Wednesday, April 11, 2007

House subcommittee witnesses Battle of the Western Sahara Stars

When Chasli of Western Sahara Endgame gave me information about Erik Jensen, I had no idea I was about to find a transcript the ultimate rumble between Morocco and Polisario. Still, that's exactly what happened.

In late 2005, the House Committee on International Relations's Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations held a hearing. The hearing, Getting to "Yes": Resolving the 30 Year-Old Conflict Over the Status of the Western Sahara, featured an unbelievably dishy cast of characters. Here's who showed up:
  • Toby Shelley, author of Western Sahara Endgame
  • Representative Diaz-Balart from Florida, a propagator of the Cuba abduction myth
  • Rep. Donald Payne from New Jersey, of Aminatou Haidar reception fame
  • Erik Jensen, author of Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate
  • Frank Ruddy, Erik Jensen's evil twin brother
  • Whacky Senator James Inhofe, who is nevertheless a big supporter of the Western Sahara
  • A Moroccan POW
You're thinking that's good (have Erik Jensen and Toby Shelley ever been seen in the same room together before?) but it gets even better. Statements were submitted to the committee from all sorts of ruffians. Suzanne Scholte of the US-Western Sahara Foundation had a statement, as did SADR ambassador Mouloud Said and Morocco's ambassador Aziz Mekouar. Stephen P. Hagens of Homeland International has a speech in the appendix.

Pleasingly, and predictably, the fantastic Erik Jensen-Frank Ruddy beef is on display.

It's hard to believe so much Western Sahara clout could gather in one room and leave the space-time continuum intact. Check it out!

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:28 PM

    Hi Will

    Morocco said that they introduce their „Autonomy plan” today to UN SG

    Mr Abdelaziz of Polisario said today that they also present new “flexible” proposal to UN SG

    No body in Western Sahara ( me too) know anything about the both proposals neither Moroccan nor Polisarios

    Saharawis them selves ( and Moroccans too) are absent at all ..furthermore Parliaments in both side don’t know what is really going in the deal..

    UN staff are boring in the desert but they are happy earning thousands of USD doing nothing
    High officials waiting to get Villa in the Ocean or Mediterranean side….

    ..only the people of Sahara are suffering…they don’t know that few of corrupted UN staff and “big fishes” are playing with their future
    Any can help?

    Regards
    Desertman

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  2. Morocco's presenting the autonomy plan today to the secretary-general? I can't get a straight answer on when the plan will be public.

    Crafty move on Polisario's part, by the way.

    I don't know what to tell Sahrawis who are watching the UN staff do little for them. It should be a small consolation that the autonomy plan probably won't pass.

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