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GUEST POST: The Theatre of Happenings

2018-01-22T15:52:22+01:00Mon, 22nd Jan '18, 15:52|

  This guest post is by Charles Schembri who dedicates this piece "to Iris Rohmann and her like". A faithful representation of the islands’ fatigue in understanding its current socio-economic and political script, where the relevance of ethics and morals wherever you look have become blared by events, is the Theatre of Happenings. This theatre [...]

Mansholt death inquiry reopened

2018-01-22T13:52:31+01:00Mon, 22nd Jan '18, 13:49|

It is good news that the Attorney General has decided the questions that remain open in the case of the death of 17-year old Mike Mansholt need to be looked into. The boy's body was found at the bottom of Dingli Cliffs having gone missing for a few days. The causes of his death were [...]

G Farrugia Calleja: And in the cold light of dawn

2018-01-22T13:40:50+01:00Mon, 22nd Jan '18, 13:40|

By George Farrugia Calleja When reading newspaper reports, especially in the post-truth world of SLAPPed media and tamed journalists, it's a good idea to deconstruct what you read. Here's how you do it, the bits in CAPS being my pointers as to how to go about this and the sort of conclusions you can draw. [...]

Passport Scheme: let the government know what you think

2018-01-22T13:27:53+01:00Mon, 22nd Jan '18, 13:27|

The government started what it called a consultation process on extending the program of selling Maltese and European citizenship to anyone that can pay a million euro. Its so-called consultation dodged the one real question that should be asked: should the scheme be extended. The government has already decided it will be. It just needs [...]

Mao’s stomping students at MCAST

2018-01-22T13:14:23+01:00Mon, 22nd Jan '18, 13:14|

When students become functionaries of the state, the situation is truly desperate. Pulse, the Labour Party's student organisation, has this morning organised a "silent protest" at MCAST. They are not protesting for freedom of speech or for the rule of law. They are not demanding better learning conditions or improved access to education for students [...]

How is it the FIAU’s job to defend Mizzi and Schembri?

2018-01-21T18:44:09+01:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 18:44|

Our anti-money laundering agency works Sundays. As taxpayers we would welcome such zeal if it was directed at finding criminals. But today's over-time sheet has been stamped because our intrepid enforcers of propriety needed to defend their clients Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri. Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri were, according to a suppressed FIAU report [...]

Asking for transparency

2018-01-21T18:19:43+01:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 18:19|

Michela Spiteri writing in The Sunday Times today is explicit in her criticism of the VGH deal: the flipping of three public hospitals for the profit of unknowns. Do read the full article. But here's a choice bit: "Public funds therefore should be collected assiduously and spent well, and not be allowed to cascade lavishly [...]


2018-01-21T17:59:31+01:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 17:59|

This image was projected on the facade of the Auberge de Castille and introduced as a vision of the future of Malta. They meant it as something to look forward to. Someone somewhere is visualising your worst nightmare and thinking of how much money they will be making in the process of leaving your children [...]

G Farrugia Calleja: Culture Shock

2018-01-21T17:37:26+01:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 17:37|

Despite Joseph Muscat’s best efforts, Valletta is able to celebrate being a 2018 Capital of Culture. Because of Joseph Muscat’s government, what should have been a spectacular opening night turned into a spectacle of mediocrity of cringe-inducing proportions. We were spared excerpts from “Ġensna” (for the non-cognoscenti, a ‘rock’ opera lauding a Mintoffian view of [...]

Maltese culture festival invents the wheel

2018-01-21T22:28:29+01:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 16:39|

You couldn't imagine these things if you tried. From his stage, all pomp and circumstance, Joseph Muscat yesterday declared "this Maltese festa will be marked by authenticity". Oh does he protest too much! The Tritoni of City Gate, not authentically Maltese in the best of time, were represented by crane-held marionettes in a "spectacle unlike [...]

Tomorrow at the Council of Europe

2018-01-21T10:46:00+01:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 10:43|

The Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly convenes this week. At its winter session Dutch Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt will be asking the governments of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe the following question: "Will you request formal explanations from the Maltese Government on its Police Force's failure to investigate evidence of [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Reverse decolonisation

2018-01-21T10:03:04+01:00Sun, 21st Jan '18, 10:03|

From my The Sunday Times article today: "For this to be dismissed as a case of social envy is to miss the point completely. The dream of moving up social strata has to be remotely achievable. The idea of the ‘American dream’ only applies if you can get there with hard work, resourcefulness, initiative and [...]

There is no culture if there is no humanity

2018-01-20T20:08:04+01:00Sat, 20th Jan '18, 20:08|

This is also Valletta tonight. In the midst of all the glare, the noise, the stalinist rhetoric, the self-congratulation, the submissive adulation, the uniform compliance, the bonapartless bonapartism, the contracts, the nudges and the winks, the cross-party complicity, the historical revisionism, the memory-wiping, the forced smiles, the pretense that all is well when obviously all [...]

The inequalities of l-aqwa żmien

2018-01-20T18:48:55+01:00Sat, 20th Jan '18, 18:48|

Look at this post from the realty agents Simon Estates following up on a inews story on people paying 250 euro a month in rent to live in an underground garage. It's not that real estate agents are meant to be heartless profiteers without conscience. But one would expect them to be the last to [...]

Smile whether you like it or not. The party in Valletta has started.

2018-01-19T22:13:03+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 22:13|

No doubt there will be a splendiferous, neck-cracking, jaw-aching, retina-burning, ear-drum-shattering spectacle at the opening of the Valletta Capital of Culture festival and may the thousands that will flock to it have a great time. There's always the risk of conflating culture with spectacle but the program is long and intense and the variety wide [...]

Council of Europe Assembly asked to monitor investigations into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia

2018-01-19T21:35:38+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 21:35|

Members of  national parliaments from 47 European countries meeting in Strasbourg in the next few weeks will be receiving appeals from several individuals and organisations asking for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to appoint a special rapporteur to monitor the murder investigation, investigate the broader circumstances surrounding Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death, and [...]

Cypriot media saying Maria Efimova is wanted for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killing

2018-01-19T21:02:51+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 21:02|

Sections of the Cypriot media are now connecting Pilatus Bank whistle-blower Maria Efimova with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The outrageous notion was reported today by Cypriot news sites SigmaLive.com, Offsite.com.cy, Kathimerini.com.cy and 24sports.com.cy. I discussed this reporting with Cyprus Business Mail journalist Stelios Orphanides who told me “some Cypriot media are owned by [...]

INTERPOL’s public records show no arrest warrant requests for Maria Efimova

2018-01-19T08:10:33+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 08:10|

Requests made to Interpol for the international arrest of fugitives sought by member countries are published on their website. It shows pictures of drug lords and terrorists, child abductors and slavers, and all sorts of unsavoury characters. But running a search for warrants requested by Malta and Cyprus, and a search for all the Marias [...]

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