And so it begins

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2017-10-23T14:02:41+02:00Sun, 22nd Oct '17, 22:02|

Michael Briguglio, James Debono, Claudine Cassar and I were targeted today by the Labour Party media for standing up and expressing views that are in opposition to the politicians they protect. We stood on stage and gave witness to our commitment to continue Daphne Caruana Galizia's fight. For the Labour Party to expect  to hear [...]

ADDS VIDEO: From despair, hope

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2018-02-21T20:26:02+01:00Sun, 22nd Oct '17, 20:46|

This is the speech I delivered today at the Civil Society Network demonstration this afternoon in Valletta. An English translation follows. If you were in Valletta today do please share you experience and photos or videos in the comments below. The photo with this post is by The Times' Matthew Mirabelli. https://youtu.be/B5JGNdnJ9D8 Nixtieq nirringrazzja ‘l [...]

Former Maltese Prime Minister demands resignation of heads of failed institutions

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2017-10-22T09:29:21+02:00Sun, 22nd Oct '17, 09:29|

The below article was published this morning on The Malta Independent on Sunday. An online version is not up at this time. Incredibly these strong words from a former prime minister were relegated by the newspaper to its twelfth page. Lawrence Gonzi again speaks clearly. Institutional chiefs must leave. Politicians must cut the platitudes and [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Omerta

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2017-10-22T10:33:50+02:00Sun, 22nd Oct '17, 08:37|

"But a dream ends on awakening, and sleep cannot be forced. Even as we shrug off the assassination of a journalist, the rest of the world has seen our mask of a paradise island drop and glimpsed the rot beneath." My article in The Sunday Times today.

The Sunday Times calls for Joseph Muscat to resign

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2017-10-22T08:36:25+02:00Sun, 22nd Oct '17, 08:36|

In a hard hitting editorial today, The Sunday Times calls for Joseph Muscat to resign. "Ideally, the long and fraught process of change would start with a sacking and a resignation – the police chief, the Prime Minister. They are clearly not the ones to cleanse the country." Read the editorial here.

Malta bans Sicilian anti-Mafia Senator for calling on Joseph Muscat to resign

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2017-10-21T23:23:09+02:00Sat, 21st Oct '17, 23:23|

The Maltese government has instructed the Italian government to drop Catanese Senator Mario Michele Giarruso from visiting Malta from Monday as part of a fact-finding mission of the Italian anti-mafia commission. Senator Mario Michele Giarruso called for Joseph Muscat's government's resignation for failing to protect the life of Daphne Caruana Galizia. And the Maltese government, [...]

Losing the trust of Europe

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2017-10-21T21:45:01+02:00Sat, 21st Oct '17, 21:45|

The picture of Malta in European chancelleries and in the corridors of Brussels is now changing. The shock of the bombing of a journalist in an EU member state has raised the attention of even the most inveterate sympathisers of Malta within the EU. Yesterday's Financial Times (the online edition is by subscription so I [...]

GUEST POST: Thoughts since she was taken from us

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2017-10-21T18:18:04+02:00Sat, 21st Oct '17, 18:18|

Thank you for continuing to share your thoughts and emotions at this time. We are finding solace in each other and out of despair perhaps hope will grow. Here are some reflections I received today. I am going through your many hundreds of messages and emails and I am sorry if sometimes it takes long [...]

LAWRENCE GONZI: It is the responsibility of all of us to do something about this sorry state of affairs.

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2017-10-21T15:28:44+02:00Sat, 21st Oct '17, 15:27|

Please read Lawrence Gonzi's article in today's The Times. We are orphans. We are bereft of leaders, deprived of guidance from our political class. Whether because they are impenetrable under their marble cloak of smug self-assurance or because they are shivering at the precipice of a political abyss, our politicians are unwilling or unable to [...]

Justice with change

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2017-10-21T13:48:39+02:00Sat, 21st Oct '17, 13:48|

Joseph Muscat offered to put down a million euro to reward information that leads to the conviction of those who pulled the trigger on the bomb that assassinated Daphne Caruana Galizia. His home affairs Minister said he gave the police a blank cheque to commit any resources they need to investigate her assassination. Matthew Caruana [...]

Unhelpful connections

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2017-10-20T22:52:29+02:00Fri, 20th Oct '17, 22:52|

In 2015 Daphne Caruana Galizia published a story about links between then Birkirkara FC player Fabrizio Miccoli and the Sicilian Mafia. At the time Daphne Caruana Galizia published the story, the President of Birkirkara FC was Adrian Delia, now leader of the Nationalist Party. The story has today been confirmed when Fabrizio Miccoli was sentenced by [...]

San Anton School in solidarity with alumni Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia

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2017-10-20T22:08:40+02:00Fri, 20th Oct '17, 20:40|

The Caruana Galizia boys went to San Anton School and the school has remembered them in their darkest hours and encouraged its students and parents, teachers, alumni and members of the school community to march before the Valletta demonstration this Sunday afternoon. It is encouraging to see educators lead by example and helping school children [...]

GUEST POST: The dystopian effect

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2017-10-20T20:06:42+02:00Fri, 20th Oct '17, 20:06|

This piece is by a former journalist working in Malta: Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination this week brought back memories of my time as a journalist. Time when following the publication of a report, I would get abusive and threatening phone calls… unsigned letters – sometimes incomprehensible and in broken Maltenglish – full of rude and [...]

UPDATED: Daphne’s assassination happened five years to the hour from John Dalli’s dismissal from the EU Commission

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2017-10-20T16:53:51+02:00Fri, 20th Oct '17, 13:02|

In the mid afternoon of 16 October 2012, the European Commission announced John Dalli's "resignation with immediate effect". Around two hours of the fact, after John Dalli by his own account had a few conversation with Joseph Muscat, that story broke in Malta at 17:13 by timesofmalta.com. Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in the mid [...]

UPDATED: They called her biċċa blogger

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2017-10-20T12:13:07+02:00Fri, 20th Oct '17, 11:53|

Adds link to background article of the original quote by Giancarlo Siani that inspired this cartoon. Here is a cartoon carried by Italian newspaper il manifesto in tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia on the front page of its edition of the 18th. I missed this in the droves of media coverage of this disaster that [...]

It takes a sportsman to teach dignity to politicians

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2017-10-20T11:24:28+02:00Fri, 20th Oct '17, 09:52|

Anyone who knows me knows I do not know the first thing about football. But I know enough to know that scoring a goal in a UEFA game is a moment of deserved pride and celebration. Andre Schembri showed more dignity and national pride than our self-absorbed politicians when instead of thinking of himself, he [...]