Maltese people the USA is considering for sanctions

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2018-01-30T16:25:43+01:00Tue, 30th Jan '18, 16:25|

Lovin' Malta spots three Maltese citizens on a US Treasury list of Putinite oligarchs. They are Russian born. Their business interests are in Russia. To all intends and purposes the adjective Russian would not be inaccurate to describe them. But Arkady Volozh, Boris Mints, Alexander Natanovich Nesis are Maltese. Read some background about them on Tim [...]

MAM doctors take care of your health

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2018-01-30T09:53:44+01:00Tue, 30th Jan '18, 09:53|

The doctors’ union’s decision to take some form of action in protest at the transfer of three of our hospitals to an American for-profit business we do not know, is as justified as they come. Obviously they will get more than their fair share of venom from the Labour controlled media and from a big [...]

Illogical neutrality

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2018-01-29T23:15:47+01:00Mon, 29th Jan '18, 23:15|

Logic is truly optional in the running of this country. Jose’ Herrera thinks he’s being nice and caring when he says his office is paying some spare cash for the good of the Majjistral Park so NGOs who run it can stop moaning about extended hunting hours in the reserve that is supposed to protect [...]

The discouraging investment argument

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2018-01-29T17:31:57+01:00Mon, 29th Jan '18, 17:31|

For a so called democracy we sure have plenty of sacred cows we are warned not to step on. Today we're reminded of that cow named "discouraging investment". This is the mortal sin the opposition was accused of today for daring to remind the government that Vitals Health Group had made a pile of commitments [...]

Time for another quick coffee at the Betsson canteen

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2018-01-29T16:23:54+01:00Mon, 29th Jan '18, 16:23|

It was only the third day in the life of this blog. The prime minister, newly confirmed after the July election, had not yet even formed a Cabinet. He rushed to Ta' Xbiex in a publicity stunt aimed at stunting the PN's pre-electoral argument that his re-election was a threat to the financial services and [...]

Silvio Valletta agrees he’s a Politically Exposed Person investigating Politically Exposed Persons

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2018-01-29T11:07:29+01:00Mon, 29th Jan '18, 11:07|

Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta in court today confirmed the investigations into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia are still underway. He agreed with lawyer Jason Azzopardi, appearing for the Caruana Galizia family, that the three persons accused of homicide are the executors of the crime but the search for those who commissioned it is [...]

Uncomfortably numb

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2018-01-28T12:17:56+01:00Sun, 28th Jan '18, 12:17|

I walked down through the crowd at the feast of St Paul yesterday in Valletta. I struck up a few conversations. As conversations in festas go, none of them where about pauline theology. We talked politics and the current state of play. And the hopeless state of the PN right now when it should be [...]

Trusting the Force

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2018-01-27T21:13:07+01:00Sat, 27th Jan '18, 21:13|

Not a Jedi moment. The episode this week of a police officer caught smuggling people in breach of border rules at the airport is an inevitable warning. It is also an inevitable consequence. The government's decision to engage, promote and re-instate people with criminal records in the police force was never a good idea. There [...]

Strasbourg journalists protection platform lists Cyprus arrest warrant on Pilatus whistleblower as threat to media freedom

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2018-01-27T16:11:25+01:00Sat, 27th Jan '18, 16:11|

The Council of Europe's platform for the protection of journalists and media freedom raised an alert of a "state act having chilling affects on media freedom" after Cyprus issues an arrest warrant on Maria Efimova after a complaint from a former employer. An alert on the Council of Europe's platforms is raised when a partner [...]

Pilatus filed lawsuit in the USA against Daphne Caruana Galizia. She never knew.

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2018-01-27T09:05:03+01:00Fri, 26th Jan '18, 22:38|

Pilatus Bank threatened The Malta Independent, Malta Today and The Times with prohibitive SLAPP law-suits filed in the United States the publications would not even afford to respond to. Appearing in your own defense and engaging lawyers in the United States is more than any news organisation in Malta could afford. Under that pressure, all [...]

Fl-aqwa żmien, a 7 year old girl starved to death

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2018-01-26T19:06:42+01:00Fri, 26th Jan '18, 19:06|

The gut reaction would be "not to politicise a tragedy". The government reminds everyone that it is undignified to exploit the death of someone and the terrible tragedy that struck a family to score political points. And the rest of us murmur agreement that these things cannot be helped and it is unseemly to blame [...]

Owen’s real picture of Malta

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2018-01-25T22:30:45+01:00Thu, 25th Jan '18, 22:22|

After Etienne Grech's toe-curling performance at the Council of Europe, Malta's government deployed Owen Bonnici as its champion at the European Parliament's committee meeting reviewing the rule of law report the EP delegates prepared. As the diva would say, she can sing it beautifully but if the song is bad no one will like it [...]

More Buttardi oddities

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2018-01-24T23:08:51+01:00Wed, 24th Jan '18, 22:39|

Yesterday I reported how an online business that appears to be dormant, www.buttardi.com, is reported on Zoominfo to generate revenues of 2.4 million US dollars. This would be suspicious for any tax authority in any case, but is especially problematic since Buttardi clearly belongs, at least in part, to Michelle Muscat, the prime minister's wife, [...]

UK Commons motion marks 100 days since Daphne Caruana Galizia killing: calls for international oversight

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2018-01-24T20:02:14+01:00Wed, 24th Jan '18, 10:21|

Worldwide calls for international oversight of the investigations into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia are coming from every direction now. The UK House of Commons is considering a motion tabled by 4 MPs from 4 different political parties that "urges the international community to ensure full oversight of the investigation". The MPs tabling the [...]

Is Buttardi still in business?

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2018-01-24T00:15:45+01:00Wed, 24th Jan '18, 00:15|

On-line and retail jeweller Buttardi, reputedly co-owned by the prime minister’s wife Michelle Muscat and her partner Michelle Buttigieg, appears unwilling to sell any of its produce. Their main means of commerce is website www.buttardi.com. The site’s own credits say it was designed in 2012 and it does look like it comes from another internet [...]

114 European MPs call for monitoring of investigations into Daphne Caruana Galizia killing

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2018-01-23T23:14:21+01:00Tue, 23rd Jan '18, 23:14|

114 members of parliaments from across all of Europe and across all political groupings signed a motion for a resolution of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe demanding international monitoring of the investigations after the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Motions presented to the assembly are typically supported by 20 to 30 members. [...]

Elegance and Uniqueness

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2018-01-23T13:48:54+01:00Tue, 23rd Jan '18, 13:48|

Buy yourself or your loved one something a little special. Visit now www.buttardi.com. No, really, do it. "Our Designs can be perceived in different ways, but our Mission is to make a Statement." Play that quote from their website in your head as you push 'Pay' after entering your credit card details. Do please try [...]

A New York apartment

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2018-01-22T21:15:45+01:00Mon, 22nd Jan '18, 21:15|

On 8 April 2015, Michelle Buttigieg, and her husband William, bought property Unit 1E, a single residential unit in 402 East 74th Street, New York. The purchase was registered in September 2015 showing a purchase price of 790,000 US Dollars. The purchase was secured in view of a mortgage granted to Michelle Buttigieg and her [...]

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