Thursday, February 22, 2007

"The woes of the Western Sahara" in the Georgetown Voice

No post yesterday because I was writing for The Georgetown Voice about the Western Sahara. Check it out.

The article features quotes from two Western Sahara muckity-mucks: Mikael Simble of the Norwegian Support Committee for the Western Sahara, and Robert Holley of the Moroccan-American Center for Policy. They were both nice enough to grant me interviews.

The issue is just being distributed on campus now, and we've already received an opposing, well-argued e-mail from someone in Pennsylvania.

The only problem is, of all the maps of North Africa they could've chosen, the editors picked one that erases the line between Western Sahara and Morocco. Still, I appreciate that they let me write about my passion, and I hope it'll raise support on campus and elsewhere for self-determination.

8 comments:

  1. Will,

    Check the article now.

    -JAK

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  2. Hi Will,

    Read the article yesterday and didn't know it was you. Nice job. Did you manage to keep a straight face taking down that quote from Holley. You should have asked him whether he can distinguish a Moroccan from an Algerian. Anyway, keep up the good work.

    All the Best,

    Chasli

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  3. Justin, you're my hero. Thanks for pointing out to them that it looked silly.

    Robert Holley's a sweet guy, even if he is on the other side. He also has quite the picture on his wall involving a rhino, a lifeboat, and post-it notes.

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  4. Anonymous2:14 AM

    Chasli,

    What's your point about a difference between an Algerian and a Moroccan. a comment that's trying to be witty would venture to mean that a Moroccan and Algerian look nothing alike, which is far from being the case.

    A Moroccan, and Algerian, from the Med to the Sahara are the same people. all is Maghreb and all will be a unity one day.

    An Algerian.

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  5. Even Algeria and Morocco will be one someday? I've heard of Maghreb integration, but this is ridiculous!

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  6. Hi Algerian,

    Sorry about being unclear. Actually you did get my point backwards. It wasn't deep. Only that by his saying that the WEstern Saharans should be part of Morocco because they look like Moroccans is like saying that Algeria should be part of Morocco because they too look like Moroccans. I guess it wasn't that witty.

    Chasli

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  7. Anonymous10:07 AM

    Chasli,

    Thanks for clarifying, indeed witty.

    Will, why is it ridiculous to ask for unity between people who have been more or less together until the French separated us. You Americans have a short term memory, but if you go back in history, even our hero Abdel Kader pledged allegiance to the the Moroccan Sultan. Before him residents of Tlemcen wanted to join Morocco rather be part of the Ottoman empire, which Morocco refused because they did not want to bring the wrath of the Ottomans on them. So at the end, we could have been under the same flag, and history will get us there through its tortuous ways.

    An Algerian

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  8. Algerian - I agree, I think the Union Maghreb Arabe project always was very sensible. Unfortunately, it's not getting off the ground, b/c of W. Sahara and (even more so, I believe) b/c of the refusal of all Maghrebi leaders and elites to share power. But with democratization & economic integration, it'll get there, even if slowly, because it makes excellent economic and political sense.

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