Western Sahara – Who Should Vote, Part II – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley December 11, 2017 The United Nations established “right” of “distinct peoples” to “self-determination” following the end of colonial rule is the basis of the Polisario and Algerian demand for the conduct of a referendum on independence for what is today commonly referred to in the international community as “Western Sahara.” Despite the seeming simplicity of that “right” there is, in fact, nothing simple about it. As promised ...

Western Sahara – Who Should Vote? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley November 30, 2017 No one pays much attention to this issue these days, but at some point in the future, under almost any likely resolution scenario, there will have to be a reckoning with this question – again. It is not too early to give it some deeper thought.  It might even be productive in pointing the way forward. I came late to the Western Sahara conundrum ...

Business Brief: Morocco Tops List of African Countries Investing in Climate Projects, Issues with Morocco’s ECOWAS Bid Featured, and Morocco’s Role in China’s “One Belt, One Road” Strategy is Examined for Long-term Implications – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 27, 2017 At COP 23, Morocco was highlighted as the first among MENA countries in attracting funding for climate projects. According to a story in Morocco World News, the study was prepared by the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM) and presented at the global climate change conference in Bonn, COP 23. Looking at investment flows in the region from 2013 to 2016, Morocco garnered 20% of ...

The Wheel of Misfortune – Russia Takes Advantage of US Lethargy in North Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 20, 2017 Those who follow US policy in the Middle East and North Africa are increasingly concerned with a lack of a robust or consistent American presence in the region outside of support for Israel and mixed messages on Syria and Iraq. Arab governments initially were pleased that the Trump Administration took a high profile on pursuing a Middle East peace settlement, inserting itself into the ...

Western Sahara: 42 and Counting – Time to Make a DEAL! – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley November 8, 2017 This week marks the 42nd anniversary of King Hassan II’s famous Green March into the Moroccan Sahara to reassert Morocco’s historical sovereignty over the region. An event in which several hundred thousand Moroccans, led by their King, calmly marched through lines of armed Spanish colonial soldiers carry nothing but their flags, their faith, their patriotism, their children and the Koran. Shortly after, Spain withdrew ...
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