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Joseph Alfred Grinblat is a statistician-economist-demographer who retired from the United Nations in 2004, after spending 30 years in the UN Population Division, except for two peacekeeping mission stints in Western Sahara. He also spent four years in Tunisia (1969-1973), working for the Population Council and the Ford Foundation. He lives in Flushing, New York.
  •  January 3, 2022 
Maha Fayek died on Jan. 5, 2021. She was one of the most wonderful persons I have ever known, and I miss her very much. She spent her life fighting for justice, without any fear of the consequences for herself. I first met Maha on July, 22, 2002, when she came to me for …
  •  October 27, 2021 
It is now 30 years since the United Nations referendum mission for Western Sahara, known as Minurso, was created, and I was one of the original staff members. Starting in 1971, Sahrawi students in Morocco started a movement for the independence of Spanish Sahara. The Sahrawi are the Indigenous people of the western region …

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