• 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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  • Malta’s Environment Wishlist

    John Paul Cauchi

    In this election cycle, with political parties promising the earth and sky and everything in between, the environment of our country is often used as a trading card in party leader’s desperate attempts to get people to vote for them. With the oft-embarrassing track record on the environment of both ...

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  • Love, Meaning and Euthanasia

    Jean Govè

    “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” – Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose ...

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  • The ‘I want it all’ Syndrome

    John Paul Cauchi

    It is clear to all that as time goes by and the general level of wealth of the Maltese increases (I’m not commenting about the increasing wealth gap here as that deserves a post on its own ) we Maltese are becoming more… shall we say daring in what we ...

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  • What it means to be both Maltese and European

    Dr Alfred Sant

    ​Fuelled by globalisation and what is partly its by-product, immigration, identity issues have again become prominent in political and social debate. They have always been close to the surface of public affairs in Europe, a continental space which in human terms, developed par excellence as a conglomerate of different, if ...

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  • Malta’s EU Presidency – a few reflections

    Dr Lawrence Gonzi

    Malta’s EU Presidency is taking place during a defining moment for all of us. It is happening at a time when we are surrounded by political turmoil and uncertainty which is questioning most of our long standing values chief amongst which are our belief in the dignity of the human ...

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  • Freeing Expression

    Pyt Farrugia

    “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” Abraham Lincoln, writing those words to Henry Pierce, articulated the basic fact that democracy cannot successfully function, let alone thrive and flourish, without freedom of expression. Democracy is more ...

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  • The Orange Man and Environmental Policy

    John Paul Cauchi

    And so it has happened. The Unites States has elected Donald Trump, a wild card for American politics, as its leader for the next four years. Cue silent agonising screams of the heart. I will not go into his statements and scandals – there are tomes to write about that. ...

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  • Save the Semitic

    Emil Anton

    A letter to the Maltese people: I would like to suggest that Maltese people should seriously study Arabic. As a Finn with Iraqi roots who wants to relearn his once-lost Arabic, I feel at home in semi-Semitic Malta, but I am disappointed by the lack of interest in Arabic on the part of ...

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  • Change it… but keep it!

    MarieLou Camilleri

    “My life has changed, and I’m changing with it” Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess Every year the same song ‘As old as time’ (sung by journalists rather than by Angela Lansbury) about how the thousands of students who graduate each year find immediate employment. What they forget to harmonise in ...

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