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Malta EU Elections – PN vs PL

The Maltese public seems very weary in putting their trust in the two major political parties. Most say they have close to the same agenda. Well to get an idea you have to think of it as organized crime, You can call the PN as the Genovese’s and the PL the Gambino’s. It’s all a power game to them, where occasionally each party tries to politically assassinate another party’s candidate, especially if he edges into his opponent’s territory. But when they both feel threatened then that’s where both the PN and the PL unite to destroy anybody else encroaching on their territory.

 Sure that they say a lot of crap with regards to their responsibility towards their citizen, let’s face it, how many of us can put his hand on his heart and say that we are living in a safer Country now ( Government, Police and Security forces do not know who or how many foreigners are actually living in Malta), that our health care system is improving (Having an understaffed hospital with long lists of citizens waiting for a hospital service), that our infrastructure is improving (roads, energy services, environment, housing, etc), that our education system is improving (we are creating certified zombies that are qualified but not ready for a working world), That our Social system is improving (yes it is improving for those who knows how to abuse it but discriminatory with those that paid into it for their retirement with the Government now saying it is getting unsustainable), The judiciary system (Justice seems to punish the victims and rewards the criminals), Workers rights improvement (unfair worker competition y authorities turning a blind eye on illegal work being done foreign workers and those abusing the social system, allowing employers to abuse the system by using part timers to absolve them from having to pay workers for leave, sick leave etc).

So one can easily see that by keeping either the Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL), it is definitely not in our National interest but definitely in their interest as they can both keep lining their pockets with our tax money without being accountable. That is why they both (The Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL)) keep delaying in reaching an agreement to audit and publish any of their financial reports. Keeping their propaganda machine costs millions of euros per year even in Malta and that money is coming from somewhere, and those investing in the Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL) will want a return on their investment. I can’t imagine anyone in Malta today believe that anybody gives anything for nothing to a Political Party that are unaccountable of how money is being received and by whom or spent and to whom. I am not talking about the small fry here either.

Malta FlagSmarten up people. Read and look up information. Never rely on any of the Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL) propaganda machine. Research the vast amount of information on the internet and see with your own eyes if what you are paying in taxes is being translated in a better life for you, your family and your community. Use your option if you have to in voting in other minority party candidates to the traditional Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL) parties, at the end of the day we will be better served politically as they will all feel threatened- this time by the public.

To see how credible the Genovese’s (PN) can only be reached by this statement. Before Malta joined the EU we have done a referendum where it was accepted by the Maltese people to join the EU. We also demonized the Gambino’s (PL) for saying that they will not accept the referendum results. Now we had the EU not accepting referendum results of French, Dutch and Irish for an EU Constitution cum Treaty,and the Genovese’s (PN) did not utter a word, in fact they went behind our backs and in conspiracy with the Gambino’s (PL) they denied us a referendum to chose our way forward- Hypocrites by a well organized crime Mafia parties Genovese’s (PN) or the Gambino’s (PL).

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May 24, 2009 Posted by | Gonzi, Incompetent Malta Government, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta Unions, Maltese, Maltese Justice, MLP, PN | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Malta – Europe – Trust in Politicians

Euronews – The European Official TV Channel conducted an onlone Poll the Question for this Poll was:

Public trust in politics: do you think your country’s politicians are honest?

Yes:    7%

No:   88%

Not Sure: 4%

http://www.euronews.net/news/you/

So before Our dear Politicians continue with their arbitrary legislation on everything under the sun, it is better to start implimenting a more viable way of doing politics by letting the people partecipate more in HOW THEY WANT TO BE GOVERNED. GIVE US OUR COUNTRY BACK AND GIVE BACK THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

Politicians have hijacked the whole finances of the country while abdicating their responsability towards taxpayers. Yes to helping those that geniunely needs a push to fend for themselves, No to those that abuse the social assistance that live off it- Do not let these abusers live indefenitly of free money inteded to assist them out of falling behind, it should be only intended as a temporary measure to getthem back on their feet. WE demand accountablity from our Politicians, those that underperform should be removed by their own Political Party and should not be rewarded for failure. Workers Unions have more of a responsability than squabling over how much members each union has, you have the moral duty to police the Government on how our Tax money is spent and focus on the deterioration in standards of living. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION, ENERGY,HEALTH  AND SECURITY. Our Police, Judiciary and Security forces systems should focus on what they where created for – TO PROTECT THE COUNTRY AND IT”S CITIZENS FROM CRIME, AND THAT MEANS ALL SORTS OF CRIME AS DEFINED BY LAW.

Discepline and honest should work from the top down, We have created a two tier system where those in Authority can abuse all the systems and law, while the honest hard working citizen end up paying for it all. Politicians preach democracy while participating in it’s decline.

May 21, 2009 Posted by | Gonzi, GWU, Incompetent Malta Government, Malta, Malta corruption, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Malta Public Broadcasting Service, Malta Unions, Maltese, Maltese Justice, MLP, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Poverty, UHM | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta, Europe, UN, NGO's – Humanitarian Mismanegment

The European Taxpayer is getting highly irritated with Politicians in their respective Countries. It is a expensive exercise for European taxpayers to acquire what is supposed to be a service from Politicians to manage our Countries. It is also an area that is highly unregulated, with Politicians assuming the right that instead of good management of our finances acquired through direct and indirect taxation, as their own private property, having to answer to nobody and that they answer to nobody, except for going to the polls every five years or so. They legislate in their favor into how much or if they deserve a pay rise, their expenses are as good as giving each one of them a blank cheque book, they are immune to persecution from the law of the land, they have ample ground to hide their tracks from auditors, they do not make available to the media all that should made public regarding their financing or their political party’s financing.

If one notices, they privatized everything that once belongs to the collective wealth of one’s Country, except their jobs and positions. Now we are also experiencing having to buy back toxic assets in the ‘Free Market’ financial system, not because they want to save our jobs, homes or savings, but simply to protect their investments in these failed institutions. Now this applies to all European Governments including the European Union Institutions, anarchy seems to be the order of the day.

Italy, under Silvio Berlusconi have had enough, they stopped to think, listened to the people, and acted upon the people’s concerns and legislated in their favor. Actually they went back to basics; Italy belongs to Italians and Law abiding residence permit holders, that they can spend their tax money according to Italy’s needs and requirements, to alleviate Italians solidarity needs with those needing it, for the security of Italians in their homes, neighborhood, cities and Country. In doing so, unelected NGO groups and International bodies said NO, Italians have no right for security and peace in their own Country and if they carry on with this policy, they are breaking International law!!

NGO’s and International Groups (UN and its agencies, Amnesty International, Medicines Sans Frontiers and other duplicate agencies) have been having it easy for too long. They hardly publish their accounts to today’s modern transparency accounting practices; they never restructure to reflect today’s needs, they pray on public funds and public sentiments without setting targets in either alleviating poverty in the world, stopping wars and bringing people committing atrocities to justice. It is a matter of one’s loss is another’s gain. They gain from other’s misery. That is why they never restructure or merge duplicate operations as a cost cutting exercise for a good service.

We as taxpayers, demand a stop to all this. The Media and journalists worthy of the name, must do more to inform and expose misuse of public funds even in NGO groups and International agencies such as the UN. They have a duty as Does our European Capital in the EU, to be transparent and accountable, they have to earn back our trust in Politicians and Institutions. Politicians are duty bound as their oath in office, that first and foremost protect their Country and its rightful citizens in all functions that compose a Country. Yes to Solidarity with poor Countries, refugees and those that are going through a crisis be it what it may, but NO to bringing everybody to the West in order to achieve this. Give them the instruments in world for a, desist from temptation of multinational Companies to make agreements with Countries that don’t play by international rules, intervene early where atrocities take place in the best interest of the world community, get the involvement of all international communities as the west cannot afford to neglect their own citizens while others just watch and criticize well intentioned actions. It is called back to basics, where citizens first of all felt secure in their own Country in order to assist others. We need to have some kind of law and order that we can respect, to afford to have and build a family for the benefit of our Country. Europe can ill afford to receive in its homeland the millions of Africans wanting to earn a living at our expense, yes we can help them in their homeland and show them the benefits of freedom, but not by giving aide to corrupt unaccountable governments that don’t have the decency to sign international rights laws, they are just making mockery of us as a well intentioned Union of People wanting to help, you will only waste our money that can help our own needy people in Europe by giving up our hard earned cash to non signatories Nations of  UN rights conventions by doing so. You will have aided corruption to flourish; you would be no better off than those corrupt Governments. Europe should enlist the expertise of Dambisa Moyo (writer of Dead Aide) to understand poverty and how to manage it. Multi culture in Europe is dead, and the people mean it, We do not want another Yugoslav tragedy in our midst on a grander scale, because if we keep on this track, it will be only a matter of time till another stupid Hitler crops up in Europe that gathers enough support to wreck havoc and misery.

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part1

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part2

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part3

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part4

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part5

Moyo- Proof that NGO’s have a vested interest in keeping Africa poor!

Dambisa Moyo- Proof that NGO’s have a vested interest in keeping Africa poor!

Dambisa Moyo- Proof that NGO’s have a vested interest in keeping Africa poor!

