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Sahara Conflict: Is the UN Deviating from Its Core Mandate?

New York- The UN Secretary General released his annual report on the “Situation in the Western Sahara” on Thursday. The much-anticipated report, which will constitute the main reference for Security Council members in drafting their annual resolution on the Sahara, was somehow balanced. Unlike last year’s report, Ban Ki-moon did not make a clear recommendation on the need to extend the mandate of the United ...

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Dispelling misconceptions and misrepresentations about the Sahara

New York- As I was reading an article about the question of the Sahara entitled "The Tindouf Refugee Camps: A Moroccan’s Reflections", I was struck by the amount of factual mistakes and misrepresentations made by the editors of the article, as well as by the shallowness of the arguments its author makes in defending the Polisairo and slamming Morocco. In the first part of this article, which was published i ...

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Hamid Chabat, Morocco’s most controversial man of the year

Fez- As 2013 is coming to an end, it is time to choose the personality that has left an indelible mark in the Moroccan political scene. Saying indelible mark does not necessarily mean a person that has had a positive impact on the country’s political affairs. Any person that has been following politics in 2013 will agree that Hamid Chabat, the current head of the Istiqlal party, is one of the people that dr ...

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Sahara: Morocco back on track, a lot remains to get done

New York- As expected by a number of Moroccan and American observers, King Mohammed VI’s visit to the United States of America was fruitful for Morocco at many levels, whether the deepening of its cooperation with its American partner on matters of security, military and counter-terrorism in the Sahel or the promotion of trade and cultural ties. The focal point of talks between King Mohammed VI and Presiden ...

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King Mohammed VI’s Historic Visit to Washington Kindles Great Expectations

New York- King Mohammed VI’s visit to Washington comes at a critical time for Morocco as well as the United States, lending it an important historical dimension. The visit comes less than six months after tension erupted between the two countries last April when the United States attempted to include a human rights monitoring mechanism in the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Sahara, known by its ...

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Sahara conflict: Open Letter to President Barack Obama

The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Mr. President, Today the Moroccan people celebrate the 58th anniversary of the their country’s independence. But this independence is still not complete yet, as an the undisputable sovereignty of Morocco over an integral part of its territory is still subject to unfounded claims. Thirty ...

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Polisario: an artificial entity created by Morocco’s rivals

New York- Whether you read an essay or news story written by people who sympathize with the Polisario or you discuss with someone who supports its narrative, you will always come across the same arguments: Morocco is illegally occupying the Sahara since 1975 and is, thus, depriving the Saharawi people of the right to self-determination and self-rule; the Polisario is the sole and legitimate representative o ...

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Facts about the Sahara conflict that you should know

New York- Today the Moroccan people are celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Green March, which took place on November 6, 1975 and saw the participation of 350,000 Moroccans from all walks of life, who marched into the Sahara to free the territory from Spanish rule. This peaceful march constituted a watershed event in Morocco’s recent history. Today’s anniversary coincides with the tension that the relat ...

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Morocco and the United States: overview of a very special relationship

New York- The history between Morocco and the United States goes farther back than this decade, or even this century. Morocco was the first nation to recognize the United States as an independent country in 1777. From then on, Morocco maintained relations with the United States as one of their oldest and closest allies in the Middle East and North Africa. As King Mohammed VI prepares to meet with President ...

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This is why King Juan Carlos’ visit to Morocco is historic

New York- Spanish King Juan Carlos’ official visit to Morocco from Monday until Thursday is historic by all standards. This is the first time that the Spanish monarch comes accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes the most influential ministers in the Spanish government. This is also the first time that the Spanish monarch is accompanied by the former foreign ministers who headed his country’s d ...

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How does Susan Rice’s new position affect Morocco?

New York- Moroccans woke up on Wednesday morning to the news that U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed Susan Rice as national security adviser to replace Tom Donilon, who had resigned from his post. This could be considered as a set back for Morocco. Moreover, what could be perceived as yet another setback is the appointment of Samantha Power as the US Ambassador to the United Nations. Any observer of ...

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Sahara: time that Morocco rethought its communication and outreach strategies

New York- Following the recent attempt by the American administration to push for the inclusion of a human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara, Moroccans held their breath for almost two weeks awaiting the result of the intensive diplomatic efforts made by Morocco to prevent the broadening of MINURSO’s mandate. On Tuesday, Moroccans received with a sigh of relief the news regarding the withdrawal of t ...

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