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I hear that Zayid Hadiyah, Chairman of #Libya’s House of Reps' Oversight Cmte, is accusing #Serraj’s Brotherhood-aligned gov’t of buying weapons from #Iran. Meanwhile, I’ve seen other accusations that #Haftar‘s being backed by #Russia, #France, & even tacitly by the US.
#FogOfWar
… again, at the center of this conflict is something that isn’t being covered: the Central Bank of #Libya (#CBL), the fiscal agent/fiduciary custodian of the Libyan Investment Authority (#LIA) — a multi-billion dollar fund whose assets are partially frozen — and who controls it.
… the Central Bank of #Libya & the #Malta-HQ’d Libyan Investment Authority have both been accused of backing terrorists at different times. As long as this war over the #CBL & #LIA rages, the fighting will continue. We need transparent multinational audits of both organizations.
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As #espionage & #Eurovision coincide, here's #Albania the 1st finalist in this #history thread.
(Also for my #Australia readers seeking relief from #ausvotes as you start your Saturday, it's impressive you convinced them your continent counts 😎)
Next: #Азербайджан #Евровизија
For #Eurovision #Азербайджан and #Spying studies, here's an article from @warisboring about Azeri #aviation being well-placed to use my #Soviet favourite (Foxbat) to work #intelligence against my #USAF (Blackbird).
Zoom zoom 😎💕

nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/spyp…
Next up for #Eurovision finalists with an #espionage twist is #Denmark, whose #Spying #Police (PET) scored a serious scoop in turning Colonel Oleg Gordievsky, the #Russian rezident (lead KGB controller), which later inspired actual #JamesBond plot points:
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/m…
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#Censorship - #Zensur:
- #NetzDG
- #Uploadfilter (#Article13, #Article17 will be used to filter out opinions!)
- New #Internet-#Filter in #Russia (this week)

#Journalists: Killed or prosecuted:
- #Khashoggi
- #DaphneGalizia (#Malta)
- #Assange
#WorldPressFreedomDay
2. #WorldPressFreedomDay - Russian #Journalists killed just in 2018:
- #MaksimBorodin (reports on RUS mercenaries in Syria)
- #DenisSuvorov
- #SergeiGrachyov
- #YegorOrlov

#FreePress #Russia #Putin
3. #WorldPressFreedomDay - Russian #Journalists killed just in 2017:
- #YevgenyKhamaganov
- #NikolayAndrushchenko (like many beaten to death)
- #DmitryPopkov (shot after report on police corruption)
- #AndreyRuskov

#FreePress #Russia #Putin
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1. «Caruana Galizia [@mcaruanagalizia] also used the occasion to call for a change in Malta’s libel laws, so that the burden of proof doesn’t rest entirely with the journalists being sued for libel.»

#DaphneCaruanaGalizia #Malta #JournalismIsNotACrime

bit.ly/2BElxrP
2. «“For example, all my mother’s libels have now been passed on to her heirs, but the magistrate and plaintiffs know we cannot produce the key witness, because she has been killed."» bit.ly/2BElxrP #DaphneCaruanaGalizia
3.«“Because of this, under Maltese law, we will lose the cases upon default because the burden of proof is on us.”.“The plaintiff need present no evidence, just file an application without any evidence and they’ll win by default.This is the structural problem with Malta's (...)"»
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1. @gulnozas: "Our main goal at CPJ [Committee to Protect Journalists] is that the masterminds are named and brought to justice. We believe that the independent inquiry into the case would help to achieve that goal." #DaphneCaruanaGalizia @pressfreedom

2. @gulnozas: "Unfortunately, we haven´t seen any political will on the side of the Maltese authorities, including the prime minister, to start such an independent investigation." #Malta #JosephMuscat

3. @gulnozas: "The prime minister Muscat continues with the defamation lawsuit against Daphne, despite the fact that she hasn´t been alive for a long time. The case is now against her son, who is also an investigative journalist, Matthew Caruana Galizia". @mcaruanagalizia
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People really need to focus because there is a scheme underway in #Malta to bury two crimes. These crimes go all the way to Castille. Ignore the noise that @MaltaGov & @PL_Malta have become so adept at creating & focus.

Naturally these relate to @keithaschembri 1/
Besides the high profile #17Black & #Egrant, there are 2 magisterial inquiries meant to be underway. They have been underway now for just under 2 years & there is no reason why they should be taking so long other than due to interference & behind the scenes efforts @ burying 2/
Which inquiries & crimes are these?

