Western Sahara
CODESA Western Sahara CODESA criticizes UN for lack of concrete measures to conduct referendum in Western Sahara

The UNSC recently extended the mandate of the UN mission in Western Sahara for one more year, without taking any concrete measures to force Morocco to conduct a referendum in the territory

Palestinians targeted by Israeli spyware, facial recognition technology and other stories

Today we look at a report on the hacking of 6 Palestinians by the Pegasus spyware, the protest against unsafe living conditions at Howard University in the US, and more

CODESA Western Sahara Saharawi human rights defenders condemn Moroccan war crimes

The report published by CODESA on the atrocities committed by the Moroccan forces blames UN agencies and other human rights organizations for failing to intervene and investigate the cases of human rights violations

Algeria gas supply Algeria terminates contract to supply gas to Europe via Morocco

The decision by Algeria has worsened the already fraught diplomatic relations between the two countries. It also raises concerns about gas shortage and energy price rise in Europe, with predictions of high demand during the cold winter months

Despite setbacks, Western Sahara continues struggle for self-determination

Mahjoub Maliha of CODESA (Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders) speaks to Peoples Dispatch on the developments since last November in Western Sahara and the way ahead for the Saharawi struggle for self-determination

EU-Morocco trade deal EU-Morocco trade deals that include Western Sahara violate international law: top EU court 

The European Court of Justice had issued similar verdicts in 2016 and 2018, stating that the Western Sahara region cannot be considered as part of Morocco in such trade agreements

Algeria closes airspace to Moroccan planes as relations continue to deteriorate

Relations between the two countries have been souring for the last couple of years. One month before closing the airspace, diplomatic ties between the countries had been terminated

Algeria announces end to diplomatic relations with Morocco

The decision comes amid escalating tensions over many issues between the two countries, including Western Sahara, Morocco’s relations and support for Israel, and Morocco’s alleged backing of Algerian separatist groups

Polisario Front chief leaves Spain after top court rejects pleas for his arrest

The Polisario Front, which is fighting for independence of Western Sahara from Morocco, claimed that allegations of war crimes against chief Brahim Ghali are Morocco’s attempts to discredit the movement

Donald Trump’s final act: Snuffing out the promise of democracy in the Middle East

In the context of the 10-year anniversary of the “Arab Spring,” Vijay Prashad discusses Donald Trump’s efforts to crush the aspirations of the people in the Middle East

Morocco-Israel normalization Moroccan authorities use force to prevent pro-Palestine rally

The protesters were trying to take out a march opposing Morocco’s deal to normalize its ties with Israel. In exchange for the deal, the US has agreed to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the occupied Western Sahara

CODESA Western Sahara Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders holds founding congress

The Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders or CODESA was first formed in 2007, but could not take formal shape until now due to interference by the occupying Moroccan authorities

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