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Interview

  • ‘After I was raped, I was finished’

    ‘After I was raped, I was finished’

    The only boy to be raped from the 11 who were abused by priests at Sta Venera’s St Joseph Home, LC, speaks for the first time about how he was sexually assaulted by three priests while he was an orphan in their care. It was Sunday afternoon and...

  • ‘Inside we’re falling to bits’

    ‘Inside we’re falling to bits’

    Lawrence Grech and Joseph Magro, who were sexually abused by Fr Carmelo Pulis when they were teenage orphans, speak to Ariadne Massa about how tough it was to testify against a man they considered to be their father. Their biggest satisfaction...

  • Time to handle with care

    Time to handle with care

    Engineer and businessman Joseph Caruana assumed the role of Mater Dei Hospital CEO three months ago. He speaks to Ariadne Massa about waiting lists, bed shortage, and being bowled over by the staff’s dedication. What do you bring to the job? All...

  • Arriva: The road to redemption

    Arriva: The road to redemption

    The new bus service was introduced with high expectations two weeks ago, followed by bitter disappointment. Keith Bastow, managing director of Arriva Malta, tells Patrick Cooke how his company had prepared itself, and what has happened since. Do...

  • Arriva are here, but will they get there?

    Arriva are here, but will they get there?

    Arriva’s first week of operating the new public transport system was marked by driver walk-outs, lengthy delays, long journeys, irate commuters, bus breakdowns and faulty equipment. Patrick Cooke finds the jury is still out on whether Arriva is...

  • Girl, uninterrupted

    Girl, uninterrupted

    Oscar-winning actress, sex symbol, mother, Brad Pitt’s ‘other half’, icon... humanitarian. Angelina Jolie tells Herman Grech she wants to make herself “useful”. A row of arms stretch through the bars inside Lyster Barracks detention centre...

  • Melancholic, melodic bittersweet journey

    Melancholic, melodic bittersweet journey

    Italian singer Zucchero has come full circle with his recent introspective album. In the run-up to his Malta concert, he tells Fiona Galea Debono he no longer fits in and relates to today’s world... even if his music definitely does. The rain is...

  • Prepare for take off

    Prepare for take off

    In their first interview, Air Malta chairman Louis Farrugia and CEO Peter Davies tell Herman Grech they intend to ‘save’ 700 jobs. It’s been weeks since the restructuring process was announced and yet workers are still in the dark. How long will...

  • ‘Something I had to do’

    ‘Something I had to do’

    Nationalist MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando tells Herman Grech his party will only be spared embarrassment if all MPs reflect last week’s Yes to divorce. A few days after the electorate gave the thumbs up to the introduction of divorce in Malta, how...

  • American history’s ex

    American history’s ex

    Outgoing US Ambassador Douglas Kmiec speaks to Anthony Manduca about his Catholic faith, disappointment with the State Department, and continuing loyalty to Barack Obama. US Ambassador Douglas Kmiec leaves office on Tuesday after being criticised...

  • Deborah Schembri: 'Give love another chance'

    Deborah Schembri: 'Give love another chance'

    Yes movement chairman Deborah Schembri tells Christian Peregin conservative divorce legislation is better than nothing. Have you considered a career in politics or has this campaign been too tough on you? I don’t think the campaign was tough...

  • Andre' Camilleri: 'No cure for divorce'

    Andre' Camilleri: 'No cure for divorce'

    Anti-divorce movement chairman Andre Camilleri tells Christian Peregin solutions proposed by every European country have made the problem worse. Recently we asked if your campaign is being funded by the Church and the Nationalist Party. But we...

  • This able woman

    This able woman

    Winning Worker of the Year is no mean feat, but Vickie Gauci née Sciberras has impressed with bigger achievements in life. Thrown into a wheelchair by a freakaccident eight years ago, she tells Ariadne Massa walking does not top her wish...

  • ‘We legislate for society, not for the individual’

    ‘We legislate for society, not for the individual’

    Andre Pace, a 22-year-old undergraduate, tells Kristina Chetcuti he would never seek to remarry if he had to experience marriage breakdown. Andre Pace has not really ever been in close contact with people who have been through a marital break-up –...

  • ‘My parents are happier apart’

    ‘My parents are happier apart’

    Sarah Mallia tells Kristina Chetcuti that children adapt to different situations. Sarah Mallia was on the brink of teenage-hood when her parents separated. At 13, it was a shock for her and her 10-year-old sister. However, they were not surprised,...

  • Mission not impossible

    Mission not impossible

    Five years after seven vehicles belonging to the Jesuit community were torched after their support for irregular immigrants’ rights, St Aloysius’ College rector Fr Patrick Magro tells Ariadne Massa the order still receives threats. Just after...

  • Firm foundations

    Firm foundations

    Former egg seller. Ex-mayor. Construction magnate. Major donor. Staunch Nationalist. Vassallo Group chairman Nazzareno Vassallo speaks to Herman Grech as his business turns 65 this year. Nazzareno Vassallo’s foray into the business scene 50 years...

  • In a class of his own

    In a class of his own

    A man with a steely disposition who faced tense disputes head-on, outgoing Malta Union of Teachers president John Bencini tells Ariadne Massa how he was shattered by a threatening phone call from a fellow trade unionist. On July 15, 2010, at 2.35...

  • Waking from a bad dream

    Waking from a bad dream

    Libyans no longer fear dictatorship and should be helped to remove Muammar Gaddafi, anti-regime campaigner Yousef Lamlum tells Kurt Sansone. Anti-GaddafiName: Yousef LamlumAge: 47Occupation: UnemployedBorn: MisurataIn Malta for: 20 years Libyan ...

  • People still want Gaddafi

    People still want Gaddafi

    Libyans should be left free to decide their own future without media distortion of the truth, Gaddafi supporter Laila Losta tells Kurt Sansone. Pro-GaddafiName: Laila LostaAge: 30Works: Third secretary at the Libyan embassy in MaltaBorn: TripoliIn...

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