Rosianne’s friends

2021-07-06T09:11:37+02:00Tue, 6th Jul '21, 09:11|

Robert Abela couldn’t go ahead and bring Rosianne Cutajar back into the cabinet after her “temporary resignation”. He would have if he could have. But her “temporary resignation” happened because George Hyzler had started his investigation. She seemed to be convinced she’d be cleared. She wasn’t and the yellow card became red. To her apparent [...]

Evidence 17 Black money came from corrupt Azerbaijan bribery fund

2021-07-06T08:28:05+02:00Tue, 6th Jul '21, 08:28|

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation published evidence today linking 17 Black with the notorious Azerbaijani "Laundromat" used systemically by the Ilham Aliyev regime for bribery and corruption. The Foundation said this morning that "new information suggests that payments transferred to 17 Black’s account at Noor Bank in Dubai originate from the “Azerbaijani Laundromat,” a network [...]

If you happen to be in Valletta at around 6 pm today …

2021-07-05T16:02:11+02:00Mon, 5th Jul '21, 15:30|

At 6 pm this evening, Repubblika’s President Robert Aquilina will be speaking to journalists. He’ll be sending a warning to Parliamentarians in the building behind him that quite enough time has passed for the country to act on the apparently untouchable among them who get away with all sorts of crime without any apparent consequence. [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: No catharsis without crisis

2021-07-04T07:36:22+02:00Sun, 4th Jul '21, 07:36|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "And now, after the FATF’s greylisting, the ruling party that drove us here is rightly expecting to be confirmed in power for another five years of this rapid backsliding of the economic, and, therefore, social, environmental and political viability of this country. They’re not forcing us to [...]

Proper banana republic (4)

2021-07-02T10:53:47+02:00Fri, 2nd Jul '21, 10:52|

I wasn’t in the room for the proceedings of Robert Abela’s meeting with social partners at the MCESD this week. We know he told them the government needs their help to clamp down on tax evasion. If it had been any other time the remark would have gone down unobserved or unremarked. After all, whether [...]

Proper banana republic (3)

2021-07-02T10:20:55+02:00Fri, 2nd Jul '21, 10:20|

I’m full of sympathy for the cause of artists and performers who have been unable to earn a living throughout the covid pandemic and are still not allowed to perform in front of an audience of a reasonably economically viable scale. I share their frustration that some of the instructions by the health authorities about [...]

Proper banana republic (2)

2021-07-02T11:06:32+02:00Fri, 2nd Jul '21, 09:54|

This one also goes out to the chest-beating patriots who think this would be paradise if only there weren’t any black people. Visual evidence has been published by search and rescue NGOs that shows the Libyan coast guard trained, and aboard infrastructure paid for, by the European Union ram a raft with migrants on board [...]

Proper banana republic (1)

2021-07-02T09:34:15+02:00Fri, 2nd Jul '21, 09:33|

Maybe this one is for the chest-beating patriots who think this would be paradise if only there weren’t any black people. Two architects are found guilty by a court for not doing their job properly and causing as a result the death of a woman. It was hard enough in a place like this where [...]

GUEST POST: The responsibility of the independent media

2021-07-01T19:05:49+02:00Thu, 1st Jul '21, 19:05|

When I refer to O&N (One & Net) I refer in very broad terms to all bodies and strategies which contribute to the outward faces of Malta’s major political parties. It is no secret that O&N continually fail the electorate by undermining its capacity to make informed choices about its own future. What might be [...]

GUEST POST: License to advise

2021-07-01T17:25:36+02:00Thu, 1st Jul '21, 17:25|

Sent in by Gaius. Everyone needs someone qualified to assist them in a legal matter at some point in their life. One may require having their interests defended in Court, or they may require simple advice on a particular legal point. Whatever it may be, they rely on the qualifications and the professional standards of [...]

GUEST POST: Denial is not just a river in Egypt

2021-07-01T17:15:16+02:00Thu, 1st Jul '21, 17:15|

The title is borrowed from Mark Twain. Last Wednesday, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published its decision to grey-list Malta, thus putting it on the same scale as Zimbabwe, Syria, Uganda and Sudan. Malta is the first member state of the European Union to be added to the money-laundering grey-list which could cause serious [...]

LONG READ: The purgatory of the unwanted

2021-07-01T16:15:09+02:00Thu, 1st Jul '21, 16:15|

In November 2019, I wrote to Michael Farrugia, then minister for home affairs, asking to visit detention centres operated by the government to detain migrants. He ignored me. He was busy accusing Repubblika activists of sedition at the time. A few weeks later, a new prime minister moved him away and replaced him with Byron [...]

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