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More Mossack Fonseca files passing to the Malta police: we should have an independent inquiry

2017-11-26T20:48:04+01:00Sun, 26th Nov '17, 19:54|

Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports the German federal procesutor is passing to the Malta police all information connected to Malta in some 3 terabytes of data from Mossack Fonseca servers purchased from an unknown source and leaked separately earlier in 2017, over a year after the ICIJ leaked the Panama Papers. The Munich prosecutor spent 2 million [...]

Tendering for government work is beneath the dignity of Labour Party officials

2017-11-26T19:04:35+01:00Sun, 26th Nov '17, 19:04|

William Lewis, Segretarju Organizzattiv of the Labour Party, and recently commissioned by direct order for government works in Birżebbuġa is a veteran beneficiary of architectural engagements of government work without the bother of a competitive process to allow others better than him at the job a chance to make an offer. The quality of his [...]


2017-11-26T09:31:05+01:00Sun, 26th Nov '17, 09:31|

From my The Sunday Times article today: "As with the counter-intuitive Brexit vote, the institutional collapse in Kenya, the breakdown of the Opposition in Grenada and other micro-States, explanations of the political realities of Malta on the back of conventional voting behaviour analyses are becoming insufficient. Nothing is what it seems when the real decisions [...]

The message the bombers sent

2017-11-25T21:56:07+01:00Sat, 25th Nov '17, 21:56|

Interviews carried today by London's The Times with Jonathan Ferris and Maria Efimova show just how whistle-blowers are made to feel by the government of this country. It is clear that the intimidation campaign against journalists in Malta, culminating in the explosive annihilation of Daphne Caruana Galizia, were addressed to sources who provide information to [...]

Disgraced former US immigration officer endorses sale of Malta’s passports

2017-11-25T22:31:39+01:00Sat, 25th Nov '17, 21:26|

Malta Today carried an endorsement of Malta’s passport scheme from a Peter Vincent, introduced to the reader as a lawyer at Thomson Reuters. With that brand name he is introduced as a respectable authority whose endorsement is clearly intended to improve the credibility of the due diligence process conducted by Identity Malta to vet people [...]

The government wants you to think the smuggler did it

2017-11-25T09:43:42+01:00Sat, 25th Nov '17, 09:43|

In spite of all the talk of leaving the investigations to run their course before pronouncing judgement, the government has had a theory about who killed Daphne Caruana Galizia and it has been briefing the international press on that theory with a nudge and a wink couching a cover-up as a genuine tip-off. But a [...]


2017-11-24T19:24:48+01:00Fri, 24th Nov '17, 19:24|

The Nationalist opposition continues to bleed from wounds of its own making. Adrian Delia’s arguments in Parliament, defending a motion his party proposed to re-introduce dscimination in working conditions for people resorting to IVF treatments not permitted in Malta, were shallow and unconvincing. He argued the motion was making a “legal” point, not a “moral” [...]

Keeping it in the house

2017-11-24T20:08:26+01:00Fri, 24th Nov '17, 18:40|

The Government Gazette is not designed to make fascinating reading. That's no reason to miss it. Here's a seemingly innocuous notice in the gazette today that William Lewis was given a direct order for 12,000 euro. It's not going to be enough for him to retire on. But why was he given the purely technical [...]

The march on University

2017-11-24T16:17:24+01:00Fri, 24th Nov '17, 16:15|

The government is sending chilling signals to the academic community in Malta. It is not to be taken as a given that government actually intends to go ahead with its proposal of reducing the rector of the university to a clerk by invitation of a committee directly set up by government. There is a pattern [...]

Why the mafia prospers here

2017-11-24T15:24:44+01:00Fri, 24th Nov '17, 15:24|

Revel Barker's piece yesterday on The Times spoke of the reaction in Gozo to Totò Riina's death in prison. It delved deeper in the psyche of a community that hosted him and welcomed him for the money he spent even as he was the capi di tutti i capi of one of the most violent [...]

