Land grabs for the sake of luxury developments are the very opposite of progress. They erode the democratic achievements and threaten to drag us back to the past where the lion share of all resources was owned by a class of feudal lords.
Distinguishing between satire and dead serious news has become a challenge, hasn’t it? But there is a silver lining, too: satirical news portal Bis-Serjetà is the ‘jester that speaks truth to the king’.
Outside the walls of the city ‘by and for gentlemen’ lies a boundary space where ordinary people have more say in shaping the way we share the commons. The Grand Harbour edge of Valletta outside the walls has not yet succumbed to commercial exploitation.
The report from Transnational Institute reveals that member states of the European Union and Schengen Area have constructed almost 1000 km of walls, the equivalent of more than six times the total length of the Berlin Wall.