Riot

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2019-10-21T13:56:13+02:00Mon, 21st Oct '19, 13:54|

Drunk and disorderly behaviour, violence, damage to public property and physical harm to a police officer are crimes that must be met by the appropriate consequence of the law. The illegal detention of human beings, the deprivation of their basic rights, their brutalisation by detention in inhumane conditions, starved of any means to retain their [...]

The laundry

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2019-10-21T08:20:46+02:00Mon, 21st Oct '19, 08:19|

The Attorney General’s decision in the money laundering case against George and Alfred Degiorgio and George’s partner Adelina Pop to try them in the Magistrates’ Court instead of in front of a jury of their peers, raises a number of questions. First, some background. Although money laundering clearly happens much more frequently, the Degiorgios are [...]

WATCH: On Daphne

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2019-10-21T08:05:42+02:00Mon, 21st Oct '19, 08:05|

https://youtu.be/anbKms80Mkw Written by Lizzie Eldridge Filmed and Edited by Darrin Zammit Lupi Recorded on 22nd September 2019 First screen by Broadcasting Scotland on 25th September 2019

GUEST POST: Programming of the mind

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2019-10-21T07:38:27+02:00Mon, 21st Oct '19, 07:38|

The author of the piece wished to remain anonymous. There are some references to me in the text. Needless to say, but perhaps better to say so anyway, the fact the post is published on this blog does not mean I share the views of the guest author. Everyone gets programmed as they grow up [...]

GUEST POST: The power of truth and justice

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2019-10-21T07:06:48+02:00Mon, 21st Oct '19, 07:05|

The messages were clear. ‘Daphne Caruana Galizia is Invicta!’ said Ana Gomes. ‘Daphne won!’ said Leo Luca Orlando, the Mayor of Palermo, a city once in the grip of the mafia. As living proof of these convictions, thousands of people cheered the speakers in Republic Street last Wednesday, on the second anniversary of the brutal [...]

GUEST POST: How convenient

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2019-10-20T09:44:40+02:00Sun, 20th Oct '19, 09:44|

What an amazing coincidence. MaltaToday, that paragon of journalistic endeavours, lent its ear to an anonymous “veteran judge” who felt that some words of wisdom should be dispensed on the case that Repubblika have made against the recent appointments to the judiciary. Some context is probably useful, lest the populist rubbish spewed by the judge [...]

Courage, your honour.

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2019-10-20T11:34:24+02:00Sun, 20th Oct '19, 09:40|

An unidentified judge speaks today to Malta Today’s Matthew Agius and says Repubblika’s case in court challenging the method of appointing judges is ‘demoralising’. It’s remarkable that the judge does not say Repubblika is wrong. For a judge, there is in their arguments a gaping absence of legal objection to Repubblika’s arguments in court. That [...]

There is hope

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2019-10-19T10:47:49+02:00Sat, 19th Oct '19, 10:47|

I don’t want to get too excited but I’ve complained before and now that things appear to be changing slowly it would be wrong of me not to remark on them. For two years of campaigning since October 2017 the general absence of young people in the campaign for truth and justice was painful. With [...]

GUEST POST: Taking lessons from the FIAU

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2019-10-19T10:32:19+02:00Sat, 19th Oct '19, 10:07|

Sent in by someone known to me who went to yesterday's FIAU anti-money-laundering seminar. This morning I dutifully took up the FIAU’s invitation (at a cost of €100) to attend their seminar about the Revised Implementing Procedures on Anti-Money Laundering. A boring subject if ever there was one but needs must so I braced myself [...]

The Laundromat

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2019-10-18T22:15:41+02:00Fri, 18th Oct '19, 22:15|

Just finished watching The Laundromat by Steven Soderbergh. https://youtu.be/wuBRcfe4bSo A good movie is such a better way of explaining things that so many of us have been trying to explain without much success. You watch this and you’ll understand, if you haven’t yet, why Jacqueline Alexander should not have been relied upon by Aaron Bugeja [...]

Columbia University reviews breach of human rights in Caruana Galizia family banner case

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2019-10-18T10:39:52+02:00Fri, 18th Oct '19, 10:39|

This one is mostly for law and journalism students. The Global Freedom of Expression monitor of Columbia University reviews the case that the Caruana Galizia family successfully argued when the state gagged their right to free expression by removing banners where they asked for justice for their wife and mother ostensibly on the back of [...]

Democracy in action

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2019-10-18T10:12:52+02:00Fri, 18th Oct '19, 10:12|

You can see in these Darrin Zammit Lupi/REUTERS photos from last night the care and attention the cleaners give to the plinth of the memorial. Ever seen a protester stand on it like that? The cleaners were perfectly conscious of the presence of the photographer. This is their idea of due attention. But their primary [...]

Would you want flowers from these people?

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2019-10-18T08:27:40+02:00Fri, 18th Oct '19, 08:27|

I realise that some people struggle with the thought. It came up for example with the case of the nun who runs the orphanage who looks like she knows the toys carried by Luke Chetcuti come from surplus profits from strip joints and whatever other ancillary vice possibly goes with that. There are two schools [...]