• DEMAND FOR PHOSPHATES DRIVES CONFLICT

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 11/8/2013

    What the heck is phosphate? 

     It’s main use is in fertilizer; the majority of it gets used on corn, which is used to make everything from corn syrup to cattle feed and ethanol. However it is also used in detergentsfood additives(including Coca-Cola) and lithium-ion batteries as found in mobile phones.
     
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    The world's insatiable hunger for phosphorus

    By Laurence Knight and Tim BowlerBBC News
     

    "Is it the biggest looming crisis that you have never heard of?

    Since 1945, the world's population has tripled to seven billion, and feeding that population has relied increasingly on artificial fertilizers.

    Phosphates, among the most important fertilizers, come from an ore that is in limited supply. It is mined, processed and spread on to our fields, whence it is ultimately washed away into the ocean.

    So what will happen if one day we run out of the stuff?"

     
    Visit BBC News to find out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24823266
     
     
     
     
     
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  • TENSIONS RISE: Morocco, Algeria

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 11/7/2013

    THE PULSE OF THE MIDDLE EAST
     
     

     


    TENSIONS RISE BETWEEN MOROCCO, ALGERIA OVER WESTERN SAHARA

     
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  • WESTERN SAHARA: IN BRIEF

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 4/30/2013

    Published on Apr 12, 2013

     

    Western Sahara is rich in phosphates and fish, but Saharawi activists say those resources are not being harnessed to improve the lot of the indigenous population. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 after former colonial power Spain pulled out, and the conflict that ensued is one of the world's longest running. In November 2010 protesters set up camp at Gdeim Izik, outside the capital Laayoune. They argue that exploitation of the territory's resources should stop until a solution to the conflict is found.

     
     

    Published on Apr 16, 2013

    Located in the sweltering desert of south-west Algeria, the refugee camps of the Sahawari are home to more than 200,000 people, displaced from Western Sahara in 1979 when Morocco annexed the disputed territory in a conflict the world has long since forgotten. A new generation is growing up in the camps -- eager to return to their homeland by whatever means, and frustrated by the Polisaro movement's slow dealings with Morocco and the UN

     
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  • ICG Reports

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 4/15/2013

    http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/middle-east-north-africa/north-africa/western-sahara.aspx

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  • THE LAST COLONY

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 4/1/2013

    Published on Mar 13, 2013

     

    "King Mohammed VI is a wealthy,Criminal king. For over a decade, "the king of the poor" has seen its revenues flourish exponentially.
    he is in the top 10 of the kings and princes of the world's richest, including a list of generally not less than fifteen sovereigns. ...

    In reality the people of Morocco and western Sahara have been living in hell under this criminal regime. The Saharawis have been living in tents for the past 40 years and Moroccan are crushed and repressed everyday. Neither the Moroccan people nor the Sahraoui people who are living under the most dictatorship in the world World benefit from the wealth of their two countries."
     
    FIND OUT:  What has been done and what remains to be done?   
     
     

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  • UN MISSION in WS: MINURSO

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 2/2/2013

    MINURSO
    United Nations Mission for 

     
    http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minurso/index.shtml 
     
    "The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was established by Security Council resolution 690 PDF Document of 29 April 1991 in accordance with settlement proposals accepted on 30 August 1988 by Morocco and the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguia el-Hamra y de Río de Oro (Frente POLISARIO). 

    The settlement plan, as approved by the Security Council, provided for a transitional period for the preparation of a referendum in which the people of Western Sahara would choose between independence and integration with Morocco."
     
    THIS REFERENDUM HAS NEVER TAKEN PLACE! 
     
     

    United Nations Documents on MINURSO

    Resolutions of the Security Council

     http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minurso/resolutions.shtml
     

    THE SECURITY COUNCIL REPORT:  UN DOCUMENTS ON WESTERN SAHARA

     
     
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