The Case for Water Diplomacy

Andre Debattista

Some international relations analysts predict that water is set to become the “next oil.” Ismail Serageldin, a distinguished scholar in the field of sustainability and development, predicts that future wars “will be over water unless we change the way we manage water.” Others dissent from this somewhat apocalyptic view. Notwithstanding there is near-consensus on the fact that water is a critical resource which will shape ...

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Limiting water usage


Water scarcity is one of the major problems facing a modern society with dwindling supplies of fresh water and an ever increasing population. Therefore the question of limiting consumption per capita may arise amongst those in power. The importance of conservation of this precious resource is gaining momentum and there is more awareness about conserving water. In certain countries constraints on water use have already ...

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Not all Water usage is a Right


We live in a culture which takes and never gives back and it is time to change that. Water is a communal resource. Malta is one of the driest countries in the world with around 600mm of rainfall a year and so water is a very precious resource for us, and we are letting it slip through our hands. Malta has reported [to the EU] ...

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The Pope of many Firsts

Andre Debattista

His namesake, Francis of Assisi, is often attributed with coining the famous aphorism: “preach the Gospel, use words if necessary.” During his first appearance from the loggia overlooking St Peter’s Square Pope Francis gave a living catechises on the centrality of prayer in the life of the faithful. Before imparting the Urbi et Orbi blessing the Holy Father joined the faithful in praying for pope-emeritus ...

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The Right for Water

Marco Cremona

Malta’s water resources exist in the form of groundwater – rainwater that has managed to infiltrate into the rock and after a passage of decades reached the aquifer(s) where it is effectively stored. The aquifers span across the length and width of Gozo, and therefore lie under private property. While it is widely recognised that groundwater is a public resource, a large of number of ...

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Money makes the World go Round (?)

Dr John Paul Cauchi

Warning for those labellers out there: This is no communist manifesto. Nor is it a socialist agenda. This is simply a mere observation of the facts. There is no doubt that our small planet is facing many-a-crisis these days. Climate Change, Huge wealth disparities, Wars, Rampant Political Corruption… you name it, and it’s there. They say “money makes the world goes round”, and whether we ...

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My first impression of Francesco

Matthew Pulis

As I was waiting for the announcement of “Habemus Papam”, I rewinded my mind back to the days of when I had doubts with the Catholic Church. As strange as it may sound, I always considered myself having a good relationship with Christ, however for a couple of years I saw the Church as a hindrance in my spiritual life. As the tension rose, my ...

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The Beauty of a Life without a Purpose

Christian Colombo

I have been told (following my previous article) that the only viable option for an honest non-believer is effectively a depressing life. Such a conception is one of those which I would really like to write against because I believe it to be entirely false. I guess that ultimately the main reason behind such claim is the fact that non-believers do not generally believe in ...

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The Legacy of Libya

Asma Dekna

As the Arab Spring sprung and change swept away the dictatorial regimes from the North African region and just like a hurricane made its way to other Arab countries, Libyans are for the first time experiencing the true feeling of freedom. For decades, Libyan students were banned from expressing certain topics in their identity; they had to live with a false understanding of what they ...

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The Psychology of Fashion & Dress Style

Naomi Said

Personal style and dress sense are an important means of communication. We use the way we dress for a number of reasons mainly; – to form and maintain our individual identity – to reflect our body image and – to convey a good first impression In a research conducted by Professor J. Pine, it was revealed that people are greatly judged, as first impressions go, ...

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