Smile whether you like it or not. The party in Valletta has started.

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2018-01-19T22:13:03+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 22:13|

No doubt there will be a splendiferous, neck-cracking, jaw-aching, retina-burning, ear-drum-shattering spectacle at the opening of the Valletta Capital of Culture festival and may the thousands that will flock to it have a great time. There's always the risk of conflating culture with spectacle but the program is long and intense and the variety wide [...]

Council of Europe Assembly asked to monitor investigations into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2018-01-19T21:35:38+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 21:35|

Members of  national parliaments from 47 European countries meeting in Strasbourg in the next few weeks will be receiving appeals from several individuals and organisations asking for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to appoint a special rapporteur to monitor the murder investigation, investigate the broader circumstances surrounding Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death, and [...]

Cypriot media saying Maria Efimova is wanted for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killing

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2018-01-19T21:02:51+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 21:02|

Sections of the Cypriot media are now connecting Pilatus Bank whistle-blower Maria Efimova with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The outrageous notion was reported today by Cypriot news sites SigmaLive.com, Offsite.com.cy, Kathimerini.com.cy and 24sports.com.cy. I discussed this reporting with Cyprus Business Mail journalist Stelios Orphanides who told me “some Cypriot media are owned by [...]

INTERPOL’s public records show no arrest warrant requests for Maria Efimova

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2018-01-19T08:10:33+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 08:10|

Requests made to Interpol for the international arrest of fugitives sought by member countries are published on their website. It shows pictures of drug lords and terrorists, child abductors and slavers, and all sorts of unsavoury characters. But running a search for warrants requested by Malta and Cyprus, and a search for all the Marias [...]

They want to crush the right of protest

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2018-01-19T08:03:26+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 08:03|

The makeshift memorial for Daphne Caruana Galizia around the Great Siege Memorial in Valletta is the target of the hive of Labour trolls who believe it should now be 'cleaned up'. Look, by way of example, at the tactful Emanuel Cuschieri who dares to call others 'hate bloggers' when he is probably  individually most responsible [...]

The SLAPPers are slapped

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2018-01-19T10:03:40+01:00Fri, 19th Jan '18, 07:28|

Pilatus Bank have been trawling the specialist press on a saccharine self-promotion exercise mouthing inanities about transparency, ethical banking and compliance intended, without irony, to present this boutique launderette as the paragon of monetised virtue. They must be acting on some primordial advice from some pre-google manual of self-help public relations. Industry journal bankingexchange.com published [...]

“A sunny place for shady people”

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2018-01-18T12:25:02+01:00Thu, 18th Jan '18, 12:25|

The Catholic Herald marks 3 months from Daphne's killing. "The last three months have not just put Daphne in the spotlight, they have also put the island of Malta under the microscope. Before now the smallest EU nation was but infrequently in the news; now it is regarded as a 'sunny place for shady people', [...]

GUEST POST: A successful year for traitors

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2018-01-17T10:35:45+01:00Wed, 17th Jan '18, 10:35|

By Benjamin Dalli of activist NGO Awturi: Government cronies have been praising the past year as a year of successes. I’d like to know what they’re smoking. It would be a lie to say the government did not have a road map. Saying otherwise would undermine the power of Joseph Muscat’s budding cult regime. Naturally, [...]

Not Joseph’s best day

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2018-01-17T10:33:49+01:00Wed, 17th Jan '18, 10:19|

Canadian Professor Marc Edge recently reviewed for Newsbook Joseph Muscat's performance on the BBC Newsnight interview with John Sweeney. He said he was shocked by the appalling performance. Anyone outside the country not wearing the blinkers that fit us so tightly here, will have found Malta's prime minister untrustworthy. And that's being nice. Marc Edge [...]

The Cyprus connection

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2018-01-17T09:21:56+01:00Wed, 17th Jan '18, 09:21|

Timesofmalta.com (not the printed paper) this morning reports: “arrest warrant for Russian whistleblower issued in Cyprus – reports. She is being accused of stealing from a company she worked for four years ago”. The Times is covering a piece on the Cyprus Business Mail though it does not link to it. The link is here. [...]

3 months later

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2018-01-16T22:14:56+01:00Tue, 16th Jan '18, 22:14|

A small group of like-minded people met today in front of the improvised memorial for Daphne Caruana Galizia on the third month since she was assassinated. I said a few words: Dear friends, We often remind our politicians of their duties, particularly when they neglect them. But if we stop thinking of our own duties, [...]

LISTEN: The Efimova Tapes – 4 (updated with transcript)

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2018-01-17T08:45:25+01:00Tue, 16th Jan '18, 16:49|

My interview with Pilatus Bank eye-witness Maria Efimova continues today. Yesterday's extract ended with Maria Efimova speaking on how a Maltese political person engaged private detectives in Russia to dig up her background and harass her father. Today she continues to describe more harassment she has suffered and how some of it did not quite [...]

Andrew Borg Cardona on Rizzo nomination: valid or not? (The Shift News)

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2018-01-16T16:41:41+01:00Tue, 16th Jan '18, 16:00|

Yesterday the government confirmed the opposition's nomination of John Rizzo to the Commission against Corruption. Before that happened I commented that though the candidate was eminently qualified, his nomination may have been outside the intentions of the law. To be fair I was rather more categorical than that suggesting that my reading of the law, [...]

International NGOs in London vigil for Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2018-01-17T10:31:01+01:00Tue, 16th Jan '18, 15:42|

Correction (17/01/2018 09:30). The below report states that MSP James Dornan spoke at the London event. In fact he issued a statement from his Scotland office. The error is regretted. Reporters Without Borders, English PEN, the Committee to Protect Journalists, ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship met in front of Malta's High Commission in London to demand [...]

Where treason lies

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2018-01-16T11:59:16+01:00Tue, 16th Jan '18, 11:59|

The extent of the VGH scandal is so massive that it has reached the point where the implications are almost ungraspable. There’s a point where things go beyond the understanding of daily lives. When someone does not hope to earn more than 700,000 euro their entire working life, the difference between 10 million and a [...]

Socialist MEP urges party to “stop protecting” Joseph Muscat

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2018-01-16T09:50:52+01:00Tue, 16th Jan '18, 09:50|

In a tweet last night Socialist MEP Ana Gomes who led the European Parliament delegation to Malta investigating rule of law compared Joseph Muscat with Hungary's Victor Orban and stated unlike the EPP who protects Orban as a member of the family, European Socialists should stop protecting Joseph Muscat. That is also, unfortunately, my own [...]

There’s no freedom without justice

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2018-01-16T03:36:08+01:00Tue, 16th Jan '18, 04:00|

The following is an #occupyjustice press statement in view of their action three months from the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Three months to the day of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, #occupyjustice dressed up the main monuments dotting the island – including the statues of Dom Mintoff, Guido de Marco  and Sir [...]

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