 Dambisa Moyo on interview -Bloomberg

Dead Aide in Africa : Dambisa Moya (African writter and economist) and Alison Evans (International Monetary Fund IMF economist) interviewed on BBC Hardtalk:

Dambisa Moyo Alison Evans- BBC Hard Talk Part 1  

Dambisa Moyo Alison Evans- BBC Hard Talk Part 2

Dambisa Moyo Alison Evans- BBC Hard Talk Part 3

The UN undecisive mess created in Africa- Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk
US Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs (George Bush Administration:

Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk- Part1

Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk-Part 2

Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk- Part 3

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Euronews Oline Polls

 

Accountability of Politicians and Political Parties

Accountability of Politicians and Political Parties

 

Should all political expenses be made public?
yes                  (87%)
no                    (8%)
I don’t know (5%)
 

 

 

 

Controlling a silent European Invasion

Controlling a silent European Invasion

Is the EU doing enough to help countries control illegal immigration?
yes                  (14%)
no                   (80%)
I don’t know (6%)

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Italy Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration
By Sabina Castelfranco
Rome
14 May 2009
 

Italy is cracking down on illegal immigration and under an agreement with Libya has begun sending boatloads of migrants back to Africa. Italy’s lower house of parliament has approved a new security bill by that redefines illegal immigration as a criminal offense.

During a ceremony in the Italian port town of Gaeta, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni gave Libya the first three of six patrol boats as part of an agreement to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.

Italy has long pressed Libya to better patrol its coasts to prevent boats carrying African immigrants from leaving its shores in search of a better life in Europe.

 

Rescued migrants react on board an Italian coast guard boat while arriving at the port of Tripoli, Libya, 07 May 2009

Rescued migrants react on board an Italian coast guard boat while arriving at the port of Tripoli, Libya, 07 May 2009

 

 

Last week, Italy started sending boatloads of migrants it intercepted in international waters back to Libya without first screening them for asylum claims. Libyan Ambassador to Italy Hafid Gaddur said his country could process the requests from asylum seekers who might otherwise have presented the requests in Italy.

The U.N. refugee agency has criticized the new policy, saying it is against international law and criticizing Libya’s alleged lack of facilities.

But Interior Minister Maroni said Italy needs international backing.

He said in the fight against illegal immigration, there are a lot of instruments at our disposal, but they are not sufficient if there is a lack of international collaboration to combat the trafficking of human beings.

Maroni said said the European Union must step in and help member states that bear the brunt of illegal immigration in the Mediterranean. He said Italy is a front-line state against illegal immigration and invests its own funds to protect other European countries.

Wednesday, Italy’s lower house of parliament approved a security bill that redefines illegal immigration as a criminal offense. The lawmakers voted to fine illegal immigrants up to $15,000 and jail people who house them in Italy.

The new measures would lengthen the amount of time illegal migrants can spend in detention and allows local officials to set up citizen patrols.

The new security bill must be approved by the Italian Senate, parliament’s upper house, before it becomes law.

Italy receives the world’s fourth-highest number of asylum claims each year after the United States, Canada and France.

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Italian MPs back crackdown on illegal migrants

New law criminalizing illegal entry or residence is aimed at curbing boats run by smuggling rings

Wednesday 13 May 2009 13.52 BST

Italy‘s lower chamber of parliament passed a controversial bill today making it a crime to enter or stay in Italy illegally‚ in the latest effort by Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative forces to crack down on illegal immigration.

To ensure swift passage, the Italian prime minister’s allies put the legislation to a confidence vote, which they easily won 316-258. Confidence votes force MPs to close ranks, since any defeat would bring about the government’s resignation.

The legislation makes it a crime to enter or stay in Italy without permission, punishable by a fine of €5,000-€10,000 (£4,500-£9,000) but no prison penalty. Anyone who rents housing to an illegal immigrant faces up to three years’ jail.

The measure must now be approved by the senate.

Berlusconi’s conservative coalition has been trying to clamp down on illegal immigrants, bolstered by surveys showing that many Italians link immigrants to crime.

Last year, more than 36,000 immigrants from Africa and elsewhere arrived in Italy by boat, many coming ashore on the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa. Hundreds of boats run by organized smuggling rings set off from Libya alone.

Italy now ranks fourth after the US, Canada and France for the number of asylum-seekers, according to the Italian Refugee Council, a humanitarian group. Last year 31,160 people sought asylum in Italy, more than double the number from 2007.

This month, Italy has started sending back to Libya boatloads of people it intercepted in international waters without screening them first for possible asylum claims. The UN refugee agency, the Vatican and human rights organizations have voiced outrage, saying Italy is breaching international law.

The government, which has long complained that it has been left alone by the European Union to deal with illegal immigration, has defended the new policy, saying the UN refugee agency could screen asylum-seekers in Libya.

Italy’s new return policy is not part of the bill passed today by parliament’s lower house, but of an overall security bill that also would authorize citizen anti-crime patrols.

While Italy has long issued expulsion orders for illegal immigrants, the new law would criminalize illegal entry or residence – something critics say could result in people being turned in for simply going to a doctor.

Rocco Buttiglione, a centre-right MP, bitterly criticized the bill before the vote, saying it would bring “slavery” to Italy by creating a class of workers without any rights.

He said it would restrict illegal migrants to employment as factory workers and care workers “in a condition of material and moral inferiority”.

The end result, he said, would be that the immigrants, rather than turning to police when they needed to, would go to the mafia or seek vigilante justice.

Manuela del Lago, of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, which spearheaded the legislation, said Italy was embarking on the right path. “We don’t understand why we have to keep them all here, and in other countries they don’t take anyone,” she said.

Under an immigration law adopted when Berlusconi was last in power, immigrants must have a job awaiting them in order to get a residency permit.

Italian authorities issue expulsion orders for asylum-seekers who do not qualify, although many of the tens of thousands of clandestine migrants who arrive in Italy yearly slip through the cracks. They either stay in Italy secretly or travel to other European countries to find jobs or meet up with family.

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Amnesty International, Britain, Dambisa Moyo, Discrimination against Christians, France, Germany, Gonzi, Illegal Immigrants Riot, Illegal Immigration, Italy, Jesuits, Libya, Malta, Malta corruption, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Maltese Justice, Médecins Sans Frontières, MLP, MSF, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Spain, Terrorism, UN Agencies, Uncategorized, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta, Europe, UN, NGO’s – Humanitarian Mismanegment

The European Taxpayer is getting highly irritated with Politicians in their respective Countries. It is a expensive exercise for European taxpayers to acquire what is supposed to be a service from Politicians to manage our Countries. It is also an area that is highly unregulated, with Politicians assuming the right that instead of good management of our finances acquired through direct and indirect taxation, as their own private property, having to answer to nobody and that they answer to nobody, except for going to the polls every five years or so. They legislate in their favor into how much or if they deserve a pay rise, their expenses are as good as giving each one of them a blank cheque book, they are immune to persecution from the law of the land, they have ample ground to hide their tracks from auditors, they do not make available to the media all that should made public regarding their financing or their political party’s financing.

If one notices, they privatized everything that once belongs to the collective wealth of one’s Country, except their jobs and positions. Now we are also experiencing having to buy back toxic assets in the ‘Free Market’ financial system, not because they want to save our jobs, homes or savings, but simply to protect their investments in these failed institutions. Now this applies to all European Governments including the European Union Institutions, anarchy seems to be the order of the day.

Italy, under Silvio Berlusconi have had enough, they stopped to think, listened to the people, and acted upon the people’s concerns and legislated in their favor. Actually they went back to basics; Italy belongs to Italians and Law abiding residence permit holders, that they can spend their tax money according to Italy’s needs and requirements, to alleviate Italians solidarity needs with those needing it, for the security of Italians in their homes, neighborhood, cities and Country. In doing so, unelected NGO groups and International bodies said NO, Italians have no right for security and peace in their own Country and if they carry on with this policy, they are breaking International law!!

NGO’s and International Groups (UN and its agencies, Amnesty International, Medicines Sans Frontiers and other duplicate agencies) have been having it easy for too long. They hardly publish their accounts to today’s modern transparency accounting practices; they never restructure to reflect today’s needs, they pray on public funds and public sentiments without setting targets in either alleviating poverty in the world, stopping wars and bringing people committing atrocities to justice. It is a matter of one’s loss is another’s gain. They gain from other’s misery. That is why they never restructure or merge duplicate operations as a cost cutting exercise for a good service.

We as taxpayers, demand a stop to all this. The Media and journalists worthy of the name, must do more to inform and expose misuse of public funds even in NGO groups and International agencies such as the UN. They have a duty as Does our European Capital in the EU, to be transparent and accountable, they have to earn back our trust in Politicians and Institutions. Politicians are duty bound as their oath in office, that first and foremost protect their Country and its rightful citizens in all functions that compose a Country. Yes to Solidarity with poor Countries, refugees and those that are going through a crisis be it what it may, but NO to bringing everybody to the West in order to achieve this. Give them the instruments in world for a, desist from temptation of multinational Companies to make agreements with Countries that don’t play by international rules, intervene early where atrocities take place in the best interest of the world community, get the involvement of all international communities as the west cannot afford to neglect their own citizens while others just watch and criticize well intentioned actions. It is called back to basics, where citizens first of all felt secure in their own Country in order to assist others. We need to have some kind of law and order that we can respect, to afford to have and build a family for the benefit of our Country. Europe can ill afford to receive in its homeland the millions of Africans wanting to earn a living at our expense, yes we can help them in their homeland and show them the benefits of freedom, but not by giving aide to corrupt unaccountable governments that don’t have the decency to sign international rights laws, they are just making mockery of us as a well intentioned Union of People wanting to help, you will only waste our money that can help our own needy people in Europe by giving up our hard earned cash to non signatories Nations of  UN rights conventions by doing so. You will have aided corruption to flourish; you would be no better off than those corrupt Governments. Europe should enlist the expertise of Dambisa Moyo (writer of Dead Aide) to understand poverty and how to manage it. Multi culture in Europe is dead, and the people mean it, We do not want another Yugoslav tragedy in our midst on a grander scale, because if we keep on this track, it will be only a matter of time till another stupid Hitler crops up in Europe that gathers enough support to wreck havoc and misery.

