THE SUNDAY TIMES: Person of the Year

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2017-12-24T10:28:44+00:00Sun, 24th Dec '17, 10:28|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "The day after tomorrow, Malta will go in its yearly orgy of self-congratulation, translating our capacity for human compassion into millions and other such record numbers. But for all those compassionate givers, a political killing has been suffered by a family that cries mercury and sleeps on [...]

Single digits

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2017-12-24T10:26:01+00:00Sun, 24th Dec '17, 10:21|

Malta Today's measure of Adrian Delia's trust-rating is now at 7.2%. You do not kick a man when he's down. But you crouch down and whisper in his ear whether he should be wondering now if he is really in a fight he can win. He may be completely confident in his abilities in ways [...]

Where’s the left?

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2017-12-23T21:06:22+00:00Sat, 23rd Dec '17, 19:58|

I’m all for the withdrawal of government from economic activity. I accept that the motivation of profit drives innovation and that competition ensures the fittest and the leanest provide the market with the best and the cheapest. There’s no reason why government should run the phone company or a transhipment harbour. I disagreed with those [...]

La Repubblica’s 8-page pullout on Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2017-12-22T14:57:48+00:00Fri, 22nd Dec '17, 14:56|

Scroll down for a transcript. SUPER8 Di Carlo Bonini e Giuliano Foschini   Domenica 15 ottobre 2017 “Genna ta Gonna”. Il Paradiso dei giardini. Floriana. Isola di Malta. Quella mattina era felice, Daphne. O, almeno, dava l’idea di esserlo. Ignorava la sua condanna a morte e il tempo che le restava da vivere: 24 ore. Perché così [...]

International journalists should continue Daphne’s investigations – Italian journalists union chief

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2017-12-22T17:51:39+00:00Fri, 22nd Dec '17, 14:40|

Beppe Giulietti, President of the Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana, proposed in a speech a few days ago that investigative journalists take up and continue the investigations that were interrupted by the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. "What happened to Daphne, before or after her death? A continuous campaign to defame her. (...) Daphne connected her [...]

New hospitals owner accused in Westminster of predatory tactics and secretiveness

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2017-12-22T12:51:13+00:00Fri, 22nd Dec '17, 12:34|

Last February the UK's House of Commons debated the activities in the UK and Europe of Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of Steward Health Care that has just acquired Karin Grech, Gozo General and St Luke's Hospital. SNP MP George Kerevan told the UK Parliament "Cerberus Capital Management is an American private equity firm that [...]

Steward Health Care owner is reviewing American spy agencies for Donald Trump

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2017-12-22T17:52:20+00:00Fri, 22nd Dec '17, 12:01|

Steward Health Care, now owners of Gozo General, Karin Grech and St Luke's Hispitals, is owned by Cerberus Capital, a Manhattan asset-management firmed owned by Stephen Freiberg. A few days before the last US Presidential election Stephen Freinberg paid almost a million dollars into Donald Trump's campaign to fund a negative advertising campaign to harm [...]

Steward’s sister company is a private army

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2017-12-22T12:52:41+00:00Fri, 22nd Dec '17, 11:43|

Steward Health Care is owned by New York-based Cerberus Capital Management that also owns DynCorp International a private army hired by the United States for international operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and other war zones. In the 1990s two of its employees were found to have kidnapped children for sex slavery in Bosnia. In Iraq [...]

New hospital owners in financial dire straits since inception

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2017-12-22T14:19:42+00:00Fri, 22nd Dec '17, 11:22|

Steward Health Care, that have just taken over the Gozo General Hospital, St Luke's Hospital and Karin Grech have been in existence since 2010 and have reported yearly losses every year except 2015 when they reported a profit after settling an outstanding pension debt. Steward recorded a loss $52 million in 2013 on $2.1 billion [...]

Steward Medical shut down a hospital they owned for 3 years and fired 700 staff, because it wasn’t making enough money

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2017-12-22T12:54:25+00:00Fri, 22nd Dec '17, 11:04|

Steward Health Care System, the new owners of the St Luke's Hospital, Karin Grech Hospital and Gozo General Hospital, three years ago closed down the 124-year old Quincy Medical Centre Hospital and fired its 700 staff because it was not making enough profit. The hospital closed down in December 2014. Steward had only purchased the [...]

