In memory of innocent victims of the mafia

2020-03-21T09:49:07+01:00Sat, 21st Mar '20, 09:49|

Daphne Caruana Galizia is being remembered today along with hundreds of people killed at the hands of mafia organisations in the bloody history of violent deaths of innocent victims of organised crime. For the last quarter of a century umbrella anti-mafia organisation Libera has marked 21 March as the day of remembrance for innocent victims [...]

UPDATED: Entrepreneur threatens to uncover Silvio Schembri’s “personal interest” in blockchain promotion

2020-03-21T16:05:12+01:00Sat, 21st Mar '20, 09:36|

Updated at 16:02 An entrepreneur who has set up a co-location facility in St Julians for “digital nomads” people working remotely in cities away from home, has warned Minister Silvio Schembri he would reveal information on the minister’s “personal involvement and interests” in the Blockchain project unless the policy of deporting third country nationals who [...]

Beyond the clouds

2020-03-20T17:26:10+01:00Fri, 20th Mar '20, 17:25|

This poem was shared with me by a regular reader. It was written by an Irish-French Catholic writer, Kathleen O’Meara (Dublin 1839 - Paris 1888), who also wrote under the pen name of Grace Ramsay, and is to be found in her novel Iza’s Story, set against the background of the Polish struggle against the [...]

Exposure of the vulnerable

2020-03-20T14:58:17+01:00Fri, 20th Mar '20, 14:58|

Earlier today I wrote a post about areas of information that are remarkably lacking in the briefings the government is giving about the ongoing crisis. Here’s some more information I think we should be hearing. What’s happening to people who sleep rough? We know there are cases of people reduced to sleeping on cardboard in [...]

The need for urgency

2020-03-20T10:47:06+01:00Fri, 20th Mar '20, 10:47|

The government is being reasonably transparent on its management of the coronavirus. At least it is reasonable to believe it is. Every day we are updated on the number of tests conducted, how many of them test positive, a brief background on every new case and a record of recoveries and deaths. None of the [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: Flawed democracy – is the roof going to drip?

2020-03-20T09:41:21+01:00Fri, 20th Mar '20, 09:40|

My article in this month's Money Magazine, written well before the coronavirus outbreak: Let’s be clear: democracy is receding worldwide. When red stars were pulled down from the spires of the Kremlin someone could write with confidence that we had reached ‘the end of history’. Everyone wanted the free market and liberal democracy and those [...]

Nowhere near enough

2020-03-19T15:13:05+01:00Thu, 19th Mar '20, 09:39|

A song by self-described anarchist Mario Vella starts out with a prayer, of all things: “Alla lliberani minn dil-pjaga kiefra neoliberali”. The song complains about the hegemonic view that markets can solve everything, that inefficient businesses deserve to fail and the pain of their dismantling is beneficial to the greater good. And the song complains [...]

GUEST POST: 19.3.2013 and after… lest we forget

2020-03-17T07:49:11+01:00Thu, 19th Mar '20, 07:40|

The 19th of March, for many of us Maltese, brings to mind the feast of St Joseph, even though unfortunately this year many are going to miss deeply the celebrations that we usually have in various parts of our island. The date itself shows that the episode I am referring to, happened barely a week [...]

That phrase does not mean what Silvio Schembri thinks it means

2020-03-18T15:59:01+01:00Wed, 18th Mar '20, 15:59|

When you “set the record straight”, it’s because the record is crooked. So, when Silvio Schembri set out to set the record straight and then proceeded to apologise for saying “charity begins at home” and “foreigners who lose their job must go back to their country” he confirmed the record was perfectly fine. It’s just [...]

AI: Artificial Idiocy

2020-03-18T08:52:09+01:00Wed, 18th Mar '20, 08:52|

Someone made what I thought was a great point this morning. Just 15 months ago Silvio Schembri wanted to give robots citizenship. Now he wants to push what he considers surplus mouths outside the gates. If Silvio Schembri were to be proposed as a villain for The Walking Dead, he'd be thrown out of the [...]

Foreigners out!

2020-03-18T02:19:27+01:00Wed, 18th Mar '20, 02:19|

That Silvio Schembri is an over-promoted, unfit for purpose, serial repeating bugler of the Brigata Laburista, utterly bereft of compassion and with the experience of real life of a dynastic monarch crowned in his mother’s womb, is not something we have discovered today. The detail that he is a bigoted, racist shit may be new [...]

All commercial flights to Malta banned from Friday night

2020-03-18T01:25:12+01:00Wed, 18th Mar '20, 01:25|

A notice to airmen issued by the Maltese government says that all commercial passenger flights coming into Malta after midnight of the night between Friday and Saturday coming are "suspended". The order is for a month up to 20 April 2020. The notice is "based on a decision taken by the Malta health authorities". Flights [...]

LONG READ: Adaptation

2020-03-17T12:18:01+01:00Tue, 17th Mar '20, 12:18|

The realisation is dawning on more and more people that the coronavirus crisis is not going to be a drawn-out weekend with a critical stock of toilet paper. Nor it is just an early summer break for the kids. We are looking at something that is going to stretch for months and that is going [...]

Why is Ali Sadr’s conviction significant for us?

2020-03-17T09:46:49+01:00Tue, 17th Mar '20, 09:46|

Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad was a pillar in Joseph Muscat’s and Keith Schembri’s corrupt game plan that they rolled out in 2013 when they first came to power. Ali Sadr filed an application to open a Maltese bank a few months after Labour came to power. He was granted the license a short number of [...]

Why Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad is facing anything up to 85 years in prison.

2020-03-17T08:04:42+01:00Tue, 17th Mar '20, 08:04|

A United States jury four Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad orchestrated a multi-year scheme to funnel more than US$115 million in payments related to a construction project in Venezuela through the US financial system to his Iranian family business, in violation of US. sanctions against Iran. In a two-week trial the US government established that these [...]

Ali Sadr found guilty on 5 counts by US jury

2020-03-16T19:22:41+01:00Mon, 16th Mar '20, 19:14|

A United States jury has found Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad guilty of 5 counts of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, defrauding the United States and busting sanctions against Iran. He was not convicted on the 6th count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The verdict concerns charges related to a US$115 million scheme [...]


2020-03-16T11:09:51+01:00Mon, 16th Mar '20, 11:09|

The only way I know of fighting writer’s block is writing. Don’t worry. I only really ramble when I have something to say and I’m looking for the right words to say it. But on a Monday morning that feels like a fourth Sunday in a row a blank white digital sheet on my computer [...]

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