Proper banana republic (3)

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2021-07-02T10:20:55+02:00Fri, 2nd Jul '21, 10:20|

I’m full of sympathy for the cause of artists and performers who have been unable to earn a living throughout the covid pandemic and are still not allowed to perform in front of an audience of a reasonably economically viable scale. I share their frustration that some of the instructions by the health authorities about [...]

Proper banana republic (2)

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2021-07-02T11:06:32+02:00Fri, 2nd Jul '21, 09:54|

This one also goes out to the chest-beating patriots who think this would be paradise if only there weren’t any black people. Visual evidence has been published by search and rescue NGOs that shows the Libyan coast guard trained, and aboard infrastructure paid for, by the European Union ram a raft with migrants on board [...]

Proper banana republic (1)

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2021-07-02T09:34:15+02:00Fri, 2nd Jul '21, 09:33|

Maybe this one is for the chest-beating patriots who think this would be paradise if only there weren’t any black people. Two architects are found guilty by a court for not doing their job properly and causing as a result the death of a woman. It was hard enough in a place like this where [...]

GUEST POST: The responsibility of the independent media

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2021-07-01T19:05:49+02:00Thu, 1st Jul '21, 19:05|

When I refer to O&N (One & Net) I refer in very broad terms to all bodies and strategies which contribute to the outward faces of Malta’s major political parties. It is no secret that O&N continually fail the electorate by undermining its capacity to make informed choices about its own future. What might be [...]

GUEST POST: License to advise

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2021-07-01T17:25:36+02:00Thu, 1st Jul '21, 17:25|

Sent in by Gaius. Everyone needs someone qualified to assist them in a legal matter at some point in their life. One may require having their interests defended in Court, or they may require simple advice on a particular legal point. Whatever it may be, they rely on the qualifications and the professional standards of [...]

GUEST POST: Denial is not just a river in Egypt

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2021-07-01T17:15:16+02:00Thu, 1st Jul '21, 17:15|

The title is borrowed from Mark Twain. Last Wednesday, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published its decision to grey-list Malta, thus putting it on the same scale as Zimbabwe, Syria, Uganda and Sudan. Malta is the first member state of the European Union to be added to the money-laundering grey-list which could cause serious [...]

LONG READ: The purgatory of the unwanted

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2021-07-01T16:15:09+02:00Thu, 1st Jul '21, 16:15|

In November 2019, I wrote to Michael Farrugia, then minister for home affairs, asking to visit detention centres operated by the government to detain migrants. He ignored me. He was busy accusing Repubblika activists of sedition at the time. A few weeks later, a new prime minister moved him away and replaced him with Byron [...]

GUEST POST: A sunny place for shady characters

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2021-06-30T08:32:55+02:00Wed, 30th Jun '21, 08:32|

I held back from writing about the FATF’s decision to grey-list Malta because others, more competent and more qualified in the subject matter than I am or will ever be, have explained in detail and will no doubt further amplify what brought us to this point, what awaits us and how to mitigate what awaits [...]

PODCAST: Five wrong answers to the FATF

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2021-06-28T13:38:28+02:00Mon, 28th Jun '21, 13:38|

Manuel Delia · Five Wrong Answers To The FATF It’s hard to imagine reacting to the FATF grey-listing development in a worse manner than ignoring it or underestimating it. And yet, presumably because of the experience of Malta’s conduct since the yellow card was raised in 2019, that is exactly what the FATF expects us [...]

GUEST POST: Robert’s to do and not to do list

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2021-06-28T08:18:56+02:00Mon, 28th Jun '21, 08:18|

When corruption becomes a way of life, when all are convinced that fat cats would by hook or by crook, get whatever they wanted, even if that breached laws and regulations applicable to all, if sanctioning of blatant irregularities that should normally lead to criminal prosecution and administrative penalties becomes the norm, the rule of [...]

Lt. Col. Prison Director, GCMG testifies

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2021-06-25T15:04:37+02:00Fri, 25th Jun '21, 15:04|

Times of Malta reported Alex Dalli's testimony yesterday in the case I brought against the government for not letting me visit the prison and detention centres to assess allegations of living conditions. Reading the report you might get the impression that I asked to be given free rein around the prison grounds. I didn't. I [...]

The first strategic deficiency

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2021-06-25T14:47:54+02:00Fri, 25th Jun '21, 14:46|

Wednesday: The Financial Action Task Force puts Malta on the grey-list because the FATF is not convinced Malta is doing enough to fight money-laundering. Reportedly one of the most sceptical countries is the UK. Thursday: Prime Minister Robert Abela says he thinks the FATF's decision is “unjust” but will continue the dialogue with the FATF [...]

Another round of ‘Malta has come into the twilight’

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2021-06-25T11:54:01+02:00Fri, 25th Jun '21, 11:54|

The phrase is a literal translation from German. It's not the twilight of our life, because Malta will outlast the criminals of our generation. It's not the twilight zone, because however mad, the shit we swim in is real. It's the twilight of the sepulchre, the shady place where law is weak and trust and [...]

Blood oranges

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2021-06-25T11:27:37+02:00Fri, 25th Jun '21, 11:27|

Rosianne Cutajar and other gift-giving and food-distributing election candidates might have felt like they were getting a leg up from George Hyzler, the Commissioner for Standards, yesterday. Headlines all over the place picking what they were fed from the Commissioner’s conclusions left people with the impression that ‘Rosianne Cutajar had done nothing wrong’. Which, admittedly, [...]

Mintoff’s pupils

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2021-06-25T10:49:17+02:00Fri, 25th Jun '21, 10:49|

Mr Omar Debono is not a public figure as such. But what he wrote on Facebook and the position he occupies gives insight into the mindset of people in responsibility and of the poor chances we have with thinking like this of emerging from the quagmire they put us in. Omar Debono is one of [...]

So these are the people who will save us

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2021-06-25T07:47:17+02:00Fri, 25th Jun '21, 07:47|

'Mhux fair, ħi' sums up the official story about our grey-listing by the FATF. Many feared it, and many more groaned in pain when the news was confirmed. "We're fucked," was a much used phrase. The point is disaster does not happen when you fall in a hole. Disaster strikes when you realise that you're [...]

On migration and the public debate

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2021-06-24T17:33:47+02:00Thu, 24th Jun '21, 17:33|

This is a speech I delivered earlier today at the Crossroads Europe Conference on EU Migration and Asylum Policy and the Public Debate organised by the Union of European Federalists.   Thank you, Union of European Federalists for organising this important discussion today. As with every political question, the underlying determinant of how this political [...]

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