The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (/səˈrɑːwi/; SADR; also romanized with Saharawi; Spanish: República Árabe Saharaui Democrática; Arabic: الجمهورية العربية الصحراوية الديمقراطية al-Jumhūrīyah al-‘Arabīyah aṣ-Ṣaḥrāwīyah ad-Dīmuqrāṭīyah), is a partially recognized de facto sovereign state that claims the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, but controls only the easternmost one-fifth of that territory. Until 1976, Western Sahara was known as Spanish Sahara, a Spanish colony (later an overseas province).
The SADR was proclaimed by the Polisario Front (a former socialist liberation force which has since reformed its ideological and political views) on February 27, 1976, in Bir Lehlou, Western Sahara. The SADR government controls about 20–25% of the territory it claims. It calls the territories under its control the Liberated Territories or the Free Zone. Morocco controls and administers the rest of the disputed territory, and calls these lands its Southern Provinces. The SADR government considers the Moroccan-held territory to be occupied territory, while Morocco considers the much smaller SADR-held territory to be a buffer zone The claimed capital of the SADR is former Western Sahara capital El-Aaiún, while the temporary capital moved from Bir Lehlou to Tifariti in 2008.
The SADR maintains diplomatic relations with 40 UN states, and is a full member of the African Union.
List of Western Sahara newspapers, news sites, and magazines featuring sports, entertainments, tourism, travel, jobs, education, economy, lifestyles, travel, real estate, and business.
Western Sahara newspapers, news sites and magazines
- Sahara Press ServiceFeaturing local, national, and world news as well as sports, politics, business, and opinion.,
- Futuro Sahara
- RASD TV
- Sahara Online
- Western Sahara Resource Watch
- CEAS Sahara
- Sahara Occidental Western Sahara
- Wikipedia – Western SaharaInformation on politics, history, religion, demographics, weather, population, foreign relations, economy, environment, geography, culture, government, and human rights.
- BBC News – Country profile: Western SaharaProviding news, politics, history, economy, population, facts, weather, and more.
- Relief Web – Western Sahara
- Central Broadcasting Service
- City FM