Morocco admits to using Saharawi resources for political gainrussia_610.jpg
25.11 - 2014 12:26
A document leaked by the Moroccan whistle-blower twitter account demonstrates how Morocco uses the Western Saharan natural resources to embroil other countries into its own illegal occupation of Western Sahara. The case at hand; Russia.
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Conflict platform still not in Western Sahara21.11 - 2014
The oil platform Atwood Achiever has still not left Senegalese waters on its way to occupied Western Sahara. Read more
Saharawi women demonstrating against Kosmos plunder plans19.11 - 2014

A group of women this week protested the drilling plans of Kosmos Energy in occupied Western Sahara. Their leader is serving lifetime in Moroccan jail for such protest.
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The oil platform could arrive occupied Sahara in three days12.11 - 2014
The oil plattform 'Atwood Achiever' could arrive occupied Western Sahara Friday 15 November. There it will do the first drilling in occupied territory, everRead more
San Leon bought its partner's interest in the "El Aaiun" oil block07.11 - 2014
San Leon in September purchased PetroMaroc's ownership in the so-called Tarfaya oil block, partially located in occupied Western Sahara. Read more

Cairn Energy, stop messing with our referendum!cairn_demo_610.jpg
06.11 - 2014
A demonstration against the Scottish company Cairn Energy took place yesterday in front of its offices in Stavanger, Norway.
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Saharawi political prisoners speak out against Kosmos Energy06.11 - 2014
The 21 Saharawi political prisoners that are still imprisoned on the back of the Gdeim Izik mass protest camp, have today appealed to the church communities in Texas to denounce Kosmos Energy's plans in occupied Western Sahara. Read their full letter here.Read more
Controversy Kosmos to open supply base in Las Palmas?05.11 - 2014
The controversial company Kosmos Energy, which is intending to drill in occupied Western Sahara on a licence granted by the occupying power of Morocco, might open a supply base in Las Palmas. First results of the illegal drilling to be announced within next 6 months.Read more

Japanese pirates went under the radar04.11 - 2014
Four Japanese vessels which carried out pirate fisheries in Western Sahara waters have turned off their location transponders. WSRW sends repeat protest to Japan government.Read more
BBC: Kosmos refuses talks on self-determination31.10 - 2014
"The conversation with groups that are talking about self-determination and independence really isn't a conversation for Kosmos to be involved in", states Kosmos Energy to BBC. Former UN Legal Counsel calls Kosmos operations in violation of international law. Read more

Sonntagzeitung: Glencore up against resistance glencore_610.jpg
29.10 - 2014
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

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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