#occupyjustice: The Crumbling Pillars of Malta

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2019-01-16T21:21:27+02:00Wed, 16th Jan '19, 21:21|

This statement was issued by Occupy Justice this evening: Three huge banners depicting Three Crumbling Pillars of Democracy were unfurled opposite the building of the Maltese parliament this evening in Valletta by #occupyjustice activists to mark 15 months since the assassination of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The banners showed three collapsing columns symbolising the executive (the government); the legislature (parliament) and the [...]

Maria Efimova receives Special Recognition Award from Blueprint for Free Speech

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2019-01-16T10:30:26+02:00Wed, 16th Jan '19, 19:45|

Pilatus Bank whistleblower Maria Efimova is being honoured tonight by Australian-based free speech organisation ‘Blueprint for Free Speech’.  Past awardees include Chelsea Manning who spent 7 years in prison for revealing war crimes perpetrated by the US military, John Kiriakou who uncovered the use of torture by the US intelligence community, Raj Mattu who uncovered [...]

Friends of animals

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2019-01-16T14:04:22+02:00Wed, 16th Jan '19, 14:04|

Eight mallards flew over Valletta and the event was so extraordinarily rare that the self-proclaimed bird-shooter in Joseph Muscat’s government shoots them with the only gun he’s allowed to carry inside the Auberge de Castille: the hi-res camera on the back of his phone. This guy, Clint Camilleri, who can’t sit through a Cabinet meeting [...]

Touch of class

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2019-01-16T13:49:06+02:00Wed, 16th Jan '19, 13:40|

Please see this post on Lovin Malta reviewing a new TV show on PN TV station Net. It’s in that Lovin Malta taking the Mickey style of theirs so you might at first get the impression this is a breezy crit of another painfully unwatchable piece of junk on Maltese television. Who the hell watches [...]

Further away from democracy than we’ve ever been

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2019-01-16T12:25:38+02:00Wed, 16th Jan '19, 12:25|

Robert Musumeci continued his passionate campaign in defence of Adrian Delia in a Times Talk interview today. Even though most of us are neither architects nor lawyers and even less of us are both, we can all see Robert Musumeci’s cunning plan for what it is. He is deeply invested in the status quo and [...]

A painful memory

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2019-01-15T10:13:16+02:00Tue, 15th Jan '19, 10:13|

On a comments board of this website, May Borg shared a comment Daphne Caruana Galizia had written as the moderator of the comments under her own website. Even those who read her blog very rarely will remember the post by seeing this image: It was February 2016 and Daphne told her readers she was bursting [...]

Guest Post: Why they want him to stay on

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2019-01-15T10:00:08+02:00Tue, 15th Jan '19, 10:00|

Desmond Zammit Marmarà opens his preposterous blog on Newsbook by saying that he is “a Labour Party supporter and therefore one of those who have absolutely no wish to see Dr Adrian Delia as Prime Minister of Malta.” He concludes by reaffirming that he is “one of those who will continue doing my utmost to [...]

PN youth wing ‘likes’ post criticising party leadership

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2019-01-15T09:48:21+02:00Tue, 15th Jan '19, 09:47|

Though not quite the ANC youth wing, the MŻPN seems to be flexing its muscles. Occupy Justice posted yesterday on their Twitter account one of their biting series “True Warriors” that highlights massive gaps in positions that an Opposition party would normally be expected to take. A post yesterday by Occupy Justice reminded the PN [...]

Owen’s task force

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2019-01-15T09:18:41+02:00Tue, 15th Jan '19, 09:18|

This is Strasbourg yesterday. They keep the Christmas elves in their shop windows rather longer there. The mementoes left there are in memory of the victims of the December terror attack. Some will say that's incomparable with the ones activists leave in Valletta since Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed because that's more than a year [...]

Short cash

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2019-01-15T08:57:40+02:00Tue, 15th Jan '19, 08:57|

The argument that Adrian Delia’s private affairs are his own rings hollower than ever now. Times of Malta published a breakdown of Adrian Delia’s monthly expenses excluding of course the cost of his existence. Adrian Delia is sleeping somewhere which is not his home so he must be paying some form of rent. Clearly he’s [...]

‘Vicious’ DDoS attack on The Shift

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2019-01-14T17:33:55+02:00Mon, 14th Jan '19, 17:33|

The Shift News is reporting on its website it is undergoing “a vicious cyber attack” which is aimed at taking their website down. Caroline Muscat described the attack as “well-funded and professional”. The site is not yet down due to the security system that protects the website from these attacks. In their post around an [...]

Unanimity

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2019-01-14T10:17:47+02:00Mon, 14th Jan '19, 10:17|

Unanimity in a voting result for a political party or any other political process is normally the outcome of a rigged or undemocratic ballot. They have 90% majorities in the Chinese ‘national people’s congress’ or elections a Castro runs for in Cuba. It is, therefore, wrong to assess the 10% dissenting votes Adrian Delia estimates [...]

Joseph Muscat on irrevocable democratic choices

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2019-01-14T09:33:12+02:00Mon, 14th Jan '19, 09:33|

There’s something profoundly exquisite in Joseph Muscat speaking of obscure forces in the PN acting in defiance of a democratic decision to have Adrian Delia as a leader. “This betrays a mind-set where democracy is only relevant if you like what the people have decided”.  Just 4 months ago he went on BBC Radio 4 [...]

We meet again on the 16th

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2019-01-16T21:27:40+02:00Mon, 14th Jan '19, 08:58|

Fifteen months after Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated and we still don’t know whose idea it was. We do know who’s better off since she was killed and we do know they’re still in office. Her death has not served in any way to make us aware of the need to upgrade standards in our [...]

When is Huawei’s project in Malta going to become a matter of political concern?

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2019-01-14T08:00:29+02:00Mon, 14th Jan '19, 08:00|

Poland has arrested Huawei’s sales director for espionage a few days ago. Huawei, which vehemently denies being an agency that serves China’s security services, promptly fired that employee saying that it “complies with all applicable laws in the countries where it operates, and require every employee to abide by the laws in the countries where [...]

Ali Sadr trial rescheduled to October 2019

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2019-01-14T07:20:17+02:00Mon, 14th Jan '19, 07:20|

A request by former Pilatus Bank owner and Chairman Ali Sadr Hasheminejad for more time for his legal team to prepare his defence has been accepted by a New York federal court. The trial was scheduled for May 2019 but US District Judge Andrew Carter agreed that the interests of justice are better served if [...]

Bend the knee

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2019-01-11T17:52:28+02:00Fri, 11th Jan '19, 17:52|

I always found the way political parties produce photographs of the crowds that attend their events a redundant, childish and irrelevant exercise. To an extent, of course. Anyone who is communicating an idea to the public feeds on the feedback the public gives them. You may tell yourself you don’t want your restaurant to be [...]

You win or you die

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2019-01-09T16:52:01+02:00Wed, 9th Jan '19, 16:51|

The President of the PN Executive told The Sunday Times a few days ago his committee will be discussing the current state of play in the party, which would of course be a discussion on whether Adrian Delia should remain the leader. In the meantime other newspaper reports suggest that Mark Anthony Sammut has had [...]