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Moviment Graffitti call for Bernard Grech’s resignation as PN leader for ‘hateful rhetoric’

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Moviment Graffitti call for Bernard Grech's resignation as PN leader for 'hateful rhetoric'

Activist group Moviment Graffitti is calling for the immediate resignation of PN leader Bernard Grech, together with an apology from the party for his recent comments regarding Andrea Prudente.

In what they have described as a ‘barbaric disparaging of a woman mourning a wanted pregnancy’, Moviment Graffitti have expressed their frustration at Grech’s way of discourse, after he “mocked the surname of Andrea Prudente who lost a wanted pregnancy, one that both she and her partner cared deeply about and wanted to celebrate.”

The activist group are holding the PN leader responsible for the encouragement of public descent into aggressive and violent amoralism, all while the entire country debates the ongoing parliamentary discussion on abortion reform.

“We insist that European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, in remaining silent on this matter, has failed to use her position of power and the global platforms available to her to shield the women of Malta and Gozo from the public oppression, humiliation and shaming inflicted upon them by her colleagues in the PN Opposition during this dark week,” the statement read.

The PN have remained committed to their position on ‘saving the lives of mothers’, with Grech himself stating that ‘no reporting will change the truth’ in Parliament before going on to appeal for agreement to ‘gift’ the public with an agreement which he claims will help society.

“You have the chance to bring national unity instead of national division”, Grech stated in a recent video posted to his Facebook page.

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Malta Sociological Association appeals for further deliberation on abortion discussion

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Malta Sociological Association appears for further deliberation on abortion discussion

In light of the current national and parliamentary discussion on abortion and reproductive health, the Malta Sociological Association (MSA) has issued a press release appealing for further deliberation on the matter.

“MSA is conscious of the divergent positions on the matter, sometimes even within the same groups, organisations and institutions,” the statement read. It went on to urge for parliamentary consensus in favour of more deliberation with political parties and civil society organisations but also experts and other stakeholders beyond the public sphere.

Such deliberation may expand the horizons of discussion and “recommend possible ways forward on this sensitive matter, including on how decisions can be taken in the legislative and policy processes.”

The ongoing parliamentary abortion debate tackles the government’s abortion law amendment which will allow abortion in circumstances which risk the woman’s life or health.
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Pantone’s 2023 colour of the year ‘Viva Mangenta’ is all about optimism & technology

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Pantone's 2023 colour of the year 'Viva Mangenta' is all about optimism & technology

“Brave, fearless and pulsating”, the pinkish, reddish tone of ‘Viva Magenta’ has been chosen as Pantone’s colour of the year for 2023.

Since 2000, the colour company has picked a colour (or two) every year to reflect on the past whilst anticipating trends, growth and cultural development for the following months, and 2023’s pick is all about optimism, ambition and groundbreaking virtual possibilities.

 

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Cambridge art historian and author James Fox stated that the Viva Magenta is a plausible choice for a period “when everything feels very grey, dark and murky, and lots of people have lost hope”, calling it a colour which captures the resilience of the human spirit.

From Harry Styles’ magenta Gucci Blazer at the premiere of ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ to Charlize Theron’s eye makeup during her portrayal of Clea in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shades of 2023’s colour of the year are as prevalent as ever in pop culture.

On the technology side, Pantone Color Institute vice president Laurie Pressman stated that the pick also alludes to the growth of the virtual world, with the company launching an immersive experience in Miami called the “Magentaverse”.

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‘Gaslighting’ chosen as Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year 2022

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'Gaslighting' chosen as Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, many brands & organisations begin to unveil what defined their 2022 and Merriam-Webster dictionary is no exception, choosing ‘gaslighting‘ as their word of the year.

The term ‘gaslighting’ reportedly dates back to the 20th century and means “psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories.”

While the decision sadly shines a light on the state of the world in 2022, the act of gaslighting seems to have become more common than ever before, with many within communities of LGBTQ+, women, people of colour and more using the word to describe acts of oppression.

Searches for the word blew up in 2022, with Merriam Webster themselves reporting an increase of 1,740% in searches.

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