Cooking Islands

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2017-11-06T13:54:30+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 13:54|

A month ago tomorrow Malta established diplomatic relations with the Cook Islands. If you were not too familiar with them before now, you'll be hearing more about these sparse 15 islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a population the size of Birżebbuġa. The Paradise Papers published yesterday by the ICIJ show the [...]

The boys and girls in blue

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2017-11-06T15:04:53+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 13:23|

The courtesy, professionalism and admirable seriousness of the police men and women providing safety and security at yesterday’s civil society sit-in protest in front of headquarters was something to behold. The policemen there gave protesters protection and ensured the crowd had the space to make its voice heard. This is even more significant when one [...]

It is now a fight for fundamental rights

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2017-11-06T10:33:58+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 10:33|

For a government that prides itself of a trail-blazing law to protect whistle blowers, its behaviour with people who do blow whistles is particularly galling. The woman who spoke up about misdeeds in Pilatus Bank was hounded out of the country. The cooperation of the Attorney General Peter Grech to ensure she had the passport [...]

Gozitan Labour grandee calls Malta’s archbishop an interfering clown

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2017-11-06T09:21:58+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 09:21|

Split admiration for the episcopal conference seems to be aligning effectively along partisan lines. The Archbishop of Malta's Charles Scicluna's authoritative moral guidance during the crisis of the weeks since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is being loudly criticised by Labour trolls, led by Labour grandees who have opened fire on one of their [...]

GUEST POST: Gozo bishop has two masters – Rome and Castille

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2017-11-06T00:20:39+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 00:20|

An earlier guest post criticised Gozo Bishop Mario Grech for being oddly tepid after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. A curia insider wrote the below guest blog post in reaction. It seems there's more internal politics that needs to be understood if a proper analysis of Bishop Grech's odd behaviour is to be arrived [...]

Paradise Papers

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2017-11-06T16:16:09+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '17, 00:02|

The International Consortium of Independent Journalists, Pulitzer awardees after their Panama leaks two years ago, have tonight released over 13 million documents revealing further evidence of senior political figures allegedly laundering illicit earnings through banana jurisdictions, including Malta. The spotlight on Malta as a cover for corrupt politicians and evil dictators now shines even brighter. [...]

Decorated by Malta. Jailed for corruption by Saudi Arabia.

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2017-11-05T07:39:39+01:00Sun, 5th Nov '17, 07:39|

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has been sacked from his responsibilities in the Saudi Arabia government and arrested for corruption. The Saudi King sacked senior government officials for corruption including Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal though no official explanation has been given on the what specifically he is accused of. In December 2014 Joseph Muscat mysteriously and for [...]

GUEST POST: A tale of two bishops

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2017-11-04T21:43:05+01:00Sat, 4th Nov '17, 21:43|

By an anonymous author known to me: Leaders. They are the glimmer of light that a community seeks in time of pitch black darkness. Indeed in the wake of a terrible tragedy for a nation even more terrible for a family that lost a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend leaders become a beacon [...]

Adrian Delia on his own assassination

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2017-11-06T22:41:46+01:00Sat, 4th Nov '17, 21:25|

Adrian Delia sat to record a radio interview with Andrew Azzopardi yesterday. It was broadcast earlier today. This is not an easy time for the PN leader though you would not think that from his tone on the interview today. He sounds as supremely confident as ever. I will not review the interview. As he [...]

More political appointments that threaten human rights

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2017-11-04T16:36:13+01:00Sat, 4th Nov '17, 16:36|

Yesterday I wrote how a tribunal set up by law to review administrative decisions on immigrants was stuffed with political appointees close to the government. I argued how their proximity to the government (they are spouses, nephews, exes, and children of government Ministers and Labour party grandees) cancels the distance needed between the executive and [...]

Alberto Vannucci: Corruption kills another free voice

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2017-11-04T09:41:38+01:00Sat, 4th Nov '17, 09:41|

Read this editorial on Il Fatto Quotidiano by Alberto Vannucci. Some choice quotes: "The lesson taught by Massimo Carminati is universal: 'the world of the living and the world of the dead' unavoidably meet, because in the 'world in the middle people on the surface landscape need someone from the underworld to things for them [...]

UPDATED: More iced buns

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2017-11-06T19:08:13+01:00Fri, 3rd Nov '17, 22:26|

Dr Juliana Scerri Ferrante wrote in her reply to the below on 06/11/2017. Her reply is found here. Earlier I wrote about 4 of 6 new members of the new Immigration Appeals Board and showed how they are related in the first degree to Labour Ministers or senior party grandees. Then there's the Chairman of [...]

GUEST POST: We must let you go now.

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2017-11-04T09:00:11+01:00Fri, 3rd Nov '17, 21:24|

By Alessandra Dee Crespo. Dear Daphne, We spoke occasionally on email, or on your Running Commentary in the combox. I sometimes bumped into you in Valletta. You were always very courteous. I was usually tongue-tied. You once laughingly told me that you were not my headmistress, and that I am not in school, while having coffee [...]

What she would have written

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2017-11-04T08:53:24+01:00Fri, 3rd Nov '17, 20:44|

Having been to Daphne Caruana Galizia's funeral today, I was not expecting to have the interest or the energy to write about something else. But then perhaps the best tribute to her is to pick up a story she would have shared with all of us had she still been with us. Here is an [...]

Looking for leaders

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2017-11-03T19:57:22+01:00Fri, 3rd Nov '17, 19:57|

At the funeral for Daphne Caruana Galizia I could see Eddie Fenech Adami, Lawrence Gonzi and Simon Busuttil. All were scrutinised and criticised by Daphne Caruana Galizia some time or other when they were in office. I say that because unlike others, all three had the good sense not to draw attention to themselves when [...]

Ecclesiastes 3

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2017-11-03T18:32:59+01:00Fri, 3rd Nov '17, 18:19|

The first reading at today's funeral: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; [...]

GUEST POST: Letter to Daphne

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2017-11-03T12:20:41+01:00Fri, 3rd Nov '17, 12:20|

By Patricia Azzopardi Preziosi Dear Daphne, Your mutilated body will be laid to rest this afternoon. I pray constantly to the God I believe in to give your loved ones the strength to endure the unendurable for the rest of their lives – which they are going to be forced to do because of the [...]

Indictment

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2017-11-04T21:26:33+01:00Fri, 3rd Nov '17, 11:16|

Since I first heard of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death, I’ve thought of little else. And that’s not likely to stop now. It started with shock at the audacity and the terminal definitiveness of the act. It grew into anger and indignation. There was a strong sense of loss as I looked for the writings of [...]