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Getting things not quite done

2022-05-12T09:53:09+02:00Thu, 12th May '22, 09:53|

There are paving works in and around the Rabat playing field just outside Mdina Gate. They've been going on for ages. They're still going on and the area is inaccessible. One thing's done though. This plaque says the completed works were inaugurated by Ian Borg on 24 March, two days before the last election. The [...]

Misinformation in war

2022-05-11T09:51:57+02:00Wed, 11th May '22, 09:51|

A California Senator, an ancient Greek dramatist, a Chinese military strategist, and several others have been credited with coining the phrase ‘the first casualty of war is truth’. Which is ironic. What’s more ironic is that here in Malta by the time war breaks out truth is long dead. No mourning for sincerity here. Consider [...]

Parliamentary cringe fest

2022-05-11T11:21:59+02:00Wed, 11th May '22, 09:24|

Volodymyr Zelensky is resisting an invasion of his country by the Russian army. He is standing tall while his city and several other of his country’s cities are being bombarded from the air and sustaining the cost of artillery fire. He holds back his tears as he witnesses the bodies of civilians and soldiers strewn [...]

Who is Ivan Buttigieg?

2022-05-10T15:40:46+02:00Tue, 10th May '22, 15:40|

Testifying in court today, C-Planet owner Philip Farrugia said that at the time when a database of the voting intentions of all citizens of Malta was handed over to them, some time in 2012, the source of that data, Ivan Buttigieg, was “an employee” of the General Workers’ Union’s insurance subsidiary Untours. In fact, Ivan [...]

Misused autonomy

2022-05-10T09:34:29+02:00Tue, 10th May '22, 09:34|

Sometimes I feel this country has its ankle stuck to a time machine that keeps warping it back to the days of King John of England. Professor Carmen Sammut, the University’s number 2, told the Commissioner for Education in the Ombudsman’s Office nobody has the power and authority to examine what the University decides in [...]

Airborne Nicoise

2022-05-09T09:57:58+02:00Mon, 9th May '22, 09:57|

Someone sent me a screenshot of a Facebook post by one John Charles Ellul trying to be smart about the opening of Parliament. He asks how it is possible the country appears to have run out of eggs and tomatoes to be tossed at PN MPs on their way out of Parliament. The drafting is [...]

Under the influence

2022-05-09T09:53:57+02:00Mon, 9th May '22, 09:53|

I feel silly having to say this and I’m warned that by drawing attention to things Simon Mercieca, that self-loathing slug who splutters through the slime he excretes and proceeds to ingest, I give him the attention he craves and help spread the lies he spews. It would seem sensible to ignore him, except that [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Money for something

2022-05-08T08:51:55+02:00Sun, 8th May '22, 08:51|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Tumas Group still owns and operates Yorgen Fenech’s casinos. Tumas Group still owns and operates Electrogas, a public contract acquired through (alleged) corruption and (allegedly) protected by murder. "Tumas Group is run by Yorgen Fenech’s ‘Uncle Ray’, who instructed him on how to escape the country and [...]

Flying high above the law

2022-05-05T14:07:22+02:00Thu, 5th May '22, 14:07|

You’ll forgive me, I hope, if I pick on something Robert Musumeci said. Here’s his tweet. I’m not a lawyer and as lawyers go he’s quite the star. He has a PhD and will in no time earn the moniker professor. He’s already teaching law students while I haven’t had a day of law school. [...]

It does not matter if there are no consequences

2022-05-05T10:00:40+02:00Wed, 4th May '22, 08:55|

Do please take the time to read this Malta Today report of a court ruling that found that a prison inmate and his fiancée had their rights breached when Alex Dalli, as then prison director, prevented them from marrying. The state was also found responsible for breaching the inmate’s rights when he was punished because [...]

Tonight in Brussels

2022-05-04T08:24:23+02:00Wed, 4th May '22, 08:24|

Tonight and tomorrow the KVS on the Quai aux Pierres de Taille in Brussels will be showing performances of Herman Grech's play on the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The performances are being held during the week of the World Press Freedom Day. The picture above shows the last technical rehearsal before tonight's opening. The [...]

14 books to compete for non-fiction prize

2022-05-03T15:31:29+02:00Tue, 3rd May '22, 15:28|

My second book The Third Siege of Malta, edited by Alessandra Dee Crespo, has made the ‘long list’ for the National Book Prize 2021 in the Literary Non-Fiction category. The long list is the full list of publications deemed eligible for participation in the competition. The Third Siege of Malta, published by MidSea Book, faces [...]

Labour Party dodges questions on whether it accepted donations from Yorgen Fenech’s businesses

2022-05-03T10:22:21+02:00Tue, 3rd May '22, 10:22|

Questions put by this website to Ronald Vassallo, spokesman for the Labour Party, on whether the Labour Party accepted funds from the Tumas Group since its former CEO, Yorgen Fenech, was charged with murdering Daphne Caruana Galizia, were sidestepped. Ronald Vassallo only replied to one of three questions put to him concerning whether at any [...]

PN Deputy Leader Robert Arrigo alleges PN recently received funds from Tumas Group; later retracts

2022-05-03T10:18:11+02:00Tue, 3rd May '22, 10:18|

At Sunday’s urgent PN Administrative Committee, the PN’s Deputy Leader Robert Arrigo informed the committee the PN had recently accepted donations from Ray Fenech, uncle of Yorgen Fenech and his successor as CEO of the Tumas family business, sources say. This website asked the PN whether it had received funds “from the Tumas Group and [...]

Dead certainty

2022-05-03T09:22:59+02:00Tue, 3rd May '22, 09:22|

Today is World Press Freedom Day. In a small city in the Friuli region of the north of Italy there's a secular Via Crucis of journalists remembered as martyrs for truth. An association of young writers and actors called Le Ombre (The Shadows) last Saturday marked World Press Freedom Day by leading a group of citizens [...]

If enough years go by

2022-05-03T05:36:19+02:00Mon, 2nd May '22, 12:41|

A court today ruled a journalist had substantially proven the allegations he had published against Neville Gafàin 2016. In the intervening time David Lindsey has left journalism and went on to do other things. The case against him was beset by delays. The magistrate hearing it got promoted causing delays in the case. The journalist’s [...]

Bulgaria court orders Jason Azzopardi to pay damages to Satabank owner in SLAPP suit over Parliament speech

2022-05-02T12:01:25+02:00Mon, 2nd May '22, 12:01|

A regional court in Varna has ordered Jason Azzopardi to pay Christo Georgiev, owner of the defunct Satabank, around €3,000 in damages and court fees after Georgiev’s SLAPP suit against Jason Azzopardi for remarks the then MP made in Parliament. Jason Azzopardi had not filed a defence in this case. Speaking to this website Jason [...]

Allegation Neville Gafà pocketed bribes to treat wounded Libyans “substantially proven”

2022-05-02T12:40:01+02:00Mon, 2nd May '22, 11:33|

A libel court has found in favour of a journalist in a libel case brought by former Joseph Muscat senior aide Neville Gafà. The court ruled that the journalist, then Malta Independent on Sunday editor David Lindsay, had proven in substance that it was true that Neville Gafà pocketed illegal payments from Libyan people wounded [...]

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