Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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 people is being blocked by the political and economic interests of Spain, France, Morocco and the United States. Helping us to better understand these interests, Hamudi recounts the modern history of the Saharawi territory, and profiles the main players in the conflict.