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On 16 November, Protest in Valletta

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2019-11-12T15:11:51+01:00Mon, 4th Nov '19, 17:27|

Statement by Repubblika, #occupyjustice and manueldelia.com: On the 16th of every month we organise a vigil to remember Daphne Caruana Galizia and to call for truth and justice for her and for her journalism. We will continue to do this until truth is known and justice is served. But with all that is happening in [...]

Appointment

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2019-11-13T11:15:49+01:00Wed, 13th Nov '19, 11:15|

If you’ve ever told one of us you’re impressed by our courage, If you’ve ever sent us a cheque to keep us going, If you’ve ever shaken your head hidden behind your newspaper, If you’ve ever whispered to someone you trusted how disgusted you were, If you’ve ever sworn at the news on TV, If [...]

What would the regulator do if there was no passport scheme?

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2019-11-13T09:52:52+01:00Wed, 13th Nov '19, 09:44|

The regulator of the passports sales scheme found that what Jean Philippe Chetcuti bragged about when speaking to M6 TV journalists could not have happened. He does not have a 100% success rate when applying for passports. And, the regulator says, it’s “implausible” that he could do the nudge, nudge, wink, wink thing he said [...]

UPDATED AGAIN: What is he smoking?

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2019-11-13T10:25:06+01:00Wed, 13th Nov '19, 08:18|

Updated 08:47 There's a good chance the 'Robert Musumeci' posts on Twitter that I wrote about below are from a fake profile. If they are, Robert Musumeci should say so. The possibility has been suggested to me by people fooled by the possibly fake profile before me. The fact is that they are not too [...]

A year ago today and we thought we knew a lot

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2019-11-12T11:08:02+01:00Tue, 12th Nov '19, 11:08|

A year ago today I paid tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia's foresight. I had found a post of hers from 2013. At the time, Yorgen Fenech let slip that he knew more than he should have and Daphne pretty much figured out from that quote that what we would eventually come to know as the [...]

Karol Aquilina is right: after all the bluster, Keith Schembri turns out to be a coward.

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2019-11-11T11:55:32+01:00Mon, 11th Nov '19, 11:55|

Here's Karol Aquilina's tweet after Keith Schembri preferred to let the allegations of corruption against him stand than admit to much worse when under oath in court. Why did the #chicken cross the road? 🐔 It was running away from its own libel suit. 💨@keithaschembri #corrupt #crook pic.twitter.com/0Z5IhnREo2 — Karol Aquilina (@KarolAquilina) November 11, 2019

Allegation that Keith Schembri was bribed stands

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2019-11-11T11:47:20+01:00Mon, 11th Nov '19, 11:45|

The Maltese phrase is “inqela b’żejtu”. He filed a libel suit against Simon Busuttil three years ago because Simon Busuttil accused him of being corrupt. He testified to sustain his claim of innocence on the 16 October 2017. Hours later, Daphne Caruana Galizia, the journalist who caught him feathering his nest in Panama was killed [...]

A new Toni Bajada for our times

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2019-11-11T06:14:15+01:00Sun, 10th Nov '19, 18:01|

Joseph Muscat and Adrian Delia skipped the national Remembrance Day ceremonies of this morning. Joseph Muscat quit the island so he can watch his Milan football club tonight. No one knows where Adrian Delia is but he’s dodging any and all activities on Sundays. Remembrance Day is not a vestige of colonialism. It is a [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Those four anarchists

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2019-11-10T08:48:50+01:00Sun, 10th Nov '19, 08:48|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Faced by all these failures of the democratic framework, we preferred to live under the illusion that the courts would fiercely protect us. The reputation is not altogether undeserved. Some of our judges and magistrates are brilliant legal minds, fearless defenders of justice and pursuivants of truth: [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: Golden Boy

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2019-11-09T12:12:56+01:00Sat, 9th Nov '19, 12:12|

Scroll down for the text of my article this month in the Money Magazine. A link to the magazine is here. George Spiteri is a lucky guy. He was given €150,000 to retire from his position of HR Manager of the Malta Financial Services Authority which used to include the company registry. The same restructuring [...]

GUEST VERSES: Not a pothole

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2019-11-09T12:06:33+01:00Sat, 9th Nov '19, 12:06|

Nothing like a touch of poetry to brighten your weekend. Here are some verses sent in by a contributor known to me:   Ian Ian Borg just loves his trees He chops them down with dreaded ease He widens roads and builds some more He rapes this country like a whore His latest pot hole [...]

Let’s focus on the real Nazis

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2019-11-09T11:55:56+01:00Sat, 9th Nov '19, 11:55|

Pia Zammit – actor, educator, activist – was photographed backstage during a break at an onstage performance of ‘Allo! ‘Allo! She was wearing a swastika on top of the costume of a French barmaid who pretends to be nice to Wehrmacht officers but secretly helps la résistance sabotage the German occupation and hide British airmen trapped [...]

Ministers appeal second order for a criminal inquiry into their conduct

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2019-11-08T12:00:27+01:00Fri, 8th Nov '19, 12:00|

Edward Scicluna, Chris Cardona and Konrad Mizzi appealed a decision by a Magistrate this week that they are added to the list of suspects in the inquiry investigating corruption and bribery in the privatisation of three public hospitals. Their appeal will be heard by Judge Consuelo Scerri Herrera. The Ministers have already successfully appealed an [...]

Planning official fired after story on manueldelia.com

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2019-11-07T16:17:08+01:00Thu, 7th Nov '19, 16:17|

This morning this website reported the conflict of interest of Alfred Pule appointed just last October by Minister Ian Borg to replace Matthew Pace who resigned his seat in the Planning Board after the conflict of interest scandal in the DB towers development case. This morning’s post on this website showed how Alfred Pule was [...]

Judicial appointments question to be decided by European Court. Government drops idea of appealing decision to refer issue to ECJ.

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2019-11-08T12:58:43+01:00Thu, 7th Nov '19, 12:50|

The government declared in court today it changed its mind about appealing against a court decision that accepted Repubblika’s request that the question on whether Malta’s judges are truly independent is sent to the European Court of Justice. This means that the European Court will be asked to rule whether the power of Malta’s prime [...]

Repubblika request into Chetcuti Cauchi inquiry accepted. Magistrate orders criminal investigation.

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2019-11-07T10:22:05+01:00Thu, 7th Nov '19, 10:22|

A Magistrate has accepted a request from NGO Repubblika for an inquiry into whether Jean Philippe Chetcuti, a senior lawyer at the Chetcuti Cauchi law firm, committed crimes when he was caught in a camera sting operation by French TV journalists admitting he could arrange for a Maltese passport for an African client with a [...]

You need to get to the source

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2019-11-07T09:36:07+01:00Thu, 7th Nov '19, 09:36|

Environment NGOs were pressing yesterday for Elizabeth Ellul’s resignation from the Planning Board. Things came to a head when the ruins of a room were approved by the Board she’s part of, for conversion into a sprawling villa out on a cliff-face in Qala. Elizabeth Ellul expected everyone to ignore her proximity to the developer, [...]

Naughty

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2019-11-06T14:39:19+01:00Wed, 6th Nov '19, 14:39|

  Just a quick note for Joseph Muscat, Owen Bonnici, Konrad Mizzi, Keith Schembri, Edward Scicluna, Chris Cardona, Ian Borg and so on. You thought everyone would be too scared, too compromised, too blind to oppose you. You thought you could control all outcomes. And most of the time you were right. Many are scared, [...]