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Turai, Maitama Sule Back Western Sahara Independence
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Sunday October 11, 2009
From Damilola Oyedele in Abuja First Lady, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua has joined the call for the independence of Western Sahara from occupation by Morocco, stressing that colonialism ought to have been totally abolished from the African continent. Speaking through her representative, Hajiya Zainab Ali Kotoko at the launch of the Nigeria Movement in Solidarity with the Western Sahara People by the Nigeria Labour Congress, Yar’Adua reiterated the commitment of the Federal (...)
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Is Morocco a trustworthy neighbour?
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Monday October 5, 2009
Morocco had been making decisions based on Bush propaganda catchphrases about the terrorism threaten. Thanks to that, it was presented as “a trustworthy ally” in the global war against terrorism in the US, England, France, Spain, etc. It tried to exploit this point to urge the international community to think that Polisario is a terrorist organization. Now, Morocco tries to show Algeria as Iran of the Maghreb. Its lobbies claim that Algeria search to have the atomic weapon. (...)
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Morocco: Government Uses Torture to Silence Sahrawi Activists
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Saturday September 19, 2009
From very young I received at my home, when I was living in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, many young Saharawi medical students and hear from his own lips the oppressive regime and violator of human rights are subjected to by the regime of Morocco for the simple fact assert to have expression of their national identity, talking or singing, I saw the sadness in his faces of the oppressed people and at the same time, the twinkle in her eyes of heroic hearts fearlessly fighting for the sovereignty (...)
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Morocco:In solidarity with the 850 OCP workers suspended from work,
By : www.amdh.org.ma - Friday September 11, 2009
Moroccan Association for Human Rights CENTRAL OFFICE. Communiqué In solidarity with the 850 SMESI workers suspended from work, the MAHR is organizing a caravan of solidarity towards Khouribga The Moroccan Association for Human Rights (MAHR) followed with concern at both local and central levels the file developments of the 850 SMESI society employees who worked permanently since 2001 in this society belonging to the OCP Group. In consequence of the suspension of all workers and (...)
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Fundamentally Freund: All settlers are not created equal
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Sunday September 6, 2009
By MICHAEL FREUND It is a disputed tract of land the size of Britain, it has been under occupation for nearly four decades, and hundreds of thousands of its Arab residents have been turned into refugees as a result of an aggressive and expansionist settlement policy. Periodic peace talks between the protagonists have failed, UN resolutions on the subject remain unimplemented and the basic human rights of those living under occupation are continually and summarily ignored. Yet despite the (...)
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Morocco: AMDH Notification, Following Aïcha Mokhtari’s death!
By : www.amdh.org.ma - Saturday August 29, 2009
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AMDH Notification, Following Aïcha Mokhtari’s death, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights appeals for the denunciation of the unjust system conditions of issuing visas to Moroccans. Notification Following Aïcha Mokhtari’s death, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights appeals for the denunciation of the unjust system conditions of issuing visas to Moroccans On Saturday, August 15, 2009 in Oujda, the Moroccan citizen Aïcha Mokhtari has died after suffering terribly (...)
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We are currently seeking volunteers for reconnaissance survey work in October 2009.
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Friday August 21, 2009
The role of volunteers in the Western Sahara Project Volunteers play a vital role in the work of the Western Sahara Project, and make a major contribution to the funding of the Project. Volunteering for a Western Sahara Project field season is a way of experiencing a unique desert environment and culture in a part of the world which is largely closed to outsiders. Volunteering is also an opportunity to learn about the fascinating and little-known archaeology of this remote region and of the (...)
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A comment by Kal
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Thursday August 20, 2009
Well, to take Israel, you have the fact that the Druze and “Bedouin” communities outrightly joined the Israeli side after 1948. You can, as Saharawi Citizen says, traitors in any movement. Benedict Arnold? The Algerian independence movement had more than one defector and collaborator. Arab Israelis are said (by Israelis) to have equal rights to Jewish Israelis; though there are Israelis who challenge that. It really doesn’t matter much if the Sahara is wealthy or poor. (...)
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How UN can provoke terrorism !!
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Sunday August 16, 2009
UN Secretary-General Envoy, Christopher Ross, is working on his own plan to resolve the thirty-four-year-old Western Sahara conflict. The details of the plan have not yet been released. He has made no secret of his desire to shake things up in the Sahara to unsettle the diplomatic war of attrition being waged by Morocco and the Front Polisario. The major question facing Ross is the Western Saharans’ right of self-determination, which vexed the previous mediators, James Baker, the (...)
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Talk peace, make war
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Saturday August 15, 2009
It is inconceivable that the Polisario would agree to any arrangement that didn’t give the Western Saharans control of their natural resource assets, most notably the phosphates and fish. These alone would give the small population of the area a good per capita income, probably well above Morocco’s. And if oil is discovered does anyone really think that Morocco would allow the Western Sahara to control the petrodollars? Inconceivable. The Moroccan military is heavily entrenched (...)
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Why self-determination for Western Sahara?
