• The crisis in Catalonia

    The crisis in Catalonia

    • November 21, 2017

    Spain is living through the most serious constitutional crisis since the failed coup in 1981 against the restored democracy, following the death of the dictator Franco. Unlike that crisis, however, the one in Catalonia has no easy solution. These are sad times: all the stereotypes that Spaniards are incapable of living together, epitomised by its

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  • Wartime stories of Gibraltar and its people

    Wartime stories of Gibraltar and its people

    • November 14, 2017

    “Defending the Rock: How Gibraltar Defeated Hitler”, by Nicholas Rankin In early July 1940, a Royal Navy task force operating from Gibraltar bombarded French battleships in the naval base of Mers-el-Kébir, in the Algerian port of Oran. The British wanted to stop the French ships from joining the Vichy administration aligned with Nazi Germany, but

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: Azopardi favourite to become GSD leader?

    #Stephen’sNiche: Azopardi favourite to become GSD leader?

    • October 19, 2017

    Politics is a thankless business. Take, as an example, GSD leadership hopeful Roy Clinton. A successful chartered accountant and banker, he gave up his position as CEO of a locally based private bank two years ago to work full time with the Gibraltar Social Democrats, of which he’s been a member since 1990. He was

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Hammond, a Gibraltarian music legend

    #ThinkingAllowed: Hammond, a Gibraltarian music legend

    • October 16, 2017

    I believe that Albert Hammond is a living legend. There’s no denying the singer/songwriter is an absolute genius. So, is it time we, as a community, more widely recognised his talent? Is it time we said loud and proud that Albert Hammond is one of the most talented Gibraltarians and one of the best when

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: Shellshocked

    #Stephen’sNiche: Shellshocked

    • October 16, 2017

    I felt rather sorry for the Chinese woman fined £100 this summer by the Magistrate’s Court for collecting three-quarters-of-a-kilo’s worth of an endangered species of limpet found in Gibraltar. She was probably looking forward to a tasty meal, but instead found herself under arrest by Environment Department officers for having breached the Nature Protection Act.

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  • In Perspective: It’s way more than just prosperity

    In Perspective: It’s way more than just prosperity

    • October 11, 2017

    The Spanish foreign minister, in a recent speech at a conference in Madrid, made an obvious yet controversial observation. In reflecting on his trip to the Campo area last month, he noted how he “understood” Gibraltar’s position, citing the comparative affluence of the Gibraltarians. He retorted, “Do you think they [Gibraltarians] want to be like

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  • The  National  Archives, Cinderella  of  culture

    The National Archives, Cinderella of culture

    • October 9, 2017

    By Humbert Hernandez I often ask myself what it is that makes governments, Left and Right, treat as Cinderella certain aspects of our cultural life, or at best, simply to pay lip-service to their existence. A case in point is our National Archives located where most people would consider the most awkward of places: within

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  • #FirstPerson: Bloody Sunday in Catalonia

    #FirstPerson: Bloody Sunday in Catalonia

    • October 7, 2017

    by Guillem Alsina Madrid has repeatedly asserted that Catalonia has no right to self-determination in international law. The argument is that this only applies to colonial territories whereas Catalonia is part of Spain in the same way as its other territories. Well, allow me to recount, dear Reader, that this is not what I saw

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  • It’s about choice, not independence

    It’s about choice, not independence

    • September 30, 2017

    by Shelina Assomull I could not begin to place myself in the shoes of the Catalan people in these darkest times of fighting for their right to vote. However, having spent the last year as a student in the city of gorgeousness that is Barcelona, I can’t help but feel attached to the people and

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  • Sr Dastis’s deafening silence on sovereignty… Catalonia anyone?

    Sr Dastis’s deafening silence on sovereignty… Catalonia anyone?

    • September 29, 2017

    By Jeremy Sacramento In his recent visit to the ‘Campo’ area Sr Dastis reiterated his posture regarding Brexit and Gibraltar’s sovereignty, i.e. the non-existent one. In response to GBC’s Jonathan Sacramento’s question, Sr Dastis refrained from even uttering the word sovereignty, instead focusing on the continued fluidity of the border. This position could not be

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Calpe House, our home from home in time of need, must be proactive to retain trust

    #ThinkingAllowed: Calpe House, our home from home in time of need, must be proactive to retain trust

    • September 28, 2017

    I think I can say, without exaggeration, that every single Gibraltarian I know has at some point fundraised for or donated to Calpe House. Our community’s support for the charity has been immense. Calpe House has helped hundreds of local families at a time when they have needed it most. It has provided the warmth

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  • A movement is born, but where will it lead?

    A movement is born, but where will it lead?

    • September 28, 2017

    In launching Together Gibraltar yesterday, Independent MP Marlene Hassan Nahon insisted: “This is a movement, it’s not a party.” In a packed room in the group’s new offices on Main Street, she explained that the aim of the initiative was to provide a platform for community participation and political engagement. Together Gibraltar wants to defuse

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