Vive la femme de l’empereur!

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2017-12-06T10:57:28+01:00Wed, 6th Dec '17, 10:37|

Michelle Muscat is the volunteer of the year. She was awarded the title by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. Yet another Peronist event in this Evita story of pursuit of adulation; of packaging the proletarian heroine royally bedecked behind the great leader. And sure enough the great leader was bursting with pride on [...]

Il-Koħħu, il-Fulu u ċ-Ċiniż

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2017-12-06T09:14:03+01:00Wed, 6th Dec '17, 07:44|

OK so they were arraigned in court, accused of murder. We will see evidence over the next few days that will justify their trial a few years down the line. We can expect that trial to confirm our initial impression that the police are reasonably confident in the evidence that they have. It turned out [...]

Political responsibility

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2017-12-05T18:03:26+01:00Tue, 5th Dec '17, 17:53|

Should a Minister resign if one of his canvassers is indicted for a felony? Should a Minister resign if one of his canvassers is indicted for a felony specifically connected with his job? Should a Minister resign if his main canvasser is indicted for a felony specifically connected with his job? Should a Minister resign [...]

Tales from the land of serenity (2)

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2017-12-05T22:39:49+01:00Tue, 5th Dec '17, 12:57|

Here's the second edition of Tales from the land of serenity. Written by Lizzie Eldridge. Podcast read and produced by Pia Zammit. The exquisite image is by Seb Tanti Burlo. https://youtu.be/9_wMt7LvPqQ

Hillman, who took 650,000 euro from Schembri when running The Times, asks why the people don’t trust the media

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2017-12-05T15:36:40+01:00Tue, 5th Dec '17, 12:03|

Here's Adrian Hillman of the Panama Gang being an academic and asking on Twitter "why don't people trust the news?" Perhaps because people know of him, who when running the newspaper of record in Malta and trusted to be independent of hidden influences, received 650,000 euro from Keith Schembri? Is there the possibility that might [...]

After the arrests

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2017-12-05T10:59:46+01:00Tue, 5th Dec '17, 10:59|

As we wait for the police to arraign the people they suspect have killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, there is plenty of scepticsm around. Obviously the only assessment that counts is a conviction, confirmed on appeal if any. That will take years. But with the courts we will see the evidence and hope for justice. We [...]

Commotion at PBS when wife of one of the suspects in Daphne killing goes to complain

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2017-12-05T08:38:51+01:00Tue, 5th Dec '17, 08:38|

The wife of George de Giorgio, arrested yesterday on suspicion of being a part of Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination went to the offices of state broadcaster PBS yesterday night to loudly complain her husband was named in connection with the homicide. The incident happened around 21:45. Employees on duty tried to calm the woman down [...]

G Farrugia Calleja: Simply not the point

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2017-12-04T21:56:11+01:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 21:56|

By resident guest George Farrugia Calleja: As soon as last Sunday’s CSN event ended, and probably even before, Joseph Muscat’s paid and unpaid trolls and assorted idiots were posting triumphantly that the relatively small crowd was evidence of how awesome Muscat was. At the same time MEP Marlene Mizzi’s daughter was bitching on-line that demonstrations such [...]

We must wait

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2017-12-04T22:05:47+01:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 21:42|

We still need to learn who was arrested and which part each one of them played in the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. We still need to learn if the police feel confident enough to arraign some or all of them. We still need to learn what else they are suspected of and what they'll [...]

Germans pass 800 Panama files to Malta police: “the ball lies with the Maltese authorities” – Sueddeutsche Zeitung

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2017-12-04T21:19:09+01:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 21:19|

In an exclusive report Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the Maltese police and "a court expert" have been briefed in detail by German criminal investigators from the specialist unit named "Olet", Latin for "something stinks". They were also handed around 800 files of information procured by German investigators. The report expresses uncertainty the documentation handed over will [...]

Antonio di Pietro on Konrad Mizzi: the defence that there was no money in the Panama company “makes no sense”

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2017-12-04T22:05:04+01:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 20:59|

Minister Konrad Mizzi reiterated his case that the Panama revelations have no bearing because "no transactions were ever made, and no money was ever received by the trust and underlying company." I had the benefit of the company of someone who investigated over 5,000 cases of people suspected (many of them prosecuted and convicted) for [...]

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family reacts to today’s arrests

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2017-12-04T19:55:51+01:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 19:55|

This statement was sent earlier by Daphne Caruana Galizia's family: The manner in which today’s arrests were communicated to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family indicates serious institutional deficiencies which are cause for general public concern. The information about the arrests was communicated by the Prime Minister, and not by the Malta Police, who appear to prioritise [...]

Prime Minister’s senior staffer tells civil society to delete yesterday’s speeches

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2017-12-04T13:53:22+01:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 13:53|

The head of the government's customer care office proclaimed on Facebook that anyone from civil society making speeches yesterday should delete them. He hash-tags me. Since I did not deliver a speech but transcribed and translated Antonio di Pietro's on my blog, he must mean that Antonio di Pietro's speech is an embarrassment to be [...]

Mayor of Ħaż-Żebbuġ knows arraignments are imminent. Family Caruana Galizia in the dark

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2017-12-04T13:04:55+01:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 13:04|

The Labour Mayor of Ħaż-Żebbuġ, Sarah Agius, has tweeted her praise of the prime minister for the imminent arraignment of 10 people in connection with the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Chapeau to @MaltaPolice. 10 suspects to be arraigned in court. Full trust in the Maltese Institutions and my Prime Minister @JosephMuscat_JM — Sarah Agius [...]

The prime minister’s announcement this morning

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2017-12-04T12:52:32+01:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 12:51|

Announcing the arrests of 8 -- later 10 -- Maltese citizens in connection with the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia, prime minister Joseph Muscat reminded his audience of a press conference Eddie Fenech Adami had given informing the press chief justice Noel Arrigo and judge Patrick Vella had been arrested for bribery. Joseph Muscat this [...]

Hedging the truth at Air Malta

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2017-12-04T09:00:52+01:00Mon, 4th Dec '17, 09:00|

There’s something suspiciously odd about Air Malta’s accounts. Its losses are supposed to have shot more than threefold from 4 million euro in March 2016 to 13 million euro in March 2017. The huge losses are being leaked when negotiations with some of the employee unions are nearing their crux point. Management want the airline’s [...]

Chris Cardona lied about withdrawing the garnishee orders against Daphne after she was killed

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2017-12-03T22:03:31+01:00Sun, 3rd Dec '17, 22:03|

Minister Christian Cardona has been seeking applause for filing in court for the withdrawal of the garnishee orders he and his secretary had secured against Daphne Caruana Galizia while the libel suit they filed against her when she reported they visited a brothel in Germany and any potential appeal are heard and decided. Just shy [...]

Her father a judge, her mother a parliamentarian: and yet no sense of public spirit whatsoever

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2017-12-03T21:34:28+01:00Sun, 3rd Dec '17, 21:34|

Here's Alexandra Mizzi who runs her mother's toy shops while Marlene Mizzi is a Member of the European Parliament. You would think that being the proud daughter of public servants she would see the point of the public spirit of a few hundred people who participate in the democratic process by protesting their views. Her [...]