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

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2018-01-21T18:44:09+00:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 18:44|

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 [...]

Asking for transparency

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2018-01-21T18:19:43+00:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 18:19|

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 [...]

Dystopia

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2018-01-21T17:59:31+00:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 17:59|

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 [...]

G Farrugia Calleja: Culture Shock

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2018-01-21T17:37:26+00:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 17:37|

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 [...]

Maltese culture festival invents the wheel

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2018-01-21T22:28:29+00:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 16:39|

You couldn't imagine these things if you tried. From his stage, all pomp and circumstance, Joseph Muscat yesterday declared "this Maltese festa will be marked by authenticity". Oh does he protest too much! The Tritoni of City Gate, not authentically Maltese in the best of time, were represented by crane-held marionettes in a "spectacle unlike [...]

Tomorrow at the Council of Europe

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2018-01-21T10:46:00+00:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 10:43|

The Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly convenes this week. At its winter session Dutch Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt will be asking the governments of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe the following question: "Will you request formal explanations from the Maltese Government on its Police Force's failure to investigate evidence of [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Reverse decolonisation

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2018-01-21T10:03:04+00:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 10:03|

From my The Sunday Times article today: "For this to be dismissed as a case of social envy is to miss the point completely. The dream of moving up social strata has to be remotely achievable. The idea of the ‘American dream’ only applies if you can get there with hard work, resourcefulness, initiative and [...]