In Malta, 2019 brought political crisis, but also stirred democratic mobilization. These essays, best-loved by our readers and editors, grasp the essence of the year.
A hundred years later, Sette Giugno events hit close to home. The blatant speculation and unfettered market practices that led to the spike in food prices in 1919 resemble untamed profiteering in Malta’s housing and labour markets in 2019.
We have collected a few stories and perspectives which contemplate on how national identity is constructed and what effect it has on our lives.
Although still a taboo, abortion has entered public debate—the fact that marks a fundamental societal shift. Time will tell whether Malta’s pro-choice campaign will eventually repeat the success of the Irish one.
In the name of profit, various commercial interests are seeking to take away all that Valletta has to offer to the good of society. Any vision for a better city ought to have our common good as its main aim.
The experience of migration is turned into a problem for those forced to or wishing to migrate—if they are seen and treated as ‘problematic’ migrants; for those who are welcomed as privileged expats, the story is different.
Here are a few suggestions on how we can make Malta a fairer and greener place. The list below is, by no means, exhaustive, but could be just enough to lead to a deeper transformation of our society.