• My brother’s keeper


    Outrageous! Shocking! These are only some of the emotions triggered upon learning the news of the recent happenings at the eastern German town of Schmölln. Not only did a young Somali man, aged 17, commit suicide just days after he had been dismissed from a psychiatric facility where he had ...

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  • The Opportunity to Play

    Bernard Micallef

    Why do we practice sports? What is so fascinating about running? About a group of people passing a ball around? About spending hours training at the gym? I have been asked these questions many times. The most basic answer I could come up with is: “because we have the power ...

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  • The three Ps

    Jean Claude Attard

    Thierry Henry recently recalled how his former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola had a system based around the “three Ps” – position, possession and play. Perhaps the beautiful game, with its ironies and obscenities, is somehow a reflection of the life we lead. Insights from football characters like the now ...

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  • Time to Grow

    Martina-Anne Attard

    Travelling is a mystery in itself; it is a reality that needs to be experienced in order for it to be understood. Whilst travelling, we are more connected with what is happening around us: with the people, with the country and with its lifestyle. As a result of meeting new individuals and coming across new situations ...

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  • A volunteer’s perspective

    Maria Vella

    Last summer I finally managed to make my dream come true: that of volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity, otherwise known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa, in Kolkata, India. I have always wanted to be a missionary and the fact that Mother Teresa is very close to my heart ...

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  • Il-Mara l-Ħoxna: ix-xipli, il-godlija, u l-bejniet

    Għaqda tal-Malti Università

    L-idjoma dwar id-dehra tagħna, bħala bnedmin u bħala Maltin, ma tonqosx. Ħu mill-għana tradizzjonali (“L-Aqwa Nisa l-Maltin,” tar-Ringu), u poeżiji oħra (ara l-istudji t’Immanuel Mifsud), u tinduna kemm dan hu minnu. Imma qabelxejn, x’nifhmu b’użu idjomatiku? Minbarra li b’idjoma nifhmu mod ta’ espressjoni, nifhmu wkoll frażi li intużat ħafna u ...

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  • Defending the Common Good

    John Paul Cauchi

    In this small country of ours, we often find ourselves wondering whether we have any concept of common good, or as it is more commonly known – public good. Some of you might say that we have a social welfare system that, despite its many faults, ensures that a common ...

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  • Save the jungle!


    Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a refugee? I have done that a thousand times, and so far I still have not got a reply. However I can tell what it feels like to sit next to one, to feel welcome in their own camps, to ...

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  • Bogħod mill-għajn…

    Benjamin Portelli

    It was summer and I was in Malta between semesters abroad. During term-time, I still favoured live conversations over other means of contact, especially emails, which I found repetitive. So, MSN Messenger was my go-to channel until it went out of fashion. After that, I admit I was a tough ...

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