#occupyjustice asks visiting leaders: Have you read the Council of Europe report?

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2019-06-14T19:46:20+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 19:46|

Statement by #occupyjustice after their action in Valletta today. Have You Read the CoE Report? A number of #occupyjustice activists today gathered around Castille square while the Press Conference for the 6th South EU Summit was being held. The summit was attended by Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Mr Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of [...]

Erin Tanti, I think you got off lightly

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2019-06-14T19:40:54+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 19:40|

Intuitive reactions are uninformed and thankfully not the way people are judged for crimes they are convicted of. I respect that. Nor am I the ‘lock-him-up-and-throw-away-the-key’ sort of guy. But let’s face it. Erin Tanti admitted his guilt on a charge of murder which is punishable by up to life in prison. He also pleaded [...]

Comical Ali and the Mosta and Paola resolutions

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2019-06-14T18:50:25+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 18:50|

The PN's sectional committees in Mosta and Paola issued declarations that are highly critical of the headquarters of the party demanding that instead of trying to explain away the recent electoral losses, party elders should be assuming responsibility for their failures. They follow the more urgent clamour from the Gozitan party activists who went ballistic [...]

GUEST POST: The Fall of the House of …*

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2019-06-14T18:20:06+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 18:20|

The piece is written by a regular contributor who has adopted the identity of Tyndareus and apologises to Edgar Allan Poe for the heading. Some would say that you cannot expect a snake other than to hiss and slither. That is his nature. So even though the situation is dire and most did not expect [...]

Repubblika writes to the leaders meeting Joseph Muscat today

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2019-06-14T17:52:27+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 17:51|

This is a letter sent today by Repubblika to the heads of state and government meeting Joseph Muscat in Valletta today:   Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of France Mr Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus Mr Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy Mr Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece Mr Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal [...]

Made homeless by State inaction

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2019-06-14T17:42:25+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 17:42|

The Prime Minister yesterday issued a royal decree ordering all excavations or demolitions stopped until further review of the rules that according to him are now causing buildings to collapse. Facebook has since yesterday been replete with debates interpreting that decree and trying to define limits around its absurdity. That's why royal decrees have been [...]

Physics

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2019-06-14T11:16:15+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 11:16|

The leadership of the PN is drunk on a punch of factional politics. When MPs resort to WhatsApp groups or Facebook posts to express disagreement, subtly or not so much, with the line the party leadership takes that’s officially described as factionalism. It isn’t really. It’s venting of frustration: leaking pipes in a plumbing system [...]

Darren Debono: awaiting Italian trial for smuggling; sits on Maltese Premier footy committee

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2019-06-14T09:44:05+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 09:44|

Darren Debono, who has been charged in Italy for smuggling Libyan fuel for Sicily’s Cosa Nostra has been elected to the committee of Premier League club Senglea Athletic FC and now sits on the “technical team” managing the club’s team. A report announcing the news on TVM, the national broadcaster, introduced Darren Debono as an [...]

German prosecutor complains Malta-licensed gaming franchises are a backdoor for laundering drugs money

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2019-06-14T09:15:33+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 09:15|

German public TV NDR ran an investigation this week into links between sports betting shops in Germany and organised crime. The feature interviews the Chief Prosecutor responsible for organised crime in Frankfurt, Noah Krueger, who says his office is investigating whether several dozen betting shops have been used as fronts for operations laundering money for [...]