Hate speech limits freedom of expression
Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad hominem’ attacks on people with differing views – has, in fact, long characterised the tone of national...
An explosive powder-keg that must be defused
Sunday’s riot may therefore be a stark reminder that the social realities we have swept under the carpet are still there, and show no signs of abating
A good start, but only a start

Robert Abela has hit a number of high notes in his first week of office, contrasting with his promise of continuity in the short campaign for...

Robert Abela has hit a number of high notes in his...

Continuity won, but some change is inevitable

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime Minister may have...

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime...

A new political season for Malta

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the political culture that respects voters, that vows to address the shortcomings in good governance, that...

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the...

A proxy war in the Med?

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove crucial to the prospects of lasting peace in the Mediterranean

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove...

Continuity is not an option

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently distance themselves from what they now both recognise to be the ‘mistakes’ of the Muscat...

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently...

Beware of ‘friends’ bearing gifts: regulating trading in influence

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming to being ‘blackmailed’. That is the whole point of the matter: it was his own decision...

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming...

A criminal complaint too far

'As the person caught red-handed opening a secret company, it should be Keith Schembri to prove Busuttil’s allegations wrong'

'As the person caught red-handed opening a secret...

The PN’s dilemma: continuity or change?

The Nationalist party is caught, as in a vice, between the opposing forces of...

The Nationalist party is caught, as in a vice, between the...

The cost of overdevelopment

If we are to preserve our natural heritage and conserve our urban tradition – which would entail a strict ‘ODZ is ODZ’ policy – the...

If we are to preserve our natural heritage and conserve our...

A day of celebration and protest

Fears that the new law would somehow affect the way people can legally talk about family relations – to the extent, for example, of ‘out-lawing...

Fears that the new law would somehow affect the way people...

Breaking our addiction to cars

We are reaching a point where existing solutions no longer serve their purpose

We are reaching a point where existing solutions no longer...

The Last Supper, but not the last controversy

What this case has revealed is a deep and widespread misunderstanding of...

What this case has revealed is a deep and widespread...

The civil liberties minefield

The Nationalist Party is already committed to support the bill by its electoral programme: to vote against the bill today would be a complete reversal of the...

The Nationalist Party is already committed to support the...

‘Bringing down the government’ should not be the Opposition’s aim

The allegations which prompted the early election remain, as yet, unproven. If it transpires that they were inaccurate or untrue, ‘bringing down his...

The allegations which prompted the early election remain,...

A chance to pull our socks up

This legislature opens at a time when its services are most needed. Unfortunately it also opens under a cloud of mutual antagonism and distrust. But this...

This legislature opens at a time when its services are most...

Now is not a time to rush

Leaders can be easily and quickly chosen, but to come up with a genuinely inspiring political agenda is a different matter

Leaders can be easily and quickly chosen, but to come up...

Exploitation is the real issue

Whether the intention is to ban prostitution, or legalise it, the actual aim of the legislation remains the same: to target the exploitation of sex workers

Whether the intention is to ban prostitution, or legalise...

The PN’s future in the balance

The 1970s and 1980s were a time that called for increased militancy. Today, the electorate is attuned to less warlike, more conciliatory political rhetoric...

The 1970s and 1980s were a time that called for increased...