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The Death of a Nomad

[Image from near Bir Lehlou, Western Sahara, April 2016. Image by author]

In Western Sahara, any news item is also a potential item of propaganda. Words, like individuals, have ideological mass. Thus former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” in a speech following his March 2016 visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, was the subject of some diplomatic agitation. UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said of Mr. Ban, “His use of the word was not planned nor was it deliberate. It was a ...

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Matthew Porges

 

Matthew Porges is a freelance writer based in Brussels, Belgium.