LISTEN: The pilot episode of Mhux Xandir Malta

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2020-07-07T16:20:25+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 11:41|

Mhux Xandir Malta · Mhux Xandir Malta Episode 1 Repubblika announced today the launch of MHUX XANDIR MALTA, a satirical and irreverent podcast, describing it as "a spindle up the butt of Malta’s ridiculous but not so funny political class". From Repubblika's Facebook page: "They say laughter is the best medicine. This podcast will not [...]

Repubblika brands judicial reform “a sick joke”

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2020-07-07T11:39:04+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 11:39|

The government's bills to change the composition of the judicial appointments committee after pressure from the Venice Commission were meant to remove government control on choosing judges. But the new system gives that power to the President who is appointed by the government as well. A reform on the way the President is chosen makes [...]

GUEST POST: Malta’s institutions work, says who?

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2020-07-07T09:54:17+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 09:54|

“Do not be negative. Our institutions are working.” That is the standard reply by the government, its trolls and apologists when one mentions or asks about corruption, money laundering and a host of other criminal activities by ministers, government officials and their friends we face every day. Outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat used to insist [...]

GUEST POST: Of faith and politics, a heuristic approach

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2020-07-07T09:39:22+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 09:39|

This is not an academic critique on the recently approved changes to the Partit Nazzjonalista statute; certainly not a reproachful exercise of an otherwise highly deliberate, researched and pragmatic political instrument focussing on party structure and rules of procedures. It is an attempt towards a dialogue on the relevance of faith in a post-modernist party. [...]

Racism is expensive

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2020-07-07T09:18:09+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 09:18|

There are 50 people out in our waters who have spent another night on choppy seas lying on metal floors caked with cow dung the animals shat a week ago. That’s a result of government policy not to allow migrants to land before European countries accept to take them off our hands. The policy is [...]

He won’t go quietly into the night

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2020-07-07T08:45:40+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 08:45|

Adrian Delia is the archetype of the populist tyrant. It doesn’t matter to him that he doesn’t have the support of his Members of Parliament. It does not matter to him that you can’t have a leader of opposition if the opposition does not follow him. He will stick around claiming legitimacy from his party [...]

Impeach Peter Grech

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2020-07-07T09:34:54+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 08:17|

Only Parliament can fire the attorney general. Peter Grech is not the mastermind of the corruption and crime perpetrated by Joseph Muscat’s gang. But he was their willing tool. They needed him to instruct the police to stay away from the Nexia BT offices where evidence of corruption was allowed to perish. There can be [...]