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Jueves, 09 de Agosto de 2012 16:20
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Brave young Saharawis, calling themselves the "Martyr Basiri Brigade" are risking their physical safety in doing so.
Grafiti reads:
"Basiri Brigade wishes the people of Western Sahara a happy Ramadan"
"There is no alternative to self-determination"
"The Martyr Basiri Brigade demands the realease of all Saharawi political prisonners"
"Freedom for the people of Western Sahara"
 
Mes a mes desde los territorios ocupados (Agosto)
Jueves, 09 de Agosto de 2012 10:31
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Thawra (Agosto): Mes a Mes Desde Territorios Ocupados, Every Month from the Occupied Territories

 
The Reality of Western Sahara : A rebuttal on accusations concerning the Polisario and Moroccan occupation
Martes, 07 de Agosto de 2012 08:20
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Stephen Zunes
August 2, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Earlier this year, Global Post ran an article by Jordan Paul, executive director of the Moroccan American Center for Policy, a registered foreign agent for the Moroccan government, which funds, supervises, and coordinates the group’s activities. The article contained a series of demonstrably false claims attempting to rationalize for Morocco’s illegal occupation of its southern neighbor, the country of Western Sahara.

In 1975, the kingdom of Morocco conquered Western Sahara on the eve of its anticipated independence from Spain in defiance of a series of UN Security Council resolutions and a landmark 1975 decision by the International Court of Justice upholding the right of the country's inhabitants to self-determination. With threats of a French and American veto at the UN preventing decisive action by the international community to stop the Moroccan invasion, the nationalist Polisario Front launched an armed struggle against the occupiers. The majority of the indigenous population, known as Sahrawis, went into exile, primarily in Polisario-run refugee camps in Algeria.

Thanks to U.S. and French military support for the conquering Moroccan forces, Morocco was able to hold on to most of Western Sahara. Yet the Polisario achieved a series of diplomatic victories that generated widespread international support for self-determination and opposition to the Moroccan takeover. In 1991, the Polisario agreed to a ceasefire in return for a Moroccan promise to allow for an internationally supervised referendum on the fate of the territory. Morocco, however, recognizing they would almost certainly lose such a plebiscite, refused to allow the scheduled vote to move forward.

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Informe del departamento de Estado
Martes, 07 de Agosto de 2012 08:16
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Mientras Exteriores teme a los saharauis, el departamento de estado en su informe de la oficina de lucha antiterrorista publicado ayer 31 de julio de 2012 teme que los Marroquies retornados de Afganistan, Irak y Libia realicen actividades terroristas contra occidentales.

Subject: State department counterterrorism report


While there were diminishing reports of Moroccans either preparing to go or going to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia to receive training from AQ-linked facilitators and/or to conduct attacks, the government remained concerned about veteran Moroccan terrorists returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya to conduct terrorist attacks at home, and about Moroccans who were radicalized during their stays in Western Europe, such as those connected with the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Read the whole report here

 
MINURSO fires Moroccans suspected of spionage
Martes, 24 de Julio de 2012 06:40
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MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara)

According to sources of the Arabophone webpage “Sahara now” (www.saharanow.com) the Special Representative of the United Nations for the Western Sahara, and responsible for the MINURSO, Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, has just announced the fire of certain workers of Moroccan nationality employed in the MINURSO headquartes in El Aaiun
some of them employed more than two decades in this Mission.

This happens after knowing that the the relations between Morocco and the United Nations experienced tensions that lead Morocco to withdraw its confidence on the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross. The sources added that the Special Representative of the UN, Weisbrod-Weber, who worked previously in East-Timor, decided to fire the workers of the MINURSO Headquarters in El Aaiun and other Sahrawi cities, based on internal reports that stated that some persons, who live for more than two decades in the
Western Sahara, carried spy operations on all the movements of the members of the International Mission.

This has been previously noticed by Christopher Ross who blamed on the Moroccan authorities for a “communications cut” between the Headquarters of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in the Western Sahara in El Aaiun and the central Headquarters of UN in New York. The spionage to the Mission raised the level of the crisis,which
became a crisis between Morocco and the United Nations and turned into a direct condemn to the Moroccan party.