- Kickbacks in relation to the sale of #GoldenPassports from Brian Tonna to Keith Schembri via Pilatus Bank
- Kickbacks & laundering of proceeds paid to Adrian Hillman by Schembri the disgraced & planted ex-head of Times of Malta 3/
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“I came to the issue of vexatious defamation suits including #SLAPPs following the assassination of #DaphneCaruanaGalizia when we noticed the disappearance of news stories about #Pilatus bank - which she was investigating - from news websites in Malta,”
@JustinBBarthet
Many news outlets, threatened with potentially ruinous vexatious lawsuits by Pilatus through their London law firms, had removed this content.
The practice of #SLAPPs circumvents due legal process and effectively silences media reporting where the client has enough money to pay London law firms to make these threats. It fundamentally undermines any right to a fair trial.
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“Collaborative journalism projects like the #DaphneProject send a strong message to the enemies of transparency and the free press:

Even if you kill the messenger, you cannot kill the message,”

@laurentrichard0
#TheDapheProject
#JusticeForDaphne #UNCOVERED #IJ4EU
“The .@MaltaGov refused 40 requests for interviews from the #DaphneProject. This is unacceptable from an EU member state,” @laurentrichard0.

We recently highlighted the lack of media access to .@JosephMuscat_JM & his cabinet in our joint mission report: pen-international.org/news/maltas-au…
“It is essential that the EU ensure all MS are fulfilling their obligations & put additional pressure on #Malta to uphold media freedom by insisting.@JosephMuscat_JM & his cabinet grant access to critical journalists & respond to #FOIA requests,” @laurentrichard0
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A good read. Yet there’s more & this explains @MaltaGov’s hold on the judiciary.

Over the past 5 years the bench has been stuffed with @PL_Malta cronies including ex-electoral candidates.

Yet there’s more. 1/

theshiftnews.com/2019/01/30/und…
We also discover that the Commission for the Administration of Justice, the body that can discipline judges, magistrates & lawyers, is effectively captured. Worse the lawyer who often handles these types of cases defending @MaltaGov members, actually sits on that Commission. 2/
A judge or magistrate hearing a case against @MaltaGov members or those protected by same including those revolving around #PanamaPapers, will have this person appearing in front of him or her. The same person who along with his motley crew can discipline him or her. 3/
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Perfectly normal reaction by senior officials within @MaltaGov (particularly OPM) to a minor court decision shuttering a further avenue for investigation into #PanamaPapers on technical grounds.

The #ruleoflaw in #Malta is fine and there is no #disinformation or spin whatsoever.
Case in point: @anticorruption’s plummeting ranking is also blamed:
Case in point: @VeniceComm's concerns over rule of law are evidently based on one person (previously Daphne, now someone else who dares call them a crook).

Also interesting how impossible threshold for courts is implicitly being dictated: independent.com.mt/articles/2019-…
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.@maltatoday seems to be finding some of its stories right off a @PL_Malta propagandist’s Facebook page.

Quite sad really to boast that, after its bludgeoning for lack of #AML enforcement, #Malta wasn’t incl in @EU_Commission’s latest round re: AMLD4 transposition 1/
The source “warnings notice” by @EU_Commission -> europa.eu/rapid/press-re… (scroll down)

It also ignores that #Malta also (besides reasoned opinions & warnings from EC & ECB etc on wider matters) got the same AMLD4 transposition warning in July 18 -> ec.europa.eu/commission/com… 2/
But hey if you’re desperate for “positive” news why let reality or journalistic honesty dampen your agenda, right? 3/
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Ok i am going to expose the biggest NGO #IsraAID Keep looking at updates!
#IsraAID Has Social media accounts on #Facebook, #Twitter Their Headquarters is located at Tel Aviv in #Israel

Site: israaid.org
Facebook: facebook.com/israaid/
Twitter: twitter.com/israaid?lang=en
Wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IsraAid
#IsraAID Is being pertnered and donated by many Jewish foundations located in #Israel.
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With @ONE_news_Malta’s latest lie about @occupyjusticema and the non-existent “Erika Mizzi”, @PL_Malta & @MaltaGov launch yet another assault against this civil society group. First it was “political links”, then it was “dirtying monuments”, then “violence”, then “hate”... 1/
This latest one now goes for a toxic line of querying funding source / donations.

Very Orbán in Hungary or Law and Justice in Poland.

one.com.mt/news/2019/01/0…

liberties.eu/en/news/poland…

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But what’s even cuter is when members of the “Kap Retweeters” relish it.

So we have @Pl_Malta point it’s fingers at civil society for the planted head of the opposition’s marital woes, who with his back against the wall joins their narrative. Now I guess we have phase 2.

