European Capital of Real Culture: Leeuwarden changes its program to screen “Daphne: The Execution” movie

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2018-05-02T12:19:31+02:00Wed, 2nd May '18, 12:19|

Valletta's sister European Capital of Culture 2018 is teaching a lesson to the philistine failed gardeners running Valletta's program on what a self-respecting city should do when a journalist is killed. Leeuwarden has changed its cultural calendar to screen the film "Daphne: The Execution" by Carlo Bonini and Giuliano Foschini first screened in Malta a [...]

Tagħnalkoll photographer assigned to Brussels for Malta’s Presidency still there a year later

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2018-05-02T10:12:53+02:00Wed, 2nd May '18, 10:12|

Why does Malta's Brussels embassy need a full-time photographer assigned to it? Normally you'd think it wouldn't. But you would make an exception for the 6-month rotating Presidency when the calendar of photo-ops is busier than usual and hiring in freelancers might prove more expensive than giving someone a 6-month contract. That is what Dar [...]

Another Pulizija Laburist: Brother of the original lands seat in Labour Party executive

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2018-05-02T09:56:13+02:00Wed, 2nd May '18, 09:52|

Some months ago I discussed at some length that chilling phrase ‘Pulizija Laburist’. With time it’s acquiring an even more ominous meaning. Toni Abela, then Deputy Leader of the Partit Laburista, knew of drug trafficking from a property of the party. To avoid embarrassment he sought a “pulizija Laburist” to cover the matter up. That [...]

Alleged Russian agent Chris Chandler opened Pilatus account with US$ 5 M after introduction by Brian Tonna

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2018-05-02T09:36:08+02:00Wed, 2nd May '18, 09:27|

The story of billionnaire Christopher Chandler and the news from the UK Parliament yesterday that Chandler was allegedly connected to Russian espionage might seem like a cold war spy story the Maltese can watch from their safe neutral distance. But it is not. Christopher Chandler is Maltese. So rephrase that headline in your head now. [...]

GUEST POST: Nostalgia of a Maltese migrant

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2018-05-02T10:19:02+02:00Wed, 2nd May '18, 09:02|

Around a fifth of this website's readership is from outside Malta. Most of those readers are Maltese people who made a home elsewhere. Their affection for the home country is tied to the memories of when they left it and they read of what is happening here now with a mix of fascination, horror, guilt, [...]

GUEST POST: Quote, unquote

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2018-05-02T10:14:51+02:00Wed, 2nd May '18, 08:45|

By Andrew Borg-Cardona (I M Beck as was): Of late, I have been tending to ignore Martin Scicluna, octogenarian columnist with the Times. His pieces spew forth an opinion that is so self-serving that annoyance sets in quickly, which is not conducive to my well-being. The man has a right to his opinion and to [...]

Two leaders, and an elephant ignored

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2018-05-01T22:14:20+02:00Tue, 1st May '18, 20:54|

When the rest of the world thinks of Malta it thinks of how corruption and crime have infiltrated politics in a country they thought was a model European democracy. They think of how freedom of speech has been slashed in a country where they thought rights would be irreducible. They think of how we sell [...]

GUEST POST: To those getting ready to go to Valletta

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2018-05-01T10:20:26+02:00Tue, 1st May '18, 10:20|

By Patricia Mifsud A short message addressed to those among us who are planning to attend the rally this afternoon Please, follow your conscience. Do you really believe that the way Joseph Muscat is leading the country is ethical? Do you really believe that Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi are justified in not resigning at [...]

The mole within

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2018-04-30T21:12:25+02:00Mon, 30th Apr '18, 21:05|

Jason Azzopardi this evening in Parliament revealed the name of the police officer who is suspected by senior police staff to have tipped off the Degiorgios ahead of their arrest presumably to give them sufficient notice to dispose of evidence prior to their arrest. Alfred and George Degiorgio together with Vince Cassar are alleged to [...]

GUEST POST: Helplessness

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2018-04-30T10:03:39+02:00Mon, 30th Apr '18, 10:03|

By an anonymous author known to me: One gets the impression that the indifference of the opponents of this regime's iron-fist rule and non-observance of the rule of law, is not only by the official Opposition but by and large, by the general public as well. There was a time when what later turned out [...]

While thousands marched …

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2018-04-30T08:52:34+02:00Mon, 30th Apr '18, 08:52|

While the protest to demand truth was ongoing in upper Republic Street a few paused to reflect on truth's great champion. We owe her so much and yet we cannot repay her.

The world is watching

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2018-04-30T07:32:02+02:00Mon, 30th Apr '18, 07:32|

"Malta rallies against state corruption". That headline on The Guardian does not only make civil society activists who called yesterday's march proud, though I can testify to the fact that it does do that. That headline makes everyone in Malta except those personally profiting from corruption proud. This is how we save face from the [...]

Message from Maria Efimova

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2018-05-02T10:15:56+02:00Mon, 30th Apr '18, 07:19|

The following message was sent yesterday to the civil society Action for Justice and Truth called by #occupyjustice and Awturi. A transcript follows: https://youtu.be/h2mzG1beBNs Transcript: Dear #occupyjustice, Awturi and all of you who have joined them today, It is a great honour for me to address you. I would sincerely wish to be present personally. [...]

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