G Farrugia Calleja: Play up and play the game

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2018-02-22T18:24:34+00:00Thu, 22nd Feb '18, 18:14|

Resident guest George Farrugia Calleja: The revelations about Adrian Delia and his law firm, in a normal world, don't amount to much more than a bucket of luke-warm spit. It is only in the tabloid environment occupied by certain areas of the media (you reading this Independent?) or in the intentionally malign areas occupied by [...]

Anti-SLAPP: Europe may have to do it for us.

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2018-02-22T18:06:24+00:00Thu, 22nd Feb '18, 18:05|

Many people who voted PN all their lives, like I have, say they could not continue to do so under the current circumstances. They want nothing better than seeing the corrupt gang that has its grip on our country booted out. But they are keen on a refreshing replacement and the options appear rather limited [...]

The silence is broken

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2018-02-22T17:43:01+00:00Thu, 22nd Feb '18, 17:41|

Some 48 hours after BugM posted his thread on Adrian Delia's alleged motivation for silence on Gasol, his office has issued a statement to clarify the facts. The response is plausible and largely reflects my comments of this morning. The comments board on my website was not in unanimous agreement with my assessment which obviously [...]

Where does one begin?

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2018-02-22T16:37:56+00:00Thu, 22nd Feb '18, 16:37|

You've got to hand it to them. They do the look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it like pros. The professional purveyors of fabricated information, state-sanctioned invective, ambiguity between journalism and political power, present themselves without cracking a smile as trusted upholders of liberal democracies. A liberal democracy functions when you [...]

STAR COMMENT: From an expat living here for 19 years

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2018-02-22T09:34:44+00:00Thu, 22nd Feb '18, 09:34|

Sent in by a reader: I  was an avid follower of Daphne and was just devastated at her horrific assassination. Then I found you and read your various dedications to her with tears in my eyes. I never made any comments on her blog though so many times I wanted to,  but as an ex pat [...]

The god of money

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2018-02-22T18:16:29+00:00Thu, 22nd Feb '18, 09:00|

This week I wrote about a European NGO report about the complicity of European countries in an unfair global tax system that robs the poor to reward the rich. Tax tourism tries to create an ethical ranking between avoidance of tax and evasion from it. Whatever sheen of legitimacy is put on it our pursuit [...]

The silence of a lamb

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2018-02-22T09:24:45+00:00Thu, 22nd Feb '18, 08:47|

The Malta Independent today published a story that had been making the rounds with the twitterati for some 36 hours. I worked on the same story too and I had a common experience with Helena Grech of The Malta Independent, whom I quote: “A number of questions emerge from the allegations which have been leveled. [...]