• The Weaker Sex

    Christian Colombo

    At first it usually shows itself as seemingly benign jokes featuring women’s deficiencies, but soon you realise that behind the jokes there is a whole reality of ways in which women are being failed by our society. Mind you, men aren’t the only ones to blame for this – all ...

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  • HYS! – The plight of refugees

    Dr Mark Said

    Imagine you were an irregular or illegal immigrant. Millions of families have lost their homes because of violence and warfare. Just a single refugee family, shelterless, is, for some, too much to bear. What would you do if general warfare or regional strife were to endanger the lives of your ...

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  • Immigration, Migration and Racism

    Andre Debattista

    During the second week of July, Maltese newspaper headlines seemed to revolve around issues of immigration and racism. Tensions are running high; the immediate response was emotive and highly personal. On a human level, all individuals have an inherent right to life, dignity and respect. On a political level, the ...

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  • Becoming worldwide citizens

    Christian Colombo

    We have certainly come a long way from the times when the majority of people did not have a say in the running of their country – or rather some empire which was not theirs. From the feeling of belonging to an extended family, tribe, or small village, now most ...

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  • To keep or not to keep … the refugees

    Rosienne Farrugia

    World refugee day was last month and there has already been an excellent post on the topic. But in view of the very recent developments on our tiny, friendly Malta where we welcome everyone with open arms (provided they are fair skinned and, preferably, blue eyed), I thought another go ...

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  • Who is the refugee in Malta

    Anton Falzon

    Today is World Refugee Day and this made me ask myself who is a refugee and who are the refugees we are asked to remember on this day. Unfortunately certain people still pass certain comments such as ‘another boat full of those people has arrived!’, ‘Why don’t they find another ...

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  • On my wedding

    Christian Colombo

    Recently I came upon a video clip where straight people are asked when they chose to become straight. Many of the respondents were somewhat surprised by the question and most answered that they never really took the decision and that they were born that way. Interestingly, the same question is ...

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  • The erosion of the work/life balance

    Andre Debattista

    The culture of dependency is becoming a dominant feature of contemporary society. Economic crises puts pressure on both the labour market and the provision of welfare services. As uncertainty increases, many are becoming dependent on institutions over which they have no control. Some may be totally dependent on social security; ...

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  • A day without laughter is a day wasted

    Rosienne Farrugia

    I must say that writing about ‘Humour’ is not easy. The first thing that passed through my mind was ‘What is there to write about… except maybe give a definition which anyone can find for themselves in a dictionary?’ So I looked the word up in a dictionary – in ...

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  • Manifestos should Address the Right Issues

    Bernard Micallef

    After hours of watching political debates and reading numerous newspaper articles, I came to ask a simple question – what is it that this country is building its future on? The foundations, which are embedded in our history, should be central in electoral manifestos and should be tackled in this ...

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