• 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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  • A Red Camel

    MarieLou Camilleri

    A red camel. Yepp, that’s the first thing my eyes see through my thick glasses´ lenses when I sit down at my office desk.  It’s a sort of play mobile toy which my colleagues gave me on my first day at work.  They said it would be my mascot. It’s ...

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  • Why agara? Why Lebanon?

    agara

    “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Gandhi. Volunteering gives you a chance to change at least one individual’s perspective to life, be it by helping physically, financially, emotionally or socially, it gives you time to build a relationship with a ...

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  • Esperjenza fiż-ŻAK

    Maria Zammit

    Iż-ŻAK (Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika) għalija ma tfissirx biss organizzazzjoni li tieħu ħsieb l-formazzjoni taż-żgħażagħ iżda tfisser: familja. Ilni membru f’din l-għaqda madwar 10 snin. Wara ftit li bdejt nattendi l-laqgħat ta’ formazzjoni, bdejt ukoll immexxi grupp ta’ żgħażagħ flimkien ma’ leaders oħra permezz tat-taħriġ offrut mill-istess għaqda. Tajt u għadni ...

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  • Riflessjonijiet fuq il-Maltin f’Jum San Valentin

    Għaqda tal-Malti Università

    Riflessjonijiet fuq identitajiet Maltin (b’naqra mħabba għal Jum San Valentin) Spiss naħsbu fl-identità bħala xi ħaġa immutabbli, fissa sa minn żmien żemżem u daqshekk. B’danakollu, din l-ewwel sentenza diġà tisfida dan il-kunċett t’identità billi tinqeda bi kliem ta’ nisel differenti. Din ix-xhieda ta’ taħlit lingwistiku hi sintomatika ta’ taħlit fl-identità ...

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  • “Għid żarbun mhux ‘shosie’”

    Għaqda tal-Malti Università

    Ikolli nammetti li, anke jekk mhux il-ħin kollu, noqgħod attenta ħafna għal-lingwaġġ użat mit-tfal. Kull kelma li tingħad, hemm storja warajha. Iżda l-mistoqsija li dejjem tkun qed tberren f’moħħi hi, it-tfal huma verament konxji tal-kliem li qed jużaw? Meta nisma’ lil xi tifla tuża kelma flok oħra jew verb ikkonjugat ...

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  • Diversità

    Wayne Farrugia

    Jekk timraħ f’dak li hu preżenti fi żmienna, tintebaħ kemm hawn aljenazzjonijiet. Il-kunċett ta’ aljenazzjoni kif muri fil-qasam soċjoloġiku permezz ta’ teoriji klassiċi kif ukoll kontemporanji, jirreferi għal tip ta’ kundizzjoni fir-relazzjonijiet soċjali waqt li tirrifletti grad baxx fl-integrazzjoni u grad għoli t’iżolazzjoni bejn l-individwi. Skont it-teorija Marxista l-aljenazzjoni titfaċċa ...

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  • Desiring Difference

    Pyt Farrugia

    It seems to me that the human struggle to make sense of desire, both conscious and unconscious, is universal. After all, we are created in this way – we are in need of one another, irrespective of our cultural background, gender identity, sexual orientation, or systems of belief. It is ...

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