The Daily Swindle

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2017-12-22T12:54:59+00:00Thu, 21st Dec '17, 18:33|

When Chris Fearne took a short break to acknowledge Tim Sebastian's reach-around last week, he lifted his hands up in the air, the palms of his hands away from him, his fingers fanned out, and clarified he did not personally sign the Vitals deal to sell three Maltese hospitals to a company owned by someone [...]

La Repubblica names Daphne Caruana Galizia person of the year

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2017-12-21T11:16:57+00:00Thu, 21st Dec '17, 11:16|

La Repubblica has named Daphne Caruana Galizia person of the year. The decision by La Repubblica was announced in a front page editorial by Roberto Saviano who said Daphne was killed because she understood the illegal flows of money happening through Malta and she understood this was not someone doing something wrong but an entire [...]

‘Sibt Pulizija Laburist’

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2017-12-20T17:35:58+00:00Wed, 20th Dec '17, 17:35|

That immortal phrase that then deputy Labour leader, now judge, Toni Abela was caught using on tape was the thin end of the wedge driven deep in this country to separate justice from tribal convenience. That time Toni Abela was speaking about how best to manage drug distribution from a Labour Party property that by [...]

BREAKING: Keith Schembri frequently called FIAU to call off investigations into Pilatus and other banks, inside source told Daphne Caruana Galizia

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2017-12-20T11:32:50+00:00Wed, 20th Dec '17, 11:32|

Peter Caruana Galizia testified in court today his wife had told him her source inside the FIAU informed her Keith Schembri frequently made calls to the FIAU to tell them not to investigate Pilatus Bank and other private banks. Peter Caruana Galizia was testifying this morning in the case instituted by his family asking the [...]

Must crooks hand themselves in before anything happens?

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2017-12-19T22:43:03+00:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 22:30|

It is logical and predictable for Labour's parliamentary group to use Adrian Delia as their alibi when confronted by the revelations made by Daphne Caruana Galizia about them. Joseph Muscat will go for a tu quoque moral equivalence retort with much less ammunition. The unanswered accusations Daphne Caruana Galizia made on Adrian Delia are serious [...]

Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?

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2017-12-19T20:15:00+00:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 20:15|

This was the central theme of Chris Said's excellent speech in Parliament today. This wasn't just any Shakespearean reference. It wasn't just a smart historical link to Henry II and Thomas a Beckett. This was a metaphor. It was the building of a scenario that we have all slowly started to put together as information [...]

And sure enough, they give themselves a blow job

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2017-12-19T19:49:36+00:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 19:49|

The faint hope that Parliament would instruct the prime minister to order an independent inquiry into the findings and allegations of impropriety and corruption committed by people in public office was very quickly crushed by a government majority that continues to protect the Panama Gang from any investigation into their crimes. In place of Chris [...]

GUEST POST: Presidential humbug

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2017-12-19T19:22:59+00:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 19:22|

This guest post is by Salvu Felice Pace. I often ask myself when I read any of President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s speeches, is she speaking on behalf of her government or is she just commenting on whatever subject she wants to highlight. On a State occasion such as the celebration of Malta’s Republic Day, conventional [...]

The creaking wheels of justice

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2017-12-19T19:02:18+00:00Tue, 19th Dec '17, 19:02|

At last the evidence of the execution of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia has today started being heard. There will be many hurdles ahead but the process has painfully started. But the more important initiative being taken today in the aftermath of Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination is happening up the road from the Courts [...]

Iċ-Ċiniż was in the Court building less than 48 hours after the killing he’s accused of committing

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2017-12-18T23:48:31+00:00Mon, 18th Dec '17, 23:48|

George de Giorgio, known as iċ-Ċiniż, was in the Court building on the 18th of October, 2017, less than 48 hours after the explosion he is accused of detonating that brutally assassinated Daphne Caruana Galizia. He was appearing as a respondent in a civil dispute against him over property filed by a company owned by [...]