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Empire – an inchoate diaspora

The British colonisers took other traditions with them - respect for the rule of law, elected government, independence of the justiciary from the administration, military obedience to the civil power, and, above all, education. Peccavi! Mea culpa! Actually, it’s not that bad. Apparently all I did last time out when listing the many reasons why so many people left the UK for pastures new was to miss one important factor: weather! According to one Russell Green, “the climate of England has...
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Advocating for children with rare diseases

In memory of Naomi and countless others, let us unite in our efforts to champion the rights and well-being of children living with rare diseases. The 29th of February is Rare Disease Day, a day that helps shed light on the often overlooked struggles faced by many, including children battling rare conditions such as Leukodystrophy. This debilitating disease, characterised by the progressive degeneration of the...
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Mental health in the community

Local councils have a social obligation to ensure space for open and honest discussions at the community level to foster a general sense of social acceptance vis-à-vis mental health. In a world increasingly shaped and dominated by digital systems, the significance of the support that communities can provide for mental well-being cannot be overlooked. While professional assistance and medication undoubtedly remain crucial, what emerges from human...
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A push for a European Union with equality law

Dr Helena Dalli writes about the priorities she has been focusing on, as the first ever European Commissioner for Equality, to create the conditions for equality for everyone, regardless of differences based on gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation. During my mandate as European Union Commissioner for Equality, I give great attention to the development of minimum legal standards that apply throughout the EU with the goal of creating a Union of Equality. I do this regarding the implementation of five EU equality...
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Rule, Britannia?

The British Empire did not result from cold minds, even colder hearts, sitting in committee rooms in London or Edinburgh plotting, looking at a map of the world and planning - well that’s Africa settled, next Tuesday we’ll annex India. Last time round I wrote about the need to understand the realities of history. I hadn’t anticipated that, entirely coincidentally, there would be some discussion about the current lack of interest in the teaching and the learning of history. This is not limited to...
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COPping it out

Malta’s renewable energy efforts so far are well short of what is needed. In the meantime, the government has been spending hundreds of millions on subsidies for petrol, diesel, and gas. On 8th February, the media reported that, for the first time, global warming had exceeded 1.5oC across an entire year.  Temperatures have kept rising at a concerning pace, data from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service from the past year shows. In...

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