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Western Sahara

Human Rights Must Be on the Agenda

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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
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?

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Riot Following Soccer Match Leaves Seven Dead

AP | By PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 11.27.2011 | Sports

RABAT, Morocco -- Seven people were killed in a riot following a soccer match in Morocco's disputed Western Sahara region, the state news agency repor...

WikiLeaks Cables on Western Sahara Show Role of Ideology in State Department

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

It would be a mistake to assume the interpretations of events by State Department personnel are accurate reflections of reality. They see the world from inside the prism of a hegemonic power.

Upsurge in Repression Challenges Nonviolent Resistance in Western Sahara

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Morocco has been able to persist in flouting its international legal obligations toward Western Sahara largely because France and the United States have continued to arm Moroccan occupation forces and blocked enforcement of resolutions.

Western Sahara and the Tide of History

Ken Loach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ken Loach

There are still sixteen territories around the world that have yet to achieve decolonization. Most notable is Western Sahara, known as Africa's last colony, which has fought for self-determination for more than 35 years against Morocco.

Opportunity for Justice in Africa's Last Colony

Barbara Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Barbara Becker

Moroccan authorities continue to subject Sahrawi people who openly advocate self-determination or denounce Moroccan human rights violations to various forms of repression.

U.S. Lawmakers Support Illegal Annexation

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Senate calls for the U.S. to endorse Morocco's illegal annexation of Western Sahara, despite objections from the African Union, European allies and international legal scholars.

They Are Not Palestinian

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michal Shapiro

Now these people live in poverty and in refugee camps, but keep the dream of their own independent state alive. Most Americans do not know anything about them.

Marooned at Lanzarote airport, the 'Gandhi of the Western Sahara'

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Expelled from her homeland and weak from a hunger strike, the last thing award-winning Sahrawi independence activist Aminatou Haidar needs r...