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 [...]
My guest poster today is my own wife, Clemence who had to travel from the island and is kicking herself for missing this afternoon's march demanding justice after Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination. Today I will not be able to make it to the protest because I am abroad. But if any of you are still [...]
"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.
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.
We are losing the trust of Europeans. But we are losing the trust of Libyans as well. When Dom Mintoff presented Malta as some Mediterranean honest broker, bridging north and south, the North sniggered. There was nothing honest about Malta's brokering. It was a colony of Mu'ammar Ghaddafi. Years of patient diplomacy changed that. The [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
As the Pope stuck to the script of sorrow and blessing in his letter to the Archbishop, the Catholic Herald editorialised rather more harshly. It is not so much an obituary for Daphne Caruana Galizia as one for Malta itself. The UK catholic magazine compared Daphne Caruana Galizia to Elijah, the only prophet of truth [...]
UPDATED: Daphne’s assassination happened five years to the hour from John Dalli’s dismissal from the EU Commission
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 [...]
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's been four days since Daphne Caruana Galizia's last post and so many report going back to her website as an online memorial to her. The below is from one of her regular readers. It is a painful privilege for me that he choose this website to write to her from. But he writes on behalf [...]
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 [...]
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When the Chief Justice spoke two weeks ago, he warned us not to expect justice if the executive does not do its job of arraigning and vigorously prosecuting criminals for due judgement. For him to come so far, it must have been agonising. No branch of the government can flourish on any lack of confidence [...]