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'The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times': Cultural Highlights Of 2016

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 12.28.2016 | Arts
Stefan Simanowitz

Concert - Starman: A Celebration of David Bowie Just six days after his death, more than 20 bands and 100 performers came together to celebrate the l...

FiSahara Film Festival: Nothing short of a miracle

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 12.19.2016 | Arts
Stefan Simanowitz

"I must have attended almost a hundred film festivals over the years but I'd never been to one in a refugee camp deep in the desert," says Neil McCart...

When Floods Came To The Desert -- An Appeal For Climate Justice

Mohamed Salem Ould Salek | Posted 11.21.2016 | Home
Mohamed Salem Ould Salek

An incredibly important responsibility has been entrusted to Morocco as the President and host of this year's UN climate conference. Climate change poses the most significant challenge of our time -- and we must work together across the globe to urgently address this issue.

Morocco Continues Occupation Of Western Sahara, In Defiance Of UN

Stephen Zunes | Posted 06.09.2016 | Home
Stephen Zunes

As Morocco continues to defy the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and much of the international community in its continued occupati...

Death in the Polisario Front

Mohamed Daadaoui | Posted 06.07.2016 | Home
Mohamed Daadaoui

The death of the Polisario Front leader, Mohamed Abdelaziz, in Algeria last week has brought renewed attention to the conflict of the Western Sahara. ...

UN Security Council Must Live Up to its Responsibilities in Western Sahara

Emhamed Khadad | Posted 04.28.2016 | Home
Emhamed Khadad

In a remarkable challenge to the authority of the UN Security Council, the Kingdom of Morocco effectively dismantled the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, triggering a crisis at the UN and further endangering the Saharawi people.

40 Years Later, Sahrawi Refugees Have Waited Long Enough -- the UN Security Council Must Step Up

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

The struggles to overturn colonial rule were long and often bitter. But, over time, most were inevitably successful. The proud fight against colonialism is one that should be consigned to history.

Security Council Must Stand Up to Moroccan Bullying to End Western Sahara Conflict

Nick Scott | Posted 03.31.2016 | Home
Nick Scott

The facts are clear: Morocco has illegally occupied Western Sahara for more than 40 years. No country in the world recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, which the UN classifies as a Non-Self-Governing territory awaiting a process of decolonization.

Time for a Referendum in Western Sahara

Nick Scott | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home
Nick Scott

Recently, former U.S. Ambassador Marc Ginsberg argued that Americans ought to "applaud" Morocco. This effusive praise laid the groundwork for Ginsberg's main argument: that the U.S. should not only allow Morocco to continue its illegal occupation of Western Sahara, but it should help to perpetuate the whole disgraceful enterprise.

Morocco's Dependable Friendship Warrants American Gratitude and Support

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Morocco has earned a particular expression of gratitude lately because of what its government has accomplished just this year alone in our joint battle against radical Islam.

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

Emhamed Khadad | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
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 11.07.2016 | Home
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 10.19.2016 | Home
ADST

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 09.29.2016 | Home
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 06.09.2016 | Home
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 05.21.2016 | 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 05.17.2016 | 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 | Home
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 | Home
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 West Afri...

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

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
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 | Home
ReadWave

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?