When in doubt, blame the black man

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2021-01-25T11:52:35+01:00Mon, 25th Jan '21, 11:52|

Is Robert Abela himself prejudiced, sociologically uneducated and inclined to simplistic, racist explanations of things, or does he speak the way he does because he assumes his audience is prejudiced, sociologically uneducated and inclined to simplistic, racist explanations? He spoke yesterday about a statistical decline in the crime rate dodging the rather straightforward explanation that [...]

Malta company targeted by US government for dodging anti-Venezuela sanctions

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2021-01-25T10:30:31+01:00Mon, 25th Jan '21, 10:30|

Maltese company Elemento, registered in Malta since 2015, is in the list of target people and companies issued by the US treasury for evading US sanctions against Venezuela. The US Treasury says that Elemento purchased oil from Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company PdVSA and then resold it to other customers on behalf of Elemento’s sole owner [...]

GUEST POST: The epitome of arrogance

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2021-01-25T09:35:46+01:00Mon, 25th Jan '21, 09:35|

An arrogant person is someone who has an exaggerated assessment of their self-worth or self-importance and who lets others know that they feel superior over them. Arrogant individuals believe that they have nothing to learn from others, so they act like they know-it-all. Arrogant people also love to talk about themselves and brag about their achievements, [...]

GUEST POST: The Hill We Climb

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2021-01-24T09:49:08+01:00Sun, 24th Jan '21, 09:49|

What a hill this is. Four years of witnessing the madness of Donald Trump behaving like a tyrannical emperor who mistook the presidential oath for an evil wand he could wield at his command. We watched insane attempts to build a wall; we watched children separated from their parents; the materialisation of the belief that [...]

Russian roulette

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2021-01-22T10:39:23+01:00Fri, 22nd Jan '21, 10:39|

Since April 2020, Prime Minister Robert Abela has sat on an experts’ report that told him about practice in Malta’s construction industry that “is nothing short of playing Russian roulette with the lives of third parties”. This refers to the current practice of excavating flush with the party walls, creating a vertical face of rock [...]

Are you sure you don’t need anything?

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2021-01-22T10:00:18+01:00Fri, 22nd Jan '21, 10:00|

People are receiving cold sales calls again from public officials salaried by taxpayers asking them if they need anything from the minister contesting their constituency. Residents of Siġġiewi have told this website they got phone calls from someone working in Roderick Galdes’s ministry. Roderick Galdes is the minister for social housing and MP for the [...]

Broad churches

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2021-01-21T11:04:16+01:00Thu, 21st Jan '21, 11:04|

As has been established, our two-party system is vulnerable to corruption. It has been established for longer that it is exposed to the whims of loud lobbies. Each party needs to secure the support of at least half the voting population. That’s a lot of differing views. It gets ugly. Consider Robert Abela’s appalling conduct [...]

Impunity rules, ok?

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2021-01-21T09:29:24+01:00Thu, 21st Jan '21, 09:29|

Lovin Malta is reporting that Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi are no longer under police bail. The police will not confirm it because they say the law prevents them from discussing individuals who have not yet been charged. Other countries have a register of people who are under investigation. The register is public and once [...]

No animals shall sleep in beds with sheets

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2021-01-21T06:37:31+01:00Wed, 20th Jan '21, 13:26|

Chris Fearne told Lovin Malta he didn’t break any Covid shut down rules when he visited Construct Furniture during lockdown. That’s because manufacturing activities were allowed to go on and Construct is a manufacturing plant. As Lovin Malta pointed out showrooms (as non-essential retail outlets) were ordered to shut down. Chris Fearne didn’t visit the [...]

GUEST POST: A tale of two inaugural trains

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2021-01-20T10:51:17+01:00Wed, 20th Jan '21, 10:51|

What is similar between the inaugurations of the President-elect of the United States in 1861 and the President-elect of the United States in 2021? Abraham Lincoln and Joe Biden both had to change their travel plans on the eve of their inauguration for security reasons. Biden was planning to travel on an Amtrak train from [...]

GUEST POST: Robert Abela and Donald Trump are just erratic

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2021-01-19T10:03:20+01:00Tue, 19th Jan '21, 20:00|

Photo: Evan Vucci/AP In this little pond of ours, we see things tribally, condone anything one of our team does. I used to think it was just us. That it’s because we are insular, small-minded, politically immature. Then I had a long conversation with a highly intelligent, articulate, usually value-obsessed American man who [...]

You read it here first

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2021-01-19T12:41:22+01:00Tue, 19th Jan '21, 12:41|

On 11 November 2020 Magistrate Joe Mifsud recused himself from hearing the case brought by the police against Jonathan Ferris and Maria Efimova on the back of complaints from Joseph Muscat because he was also hearing a stalled case by the police against Maria Efimova on the back of complaints from Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad. [...]

GUEST POST: Bobadamus

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2021-01-19T11:00:14+01:00Tue, 19th Jan '21, 11:00|

In our small island, kissed by the sun, we have been also graced, maybe with the succour of St Paul or St Luke, with a genial prime minister who sees light when it’s dark and is upbeat when the whole world is in a dismal situation because of the coronavirus pandemic. Our own Robert Abela [...]

Joseph Muscat implicitly admitted €100m Steward guarantee is illegal

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2021-01-19T10:45:15+01:00Tue, 19th Jan '21, 10:45|

When Joseph Muscat gave evidence in Adrian Delia’s case against the government yesterday, he said that the notorious €100 million termination clause in the deal with Vitals Global Healthcare – later transferred to Steward Health Care – “was included as a way to guarantee a bank’s loan without violating EU state aid rules”. In saying [...]

Not all spending amounts to investment

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2021-01-19T09:53:19+01:00Tue, 19th Jan '21, 09:53|

‘Investment’ is one of the most twisted terms used by politicians here. It somehow sounds better than spending. Investment suggests there would be a return somewhere down the line. It is a loan you give to fate, fully expecting it to be repaid with interest. Spending on infrastructure can be an investment. If you’re building [...]

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