Month: December 2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Person of the Year

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Person of the Year

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 …

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Single digits

Single digits

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 …

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Where’s the left?

Where’s the left?

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 …

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

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

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 …

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

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

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 …

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New hospitals owner accused in Westminster of predatory tactics and secretiveness

New hospitals owner accused in Westminster of predatory tactics and secretiveness

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 …

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

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

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 …

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Steward’s sister company is a private army

Steward’s sister company is a private army

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 …

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New hospital owners in financial dire straits since inception

New hospital owners in financial dire straits since inception

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 …

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

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

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 …

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