• Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without – Buddha

    Martin Bruno

    Peace conjures uncertainty: one man’s peace might spell another man’s anguish. The infamous Munich deal in 1938, for example, appeased England and France, but it spelt Czechoslovakia’s downfall: if the German chancellor had kept his word and not invaded Poland, who would have cared about old Prague’s eventual conquest! In ...

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  • Ironic trends in academia

    Christian Colombo

    Academics, particularly abroad, are being increasingly pressured to publish ever more papers every year. Their job, or rather the likelihood of finding another after the current contract expires, depends on the statistics where the key performance indicator is the number of papers published. The situation took a turn to the ...

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  • Immigrants, common sense and scapegoats

    Silence Dogood

    On the 16th of June 2014, a group of Ethiopian migrants set up a protest in Valletta against our government supporting the very source of their hardship: the Ethiopian regime. It had to be these farmers to show the whole, true picture of migration. The solution lies in their countries ...

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  • The ugly head of homophobia: it’s still there

    Chris Vella

    Isn’t this something old fashioned, from the past? I mean, Homophobia, it’s no longer real, right? I was not surprised by this question that a local presenter asked me during a popular TV show a few days ago. After all, Malta, like most countries in Europe seems to have become more ...

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  • Living with our mental health issues

    Christian Colombo

    Mental health issues are rampant across society; across social classes, across ages, across genders. They are typically the best kept secret of families. Otherwise, you might just hear someone whisper “You know… she has a depression… he has an OCD… she can’t get out of her house out of fear ...

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  • The Feminist Failure

    Silence Dogood

    You cannot agree with George Carlin on everything, that’s understandable. I for one, disagree deeply with him on issues like religion, abortion and environmental concern. Yet this [late] amazing American stand-up comedian has produced captivating works that incorporate dark humour, yet sometimes some valid points are made. His row with ...

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  • Encountering our frailties: a biblical appraisal

    Martin Bruno

    Frailty in its diverse forms and expressions is often misunderstood, neglected, and generally speaking, undesired. And yet, oddly enough, major biblical themes revolve around it, thus Moses: “Then Moses told the LORD, ‘Please, LORD, I’m not eloquent. I never was in the past nor am I now since you spoke ...

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  • MEP elections: Quo Vadis EU?

    Dr Mark Said

    The MEP elections have come and gone. The elected MEPs will represent for a five-year period some 500 million Europeans, making these the biggest transnational elections in history. It is also the only multinational parliament in the world to be voted in through universal suffrage! The European elections are now ...

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  • Social Media? Technology? The Church?

    Matthew Pulis

    Today is World Social Communications day. In order to commemorate the day, The Church in Malta has released a 50 second clip. If the Church chose to celebrate the day in line with the Pope’s message, then this clip is surely not the way to do it. Pope Francis in ...

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  • What a mockery at the Counting Hall

    Anton D'Amato

    Speaking as someone who was ‘wara l-perspex’ during a general election, MEP elections, referenda and various local council elections, I am aware of the tension and frustration one feels during the sorting and counting and most of all awaiting for the results, breaks and all; I can sympathise with what ...

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