A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Part 2)

2018-08-17T16:36:41+02:00Fri, 17th Aug '18, 16:36|

Second part of Godfrey Leone Ganado's review of the conclusions of the Egrant inquiry: Egrant, Panama and the Inquiry Report Once again, I must highlight that my article is based on the 50 page conclusions published with the compliments of Joseph Muscat, who together with his spouse Michelle Muscat Tanti, are the subjects of the [...]

Winston Psaila: Above all she had guts

2018-08-17T13:11:50+02:00Fri, 17th Aug '18, 13:11|

This is Winston Psaila's speech at yesterday's vigil: I would like to say something about hope and illusions. For as long as I can remember, it was drummed into us that hope springs eternal. It’s the last thing to die because it’s the only butterfly we managed to trap in Pandora’s box. I have never [...]

Jessica Debattista: Daphne was an artist

2018-08-17T16:10:19+02:00Fri, 17th Aug '18, 10:06|

This speech, in Maltese, was delivered at yesterday's vigil by Jessica Debattista: Daphne…… kienet artista!  Forsi tarawha stramba din l-affermazzjoni f’dawn il-mumenti fejn kulħadd qiegħed jiffoka  fuq il-korruzzjoni li ħakmet ‘il pajjiżna. Daphne kienet artista, għall-fatt li kellha sens ta’ osservazzjoni akut, tant li kienet tqaxxru l-karattru Malti fil-kitbiet tagħha. Ma kien jaħirbilha xejn, tant [...]

Lizzie Eldridge: Serenity, what a joke.

2018-08-18T10:37:08+02:00Fri, 17th Aug '18, 09:38|

This is Lizzie Eldridge's speech at yesterday's vigil. It is 10 months since the brutal assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. It is 10 months since she was brutally murdered. And if we had to detail every single thing that’s happened since she was killed, it would fill a million books. And these books would be [...]

Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia: message to August vigil for truth and justice

2018-08-17T09:18:12+02:00Fri, 17th Aug '18, 09:18|

The following message was read out at yesterday's Valletta vigil for truth and justice, marking 10 months since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. It was read out on their behalf by their aunt Corinne Vella. Few people enjoy confrontation. But many of you here know that it’s sometimes necessary. The past few weeks have [...]

Feedback time

2018-08-16T09:51:27+02:00Thu, 16th Aug '18, 09:51|

I am thinking of making some changes here on manueldelia.com. The website layout was designed at a time when I was posting 4 times a week. Now I often post more than that in a day. It's time to look at ways of improving your experience as a user, guest writer, commenter and supporter of [...]

#occupyjustice: We shall defend our island and we shall never surrender

2018-08-16T07:11:20+02:00Thu, 16th Aug '18, 06:57|

#occupyjustice press release today: Glowing candles formed the word ‘Justice’ which illuminated the beach of Font Għadir in Sliema just before the break of dawn, to mark ten months since the assassination of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The action was carried out by #occupyjustice, a group of activists led by women. “We are here, [...]

K Zerafa Boffa: Tonight’s vigil? Why I bother.

2018-08-16T05:54:53+02:00Thu, 16th Aug '18, 05:54|

Karen Zerafa Boffa first published this on her personal Facebook page. Reproduced here without her permission. I don't think she'll mind. Friends often ask me, "Why do you bother to attend Daphne's vigils every month? Can't you see it's useless? Why don't you just keep your head under the parapet like most people are doing, [...]

German musician quits Malta, alienated by corruption and the murder of a journalist

2018-08-16T05:28:59+02:00Thu, 16th Aug '18, 05:28|

  German songwriter Philip Boa has declared himself “alienated from his second home” Malta in interviews released to German media on the occasion of the release of his new album “Earthly Powers”. The album is named after a 1980 novel by Anthony Burgess, another artist alienated from Malta who fictionalised his experience of Malta’s state-mandated [...]

A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Part 1)

2018-08-17T16:32:53+02:00Thu, 16th Aug '18, 05:05|

This analytical series is by Godfrey Leone Ganado: Background I am analysing the 50-page conclusions out of a 1,500-page report. I am doing so without the benefit of the publication of the full report. That remains by design the exclusive privilege of the Prime Minister, to enable him to state and twist whatever he wanted [...]

Polite conversation

2018-08-14T09:51:14+02:00Tue, 14th Aug '18, 09:50|

If you're one to look away from Facebook because of the vile inanities on it, I don't blame you. But sometimes, just sometimes, you need to know what your fellow countrymen are prepared to say when they stumble on something they disagree with. Earlier this week I posted a link to my post inviting people to [...]

Sharing a cowshed

2018-08-13T17:54:45+02:00Mon, 13th Aug '18, 17:54|

  The story of the migrants paying €200 a month for a shared cowshed set people talking about racism. And of course, there’s a lot to be said about that. Aditus Foundation spoke to Times of Malta suggesting there could be more to the story and urging the authorities to investigate possible slavery and human [...]

What about that Skype call to Panama then?

2018-08-13T11:53:31+02:00Mon, 13th Aug '18, 11:53|

John Vassallo’s article in The Sunday Times yesterday is vital reading. I will highlight one point he makes towards his conclusion which cannot be missed. “It is an enigma at best that the Finance Ministry, police, financial services authorities or even the top echelons of executive power did not immediately run to a magistrate and [...]

Keith Schembri’s interests in Venezuela

2018-08-13T11:35:51+02:00Mon, 13th Aug '18, 11:35|

Venezuela was a favourite investment destination of Keith Schembri Records of Keith Schembri’s investment portfolio seen by this website show he was personally invested in the sovereign wealth funds of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Through his company Colsons, Keith Schembri invested just under $20,000 in Venezuela state-issued bonds expecting a return of 12.75% and [...]

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