She doth protest too much

She doth protest too much

Some newspaper columns are so convoluted, so twisted in their contradictions, that they soar way beyond the reach of any adequate response. Michela Spiteri’s piece last Sunday was one such article. Read it if you will and try to explain to me why she “agreed 100%” with lawyers protesting against the push back of migrants …

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STAR COMMENTS: You are not alone

STAR COMMENTS: You are not alone

I received some very encouraging messages addressed to the friend complaining to me yesterday we were too few in Valletta. I’ve picked out two of them that seek to benefit from history or from experience. This first is from a letter Victor Hugo wrote in exile. The reference to 7.5 millions is to the suffrage …

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UPDATED: Bannister denies being in business with holder of licence issued by authority he runs

UPDATED: Bannister denies being in business with holder of licence issued by authority he runs

Updated, adds denial from Joe Bannister (18/11/2017) Yesterday I reported that Joe Bannister, as regulator of the financial services sector in Malta, granted an investment services licence to a company whose designated contact person is co-director with him in a company in the Cayman Islands. Joe Bannister has this morning got in touch with me …

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Being alone

Being alone

I could not cheer up a friend of mine yesterday when we walked down Republic Street and he was saddened because so few had come. In the company of hundreds one should feel emboldened. A demonstration like that in any city would command respect and attention. But here in Malta we are used to huddled …

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LISTEN: La radio ne parla (RAI, Italian)

LISTEN: La radio ne parla (RAI, Italian)

Italian journalists yesterday gathered in Ostia to protest for press freedom. They chose the location because an Italian journalist had a few days before been head-butted and chased with a metal pipe by a crook he was questioning. They chose the date because it was 40 years to the day since the first Italian journalist …

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GUEST POST: Who is the traitor then?

GUEST POST: Who is the traitor then?

From someone known to me: Quite apart from the massive implications for us as a nation of the contempt shown for Joseph Muscat’s governance standards by the EU Parliament last Wednesday, there are some other considerations that deserve some focus. Joseph Muscat’s cheer-leaders in the EUP, led by the anti-EU flag-waver in-chief Dr Alfred Sant, …

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Frank Psaila: Notes from the EU

Frank Psaila: Notes from the EU

Here’s an eye-witness account of the iron curtain press conference Alfred Sant, Miriam Dalli and Marlene Mizzi delivered Tuesday. Frank is right. The most significant thing about the whole charade was the fact that it was scheduled to start right as the ceremony naming the same room for Daphne Caruana Galizia ended. It was an …

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THE TIMES: When women say no

THE TIMES: When women say no

From today’s leading editorial in The Times: “Those protesters are not dazzled by the bright lights of the Prime Minister’s glowing economic statistics, his passport sales, his mega projects or his pseudo-liberal antics. “The death of Ms Caruana Galizia has changed the game. Occupy Justice is a power to reckon with.”

GUEST POST: Two churches

GUEST POST: Two churches

This guest post is particularly significant in view of the strong line taken by the Maltese curia today. Read about that here. The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia brought to the fore “the two Maltas” she often spoke about. A segment of the population was outraged and horrified while others thought she had it coming. …

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Italian authorities complain Maltese are not helping fight against organised crime

Italian authorities complain Maltese are not helping fight against organised crime

Italian authorities are complaining on the record that the Maltese authorities are failing to cooperate in their hunt to stop Italian mafia organisations laundering their money here. Il fatto quotidiano reported yesterday on arrests of Italian criminals believed to have used Malta as a platform for illegal gambling and fraud. The Italian authorities have frozen …

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