Why I must write this and why you should read it

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2019-07-25T15:55:45+02:00Thu, 25th Jul '19, 15:55|

It is right to feel uncomfortable reading about the personal affairs of others, even of people who live their lives so publicly. What is discussed in a dispute between members of an estranged couple is not normally a matter of interest to those who are not members of that couple. But here is why you [...]

Ciao Darwin

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2019-07-25T11:12:46+02:00Thu, 25th Jul '19, 11:12|

Netflix released this week a documentary version of the Black Mirror episode from our past. 'The Great Hack' is a documentary that tells the story of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and how this was unpacked with the help of whistleblowers by The Guardian and Parliamentary Committees in the UK and the US. https://youtu.be/iX8GxLP1FHo   You [...]

Eligibility

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2019-07-25T10:18:07+02:00Thu, 25th Jul '19, 10:18|

The PN administration has justified the major reshuffle in the composition of the General Council voting Saturday when compared with the composition of the General Council that shortlisted Adrian Delia for election for leadership on the back of objective changes in the people eligible to be members. The clearest example of this is the case [...]

Is this a dagger which I see before me?

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2019-07-25T10:20:01+02:00Thu, 25th Jul '19, 09:09|

Adrian Delia went on the TV station he controls yesterday to indulge in some of the discourse of his first campaign to become party leader, albeit in a considerably more equanimous tone. Put simply his message is that after Saturday’s vote he’s turning a fresh page in the party’s history. He is fully charged to [...]

The government should publish the Moneyval report

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2019-07-24T13:50:42+02:00Wed, 24th Jul '19, 13:50|

Even if Edward Scicluna claims to disagree with any of it, it does not help anyone that the government keeps the report of the Council of Europe's committee of experts on the evaluation of anti-money laundering measures and the financing of terrorism (Moneyval) under wraps. The Moneyval process is in principle confidential. But Rule 29 [...]

GUEST POST: Of killing marigolds

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2019-07-24T11:18:23+02:00Wed, 24th Jul '19, 11:18|

Sent in by Libertas: No matter how hopeful and optimistic, no matter up to what extent a party outsider affords party politicians the benefit of doubt, no matter an outsider’s determination to encourage reconciliation and dialogue amongst humans of a different mind, the historical event being held on the 27th July at the Stamperija is [...]

Does he really have the time to watch movies?

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2019-07-24T08:54:35+02:00Wed, 24th Jul '19, 08:54|

The Government Gazette announced yesterday that the newly minted chief of government communications has been given a part-time job. Matthew Carbone, who one would expect is working 20 hour days, has been appointed to the Film Review Board which is set up by law to watch movies that another board has classified with an age [...]

He said. They said.

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2019-07-24T12:06:22+02:00Wed, 24th Jul '19, 08:43|

Jean Claude Juncker enjoyed his day in the sun yesterday. He is nearing his retirement and looks like he has as much appetite for battle as a lottery winner. Clearly Joseph Muscat’s charms still work wonders on him and the easy ride our prime minister had with Juncker’s Commission was perfectly represented in that embrace. [...]

Isn’t it ironic?

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2019-07-23T08:22:38+02:00Tue, 23rd Jul '19, 08:18|

Not quite like rain on your wedding day, but Louise Tedesco headlines her Times of Malta opinion piece today by branding critics of PN leader Adrian Delia as the 'Barra Brigade'. That phrase recalls the PN's campaign when the Panama Papers broke and it turned out that Malta would have the only politicians in the [...]

Lassana Cisse remembered

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2019-07-23T07:33:18+02:00Tue, 23rd Jul '19, 07:33|

After Times of Malta reported yesterday that "vandals destroyed memorial to" Lassana Cisse, on the spot in Birżebuġġa where he was killed in a drive by shooting last April, some people went to fix that last night.

Beware hard decisions

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2019-07-22T18:43:56+02:00Mon, 22nd Jul '19, 18:22|

The upcoming meeting of the PN’s General Council will not be good for the country. It will cement the differences in the Nationalist Party, confirm its inability to provide any Opposition, retain Adrian Delia, dishearten the last few leaders with some common sense, alienate more of its erstwhile supporters and bring the oldest political party [...]

Forum Shopping

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2019-07-22T14:07:20+02:00Mon, 22nd Jul '19, 14:07|

Edward Scicluna, Chris Cardona and Konrad Mizzi chose today to file an appeal from a Magistrate’s order to start an inquiry into the hospitals privatisation scandal. Perhaps they’re superstitious and they were waiting for the planets to align. Or perhaps they were waiting for Giovanni Grixti to be the duty judge to have his turn [...]

GUEST POST: The audacity of trees

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2019-07-22T12:12:05+02:00Mon, 22nd Jul '19, 12:11|

Lizzie Eldridge asked trees how they dare be. I don’t know about you but I’m fed up with all these trees loitering around on street corners as if they’ve got some God-given right to be there. I mean, what the hell have they ever done for us? In Malta, with our long hot summers, trees [...]

Moody Moneyval

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2019-07-22T12:15:17+02:00Mon, 22nd Jul '19, 11:43|

Malta failed the Moneyval reviewing process which assessed Malta’s willingness and ability to fight money laundering.  Edward Scicluna and Joseph Muscat have spent the last year preparing you for this result bringing in all sorts of irrelevant considerations in order to diffuse the significance of this. A year ago Edward Scicluna was arguing this was [...]

Fact check

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2019-07-22T11:02:31+02:00Mon, 22nd Jul '19, 11:02|

Congratulations to all winners at the Istitut tal-Ġurnalisti Maltin awards, particularly the lifetime achievement awardee Lawrence Grech. Also, a nice touch to salute Ivan Fenech of the Times of Malta who died earlier this year of a sudden illness. Perhaps, since it's an institute of journalists, it would have been great if someone did some [...]

Owen’s mission to civilise

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2019-07-22T10:46:00+02:00Mon, 22nd Jul '19, 10:46|

The destruction of a memorial to an innocent human being murdered for sport is, in a civilised context, an act of barbarism. Vandalising the makeshift memorial to Lassana Cisse made of flowers and messages of grief and sympathy is a racist attack. It is an extension of the mindless and evil racism that killed him [...]

GUEST SERIES: Joseph Muscat’s oath (3)

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2019-07-20T09:00:47+02:00Mon, 22nd Jul '19, 08:54|

Concludes the first part of this series on testimonies given by Joseph Muscat and Owen Bonnici in the case filed by Adrian Delia demanding a copy of the Egrant inquiry report. In this concluding section, Godfrey Leone Ganado takes another look at the published extract of the inquiry report and compares them with the statement [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The end for some

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2019-07-21T18:21:15+02:00Sun, 21st Jul '19, 18:21|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "A year ago Labour campaigned on the moronic mantra that we were living ‘the best of times’. The opiates of easy money and easy charm were still conditioning the reaction of people and a positively Panglossian slogan that should not have worked, did. Last week Muscat said [...]