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Applying Alfred Sant’s standards today

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2022-06-06T16:23:32+02:00Mon, 6th Jun '22, 16:23|

Read this story on The Shift News. The website is reporting that Christian Borg who has been charged with kidnapping and is being investigated for using his car dealership as a money laundering racket has filed the cheapest offer for a tender issued by the government for leased cars for the personal use of judges, [...]

Ian Borg takes lessons from the best

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2022-06-06T10:43:24+02:00Mon, 6th Jun '22, 10:43|

Inveterate tree-chopping Ian Borg posted on his Facebook wall his meeting with possibly the worst democratically elected head of state in the world right now, Jair Bolsonaro. There were a lot of quips about how Ian Borg must have flaunted his tree-destroying record with Bolsonaro who has made it easier for loggers to eat into [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: All hailing the government

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2022-06-05T07:21:59+02:00Sun, 5th Jun '22, 07:21|

From my article in the The Sunday Times today: "Political elites have a stake in convincing themselves and everyone else that the situation has improved and this is no longer a den of thieves but a modern country. Their motivation is perhaps the most obvious. Towards the end of 2019, Malta’s political class came close to [...]

Government drags MP’s mother to court for failing to build new court house

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2022-06-03T10:10:36+02:00Fri, 3rd Jun '22, 10:10|

Working conditions in the Rabat, Gozo court building are notoriously uncomfortable. Lawyers working there have gone on strike over cramped and humid conditions in an old building inside the Ċitadella wholly unsuitable for the purpose it serves. The centuries old building has not been modernised and only a major infrastructural overhaul that would require the [...]

Is Victoria Buttigieg considering her position?

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2022-06-02T09:42:22+02:00Thu, 2nd Jun '22, 09:42|

Victoria Buttigieg has security of tenure protected by the Constitution. This means that except for very exceptional reasons and on the back of cross-party Parliamentary consensus, no one can ever fire her. This is meant to ensure she acts independently of pressures from people who would otherwise be able to threaten her income or her [...]

Sometimes it works

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2022-06-02T08:59:57+02:00Thu, 2nd Jun '22, 08:59|

This is not a website where you come for happy reading. It’s almost always dark, critical, sometimes even flirting with being cynical. So, here’s an exception. Yesterday the government produced a candidate to run the Planning Authority, a den of iniquity if ever there was one. He was grilled by Opposition MPs Karol Aquilina and [...]

Police Union joins Repubblika in call for AG’s resignation

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2022-06-01T09:31:26+02:00Wed, 1st Jun '22, 09:31|

In a statement issued this morning the Malta Police Union called for Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg to resign after the botched plea deal with Darren Debono, known as it-Topo, who had two charges for attempting to kill police officers withdrawn in exchange of evidence he did not give. Darren Debono is currently appealing a 10-year [...]

Look busy. Do nothing.

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2022-06-01T09:16:51+02:00Wed, 1st Jun '22, 09:16|

The police have told Times of Malta that the “investigation” into how Iosif Galea was allowed to travel out of Malta with Joseph Muscat despite a German arrest warrant they knew about for months would be “independent” and headed by a “retired judge”. That looks good. It’s meant to. It’s meant to rebuff the suggestion [...]

Enough with the ‘internal’ investigations

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2022-05-31T09:43:02+02:00Tue, 31st May '22, 09:43|

Angelo Gafà’s gong from the French and Alexandra Mamo’s medal, ostensibly for bravery, from the Americans, must have some reason in someone’s book but it’s nothing anyone out here can see. Some other republic should give a medal to Victoria Buttigieg so we can complete a set of mysteriously decorated inadequates. We keep getting stories [...]

UPDATED: Harassment

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2022-05-30T13:58:30+02:00Mon, 30th May '22, 10:12|

I want to say something about the case against Mark Camilleri for allegedly harassing Rosianne Cutajar. Mark Camilleri in this case is not merely facing a libel suit, not technically anyway. He is also facing prosecution by the police on the back of a complaint filed against him by Rosianne Cutajar. This is not just [...]

Iosif Galea’s arrest raises alarm in gaming industry

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2022-05-31T16:19:00+02:00Mon, 30th May '22, 09:50|

Iosif Galea has been arrested in Italy while on holiday with, among others, former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, on the back of a European arrest warrant issued against him by German police. Despite calls from the Opposition and other quarters, the Maltese police have not yet explained why they had not acted on Germany’s arrest [...]

Disappointed but not resigned

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2022-05-28T07:30:34+02:00Sat, 28th May '22, 07:30|

I delivered this speech yesterday at the annual Medi conference organised by the Sant'Egidio community in Livorno Italy under the heading "Cities have a soul: The Mediterranean, a sea moved by history." The speech was in Italian. Scroll down for an English translation if you prefer. L’ultima volta che sono stato qui tra voi è stato [...]

The Justice Minister who dodged MEPs

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2022-05-26T13:18:43+02:00Thu, 26th May '22, 11:48|

A delegation of the European Parliament’s committee responsible for the justice sector tried to meet the new Maltese justice minister Jonathan Attard during their visit to Malta earlier this week and though they finally managed to see him they didn’t hear him utter a word. Sources told this website the delegation of MEPs that included [...]

We’ve got to help ourselves

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2022-05-26T11:22:19+02:00Thu, 26th May '22, 11:22|

With a number of other journalists, I was invited by the MEPs from the LIBE committee who were here earlier this week to tell them what I thought about the progress Malta was making in aligning itself with democratic norms, particularly the rule of law. Their final question to us was what we thought they [...]

Charlie Hebdo on journalism in Malta

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2022-05-26T09:46:10+02:00Thu, 26th May '22, 09:46|

Charlie Hebdo's Laure Daussy writes this report about safety for journalists in Malta just shy of five years since Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed. As is the style of the magazine the piece is accompanied by cartoons with a fascinating take on something that is as close to them as it is to us. At [...]

Doing enough to avoid doing anything at all

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2022-05-25T16:50:44+02:00Wed, 25th May '22, 16:50|

In the space of 24 hours, three European organisations came out with the same assessment of how far Malta has come since they first started looking closely when a journalist was killed by car bomb here. What Malta has done is nowhere near enough. Let’s be fair to Robert Abela. He has taken the issue [...]

Council of Europe MPs find Malta institutions face challenges that could affect “democratic consolidation”

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2022-05-24T16:38:00+02:00Tue, 24th May '22, 16:38|

Photo: REUTERS/Mark Zammit Cordina A committee of MPs in the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe’s highest human rights body found that “Malta faces important challenges to the function of its democratic and rule of law institutions, which, if left unaddressed could affect the level of democratic consolidation in the country.” The warning came with [...]

There is no universe where this is acceptable behaviour

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2022-05-24T12:45:32+02:00Tue, 24th May '22, 12:45|

A civil servant regulates an industry. In the process she establishes a working relationship with the major investors of the industry. It should be clear that she doesn’t work for them. They have their own staff. She works in the public interest, administering the laws that regulate the behaviour of the economic players in the [...]

Balancing act

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2022-05-24T12:40:53+02:00Tue, 24th May '22, 12:40|

This is not going to be a popular one. New MP Julie Zahra brought her four-year-old daughter with her to do her homework (or whatever it is that passes for homework in the curriculum of a 4-year-old) in the Parliamentary chamber. She munched on a packed lunch as she scanned the chamber with her big [...]

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