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Western Sahara

After 40 Years, Time to End the Occupation of Western Sahara

Emhamed Khadad | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Emhamed Khadad

It is hypocritical for the major Western powers, particularly the permanent members of the UN Security Council, to claim that they are the bastions of democracy and human rights while failing to stand up to Morocco when it denies the Saharawi people the basic right of self-determination.

Moroccan Unity and Saharan Development: A King's Commitment

Ahmed Charai | Posted 11.07.2015 | World
Ahmed Charai

In addition to commemorating the Green March in situ, King Mohammed VI used the occasion to launch a new series of development plans for the Saharan provinces, including new road and rail networks and airports, as well as new social, medical, and educational projects.

The Unending Quest for Self-Determination in the Western Sahara

ADST | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

The disputed region of Western Sahara in Northern Africa is the largest entity by both population and area on the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories.

Hillary Clinton, Phosphates and Western Sahara

Stephen Zunes | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Stephen Zunes

For more than a half-century, a series of United Nations resolutions and rulings by the International Court of Justice have underscored the rights of inhabitants of countries under colonial rule or foreign military occupation.

State Department Clarifies Stance on Western Sahara, USAID Activities

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I asked the State Department to clarify the official U.S. position on the Western Sahara. Below a Q&A conducted via email in May 2015 with an official State Department spokesperson, with answers provided for quotation on background.

Spin Fail as Clinton Foundation Keeps Books Firmly Shut

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.21.2015 | Media
Till Bruckner

Earlier this month, I was in Marrakech to cover the Clinton Global Initiative schmoozefest and make up my mind about whether the Clinton Foundation is as sinister as its critics make it out to be.

A Mad Way South: Kite Buggying Across the Sahara

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Stefan Simanowitz

News that a madcap team of British adventurers have used snow kites to break the record for the fastest crossing of Greenland's ice cap reminds me of another record breaking journey by an even madder bunch of Antipodeans who use kite surfs to cross the Sahara.

Africa Last Colony: Sahwaris Want Barack Obama's Help

Milton Allimadi | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Milton Allimadi

Sahwaris haven't had much to celebrate since 1976 when 80% of their country was gobbled up by Morocco after the former colonial power Spain was driven out following many decades of a war of independence waged by Sahwaris, traditional nomads.

Human Rights Must Be on the Agenda

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 10.04.2014 | World
Steven W. Hawkins

In 2012, the Obama administration issued a US strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa with a stated objective to promote and protect "human rights, civil society and independent media" as an integral part in strengthening democratic institutions on the African continent.

A Moroccan's Week With the Polisario Front

Samia Errazzouki | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Samia Errazzouki

The grueling trip to the Western Sahara refugee camp of Dakhla begins in the Algerian military airport of Tindouf, located deep in the Sahara Desert in south-western Algeria. One of the first questions I faced upon my arrival to the Tindouf airport was given that I'm a Moroccan, what was I doing here?

FiSahara: The Cannes of the Desert

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Stefan Simanowitz

Far from the red-carpeted Mediterranean opulence of the Croisette, the Sahara International film festival -- known as FiSahara -- took place in a sun-baked refugee camp deep in the Algerian desert.

U.N. Renews Call For 'Human Rights Monitoring Mechanism' On Western Sahara

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact

(Adds letter to French president) By Louis Charbonneau VIENNA, April 10 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ...

The Craziest Market in the World: The Bamako Death Market

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Paula Froelich

When I went to Bamako, Mali, these baskets are what I expected to find. Then I went to the Death Market. Fun fact: People in the Wes...

What Will President Obama Whisper in This King's Ear?

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Sunjeev Bery

As Morocco's strategic partner, the U.S. must ensure that its dollars, military support, and political support generate momentum for human rights. Moroccan authorities shouldn't be allowed to presume that their relationship with the U.S. is a blank check.

Africa's Last Colony: The Forgotten State

ReadWave | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Why, now that Morocco has been illegally occupying this country for 38 years and considering that under UN law "freely expressed self-determination is an unalienable right," did the international powers not step in and demand a referendum on independence, akin to those that all other African states had been granted?

The World's Remotest Film Festival: FiSahara Unveils 10th Edition Programme

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Stefan Simanowitz

The Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem described the Sahara International Film Festival, which will take place in the Sahrawi refugee camps in the Sahara desert next month, as "nothing short of a miracle."

Who Speaks for Tim Tracy?

Carlos González | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Carlos González

It is time for the American filmmaking community to take a stand and demand Tim Tracy's release.

Morocco and US Must Not Let Recent Spat Harm Their Historic Friendship

Craig Considine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Both countries should remain in harmony and continue to be worthy companions as they embark on stabilizing a region in which they both have security interests.

Working With Javier Bardem for Justice in Western Sahara

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

In August of last year, I led an international delegation to evaluate the human rights situation of the Sahrawi people in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara and in the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria.

Christopher Rosen

Javier Bardem's Secret Passion | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment

Javier Bardem knows that when celebrities trumpet humanitarian causes, like his devotion to refugees in the Western Sahara, the public generally has a...

From Here to Timbuktu - The Story of Mali's Descent Into Disaster

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Timbuktu conjures up images of remote parts of the earth and fabled ancient monuments. Now radical Islamic groups, with ties to al Qaeda, have taken over the north in Mali, destroying monuments and torturing civilians in a brutal interpretation of Sharia law.

Truth in the Sahara: Refugees and Hostages

Elizabeth Blackney | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Elizabeth Blackney

As Algeria allows the detention of thousands of people on its soil and allows them to be abused by the Polisario, rather than allow them autonomy and the relative safety of their lands across the Western Sahara, there is no equality.

The Story Behind the Western Sahara Kidnappings

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Joseph K. Grieboski

Algeria can no longer pretend that it has no vital interest in or responsibility for the outcome of the Western Sahara situation. Abductions of foreign nationals from their sovereign territory make Algeria a partner in the discussion, whether Algeria wishes it or not.

UN Security Council Elections -- It's down to the Azeris and the Slovenes

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.22.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

On Friday the General Assembly elected Morocco, Togo, Pakistan and Guatemala to serve two-year terms in the Security Council, starting in January 2012. But the Eastern European seat failed to get the two-thirds vote needed.

Let the People of Western Sahara Speak

Javier Bardem | Posted 12.04.2011 | World
Javier Bardem

Across North Africa and the Middle East, people are crying out for a free choice over their future. But there is one place where this desperate cry is being silenced.