• Dare we rise to the occasion?

    Nadia Delicata

    Today, almost three weeks after her brutal murder, Daphne Caruana Galizia will be laid to rest. In what must have been the most excruciating grieving process for her loved ones, they can finally start mourning as their wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend is returned to the ground with dignity, ...

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  • ‘Should I take the Pill the “morning after”?’ Some considerations

    Nadia Delicata

    It has finally arrived. Neofarma Pharmaceuticals, the undisputed winner in the much hotly debated question of whether emergency contraceptives should be available in local pharmacies or not, has announced that “the long-awaited morning-after pill” is now available over-the-counter, that is, without medical prescription, for women of child-bearing age. As of ...

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  • Pope Francis: the “media darling” a year later

    Nadia Delicata

    A year ago, based on my first impressions of Cardinal Bergoglio, I had predicted that the new Pontiff would be a Pope for the social networks. Twelve months later, my predictions have not only been confirmed, but radically exceeded, since not only has Pope Francis proved to be a shrewd ...

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  • “Printing” happiness

    Nadia Delicata

    The Consumer Electronics Association’s yearly expo recently unveiled the latest and wackiest in wearables, smart technology (all creating the infamous “internet of things”) and the craze sweeping the mainstream gadget market, 3D printing. Among the most intriguing new 3D printers were those that created not mere “things” but… food. (CES 2014) 3DSystems launched ...

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  • School Reunion

    Nadia Delicata

    For days I deliberated whether to go or not. But in my heart of hearts I knew I would not miss it for the world. Twenty years later, I would re-visit my old school, meet my old classmates, re-live a key milestone of our teenage years: the school leaving bash. ...

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  • What does it mean to be “Maltese” anyway?

    Nadia Delicata

    The whole individual investor programme controversy—or if one chooses to call a spade a spade, the easy selling of our Maltese citizenship and EU passport—has made me rack my brains trying to answer precisely the above question.  As a dual-citizen, the question for me personally is even more tortuous. I ...

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  • The Season to be Jolly

    Nadia Delicata

    I might be cynical, but as I drive around and notice flickering Christmas lights in this most magical of seasons, “jolly” is not exactly the feeling that seems to permeate the air. As a child, I remember Maltese streets decorated shabbily, if at all. In contrast, the windows and balconies ...

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  • The Evolution of Marriage

    Nadia Delicata

    Marriage certainly isn’t what it used to be. From polygamy to a contract between future-husband and father-of-blushing-bride-to-be, it was (in some places, still is) patriarchy’s way of guaranteeing legitimate heirs to men and rubbed off social status to women. It is a relatively recent phenomenon that something as capricious as ...

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  • Dialogue on zuntier: beyond “beliefs”

    Nadia Delicata

    It’s been almost a year since I was invited to enter and participate in this space called zuntier. I accepted the invitation because it promised to allow for “encounter”… indeed for that elusive reality of authentic exchange called “dialogue”. I also believed it was significant that the welcoming space was ...

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  • The joy of wasting time

    Nadia Delicata

    A favourite cliché among churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike (and yes, since I use the word “church” I am primarily referring to Christians… though I suspect, brothers and sisters of other religious traditions might very well empathize!) is that the Sunday mass, service, liturgy or otherwise can be… ahem… a “waste ...

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