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part1

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part2

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part3

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part4

Dambisa Moyo interesting talk (Templeton Foundation) part5

Dambisa Moyo- Proof that NGO’s have a vested interest in keeping Africa poor! pt 1

Dambisa Moyo- Proof that NGO’s have a vested interest in keeping Africa poor! pt2

Dambisa Moyo- Proof that NGO’s have a vested interest in keeping Africa poor! pt3

Dambisa Moyo interviewed on Bloomberg

Dead Aide in Africa : Dambisa Moya (African writter and economist) and Alison Evans (International Monetary Fund IMF economist) interviewed on BBC Hardtalk:

Dambisa Moyo Alison Evans- BBC Hard Talk Part 1

Dambisa Moyo Alison Evans- BBC Hard Talk Part 2

Dambisa Moyo Alison Evans- BBC Hard Talk Part 3

The UN undecisive mess created in Africa- Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk
US Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs (George Bush Administration:

 

Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk- Part1

Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk-Part 2

Jendayi Fraser on BBC Hard Talk- Part 3

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Euronews Oline Polls

 

Accountability of Politicians and Political Parties

Accountability of Politicians and Political Parties

 

Should all political expenses be made public?
yes                  (87%)
no                    (8%)
I don’t know (5%)
 

 

 

 

Controlling a silent European Invasion

Controlling a silent European Invasion

Is the EU doing enough to help countries control illegal immigration?
yes                  (14%)
no                   (80%)
I don’t know (6%)

—————————————————————————

Italy Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration
By Sabina CastelfrancoRome14 May 2009   

 

 

Italy is cracking down on illegal immigration and under an agreement with Libya has begun sending boatloads of migrants back to Africa. Italy’s lower house of parliament has approved a new security bill by that redefines illegal immigration as a criminal offense.

During a ceremony in the Italian port town of Gaeta, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni gave Libya the first three of six patrol boats as part of an agreement to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.

Italy has long pressed Libya to better patrol its coasts to prevent boats carrying African immigrants from leaving its shores in search of a better life in Europe.

 

Rescued migrants react on board an Italian coast guard boat while arriving at the port of Tripoli, Libya, 07 May 2009

Rescued migrants react on board an Italian coast guard boat while arriving at the port of Tripoli, Libya, 07 May 2009

 

 

Last week, Italy started sending boatloads of migrants it intercepted in international waters back to Libya without first screening them for asylum claims. Libyan Ambassador to Italy Hafid Gaddur said his country could process the requests from asylum seekers who might otherwise have presented the requests in Italy.

The U.N. refugee agency has criticized the new policy, saying it is against international law and criticizing Libya’s alleged lack of facilities.

But Interior Minister Maroni said Italy needs international backing.

He said in the fight against illegal immigration, there are a lot of instruments at our disposal, but they are not sufficient if there is a lack of international collaboration to combat the trafficking of human beings.

Maroni said said the European Union must step in and help member states that bear the brunt of illegal immigration in the Mediterranean. He said Italy is a front-line state against illegal immigration and invests its own funds to protect other European countries.

Wednesday, Italy’s lower house of parliament approved a security bill that redefines illegal immigration as a criminal offense. The lawmakers voted to fine illegal immigrants up to $15,000 and jail people who house them in Italy.

The new measures would lengthen the amount of time illegal migrants can spend in detention and allows local officials to set up citizen patrols.

The new security bill must be approved by the Italian Senate, parliament’s upper house, before it becomes law.

Italy receives the world’s fourth-highest number of asylum claims each year after the United States, Canada and France.

——————————————————————————– 

Italian MPs back crackdown on illegal migrants

New law criminalizing illegal entry or residence is aimed at curbing boats run by smuggling rings

Wednesday 13 May 2009 13.52 BST

Italy‘s lower chamber of parliament passed a controversial bill today making it a crime to enter or stay in Italy illegally‚ in the latest effort by Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative forces to crack down on illegal immigration.

To ensure swift passage, the Italian prime minister’s allies put the legislation to a confidence vote, which they easily won 316-258. Confidence votes force MPs to close ranks, since any defeat would bring about the government’s resignation.

The legislation makes it a crime to enter or stay in Italy without permission, punishable by a fine of €5,000-€10,000 (£4,500-£9,000) but no prison penalty. Anyone who rents housing to an illegal immigrant faces up to three years’ jail.

The measure must now be approved by the senate.

Berlusconi’s conservative coalition has been trying to clamp down on illegal immigrants, bolstered by surveys showing that many Italians link immigrants to crime.

Last year, more than 36,000 immigrants from Africa and elsewhere arrived in Italy by boat, many coming ashore on the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa. Hundreds of boats run by organized smuggling rings set off from Libya alone.

Italy now ranks fourth after the US, Canada and France for the number of asylum-seekers, according to the Italian Refugee Council, a humanitarian group. Last year 31,160 people sought asylum in Italy, more than double the number from 2007.

This month, Italy has started sending back to Libya boatloads of people it intercepted in international waters without screening them first for possible asylum claims. The UN refugee agency, the Vatican and human rights organizations have voiced outrage, saying Italy is breaching international law.

The government, which has long complained that it has been left alone by the European Union to deal with illegal immigration, has defended the new policy, saying the UN refugee agency could screen asylum-seekers in Libya.

Italy’s new return policy is not part of the bill passed today by parliament’s lower house, but of an overall security bill that also would authorize citizen anti-crime patrols.

While Italy has long issued expulsion orders for illegal immigrants, the new law would criminalize illegal entry or residence – something critics say could result in people being turned in for simply going to a doctor.

Rocco Buttiglione, a centre-right MP, bitterly criticized the bill before the vote, saying it would bring “slavery” to Italy by creating a class of workers without any rights.

He said it would restrict illegal migrants to employment as factory workers and care workers “in a condition of material and moral inferiority”.

The end result, he said, would be that the immigrants, rather than turning to police when they needed to, would go to the mafia or seek vigilante justice.

Manuela del Lago, of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, which spearheaded the legislation, said Italy was embarking on the right path. “We don’t understand why we have to keep them all here, and in other countries they don’t take anyone,” she said.

Under an immigration law adopted when Berlusconi was last in power, immigrants must have a job awaiting them in order to get a residency permit.

Italian authorities issue expulsion orders for asylum-seekers who do not qualify, although many of the tens of thousands of clandestine migrants who arrive in Italy yearly slip through the cracks. They either stay in Italy secretly or travel to other European countries to find jobs or meet up with family.

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Amnesty International, Britain, Dambisa Moyo, Discrimination against Christians, France, Germany, Gonzi, Illegal Immigrants Riot, Illegal Immigration, Italy, Jesuits, Libya, Malta, Malta corruption, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Maltese, Maltese Justice, Médecins Sans Frontières, MLP, MSF, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Spain, Terrorism, UN Agencies, Uncategorized, UNHCR, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta MP’s – European MEP’s – UK MP’s – Expenses Transperency!!

UK Politicians and Politics can only be described as in a real mess. The voting UK public are utterly disgraced behavior in claiming of expenses by MP’s. With the revelation and publication of claims made by UK Mp’s of major Parties, that a few months ago where calling Bankers Fat Cats, are no more than fat pigs themselves when it comes to help themselves in tax payers money.

The UK Parliament currently consists of , (New sic) Labour 350 seats, Conservative 193 seats, Liberal Democrat 63 seats, Scottish National Party/Plaid Cymru 10 seats, Democratic Unionist 10 seats, Sinn Fein 5 seats (Have not taken their seats and cannot vote) , Social Democratic & Labour Party 3 seats, Independent 5 seats, Independent Conservative 1 seat, Independent Labour 1seat, Ulster Unionist 1 seat, Respect 1 seat, Speaker & 3 Deputies 4 seats (Do not normally vote)– for a grand total of 646

UK Parliament Website
UK Parliament MP’s Salary
UK MP’s Allowances
UK MP’s Greenbook

UK Parliament Party Composition

 

Now that is enough said about UK Politicians. I am getting increasingly worried of wasted tax payers of MEP, as they are also never transparent or have their expenses scrutinized, to top it all they voted themselves a pay rise for 2009 when everybody else is asked to cut back, losing his job or losing his home.

 They are the least accountable lot that hide their tracks from investigative media reporters or publishing their audits. Thank God for the leaked Galvin report.

Interesting Reading about Galvin Report

Galvin Report on EU Taxpayer’s money wasting, and unaccountability

Then we come to our local MP’s in Malta. Never, but never have I seen any published break down report of MP’s expenses. The rule of thumb between the PL and PN has always been you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.

