• Western Sahara : Esprit of censorship ?
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    This text was written following a request from the deputy editor of the journal Esprit (request dated September 12, 2022, text of 8000 characters maximum on Western Sahara). The paper was submitted on October 13, 2022 and has been acknowledged. It was finally refused on November 15, 2022 on the grounds that “despite the qualities…

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  • New Book : Exhortación, by the sahrawi poet Badi Mohamed Salem
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    Badi Mohamed Salem, Exhortación, Última Línea, 2022, 110 p., ISBN : 978-84-18492-26-6 This book is a collection of poems that Badi composed in the last stage of his life. In them he confronts with determination human frailty and death, universal experiences. Living in exile in a refugee camp in southern Algeria does not distract the…

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  • New PhD thesis: the role of Minurso in Western Sahara – Meriem Naïli
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    NAILI Meriem, Peacekeeping and International Human Rights Law: Interrogating United Nations Mechanisms through a Study of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, PhD Dissertation, defended on 5 May 2022, Supervisors : Dr Irene Fernandez-Molina & Dr Aurel Sari, University of Exeter Abstract: The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was…

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  • International Workshop – Young scholars – Online – November 30
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    Western Sahara: A Multidisciplinary, Transregional Journée d’Etude The Western Sahara International Academic Observatory (OUISO) invites you to participate in an online workshop on Western Sahara and its regional context. The workshop is conceived as an interdisciplinary space covering contemporary issues of Western Sahara and the surrounding region from different perspectives in the social sciences, law…

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  • Four complaints for torture on Sahrawi political prisoners
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    Four complaints for torture filed against Morocco before the UN Committee against Torture On Thursday June 9, four complaints denouncing violations of the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Torture were filed against the State of Morocco before the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) in Geneva. Press release: 220610 CP ENG 4 Plaintes CAT

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  • Brief history of the Western Sahara – Isaías Barreñada
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    Notice of publication Isaías Barreñada, 2022, Breve historia del Sahara Occidental, Catarata, 144 p. Almost 50 years after Spain’s abandonment, the Sahrawi conflict continues to mark Spanish foreign policy in the region. Western Sahara is an illustrative example of a conflict that the international community has allowed to escalate. As the United Nations has pointed…

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  • Women in the Sahara and the Sahel – L’Ouest saharien journal, issue 16
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    Notice of publication C. Evrard & E. Pettigrew, 2022, Femmes du Sahara-Sahel: Transformation sociales et conditions de vie, Cahiers L’Ouest saharien, n°16, 232 p. There are few works on women in the humanities and social sciences literature on the Saharo-Sahelian region. This dossier reveals precisely these shortcomings while inviting readers to immerse themselves in some…

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  • United States in the Western Sahara War
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    The policy of the North American administrations in the Sahara conflict via the recently declassified documents of the Secretary of State Domingo Garí, Estados Unidos en la guerra del Sáhara Occidental, Catarata, 2021, 224 p. The war in Western Sahara was in its first years in favor of the Saharawi side. The Polisario Front came…

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  • International Workshop – Young Scholars – Call for abstracts
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    Sahara Occidental / الصحراء الغربية / Western Sahara: A Multidisciplinary, Transregional Journée d’Etude The Western Sahara International Academic Observatory (OUISO) invites PhD students and early career scholars (<3 years after the defense of their thesis) to participate in an online workshop on Western Sahara and its regional context. The workshop is conceived as an interdisciplinary…

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  • MPs Faucillon and Lecoq question the French government (IRD-Morocco agreements)
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    MPs Elsa Faucillon and Jean-Paul Lecoq questioned the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, Frédérique Vidal, about two research agreements signed illegally by the IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement) with the Kingdom of Morocco. The first research agreement, signed by…

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