October 2017

Former Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit investigator Jonathan Ferris was fired in June. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier. The Board of Governors of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit said today that court applications filed last week followed its collective decision and not only that of the Attorney General, who is its chairman. Times of Malta reported last […]

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A few hundred meters from the home of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in the field where the flaming wreckage of her car landed after being blown off the road by an assassin’s bomb, a plastic pen is stuck into the ground near a Maltese flag. A hand-written note among bunches of flowers nearby […]

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Aside from the human tragedy of a family being left without a mother and wife, the murder of a journalist within an EU member state has led to shock and disgust. Located in the city’s European Quarter, just a few miles from Strasbourg’s historic old town, the five buildings that comprise the official seat of […]

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Icelanders, angry over a string of political scandals, ousted the centre-right government in an election that could pave the way for a young charismatic opposition leader to form a left-leaning coalition, final vote counts showed on Sunday. With the defeat of incumbent Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson‘s coalition government, his main opponent, the Left-Green Movement’s Katrin […]

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Icelanders voted in a close general election on Saturday marked by deep distrust of the scandal-hit political class despite a thriving economy, with the left hoping to oust the conservative prime minister Bjarni Benediktsson. Polls closed at 9pm local time (10pm GMT) with the final results not expected until Sunday morning. But efforts to form […]

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On Friday, while prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert Mueller, obtained their first grand-jury indictments in their investigation of potential collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia, the President of the United States was busy gaslighting. Trump tweeted, of course, that “It is now commonly agreed, after many months of COSTLY looking, that there […]

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Iceland saw its economy collapse in the 2008 global financial crisis when its inflated financial system imploded, plunging the country into a deep recession. The country’s three main banks failed and the government urgently nationalised them. Iceland became the first western European country in 25 years to ask the International Monetary Fund for a bailout, […]

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Iceland votes in a second snap election in just a year on Saturday as several scandals have caused a distrust in the political elite despite a thriving economy triggered by booming tourism. Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson of the conservative Independence Party called the vote last month after a junior member of the three-party centre-right coalition […]

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By Ilker Girit ISTANBUL Iceland, an isolated Nordic island nation widely known as a calm county, is going to experience another snap election on Saturday after a shocking coalition government collapse last month. The country’s last parliamentary poll was held in October last year — another snap election — after the then-prime minister was forced […]

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Author: Farooq Yousaf, University of Newcastle When the Supreme Court of Pakistan removed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from office on 28 July this year as a result of the leaked Panama Papers, many believed that the process of ‘accountability for the rich and influential’ was finally on track. Political commentators expected Sharif to be […]

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Attorney General Peter Grech will not resign from his post, telling The Malta Independent that a only two-thirds parliamentary majority can remove him from his position. Grech was asked about the possibility of a resignation following Civil Society Network’s calls at the end of Sunday’s demonstration for his removal and the removal of the police […]

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