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

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2017-11-22T13:47:11+02:00Tue, 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 [...]

Disgraced police chief: Arraignment of man who threatened to burn Metsola “a sad day for Malta”

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2017-11-21T16:32:13+02:00Tue, 21st Nov '17, 16:32|

So Inspector Elton Taliana arraigns Emmanuel Navarro to accuse him of having threatened Roberta Metsola with burning alive. Emmanuel Navarro, whose relatives are now sending me messages every which way to get me to speak nicely of him, was assisted by, of all people, Peter Paul Zammit. According to The Times Peter Paul Zammit told [...]

Invicta

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2017-11-21T14:59:41+02:00Tue, 21st Nov '17, 14:59|

Invicta is the first book about Daphne Caruana Galizia to be published since her assassination. The publishers say the book brings together a group of friends, journalists and academics to explore the different aspects of Daphne as a human being and as a journalist. Daphne, though she had a very prominent voice, was paradoxically a [...]

Man who threatened MEP with burning alive, had threatened a family member with beheading and disembowelment

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2017-11-21T11:07:34+02:00Tue, 21st Nov '17, 11:07|

Emmanuel Navarro has been taken into custody while police ‘investigate’ his very public threat to burn Roberta Metsola alive. The man is known to the police. He was, at the time of his arrest, on probation over a domestic violence case. His former son in law forgave him in court for threatening him of beheading [...]

Has every stone been turned?

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2017-11-21T09:42:08+02:00Tue, 21st Nov '17, 09:42|

Beyond the prime minister’s bog-standard rhetoric, can anyone perceive any significant effort by the police to bring the killers of Daphne Caruana to justice? We were promised a thorough investigation and all we’ve seen so far is a crime scene left untouched for at least 30 hours while one Magistrate toyed with the emotions of [...]

The silent majority

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2017-11-20T10:53:23+02:00Mon, 20th Nov '17, 10:04|

The prime minister said yesterday "the silent majority" backed him. That is indeed how a Mafia State functions, with the acquiescence of its citizens who perceive a share in the proceeds from the corruption that they imagine, wrongly, turns the wheels of their economy. Silence -- omertà -- is key to the success of organised [...]

Joseph’s willing executioners

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2017-11-20T09:12:57+02:00Mon, 20th Nov '17, 09:12|

Perhaps when they're giving their training program for new women candidates, the Labour Party might hold a module on how to deal with this crap. These screenshots were grabbed by BugM from 19,000 strong Laburisti sal-Mewt group on Facebook that includes President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. Anyone of those 19,000 willing to say this is [...]

I will not stand idly by

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2017-11-19T22:45:06+02:00Sun, 19th Nov '17, 22:45|

We cannot have another woman in public life demonised and dehumanised for the convenience of the Labour Party until someone decides it is fine to kill her. We cannot allow women to be intimidated from leadership in our community. We need more women to take on a public role because at least part of the [...]

Isn’t it ironic?

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2017-11-19T21:53:30+02:00Sun, 19th Nov '17, 21:49|

When Labour first came into power in 2013, it introduced a Whistle-blower Act to protect people who speak up and reveal corruption. It looked good at the time and as callous politicians never mind doing, they had no qualms about writing into law what they intended to ignore. When they seek to silence Jonathan Ferris [...]

PN needs to get real

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2017-11-19T21:14:22+02:00Sun, 19th Nov '17, 19:33|

Joseph Muscat continues to consolidate his grip on power. That power is fed by popular support which, like the crowds cackling around the guillotine, intimidates opposition and resistance. But what strengthens Labour apparently beyond any hint of vulnerability is the fact that there is no formal opposition in front of it to speak of. It [...]

G Farrugia Calleja: You can’t do that

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2017-11-19T18:00:41+02:00Sun, 19th Nov '17, 18:00|

From guest writer George Farrugia Calleja: While walking past the Malta Labour Party club in Republic Street last Thursday evening, commemorating Daphne Caruana Galizia a month after her assassination, a bottom-feeding troll in the balcony grunted loudly enough that “hemm ser jibqa’” (‘he’s [Joseph Muscat] there to stay’). Muscat himself echoed this on Sunday morning, [...]

“I centri occulti della politica”

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2017-11-19T17:53:56+02:00Sun, 19th Nov '17, 17:53|

David Casa spoke yesterday at a civil society event where Romanian veteran civil society activist Monica Macovei spoke about changes brought about in her country by resistance to abuse of power by elected governments. Macovei's speech, her story and the answers to the questions she was asked are full of lessons and I do not [...]

“We burn you alive”

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2017-11-19T11:11:43+02:00Sun, 19th Nov '17, 11:11|

Emmanuel Navarro, bless him, posted in reference to Roberta Metsola's remarks that she should not need to defend herself from the accusation of being a traitor. She argued it is no treason to criticise your government: it is a patriotic duty, particularly when faced with the sort of consequences the exercise of fundamental rights and [...]

Would you pay for a university program run by a business that writes like this?

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2017-11-19T10:19:30+02:00Sun, 19th Nov '17, 10:19|

This is the company profile on the official website of the Sadeen Group of Jordan, developers of the white elephant that is the 'American University of Malta'. Here's a screenshot: The language is atrocious. A google translation from the original Arabic would have almost certainly been better. It would be unacceptable for your average Middle [...]

Ignoring the rules

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2017-11-19T09:32:16+02:00Sun, 19th Nov '17, 10:00|

I wrote about Michela Spiteri's appointment as arbiter in the Consumer Claims Tribunal. That's not her first iced bun of course. She is also an adjudicator in the Small Claims Tribunal. She had got that job a few days shy of the last general election. Daphne had written about that. Now the breakdown of the [...]

Striscia Rossa: Malta, the loneliness after the crime

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2017-11-19T09:44:39+02:00Sun, 19th Nov '17, 09:44|

The Italian blogosphere is awash with commentaries about Malta's state of affairs after Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed. The general tone is a sense of vindication. Many Italian commentators are interpreting the bombings as a confirmation of long held suspicion that under the polished sheen of a Maltese paradise lies something more sinister that has [...]

She doth protest too much

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2017-11-17T23:39:06+02:00Fri, 17th Nov '17, 23:35|

Some newspaper columns are so convoluted, so twisted in their contradictions, that they soar way beyond the reach of any adequate response. Michela Spiteri's piece last Sunday was one such article. Read it if you will and try to explain to me why she "agreed 100%" with lawyers protesting against the push back of migrants [...]

STAR COMMENTS: You are not alone

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2017-11-17T22:33:08+02:00Fri, 17th Nov '17, 22:33|

I received some very encouraging messages addressed to the friend complaining to me yesterday we were too few in Valletta. I've picked out two of them that seek to benefit from history or from experience. This first is from a letter Victor Hugo wrote in exile. The reference to 7.5 millions is to the suffrage [...]

UPDATED: Bannister denies being in business with holder of licence issued by authority he runs

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2017-11-18T09:24:03+02:00Fri, 17th Nov '17, 22:01|

Updated, adds denial from Joe Bannister (18/11/2017) Yesterday I reported that Joe Bannister, as regulator of the financial services sector in Malta, granted an investment services licence to a company whose designated contact person is co-director with him in a company in the Cayman Islands. Joe Bannister has this morning got in touch with me [...]

Being alone

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2017-11-17T18:38:14+02:00Fri, 17th Nov '17, 18:19|

I could not cheer up a friend of mine yesterday when we walked down Republic Street and he was saddened because so few had come. In the company of hundreds one should feel emboldened. A demonstration like that in any city would command respect and attention. But here in Malta we are used to huddled [...]