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  • Learn more about Western Sahara

    Published May 27, 2015

    by Nathan Jumper

    Basic Facts

    Western Sahara is formally listed by the United Nations as a “Non-Self-Governing Territory.” This means that it possess neither independence nor formal incorporation in another country. Located on the Northwestern coast of African, South of Morocco and North of Mauritania, the Western Sahara is comprised of a population estimated at 550,000, most of whom are Sunni Muslim. From the late 1800s through 1976, Western Sahara was a colony of Spain and, as is often the case of former colonies, Western Saharan boundaries still reflect the interests of its colonizing power. There is currently an ...

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    From Swords into plowshares

  • "Earth Care Day Camp" at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church

    Published May 27, 2015

    Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR last year helped to organize and host an "Earth Care Day Camp." The team provided for transportation, a nutritious snack and lunch every day for the campers, and introduced the 16 youth and 9 children to themes of water, trees, watershed management, food gardens, pollinators, wildlife habitat, wildlife. Tangible enhancements included increased native planting, the establishment of two pollinator gardens, increased water sources for wildlife, and a re-planting of a demonstration garden as an alternative to lawn. Only 3 of the 25 young people had had previous contact with CHPC and most brought ...

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  • International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

    Published May 26, 2015

    From the United Nations:

    The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 60/119 of 8 December 2005, requested the annual observance of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

    In the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory is defined as a Territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government”.

    In 1946, several UN Member States identified a number of Territories under their administration that were not self-governing and placed them on a UN list. Countries administering Non-Self-Governing Territories are called administering Powers.  As a result of the decolonization process over the years, most of ...

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    From Swords into plowshares

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