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Vindication for Stolen filmmakers : Slavery in the Sahrawi refugee camps

By Don Groves It’s taken five years but the makers of Stolen feel their documentary’s revelations of slavery in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria controlled by the Polisario Front have been vindicated. After the world premiere at the 2009 Sydney Film Festival, controversy erupted after one of the women …

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Terrorism in North Africa & the Sahel

Polisario camps in Algeria pose a threat Since 9/11, a disturbing trend of security challenges with global reach is emerging in the Maghreb, Sahel, and other territories in Africa. It is brutally demonstrated by the escalation in violent attacks mounted by a broad range of lawless subnational groups from Mali to …

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Algeria, the origin of most of AQIM’s leadership

The killing of three French journalists in northern Malian region of Kidal in early November 2013 is indicative of the ability of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) to conduct terrorist attacks in the region despite French military presence. Similarly, the announcement of the creation of a new terrorist group …

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Morocco Is A Positive Example Of Democratization Efforts

As the year is drawing to an end, the state of democracy and human rights across the globe appears bleak.  To give just a few examples, Russia, Beijing, and Iran are actively working to limit the spread of democracy not only in their own countries, but regionally and internationally.  Egypt, …

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Morocco counter-terrorism policy, ‘efficient’- EU official

  Morocco’s counter-terrorism approach is not only security-oriented, it also includes preventive measures, social and economic considerations as well as religious supervision, De Kerchove said in an interview with MAP. The EU official pointed out to setting up of training programmes benefiting Imams as part of Morocco’s comprehensive strategy in …

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Remembering Forced Expulsions in the Arab World

  There are two ironies concerning refugee flows in the Arab world. The first is how selective some Western advocates are when they focus exclusively on displaced Palestinians and Palestinian refugees, and the second is how they effectively punish those countries which do the right thing and absorb and settle …

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Congress Strengthens Mandate for Development Funding in Western Sahara

Appropriations Bill Further Reinforces US Policy Supporting Moroccan Autonomy Plan   WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ (MACP) — The 2015 Appropriations Bill passed by Congress and signed Tuesday night by President Obama includes a strengthened mandate requiring that US assistance designated for Morocco be used in the Western Sahara. Congress has …

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Autonomy in ‘Western Sahara’ under Moroccan Sovereignty, Revolutionary Solution

  Panama City  – Secretary executive of the Forum of Presiding Officers of Legislative Assemblies of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) Santiago Rivas Leclair described the autonomy proposal in the ‘Western Sahara’, under the Moroccan sovereignty, as a revolutionary and very advanced solution for the final settlement of …

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Polisario Snipers Killed Malian Troop Leaders in Kidal, Malian Paper

Bamako – Polisario snipers were responsible for the killing of Malian troop leaders in bloody clashes last May in the northern region of Kidal, Malian Daily, L’indépendant, said on Thursday. The paper said that Malian intelligence services have found enough evidence showing the involvement of the Polisario snipers in the killing …

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Morocco’s Opposition Parties Unveil Initiative to Implement Autonomy In ‘Western Sahara’

Rabat – Moroccan opposition parties, namely the Socialist union of popular forces (USFP), the Istiqlal party (PI), Authenticity and modernity party (PAM) and the Constitutional union (UC) unveiled on Wednesday a national initiative for the implementation of autonomy in the so-called Western Sahara. The four parties’ leaders, officials and MPs, …

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