Thursday, October 28, 2010

Western Sahara and the Tide of History

by Ken Loach and Stefan Simanowitz
Mail and Guardian
Oct 27 2010 12:23

In 1960 the United Nations adopted resolution 1514 which stated that all people have a right to self-determination and that colonialism should be brought to a speedy and unconditional end.

Half-a-century later it may come as a surprise to readers to learn that there are still 16 territories around the world that have yet to achieve decolononisation.

Known as "non-self-governing territories" the list of places still ruled by a foreign power contains some familiar names: Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) to name just two.

But while some of these territories, like the tiny Pacific Island of Tokelau, are dependencies that could be said to have rejected independence and democratically chosen to maintain their territorial status, others are more controversial.

Most notable is Western Sahara, known as Africa's last colony, which has fought for self-determination for more than 35 years against neighbouring Morocco.

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