The Maroc Talk Podcast

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How Many More World Refugee Days before Sahrawis See Justice? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley June 20, 2017   It is once again World Refugee Day and tens of thousands of, as yet uncounted and unidentified, Sahrawi refugees remain sequestered in Polisario Front camps in southwest Algeria. They have been there for more than four decades – and counting. Algeria and the Polisario Front still refuse to comply with repeated requests from the UN Security Council to allow a headcount. No particular ...

A Victory for UN Peacekeeping – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 28, 2017 Generally, the first step in solving a problem is ensuring not to make it any worse. They say, if you are in a hole, stop digging. Doctors enjoin their professional colleagues to first “do no harm.” Grandpa always says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Lately, there is something of a renewal of an idea we have heard before, now again in some ...

Western Sahara: Who Should Be Watching? Why Not Us? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley March 9, 2017 Where tensions are running high and opposing armed forces are facing off with one another, separated by only a couple of hundred meters, the risk of an accident with unpredictable and potentially terrible consequences also runs equally high. Such has been the case for the last several months in Western Sahara, where, until very recently, substantial deployments of the armed forces of Morocco and ...

News Brief: Polisario Fuels Standoff in the Sahara – Jordana Merran

By Jordana Merran March 8, 2017 Since last summer, Moroccan troops and Polisario fighters have stood “within 200 meters (yards) of each other in a narrow strip of land near the Mauritanian border.” On Sunday, February 26, days after a phone call between Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Morocco announced “‘a unilateral withdrawal from the zone’ in conformation with the UN Secretary General’s recommendations,” as ...
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