Unhidden agenda

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2017-11-01T22:56:48+02:00Wed, 1st Nov '17, 22:56|

So Dione Borg, the grand old gentle doyen of PN journalists, took umbrage at a guest post on this website that criticised journalists for being a pale comparison to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s investigative prowess. The guest post was fairly critical of the press community and was generic in its attack so it is hardly surprising [...]

The mystery professor

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2017-11-01T18:21:12+02:00Wed, 1st Nov '17, 18:21|

Why is it that whenever there is something odd in the Malta news, very quickly you’ll be finding some association with the links Joseph Muscat built with the Azerbaijan dictatorship? A Joe Mifsud (not the Magistrate and not your next door neighbour who is likely as not to have what must be the second most [...]

Regression

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2017-11-01T17:53:19+02:00Wed, 1st Nov '17, 17:34|

So a person chosen on the basis of trust by Minister Evarist Bartolo to work on the building of new schools has now been arraigned accused of collecting tangenti on the back of public procurement he was assigned to manage by Evarist Bartolo himself. And Minister Evarist Bartolo assumes no political responsibility. Nor, oddly, is [...]

Outstanding questions

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2017-11-01T11:57:31+02:00Wed, 1st Nov '17, 11:54|

Chris Said filed a motion in Parliament that asks the prime minister to set up a three-judge inquiry into the corruption and impropriety allegations made by Daphne Caruana Galizia (without exception). The three retired judges would be chosen by a two-thirds parliamentary majority and would be given the resources and the power to investigate and [...]

Of gods and animals

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2017-11-01T08:42:11+02:00Wed, 1st Nov '17, 08:42|

When the Panama scandal broke, Evarist Bartolo showed off his classics and reminded us the Romans used to quip there are laws for gods and laws for animals. Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi. Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri are the untouchable Joves but others must obey the laws for animals. But we learn not [...]

Brian Tonna: more impunity in the mafia state

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2017-10-31T13:48:09+02:00Tue, 31st Oct '17, 13:48|

The International Federation of Accountants states in its code of ethics that auditors must be independent of their clients. By his own admission Brian Tonna owed his client, Keith Schembri, €100,000. That made him a debtor and by any definition you care to give that term a debt relationship, particularly of that scale, is a [...]

GUEST POST: Journalism of Convenience

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2017-10-31T11:57:05+02:00Tue, 31st Oct '17, 11:57|

The author is not a journalist but as we re-examine the failings of our democratic institutions his words are a reminder that the press too has much to reflect upon: So there we had it. Malta's journalists out in force on 19 October in a much publicised show of force and unity, holding a commemoration [...]

John Dalli on Daphne’s death. Please tell me what you think he’s saying because I’d rather not think it myself.

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2017-11-01T08:49:16+02:00Tue, 31st Oct '17, 11:16|

John Dalli wrote today in The Times. Read his article before you read the below because mine is an attempt at distilling what he wants to say through the thick layers of bringing Mother Theresa, Pope Francis and God as witnesses for his character. Now that you’ve read it, please tell me I’m getting this [...]

GUEST POST: On the FIAU’s findings into Adrian Hillman

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2017-10-31T09:47:20+02:00Mon, 30th Oct '17, 22:44|

Another pertinent analysis from Godfrey Leone Ganado: Adrian Hillman is in the news again. This may be the appropriate time to highlight the observations made by the FIAU in their leaked report regarding payments made through a host of companies beneficially owned by Keith Schembri and Adrian Hillman. The report states: The FIAU carried out [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: The leaden foot of politics

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2017-10-30T22:55:28+02:00Mon, 30th Oct '17, 16:20|

The following is my article first published in the current issue of Money. It was written before the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia: To imagine that a significant and particularly sensitive industry like financial services can exist in a jurisdiction completely indifferent to the political context in which it must operate is unforgivably naïve. Financial [...]

The reform we do not need

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2017-10-31T11:45:54+02:00Mon, 30th Oct '17, 16:07|

Parliament is convening tonight to discuss an emergency motion by the Opposition to debate the situation in the country and presumably discuss the demands from civil society to remove the police commissioner and the attorney general. There’s a wider demand from civil society which seeks a shake-up of our constitutional model. It is not just [...]

Are experts watching the works on the tal-Qares megaliths?

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2017-10-29T11:04:36+02:00Mon, 30th Oct '17, 10:50|

In the midst of all that is happening, please take a moment to visit the Facebook page of Temple Rescue, an NGO seeking to prevent the destruction of pre-historic heritage near Mosta. Development there has been approved in spite of objections by experts who want to protect what is known and believe there could be [...]

“Daphne’s death will explode in your face,” PM says

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2017-10-30T21:49:14+02:00Mon, 30th Oct '17, 10:27|

The Prime Minister was reported in The Times saying yesterday “all those trying to make political mileage out of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia would see it blow up in their face.” Although the defense that protesters are not interested in political mileage, merely political change, will not be heard, it is presumed Joseph [...]

Impunity in a mafia state, for so it is

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2017-10-29T13:00:12+02:00Sun, 29th Oct '17, 12:15|

Adrian Hillman made the press today. The Sunday Times reports “senior government officials recommended” his appointment to the Board of Trustees of the American University of Malta. The “recommendation”, for which read Keith Schembri exercising his political muscle and calling a favour from that white elephant on public land, materialised in Adrian Hillman’s appointment. But [...]

Intentional inconsistencies

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2017-10-30T21:43:54+02:00Sun, 29th Oct '17, 10:27|

When the Charlie Hebdo attack happened, the prime minister of Malta flew to Paris to march in protest. When Daphne Caruana Galizia died, the prime minister of Malta flew to Dubai to sell passports. Here's another inconsistency. When a courageous young man protested alone on the steps of Castille to make a point about an [...]

To learn nothing

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2017-10-29T10:17:24+02:00Sun, 29th Oct '17, 10:15|

Here is the prime minister of Malta challenged by the press to express his views on the consultant to his Minister Konrad Mizzi calling protesters in front of Castille whores. The fact that he had to be door-stepped by the press to express a view should, in a normal country, be a gross public relations [...]