A well known secrets that most of our MP’s are involved in private Companies, and some have shares in each other’s Companies. What is more interesting is that our media does not even try to access any of these documents and inform the Public, as they are duty bound to do (remember the media adage: keeping the public informed).

The reason being that our media don’t like to rock the boat as they too have their snouts in the trough.

 Below is our Parliament Mission Statement and links to MP’s and Ministers code of ethics. All are full of lawyer type word jargon so that they leave themselves enough loop holes to escape any scrutiny of any wrong doing.

Who will ever help and care of our tax money, no wonder all of us Europeans are in such a mess trying to make ends meet and living from hand to mouth.Are all the thieves really imprisoned!!

Mission Statement (Malta Parliament)

The Maltese House of Representatives, through its elected representatives, is accountable to the people of Malta for the provision and conduct of representative government in the interest of Maltese citizens.

Towards this end the Office of the Clerk is duty bound to deliver effective, apolitical, professional and innovative services to support the efficient conduct of the House of Representatives, its committees as well as a range of services and facilities for Members of Parliament. 

Maltese Parliament Mission Statement 

Maltese Ministers Code of Ethics

Maltese MP’s Code of Ethics

TRY GORDON BROWN”S CALCULATOR (I WISH I HAD THE ONE LAWRENCE GONZI USES)

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Malta MP's – European MEP's – UK MP's – Expenses Transperency!!

UK Politicians and Politics can only be described as in a real mess. The voting UK public are utterly disgraced behavior in claiming of expenses by MP’s. With the revelation and publication of claims made by UK Mp’s of major Parties, that a few months ago where calling Bankers Fat Cats, are no more than fat pigs themselves when it comes to help themselves in tax payers money.

The UK Parliament currently consists of , (New sic) Labour 350 seats, Conservative 193 seats, Liberal Democrat 63 seats, Scottish National Party/Plaid Cymru 10 seats, Democratic Unionist 10 seats, Sinn Fein 5 seats (Have not taken their seats and cannot vote) , Social Democratic & Labour Party 3 seats, Independent 5 seats, Independent Conservative 1 seat, Independent Labour 1seat, Ulster Unionist 1 seat, Respect 1 seat, Speaker & 3 Deputies 4 seats (Do not normally vote)– for a grand total of 646

UK Parliament Website
UK Parliament MP’s Salary
UK MP’s Allowances
UK MP’s Greenbook

UK Parliament Party Composition

 

Now that is enough said about UK Politicians. I am getting increasingly worried of wasted tax payers of MEP, as they are also never transparent or have their expenses scrutinized, to top it all they voted themselves a pay rise for 2009 when everybody else is asked to cut back, losing his job or losing his home.

 They are the least accountable lot that hide their tracks from investigative media reporters or publishing their audits. Thank God for the leaked Galvin report.

Interesting Reading about Galvin Report

Galvin Report on EU Taxpayer’s money wasting, and unaccountability

Then we come to our local MP’s in Malta. Never, but never have I seen any published break down report of MP’s expenses. The rule of thumb between the PL and PN has always been you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.

A well known secrets that most of our MP’s are involved in private Companies, and some have shares in each other’s Companies. What is more interesting is that our media does not even try to access any of these documents and inform the Public, as they are duty bound to do (remember the media adage: keeping the public informed).

The reason being that our media don’t like to rock the boat as they too have their snouts in the trough.

 Below is our Parliament Mission Statement and links to MP’s and Ministers code of ethics. All are full of lawyer type word jargon so that they leave themselves enough loop holes to escape any scrutiny of any wrong doing.

Who will ever help and care of our tax money, no wonder all of us Europeans are in such a mess trying to make ends meet and living from hand to mouth.Are all the thieves really imprisoned!!

Mission Statement (Malta Parliament)

The Maltese House of Representatives, through its elected representatives, is accountable to the people of Malta for the provision and conduct of representative government in the interest of Maltese citizens.

Towards this end the Office of the Clerk is duty bound to deliver effective, apolitical, professional and innovative services to support the efficient conduct of the House of Representatives, its committees as well as a range of services and facilities for Members of Parliament. 

Maltese Parliament Mission Statement 

Maltese Ministers Code of Ethics

Maltese MP’s Code of Ethics

TRY GORDON BROWN”S CALCULATOR (I WISH I HAD THE ONE LAWRENCE GONZI USES)

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Malta and Europe – On a Self Destruction Mission

The European Elections has jolted our own Politicians (PL and PN) and the European Politicians to crawl out of hibernation and will be active for a wee while (till after beginning of June) and then they will either be going into hibernation once again till another election threatens their job or they go on a partying/spending spree (off EU tax money).

The funny thing is that they sprung into action and acclaiming credit to a problem that they have ignored and denied for years, something that Malta, Italy and the EU Politicians are guilty in it. Now that their very job is under threat by not only the Maltese electorate but also a host of EU Countries electorate, as Polls on Euronews and other European Countries polls indicate, the people demand solutions. Most politicians of major parties with big budgets to ward off any flack from illegal immigration problems are as usual resorting to presenting themselves as fighters for the peoples cause and concerns, but by now surely the EU public knows very well that the Politicians efforts will only last till after June elections, then it’s the usual silent invasion of Europe continues. The usual European workers losing their jobs and free handouts to illegal immigrants.

Mentioning all of this, it is also true that since the start of this year, the number of boat people carrying illegal immigrants have fallen, not because there is a lack of illegal immigrants wanting to start their journey to Europe, but precisely because of the European Elections. The hidden hand behind this lucrative human trafficking business know very well that if hard line Politicians are voted in, it will be the end of their business. Who might have a stake in this high income business?

Well my grave suspicions are with those that have a lot at stake, the obvious losers of income if illegal immigration comes to a halt are- Yes, you’ve guessed it, our beloved EU Politicians with our Tax money cheque book , giving infinite amount of unaccountable money to African Nations to supposedly elevating those Nations out of Poverty. If the results in Africa looked promising, it would have been money well spent, as Africa could have started on the road to recovery, with less lives being lost and living standards improved. That is obviously not the case as everyone with a brain can notice. The other equally worried entities that will stand to lose if the traditional politicians are voted out of the EU are quite a few world class agencies and NGO groups. They are equally beneficiaries of infinite amount of money with no accountability, namely UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Amnestity International, the Jesuits and other highly tax money paid groups. They are also the once holding whole Countries hostage by blackmailing politicians into either playing into their hands or otherwise exposing their Countries into International shame and condemnation. Believe me they have enough power and friends in the media to do just that, even if it is not just. Their failure (Politicians and the other groups) will be dumped on our conscience just like they shirked off their involvement and responsibility when the financial crises hit the man in the street.

If, and only if, one supposes that the EU electorate manages to push in change in Europe, at least one battle would have been won for Europe, and delayed the occupation of Europe by this subtle masonry groups, which on one hand claim separation of church and state and on the other hand they manage to privilege other religions (namely Islam) .Try as you might, the day will come when Europe be no more and out of its ashes will rise Eurabia. The new World Order will be Islamic, like it or not. George Orwell predicted it as did Nostradamus. At the end of the day, Europe would have got what it has deserved, as it was to drunk and continually raped by its European sons and daughters that despised her by their neglect in finding true leaders among its midst to protect and legislate in keeping her(Europe) safe and powerful for her future generations. Europe deserves its self imposed doom.

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Malta Politicians – A Jesuits Connection?

It is interesting to note, that quite a few of our key Politicians in Malta have received their education at a Jesuits School in Malta. I wonder how most of these Politicians are also descendants of Politicians or Members of a Religious order. I wonder if the Jesuits have a stronghold on our key politicians to advance the Jesuits agenda (see Jesuits article in this Blog).
Knowing that the Jesuits are not a defined religious order or rather described as a religious Military order that operates rather like Masonry, one can easily arrive to a different conclusion. People might look one thing on surface but the underlying motives might be otherwise. Coincidentally looking at profiles of other Political Party’s members and also key people in the Judicial, Law & Order enforcement agencies, and TV personalities and other areas of public importance also seem to have a Jesuits connection. Is it a coincidence or a Jesuits Plot – you the Public be the judge. Here are are the profiles of key politicians in Government that affect your daily life.

Malta Current Prime Minister- 2009

Malta Current Prime Minister- 2009

Lawrence Gonzi was born in Valletta on 1 July 1953 and is the elder of four siblings. He received his formal education at St Joseph school and later at St Aloysious College and The Archbishop’s Seminary. Lawrence Gonzi was also a member of the Circolo Gioventu` Cattolica.

Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment

Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment

Tonio Fenech was born in Birkirkara , Malta on the 5th May, 1969 . He was educated at St. Aloysius College, Birkirkara, and the University of Malta , from where he graduated as Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accountancy and management, and received his B.A. Honours in accountancy. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Accountants and a public practice warrant holder.

Minister for Justice and Home Affairs

Minister for Justice and Home Affairs

Dr Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici was born in Floriana, Malta on February 17, 1960. He was educated at St. Aloysius’ College Birkirkara, then De La Salle College Cottonera and at the University of Malta from where he graduated as Doctor of Laws in 1984.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dr Tonio Borg was born in Floriana, Malta on the 12th of May, 1957. He was educated at St Aloysius’ College, Birkirkara and the University of Malta, from where he graduated as Doctor of Laws in 1979.

