The memorial is back

2018-09-20T17:05:31+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 16:53| Until they censor the protest again. Would Owen Bonnici consider this 'appropriation' too? Does he believe this can cause harm to a national monument? Would he consider this a health hazard? Would any of the excuses for blind censorship that have been used till now be applicable to this? In the meantime go and [...]

Why I deleted the ‘cockroaches’ post.

2018-09-20T16:54:48+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 16:43|

If you’ve seen the story you know what I’m talking about. Or maybe you spotted the report on other websites who commented on what I posted. Or maybe you saw a link on Facebook. If you haven’t seen it, no harm done, you can ignore what follows. I want to leave on the record however [...]

Brian Tonna and Karl Cini do not want their passports on line. Maybe they should not visit this website then.

2018-09-20T12:08:55+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 12:08|

Brian Tonna and Karl Cini want privacy. Crooks have that. They try to use the law, wrongly in this case, to protect themselves from public scrutiny. They asked the authorities to force Peter Caruana Galizia to delete pictures of their passports from her blog. He refused and gave legal reasons why, including the detail that [...]

At 2pm I’m laying flowers and candles at the Great Siege Memorial

2018-09-20T16:43:14+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 11:56|

If we let them suppress this protest, they can suppress any. They'll be able to stop complaints about environmental degradation, about the privatisation of your healthcare, about discrimination and abuse of minorities, even about your own property and your life. I am not taking the Great Siege Memorial with me. I do not 'appropriate' memorials. [...]

Ever wondered why we demand justice?

2018-09-20T11:23:05+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 11:23|

The Court of Appeal, presided by three judges, deferred their decision on whether Judge Antonio Mizzi should be made to recuse himself from hearing an appeal by Joseph Muscat and the Panama Gang from a court order the police investigate them to October 29th. Now you can read that sentence again and try to draw [...]

Italian anti-mafia journalist calls for colleagues to come to Malta and join protest in October

2018-09-20T17:49:36+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 10:50|

Italian TG1 anti-mafia journalist Maria Grazia Mazzola has published an appeal on anti-mafia NGO website Libera Informazione calling for journalists and Italian civil society to come to Malta to join public protest events marking the year since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The journalist compares the unanswered questions about the assassination of Daphne Caruana [...]

The PN condemns Owen Bonnici and suppression of freedom of expression

2018-09-20T10:37:08+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 10:37|

The PN issued a statement yesterday after Owen Bonnici publicly sought to justify the state's suppression of the protest in Great Siege Square. It interprets the government's actions as a violation of the right to free expression. Here's the statement: Id-dritt tal-espressjoni ħielsa taċ-ċittadini m'għandux jiġi mxekkel Il-Partit Nazzjonalista jqis l-aġir tal-Ministru tal-Ġustizzja Owen Bonnici [...]

Guest Post: Clearing the democratic right to protest

2018-09-20T10:21:38+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 10:21|

Sent in by a sixteen year old author known to me. DOI photo of Joseph Muscat marching in protest after the murder of Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris. When I think the government cannot stoop any lower, my expectations are always surpassed. They put their own banner now. What the government is trying [...]

Owen’s slander

2018-09-20T10:05:41+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 10:05|

Read here Owen Bonnici’s case for the prosecution against the crime of public protest. No one is seeking to ‘appropriate’ the Great Siege Memorial. Using big words does not make the speaker any less ridiculous. I didn’t see anyone taking the Great Siege Memorial home. I didn’t see any one of the protesters in Paris [...]

Helena Dalli’s pride

2018-09-20T09:22:27+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 09:22|

I wanted a few days to pass from Saturday’s gay pride march before I commented on this. Only a few years ago gay pride was a very difficult experience for people marching in it. And now that it has rightly become a party I would hate to sound like I resent any of it. For [...]

Iran Foreign Minister quoted acknowledging Ali Sadr was part of Iran’s “lifeline” to dodge sanctions

2018-09-20T07:40:22+02:00Thu, 20th Sep '18, 07:40|

A July report in London based Kayhan Life quotes Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif saying “Americans have discovered our lifelines, especially with the arrest of Ali Sadr Hashemnejad”. The Minister was reportedly speaking in June at the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture. Kayhan Life is a British-Iranian on line publication. It reported [...]

Admire his awesome power

2018-09-19T08:18:47+02:00Wed, 19th Sep '18, 08:18|

There's the Great Siege Memorial this morning after the great national heroes of the Cleansing Department in the dead of night heroically won the struggle against the persistent stains of flower petals and faint flickering candles. The Memorial is now nicely and neatly boarded up with a pretty wrap around. No works in progress in [...]

Barbarism and injustice

2018-09-18T17:20:01+02:00Tue, 18th Sep '18, 17:20|

Owen Bonnici’s intellectual faculties have never moved the earth. In Maltese we have a very specific word for the shallow well-meaning: baħbuħ. His party militants have thrown him on the frontline of a battle he has nothing to do with. And his party bosses have shot him in midair as an alternative target in place [...]

Eddy the troll

2018-09-18T16:57:16+02:00Tue, 18th Sep '18, 16:57|

Eddy Privitera paid a brief visit to this blog. He fired empty taunts and was sent packing. He thought his plan worked and went to Times of Malta with a letter saying that I’m like Daphne Caruana Galizia who had also banned him from her blog. I should not need to explain that banning a [...]

The world is watching

2018-09-18T16:07:46+02:00Tue, 18th Sep '18, 16:07|

When a heckler comes screaming in your face, as one did to mine today, saying you should be ashamed of yourself for protesting, it is easy to be disheartened. The sight of a woman 'exercising her right' of vandalising the protest site wades deep into your deepest roots of doubt. But remember we're not alone. [...]

The alibis for the fugitives

2018-09-18T15:27:32+02:00Tue, 18th Sep '18, 15:26|

This document which you see before you certifies by the hand of a police officer that the government, using its employees, ripped away a protest banner bearing an image of the flag of Malta, an image of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and the word ‘Ġustizzja’ written in bold type. They also dragged away flowers [...]

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