Source: WSHRW

 
EL tiempo pasa, ya son 19 meses
Viernes, 20 de Julio de 2012 12:33
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MUERTE.SILENCIO.UNIFORME.AMENAZA.LEJOS.POLICIA.

DISPAROS.ASESINOS.OSCURO.SANGRE.SUELO.FRIO.NOCHE.

PISTOLA.MIEDO.CRIMINALES.TRAICIÓN.COBARDES.ROJO.

MALDITOS.NEGRO.ODIO.OLVIDO

NOCHE. DISPARO. SUELO. POLICIA. MIEDO. ASESINO. COBARDE. MUERTE. NOCHE. FRIO. OSCURO. NEGRO. OLVIDO. SANGRE. ROJO. SAID.

 

AMOR.MARTIR.FAMILIA.SÁHARA.PUEBLO.ARENA.MAR.

AZUL.AMISTAD. SENTIMIENTOS.PADRE. LUZ.JOVEN.CASA

VERDAD.MADRE.TERNURA.HERMANOS.CERCA.HIJO.ABRAZO.

PATRIA.SINCERO.TRABAJO.RECUERDO.

AMOR. FAMILIA. MARTIR. JOVEN. MADRE CERCA.  ARENA. VERDAD. HERMANOS. PUEBLO. PADRE. CASA. RECUERDO. MAR. AZUL. SAID

 

VALOR.GRITO.NOBLE.LUCHA.DIGNIDAD.SIEMPRE.DUNAS.

LIBERTAD.ACTIVISTA.JUSTICIA.BANDERA.REPÚBLICA.DEMOCRÁCIA.

VERDAD.ANCIANOS HISTORIA.CAMINO.SABIDURIA.SOLDADO.VERDE

RESPONSABLE.HOMBRES.CONOCIMIENTO.JÓVENES.BATALLA.

VALOR. SOLDADO. CERCA. HISTORIA. GRITO. VERDAD. CAMINO. JUSTICIA. LUCHA. REPÚBLICA. NOBLE. LIBERTAD. BANDERA. VERDE. SAID.

 

DISPARO. MARTIR. LUCHA. SAID

 

 
How Morocco Dodged the Arab Spring
Miércoles, 11 de Julio de 2012 13:16
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Nicolas Pelham

AP Photo/Azzouz Boukallouch Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, center, after inaugurating a new phosphate fertilizer plant, Jorf Lasfar, December 22, 2011

Since the Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi set himself and the Arab world aflame in December 2010, young men all over the Middle East have tried to imitate him. In no country have they done so more often than in Morocco, where some twenty men, with many of the same economic grievances, are reported to have self-immolated. Five succeeded in killing themselves, but none in sparking a revolution.

It is not for want of causes. Morocco’s vital statistics are worse than Tunisia’s. Its population earns half as much on average as its smaller North African counterpart. One of every two youth are unemployed, and the number is rising: failed rains have cut the country’s wheat harvest in half and have compounded a mounting budget deficit hiked by rising fuel prices and a downturn in tourism and exports to Europe, Morocco’s beleaguered main trading partner. In late May, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Casablanca to protest the government’s failure to tackle the country’s social ills.

Meanwhile, widely circulated accounts by veteran Moroccan and French journalists describe the cronyism clawing through the palaces. The personal assets of King Mohammed VI—based on his control of the country’s phosphate mines, it is reported —have quintupled to $2.5 billion over the past decade. This makes the monarch of the impoverished realm more wealthy—according to Forbes—than Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

But whereas Ben Ali, Tunisia’s policeman, pigheadedly sought to keep power when the streets erupted in late 2010, Morocco’s po-faced but retiring King has kept one step ahead by offering to share it. On March 9, 2011—just weeks after Ben Ali’s exile—King Mohammed unveiled a new constitution that gave up his claim to divine rights as sovereign, but left him as Commander of the Faithful, much—said palace advisers—as Britain’s Queen remains head of the Anglican Church. And while other Arab monarchs, like Jordan’s, dithered about whether to risk parliamentary elections, Mohammed held them quickly and fairly last November; when an Islamist party won the most seats, the King declared its leader, Abdelilah Benkirane, the prime minister.

 

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