Many suspect that the financing model of the University of Malta is no longer fit for purpose. Lack of sufficient funding means that economies have to be made in areas like research and development as well as infrastructural...

  • The view from the cockpit

    Air Malta did not have a smooth take off. Indeed, when the late prime minister Dom Mintoff decreed that this tiny island needed its own national airline, many mocked the idea saying birds of lead did not fly. Yet, Air Malta soared, even if with a...

  • An elephant in the room

    Few may have an appetite for any discussion on the next budget in the sizzling heat of August but Finance Minister Edward Scicluna kept his appointment with the social partners within the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development a few...

  • Well-trained ‘bouncers’

    Footage released recently showed Paceville ‘bouncers’ – or door staff security personnel, to give them their proper professional nomenclature - beating up two foreigners in an apparently unprovoked attack. The attack, which happened about two...

  • Blueprint for a renovated MFSA

    The financial service sector owes much of its vibrant success to the pragmatic approach of the Malta Financial Services Authority which is the main regulator of the industry. In the last 20 years this industry has grown at a fast rate. Today it...

  • Health risks of noise pollution

    Stringent public health standards are hallmarks of an administration that protects its citizens from unnecessary risks. Environmental pollution is a major risk that is threatening the prosperity of many countries, including those that are...

  • Down the slippery slope

    Governance has suffered badly at the hands of Joseph Muscat’s government. Supposedly independent and auto-nomous bodies, notably the Planning Authority, have lost their bite and, in some cases, even their bark. Institutions, including the police...

  • Diversity in society

    A Labour Party local councillor, writing in this paper, made a curious observation. He said Equality Minister Helena Dalli did not make it as party deputy leader because of the Marriage Equality Bill she piloted. It is a strange assertion,...

  • Worrying signs from Corradino

    It has been reported that the Corradino Correctional Facility has experienced a sudden spike in drug overdoses as “an unprecedented amount of drugs, especially synthetic drugs” found their way to prison inmates. Large quantities of drugs have...

  • ‘Cooler’ summer for football clubs

    Over the past weeks, football fans followed closely, and with a good degree of satisfaction, it must be admitted, the participation of Maltese clubs in the Uefa competitions. Hibernians were involved in the Champions League qualifiers and Balzan,...

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