Algeria’s Losing Strategy: Provoking Morocco

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - According to the latest issue of le Monde, the current oil price crises highlights the Algerian economy’s failure to diversify its exports, perpetually trapped in an oil windfall. The dip in oil prices could hit the country’s petroleum revenues hard, which have always allowed the Algerian regime to ensure social unrest. During the Arab Spring in Algiers in 2011, the regime g ...

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Algeria: Is it the End of Oil Bonanza?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- An estimate from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that Algeria needs to sell its oil at $113/barrel in order to balance its budget. Right now, oil is trading at around $66/barrel, and some analysts are predicting, given the right conditions, it could tumble to as low as $60/barrel. This is a disaster for Algeria. Oil and gas export earnings make up more than 97% of ...

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Morocco vs. the United Nations & the United States

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Einstein once said that if he had one hour to save the world, he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. When the late King Hassan II agreed in 1991 to a cease-fire and to UN involvement in finding a solution to the so-called Western Sahara problem, he was under the impression that the UN would first try to define the p ...

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‘Western Sahara': King Mohammed VI’s Clear Message to the United Nations

New York - On the 39th anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI delivered a landmark speech that will be remembered for years to come. The speech both ended Morocco’s passivity and inertia in dealing with “Western Sahara” conflict and set the tone for Moroccan diplomacy in the coming years. Unlike his speeches in previous years, the Moroccan monarch was strong in his assessment of the current situat ...

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Western Sahara: As Rabouni Erupts in Violence, Rabat Remains Silent

Washington DC-- The release of  Mahjouba Hamdidaf , a  young Spanish woman of Saharan descent who was held against her own will in the Tindouf camps but returned to Spain few days ago, seems to have ignited further protest against the Polisario leadership and the Algerian authorities. Several Sahrawi sources in the refugee camps indicate that demonstrations continue in Rabouni. The Polisario militias have r ...

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Because of Mahjouba, Tindouf Camps Revolt Against the Polisario

Rabat- Several hundred people in the Tindouf Camps, in southern Algeria, have reportedly stormed the headquarters of the Polisario front in Rabouni. They are 'outraged' by what they have described as Polisario's policy of 'double standards' in treating detainees. The protestors, mostly family members of Sahrawi detainees at the 'Dhaibia' prison, took to the streets to denounce Polisario's involvement in the ...

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Rabat Calls for Investigation into Shooting of Moroccans by Algeria

Rabat- Amid the unprecedented strain in relations between Morocco and Algeria, Rabat called for an investigation to probe the shooting of a group of Moroccan citizens by the Algerian army at the countries’ border. Morocco’s foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, made the call before the parliament on Tuesday. “Morocco calls for an investigation commission to enable the international public to know who is te ...

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Spain Demands Release of Sahrawi Woman Held Captive In Tindouf

Madrid  -  The Spanish government demanded a swift solution to the situation of young Sahrawi woman Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, who is held captive in the camps of Tindouf since last summer.  A statement by the Spanish foreign affairs ministry, issued on Thursday, said that the government is following "with a lot of interest" this issue and demands a swift and positive solution to the situation of young Sahr ...

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Morocco’s Autonomy for Western Sahara “Serious, Realistic, Credible”: US Ambassador

Rabat  - US ambassador in Morocco, Dwight Bush, reiterated Washington's support to the Moroccan autonomy proposal in the ‘Western Sahara’, which it has repeatedly welcomed as "serious, realistic and credible". "We continue to consider as serious, realistic and credible the autonomy proposal made by Morocco to settle the dispute", the US diplomat said in an interview with Moroccan "Al Massae" daily. He insis ...

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Adoptive family of woman detained in Tindouf fears for her life

Madrid - The adoptive family of Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Spanish woman of Sahrawi descent held in captivity since last summer in the Tindouf camps (in Algeria) by the Polisario, said they fear for her after she received death threats in case she attempts to escape, as voices in Spain and elsewhere are raising to call for her immediate and unconditional release. "Mahjouba is held against her will. ...

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The Case of a Woman Held in Tindouf: Deafening Silence of International Media

New York- Since last August, the family of Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Saharawi woman with Spanish citizenship, has held her hostage in the Polisario-controlled Tindouf camps in Algeria. Mahjouba is a 23-year-old young woman who became a Spanish national in 2002 after being adopted by a Spanish family in 1999. As soon as she arrived in the Tindouf camps last August, her biological parents confiscated ...

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HRW urges Polisario to allow Mahjouba to exercise her right to freedom

Algiers  -  Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the Polisario to allow the young Sahrawi women Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, held in captivity in the Tindouf camps, to exercise her rights of freedom and movement. "Illegal confinement of a person is a serious criminal offense", HWR recalled during a press conference on human rights violations in the Tindouf camps. The front Polisario, which "governs the camps sh ...

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