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Saturday August 15, 2009
The Western Sahara builds the whole case for its self-determination on inherited colonial borders. Between 1884 and 1975, whatever the prehistory, it was a separate territory with its own colonial master (Spain). And every single such colonial territory in Africa, except Western Sahara, has been granted independence: the last ones were Namibia in 1990 and Eritrea in 1993. (A belated Asian case, very similar to W. Sahara, was East Timor, which became independent only in 2002 after lengthy (...)
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Marseille Sways to a Maghreb Rhythm
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Wednesday August 12, 2009
By SETH SHERWOOD AS a warm Saturday night hung over the Mediterranean, the Algerian-French band Yazmen shuffled under the spotlights with its instruments — hand drum, flute, electric bass and a boxy, long-necked stringed instrument called a guembri — while a crowd filed into the hot confines of the windowless Tankono club. Couples arrived with children while bespectacled record-store geeks and a bald guy in a dashiki made toasts with Kronenbourg beers. Close to the stage, a (...)
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Western Sahara : Status quo risk
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Monday August 10, 2009
The American diplomat Christopher Ross was chosen this past summer to untangle this mess. Ross was originally selected for the job in September, but it took several months to make it official, after Morocco obstructed his appointment because, as the moroccan press say, that, from now on, any talks must focus on how to implement the king’s autonomy plan, not whether to do it the Moroccan autonomy plan must be the "sole platform" for future discussions, leaving aside any proposals (...)
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Way smoothed for genocide in Western Sahara
By : Nick Brooks - Thursday August 6, 2009
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The following is extracted and edited from a letter to Charles Clarke, my Member of Parliament. Morocco is being extremely active in promoting its new plan for the the disputed territory of Western Sahara, which it partially occupies, and has had a number of “constructive” talks with European politicians in recent weeks. Morocco has been praised for its efforts by a number of individuals and bodies, including political representatives of the EU. It appears that the way is being (...)
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Judges say UK spy visited Morocco 3 times while ex-Guantanamo detainee was held there
By : English & American press - Sunday August 2, 2009
A British intelligence officer repeatedly visited Morocco at the same time that a former UK resident was allegedly being tortured there, two senior judges said Friday. Supporters of Binyam Mohamed say the revelation casts doubt on the position of the UK spy agency, which insists it never knew he was being detained by Moroccan authorities. Mohamed, an Ethiopian who moved to Britain as a teenager, was arrested in 2002 in Pakistan. He alleges he was subjected to sleep deprivation and had his (...)
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Why Morocco is Proposing Autonomy Now?
By : Diaspora Sahraouie - Friday July 31, 2009
By Chasli Just a few observations about why I am so skeptical about Morocco’s autonomy plan and what I see as Morocco’s reasons for going down the autonomy road. Anyone who thinks that Morocco would ever allow the Sahrawi to control any of the territory’s mineral or fishing wealth is seriously suffering from “head-in-the-sand” syndrome. It just won’t happen. The Moroccan military, elite, and monarchy have been happily stealing Western Sahara’s (...)
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Why Was Morocco’s Autonomy Initiative Devised?
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Wednesday July 29, 2009
This view that Morocco’s autonomy initiative for the Western Sahara should be supported because it is a commendable and reasonable compromise to once and for all overcome “the deadlock in United Nations’ mediated negotiations” has been getting a lot of play time recently by the pro-Rabat forces. The view is unacceptable and should be soundly rejected because its basic premise — that the “deadlock is the result of a “fail[ure] to reach a (...)
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Robbed of truth?
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Sunday July 26, 2009
By Bob Ellis In Stolen a camel is chosen, dragged bellowing toward a truck, seen travelling many miles with a quirky expression on its likeable, nose-wriggling face, then later by moonlight, shrieking and hooting, its throat cut, gushes its blood towards Mecca in accordance with the provisions of the Law. After this we see dancing and ululating veiled black women at a reunion party in which the camel, drained of its blood, is roasted and eaten in the first such feast in the village in 30 (...)
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Foreign friends
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Thursday July 23, 2009
By Nick Brooks, SAND & DUST, 18 february 2009 History demonstrates that unpleasant regimes bent on suppressing dissent and menacing their neighbours can always find foreign apologists who are ready to scurry to their defence without bothering to understand precisely what it is they are defending. It seems that Morocco is no exception in having an army of foreign sycophants ready to fight for its right to expand its territory through force and stamp on anyone who might object to its (...)
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The world’s only UN mission with no human rights bureau
By : Diaspora Saharaui - Tuesday July 21, 2009
By Nikolaj Nielsen Monday, July 20 10:56 am EST A row of Moroccan flags firmly embedded in a concrete wall too tall to scale, align a compound that has no political will and surround a United Nations mission that has no human rights bureau. Minurso, the UN Mission for the Referendum in the Western Sahara, is a sad spectacle where the single blue flag appears to reach tall into the warm sky. But it hangs limp as the dozens of red draped green stars flutter in the slight breeze; defiant and (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Wednesday 6 March
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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