Opinjoni

Il-qawwa tal-ospitalità 

On the 5th of March, 2002, 250 asylum seekers drifted into Xlendi Bay, Gozo. Their arrival marked what would later be considered as the first major disembarkation of asylum seekers on Maltese shores. Since then, the issue of migration has practically never disappeared from our socio-political agenda. Among friends and colleagues, the pros and cons of welcoming people in a multicultural society are discussed. Come election time, the success or otherwise of our “integration” programmes is debated… Kompli aqra »

Il-verità u l-ġustizzja: Iż-żewġ pilastri tal-ġustizzja wara l-gwerra

On the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2022 the European Conference of Justice and Peace Commissions wishes to offer some reflections on post-war justice (ius post bellum).

For many months now, the Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine has been raging. It is contrary to international law. Out of great concern for the people suffering from this brutal war, the European Conference of Justitia et Pax Commissions (Justice and Peace Europe) has repeatedly spoken out on this brutal war1, not only condemning the Russian aggression, war crimes and the countless violations of human rights, but also calling on political leaders to find a solution to this conflict… Kompli aqra »

Il-logħba mhux daqstant sabiħa

Minn mindu l-FIFA għażlet lill-Qatar biex jospita t-Tazza tad-Dinja tal-2022, dan ir-Renju tal-Golf spiċċa taħt skrutinju kritiku kostanti. Dik li kellha tkun ċelebrazzjoni ta’ talent, diversità u kompetizzjoni sportiva, qed tittrasforma ruħha f’kampjonat mittiefes minn stejjer ta’ sfruttament, transazzjonijiet mhux ċari, u preġudizzju. F’dan il-każ, l-eżerċizzju ta’ “sportswashing”, li bih l-isponsors korporattivi u n-nazzjonijiet ospitanti jfittxu li jtejbu r-reputazzjoni tagħhom billi jisfruttaw l-emozzjonijiet qawwija evokati mill-avvenimenti sportivi, ma jidhirx li sejjer kif mistenni… Kompli aqra »

Faqar u nies bla saqaf fuq rashom

 “Collaboration is increasingly being seen as an important factor in the work of health and social professionals.” (Ambrose-Miller & Ashcroft, 2016, pp.101)

Poverty is one of the most significant social determinants of health and mental health, intersecting with all other determinants, including education, local social and community conditions, race/ethnicity, gender, immigration status, health and access to health care, as well as the living environment… Kompli aqra »

Aċċess mhux ugwali għall-lievi tal-poter

“The Maltese economy is managed by no more than ten people.” These were the words of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat when he testified in the public inquiry into the circumstances of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination. Many were those who brushed off this statement as a well-known fact which should not surprise anyone. However, this concentration of power in the hands of a few people raises some very serious issues regarding the type of influence they exercise over those who are called to govern for the benefit of the whole nation and the type of impact they have over the formulation of policies which should serve the common good and not that of the select few… Kompli aqra »

Stqarrija mill-Kummissjoni Ġustizzja u Paċi

Il-Kummissjoni Ġustizzja u Paċi tilqa’ b’sodisfazzjon l-offerta ta’ medjazzjoni bejn il-Bord tal-Kulleġġ St Albert the Great u s-sur Mario Mallia, li din il-ġimgħa tkeċċa mill-irwol tiegħu bħala surmast ta’ l-iskola.

Il-Kummissjoni tittama bis-sħiħ li, fl-interess tal-komunità edukattiva ta’ St Albert u fl-interess tal-qasam edukattiv kollu f’Malta u tal-Knisja lokali, din il-kwistjoni tiġi riżolta fil-futur qarib.

Mingħajr ma nidħlu fil-merti tal-każ, m’għandux jiġi sottovalutat it-taħwid u r-rabja li qed jesprimu għadd kbir ta’ nies ta’ rieda tajba b’reazzjoni kemm għat-tkeċċija tas-Sur Mario Mallia kif ukoll għall-mod kif ittieħdet deċiżjoni bħal din… Kompli aqra »

Rebħa jew telfa

Issa li, bil-mod il-mod, il-pajjiż qed imur lura għar-rutina tas-soltu wara l-Elezzjoni Ġenerali li saret is-Sibt li għadda, Malta tidher li tinsab f’xenarju familjari: nofs il-poplu qed jiċċelebra, u n-nofs l-ieħor jinsab f’luttu. Xi nies qed iċemplu lill-qraba u lill-ġirien biex jinkuhom. Oħrajn iċemplu biex jagħmlu kuraġġ lil xulxin. Ħafna ħadu r-ruħ, filwaqt li oħrajn qed jokorbu bl-uġigħ, bir-rabja u l-qtigħ il-qalb. Fi kliem ieħor, għal darb’oħra, il-partiġjaniżmu estrem jidher li għadu preżenti wara l-elezzjoni daqskemm kien preżenti fil-ġimgħa ta’ qabel l-elezzjoni… Kompli aqra »

Ħajja dinjituża permezz tax-xogħol

In recent years, Malta has been hailed as a success story when it comes to employment opportunities. And yet, work is much more than an activity which generates wealth and guarantees a source of income. It is an integral part of our wellbeing and has a decisive influence on the quality of life of individuals and families. As such, we are duty-bound to go beyond the headline numbers and analyse in more detail the following challenges which hinder workers and their families from leading a dignified life through work:

– An alarming increase in in-work poverty. The proportion of working people who earn less than 60% of the national median income has increased from 5.2% in 2012 to 7.4% in 2020… Kompli aqra »

Dritt u dmir: L-importanza li tivvota

Aħna u nippreparaw biex neleġġu gvern ġdid fis-26 ta’ Marzu, diffiċli nsibu messaġġ aktar kontrakulturali fuq il-politika minn dak li joffri l-Papa Franġisku huwa u jistieden lill-Kattoliċi tajbin biex jinvolvu ruħhom fil-politika: “Ma tistax toqgħod tħares mill-gallarija! Involvi ruħek!”. “Il-politika, skont id-Duttrina Soċjali tal-Knisja, hija waħda mill-ogħla forom ta’ karità, għax isservi l-ġid komuni. Ma nistax naħsel idejja, ħeqq? Ilkoll irridu nagħmlu xi ħaġa!”

Ejja nikkunsidraw dak li qed jgħid il-Papa… Kompli aqra »

Xogħol ikkumplikat imma urġenti

Malta’s recent history has, in more ways than one, been a success story. And yet, the price which has been paid for this success is indeed high. Apart from those who have paid with their lives, divisions and lack of peace abound on this little island nation of ours. As we prepare to elect a new government in the next few months, we can expect partisan pique and polarisation, ever-present in our society, to reach fever pitch, despite the several calls along the years for a process of national reconciliation and unity  

Last month, the Justice & Peace Commission within the Archdiocese of Malta launched a document called Yahad, a term in Hebrew which conveys the sense of togetherness and community and which represents the Commission’s vision for Maltese society… Kompli aqra »