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Morocco to Spend MAD 15 Million on Documentary Films on ‘Western Sahara’

Marrakech - According to Mustapha El Khalfi, the spokesman for the Minister of Communication and Government, the Morocco has allocated a budget of MAD 15 million to produce documentary films about the so-called Western Sahara. In a press conference held last Thursday, in Rabat, the Ministry of Communication, in cooperation and the Moroccan Cinema Center, announced that they will co-produce documentaries on ...

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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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Morocco is a Gateway to Africa: US Ambassador

Dallas (Texas) - Morocco is indeed a gateway to Africa and King Mohammed VI’s vision for Morocco serving an important role in developing commerce in Africa is very well-founded, said, on Thursday in Dallas, US ambassador to Morocco Dwight L. Bush, Sr. "The investment environment in Morocco is strong and it improves every day. I think that HM the King has made some very important strategic investments in inf ...

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HWR: Algeria Legally Responsible for Ensuring Respect for Human Rights in Tindouf Camps

Algiers  - While the Polisario governs the refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria ultimately has the responsibility to ensure the protection of the rights of all persons on its soil, Human Rights Watch said Saturday in Algiers. "Algeria should publicly acknowledge its legal responsibility for ensuring respect for the rights of everyone on its territory, including residents of the Polisario-run refugee camps", HW ...

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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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Moroccan, Spanish NGOs Condemn Detention of Saharawi Woman in Tindouf

Madrid  - Moroccan and Spanish associations as well as political parties' sections in Catalonia (north-eastern Spain) called to stage demonstrations to protest against detaining, since last summer, a young Sahrawi holding the Spanish nationality in the camps of Tindouf (south Algeria), in breach of basic principles of human rights and people's free movement. The coordinator of Morocco's USFP party in Spain ...

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Bouteflika and the Algerian ‘Nif’

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- Algerians pride themselves as having a “Nif” or pride and there was time when this self worth was rightfully warranted. Algerian revolutionaries fought France from 1954 to 1962 and were able to gain Algeria’s independence  although it was regarded as an integral part of France. This was surely a monumental achievement to be proud of. But that was then, what about now? Has the ...

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Algeria-Morocco: The New Kid on the Block

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- There is no denial that since naming Salaheddine Mezouar the head of Moroccan diplomacy, we are now witnessing a different ball game with regards to the Western Sahara issue. He is a shrewd public servant. His first major mission was to plug the holes that the Polisario was using to undermine Morocco, and so far he done a magnificent job. We no longer see Polisario sympathize ...

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Morocco-Algeria: The New Strategy, is it Good Enough?

Majid Morcelli San Francisco- Morocco is not helping its sacred cause by asking Algeria to be part of the solution. Just as Morocco will never accept losing one inch of its Sahara, Algeria too will never allow itself to lose the fight against Morocco. The Moroccan Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs Mbarka Bouaida said that “Algeria is a direct party to the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara and should inv ...

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Algeria-Morocco: Borders of Hate and Shame

Majid Morceli San Francisco- Just as countries around the globe often celebrate their reconciliation and their union, we in North Africa just unceremoniously celebrated the 20th anniversary of the closing of the borders between Morocco and Algeria. It’s an established fact that the closing of the borders impeded economic integration between the Maghreb countries in general, but what you don’t often hear is ...

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Morocco slams Algeria’s ‘sterile’ rhetoric on Western Sahara

Geneva- Morocco denounced Monday in Geneva, Algeria's "sterile" rhetoric on human rights in the Western Sahara and called Algiers to be concerned about human rights violations committed on its own territory. "I call on the Algerian Ambassador to avoid sterile and embarrassing discussions for the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, the President of the Human Rights Council and all delegations," Morocco's ...

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