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G Farrugia Calleja: Feeding time at the zoo

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2017-12-15T19:32:49+01:00Fri, 15th Dec '17, 19:32|

As Victor Calleja reminded us in a Facebook post, Chris Fearne was touted as one of the best Labour had to offer - so much so, when you think about it, that he seems to have been positioned to take up the reins when Joseph Muscat went off to bigger and better things. Well, that [...]

Skewering Chris Fearne’s fatal purity

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2017-12-15T09:22:54+01:00Fri, 15th Dec '17, 09:22|

Tim Sebastian made mince meat of Chris Fearne but he was only the sous chef. This recipe was cooked by the prime cook, Joseph Muscat. When Chris Fearne was elected deputy leader in July I wrote a piece for The Sunday Times giving reasons why Chris Fearne's election was a nightmare scenario for Joseph Muscat. [...]

Party funding and incest

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2017-12-14T14:44:11+01:00Thu, 14th Dec '17, 14:44|

The political parties are celebrating record collections in their Christmas charity telethons. Because in this amateur democracy of mediocrity and shadiness, our political parties are funded through ‘donations’ paid at TV events: embarrassing orgies of grotesque mutual congratulations. I have no idea how anyone might manage to sit through these things to watch them as [...]

Withdrawing justices

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2017-12-14T15:07:07+01:00Thu, 14th Dec '17, 14:08|

14:06 Updated with a correction. The three men accused of homicide in the case of the assassination to kill Daphne Caruana Galizia instructed their legal aid to ask the Magistrate presiding over the compilation of the evidence against them to recuse herself. She agreed. Twenty years ago Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech was in the same [...]

Medals galore!

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2017-12-14T10:48:52+01:00Thu, 14th Dec '17, 09:36|

It was medal giving day again in Valletta and the campaign of diluting the value of recognition by ridiculing the process continued. It has reached a point where few people care anymore. Giving Joe Debono Grech a medal for his service to the republic is so mind boggling that it elicits little more than a [...]

ARTE: Is Malta swamped in corruption? (Now with English subtitles)

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2017-12-20T11:18:14+01:00Tue, 12th Dec '17, 21:42|

Franco-German channel ARTE has tonight transmitted a documentary on the aftermath of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. I have worked with ARTE on this project that includes interviews with Jason Azzopardi, Jonathan Ferris, Philippa Gingell Littlejohn, Pia Zammit, Lizzie Eldridge, Andrew Borg Cardona, Simon Busuttil, Mark Wood, Werner Lange, Sven Giegold and my wife [...]

No, your honour

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2017-12-13T09:58:44+01:00Tue, 12th Dec '17, 21:12|

Judge Silvio Meli’s remarks in court today are odd in so many ways. He would probably describe this article as part of the “manipulative orchestration of the media” and that in and of itself it “causes damage to the country”. He is clearly at liberty to do so. And when he exercises his right to [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: The Perfect Storm

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2017-12-12T19:57:58+01:00Tue, 12th Dec '17, 19:57|

My article in the December edition of Money Magazine. Scroll down for a text version. Just last 23 April, the Malta Employers’ Association succinctly described the state of the country as a “national crisis”. It referred to published evidence of corruption at the very top of government in Malta and the complete inaction of the [...]

The tax haven question

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2017-12-12T19:40:38+01:00Tue, 12th Dec '17, 19:40|

It was one of those ironies of history that it had to be the Socialists in the European Parliament to insist Malta is listed as a tax haven in the European Parliament’s resolution on the subject with all the consequences that follow from that. It must have felt sweet for Nationalist MEPs to be vindicated, [...]

Maria Efimova meets MEPs: Her exclusive post-meeting comments

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2017-12-11T21:06:41+01:00Mon, 11th Dec '17, 21:06|

Pilatus Bank whistle-blower Maria Efimova met PANA and LIBE committee members of the European Parliament by video conference today. She was providing information as part of the European Parliament's investigation into rule of law in Malta. Speaking exclusively to manueldelia.com, Maria Efimova explained she had passed documentation in her possession to committee members in advance [...]

EXCLUSIVE: Pilatus whistle-blower to former colleague — “I understand you’re scared. But my soul is not for sale”.

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2017-12-10T16:37:25+01:00Sun, 10th Dec '17, 16:35|

Maria Efimova, who blew the whistle on alleged corruption and money laundering at Pilatus Bank where she worked, has asked manueldelia.com to publish her letter to Claude-Anne Sant Fournier, her former colleague at the bank. Claude-Anne Sant Fournier is Head of Legal and Compliance at Pilatus Bank. The Bank's website says she leads Pilatus Bank’s [...]

Goose stepping our way ahead

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2017-12-10T15:02:33+01:00Sun, 10th Dec '17, 14:59|

Joseph Muscat has finally articulated it. Labour is the ‘law and order’ party of Malta. No one wants chaos and anarchy. But the switch from ‘business as usual’ to ‘ we need to unleash the army’ is quite a change. The radical re-orientation is likely a response to a shift in public mood which the [...]

READ: Escape to Africa

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2017-12-10T13:29:08+01:00Sun, 10th Dec '17, 13:27|

Documenting Ghana is an interesting blog written by a Maltese woman, Christine Xuereb Seidu, who migrated to Ghana with her husband and their daughter to escape the racism and ethical ambiguities in Malta and start a new life on the Gold Coast. They have been there since August and have been building a new life [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: It’s only the beginning

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2017-12-10T09:52:20+01:00Sun, 10th Dec '17, 09:52|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "The death of the judges killed in Sicily in the early 1990s was the catalyst for the transformation of a society and a country that refused to face the realities of its sins. Inspired by their sacrifice, hundreds and thousands of citizens and public servants stepped up [...]

When resorting to foreign lawyers is not treason

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2017-12-09T20:29:34+01:00Sat, 9th Dec '17, 20:29|

The government today accused the Caruana Galizia family of seeking to undermine the authority of the state by seeking advice from a foreign lawyer about how respectful Malta was being of their fundamental rights. The official statement said: "This attempt to write a completely one sided judgment in the court case before this is even [...]

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