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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

November 19, 2015  Africa: Boosting ICTs
November 11, 2015  Africa/Global: Follow the Money
October 20, 2015  Africa: Tax Tricks, Mobile Phones, and Beer
October 13, 2015  Africa/Global: Health Challenges & Threats
September 30, 2015  Africa/Global: Climate Action Beyond Paris
September 21, 2015  Africa: Internet Usage Rising Rapidly

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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) Nov 29, 2015
Swedish Socialist Youth Delegation On Working Visit to Sahrawi Refugee Camps
Polisario Front Hails Algeria's Inalienable Position, Unwavering Support to Saharawi Cause
East Timor Reiterates Its Support to Sahrawi Cause
President of the Republic Sends Letter of Congratulation to Suriname President On His Country Independence Day
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