• No nature please, we’re Maltese

    Pyt Farrugia

    Disfigured trees, dismembered cats, dead birds – the Maltese relationship with the natural world is outright psychotic. It’s become a static feature of the nation’s discourse, and apart from tut-tuts by media luvvies and inane Facebook appeals, precious little seems to get done. I’ve thought about this for a while ...

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  • Internet, grammar and spelling

    Dr Mark Said

    Martin Bugelli’s post on the need to read and the right to write (September 8, 2013) has prompted me to share a few thoughts here on this topic. The first dictionary was published in 1806 by Marion Webster, and ever since, the idea of an important principle that words be ...

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  • The elephant in the room?

    zuntiermagazine

    There is an Asiatic folk tale about six wise men, living in a village where an elephant had been brought for the very first time. They heard the cacophony of the villagers shouting about the animal, and having no idea what an elephant was, they decided that it was up ...

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  • Weak link in Maltese education

    Deirdre Morris

    At the public meeting hosted in the government buildings soon after this year’s general election, the minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo shared that ‘according to an outside analysis of Maltese Education, Early Years’ Education was ‘the weak link’ in the chain’. On the 5th of October this year, ...

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  • Islamophobia in Malta

    Asma Dekna

    The word “Islam” or “Muslim” in Malta comes with a lot of labels; and these labels are something that children are brought up learning. Whether it is from the poetry of Dun Karm depicting how the “mislem” mercilessly slaughters and kills, or how the history books repeatedly emphasize the cruel ...

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  • Homosexuals, Sexuality and Legislation: A Context

    zuntiermagazine

    Culturally deviant. Possessed by the devil. Sick. Genetically disturbed. Biochemically imbalanced. Possessed by the Devil himself (or herself!). Throughout history, attitudes toward homosexuality have vacillated from sympathy and support to disdain and neglect. In 1974 the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality as a pathological psychiatric condition from its authoritative ...

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  • Reforming Education?

    Andre Debattista

    The debate at the start of the scholastic / academic year often focusses on several recurrent themes. For those in primary and secondary school, the issues may centre on the cost of books and uniforms, the amount of homework handed out and the various ways parents can support their children. ...

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  • Shameful silence and shocking speech

    Anton D'Amato

    The Mediterranean sea is more than ever becoming a burial site where name-less corpses are being laid to rest after their journey on earth ended roughly at sea. A week has passed since two contrasting episodes happened a few hours from each other incredibly contrasting but both telling of certain ...

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