Western Sahara Refugees – Free Them Now – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley June 20, 2018 The global refugee crisis continues to expand in practically every corner of the planet. By now we are all aware of the awful circumstances for refugees from the on-going civil war in Syria where the millions who have been displaced are causing enormous strains on not only the states of the region, but also roiling the political landscape of Europe’s politics.  Sub-Saharan refugees continue ...

Western Sahara – Polisario Ambitions and Reversals – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley June 4, 2018 I keep having to ask myself, “what is it that Polisario really wants?” I know what Algeria really wants. They want the Western Sahara issue to drag on forever, all the better to keep poking Morocco in the eye with it. And in that project, Polisario is their ever ready stick. Nothing new here.  I have it on good authority that in a rare ...

Maghreb Matters: Report on the role of religion in Algeria; How the Algerian regime manages change; Opposition calls for collaboration in economic planning – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 25, 2018 Two reports on Algeria this month focus on key elements of its society – Islam and governance. The first, published by the Carnegie Endowment in its online publication Diwan noted that state efforts to control the preaching and promotion of Islam are largely successful, yet social media has made it possible for other Islamic sources to attract followers. Interface Media conducted a 2018 study ...

State’s Confused Western Sahara Human Rights Reporting – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley May 23, 2018 The State Department is utterly confused on how to report on the subject of human rights in Western Sahara. And it has been getting progressively more confused as the years have passed. Every year, usually sometime in April, the State Department provides a Congressionally-mandated human rights report on every country in the world. And that is where the problem begins. Western Sahara is not ...

Yemeni Refugees Taking Charge of Their Futures in Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 10, 2018 A recent story circulated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) looked at the case of how Yemeni refugees in Morocco were taking charge of their futures by initiating projects that serve both the Yemeni and Moroccan communities. The project is a kindergarten for all children, called Amal or Hope, which recently opened in Kenitra, north of the capital Rabat. Although there are ...
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