Joseph Calleja, don’t prop up Henley&Partners

2018-02-07T00:26:27+01:00Wed, 7th Feb '18, 00:26|

I have no problem admitting that I am a fan of Joseph Calleja. I am no expert but I like his singing. But more than the honeyed voice and booming roar he's famous the world over for, he's a boy from home so I don't mind saying, he's my excuse for wrapping myself in the [...]

Journalists of the state

2018-02-08T15:19:30+01:00Wed, 7th Feb '18, 00:06|

Of all the many ways that media freedom is compromised by state intervention in Malta, the most glaring is the false adoption of the term 'journalist' by propagandists of the state. They not only pretend to be journalists whilst serving the interest of their regime. They actively work to exclude genuine journalists and seek to [...]

Fake news. From an official source.

2018-02-06T16:48:10+01:00Tue, 6th Feb '18, 16:48|

Glen Bedingfield is a man of many hats but only one really counts. He's a blogger. He's a back-bench Labour MP. But those are auxiliaries. His core function is at the Office of the Prime Minister, at a desk no more than 10 metres from that of Joseph Muscat. As a source he is as [...]

Your right to know

2018-02-06T12:57:25+01:00Tue, 6th Feb '18, 12:57|

Watch this speech by Jason Azzopardi. He makes the case on how Pilatus Bank and Henley and Partners appear to be fingers attached to the same hidden hand. Another finger is Joseph Muscat who is reported by MaltaToday insisting he had no prior knowledge of Pilatus’s Arizona SLAPP lawsuit against Daphne Caruana Galizia. Actually [...]

Agency under Chris Cardona in 10,000 euro direct order for “escorting services”

2018-02-05T22:07:49+01:00Mon, 5th Feb '18, 22:07|

A Jason Azzopardi Parliamentary Question asking Chris Cardona to list direct orders committed by his Ministry returned one rather odd reply today. A 01/02/2017 direct order for 10,000 euro is listed in Chris Cardona's reply as having been paid for "provision of escorting services". The "services" are listed as having been acquired by Malta Industrial [...]

Permission to say no

2018-02-05T16:59:15+01:00Mon, 5th Feb '18, 16:59|

Jason Micallef used Labour controlled media to support that woman filmed using her walking stick to clear out flowers, pictures, messages and candles left at the Great Siege memorial in Valletta to remember Daphne Caruana Galizia and demand justice and an end to impunity. He follows a chorus that includes Joe Brincat, Ray Azzopardi (the [...]

Stand by your doctor

2018-02-05T15:34:18+01:00Mon, 5th Feb '18, 15:30|

There wasn't much hope to begin with. The talks between the doctor's union and the government today were unlikely to reach a satisfactory conclusion given how the two side disagree on the direction of the privatisation of hospital management. The government is not likely to budge. There's too much money at stake flowing into pockets [...]

C Schembri: Malta in search of authors

2018-02-04T21:32:11+01:00Sun, 4th Feb '18, 21:32|

Guest post by Charles Schembri: Luigi Pirandello’s acclaimed play “Six characters in search of an author” comes to the conclusion that the only pathway for these destitute individuals to find a meaning for their situation is best explored if these characters were themselves to be the authors. And still the dramatist through inference does not [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: No stone unturned

2018-02-04T22:31:01+01:00Sun, 4th Feb '18, 21:08|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Confined as he is by constitutional and legal limitations, Magistrate Bugeja is also marked by a stark warning from Muscat, who on television, in an evening that will be remembered as the kristallnacht of this regime, warned him of unspecified consequences should his findings not be to [...]

Bent over onion-head and other stories

2018-02-04T07:26:10+01:00Sun, 4th Feb '18, 07:26|

I’m going out on something of a limb here. I do see the funny side of the hekk jgħid il-Malti figures around Valletta. Seeing Jason Micallef on the happier side of a glory hole, unveiling everyone’s favourite statue of the bent over androgynous onion-head was hilarious. And the memes were never ending, in a good [...]

Has Adrian Delia decided to Occupy Justice?

2018-02-04T06:55:16+01:00Sun, 4th Feb '18, 06:55|

Party leaders get to assign areas of responsibility to their parliamentary group. It’s all a dress rehearsal for the exercise of the prime minister’s prerogative that in our rules gives him or her complete hire and fire rules on government ministers while obviously he or she are held by the hire and fire discretion of [...]

EP President in fresh call for international investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia killing

2018-02-04T08:38:39+01:00Sun, 4th Feb '18, 05:28|

Ronchi dei Legionari is a town the size of Żurrieq on the Italian border with Slovenia. Their press club set up a journalistic prize commemorating Daphne Caruana Galizia. And it has announced that it has been accorded patronage for the prize by the European Parliament. In a statement the Ronchese journalists association said "this is [...]

Statement by David Gonzi

2018-02-03T00:23:00+01:00Sat, 3rd Feb '18, 00:23|

The following statement refers to the story I published earlier today about the arrests in Italy in connection with a Mafia money-laundering ring that used a Maltese company to launder money. The Maltese company used to be owned by a fiduciary company in which David Gonzi is one of three partners. But as the below [...]

UPDATED: Mafia slot machine king arrested: laundered money through Malta company formerly held by fiduciary co-owned by David Gonzi

2018-02-02T20:51:42+01:00Fri, 2nd Feb '18, 19:51|

Italian police have arrested Benedetto Bacchi known as "Ninì", nicknamed the King of Slot Machines. He was part of the Palermo Cosa Nostra. He was arrested with another 30 suspects the closure of 50 slot machine outlets and the arrest of 4 million euro. Benedetto Bacchi ran an operation of some 700 outlets generating a [...]

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