A more solid framework against child labour

Helen D'Amato

Child labour is wrong because it has the potential to disrupt a child’s education, and can bring great physical and psychological harm to the child. Such is described in Article 32 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which warns against this and which provides the basis for national legislation against child labour. Taking Malta as an example, the country’s legislation makes the ...

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Hackers aid to Turkey

Matthew Pulis

Entering the second week of unrest in Turkey, hackers have decided to put their finger in the pie too. Following unconfirmed reports that the Government in Turkey has blocked access to Facebook and Twitter amid the unrest over a development demolition has urged some hackers to retaliate. To add further the insult to injury, last Wednesday 24 bloggers were tracked down by Turkish Police officers ...

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Atheists won’t go to Hell

Anton D'Amato

For some this was considered as good news but for others this was quite an obvious statement and almost an irrelevant one. From an atheist point of view, considering that atheists believe in neither heaven nor hell, the last option should have applied. Being irrelevant might as well it be ignored. As in the case of most statement Pope Francis makes, even this one has ...

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D-Day – that day, today and every day!

Martin Bugelli

The entrance to the British War Cemetery in Bayeux has this inscription – “Nos a Gulielmo Victi Victoris Patriam Liberavimus”. Translated (We who were conquered by William have now liberated his country), this elegant Latin phrase bridges a millennium of turbulent history from 1066 to 1944. The similarities between the two events – the invasion of Britain by William the Norman Conqueror, and the first ...

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6-step stress handling during exams

Lorleen Farrugia

If you are a student, you are probably looking forward for the summer to come, or for the next few weeks to pass as quickly as possible, just because it would mean exams will be over. Only then will it be time to relax! Right now exams however are constantly on your mind and most probably cramming sessions and sleepless nights are the order of ...

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Discover rather than define ‘Freedom’

Andre Debattista

Freedom is a subject explored by various thinkers, philosophers and politicians. It is an experience and a state-of-being which cannot be easily defined. Sometimes it seems to be a mere cliché or a rhetorical flourish. Political freedom often refers to the freedom from coercion. Former occupied territories view the attainment of national independence as the pinnacle of their historical and political narrative; a milestone event ...

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ETHICS. Thought or Feeling?

Antoine Azzopardi

It is very easy for us, living in our contemporary society, to discuss ethical issues making use of particular and very specific cases which soften our insights rather than remain at arm’s length with an objective point of view so as to discuss matters avoiding emotional input. It is not because it would be better to eradicate humane attitudes but it is more correct for ...

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While stuck in traffic

Nadia Delicata

Like many who make our abode on these islands of ours, I spend a good chunk of my day stuck in traffic. Traffic, and how I behave in its midst, defines me as a Maltese resident. It alters my moods; it exhausts me unnecessarily; it impoverishes my quality of life. I have strove to make more bearable the time I spend surrounded by metal monsters ...

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Forced to mass

Brandon Lee Caruana

It is a reality that the number of people attending to mass, at least once a week, is decreasing more and more. As a reason to this, many are saying “it is always the same”, “same message and no essence of originality”. Others portray it as a “boring experience” and basically doing nothing amusing. Simply sitting on a cold wooden bench or chair, rise up ...

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Becoming Champions

Bernard Micallef

Reaching the Champions League final is no easy feat.  Reaching it three times in four years is something extraordinary.  Not only that: from the two previous finals played, Bayern Munich have failed to win both, putting higher pressure to succeed in tomorrow’s final. Losing for the third time would definitely be a bigger blow than the ones they have already experienced, especially when it is ...

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