• 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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  • A much-needed election silence

    Jean Claude Attard

    In this brief, albeit hostile electoral campaign, there are many questions to be asked and many things to ponder about. The one answer we should be able to account for beyond this Saturday’s vote is not, perhaps, who would be representing us in government but, more worryingly, why that would ...

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  • Mixja ma’ Kristu bħala persuna LGBTIQ

    Drachma

    Forsi minħabba t-trobbija tagħna, ħafna minna jaħsbu li l-ispiritwalità u s–sesswalità huma għedewwa ta’ xulxin. Nażżarda ngħid li għal min jaqa’ taħt l-ispektrum tar-realtà gay din it-taqtigħa taf tkun aktar qawwija, speċjalment għal dawk li għadhom jaħsbu li l-imħabba bejn raġel u raġel, jew mara u mara, hi ħażina. Fil-każ ...

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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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  • One Pound Camera

    Joanna Demarco

    In 2014 I came across a cardboard box full of point and shoot cameras selling for £1 each at a carboot sale in London. I picked a grey, chunky Canon one out of the box, which I’m guessing was made some time in the 90’s.  I bought it thoughtlessly, and ...

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  • Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway

    Pietre Vive Malta

    As the speed of living increases, we often find ourselves rushing through our various experiences. The painting Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway by William Turner depicts a laceration of the lush English countryside by the great new railway which connected major cities across the country. The rail ...

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  • Can an AI love me?

    Matthew Pulis

    Artificial intelligence is beginning to leave its mark on entire industries from finance to medicine. Yet the most revolutionary application has yet to arrive—and it’s an existential one. As thinking machines continue to evolve, we need to start redefining humanity, and thus, personal relationships. Or as Kurzweil foresees, is it ...

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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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  • And the Oscar goes to…

    Christine Galea

    This weekend, movie fans witnessed the biggest error in the history of the Oscars, when the musical film, ‘La La Land’ was mistakenly announced as the best-picture, instead of the actual winner, the coming-of-age drama ‘Moonlight’.   In fact, the producers of the musical were already deep into their victory speeches ...

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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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