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Topic - Carne Ross
A Saharan stand-off may become a U.S. problem. A nasty spat between Algeria and Morocco over the disputed region of Western Sahara has boiled over anew, as Morocco recalled its ambassador, angry protesters tore down an Algerian flag, and a Moroccan magazine called for land grabs.
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Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Quincy Adams ... and now Anna Wintour?
Nation-states - those "weary giants of flesh and steel," as John Perry Barlow called them in his famous 1996 "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace" - are on their way out. They can't cope, they can't keep up, and they're going to be replaced by something else, something better, more human, more communitylike.
"Human rights is slowly but surely becoming more important in security council discussions," said Carne Ross, former head of the Middle East section at Britain's U.N. mission and now part of a group that advises the Polisario. "When I was a diplomat at the security council 10-15 years ago people just didn't talk about human rights in general, and now they do. And that's been a long-term shift in how the security council talks and the Moroccans do not come out well in it."
"It is the official position of the U.N. to this day. So Morocco is on the defensive," he said. "To overcome this problem, Morocco has to play all of its cards and come out very strong against Algeria."