Reading The New York Times editorial page is no easy task. Most times, one cannot be completely sure whether bad journalism or ideological blindness is to blame for the paper's ability to get things wrong when it comes to Turkey. In the twisted world of The New York Times Editorial Board, the designated terrorist organization PKK's founder Abdullah Öcalan, who is currently serving a life sentence in Turkey for his involvement in deadly attacks against Turkish security forces and civilians alike, is "a leader jailed as a terrorist." Turkey's efforts to stop terror attacks and arrest would-be suicide bombers before they reach Europe, including the declaration of a state of emergency in July 2016, were part of a crackdown on dissent. Fetullah Gülen, who has been micromanaging a criminal empire from rural Pennsylvania, is a saint. At this point, however, the Turkish people understand that their country's efforts to protect its national interests are bound to be criticized by The … [Read more...] about The New York Times: bad journalism or ideological blindness?
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So according to Education Minister and erstwhile journalism lecturer Evarist Bartolo, those taking the government to task through the international Daphne Project for the misdeeds perpetrated by members of this government are part of an orchestrated attempt by people who hate the Labour Party so much that they will stop at nothing and even damage the country in the process. According to the minister, to hurt the whole country and the thousands of people who depend on the economic sector is very irresponsible indeed. Oh my, Evarist. Where shall we start? First off, this newspaper is not materially involved in the project and, as such, we have no vested interest in promoting or defending it. We have, however, been materially involved in exposing much of the rot that has infected the country. That being said, we do have a vested interest in promoting and defending journalism, our stock in trade. Secondly, it is doubtful in the extreme that those reputable international newspapers … [Read more...] about TMIS Editorial: Oh my, Evarist
Writing in his blog on our online portal, former prime minister and Labour leader Alfred Sant yesterday wrote: “Data recently issued by Eurostat regarding labour costs in the EU show that in Malta, spending on workers and employees (excluding those in agriculture and public administration) is less than half the euro zone average. On the basis of hourly labour costs, the average for 2017 in the euro zone stood at €30.3. In Malta it “only” reached €14. “The outlay includes those payments made by enteprises that do not go directly to employees: mostly social security and similar contributions. In Malta the share of such contributions in total labour costs is less than anywhere else in Europe: 6.7 percent of total costs. The share is highest in France: 32.8 percent of labour costs are accounted for by social outlays.” Sant then points to what he called some interesting questions. “What explanation is there for the fact that though we … [Read more...] about TMID Editorial: Economy
Darren Dodd and Andrew Jack April 13, 2018 Print this page Experimental feature Listen to this article Play audio for this article Pause Experimental feature or Give us your feedback Thank you for your feedback. What do you think? I‘ll use it in the future I don‘t think I‘ll use it Please tell us why (optional) Send Feedback Sign up here to receive this briefing by email.Non-communicable diseases — covering everything from cancers to diabetes — account for almost three-quarters of global deaths and kill many more people in developing countries than in their richer counterparts. That is the challenge addressed by The Lancet’s task force on NCDs and economics, outlined at a WHO conference this week.The UN has a target of reducing premature deaths from NCDs by a third by 2030, but this is unlikely to succeed without reforms to financing. Failure could result in a global loss of 5 per cent of … [Read more...] about FT Health: Why ‘sin taxes’ are good economics
Can Donald Trump's dream of beating back globalization and lifting the fortunes of its victims actually work? With a third landslide election victory since 2010, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban proved that it can -- at least for a while.Orban has been accused of creating an authoritarian government, setting up a Russian-style propaganda machine and playing to citizens' basest xenophobic instincts. But Hungary remains a functioning democracy, and his party, Fidesz, owes its success to an economic policy that grew wages and lowered unemployment.When Orban took over in 2010, Hungary was near collapse. The country was soldiering through a Greek-style debt program administered by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. He moved decisively to clean up the country's finances, slash the budget deficit from 5.3 percent in 2011 to 2.4 percent in 2012 (it was down to 1.9 percent last year) and pay off the debts to the EU … [Read more...] about Orban’s Economic Model Is Trump’s Dream