We deserve better

We deserve better

Statement by #occupyjustice: A day after billboards put up by #occupyjustice were pulled down by the authorities, the activists rallied in front of Castille with banners of the same messages and lay them at the Prime Minister’s doorstep. “Prime Minister if you think you are going to silence us by pulling down our billboards, or …

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BILL BROWDER: Removal of #occupyjustice billboards “reminds me of Putin”

BILL BROWDER: Removal of #occupyjustice billboards “reminds me of Putin”

Here’s a tweet by Bill Browder. He knows oppression when he sees it. He was tried and convicted in absentia in Russia and sentenced to a decade in prison. Interpol refused Russia’s request to drag him there as it deemed him a political refugee. Maltese authorities remove billboards calling for justice for the murder of …

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STAR COMMENTS: Changing moods

STAR COMMENTS: Changing moods

Here are two comments from two different people about how the Republic Street memorial calling for justice elicits responses that do not make it to Super 1’s angry reports on ‘provocations’. Know that the people do care . Yesterday I was in Valletta with a group of ladies, celebrating a friend’s birthday. None of the …

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High-fiving over the girl

High-fiving over the girl

Ground-breaking journalism from the folks at Labour HQ. Owen Bonnici and Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi look for and find a photo-op to persuade the world they’re not feuding. They found an event where they were not likely to quarrel. I didn’t realise these Clockwork Orange intrusions into the bedrooms of centenarian bed-ridden ladies were still a …

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THE SUNDAY TIMES: Too cruel anywhere

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Too cruel anywhere

From my piece on The Sunday Times today: “A man who introduced himself as a pros­pective candidate to the mayorship of Valletta said he “did not altogether agree with Daphne’s killing” but a memorial of flowers in Valletta was offensive to his constituents. “Another man pretended to squeal in agony because one of Daphne’ sisters …

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What do you do with the school yard bully?

What do you do with the school yard bully?

There are mixed reactions to the current controversy over the Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial in Republic Street. Some of those who supported her in life and wish for nothing better than for justice to be dispensed after her killing are not entirely sure the whole flowers and candles debate is worthwhile. After all if the …

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When the cracks start showing

When the cracks start showing

Labour is not certain how to manage the persistent civil society pressure that four months after Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killing is still very much there. Protests rarely last this long in Malta and the government’s reliance on collective amnesia is not working this time round. It looks like they’re having to improvise as they go …

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Mintoff’s picture

Mintoff’s picture

Civil Society’s comments tonight on Mintoff’s picture at the Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial in Valletta: We understand why someone would want to put pictures of Raymond Caruana and Karin Grech on a popular memorial and protest site demanding justice and an end to impunity. Mintoff died in his sleep of natural causes. No one has …

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Equivocating equivalence

Equivocating equivalence

This is how Labour justify themselves. They throw contradictions in the mix, confusing issues and throwing people into forced reserved neutrality. I saw them do it to a smart man a few weeks ago. Owen Bonnici tried to drown Antonio di Pietro in a sea of dubious facts, half-truths and lies which the man had …

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The picture they should have put there

The picture they should have put there

And inevitably someone brings pictures of Karin Grech and Raymond Caruana to the Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial in Republic Street. I see the point of those who did that of course. The two cases demand justice. Unlike Daphne Caruana Galizia, neither one of them was specifically targeted. But this is not a pantheon to rank …

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