Brothelgate: More from court this morning

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2018-05-31T14:43:30+00:00Thu, 31st May '18, 14:43|

There was another odd development in court today when the brothel-gate libel suits were being heard. Pawlu Lia and Edward Gatt filed an application on behalf of Chris Cardona’s secretary Joe Gerada who was also alleged to have been in the brothel. The application had a photo taken from a phone that is supposed to [...]

RETRACTION: Corruption in the arts

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2018-08-04T08:47:09+00:00Thu, 31st May '18, 11:41|

Retraction: August 4th, 2018 08:45 The below story covered In-Nazzjon's report of May 31st, 2018. My attention has been drawn to the fact that In-Nazzjon has since retracted the story accepting that its content was materially untrue. It has apologised to Mario Philip Azzopardi. This note is not being added on anyone's request. However, I [...]

Ali Sadr set up company to build social housing

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2018-05-31T11:10:11+00:00Thu, 31st May '18, 11:10|

MP Karol Aquilina this morning tabled evidence that showed that Ali Sadr set up a Maltese company to build "socials (sic) and mass housing projects". Ali Sadr is still the owner and director of Malta International Construction Company Limited, a Maltese company registered at the same address in Ta' Xbiex as Pilatus Bank. Ali Sadr [...]

Strict due diligence

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2018-06-05T09:31:42+00:00Thu, 31st May '18, 10:30|

The European Parliament yesterday again debated schemes selling ‘golden visas’, or as ours does the sale of passports, to people willing and able to pay for it. The discussion evolved exactly as you would have expected it. European citizenship is a joint responsibility of member states who are free to regulate access to their own [...]

The journalist who did not die

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2018-05-31T09:21:58+00:00Thu, 31st May '18, 09:21|

Photo: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko The story of the journalist who staged his own assassination in cooperation with the security authorities of Ukraine in order to prevent a real assassination from taking place leaves many mixed feelings. It proved a good opportunity for journalist-bashing as readers wrote in accusing journalists of being either gullible for [...]

Twitchcraft: Under the carpet. And over it.

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2018-05-31T08:52:34+00:00Thu, 31st May '18, 08:52|

Twitchcraft completed his latest mural at the Skatepark. Love the € sign in place of the cross on top of the dome in the background. Plenty more details to discover. And plenty of tower cranes. Read his Facebook post on it here.

“Malta’s corrupt political system is not European” – Guy Verhofstadt

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2018-05-31T08:42:11+00:00Thu, 31st May '18, 08:42|

It's spine chilling. It's painful to hear. It's a grave indictment. It's also true. Guy Verhofstadt was giving one of his European Parliament speeches that go around Whatsapp and Facebook as clickbait. It's true that surrounded by the staid, scripted and halting performances of MEPs it should be easier to stand out, the man's performances, [...]

‘Abusive’ Facebook posts

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2018-05-31T08:26:51+00:00Thu, 31st May '18, 08:26|

At face value it's no more than a nuisance. People who for whatever reason would like for a Facebook post to be seen by less people report it to Facebook as 'abusive'. Facebook, with little time to make direct value judgements, errs on the side of caution and blocks posts just in case the report [...]

Euronews interview Maria Efimova

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2018-05-30T16:10:43+00:00Wed, 30th May '18, 16:08|

Maria Efimova spoke yesterday at a whistleblowers conference and was interviewed by Euronews. See the interview here. "My motive is to show these people; who feel powerfull, who possess all the wealth and believe they can do whatever they want, is that things are not like that. There is always God to judge them. God [...]

My name is

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2018-05-30T15:21:00+00:00Wed, 30th May '18, 15:00|

I worked in political positions for PN governments for almost 17 years. Before that I ran twice on the centre-right ticket for the national union of students. I contested the parliamentary elections on the PN ticket in 2013. So for a long time I’ve done a lot to earn the tribal assumption that I’m PN. [...]

Kris Bajada owes over €110,000 on luxury cars

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2018-05-30T12:47:29+00:00Wed, 30th May '18, 12:29|

Kris Bajada is being chased for payments of over €110,000 for luxury cars he purchased from car dealer J. Zammit Limited a company owned by James Zammit who owns Raymond Auto Dealer of Żebbuġ. Kris Bajada published photographs of himself in the Mercedes SL350, one of the luxury cars he procured from Raymond Auto Dealer [...]

Regimes and murdered journalists: Russia demands journalist’s murder is investigated; offers condolences to family

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2018-05-30T07:22:00+00:00Wed, 30th May '18, 07:22|

Arkady Babchenko is yet another journalist killed right outside his home. He left his apartment in Kiev to buy bread and was shot several times in his back by a killer who waited outside for him. His wife found him bleeding outside there door. He died in the ambulance. Arkady Babchenko was living in Kiev [...]

Euronews interviews Matthew and Andrew Caruana Galizia

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2018-05-30T12:00:31+00:00Tue, 29th May '18, 21:55|

Matthew Caruana Galizia: "Once your break down institutions, and capture them and destroy them in order to enable your own corruption you let in the door everything else, all the other bad stuff in the world. It's like inverting the Pandora's Box. This is what's happened. So, of course, as long as there's impunity and [...]

Shut up Manuel

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2018-05-29T09:06:50+00:00Tue, 29th May '18, 09:06|

The reaction to any blog post or article that is critical of the PN from a source of information that is habitually critical of Joseph Muscat’s government is as predictable as it is sad. It’s not that an opinion that is expressed that is in some way controversial or challenging should not expect to be [...]