Touchy

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2018-03-05T21:50:12+00:00Mon, 5th Mar '18, 21:50|

I’ll be honest with you. I cannot be fagged to go down the comments board, particularly the ones under the Facebook posts, to give individual answers to the shocked, the obtuse, the stubborn, the disappointed, the angry, the stupid, the facetious, the cowardly and even the odd sincerely confused. What they all seem to be [...]

What’s Chris Cardona’s secretary thinking?

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2018-03-05T20:43:13+00:00Mon, 5th Mar '18, 20:43|

So Chris Cardona’s secretary regrets suing Daphne Caruana Galizia for libel and filing to have her bank accounts frozen in the process because she said he was with his boss at a brothel in Germany while they were supposed to be on duty. When his expression of regret emerged in court, his lawyer, Pawlu Lia [...]

She’s back

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2018-03-05T15:57:55+00:00Mon, 5th Mar '18, 15:57|

Nicky Vella de Fremaux, Adrian Delia’s wife, is back on Facebook. She had deactivated her account during her husband’s leadership campaign. In an 8 October interview with Rachel Attard of The Malta Independent she explained her reasons. From that interview: “You have always been outspoken. Why did you close your Facebook page? I did not [...]

Holier than thou

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2018-03-05T13:15:41+00:00Mon, 5th Mar '18, 13:15|

Robert Musumeci is famous for many things: dexterity with planning permits, dexterity with political allegiance and dexterity with logical summersaults. He’s not famous for dexterity with language. His tweet mantra these days is ‘holier-than-thou’ thrown willy-nilly at critics of his twin deities du jour: Joseph Muscat and Adrian Delia. I suppose I can guess what [...]

Global Anti-Corruption Consortium: Report on ‘Golden Visas’

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2018-03-05T11:02:14+00:00Mon, 5th Mar '18, 11:00|

Transparency International EU and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project have teamed up to produce a study on how citizenship- and residence-by-investment schemes, commonly referred to as ‘Golden Visa’ programmes are vulnerable to abuse and undermine the fight against corruption in the European Union and neighbouring countries. Read their reports on Malta here and here.  

Reporters without borders: Why are Malta public officials so hostile towards the media?

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2018-03-05T10:17:57+00:00Mon, 5th Mar '18, 10:17|

Here's a brief interview I had with Rebecca Vincent on RTK earlier. Rebecca Vincent is director of the UK office of Reporters without borders (RSF). Reporters Without Borders promotes and defends the freedom to be informed and to inform others throughout the world. Based in Paris, it has ten international offices (Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Madrid, [...]

They must think they’re smart

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2018-03-05T09:56:38+00:00Mon, 5th Mar '18, 09:56|

So they did it at last. They 'cleaned up' the protest site in front of the courts demanding justice in the cases revealed by Daphne Caruana Galizia and the case of her own death. They forgot to remove the bay trees. They must have liked those or completely overlooked their symbolism. And they forgot to [...]