UPDATED: VGH inquiry: raids reported

2021-09-11T10:47:53+02:00Sat, 11th Sep '21, 10:39|

Updated: 10:45 am with response from Kevin Deguara Police have raided the offices and the home of lawyer Kevin Deguara, senior partner of DF advocates and one of the shareholders of the Shoreline project at Smart City, this website is informed. The raids were are believed to be connected to ongoing investigations and a magisterial [...]

Rosianne Cutajar misses Strasbourg hearing in conflict of interest probe

2021-09-11T09:13:51+02:00Sat, 11th Sep '21, 09:13|

Rosianne Cutajar has been given a final opportunity to respond to accusations that she breached Council of Europe rules by hiding her relationship with Yorgen Fenech when she spoke at the Parliamentary Assembly in 2019. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe groups together Members of Parliament from all 44 member states. Rosianne Cutajar [...]

Repubblika now an “anti-mafia organisation”

2021-09-11T07:54:12+02:00Sat, 11th Sep '21, 07:54|

A meeting of the members of Repubblika adopt yesterday changes to its Statute adding to its list of functions the mission of an anti-mafia organisation. Repubblika has since its inception campaigned to raise awareness of the infiltration of the mafia in the economy of Malta as well as its government and state institutions. In the [...]

Parties need to be the change too

2021-09-10T14:15:06+02:00Fri, 10th Sep '21, 14:15|

Football clubs are not allowed to spend beyond their means. NGOs are required to share with the regulator information on everything they earn and everything they spend. Anyone in the employment of someone else has their taxes deducted before they even collect their salaries. These rules are set for all of us by parliament. Members [...]

Hang it next to an Edvard Munch

2021-09-10T12:57:40+02:00Fri, 10th Sep '21, 12:57|

I’m no art critic so I will not evaluate the technical or artistic qualities of Patrick Dalli’s portrait of Joseph Muscat. My concern is the subject matter. A portrait of Genghis Khan can capture the character, be a masterpiece of contemporary brush techniques, immortalise a posture never before seen in its genre. It will still [...]

PEN Malta tells PM to fix the words and move to action

2021-09-10T10:28:57+02:00Fri, 10th Sep '21, 10:28|

Free speech NGO PEN Malta has published today a letter it sent to Prime Minister Robert Abela responding to his request for the organisation's advice on how to deal with the disinformation campaign against journalists that flared up over the past few weeks. The NGO said it is consulting technical experts on possible technical solutions [...]

GUEST POST: Again and again and again

2021-09-09T14:13:21+02:00Thu, 9th Sep '21, 14:13|

This piece is dedicated to Daphne Caruana Galizia and to her remarkable family who have never stopped fighting for justice. Picture: Seb Tanti Burlo'. With permission. A new day began which was always the same. But not quite. The flowers looked similar, but they were always fresh. The photos were exchanged for other [...]

 Casino games supplier “pauses” services to Tumas Group

2021-09-08T08:52:16+02:00Wed, 8th Sep '21, 08:52|

Leading supplier of slot machines and casino games Novomatic has “paused” services to the Tumas Group’s casinos Portomaso and Oracle after a court ruled that Yorgen Fenech and other senior officials of the Tumas Group have a case to answer in charges of using the casinos for money laundering. Sources within the Tumas Group told [...]

Myriam Spiteri Debono calls for national redemption after the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia

2021-09-07T14:55:33+02:00Tue, 7th Sep '21, 14:50|

I am translating an extract from the speech delivered yesterday by Notary Myriam Spiteri Debono at the official gathering in front of the Great Siege Memorial in Valletta marking the anniversary of the end of the 1565 siege. Myriam Spiteri Debono is the only woman ever to have served as the Speaker of Malta’s Parliament. [...]

GUEST POST: You took an oath

2021-09-07T14:17:45+02:00Tue, 7th Sep '21, 14:17|

A few days ago I suggested to Joseph Muscat, shamed former prime minister, selected as the most corrupt politician of 2019 and also known as ‘Ix-Xiħ’ to disappear after his feeble attempt to become relevant again. Today I would like to invite Mr Angelo Gafà, Commissioner of Police, to come into view. It has been [...]

UPDATED: M didn’t quote her source

2021-09-07T14:28:27+02:00Tue, 7th Sep '21, 14:13|

Updated at 14:20 Simon Mercieca thought he caught Jason Azzopardi plagiarising from M, the James Bond character. In Skyfall (2012), M testifies in front of a hostile parliamentary committee and in a flourish of drama, recited chillingly by Dame Judi Dench, she mouths some free verse that apparently Simon Mercieca found used in a speech [...]

Political calculus

2021-09-07T09:25:36+02:00Tue, 7th Sep '21, 09:25|

I’m sorry if I’m starting to sound like a stuck record but faced with repeated behaviour, the reaction will inevitably be repeated. I can hardly doubt President George Vella would really like for this country to start the healing process after the trauma of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. But he’s really limiting the [...]

This, Mr President, is why people can’t do what you’re asking

2021-09-06T15:39:26+02:00Mon, 6th Sep '21, 15:39|

Consider for a moment the reactions by the political parties to the report by the Times of Malta of a company set up by the Labour Party to camouflage donations from Yorgen Fenech as payments for “consultancy”. First, the background. So-called consultancy contracts are entry-level methods of laundering unlawful payments. They’re up there with family [...]

It takes two to tango ta

2021-09-06T11:41:15+02:00Mon, 6th Sep '21, 11:41|

President George Vella has been making public remarks that among other things amount to chastisement for his critics for, as he puts it, spreading the “false impression” that just about everyone in public office is corrupt or somehow compromised and working on behalf of hidden interests. The president expressed sympathy with people in public office, [...]

UPDATED AGAIN: Online disinformation campaign restarts after brief reprieve

2021-09-06T12:26:46+02:00Mon, 6th Sep '21, 09:51|

Updated: Adds comments by IĠM President Matthew Xuereb. (10:36) Updated: Adds nuisance calls made to Christophe Schweiger. (12:00) Emails sent to newsrooms last night purporting to have been sent from Lovin’ Malta’s generic email account include links to a spoof image of the Lovin Malta website carrying an article aimed at discrediting Opposition MP and [...]

The entitled Edward Scicluna

2021-09-03T14:58:52+02:00Fri, 3rd Sep '21, 11:32|

There is no man so blind as he who will not see. As governor of the Central Bank, Edward Scicluna’s job is to anticipate economic trends and take the steps necessary to keep the boat afloat. He is to run the bank that banks trust. He is the guardian of the vault. When everyone else [...]

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