• A lesson learnt from Mafia victims

    Mariella Catania

    The Italian media is well known for often airing films, series, and even whole seasons of stories (true or fictitious) that revolve around the Sicilian Mafia.  Back in the 80s, I remember my parents watching ‘La Piovra’, and as I grew older I joined them in watching similar films whenever ...

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  • Mute: The unsaid words speaking volumes about our society

    Sara Zingariello

    I am a firm believer in the power and relevance of the unspoken narrative. In many situations, I find myself listening for the volumes of experience that people do not put words to. The hidden intentions behind every action; the buried emotion in every story; the stark reality we choose ...

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  • Malta’s High Rise Mania

    John Paul Cauchi

    This year, Malta’s High Rise mania will get into full swing. Slowly slowly, over the next few years, our beloved skyline will be cluttered by an increase of tall shiny objects going ever skyward, most of which are incredibly unimaginative, or downright horrifying. Slowly slowly, Malta will fulfil the shallow ...

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  • Fully alive and fully human

    Jean Govè

    The past few weeks have seen an alarming amount of men accused of sexual misconduct across the globe; from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, to comedian Louis C.K., to a host of politicians from Washington to Westminster. The hashtag #MeToo trended worldwide on social media and gave a voice to countless ...

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  • Panem et Circenses, and the failure of Critical thought

    John Paul Cauchi

    The Roman satirical poet Juvenal, around 100 AD, is reputed to have come up with the term panem et circenses, referring to the situation where a populace (in this case, Roman) no longer cares for its historical birthright of political involvement. Politicians took the opportunity to only aim for public ...

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  • Int x’tgħid? Perit jew perita? Sindku jew sindka?

    Għaqda tal-Malti Università

    Illum il-ġurnata nafu li d-dominanza tal-irġiel fi professjonijiet, xogħlijiet jew karigi bil-mod il-mod qed tirriduċi ruħha. Fejn qabel in-nisa kienu joqogħdu d-dar jieħdu ħsieb it-tfal, fi żmienna qed jiġri pjuttost bil-kontra. Diversi nisa mhux talli bdew deħlin fil-postijiet tax-xogħol, talli saħansitra bdew jokkupaw pożizzjonijiet li qabel kienu okkupati biss mill-irġiel. ...

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  • What do we do now?

    Dr Ramon Bonett Sladden

    During the past few years, our country has been through a great deal of change. Whether the changes which have come to pass are for better or for worse, I will let history judge. My scope for writing is to try to examine the effects of our action or inaction ...

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  • By force of habit

    Jean Govè

    In “The Republic,” Plato proposed the analogy of the human soul and the State. He held that the State should be a reflection of the soul – and its final and primary aim was the attainment of the virtue of justice. Last Monday’s events speak volumes on the soul of ...

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  • To educators

    Maria Vella

    We live in dark times, fellow educator. By educator, I am referring to you parents; you who live next door to someone; you who work with people; and especially you, who are a teacher. In this letter I am not judging what a journalist has done and how she carried ...

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  • 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 ...

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