• 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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  • D-Day: 9th March 2013

    David Cilia

    Elections should be a natural democratic process in a free society where citizens, affiliatively organized in political parties, compete with alternative programs of government to attract the approval of the majority of their fellow citizens. In a highly polarized, practically bi-partisan, society as ours, election day has become D-Day.  Nerves ...

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  • On Nature and its Expressions

    Nadia Delicata

    As I flipped mindlessly through the channels after a busy day, a reality show chronicling the pregnancy and birth story of a couple caught my attention somewhat. At first I thought it was the “regular” (though nothing is quite “regular” on television, is it?) incredible story about a mystery pregnancy ...

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  • Sleeping God

    Christopher Bezzina

    If we examine the present challenging subjects for the Catholic Church we have a consensus that gay rights is a huge stumbling block. Amidst this intense tempest-like advocacy for the protection of the traditional family or for equal rights I must say I imagine God enjoying a nice nap. Not ...

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