Talk:El Aaiún

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Requested Move[edit]

--Language politics! :-) I believe the page name should be changed to El-Aaiun, for the following reasons:

1. "Laâyoune" is another latin script of a transcription of DIALECT Arabic (one of the main by different tradition from the north or hassanic).

2. It is also a FRENCH transcription despite the fact that Western Sahara was never colonized by France. It thus has direct political implications, tying the city to Francophone Morocco, whereas the Spanish transcription "El-Aaiun" only states -- factually -- that the area has been under Spanish rule.

3. "El-Aaiun" was the name used by the last recognized sovereign (Spain).

4. "El-Aaiun" is significantly closer to any transcription from Arabic (al-aaiun, el-a'yun, el-a'youn, elayun or any variant of these) than "Laâyoune".

With all that said, I don't have a clue as to how to actually change it. Please help.

ARRE.

Votes[edit]

===>I agree Talk to an administrator to move the content of this page to "El Aaiun" and redirect. Justin (koavf) 14:15, 28 September 2005 (UTC)

  • Support -- Wechselstrom 22:23, 22 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Support -- Chanheigeorge 23:12, 22 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Support (sorry for the copy-and-paste-thing) -- Arre 11:08, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Support --Gareth Hughes 12:11, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Support. Palmiro | Talk 14:14, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

Discussion[edit]

I've added the proposed move Laâyoune → El Aaiún to Wikipedia:Requested_moves. Please avoid moving by "copy and paste" 'cos this does not move the history or the talk page. Chanheigeorge 11:20, 20 November 2005 (UTC)

I added the Requested Move template to this discussion page. Please indicate your votes above by specifying in bold either Support or Oppose. -- Wechselstrom 02:44, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

Outcome[edit]

Page moved as requested. Rob Church Talk 22:38, 24 November 2005 (UTC)

Footnote[edit]

Not that I really care, but locals, both immigrants and Sahrawis, pronounce it Laayoune (with an ain). I know this after living there for two years. PiCo 04:07, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes, the fact is, it's commonly known, by locals and visitors alike, as Laayoune, which is therefore the correct title. Not that I really care. zzz (talk) 03:26, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Name[edit]

Hi, I read your descriptions on the name changes. But I have never heard it by El Aaiun, I've always known the capital of Western Sahara to be Laayoune. Then again that's just me and I've never been or lived in Western Sahara.

Talk 17:37, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Variants I've most commonly read "El Aaiun." The Historical Dictionary of Western Sahara ISBN 0-8108-2661-5 lists it under "El-Ayoun" (which I've never seen in standard literature) with variants "El-Aaiun, El-Aioun, Laayoune." -Justin (koavf)·T·C·M 17:06, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
I think it depends of what language you use and that Laâyoune is the French transcription whereas El Aaiún is the Spanish. Since the Moroccan government use French and Spain also has interests in the region, the choice of name/language is politically charged. I guess people who promote Saharan independence tend to use Spanish and people against French. Personally, I cannot see how we possibly could find a solution to this problem as none of the names is NPOV. Aaker (talk) 18:03, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

POV issues[edit]

Refering to an Independence Intifada is a POV issue.

Occupation[edit]

Sigh This city is occupied. To not mention that in the text is ridiculous. Confer, for instance, with Nablus. -Justin (koavf)·T·C·M 04:27, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

