September 2017

Allegations that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s wife owned a mysterious offshore Panama company called Egrant triggered a general election three months ago.  Over 100 days since the election, many questions remain unanswered and – if anything – the whole situation has become murkier.  Lovin Malta had closely followed the Egrant case in the months before the election […]

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LONDON — Iceland will hold a national election on Oct. 28 after the governing coalition collapsed amid a scandal about a proposed pardon for a sex offender. President Gudni Johannesson said Monday it was clear there was no chance of forming a new government from the existing Parliament. Advertisement Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson resigned Saturday […]

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ISLAMABAD —  A by-election this week in Pakistan’s second-largest city, Lahore, shows undercurrents of change and possible upheaval in the ruling party that could impact general elections next year. A low voter turnout also suggests that governing and opposition parties alike have an uphill battle to sell their narratives to the public. Sunday’s election in […]

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Close Marina Walker Guevara will speak at the AMU Tuesday, Sept. 19. Photo courtesy of Marina Walker Guevara Marina Walker Guevara will speak at the AMU Tuesday, Sept. 19. Photo courtesy of Marina Walker Guevara Close Modal Window Marina Walker Guevara, deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and coordinator of the Panama […]

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The court has ruled that the appeal against a magistrate’s decision to launch an investigation into alleged money laundering by minister Konrad Mizzi and the prime minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri, amongst others, will be heard in public. Magistrate Ian Farrugia had decided there was enough prima facie evidence to launch an investigation, following […]

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In the decade since the financial crisis, public anger has simmered over the way rich individuals and corporations game the international financial system to avoid paying their fair share. In Britain, those ploys include the tax-minimization schemes of companies like Starbucks and Amazon and are symbolized by the corrupt officials — Nigerian ministers, ex-Soviet insiders, […]

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Iceland will hold a national election on Oct. 28 after the governing coalition collapsed amid a scandal about a proposed pardon for a sex offender. President Gudni Th. Johannesson said Monday it was clear there was no chance of forming a new government from the existing parliament. Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson resigned Saturday after one […]

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Updated 12.30pm – Added video An appeal against a magistrate’s decision to investigate whether Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri broke money laundering laws will be heard in public, Mr Justice Antonio Mizzi ruled this morning. The investigation was ordered in light of Panama Papers revelations about the secret companies in Panama opened by Mr Mizzi […]

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Simon Busuttil’s tenure as PN leader has come to an end after four years characterised by a dogged campaign against corrupt government but which ended with a massive defeat at the polls. What did he do right? Where did he go wrong? Jacob Borg and Keith Micallef sought the view of political commentators. ‘Crusader who […]

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picks@whowhatwhy.org. Single-Payer Movement Shows: Life After Trump May Not Suck (Jimmy) Matt Taibbi writes, “In the pre-Trump universe, a Medicare-for-all bill would have had no chance of passage. But now that the hated Trump has come out against it, and moreover since Democrats were forced to argue during the Trumpcare debate that leaving people uncovered […]

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Addressing Corruption with Clarity By Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, September 18, 2017 September 18, 2017 Introduction Thank you, Norm, for your generous introduction and for helping organize today’s forum. My thanks go as well to the Brookings Institution, the IFC, and the Partnership for Transparency Fund — in particular Frank […]

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