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Interview

  • Interview: Liam Fox on international reaction to Libya

    British Defence Secretary Liam Fox was in Malta for a lightning visit. Patrick Cooke put questions to him on the Libyan crisis. Are anti-Gaddafi forces capable of toppling the regime without international assistance that goes beyond sanctions? It...

  • Going all the way

    Going all the way

    Award-winning actor, political activist and family man Martin Sheen speaks to Paula Fleri-Soler about humanity and his way in his latest film. US Ambassador Douglas Kmiec introduced Martin Sheen to the 200-odd moviegoers who packed the Embassy...

  • No remorse about divorce

    No remorse about divorce

    Nationalist Party general secretary Paul Borg Olivier tells Herman Grech his party has been consistent on the divorce issue. How would you describe the state of your party at this point in time? Considering the current political climate, the PN is...

  • The fight against crime

    The fight against crime

    He puts criminals behind bars, but Assistant Police Commissioner Pierre Calleja tells Kurt Sansone reality is different from the glamorous perception created by TV police series. A number of high profile hold-ups last year raised alarm bells. Is...

  • In the line of fire

    In the line of fire

    Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici has to handle a number of hot potatoes. He speaks to Kurt Sansone about parole, prison conditions, strip searches and fireworks. The Restorative Justice Bill published last week will introduce parole,...

  • ‘I will not play games’

    ‘I will not play games’

    Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi tells Herman Grech he believes his entire team still backs him, despite the honorarium fiasco. You’ve just asked ministers to refund part of their pay increase. What made you change your mind? After three years of...

  • In defence of the profession

    In defence of the profession

    Andrew Borg Cardona has been president of the Chamber of Advocates for four years. As he nears the end of his last term, he speaks to Kurt Sansone about bail, suspended sentences, the judicial system and divorce. Anger soon followed shock when...

  • They said it here

    “In this business, 80 per cent of football agents are crooks” Footballer - Daniel Bogdanovic (June 20) “I am not authoritarian and it is a great challenge for me whenever I have to impose a decision” Archbishop - Paul Cremona (June 27) “In...

  • They said it here

    “If six environmentalists chain themselves to Auberge de Castille, we call it advocacy. But when priests speak out they are accused of imposition.” Lecturer, blogger - Fr Joe Borg (January 10) “Those who know me closely know I’m not the Toni...

  • ‘Life is beautiful, despite...’

    ‘Life is beautiful, despite...’

    ANNABELLE VASSALLO was diagnosed with cancer on Boxing Day in 2006. Four years on, the disease is threatening to cripple her, but Ariadne Massa finds that cancer cannot dent her steely spirit or shake her indomitable faith. A comforting aroma of...

  • More than just a game

    More than just a game

    Malta Football Association president NORMAN DARMANIN DEMAJO tells Herman Grech he is determined to challenge the status quo. You’ve been in the job for more than three months now. What have you contributed so far? My main focus so far has been the...

  • The point with the island

    The point with the island

    On the eve of a share issue, Midi chief executive officer BEN MUSCAT defends Tigné Point and speaks to Christian Peregin about the plans for the idyllic Manoel Island. Sitting at the boardroom table of the Midi offices nestled on Manoel Island,...

  • The long road home

    The long road home

    Transport Minister AUSTIN GATT tells Herman Grech he would rather be unpopular than ignore the ideals he fought for throughout his political career. Many have applauded the government’s decision to reform the transport sector, describing it as...

  • Hanging out with God

    Hanging out with God

    Nicknamed the Singing Seminarian, ROBERT GALEA, who was ordained a priest on Friday, speaks to Ariadne Massa about his rebellious teenage years, celibacy and his excitement to spread the Word of God through his music. Wearing a black hoodie and...

  • ‘Libya never needed a bridge’

    ‘Libya never needed a bridge’

    It was a second return to Malta for Libyan ambassador SAADUN SUAYEH when presenting his credentials in August. He tells Kurt Sansone his country has come a long way on issues of concern for the West. Immigrants tell shocking stories of abuse at...

  • Long road to freedom

    Long road to freedom

    As he packs his bags to leave for Germany, aspiring electrician ZAKARIA AL NOOR tells Christian Peregin why he fled Sudan and could not live in a country which tolerates racism. Five years ago, Zakaria Al Noor put on a brand new pair of leather...

  • The human rights freak

    The human rights freak

    Giovanni Bonello has retired from his posting as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. He talks to Kurt Sansone at the start of his sabbatical from a career that saw him plough through thick and thin. The Constitutional Court last week...

  • The road to atonement

    The road to atonement

    US Ambassador Douglas Kmiec is still struggling to come to terms with the tragic car crash that robbed him of two close friends six weeks ago. He tells Ariadne Massa how he wakes up at night with a jolt every two hours as he relives the haunting...

  • A doctor in the House

    A doctor in the House

    Former Labour Speaker, minister, doctor and environmentalist DANIEL MICALLEF tells Herman Grech it was integrity that made him soldier on in politics, despite the odds. Daniel Micallef offers a gentle handshake and makes a beeline for his “den”, a...

  • Defending his position

    Defending his position

    For many people your resignation was like a bolt out of the blue. Is that how it was for you? No, it wasn’t like that for me because I had decided I would resign if faced with this situation a while ago. I was set on this course when the case was...

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