Maro de Marco studied at St Aloysius’ College (Malta) and at the University of Malta where he graduated as a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) in 1988. He was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship for academic achievement and furthered his studies at the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) where he obtained his Masters in Laws (LL.M.) having specialised in International Commercial Law. He is an International Commercial Law lecturer at the University of Malta.
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism

Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism

Malta MEP Simon Busuttil

Malta MEP

Education
Secondary and Sixth form (post-sec) St. Aloysius College, Birkirkara, Malta
Tertiary University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq, Malta
Post-Graduate University of Sussex, Sussex, United Kingdom

Ex-President and Prime Minister of Malta

Ex President of Malta and Minister

Fenech Adami is the son of Luigi Fenech Adami and Josephine Pace. Born in Birkirkara, he was educated at St Aloysius’ College in Birkirkara and at the University of Malta, where he first studied economics and then classics and later law. He was called to the bar in 1959.

Ex President of Malta and MinisterDr Guido De Marco – Ex President Malta

Guido de Marco (born July 22, 1931) was President of Malta from 1999 to 2004. Prof. Guido de Marco was born in Valletta, Malta on July 22, 1931, son of the late Emanuele and Giovanna née Raniolo. He was educated at St Joseph High School, St. Aloysius’ College and the University of Malta. He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1952, in Philosophy, Economics and Italian and in 1955 as a Doctor of Laws. For a time he served as a lawyer for the government.

 

 

 

Dr Joseph Muscat (Ex-LP MEP, Leader LP Malta)

Joseph attenda St Francis School, l-Iskola Primarja ta’ San Pawl il-Bahar, u l-Iskola Stella Maris qabel ma beda l-edukazzjoni sekondarja tieghu fil-Kullegg San Alwigi. Huwa jsostni li kiseb hafna mill-hiliet tal-management tieghu mill-Gizwiti, li rawwmulu fih sens ta’ dixxiplina u uzu tajjeb tal-hin. Joseph kompla bl-edukazzjoni post-sekondarja tieghu fis-Sixth Form tal-Kullegg San Alwigi qabel ma sar l-ewwel membru tal-familja tieghu li dahal l-Universita’ ta’ Malta.

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Dr John Attard Montalto B.A. (Hons), LL.D., MEP

He attended primary school at Chiswick at Sliema, where he used to reside and at the Jesuit’s College of St Aloysius in Malta. He received his secondary education at Ardwyn College in the United Kingdom. He subsequently attended the University of Malta where he read history and graduated with an Honours Degree in 1974. In the following year he initiated his Masters degree. From 1975 to 1979 he read law and obtained a Diploma as a Notary Public and subsequently a Doctorate in Law. He was given his warrant and was called to the bar in 1980.

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Kirill Micallef Stafrace (LP MEP Candidate)

was born in 1970. He received his secondary education at St Aloysius College and graduated MD from the University of Malta in 1993.

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Roberta Metsola Tedesco Tricas (PN MEP Candidate)

EDUCATION

Post Graduate: College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium

Tertiary: University of Malta

Exchange: ERASMUS – one semester at the Faculte de Droit et Science Politique in Rennes France

Post-Secondary: St Aloysius’ College 6th Form

Secondary: St Joseph School Sliema

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Dr. Alex Perici Calascione (PN MEP Candidate)

Education

Alex started primary school at St. Joseph Convent in Blata l-Bajda in 1966. In 1973 he entered St Aloysius’ College in Birkirkara, where he obtained secondary education up to sixth form until 1980. He read law at the University of Malta from 1980 and graduated as Doctor of Laws in 1986.

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Edward Demicoli (PN MEP Candidate)

Education

-Primary education De La Salle College (1975-1980)

-Secondary education De La Salle College (1981-1986)

-Tertiary education University of Malta – BA International Relations (1996)

-Post graduate University of Maastricht-Master’s Degree in Business Management. (2000)

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“The very word secrecy is repugnant, in a free and open society. For we are, as a people, inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret proceedings and to secret oaths.” … “For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.” – John F. Kennedy’s secret society speech on April 27, 1961 (murdered on November 22, 1963).

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Reported on Times Of Malta:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090508/local/migrants-return-a-loss-for-humanity-ngosFriday

8th May 2009 – 13:00CET

Migrants’ return – a loss for humanity, NGOs

“Forcibly returning people to a country where they may face ill-treatment and be pushed back into the arms of their persecutors, without an assessment of their need for protection, violates international law,” Jesuit Refugee Service Malta director Fr Joseph Cassar SJ said.

“Such actions constitute a violation of the right to seek asylum and of our obligations to ensure that all asylum seekers within our effective jurisdiction are allowed to seek asylum and protected from forced return to their country. A solution achieved at the expense of human rights cannot be hailed as a victory – it is a loss for the whole of humanity”, he said.

Fr Cassar was speaking on behalf of a coalition of 10 Maltese and international NGOs, church organisations and individuals, comprising Amnesty International Malta Group, Emigrants’ Commission, JRS Malta, JRS Europe, JRS Italia Centro Astalli, Kopin, Médecins Sans Frontières, Migrants’ Solidarity Movement, Moviment Graffiti, SKOP, Mr Terry Gosden and Fra Ġwann Xerri, who issued a statement on the return of 238 migrants to Libya by the Italian authorities.

Yesterday, 238 migrants rescued off Lampedusa were returned to Tripoli in Italian coastguard vessels. Italian Home Affairs minister Roberto Maroni was quoted expressing the hope that from now on all migrants intercepted could be returned to Libya.

“Hailed as a historic development in the fight against irregular immigration, this decision totally ignores the fact that many people making the crossing are in fact in need of international protection. It also ignores the fact that it is very difficult for asylum seekers to obtain effective protection in Libya or in the other countries through which they transit on the way to Europe”, the organisations said.

They said that inMalta alone more than half of those who applied for asylum were granted some form of protection. They used an irregular route because it wasimpossible for them to reach a place of safety in any other way.

It was clear that states had a right and duty to control their borders, but any measures implemented had to be in line with human rights legislation, which forbid the return of people to countries where they might face serious harm.

The coalition called upon all European governments to uphold the right to seek asylum, enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, and by ensuring that:

* asylum seekers within their effective jurisdiction were allowed access to a territory where they could seek asylum, so all in need of protection could be identified and granted the protection they needed; and

* no one was sent to a country where they might face serious violations of their human rights.

http://www.jesuit.org.mt/sac/
St. Aloysius’ College (Malta)
A Jesuit School
Founded 1907
Member of the
Jesuit European Committee for Secondary Education (JECSE)
http://www.jecse.net

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Malta MEP elections 2009 – PN/PL in a panic

The PN and PL are stumbling over each other, in trying to present themselves as the defenders of the Maltese Public and the future of the Maltese Islands.

You could smell an election in Malta, by the sudden Political agenda springing to life. The failure of both the PN and the PL, to keep mum for years, in regards to Malta’s invasion of the islands by illegal immigrants, has now caught up with both the major parties. Mr Gonzi and Co, including the PN MEP’s have now realized how naive they were in trusting the EU to assist and help Malta in alleviating the burden of illegal immigrant, with promise after promise that the EU is about to start tackling this problem seriously, something that not only did not materialize, but even our neighbor Italy made a mockery of our Government. Our illegal immigration spokesman in the EU, after all kinds of promises in imminent EU assistance has now resigned from the idea that the EU is four square behind him on his action plan, with the EU resigning to the idea that Malta will be lost to the illegal immigrants.

Gonzi and Co have been now exposed to the Maltese public, for what they really are. Last minute springing to life regarding this issue will not help the PN in non other by being despised by the current and future Maltese, for not coming to our defense when they were duty bound to defend the Maltese public who elected them. Instead they chose willingly not to, just to please other Countries. They have now sprung to life because they know that the public will be showing their anger with vengeance, they will give their answer the PN for branding the Maltese public racists and xenophobes in the polls in the upcoming MEP elections, they will reply to the legislation against the Maltese public by passing anti-Maltese laws for those that speak and voice their opinion against the settling and integration in Malta of illegal immigrants. The public will show their anger against the current Government for squandering their taxed income on illegal immigration while creating all kinds of hardship on the Maltese families by creating all kinds of Taxes, Tariffs and other hidden monetary burden just to appease the EU, the UN and NGO groups that have never been responsible in electing our present leaders. No one will ever trust the PN and their representatives again because everybody now got used to their lies, that before an election they spring to life and the next day after the election, they die again till the next election. The time has come, and when other European Citizens see that the Maltese public is now tired of being lied to, they will too start working seriously to regain control of their own Countries. Europe created an integrated Europe for the benefit of its people not to be given to all other Nationals that don’t have the right to work, live and reside there, not for other Nationals to take their livelihood, workplace, businesses, whole cities, and their hard earned money that was paid to alleviate the hardship of their fellow citizens and now being given away to other countries. Instead of all EU countries saving our money in the good days for a rainy day instead they chose to give it away and squander our money irresponsibly, even the auditors of the EU have qualms regarding EU unaccountable spending and giving away tax money. To make things worse all EU leaders and EU Countries Leaders have the guts to spend even more of our tax money to save their own money after the financial crash instead of saving homes and jobs.

