STAR COMMENT: From Daphne’s father, Michael Vella

2018-05-23T08:00:30+02:00Wed, 23rd May '18, 00:33|

Michael Vella is a frequent contributor to the comments boards of this website. He sent the below comment as a contribution to the discussion on the 'untimely interruption' of the work the FBI did on identifying the movements of devices used by the alleged assassins hired to kill Daphne Caruana Galizia. Their review of their [...]

Likely new Italian prime minister says he lectured in Malta. Malta University says “it has no record”

2018-05-22T18:20:57+02:00Tue, 22nd May '18, 18:20|

Giuseppe Conte, nominated for the post of Prime Minister of Italy, by leaders of the populist Cinque Stelle and Lega parties, is a law professor whose resumé includes teaching a summer class at the University of Malta called “European Contract and Banking Law”. A New York Times article observed that that specific element of his [...]

Untimely interruption

2018-05-22T16:46:08+02:00Tue, 22nd May '18, 16:46|

The presentation of evidence against the three alleged hired assassins who killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, risks becoming a courtroom drama in the let’s-watch-this-because-it’s-fun sort of way. In all honesty the maddening delaying tactics of the defence team entertain no one but we would all do better to be circumspect about commenting on creative lawyerly use [...]

You may have seen this before

2018-05-22T16:16:14+02:00Tue, 22nd May '18, 16:16|

One of the fascinating controversies that this blog had on its discussion boards was whether it is appropriate to make comparisons between the current state of play in Malta and the rise of fascist politics in Europe less than a century ago. I came across a Reddit discussion just this morning that was debating my [...]

Xini Productions: Remember the Artful Dodger of Europe interview?

2018-05-22T15:24:10+02:00Tue, 22nd May '18, 15:24|

Before the last election You Tube channel Xini Productions released a number of videos analysing Joseph Muscat's body language, demonstrating the tells in his behaviour. I have come across this video released a few weeks ago analysing John Sweeney's BBC Newsnight interview with Joseph Muscat from some time ago known to posterity as 'the artful dodger [...]

Stay in touch

2018-05-22T12:37:23+02:00Tue, 22nd May '18, 12:37|

If you want to stay informed of Civil Society activities and initiatives, you need to give them your consent to send notifications to your Whatsapp account. It's the law. Send a Whatsapp message to 99660847. If you do this before Friday 25th, your message will be your consent for Civil Society to keep your number [...]

Henley & Partners now selling Malta real estate

2018-05-22T08:22:59+02:00Tue, 22nd May '18, 08:22|

Henley & Partners’ grip on Malta continues to tighten as they go further up the value chain combining real estate mediation with the offer of Maltese citizenship. The group has set up a real estate branch under the brand Casamont and will compete with other real estate agents for margins on the sale of property [...]

Government denies knowledge

2018-05-21T18:12:48+02:00Mon, 21st May '18, 18:12|

In a 34 word statement the government denied having anything to do with the DDOS attack that brought down this website twice in the last 5 days. That’s it? No reassurances that the police will investigate this “alleged” attack and appropriate action will be taken once the facts are determined? No polite inanities about commitment [...]

Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

2018-05-21T16:39:52+02:00Mon, 21st May '18, 16:36|

Saviour Balzan could have argued in his editorial about Maria Efimova’s tweet that her English language skills were insufficiently nuanced when she said you can only understand the suffering of the Caruana Galizias if a relative as close to you as Daphne was to them is torn to bits in a bomb. He presented her [...]

The Russia House

2018-05-21T12:50:57+02:00Mon, 21st May '18, 12:50|

A British Parliamentary committee is warning the UK government is turning a blind eye to Russian dirty money flowing through the City’s financial structures serving the foreign policy aspirations of the Putin government. Read more about that report here, including the response of the UK government that seeks to assure Parliamentarians that the government is [...]

Request for temporary ban on FBI witnesses in Daphne Caruana Galizia case denied

2018-05-21T08:55:43+02:00Mon, 21st May '18, 08:55|

A Civil Court judge today turned down an application filed by lawyers for Alfred Degiorgio iċ-Ċiniż, one of the alleged hired assassins accused of killing Daphne Caruana Galizia, to stop FBI witnesses from testifying against them at least until the Court takes a final decision on preventing them from doing so altogether. In a lengthy [...]

The smell of Gasol

2018-05-21T08:38:02+02:00Mon, 21st May '18, 08:38|

David Lindsey’s story yesterday on The Malta Independent on Sunday throws a little more light on the darkness of the exit of Gasol from the Electrogas consortium. Jacob Borg’s story today on The Times of Malta provides some more information about the agency of Konrad Mizzi as some form of mediator between any regulator with [...]

Statement by

2018-05-21T18:10:55+02:00Sun, 20th May '18, 17:06|

This was first posted on my Facebook page while my site was inaccessible. continues to be unavailable for most of those trying to access it. This is due to a heavy DDoS attack on multiple fronts on the servers it uses. This is the second downtime this week and the longest in the year long [...]

The monk’s freedom

2018-05-20T20:23:34+02:00Sun, 20th May '18, 16:37|

Published first earlier today on my Facebook page when this site was done. So Labour stalwarts Own Bonnici, Rosianne Cutajar, Kurt Farrugia and other sundry corporals in the zombie apocalypse army of Joseph Muscat are all over Facebook and Twitter taunting civil society activists to throw themselves in front of the bullets the Catholic Church [...]

As if they haven’t suffered enough

2018-05-19T14:52:59+02:00Sat, 19th May '18, 14:52|

With the possible exception of a few loons no one feels anything but a depth of anger, sorrow and sympathy after the senseless assault on a traffic cop by a murderous lout. But some also cynically find in that near unanimity an opportunity to use the despicable incident as a pretext for their political advantage. [...]

Jeffrey’s OK

2018-05-18T20:52:20+02:00Fri, 18th May '18, 20:52|

I am greatly relieved that it turned out that no one had actually placed a suspicious package outside Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando’s house. That would have been horrible. And how sad to see that he got such an awful fright. People should really be careful about where to dump their rubbish. I really do hope he’s [...]

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