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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 googleplus
Morocco/Western Sahara: Gadaym Izik Riots Become a Volatile Political Crisis
There has been ongoing unrest in Western Sahara, the former Spanish colony that was annexed by Morocco after “The Green March Demonstration“ in November, 1975. Last week, the territory witnessed one of the worst violent events in years. Bloggers react to the development in this post.
Morocco: Talks on Western Sahara to Resume
The dispute over the Western Sahara is a complex one--Morocco claims it as their own, while the Saharan independence movement (the Polisario), backed by Algeria, desires independence. Three years ago, talks resumed between the Polisario and Morocco. Bloggers react to a new round of talks.
Western Sahara: Running the Sahara Marathon 2010
The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people and this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. Many dedicated bloggers wrote about it to promote the event in different languages and even created blogs for this purpose.
Western Sahara: Aminatou Haidar Deported
Aminatou Haidar is a leading activist for independence of the Western Sahara (from Morocco). On Friday, November 13 when, upon returning to Laayoune (a city in the Western Sahara region), she was arrested and subsequently deported. Jillian C. York rounds up the reactions of bloggers.
Western Sahara: Hunger Strike in Support for Separatists
Solidarité Maroc [Fr], an online forum regrouping some Moroccan human rights activist, publishes an appeal (video) by French national Jean François Debargue who's on hunger strike in solidarity with Sahrawis whom he says are living in “dire conditions” in Western Sahara – a territory administered by Morocco and contested by...
Bubisher: A Bus of Books for Children in Western Sahara
Do you want to go to the Sahara desert and read for children living in the refugee camps? Bubisher is a mobile library being driven across Western Sahara refugee camps. In those refugee schools, the bus shares with youngsters food for the soul and mind: books. Renata Avila highlights the initiative.
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.
A Plea on Western Sahara
Ahmed Boukhari of the Polisario Front writes that the Security Council must instruct the United Nations presence in Western Sahara to prepare for the promised referendum on independence.
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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