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Rule Britannia

March 15, 2009

So English-language news media don’t know a whole lot about the Maghreb, and that’s sort of understandable even if not quite okay. But that major Arab newspapers can’t even pin down the basics of the region is plain embarrassing: here, al-Quds al-Arabi discusses the dispute over “the former British colony of Western Sahara”. Maybe all the tea had them confused.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2009 20:39

    wow, that’s not even close…

  2. Laroussi permalink
    March 15, 2009 22:19

    Can you blaim them? Some people even think that Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony… and some even think it is Moroccan.

    Besides, Spain was British for some time (at least the north) and Britain and Spain are not that far away, relatively speaking. And didn’t Britain rule all the seas once upon a time?

  3. March 18, 2009 18:52

    There’s the old joke about the sun never setting on the British Empire because God wouldn’t trust an Englishman in the dark…. But Britain was always content to leave the Sahara to the French and their Latin brethren – “let the Gallic cockerel have as much sand to scratch in as he likes” was a quote from some British statesman or other (and I’m probably paraphrasing). Even my land hungry forebears didn’t see the point in claiming bits of desert just for the sake of it.

    Yours from Nelson’s country (we even went to the same school, apparently)


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