Sonntagzeitung: Glencore up against resistance glencore_610.jpg
29.10 - 2014 12:19
The Swiss commodities giant wants to engage in controversial oil drilling in the occupied territory of Western Sahara. Article published in Sonntagzeitung, Switzerland, 26 October 2014
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Kosmos chartered oil rig filmed bunkering in Namibia27.10 - 2014

The Atwood Achiever, the oil rig charted by Kosmos Energy at a rate of over US $ 500,000 per day, arrived yesterday noon in the harbour of Walvis Bay, Namibia. It did it last bunkering before arriving in the occupied territory.
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Researchers: “A Sahara oil spill would head to the Canary Islands”27.10 - 2014
The Canary Islands are opening their eyes to the dangers of Morocco’s illegal oil programme in Western Sahara. The currents would take any spill right onto shores of the tourist magnet. Read more

Oil drilling is illegal without Saharawi consent, Corell stresses24.10 - 2014
Kosmos Energy claims its oil exploration is in accordance with the 2002 UN Legal Opinion. If the company has failed to seek the consent of the Saharawi people, that it would not be the case, according to the author of that opinion, quoted by UN info centre today.Read more
Contentious oil rig moving ever closer to occupied Western Sahara23.10 - 2014
The Atwood Achiever, the drill ship that has been commissioned by Kosmos Energy, has been spotted this morning off the coast of South Africa, just south of Cape Town.Read more

Saharawi family lost home to Moroccan power lineelghalia_boujamaa_610.jpg
22.10 - 2014
French company Alstom is building an electricity line through Western Sahara. Elghalia Boujamaa and her family was beaten and evacuated this morning by police.
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Saharawis demonstrating against Kosmos Energy in occupied territory18.10 - 2014

14 October, women in El Aaiun, Western Sahara took to the streets to protest the upcoming drilling of Kosmos Energy in occupied Western Sahara. UN states oil exploration in the territory is illegal if the Saharawis do not consent to it.
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Japanese pirate fishing vessels entered Saharawi waters17.10 - 2014
Three Japanese fishing vessels have the last 48 hours been fishing in Saharawi waters. WSRW has asked the Japanese government to intervene.Read more

New report on Kosmos in Western Sahara: Platform for Conflict16.10 - 2014
Western Sahara Resource Watch has today launched a report on Kosmos Energy’s unscrupulous plans for test well drilling in occupied Western Sahara. In a few weeks time, the company may permanently damage the Saharawi people's aspirations and rights to freedom and independence, as it commences unethical and illegal oil drilling in Africa's last colony.Read more
Biggest Saharawi groups from occupied territory tell Kosmos to leave15.10 - 2014
In a letter sent to Kosmos Energy today, the biggest Saharawi organisations from the occupied territory of Western Sahara forcefully condemn the company's plans to drill for oil in their country. Read their letter here.Read more

Glencore with 2 licences off occupied Western Saharaglencore_610.jpg
15.10 - 2014
A subsidiary of Glencore Xstrata has been awarded two licences off occupied Western Sahara. The multinational company misplaces the locations of the blocks – placing them in the occupying country, Morocco.
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The controversy platform has crossed the Indian Ocean14.10 - 2014
The vessel 'Atwood Achiever' which will drill in occupied Western Sahara is getting closer. After some ten days under the radar, crossing the Indian Ocean, the vessel has now appeared off the coast of Madagascar.Read more
ECJ finds Swedish fisheries in Western Sahara illegal12.10 - 2014
The European Court of Justice has in an answer to a question from a Swedish court of appeal informed that private fisheries agreements with Moroccan authorities are not allowed outside of the context of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement.Read more

Kosmos partners in Sahara look for the wrong answers 03.10 - 2014
The “on-the-ground” partners of oil company Kosmos Energy in occupied Western Sahara do not base their work on local expertise. Far from it. They are led by directors with a clear pro-Moroccan approach to the conflict. Kosmos Energy is looking for the answers they want to hear - from the wrong people. Read more
The platform is only few weeks away01.10 - 2014
The oil rig Atwood Achiever is only a few weeks away from arriving Western Sahara. After a stop-over in Singapore, it is now heading towards the occupied territory.Read more

Do you know anything about the pro-Moroccan puppet organisations?fake_saharawis_meet_kosmos.jpg
26.09 - 2014
In an attempt to whitewash its operations in occupied Western Sahara, Kosmos Energy is meeting several sham organisations, picked from a list from the Moroccan authorities. WSRW has received a photo taken in such a meeting that took place this week. We need your help to find out who these individuals and organisations are.
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Kosmos' ordered drill rig on its way to occupied Western Sahara23.09 - 2014
The Atwood Achiever, the oil rig commissioned by Kosmos Energy to drill for oil in occupied Western Sahara, is currently at anchor in Singapore. In a few weeks time, the rig may permanently damage the Saharawi people's aspirations to freedom and independence, as it commences unethical and illegal oil drilling in Africa's last colony.Read more
Saharawi journalists ask Kosmos Energy not to drill in occupied waters22.09 - 2014
The Saharawi Center for Media and Communication (SCMC), based in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, has asked Kosmos Energy to reconsider its plans to commence oil drilling off the coast of their occupied homeland later this year. Kosmos' plans could destroy the Saharawi people's future beyond repair. Read SCMC's letter to the company here.Read more

EU-Morocco fish deal: who's shown an interest so far?18.09 - 2014
So far, the Moroccan government has issued 65 licenses to EU vessels eager to fish in Moroccan and Western Saharan waters.Read more
Dutch first to fish under unethical EU-Morocco fish deal16.09 - 2014
For the first time in almost three years, an EU member state fishing vessel has been detected in the waters of occupied Western Sahara.
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News archive:
01.07 - 20144 Danish municipalities stop purchase of Saharan conflict salt  
30.06 - 2014Kosmos supply vessels observed in occupied territory
29.06 - 2014Conflict rig testing in Korea
28.06 - 2014Kosmos Energy disagrees with UN legal office
22.06 - 2014Polisario asks for annulment of EU-Morocco illegal fish pact
17.06 - 2014New report: Fuelling the occupation
13.06 - 2014Alouat protested against Kosmos - was cut with razor blade
02.06 - 2014WSRW report gives complete overview of controversial clients
30.05 - 2014Kosmos started final round oil exploration off Western Sahara
29.05 - 2014Saharawi Republic adopts mining code


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