Translating Alfred Sant

2017-11-09T19:27:52+01:00Thu, 9th Nov '17, 19:27|

I feel it is my burdensome duty to attempt to translate Alfred Sant, first from the original Maltese to English and then from the what he says to what he means and in a round-about way to get to what it is that what he means, means. Timid translation from the original, penned by a [...]

If the state is hiding something, it probably means we should know what it is

2017-11-09T18:32:39+01:00Thu, 9th Nov '17, 18:32|

Here's David Casa reacting to Manwel Mallia's remarks earlier about hounding people who revealed information covered up by the government. No one thinks the agenda of a police investigation or people's medical records should be opened for public consumption. So let's not be childish and start confusing issues here. But the principle ought always to [...]

GUEST POST: Letter to the police chief

2017-11-09T17:51:45+01:00Thu, 9th Nov '17, 17:51|

I suppose it helps to periodically remind that 'guest post' means someone else (I know) wrote this: Letter to the Commissioner of Police Over the past days I was struck by the thought of the immense amount of pressure you must be experiencing. Having been brought up in a strong military environment, and having risen [...]

Pana Committee report: damning criticism of Malta

2017-11-08T17:15:55+01:00Wed, 8th Nov '17, 17:12|

The Pana Committee setup by the European Parliament in the wake of the Panama Paper leak, has published its final report and it makes chilling reading from Malta’s point of view. There is nothing we did not know before but it is now a clear and present indictment by a specialist committee of the European [...]

Freudian slip

2017-11-08T16:10:34+01:00Wed, 8th Nov '17, 16:10|

Watch this video of Owen Bonnici speaking to Le Monde. It's in English. And they say government's critics are making Malta look bad in the eyes of the world. And it's not just that he lets slip he thinks politicians killed Daphne Caruana Galizia. It's also that he argues, expecting that argument to be bought by [...]

They investigate themselves!

2017-11-08T16:02:01+01:00Wed, 8th Nov '17, 16:02|

Is it just me that cannot understand the way things work in this country? Hear me out. On 3 November, 5 days ago, Il Sole 24 Ore reports in Italy that the Catania tax police believe that a Malta Foreign Ministry official aided and abetted the illegal smuggling of diesel from Libya to Europe by [...]

What #occupyjustice told the prime minister

2017-11-08T13:53:57+01:00Wed, 8th Nov '17, 13:53|

This is the statement the women received by the prime minister today, told him in his office in Castille. A translation in English follows beneath. Prim Ministru, Ninsabu hawn għax il-qagħda f’pajjiżna hi ddisprata. Wieħed jista jipprova jqis l-assassinju ta’ Daphne Caruana Galizia qisu kien omiċidju bħall-oħrajn, imma dan m’hux minnu. Hu dmir [...]

When hypocrisy is transparent

2017-11-08T08:58:47+01:00Wed, 8th Nov '17, 08:58|

Jean Claude Micallef is not famous for his consistency. He flipflopped between Labour and the PN according to where he thought his chances for career progression were better served. The PN first received him as parties habitually welcome sheep lost by the other side. But as his oily sleaze ran up the creeped-out collective spines [...]

TVM is another failed institution of our democracy

2017-11-07T14:28:05+01:00Tue, 7th Nov '17, 13:11|

As far as I can figure out TVM has not covered the Paradise Papers leaks. It’s not that they did not analyse the Azerbaijani connections to Malta and Pilatus Bank. It’s not that they avoided joining dots bouncing furiously at each other. They didn’t even report the fact that Pulitzer-Prize winning ICIJ team have leaked [...]

THE TIMES: We are on our own

2017-11-07T10:37:51+01:00Tue, 7th Nov '17, 10:37|

You can feel the desolation in the title of The Times's leading piece today. It speaks about the vain hope that EU membership might have kept in check a government that neglects the basic obligations of democratic administration and respect for the rule of law. But the EU is found wanting. In the same way [...]

Italian police believe Maltese Ministry official falsified documents to aid diesel trafficking – Il Sole 24 Ore

2017-11-06T23:32:15+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 23:32|

Italian business daily Il Sole 24 Ore reports that Catanese Guardia di Finanza believes a Maltese foreign office official has falsified certificates of origin to allow diesel from Libya to be illegally inserted in the Italian and European fuel market. The newspaper owned by the Italian federation of employers reports that "a network of friendships in [...]

The Shift News

2017-11-06T19:58:21+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 19:58|

Please join me in welcoming The Shift News to the media scene in Malta. It's a new day for independent journalism in Malta, free of the shackles of partisan spin and the pressures of corporatism. It looks like the effort Malta needs most right now given the enormous gap left by Daphne Caruana Galizia's untimely [...]

REPLY: Dr Juliana Scerri Ferrante

2017-11-06T19:06:45+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 19:06|

The following reply was sent in by Dr Juliana Scerri Ferrante in response to an earlier post of mine. I am obviously happy to carry responses by people mentioned in my post particularly on matters of fact. In the interest of fairness responses are not open to comments unless again on points of fact. From [...]

We happy few

2017-11-07T13:10:53+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 16:30|

Hundreds of people gathered yesterday evening in front of the Police Headquarters called there by the civil society network to demand justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia, her family and the country. After the two large demonstrations in Valletta and Sliema the previous Sundays this was a more focused affair. Malta has very little tradition of [...]

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