Monthly Archives: January 2013

Western Sahara: who benefits from exporting fish and phosphates? – video

The Guardian, 28 January 2013

By Celeste Hicks who recently travelled to Western Sahara with the International Women’s Media Foundation

“Western Sahara is rich in phosphates and fish, but Saharawi activists say those resources are not being harnessed to improve the lot of the indigenous population…… They argue that exploitation of the territory’s resources should stop until a solution to the conflict is found….(cont.)

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In remote Western Sahara, prized phosphate drives controversial investments

By Kristen Chick, Correspondent
The Christian Science Monitor, January 24, 2013

“Laayoune and Boucraa, Western Sahara : Morocco’s mining of the lucrative fertilizer ingredient in occupied Western Sahara has sparked charges it is violating international law – and that global customers are looking the other way….(cont.)

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From Dining in Refugee Camps to dOCUMENTA 13: The Art of Seeking Sahrawi Independence

Huffpost Arts & Culture, 01/22/2013

By G. Roger Denson, Cultural critic, essayist, novelist and screenwriter published with Parkett and Art in America

“There are few recurring global exhibitions of contemporary art more renown, prestigious and selective than dOCUMENTA, held every five years in Kassal Germany. Which is what makes it so very remarkable that one of the highlights of last year’s dOCUMENTA 13 was the inclusion of a refugee encampment made by what are arguably among the least known people on the face of the earth–the Sahrawi of North Africa…..(cont.)

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ABC Radio National, Summer Features, 11.05am Wed 23 January 2013

“On the 9th of November, 2011, one year after the violent dismantling of a peaceful Saharawi protest which Noam Chomsky calls the beginning of the Arab Spring, Hassan performed for her people in exile. Her intense voice marked the moment in history.

During her visit to the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria, Hassan also launched a weapon – a music school. ….(cont.)
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European Parliament to report on human rights situation in Western Sahara

NTA NewsTime Africa, World News 21 January 2013

by Peter Kenworthy, Africa Contact
“Dr Tannock is not in a position to answer your questions as the report has not been written and dates have not been set yet,” the personal assistant of the recently appointed Special Rapporteur of the European Parliament for Human Rights in Western Sahara, Dr Charles Tannock, wrote in a reply to Africa Contact……

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Regional Instability Threatens Already Tense Western Sahara


“Larbass Abid, a Sahrawi, was born in Laayoune — Western Sahara’s largest city and its capital — in 1983..His people have been seeking independence from Morocco since 1976, when Spain abandoned its colonial claim. He’s one of the younger Sahrawis who has taken up the disputed territory’s independence struggle, going as far as helping organize a massive protest in 2010. ….(cont.)

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Photo essay: Scenes of Western Sahara

Danish delegation stalked by Moroccan police during visit to occupied Western Sahara

by Peter Kenworthy
NTA NewsTime Africa, 20 January 13, 2013

”When we left our hotel, we discovered that we were being followed by a small army of Moroccan security officers. They obviously did not want the truth about the occupation of Western Sahara to be revealed,” says Danish MEP Søren Søndergaard.(…cont.)

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New online publication about Western Sahara

The inaugural edition of the Western Sahara Review can be viewed online now

Note: the interesting and provocative article by Jeff Smith and Pedro Pinto Leite. Here they are presenting the idea that the time for a referendum has passed and that Western Sahara should become independent by declaration. If enough states recognise SADR, the UN could just accept its independence without a vote.

Western Sahara: The voiceless lament of the last colony in Africa

EMAJ Magazine –  an intercultural magazine, made by a network of young journalists from the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and the EU.
Feature, January 04, 2013 | By Ana Isabel Martinez Molina

The international community is failing once again in the matter of Western Sahara, writes author Ana Isabel Martínez Molina. The EU only acts in its interest for fishing rights. Neighboring Morocco indirectly legitimizes the occupation through commercial oil treaties.

150 people disappeared, 10 deaths, 700 injured – This was the final balance reported by the Moroccan Police regarding the dismantlement of Agdaym Izik, the “Camp of Dignity”, in November 2010