3/
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You realise there’s something rotten in the state of #Malta when a political party in government starts turning its guns on critical private citizens. Essentially wearing down dissenters. Here’s an example. 1/
First an MP @RosianneCutajar singles out a comment by a private citizen, Godfrey, for a comment on social media criticising her shenanigans in parliament including booing at opposition members or giving speeches rubbishing a murdered journalist 2/
He says she’s essentially acting like a fishwife in parliament. What does Rosianne do? She sues for libel for being called that twisting its idiomatic meaning into her being called a “whore” (a dictionary ended that) 3/
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It's that time of the year again. #Malta list of new "citizens" (#GoldenPassports for 2017) published, all sorted by first name (not surname) & jumbled with non-IIP citizens: gov.mt/en/Government/…

This is the list as a sortable & searchable spreadsheet: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
Some names worth looking into following a quick PEP / Sanctions check:

1/ Abdul Dawood & family - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Raz… or kenyanlife.com/abdul-rahim-da…
2/ Michael James Tomlinson
3/ David Hamilton
4/ Mohammadu Adamu - nassnig.org/mp/profile/742
5/ Sergey Vladimirovich Ivanov - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Iv…
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In case anyone is wondering what to get @RosianneCutajar for Christmas, I’d recommend (a) a couple of solid dictionaries, (b) a treatise (preferably in very simple & plain language) on the role of dictionaries & (c) a reality check as a stocking filler. 1/
Here’s @RosianneCutajar. Rosianne is a tool (not a particularly sharp one) in Muscat’s toolkit that he whips out for comic relief / sympathy / distraction.

An insidious circus sideshow. This is her latest advertorial “opinion piece” in the ever obliging MaltaToday 2/
Rosianne has a past which she is somewhat ashamed of. Which is fine, we all did stupid stuff 3/
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1/ @MaltaGov doesn’t really have a choice

2/ @VeniceComm was asked by @coe for opinion to assess whether #Malta should be added to the “bad boy” list (hence #1)

3/ perspective- left to its own devices @MaltaGov thinks a shrine to a murdered journalist is a threat to #ruleoflaw
Here’s the Minister of Justice of #Malta referring to #DaphneCaruanaGalizia’s memorial as a threat to the rule of law: maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/…
Here’s a bunch of other disinformation by @MaltaGov about the state of the #RuleofLaw in Malta: theshiftnews.com/2018/09/02/dis…
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Thread: #Valletta2018 was an international cultural & moral catastrophe, demonstrating the complete lack of accountability with which the @MaltaGov operates.
.@JasonMicallefPL Chairman of Valletta2018, tasked with promoting culture & media freedom, repeatedly and publicly attacked and ridiculed assassinated journalist #DaphneCaruanaGalizia on social media & ordered the removal of banners calling for justice for her murder.
On the 6 month anniversary of the assassination #DaphneCaruanaGalizia, @pen_int & + 250 writers led by .@MargaretAtwood & .@Elif_Safak wrote an open letter to .@TimmermansEU to protest the actions of .@JasonMicallefPL & call for his resignation: tinyurl.com/ybhspzuw
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Naturally, #Malta's phony regulator of the Henley #GoldenPassports Scheme recommends removing the one source of scrutiny of the programme by the fourth estate - publication of names.

Just one of the gems in the latest report by the IIP "Regulator": oriip.gov.mt/en/Documents/R…
Other gems include:

1/ The regulator grumbling that banks are treating the scheme and its dodgy applicants as high risk for money laundering:
2/ The bulk of applicants are Russian / Ex-USSR (craftily bundled up as "European") and Chinese:
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Funny you mention #JosephSchmitz in today's video, @GeorgWebb , on the #whistleblower - because that is exactly who George #Papadopoulos was sitting next to at his famous photographed meeting with Trump in the Trump campaign !

(thanks to @ScottMStedman for photo)
[2] #JosephSchmitz was a former inspector general of the US Department of Defense and a former executive with #Blackwater

Also

* A member of the Sovereign Military Order of #Malta (great place to meet #JosephMifsud )

* Sister is #MaryKayLetourneau,

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_E.…
[3] And the new video from @GeorgWebb on #JosephSchmitz , and the new whistleblower #DennisNathanCain ( #Cain ).

Is the whistleblower for real , or is this just #TheSwamp setting up one guy to take the fall for the rest of #TheCabal ?

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9 maps show how different #LGBTQ rights are around the world

businessinsider.in/politics/9-map…
#Homosexuality is no longer outlawed in the majority of the world, there's still a long way to go in terms of acceptance and equality for #LGBTQ people.
Religion is an un-ignorable factor in the maps. While the majority of the world has legalized homosexuality, the countries where it is still outlawed are concentrated in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa — areas with majority-Muslim nations.
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Nave #Diciotti e i 177 #migranti ancora a bordo: proviamo a fare chiarezza?

(SPOILER: non sarà per niente facile)

#askmeanything

👇
#Malta sostiene che il barcone con 190 #migranti ieri notte non fosse in pericolo (distress), e che per questo motivo quando era in loro zona SAR lo MRCC maltese non abbia coordinato salvataggio ma solo affiancato barca e prestato assistenza.
Secondo Malta, questo è sufficiente perché La Valletta non debba indicare un proprio “porto sicuro” per sbarcare i #migranti raccolti dalla nave #Diciotti.
Ma la realtà è ben più complessa.
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