Contested Indigeneities, Contested Land: An Amazigh Perspective on the Western Sahara

The Western Sahara has long been a point of virulent contention in North Africa. Colonized by Spain until 1975, narratives of the history of the region differ dramatically based on political views. Is Morocco ‘illegally occupying’ the territory or has it ‘always been’ a part of Morocco? Did Moroccan King Hassan II’s Green March ‘invade’ […]

Free People: The Imazighen of North Africa

North Africa is widely portrayed as a part of the ‘Arab world’ or even together or associated with the Middle East, with the unfortunate misconception that Arabs are indigenous to North Africa. Yet there is an extensive ‘non-Arab’ population in North Africa: the true Indigenous people of the region. We are called Amazigh, plural Imazighen, […]

Saharawi Self-Determination

If international law was any guide, Western Sahara would have been an independent state long ago. The indigenous peoples there have fought for independence from Spanish colonial and now Moroccan military occupation, and successfully presented their case before the International Court of Justice. But, as Aluat Hamudi reports, the right to self-determination for the Saharawi […]

Western Sahara: dueling proposals on territory’s future

Western Sahara: dueling proposals on territory future from the WW4Report April 11, 2007 Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement have both turned proposals for the future status of Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara over to the UN. The Moroccan proposal calls for regional autonomy for the region under Morocco’s sovereignty. The Polisario proposal calls for a […]

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