I also hope that the PN stops treating the Maltese public as idiots, when they say that the PL voted in favour of Illegal Immigrants getting voting rights they are only confirming that they have got so used to lying to the public, that they are now believing their own lies. There is such a thing called internet where one can accuratly determine and find out the truth without having to resort to lies from the PN , PL or the Maltese media, they all lie according to their own agenda, on the otherhand the internet provides the golden treasure called truth, which is extremely lacking in the Maltese Politics and media.

Come on June 2009, I think that after that month the EU will never be the same again. To our representatives in the EU- you’d better plan your exit as the time of stealing our tax money is soon coming to an end- make the most of your filthy, greedy hands in the big pie.

Recent Newspaper reports:

Tuesday, 5th May 2009 – 14:39CET

PN ’strongly condemns’ PL statement on immigration

The Nationalist Party said today it strongly condemned a statement issued by the Labour Party on illegal immigration, saying the party had destroyed national consensus on this issue and put partisan interests before the national interest.

“Through its decision to destroy the national consensus on immigration, the Labour Party under Joseph Muscat has reduced politics to the lowest level. Consensus on such a sensitive issue had even been maintained under Alfred Sant , but Joseph Muscat’s earthquake has managed to destroy it,” the PN said.

The PN claimed that the PL leader, through an ‘irresponsible position’ was serving the interests of the Italian government, which had an interest in taking over Malta’s search and rescue area and the Flight Information Region.

It said the PL had a dismal record on illegal immigration. As an MEP, Dr Muscat never took any initiative on immigration, but then in Malta he threatened use of the veto in the EU institutions.

The Labour MEPs had also voted in a contradictory fashion on the granting of the right to vote to migrants. In June 2005, one of the Labour MEPs voted in favour, in July 2006 the three MEPs, including Dr Muscat, abstained, and in September last year, they did not vote despite being present. In April, as the election approached, they voted against.

The Labour MEPs had also abstained during votes on detention policy and the repatriation of migrants and they had voted against keeping immigration a priority of the EU.

This contrasted with the actions of the Nationalist MEPs, who had helped shape the European Parliament’s policy on immigration, helped increase the Frontex budget and achieved the Parliament’s backing for amendments to the Dublin regulation and mandatory burden-sharing.

The PN insisted it would always seek the national interest in its policies on immigration.

See PL statement at:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090505/local/pn-strongly-condemns-pl-statement-on-immigration

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Tuesday, 5th May 2009 – 11:25CET

Government decision on migration – “too little, too late” – PL

The Labour Party said today that the immigration issue showed that that this was a case of management by crisis and the government was continue to show itself to lack backbone.

The party was reacting to yesterday’s government statement, where it said that migrants in distress who abandoned their boats would be taken to the nearest port, but others may be assisted to continue on their journey.

The PL said this was nothing more than a spur of the moment reaction by the Gonzi government which was managing by crisis after having fallen into the trap laid by the Italians. The government had had to assume responsibility for 66 migrants which should have been taken in by Italy.

The Prime Minister had lost control of the situation and the decisions it was taking now were too little, too late. Labour leader Joseph Muscat had urged the government not to sign the Immigration Pact because it did not feature mandatory burden-sharing. Now Dr Muscat was being proved right, the PL said.

The PN and its colleagues in the PPE had not voted in favour of the EU Immigration Agency but now they agreed with it.

The PL also pointed out that the government had claimed that the issue of responsibility for the migrants had been solved in a phone call between Dr Gonzi and Sig Berlusconi in the wake of the Pinar E incident, only for it to have resurfaced once more.

The government, the PL said, should admit it had no plan to tackle immigration, in contrast to the PL which had published a plan with 20 points.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090505/local/government-decision-on-migration-too-little-too-late-pl

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Tuesday, 5th May 2009 – 10:25CET

AN says its migrants policy has been vindicated

Tuesday, 5th May 2009 – 10:25CET

AN says its migrants policy has been vindicated
Azzjoni Nazzjonali said today that the Maltese government had finally decided to show some resolve on illegal immigration.

“The Cabinet’s decision to ‘assist such persons to continue on their way without danger’ is another vindication of AN’s policies outlined in its 10 point action plan on illegal immigration. These 10 points which included the proposal to escorting immigrants safely to outside our territorial waters were ironically ridiculed as ‘unfeasible’ and ‘extreme’ by the authorities themselves,” AN said.

“It is also salient that this policy was also one of the few points that PL did not copy from AN. Despite the government’s statements, Azzjoni Nazzjonali had retorted that it was only a matter of time before the government would have to eat its words and resort to such a measure. Circumstances have proved AN correct yet again as it also was when it had foretold that both Frontex and voluntary burden sharing would prove to be abject failures despite being hailed as a means of salvation by the government,” the political party added.

“Whilst Azzjoni Nazzjonali will continue to support our authorities, whenever they show conviction and resolve to take the actions that are necessary to defend our country’s sovereign rights, it believes that Malta and Italy, both of which are victims of a new form of colonization would be better served if they collaborated and adopted a common stand. Both countries have a common cause to pile the necessary pressure on other member states to institute EU repatriation agreements with third party countries and to amend the Dublin II convention. It is only in this fashion that both countries can eventually solve the problem of illegal immigration justly and humanely,” it added.

It appealed for both governments put aside their grievances and work to put up a common front so that the problem can be addressed seriously to the benefit of both.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090505/local/an-says-its-migrants-policy-has-been-vindicated
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Tuesday, 5th May 2009

Migrants at sea will get help to reach Italy
Kurt Sansone

The Cabinet yesterday upped the stakes in Malta’s diplomatic row with Italy when it decided that the government could provide immigrants at sea with assistance to continue on their way towards Italy.

The decision signifies a marked shift in government policy towards migrants making the journey across the Mediterranean.

In a strongly worded statement after a Cabinet meeting, which discussed the most recent case involving the rescue of 66 immigrants off Lampedusa, the government reaffirmed its obligation to help those who found themselves in difficulty.

However, it qualified the meaning of help, insisting this would vary on a case-by-case basis. People who faced danger because their boat was in no shape to travel would have to be taken to the nearest port.

In other cases, immigrants would be granted the necessary assistance “to be able to continue their voyage without danger.”

Previously, there was no policy to intervene in this way, especially given that such action would certainly have incurred Italy’s displeasure.

Referring to the recent incident, the government accused Italy of reneging on its international obligations when it stopped an AFM patrol boat from disembarking the rescued migrants at Lampedusa.

The Cabinet described Italy’s excuse that it did not have the necessary means to rescue the migrants as contradictory because when the AFM patrol boat arrived on the scene a helicopter belonging to the Guardia di Finanza was already hovering above the migrants’ dinghy.

The Italian ambassador’s claims that Lampedusa was not a “safe” port of call were also deemed “unacceptable”.

“Lampedusa is an integral part of the Italian territory to which the island has frequent and regular transport services,” the Cabinet said.

The government reiterated that it would not accede to Italy’s request to take over parts of Malta’s search and rescue area.

The proposal to lend assistance to some boats replicates that made by far-right party Azzjoni Nazzjonali earlier this year and vindicates a similar suggestion made by Nationalist backbencher Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, who argued that rescued migrants should be put on a boat and sent back to Libya.

However, this tactic is not new. It had already been tried in 2003 when the Armed Forces of Malta had intercepted a boatload of 148 immigrants, who were given enough fuel to reach Italy. The Italian authorities sent them back on arrival by virtue of the bilateral repatriation agreement signed between both countries.

The proposal is also along the lines suggested by the Labour Party. Last month, Labour presented a 20-point plan, which included the suggestion to temporarily suspend Malta’s international obligations.

Earlier in the day Labour leader Joseph Muscat criticized the government for its handling of the most recent spat with Italy.

He accused it of falling into the “Italian trap” when it believed their excuse that they had no means to rescue the migrants that were closer to Lampedusa.

“The government should have never accepted such an excuse from Italy. It is simply not credible,” Dr Muscat said.

However, he did not say what should have been done and whether the government was right to dispatch a patrol boat to rescue the migrants, who were in a precarious situation.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090505/local/migrants-at-sea-will-get-help-to-reach-italy

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Friday, 1st May 2009 – 20:32CET

JRS calls on EU to establish clear rules on rescue at sea
Yesterday’s rescue of migrants from a vessel in distress by the Maltese authorities highlighted the lack of clarity of existing rules on rescue at sea and admission of survivors, the Jesuit Refugee Service said.

In a statement, JRS Malta called upon the European Union to establish clear rules in this regard.

Yesterday, the government admitted to Malta 66 irregular migrants rescued from their dinghy, even though they were a short distance away from the Italian island of Lampedusa.

“This incident underscores the need for a system that allows for effective responsibility sharing among member states of the EU, to ensure that the states along the Mediterranean border are not left to deal with maritime arrivals single-handedly,” JRS director Fr Joseph Cassar SJ, said.

“Many people making the crossing are in fact in need of international protection, which means that they will face serious harm if they are returned to their country. They use an irregular route because it is impossible for them to reach a place of safety in any other way,” he said.

JRS Malta commended the “courageous decision” to put people’s needs first, in spite of possible misgivings regarding legal responsibility.

“We must highlight the significance of the decision. On the fifth anniversary of Malta’s accession to the EU, this action sets out the true values that give us direction as a nation,” Fr Cassar said.

