An Exiled Nation: Saharawi advocates call on the world to support self-determination for Western Sahara
The Saharawi people have lived in exile since 1975, when, following Spain’s withdrawal from Africa, the Moroccan and Mauritanian armies occupied the resource-rich territory in Western Sahara where the Saharawi lived.
European Parliament approves EU-Moroccan trade deal, ignoring Western Sahara Indigenous protections
By ignoring the European Court of Justice's verdict and the concerns of Sahrawis whose lands are occupied by Morocco, the European parliament is "pushing for a war in Western Sahara".
Western Saharan media activist Bashir Khadda suspends 45-day hunger strike in Moroccan prison
Khadda is among 25 activists prosecuted and jailed by Moroccan authorities for their roles in the 2010 Gdeim Izik protest movement.
Morocco-EU Fisheries Deal Ignores Occupation of Western Sahara
"The trade agreement between EU and Morocco concerning fishery and agricultural products is an important part of turning the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara into a profitable one."
‘We Want the World to Know': Activists Reporting on Occupation Face Legal Threats in Western Sahara
Local journalists and media activists reporting on the occupation and Moroccan abuses face legal obstacles and risk lengthy jail sentences in order to make their voices heard.
Despite Threats of Censorship, Documentary Filmmakers Show Human Rights Violations in Western Sahara
The film gives audiences a close look at Western Sahara under Moroccan occupation.
Meet Two Sahrawi Activist Filmmakers Who Dare to Document Human Rights Abuses
“I am always in danger, even when I am not filming,” said Mariem Zafri, Sahrawi media activist about the risks she takes in her video advocacy work.
As UN Decides Future of Western Sahara Peacekeeping Mission, Sahrawis Press for Human Rights
While international diplomats met this week to determine the future of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, demonstrators throughout the occupied territory are calling for self-determination and human rights.
Moroccans Rally for Unity, While Sahrawis Push for Independence After Ban Ki-Moon’s ‘Occupied’ Remark
"When will you be relieved from your prolonged pain? Oh, my homeland. Peace be upon you"
MENA: Acclaimed Authors’ Favorites of 2012
M. Lynx Qualey, blogger, who is interested in Arab and Arabic literature, wrote a series of posts introducing acclaimed Arab poets, novelists, and short-story writers’ favorite Arab reads of 2012. She started with a list of nonfiction books, then followed by a list for poetry [En] and fiction [En]. Written...
Western Sahara: Wikileaks Revelations Spark Comments
Reactions to the diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website Wikileaks continue to flourish all over the blogosphere. Revelations concerning the conflict over Western Sahara have sparked a few comments.
Morocco: Danish journalist deported for Western Sahara fishing story
A Danish journalist who did a radio story on the European Union paying Morocco for fish from Western Sahara was deported from Morocco two days after arriving. His computer hard drive and SIM card were confiscated. Written by Solana Larsen · comments (0) Donate · Share this: twitter facebook reddit
Overlooked No More: Sanmao, ‘Wandering Writer’ Who Found Her Voice in the Desert
Her book, “Stories of the Sahara,” has endured for generations of young Taiwanese and Chinese women yearning for independence from conservative social norms.
Mohammed Abdelaziz, Advocate of an Independent Western Sahara, Dies at 68
The Polisario Front, led for four decades by Mr. Abdelaziz, has tried to establish a sovereign state for the disputed region’s Berber tribesmen.
U.N. Renews Mission in Western Sahara in Divisive Vote
A Security Council resolution renewed the peacekeeping mission but exerted little pressure on Morocco, which expelled dozens of United Nations workers last month.
Morocco Asks That U.N. Close Western Sahara Military Office
The request was an indication that an escalating dispute between the Moroccan authorities and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the disputed territory is not abating.
Morocco Orders U.N. to Cut Staff in Disputed Western Sahara Territory
Reacting to comments from the U.N. leader, Morocco demanded the evacuation of 84 members of the organization’s mission in Western Sahara, where it has played a peacemaking role for 25 years.
Morocco: U.N. Chief Angers Officials
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently described Morocco’s hold on the Western Sahara territory as an occupation.
Spanish Judge Accuses Moroccan Former Officials of Genocide in Western Sahara
A Spanish judge rules in a case linked to torture and killings of the Sahrawi people from 1976 to 1991.
Dispute in Western Sahara
Morocco’s ambassador says the Polisario Front is standing in the way of a political solution to the conflict.
Fighting Is Long Over, but Western Sahara Still Lacks Peace
There has been no fighting in Western Sahara for 24 years, since a United Nations-monitored cease-fire between Morocco and the Polisario Front, but residents say they want independence.
The Nomads’ No Man’s Land
The Saharawis’ struggle against Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara is painfully underreported.
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