• Sacredlessness

    Jean Claude Attard

    Making sense of 2016 might be a tricky endeavour. Our anxieties about clothing this past year, however, offer a glimpse of what we have been through, and perhaps even more significantly, why. This comes as no surprise. Fashions mirror values, they are a reliable barometer of change, and whatever trend ...

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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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  • “L-Għaġeb”

    Jean Claude Attard

    L-Għaġeb is a popular figurine, traditionally made of clay, in Maltese Christmas cribs. Most of the time this is a figure of ridicule; he is the freak, the fussy person, the exaggerator, the one who makes a mountain out of a molehill. L-Għaġeb is also the one, however, who expresses ...

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  • The Challenge of Change

    Pietre Vive Malta

    “Change…is it a postive thing?” “Does it make life inconsistent or more fulfilling?” “How should I embrace change?” These are questions that I frequently find myself struggling with. And I guess, these are the questions which essentially attracted me to Guido Reni’s painting of The Adoration of the Shepherds. In ...

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  • Eternal Champions

    Bernard Micallef

    The recent tragedy of the Chapecoense football team made me think about all the hard work and sacrifices that we do. Here we had a number of people joined together by this dream – to be the champions of the Copa Sudamericana (the equivalent to Europe’s Europa League). We had ...

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  • The Way of Man, Part 3

    Ian Diacono

    Beginning with oneself, this way of thinking is seen clearly, in the Hasidism way, as man is not treated as an object of examination, but is called upon to ‘straighten himself out’. At first, a man should realize that conflict situations between himself and others, are nothing but the effects ...

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  • Save the Semitic

    Emil Anton

    A letter to the Maltese people: I would like to suggest that Maltese people should seriously study Arabic. As a Finn with Iraqi roots who wants to relearn his once-lost Arabic, I feel at home in semi-Semitic Malta, but I am disappointed by the lack of interest in Arabic on the part of ...

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  • The Way of Man, Part 2

    Ian Diacono

    The Particular Way is a call for authenticity that Martin Buber, in The Way of Man, presents by giving an example of a Rabbi who was asked this question; ‘Show me one general way to the service of God?’ This Rabbi claims that it is impossible to tell men what way ...

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  • Change it… but keep it!

    MarieLou Camilleri

    “My life has changed, and I’m changing with it” Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess Every year the same song ‘As old as time’ (sung by journalists rather than by Angela Lansbury) about how the thousands of students who graduate each year find immediate employment. What they forget to harmonise in ...

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  • The Way of Man, Part 1

    Ian Diacono

    The hardest thing for an author to do, is to help his readers understand complexities in their simplest forms. Martin Buber does exactly that in his short remarkable book ‘The Way of Man’. Buber is said to have been one of the most significant religious thinkers of the twentieth century. ...

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