He said that Mediterranean states could not respond with solidarity to the human drama unfolding in the region without the support of other member states.

JRS was concerned that lack of adequate burden-sharing mechanisms could lead to situations where states refused to grant admission to migrants, as witnessed in recent days or, worse, to refuse to save migrants in distress because of the implications of a decision to accept them.

It called for the creation of effective burden-sharing mechanisms among EU member states to ensure that the right to seek asylum was safeguarded.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090501/local/jrs-calls-on-eu-to-establish-clear-rules-on-rescue-at-sea

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Malta fell into Italy’s trap – Joseph Muscat

The Maltese government gave in yesterday and fell into Italy’s trap when it brought over to Malta 66 migrants who had been saved by the Armed Forces of Malta close to Lampedusa, Labour Party leader Joseph Muscat said.

Speaking this evening during the party’s May Day celebrations, Dr Muscat said he believed this was ample proof that a serious plan was needed in this area, rather than management by crisis.

The party’s action plan was spot on and needed badly. The national interest had to be considered first and foremost.

He said that EU Socialist leader Martin Schulz had written to him guaranteeing support for Malta – a country with a unique problem of illegal migration. Mr Schulz said that Malta could not wait for the EU anymore and needed to be treated as a special case since the issue has become too sensitive and urgent.

In a reply to Dr Muscat’s speech, the Nationalist Party said that although the Labour leader called for drastic action on illegal migration, when it came to voting on motions which directly affected Malta in Brussels, the Labour MEPs abstained or did not vote.

The Labour leader also tackled the financial crisis, saying this was created by conservative governments that believed money came first and people second.

Even though Malta had not been affected initially, the Prime Minister had created uncertainty by introducing higher utility rates, and bringing on an economic crisis with his own hands.

The government, he said, could not decide whether it created 7,000 or 2,000 jobs, but unemployment grew by 15 percent, with 1,000 more people registering for work than last year.

The Labour leader accused Dr Gonzi of reducing conditions of work and said the state needed to help the economic situation by reducing taxes and creating more investment.

He said there was a severe problem of deficit in the country, coupled with a lack of investment, which he said dropped by 40 per cent since last year.

Mentioning a list of companies which had decided to reduce their workforce even after promises by Dr Gonzi that this would not be the case, Dr Muscat said that workers needed to give the government a sign.

“If you stay home the person you will please most is Dr Gonzi,” he said, referring to the forthcoming EP election.

The PN said later that the Labour Party did not know the difference between job creation and an increase in jobs and mixed the two together.

He also ignored the fact that foreign investment last year amounted to €624 million.

Dr Muscat led a demonstration from the Palace in Valletta to Freedom Square, from where he addressed the gathering.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090501/local/serious-immigration-plan-needed-joseph-muscat

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Malta Politicians – A Jesuits Connection?

It is interesting to note, that quite a few of our key Politicians in Malta have received their education at a Jesuits School in Malta. I wonder how most of these Politicians are also descendants of Politicians or Members of a Religious order. I wonder if the Jesuits have a stronghold on our key politicians to advance the Jesuits agenda (see Jesuits article in this Blog).
Knowing that the Jesuits are not a defined religious order or rather described as a religious Military order that operates rather like Masonry, one can easily arrive to a different conclusion. People might look one thing on surface but the underlying motives might be otherwise. Coincidentally looking at profiles of other Political Party’s members and also key people in the Judicial, Law & Order enforcement agencies, and TV personalities and other areas of public importance also seem to have a Jesuits connection. Is it a coincidence or a Jesuits Plot – you the Public be the judge. Here are are the profiles of key politicians in Government that affect your daily life.

Malta Current Prime Minister- 2009

Malta Current Prime Minister- 2009

Lawrence Gonzi was born in Valletta on 1 July 1953 and is the elder of four siblings. He received his formal education at St Joseph school and later at St Aloysious College and The Archbishop’s Seminary. Lawrence Gonzi was also a member of the Circolo Gioventu` Cattolica.

Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment

https://maltanews.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/malta-mep-elections-2009-pnpl-in-a-panic/

<![CDATA[The PN and PL are stumbling over each other, in trying to present themselves as the defenders of the Maltese Public and the future of the Maltese Islands.

You could smell an election in Malta, by the sudden Political agenda springing to life. The failure of both the PN and the PL, to keep mum for years, in regards to Malta’s invasion of the islands by illegal immigrants, has now caught up with both the major parties. Mr Gonzi and Co, including the PN MEP’s have now realized how naive they were in trusting the EU to assist and help Malta in alleviating the burden of illegal immigrant, with promise after promise that the EU is about to start tackling this problem seriously, something that not only did not materialize, but even our neighbor Italy made a mockery of our Government. Our illegal immigration spokesman in the EU, after all kinds of promises in imminent EU assistance has now resigned from the idea that the EU is four square behind him on his action plan, with the EU resigning to the idea that Malta will be lost to the illegal immigrants.

Gonzi and Co have been now exposed to the Maltese public, for what they really are. Last minute springing to life regarding this issue will not help the PN in non other by being despised by the current and future Maltese, for not coming to our defense when they were duty bound to defend the Maltese public who elected them. Instead they chose willingly not to, just to please other Countries. They have now sprung to life because they know that the public will be showing their anger with vengeance, they will give their answer the PN for branding the Maltese public racists and xenophobes in the polls in the upcoming MEP elections, they will reply to the legislation against the Maltese public by passing anti-Maltese laws for those that speak and voice their opinion against the settling and integration in Malta of illegal immigrants. The public will show their anger against the current Government for squandering their taxed income on illegal immigration while creating all kinds of hardship on the Maltese families by creating all kinds of Taxes, Tariffs and other hidden monetary burden just to appease the EU, the UN and NGO groups that have never been responsible in electing our present leaders. No one will ever trust the PN and their representatives again because everybody now got used to their lies, that before an election they spring to life and the next day after the election, they die again till the next election. The time has come, and when other European Citizens see that the Maltese public is now tired of being lied to, they will too start working seriously to regain control of their own Countries. Europe created an integrated Europe for the benefit of its people not to be given to all other Nationals that don’t have the right to work, live and reside there, not for other Nationals to take their livelihood, workplace, businesses, whole cities, and their hard earned money that was paid to alleviate the hardship of their fellow citizens and now being given away to other countries. Instead of all EU countries saving our money in the good days for a rainy day instead they chose to give it away and squander our money irresponsibly, even the auditors of the EU have qualms regarding EU unaccountable spending and giving away tax money. To make things worse all EU leaders and EU Countries Leaders have the guts to spend even more of our tax money to save their own money after the financial crash instead of saving homes and jobs.

I also hope that the PN stops treating the Maltese public as idiots, when they say that the PL voted in favour of Illegal Immigrants getting voting rights they are only confirming that they have got so used to lying to the public, that they are now believing their own lies. There is such a thing called internet where one can accuratly determine and find out the truth without having to resort to lies from the PN , PL or the Maltese media, they all lie according to their own agenda, on the otherhand the internet provides the golden treasure called truth, which is extremely lacking in the Maltese Politics and media.

Come on June 2009, I think that after that month the EU will never be the same again. To our representatives in the EU- you’d better plan your exit as the time of stealing our tax money is soon coming to an end- make the most of your filthy, greedy hands in the big pie.

Recent Newspaper reports:

Tuesday, 5th May 2009 – 14:39CET

 

PN ‘strongly condemns’ PL statement on immigration
The Nationalist Party said today it strongly condemned a statement issued by the Labour Party on illegal immigration, saying the party had destroyed national consensus on this issue and put partisan interests before the national interest.

“Through its decision to destroy the national consensus on immigration, the Labour Party under Joseph Muscat has reduced politics to the lowest level. Consensus on such a sensitive issue had even been maintained under Alfred Sant , but Joseph Muscat’s earthquake has managed to destroy it,” the PN said.

The PN claimed that the PL leader, through an ‘irresponsible position’ was serving the interests of the Italian government, which had an interest in taking over Malta’s search and rescue area and the Flight Information Region.

It said the PL had a dismal record on illegal immigration. As an MEP, Dr Muscat never took any initiative on immigration, but then in Malta he threatened use of the veto in the EU institutions.

The Labour MEPs had also voted in a contradictory fashion on the granting of the right to vote to migrants. In June 2005, one of the Labour MEPs voted in favour, in July 2006 the three MEPs, including Dr Muscat, abstained, and in September last year, they did not vote despite being present. In April, as the election approached, they voted against.

The Labour MEPs had also abstained during votes on detention policy and the repatriation of migrants and they had voted against keeping immigration a priority of the EU.

This contrasted with the actions of the Nationalist MEPs, who had helped shape the European Parliament’s policy on immigration, helped increase the Frontex budget and achieved the Parliament’s backing for amendments to the Dublin regulation and mandatory burden-sharing.

The PN insisted it would always seek the national interest in its policies on immigration.

See PL statement at:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090505/local/pn-strongly-condemns-pl-statement-on-immigration

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Tuesday, 5th May 2009 – 11:25CET

Government decision on migration – “too little, too late” – PL

The Labour Party said today that the immigration issue showed that that this was a case of management by crisis and the government was continue to show itself to lack backbone.

The party was reacting to yesterday’s government statement, where it said that migrants in distress who abandoned their boats would be taken to the nearest port, but others may be assisted to continue on their journey.

