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Stories about Western Sahara

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

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

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...

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,...

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...

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),...

Western Sahara: Hunger Strike in Support for Separatists

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....

Western Sahara: Landmine Injures Five During Peaceful Protest

Last week, Saharawis and Spaniards stood together in solidarity against the berm (”Wall of Shame”) built between Morocco and the Western Sahara, over which Morocco claims sovereignty. The protest, dubbed...

Maghreb: UN Western Sahara Envoy Holds Talks with Polisario

Yesterday, Christopher Ross, the UN Special Envoy to the disputed Western Sahara, arrived in Algeria to hold talks with the Polisario Front, according to AFP. Jillian York rounds up blogger...

Global: Morocco Closes Caracas Embassy

Morocco announced this week that it would close its embassy in Venezuela due to Venezuela's recognition of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), the territory also known as the "Western...

Recent Developments in Western Sahara

Western Sahara: Student Reported Detained

Saharawi-students.org reports that a Saharawi law student has been detained in Tan Tan. The student was released after 10 hours.

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