Month: January 2018

GUEST POST: The Theatre of Happenings

GUEST POST: The Theatre of Happenings

  This guest post is by Charles Schembri who dedicates this piece “to Iris Rohmann and her like”. A faithful representation of the islands’ fatigue in understanding its current socio-economic and political script, where the relevance of ethics and morals wherever you look have become blared by events, is the Theatre of Happenings. This theatre …

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Mansholt death inquiry reopened

Mansholt death inquiry reopened

It is good news that the Attorney General has decided the questions that remain open in the case of the death of 17-year old Mike Mansholt need to be looked into. The boy’s body was found at the bottom of Dingli Cliffs having gone missing for a few days. The causes of his death were …

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G Farrugia Calleja: And in the cold light of dawn

G Farrugia Calleja: And in the cold light of dawn

By George Farrugia Calleja When reading newspaper reports, especially in the post-truth world of SLAPPed media and tamed journalists, it’s a good idea to deconstruct what you read. Here’s how you do it, the bits in CAPS being my pointers as to how to go about this and the sort of conclusions you can draw. …

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Passport Scheme: let the government know what you think

Passport Scheme: let the government know what you think

The government started what it called a consultation process on extending the program of selling Maltese and European citizenship to anyone that can pay a million euro. Its so-called consultation dodged the one real question that should be asked: should the scheme be extended. The government has already decided it will be. It just needs …

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Mao’s stomping students at MCAST

Mao’s stomping students at MCAST

When students become functionaries of the state, the situation is truly desperate. Pulse, the Labour Party’s student organisation, has this morning organised a “silent protest” at MCAST. They are not protesting for freedom of speech or for the rule of law. They are not demanding better learning conditions or improved access to education for students …

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How is it the FIAU’s job to defend Mizzi and Schembri?

How is it the FIAU’s job to defend Mizzi and Schembri?

Our anti-money laundering agency works Sundays. As taxpayers we would welcome such zeal if it was directed at finding criminals. But today’s over-time sheet has been stamped because our intrepid enforcers of propriety needed to defend their clients Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri. Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri were, according to a suppressed FIAU report …

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Asking for transparency

Asking for transparency

Michela Spiteri writing in The Sunday Times today is explicit in her criticism of the VGH deal: the flipping of three public hospitals for the profit of unknowns. Do read the full article. But here’s a choice bit: “Public funds therefore should be collected assiduously and spent well, and not be allowed to cascade lavishly …

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Dystopia

Dystopia

This image was projected on the facade of the Auberge de Castille and introduced as a vision of the future of Malta. They meant it as something to look forward to. Someone somewhere is visualising your worst nightmare and thinking of how much money they will be making in the process of leaving your children …

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G Farrugia Calleja: Culture Shock

G Farrugia Calleja: Culture Shock

Despite Joseph Muscat’s best efforts, Valletta is able to celebrate being a 2018 Capital of Culture. Because of Joseph Muscat’s government, what should have been a spectacular opening night turned into a spectacle of mediocrity of cringe-inducing proportions. We were spared excerpts from “Ġensna” (for the non-cognoscenti, a ‘rock’ opera lauding a Mintoffian view of …

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