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Nov 17, 2010  Western Sahara: Violence Brings Rare Attention
    "On November 8, Moroccan occupation forces attacked a tent city of as many as 12,000 Western Saharans just outside of Al Aioun, in the culminating act of a months-long protest of discrimination against the indigenous Sahrawi population and worsening economic conditions. Not only was the scale of the crackdown unprecedented, so was the popular reaction: In a dramatic departure from the almost exclusively nonviolent protests of recent years, the local population turned on their occupiers, engaging in widespread rioting and arson." - Stephen Zunes

Jun 29, 2010  Western Sahara: Forgotten Conflict
    The Western Sahara conflict, notes analyst Yahia Zoubir, is now in the 35th year, with no sign of resolution. While the United Nations is ostensibly responsible for its resolution, France and the United States provide implicit support for Moroccan occupation of the territory, failing to support a referendum which might include the option of independence. The issue continues to poison relations between Algeria and Morocco, blocking hopes of regional economic integration in the Maghrib.

Oct 15, 2008  Western Sahara: Nonviolent Intifada; Diplomatic Impasse
    In 1975, as the last prolonged stage of Africa's decolonization process began with the fall of Portuguese colonialism, Portugal's neighbor Spain decided to dispose of its colony of Western Sahara by handing it over to Morocco and Mauritania, defying a World Court decision in favor of self-determination. For thirty-three years, Morocco has continued its occupation, with military and diplomatic support from the United States and France.

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

March 12, 2018  Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 2
March 12, 2018  Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 1
January 29, 2018  Africa/Global: Humanitarian Attention Deficits
January 15, 2018  Africa/Global: World Trends in Inequality
December 11, 2017  Africa/Global: Paradise Papers, Plus
November 13, 2017  Africa/Global: Counterproductive Counterterrorism

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Africa Policy E-Journal (1995-2003)

2002-05-12 Western Sahara: New Threat to Self-Determination
2001-06-29 Western Sahara: UN Plan and Critique
1999-02-12 Western Sahara: Background Brief
1997-09-28 Western Sahara: Houston Agreement

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News (allafrica) Mar 18, 2018
Conflict Resolution - Morocco Is Afraid of Negotiation
Settlement of Western Sahara Conflict - Kohler Meets With Moroccan Delegation in Lisbon
Australia Reiterates Its Support for UN Efforts to Solve the Conflict in Western Sahara
Sahel Region - EU Hosts High Level Conference to Strengthen International Support
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