GUEST POST: Keyboard warriors

2017-11-23T08:45:02+01:00Thu, 23rd Nov '17, 08:45|

By Erika Bajada In April 2017, a conference titled "Counter-narratives: how to support civil society in delivering effective positive narratives against hate speech online" was hosted by the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference focused on the increase of xenophobic and racist attitudes observed on the internet. The Minister for [...]

Vive l’Empereur!

2017-11-23T08:40:13+01:00Thu, 23rd Nov '17, 08:40|

We know we have a prime minister with an irrepressible sense of his own self when he gets to choose the playlist for the national orchestra. I am going to leave that there to hang for a pregnant, ironic, repressed, giggly, eye-rolling minute. Ara veru 'Ma tagħmlu xejn mal-perit Joseph'! In case you're one of [...]

G Farrugia Calleja: Bumbling idiots

2017-11-23T08:22:33+01:00Thu, 23rd Nov '17, 08:22|

By George Farrugia Calleja: Obviously, any couple that wants a baby should be helped to achieve their aim, and the state is there for just that purpose. Out-dated notions of morality propagated by men in skirts and their acolytes (and yes, I’m being offensive on purpose, for effect) have no place in the debate: unless [...]

Prime ministerial product placement

2017-11-22T19:10:29+01:00Wed, 22nd Nov '17, 19:10|

It's now been going on since 2013. Daphne Caruana Galizia had first spotted it in the Presidential fun run of 2013 after the important of The North Face brand advertised the fact they were 'advising' Michelle Muscat on sportswear. At the presidential fun run of this year Joseph Muscat again dodged the charity t-shirt and [...]

Caruana Galizia family report Prime Minister’s staffer for stalking Daphne the day before she was killed

2017-11-22T17:08:40+01:00Wed, 22nd Nov '17, 14:04|

Daphne Caruana Galizia's husband and three sons have filed a police report accusing Neville Gafà of stalking their mother the day before she was assassinated in a car explosion. In a formal criminal complaint (known as kwerela), the Caruana Galizia family reported how on 15 October 2017 between 1pm and 4pm, Neville Gafa and or [...]

Maltese company allegedly fronting for organised criminals exhibiting at gaming fair

2017-11-22T13:46:26+01:00Wed, 22nd Nov '17, 13:46|

Medialive Casino, named by Florence prosecutors for receiving takings from illegal gaming parlours operated throughout Italy by organised crime, is exhibiting at the Sigma gaming conference convening this week in Ta' Qali. I wrote on Medialive Casino on November 16th after Il Fatto Quotidiano interviewed Giuseppe Creazzo, chief prosecutor in Florence, who expressed frustration the [...]

Magistrate reprimands Judge

2017-11-22T13:52:33+01:00Wed, 22nd Nov '17, 13:19|

It is rare for a Magistrate to criticise a lawyer's argument on behalf of their client as "incredible and inconceivable" and a "malicious attempt to avoid responsibility". It is even rarer for this to happen when that lawyer has in the meantime been appointed a Judge. The Times and Malta Today reported a court decision [...]

G Farrugia Calleja: Push back. It feels good.

2017-11-21T23:44:07+01:00Tue, 21st Nov '17, 22:52|

By resident guest George Farrugia Calleja: The sight of PN Leader Adrian Delia ringing the bell of the Marsa Police Station a couple of weeks ago, with something of a bemused look on his face, was mildly amusing. It also gave rise to some predictable memes, one of which had him ringing the door-bell of [...]

Can Brian Tonna tell us if Egrant Inc has been struck off?

2017-11-22T13:47:11+01:00Tue, 21st Nov '17, 18:00|

On 19th January, 2017, the directors of Egrant Inc signed off on the dissolution of the company. Naturally the directors are a bunch of Panamian fronts for anonymous owners. They are listed as directors of some 10,000 other companies between them. According to Panamanian company law a company declared dissolved by its directors can continue [...]

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