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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

Elvis and the Angry Friar

Until a couple of weeks ago, I used to walk my dog along the road running past the top end of our estate. I didn’t particularly mind doing this – like all busy roads, it has the advantage of attracting few pedestrians – but the amount of dog mess and broken glass on the ground...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

A dream job recording history

When interviewing in front of the camera, the interviewer has to have total confidence in the person behind the camera. On occasions it is like putting your life into their hands. They are your eyes and ears as you interview your subject and you rely on them, their judgement and experience, especially in tricky situations....

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Respect for opposing views on abortion is ‘crucial’

It’s a sensitive issue and there are significant polarized views locally. The abortion bill debate attracted activists from both sides of the argument to outside Parliament. It was a clear reflection of how strongly people feel about it for and against. But, the legislation discussed will not be passed… at least, not yet. The Chief...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Alice's Table - 'Living history'

It is always hard to imagine that we are living history every day. But the fact is that what just happened a moment ago is already history. In everything you see, one could say, there is a little bit of history. I know of one else who believes this to be the case more so...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

#ThinkingAllowed: Agree or disagree, frontline policing needs a boost

The RGP needs more officers. The force will be getting those over the next three years. The plan, agreed by Government, will mean 50 more officers for frontline policing. This will be achieved by recruiting 26 new officers and the release of 24 from support roles into operational policing. There has been much talk of...

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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

James Joyce and the re-mapping of Gibraltarian identity

When I was studying English at the University of Leeds many years ago, I had a little hobby. I used to spend my spare time in the Brotherton Library searching for references to Gibraltar in nineteenth-century travelogues and memoirs. I quickly learned two things: Gibraltarians were either ignored in these texts or – if by...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Island Games, art and sport legacy

We try and stretch the boundaries each week at our table and this week we push that little bit further. Not just in celebrating the coming together of art and sport at the 2019 NatWest Island Games but in widening our table to welcome five artists who have been pulled together in the art residency...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Intestacies in Gibraltar: Is it time for reform?

Jamie Hammond When a person dies intestate, that is, without leaving a will, the Administration of Estates Act sets out the rules as to who inherits and the procedure by which the estate will be distributed. In Gibraltar, the first £ 150,000 of the estate goes to the spouse or civil partner (“the spouse”) of...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

An inclusive society protects everyone’s right to life

By Elizabeth Ferrary In considering the debate on the abortion Bill, it is worth reading the powerful written testimony from November 2017 of Dr. Kathi Aultman, a woman who has seen every side of this subject. As she explains in that testimony, she had an abortion herself, she treated women suffering medical and psychological complications...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Gibraltar must give women the right to choose

By Tamsin Suarez A year and a half after the Gibraltar Women’s Association expressed that the long awaited sexual health clinic should include access to safe abortion for the emancipation of women at home and in the workplace, the debate still goes on, on social media, within families, and on the streets. Only a small...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

To love and to hold, no matter the gender

Last Saturday I went to what was my first same-sex wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony at the Alameda Open Air Theatre – made all the more beautiful by the fact the love between two people - in this case a man and another man - could be celebrated openly (and legally). Love wins. Everyone...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

International obligations

Gibraltar has always championed its adherence to international legislation and the rule of law. Yesterday, that commitment was put to the test in a dangerous operation in British Gibraltar territorial waters. When the Gibraltar Government received information that the supertanker Grace 1 was carrying a shipment of crude oil to war-ravaged Syria, it had little...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

For Gibraltar, EU election result requires nuanced reading

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party may have topped the UK polls in the European election, but Sunday’s result was by no means a victory for Leave. Conservative infighting and Labour flip-flopping on Brexit led to both parties haemorrhaging votes because of their lack of clarity on the biggest single issue of the day. For many voters,...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

A welcome boost to cross-border cooperation

Gibraltar’s law enforcement agencies have long cooperated with their Spanish counterparts, and yesterday’s operation, while unusual, should come as no surprise to anyone. Too often, the challenging, dangerous but vitally-important work done by our officers in partnership with their Spanish counterparts is drowned out in the noise of political rows. It is this close cross-border...