Month: November 2017

Azerbaijan Journalists: Azeri authorities should end impunity. Daphne “contract-killing culmination of impunity for crimes against journalists”

Azerbaijan Journalists: Azeri authorities should end impunity. Daphne “contract-killing culmination of impunity for crimes against journalists”

This is a statement by independent Azerbaijan journalists organisation Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety. They list the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in a list of crimes perpetrated against journalists who investigated the Azerbaijani regime: Azerbaijani Authorities Should Put an End to Impunity for Crimes against Journalists The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety …

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G Farrugia Calleja: His privilege? Ours he means.

G Farrugia Calleja: His privilege? Ours he means.

Yet another Labour Minister conflates government with parliament. Michael Farrugia today claims he is protected by parliamentary privilege from the criticism of a family that has lost their wife and mother to political assassination six weeks ago and have seen nothing from the government except signs of an orchestrated attempt to cover up what really …

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Going south

Going south

Etienne Grech has been crowned “Il-Ministru tas-Sawt” an extra-constitutional honorofic which the Labour government appears to reserve to the more embarrassing in its ranks. His predecessor Silvio Parnis was no Nobel laureate. But if half the army got promoted before the last election and the other half got medals for being there, why shouldn’t the …

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How proper democracies function

How proper democracies function

Compare what goes on in this polity, where state, government and party are indistinguishable and like something from the council of Nicaea that indivisible trinity is personified in Joseph Muscat, and other normal democracies. A policeman whistle-blower in Ireland clear his throat to accuse the force that employed him of corruption. To cover themselves his …

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Passing the resit

Passing the resit

The government has been awarding itself medals for faint praise it has received for the new press law it is piloting through parliament. International rights organisations have expressed relief that the draconian proposals the government first put forward have been partially withdrawn after the opprobrium they raised. The sense of relief that the fascist disaster …

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Skills starvation

Skills starvation

In the interview he gave us, Jonathan Ferris spoke of his involvement in the Libya visa scam investigations. He described a container of documents being delivered to him and a bunch of policemen reporting to him sifting through heaps of paperwork. Until they gave up and were taken off the case to investigate something else. …

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Crypto-denial

Crypto-denial

Yesterday’s parliamentary question from Godfrey Farrugia asking the prime minister whether the government was considering accepting crypto-currencies to sell passports was a smart question indeed. He got an unambiguous response from the prime minister. “No” the government is not planning to sell passports for bitcoins. Why is the question significant? Vanuatu is a micro-state that …

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Labour MP says there’s “too much freedom of expression” in Malta

Labour MP says there’s “too much freedom of expression” in Malta

Admittedly he’s not known for being the sharpest knife in the drawer. But I have not heard any of Etienne Grech’s colleagues correct him for letting slip what in their heart of hearts the Labour government feel about our democracy. Labour MP Etienne Grech yesterday declared that in his view there was “too much freedom …

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Norman Lowell goes on a pilgrimage

Norman Lowell goes on a pilgrimage

Norman Lowell went on a trip to Bavaria on what he describes as a “spiritual and political pilgrimage”. He peered from the mountain top views enjoyed by his “hero” Adolf Hitler. Then he posed with a bust of Adolf Hitler and smiled inanely like some people pose with a wax replica of the pope at …

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