The Soho saga

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2019-06-17T09:23:11+02:00Mon, 17th Jun '19, 09:23|

Adrian Delia is facing a fresh set of allegations. This time he is accused of lying about authentic signatures of his having been falsified, effectively framing his predecessor’s sister for a crime no one has committed. They’re allegations, yes. And they’re made by his former business partner, Kris Bajada, whose credentials are, at best, dubious. [...]

Ivan Fenech’s principles

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2019-06-17T08:48:54+02:00Mon, 17th Jun '19, 08:48|

Many people who were touched in their lives by Ivan Fenech, former Deputy Editor of Times of Malta who died after a sudden illness last week, remarked on how impressed they were by his commitment to his principles. Ivan Fenech was not swayed by crowds. He did not hop on to bandwagons. He argued his [...]

Repubblika backs Graffitti’s anti-developers dictatorship demo

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2019-06-17T15:57:10+02:00Mon, 17th Jun '19, 07:58|

Repubblika statement today: Repubblika expresses its support for the protest being organised by Moviment Graffitti on Tuesday 18th June in Pieta’, starting from St Luke’s Hospital at 6 pm and proceeding towards the Malta Developers’ Association offices. Repubblika agrees with Moviment Graffitti that developers do as they please all over Malta, to the detriment of [...]

How would you like your eggs, Mr Burns?

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2019-06-17T07:52:35+02:00Mon, 17th Jun '19, 07:52|

Maurice Mizzi is no longer the guardian of future generations. That’s neither here nor there. Although he had an appointment letter signed by Jose Herrera that said he was, I didn’t see him guarding anything. A wealthy man with nothing better to do than inflict the excess of his time on the rest of us [...]

#occupyjustice asks visiting leaders: Have you read the Council of Europe report?

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2019-06-14T19:46:20+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 19:46|

Statement by #occupyjustice after their action in Valletta today. Have You Read the CoE Report? A number of #occupyjustice activists today gathered around Castille square while the Press Conference for the 6th South EU Summit was being held. The summit was attended by Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Mr Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of [...]

Erin Tanti, I think you got off lightly

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2019-06-14T19:40:54+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 19:40|

Intuitive reactions are uninformed and thankfully not the way people are judged for crimes they are convicted of. I respect that. Nor am I the ‘lock-him-up-and-throw-away-the-key’ sort of guy. But let’s face it. Erin Tanti admitted his guilt on a charge of murder which is punishable by up to life in prison. He also pleaded [...]

Comical Ali and the Mosta and Paola resolutions

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2019-06-14T18:50:25+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 18:50|

The PN's sectional committees in Mosta and Paola issued declarations that are highly critical of the headquarters of the party demanding that instead of trying to explain away the recent electoral losses, party elders should be assuming responsibility for their failures. They follow the more urgent clamour from the Gozitan party activists who went ballistic [...]

GUEST POST: The Fall of the House of …*

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2019-06-14T18:20:06+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 18:20|

The piece is written by a regular contributor who has adopted the identity of Tyndareus and apologises to Edgar Allan Poe for the heading. Some would say that you cannot expect a snake other than to hiss and slither. That is his nature. So even though the situation is dire and most did not expect [...]

Repubblika writes to the leaders meeting Joseph Muscat today

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2019-06-14T17:52:27+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 17:51|

This is a letter sent today by Repubblika to the heads of state and government meeting Joseph Muscat in Valletta today:   Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of France Mr Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus Mr Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy Mr Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece Mr Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal [...]

Made homeless by State inaction

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2019-06-14T17:42:25+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 17:42|

The Prime Minister yesterday issued a royal decree ordering all excavations or demolitions stopped until further review of the rules that according to him are now causing buildings to collapse. Facebook has since yesterday been replete with debates interpreting that decree and trying to define limits around its absurdity. That's why royal decrees have been [...]

Physics

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2019-06-14T11:16:15+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 11:16|

The leadership of the PN is drunk on a punch of factional politics. When MPs resort to WhatsApp groups or Facebook posts to express disagreement, subtly or not so much, with the line the party leadership takes that’s officially described as factionalism. It isn’t really. It’s venting of frustration: leaking pipes in a plumbing system [...]

Darren Debono: awaiting Italian trial for smuggling; sits on Maltese Premier footy committee

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2019-06-14T09:44:05+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 09:44|

Darren Debono, who has been charged in Italy for smuggling Libyan fuel for Sicily’s Cosa Nostra has been elected to the committee of Premier League club Senglea Athletic FC and now sits on the “technical team” managing the club’s team. A report announcing the news on TVM, the national broadcaster, introduced Darren Debono as an [...]

German prosecutor complains Malta-licensed gaming franchises are a backdoor for laundering drugs money

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2019-06-14T09:15:33+02:00Fri, 14th Jun '19, 09:15|

German public TV NDR ran an investigation this week into links between sports betting shops in Germany and organised crime. The feature interviews the Chief Prosecutor responsible for organised crime in Frankfurt, Noah Krueger, who says his office is investigating whether several dozen betting shops have been used as fronts for operations laundering money for [...]

The rule of law collapses. So does your roof.

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2019-06-13T18:59:10+02:00Thu, 13th Jun '19, 18:59|

The Prime Minister ordered all permits for excavations and demolitions issued according to the laws of the land, suspended until he rewrites the law. He looks like “he’s doing something” in the face of a crisis. The crisis is his doing. Avoiding it was not just within his powers. It was his responsibility which he [...]

GUEST POST: When politics falls over your head

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2019-06-13T18:15:00+02:00Thu, 13th Jun '19, 18:15|

I sat down to write on the Prime Minister's intervention today after yet another collapse of a building that had the misfortune of being next door to something ironically termed 'development'. I still have some thoughts to add to the below but this guest post sent in by a regular contributor to this site sets [...]

International Free Speech NGOs beat Manwel Mallia to lobby EU-Med Summit on basic freedoms in Malta

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2019-06-13T16:10:42+02:00Thu, 13th Jun '19, 16:10|

Manwel Mallia was getting ready for battle this morning. But free speech and media freedom NGOs filed their appeal with the heads of government meeting in Malta tomorrow encouraging them to read Pieter Omtzigt's Council of Europe report and learn how Malta is systematically failing in guaranteeing the safety of journalists and upholding the rule [...]

No accounts for Pilatus Bank since 2016

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2019-06-13T15:58:30+02:00Thu, 13th Jun '19, 15:58|

The ‘Competent Person’ appointed by the MFSA to take control of Pilatus Bank has failed in his reporting duties according to law, an article by Godfrey Leone Ganado for this website says. Lawrence Connell, who worked as a financial regulator in the United States in the past, appears to have missed deadlines in submitting reports [...]