It may be nameless. But it’s not without purpose.

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2020-04-24T08:05:20+02:00Fri, 24th Apr '20, 08:05|

In spite of the effort to hide the name, identity and history of the boat that took migrants saved after the Easter weekend in Malta’s search and rescue area, there are interesting traces of her history left around the internet. The ship is believed to be one that is named as the Mae Yemenja. A [...]

From hell and back there again

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2020-04-23T16:30:59+02:00Thu, 23rd Apr '20, 16:30|

Photo: Arezo Malakooti As reported earlier today the migrants involved in the Easter weekend disaster when 12 people are believed to have died at sea, sailed out of Libya on the night before Good Friday after about three days waiting on the beach, held there by traffickers with no food or water. After [...]

GUEST POST: I am watching, Clint Camilleri

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2020-04-23T16:50:12+02:00Thu, 23rd Apr '20, 14:39|

In the first week of April, my beloved Nanna Georgia turned 100. We had planned a big party because Nanna is a huge party animal and loves nothing more than to be surrounded by family on any given day, let alone on such a milestone birthday. But then Covid-19 hit and understandably so, the party [...]

Easter at sea

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2020-04-23T13:15:35+02:00Thu, 23rd Apr '20, 13:15|

Investigations by Nello Scavo of l’Avvenire and Sergio Scandura of Radio Radicale have thrown more light and provided details about the identity and the fate of the passengers of a dinghy identified by Maltese rescue authorities late on Easter Monday but dragged to Libya two days later by an apparently stateless boat showing no name [...]

How safe is safe?

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2020-04-23T11:30:35+02:00Thu, 23rd Apr '20, 11:27|

Hours before migrants rescued in a Malta-run operation were taken to Libya, an Italian navy ship had to evacuate because of danger from artillery fire. The notice issued by the Maltese authorities in the middle of Monday night when they spotted the 55 migrants that were eventually dragged to Libya – those who had survived [...]

GUEST POST: Satabank and the competent person

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2020-04-23T08:50:44+02:00Thu, 23rd Apr '20, 08:50|

As a result of inadequate Customer Due Diligence procedures (checks), including lack of adequate due diligence in accepting clients, and in controls on transactions, on 20 October 2018, the MFSA (Malta Financial Services Authority, appointed Ernst & Young Limited (EY) as a ‘Competent Person’ in terms of the Banking Act, to take charge of the [...]

A boat with no name

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2020-04-23T08:05:58+02:00Thu, 23rd Apr '20, 08:05|

After long days of silence from the government and the army that refused to respond to criticism about the handling of salvage at sea over the Easter weekend, TVM is carrying daily detailed stories providing an unofficial account of the army’s rescue operations during that time. TVM says it is “investigating” the matter but the [...]

Il-Fulu’s daughter worked in Chris Cardona’s ministry the summer before Daphne was killed

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2020-04-22T17:19:07+02:00Wed, 22nd Apr '20, 17:19|

The daughter of Alfred Degiorgio worked within Chris Cardona’s economy ministry during the summer of 2017 until days before Alfred Degiorgio, together with his brother George Degiorgio and accomplice Vince Muscat are accused of assassinating Daphne Caruana Galizia. Chris Cardona has repeatedly denied knowing Alfred Degiorgio at all in spite of multiple stories to the [...]

Mis-speaking

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2020-04-22T11:13:42+02:00Wed, 22nd Apr '20, 11:13|

In a single day Junior Minister Alex Muscat started to acquire a bit of a reputation of an uncannily inaccurate choice of words. That’s if we’re to be kind. The first incident was mildly amusing. Alex Muscat posted this tweet which proved to be a bit of an eats shoots and leaves incident. The junior [...]

Allow me to recommend you read this

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2020-04-22T10:32:33+02:00Wed, 22nd Apr '20, 10:32|

There is misinformation aplenty out there about what happened since the Easter weekend: the government's decision not to save people in distress at sea, the impact that had on at least two boatloads of people, the deaths of 12 of them, Repubblika's calls for investigations into the incidents and the prime minister's unprecedented reaction. Even [...]

Family values

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2020-04-22T09:26:19+02:00Wed, 22nd Apr '20, 09:16|

Apart from the 12 people on a boat who died while waiting for a rescue that never came because Robert Abela ordered migrants at sea are not saved, we have to remember the fate of the surviving 43 migrants from the same boat. They were sent back to Libya, driven back under circumstances never fully [...]

GUEST POST: Have you got a conscience Prime Minister?

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2020-04-21T08:26:13+02:00Tue, 21st Apr '20, 07:08|

So our Prime Minister had a press conference to tell us that he is afraid of the challenge that he might go to prison because of the NGO Repubblika’s report to the Police accusing the PM, the Brigadier of the Armed Forces, and crew of P52 boat of sabotaging a ship rescuing illegal migrants. He [...]

A junior minister in search of a senior cause

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2020-04-20T20:10:20+02:00Mon, 20th Apr '20, 19:26|

The last time Rosianne Cutajar called a public event was the anniversary of Lassana Cisse’s killing in a racist drive by shooting of a black Ħal Far tent village resident for which two AFM soldiers have been charged. She inadvertently launched an ‘All Lives Matter’ campaign calling for a fight against racial prejudice and violence. [...]

Blaming the EU

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2020-04-20T07:42:19+02:00Mon, 20th Apr '20, 07:42|

In the search for enemies to blame for anything that displeases us the EU has become a surprisingly easy target for the Labour Party and those who speak for it. The hate-the-foreigner narrative is taking root and spreading even beyond what you’d expect the PL’s core support. It is just one other page from the [...]