The PL said this was nothing more than a spur of the moment reaction by the Gonzi government which was managing by crisis after having fallen into the trap laid by the Italians. The government had had to assume responsibility for 66 migrants which should have been taken in by Italy.

The Prime Minister had lost control of the situation and the decisions it was taking now were too little, too late. Labour leader Joseph Muscat had urged the government not to sign the Immigration Pact because it did not feature mandatory burden-sharing. Now Dr Muscat was being proved right, the PL said.

The PN and its colleagues in the PPE had not voted in favour of the EU Immigration Agency but now they agreed with it.

The PL also pointed out that the government had claimed that the issue of responsibility for the migrants had been solved in a phone call between Dr Gonzi and Sig Berlusconi in the wake of the Pinar E incident, only for it to have resurfaced once more.

The government, the PL said, should admit it had no plan to tackle immigration, in contrast to the PL which had published a plan with 20 points.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090505/local/government-decision-on-migration-too-little-too-late-pl

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Tuesday, 5th May 2009 – 10:25CET

AN says its migrants policy has been vindicated
Azzjoni Nazzjonali said today that the Maltese government had finally decided to show some resolve on illegal immigration.

“The Cabinet’s decision to ‘assist such persons to continue on their way without danger’ is another vindication of AN’s policies outlined in its 10 point action plan on illegal immigration. These 10 points which included the proposal to escorting immigrants safely to outside our territorial waters were ironically ridiculed as ‘unfeasible’ and ‘extreme’ by the authorities themselves,” AN said.

“It is also salient that this policy was also one of the few points that PL did not copy from AN. Despite the government’s statements, Azzjoni Nazzjonali had retorted that it was only a matter of time before the government would have to eat its words and resort to such a measure. Circumstances have proved AN correct yet again as it also was when it had foretold that both Frontex and voluntary burden sharing would prove to be abject failures despite being hailed as a means of salvation by the government,” the political party added.

“Whilst Azzjoni Nazzjonali will continue to support our authorities, whenever they show conviction and resolve to take the actions that are necessary to defend our country’s sovereign rights, it believes that Malta and Italy, both of which are victims of a new form of colonization would be better served if they collaborated and adopted a common stand. Both countries have a common cause to pile the necessary pressure on other member states to institute EU repatriation agreements with third party countries and to amend the Dublin II convention. It is only in this fashion that both countries can eventually solve the problem of illegal immigration justly and humanely,” it added.

It appealed for both governments put aside their grievances and work to put up a common front so that the problem can be addressed seriously to the benefit of both.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090505/local/an-says-its-migrants-policy-has-been-vindicated
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Tuesday, 5th May 2009

Migrants at sea will get help to reach Italy
Kurt Sansone

The Cabinet yesterday upped the stakes in Malta’s diplomatic row with Italy when it decided that the government could provide immigrants at sea with assistance to continue on their way towards Italy.

The decision signifies a marked shift in government policy towards migrants making the journey across the Mediterranean.

In a strongly worded statement after a Cabinet meeting, which discussed the most recent case involving the rescue of 66 immigrants off Lampedusa, the government reaffirmed its obligation to help those who found themselves in difficulty.

However, it qualified the meaning of help, insisting this would vary on a case-by-case basis. People who faced danger because their boat was in no shape to travel would have to be taken to the nearest port.

In other cases, immigrants would be granted the necessary assistance “to be able to continue their voyage without danger.”

Previously, there was no policy to intervene in this way, especially given that such action would certainly have incurred Italy’s displeasure.

Referring to the recent incident, the government accused Italy of reneging on its international obligations when it stopped an AFM patrol boat from disembarking the rescued migrants at Lampedusa.

The Cabinet described Italy’s excuse that it did not have the necessary means to rescue the migrants as contradictory because when the AFM patrol boat arrived on the scene a helicopter belonging to the Guardia di Finanza was already hovering above the migrants’ dinghy.

The Italian ambassador’s claims that Lampedusa was not a “safe” port of call were also deemed “unacceptable”.

“Lampedusa is an integral part of the Italian territory to which the island has frequent and regular transport services,” the Cabinet said.

The government reiterated that it would not accede to Italy’s request to take over parts of Malta’s search and rescue area.

The proposal to lend assistance to some boats replicates that made by far-right party Azzjoni Nazzjonali earlier this year and vindicates a similar suggestion made by Nationalist backbencher Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, who argued that rescued migrants should be put on a boat and sent back to Libya.

However, this tactic is not new. It had already been tried in 2003 when the Armed Forces of Malta had intercepted a boatload of 148 immigrants, who were given enough fuel to reach Italy. The Italian authorities sent them back on arrival by virtue of the bilateral repatriation agreement signed between both countries.

The proposal is also along the lines suggested by the Labour Party. Last month, Labour presented a 20-point plan, which included the suggestion to temporarily suspend Malta’s international obligations.

Earlier in the day Labour leader Joseph Muscat criticized the government for its handling of the most recent spat with Italy.

He accused it of falling into the “Italian trap” when it believed their excuse that they had no means to rescue the migrants that were closer to Lampedusa.

“The government should have never accepted such an excuse from Italy. It is simply not credible,” Dr Muscat said.

However, he did not say what should have been done and whether the government was right to dispatch a patrol boat to rescue the migrants, who were in a precarious situation.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090505/local/migrants-at-sea-will-get-help-to-reach-italy

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Friday, 1st May 2009 – 20:32CET

JRS calls on EU to establish clear rules on rescue at sea
Yesterday’s rescue of migrants from a vessel in distress by the Maltese authorities highlighted the lack of clarity of existing rules on rescue at sea and admission of survivors, the Jesuit Refugee Service said.

In a statement, JRS Malta called upon the European Union to establish clear rules in this regard.

Yesterday, the government admitted to Malta 66 irregular migrants rescued from their dinghy, even though they were a short distance away from the Italian island of Lampedusa.

“This incident underscores the need for a system that allows for effective responsibility sharing among member states of the EU, to ensure that the states along the Mediterranean border are not left to deal with maritime arrivals single-handedly,” JRS director Fr Joseph Cassar SJ, said.

“Many people making the crossing are in fact in need of international protection, which means that they will face serious harm if they are returned to their country. They use an irregular route because it is impossible for them to reach a place of safety in any other way,” he said.

JRS Malta commended the “courageous decision” to put people’s needs first, in spite of possible misgivings regarding legal responsibility.

“We must highlight the significance of the decision. On the fifth anniversary of Malta’s accession to the EU, this action sets out the true values that give us direction as a nation,” Fr Cassar said.

He said that Mediterranean states could not respond with solidarity to the human drama unfolding in the region without the support of other member states.

JRS was concerned that lack of adequate burden-sharing mechanisms could lead to situations where states refused to grant admission to migrants, as witnessed in recent days or, worse, to refuse to save migrants in distress because of the implications of a decision to accept them.

It called for the creation of effective burden-sharing mechanisms among EU member states to ensure that the right to seek asylum was safeguarded.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090501/local/jrs-calls-on-eu-to-establish-clear-rules-on-rescue-at-sea

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Malta fell into Italy’s trap – Joseph Muscat

The Maltese government gave in yesterday and fell into Italy’s trap when it brought over to Malta 66 migrants who had been saved by the Armed Forces of Malta close to Lampedusa, Labour Party leader Joseph Muscat said.

Speaking this evening during the party’s May Day celebrations, Dr Muscat said he believed this was ample proof that a serious plan was needed in this area, rather than management by crisis.

The party’s action plan was spot on and needed badly. The national interest had to be considered first and foremost.

He said that EU Socialist leader Martin Schulz had written to him guaranteeing support for Malta – a country with a unique problem of illegal migration. Mr Schulz said that Malta could not wait for the EU anymore and needed to be treated as a special case since the issue has become too sensitive and urgent.

In a reply to Dr Muscat’s speech, the Nationalist Party said that although the Labour leader called for drastic action on illegal migration, when it came to voting on motions which directly affected Malta in Brussels, the Labour MEPs abstained or did not vote.

The Labour leader also tackled the financial crisis, saying this was created by conservative governments that believed money came first and people second.

Even though Malta had not been affected initially, the Prime Minister had created uncertainty by introducing higher utility rates, and bringing on an economic crisis with his own hands.

The government, he said, could not decide whether it created 7,000 or 2,000 jobs, but unemployment grew by 15 percent, with 1,000 more people registering for work than last year.

The Labour leader accused Dr Gonzi of reducing conditions of work and said the state needed to help the economic situation by reducing taxes and creating more investment.

He said there was a severe problem of deficit in the country, coupled with a lack of investment, which he said dropped by 40 per cent since last year.

Mentioning a list of companies which had decided to reduce their workforce even after promises by Dr Gonzi that this would not be the case, Dr Muscat said that workers needed to give the government a sign.

“If you stay home the person you will please most is Dr Gonzi,” he said, referring to the forthcoming EP election.

The PN said later that the Labour Party did not know the difference between job creation and an increase in jobs and mixed the two together.

He also ignored the fact that foreign investment last year amounted to €624 million.

Dr Muscat led a demonstration from the Palace in Valletta to Freedom Square, from where he addressed the gathering.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090501/local/serious-immigration-plan-needed-joseph-muscat

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