THE SUNDAY TIMES: Trenches in the mud

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2018-07-08T20:45:06+00:00Sun, 24th Jun '18, 08:00|

From my article in The Sunday Times: "As accusations of treachery are handed out in fury, the party leader himself shows unhelpful ambivalence when, for example, the government makes a fresh attempt to promote Consuelo Scerri Herrera and reward her with a judgeship, showing remarkable contempt for the institutions such as the reviewing committee that [...]

Inspector Big

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2018-06-20T11:05:33+00:00Wed, 20th Jun '18, 11:02|

That Sandro Camilleri guy gives me the creeps. For starters he’s a stereotype dressed as a self-fulfilling prophecy pretending to be proverbial. I know I’m the last person to give advice on physical appearance but those walnut crushing biceps of his are impossible to ignore on a ranking police officer. For remember he is that [...]

“You can’t handle the truth”

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2018-06-20T07:57:08+00:00Wed, 20th Jun '18, 07:54|

I don’t suppose anyone doubts anymore that the investigation of crimes with political ramifications is a politically controlled affair here in Malta. The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia does not merely have political ramifications. It is a political killing: the termination of a person to reach political ends, to serve political interests, commissioned by political [...]

Pilatus Bank pays Maria Efimova … two years late

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2018-06-19T15:06:10+00:00Tue, 19th Jun '18, 14:20|

Malta's Labour office has contacted Maria Efimova to inform her Pilatus Bank has settled her outstanding salary from when she worked for three unpaid months as executive assistant to Ali Sadr. In the ironic turn of events, Pilatus Bank have effectively admitted Maria Efimova’s complaint against them was justified and she was indeed owed payment. [...]

The friends who hide your money

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2018-06-19T14:14:58+00:00Tue, 19th Jun '18, 14:11|

Nexia BT — Mossack Fonseca (Malta) — Kasco Group. These are three dots in the orbit of Keith Schembri and his grand fraudulent scheme to cover illicit income, avoid paying taxes and use his public office for personal office. A fourth dot is MFSP, the four-partner investment agency that managed Keith Schembri’s British Virgin Islands [...]

Twilight of the gods

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2018-06-19T13:59:47+00:00Tue, 19th Jun '18, 13:59|

It is truly awful how badly the leadership of the PN is handling itself. There’s clearly a stubborn bunker atmosphere, barking orders to mobilise formations that exist only on a map, taking comfort from self-serving flattery, and seeking solace in imaginary magnanimity from the enemy as traditional support is deemed unworthy of its leadership. I [...]

Become a citizen. If you can.

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2018-06-19T19:40:30+00:00Tue, 19th Jun '18, 13:51|

In the heat of the French Revolution, the leaders of that upheaval did not sit down to write a charter about the rights of French people. They wrote instead the ‘Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen’. Universal rights is by no means a universal understanding of what citizenship should be about. But [...]

‘Picture of’ Malta

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2018-06-19T13:48:17+00:00Tue, 19th Jun '18, 13:48|

Visit this website: Picture of the EU. It’s a journey across Europe and its current stories. Read the bewildering story of Malta from the points of few of civil rights activists here.

Neville Gafa: Witnesses scared of retribution

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2018-06-19T13:42:31+00:00Tue, 19th Jun '18, 13:42|

So Neville Gafa’ told Times of Malta he is “denying all of Mr Grech Mintoff’s allegations and reserved the right to take legal action”. He was reacting to documentation tabled by Ivan Grech Mintoff in a civil suit where he said potential witnesses who have had bribes solicited off them from Neville Gafa for Malta [...]

Clyde Puli, careful there.

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2018-06-17T15:22:01+00:00Sun, 17th Jun '18, 15:22|

Watch this video from Net News. Clyde Puli uses his TV platform to reiterate the remarks he gave The Malta Independent. He explains the process of selecting candidates and criticises a ‘section of the media’, which the reporter specifies as Times of Malta, for deceiving its readers. https://youtu.be/OZd9TQl50vs It was not just Times of Malta [...]

Martina Caruana: At the Great Siege Memorial

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2018-06-17T14:53:33+00:00Sun, 17th Jun '18, 14:53|

Art historian Martina Caruana yesterday gave a memorable speech placing the context of the monthly Daphne Caruana Galizia vigils on the 16th of every month with the Great Siege Memorial that dominates the location. Here's an English translation of the speech: We have gathered here again to mark the 8th month since Daphne Caruana Galizia’s [...]

Andrew Borg-Cardona: A handbook for activists

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2018-06-17T14:42:59+00:00Sun, 17th Jun '18, 14:42|

Thank you Andrew Borg-Cardona. We as activists have to reclaim the public space this government has encroached on. We've come to the point that whilst we tip-toe around the authorities to ensure no sensibilities are even slightly offended, a policeman has this week actually physically blocked a journalist from taking pictures. Policemen have removed protest [...]

The hand that seeks to blind you

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2018-06-17T14:23:33+00:00Sun, 17th Jun '18, 14:23|

This photo was taken by Darrin Zammit Lupi for Reuters. A policeman tried to block his lens even though the photographer told him he was a journalist doing his job.   As you can still figure out the policeman was seeking to censor a protest by Il-Kenniesa that showed cardboard cutouts of Keith Schembri and [...]

FIAU punish the laundry, but leave the launderer alone. Keith Schembri’s finances handled by fined money laundering enablers MFSP.

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2018-06-17T09:38:32+00:00Sun, 17th Jun '18, 09:36|

Jacob Borg’s Times of Malta story yesterday revealed MFSP Financial has been fined by the FIAU for breaching MFSA laws. It is right that intermediaries are checked and held to account as these cowboy operations enable the crimes of money launderers, tax dodgers and fraudsters. But that’s only half the job done. If the FIAU [...]

Convicted revenge pornographer to run for MEP

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2018-06-17T10:08:19+00:00Sun, 17th Jun '18, 08:56|

Cyrus Engerer already meant to run for MEP in the past. He withdrew his candidature in the last minute because of a conviction for spreading revenge porn photos of his ex boyfriend after a bad breakup. His withdrawal from the candidature was hailed by Labour’s Joseph Muscat as heroic. Indeed he endowed a former PN [...]

#occupyjustice: The (Minis)Tree of Justice

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2018-06-16T14:05:24+00:00Sat, 16th Jun '18, 14:05|

Statement today by #occupyjustice: A Tree of Justice was ‘planted’ outside Upper Barrakka Gardens on Saturday afternoon with protest letters hanging as ‘fruit’ from its branches, to mark eight months since the assassination of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. “The roots of evil are all we are left with,” said #OccupyJustice, a group of activists [...]