Don’t waste your vote

Maria Vella

Coming from a background of voluntary work has lead me to having a close relationship with the poor. I know that Rita doesn’t make it till the end of the month with the pension she receives; Anna’s husband keeps her money so unless she receives providence she has absolutely no income or way to afford buying food; at the age of twelve Teresa has to ...

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A much-needed election silence

Jean Claude Attard

In this brief, albeit hostile electoral campaign, there are many questions to be asked and many things to ponder about. The one answer we should be able to account for beyond this Saturday’s vote is not, perhaps, who would be representing us in government but, more worryingly, why that would be so. This why might have to do more with who we are than with ...

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Malta’s Environment Wishlist

Dr John Paul Cauchi

In this election cycle, with political parties promising the earth and sky and everything in between, the environment of our country is often used as a trading card in party leader’s desperate attempts to get people to vote for them. With the oft-embarrassing track record on the environment of both major political parties, we of course instinctively tend to take their words with a tad ...

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Baton change

Bernard Micallef

‘One sows and another reaps.’ One’s work is taken over by another to develop it and hopefully come up with a good result. Jesus stated this clearly to his disciples (Jn 4:36-38) – “I sent you to reap that for which you did not labour. Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labour.” They were experiencing what others had worked for; they were ...

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Love, Meaning and Euthanasia

Jean Govè

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” – Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning During these past few months, ...

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Il-Vjaġġ

Drachma

Nista’ ngħid li l-esperjenzi tiegħi bħala persuna gay huma esperjenzi uniċi li ffurmawni u għadhom qed jiffurmawni, kif wara kollox huma l-esperjenzi li kull wieħed u waħda minna jgħaddu minnhom kuljum. T’età żgħira kont diġà nħoss ġibda lejn l-għalliema rġiel fl-iskola primarja tiegħi, però ma kontx nifhem x’qed jiġri ġo fija. Aktar ma għadda żmien, meta dħalt is-sekondarja, dawn il-ġibdiet komplew jikbru, l-aktar fiż-żmien tal-adolexxenza. Peress ...

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Music, a powerful connector

agara

In the world of refugees any form of language which can bring down the barriers created by different languages is more than welcome. In most cases they resort to using signals or images or even making strange noises to get the message across. The results… barely decent, and that’s being optimistic. However there is one language which does not have any constraints… and that’s music. ...

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Summiting – Kilimanjaro

Michela Catania

5th January 2016 was the day I reached the 5895m mark of Africa’s highest free standing mountain – Kilimanjaro. I still remember the day I told my parents what I had decided to take on as my challenge that year and their reaction was, “Are you sure? Its a mountain you’re talking about”. I thought “if others can do it why not me?” Although many ...

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“Ajma!”

Christine Galea

It’s one of those Maltese interjections that are frustratingly impossible to translate accurately into the English language.  Not only. Even in our own language, it takes on a myriad of meanings, depending upon the tone in which it is expressed.   One could say that, in its simplest form, spoken in staccato, the word “ajma” is exclaimed as an instant reaction to physical pain – “ouch, ...

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Kissing the Lord, a Post-Paschal Reflection

Pyt Farrugia

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is sweeter than wine,” begins the Song of Songs, attesting to the ancient beauty of the kiss in Scripture. As a man who loves men, kisses exchanged between members of my gender hold a particular fascination. In other cultures, I am told, these can be simple gestures of courtesy and platonic affection ...

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