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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.
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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