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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.
  •  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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