The city is occupied from the POV of Polisario. the city is a Moroccan city like others from the Moroccan POV. Wikipedia is not to be used for POV pushing. The comparision with Nablus is ridiculous, and irrelevant because the situations of WS and Palestine are not to be compared.--A Jalil 06:48, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
POV Yes, it is occupied according to the POV of the Polisario, and the UN, and plain fact. This is false balance. You could just as easily go onto Talk:Holocaust and write "The slaughter of European Jewry happened from the POV of Polisario. It is a myth from the neo-Nazi POV. Wikipedia is not to be used for POV pushing." It is not "ridiculous" to mention Nablus - they are both occupied cities. Why are "WS and Palestine not to be compared?" They make for several excellent parallels. -Justin (koavf)·T·C·M 16:04, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
From Nablus to the Holocaust to the .... The UN never called WS as occupied. I have already explained to you the Cuba declaration, drafted by Algeria, Cuba and Libya, that was put to the GA, not the SC of the UN. It has no weight in the UN. I refered you to the "Zionism=racism" resolution case. I will not go through that again and again. There is not a single person from Nablus that define him/herself as Israeli, whereas Elaiun is full of staunchly Moroccan Sahrauis, and it has known one of the greatest rates of participation in the latest Moroccan elections. Something to refute your comparision to Nablus.--A Jalil 09:53, 18 October 2007 (UTC)
Untrue
  • The UN called Western Sahara occupied. To give two examples:
UN General Assembly Resolution 34/37 - November 21, 1979, vote: 85-6, with 41 abstentions reads in part:
"the aggravation of the situation resulting from the continued occupation by Morocco and the extension of that occupation to the territory recently evacuated by Mauritania"
Link to that session of the GA
Direct link to the pdf
UN General Assembly Resolution 35/19 - November 11, 1980, vote: 88-8, with 43 absentions reads in part:
"terminate the occupation of the territory of Western Sahara"
Link to that session of the GA
Direct link to the pdf
  • There are 14 Israeli settlements in Nablus, so there are plenty of staunchly Israeli Jews, and I'm sure it has a very fine voter turn-out rate as well. There are settler populations in both the West Bank and Western Sahara, so actually, you've just shown how they are similar. -Justin (koavf)·T·C·M 16:29, 18 October 2007 (UTC)
Untrue
  • The resolutions you refer to are vote motions dratfed by Cuba and Algeria and put to the General Assembly. They are not binding the UN and are reflective of the majority of opinions at the time of the vote. They are not a UN position. The UN positions are made by the Security Council, where the voice of 1.5 Billion people in China is not equal to that of 15,000 people in Nauru. I gave you before, an example of the 1975 "Zionism=Racism" resolution voted by the General Assembly when the Arab states had support within the non-alligned movement and the East block. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the UN has voted another resolution to say that Zionism is not Racism. So, which of them is the position of the UN?. None. They are the opinion of the majority at a particular time and under particular international circumstances and national interests. So, the Cuban-Algerian drafted resolutions are to be seen under that angle, and not to be put on the account of the UN.
  • Khalli henna oueld arrachid and Hassan Derhem, and Ayoub, and Hadrami, .. are SAHRAWIS and MOROCCANS, and they claim it high. No Palestinian in Nablus do participate in Israeli elections. None of the Palestinians in Nablus claims he is Israeli. Don't mix things up.--A Jalil 09:21, 19 October 2007 (UTC)
  • I suppose that you consider the ARABS THAT PARTICIPATE IN ISRAELI ELECTIONS as something totally different from Palestinians, or perhaps you even dont consider them Arabs...--HCPUNXKID (talk) 21:20, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject class rating[edit]

This article was automatically assessed because at least one WikiProject had rated the article as stub, and the rating on other projects was brought up to Stub class. BetacommandBot 22:19, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

Population is wrong[edit]

This article says that the population of El Aaiun is 188,084, but according to the source it cites for this information, the most up-to-date population statistics say its population is 194,668, and even in the 2004 census it was 183,691. Jprulestheworld01 (talk) 19:31, 25 March 2009 (UTC)

188,084 was added in 2006, when it was accurate. I've updated it now. -kotra (talk) 23:54, 25 March 2009 (UTC)

Western Sahara's disputed status[edit]

I have reverted again edits that presented Western Sahara as indisputably a Moroccan territory, disregarding Western Sahara's disputed status in nearly all authoritative sources (just as an example, the CIA World Factbook). Let's leave it as saying El Aaiún is managed by Morocco (which is not disputed) and allow people to go to the Western Sahara article for more information on the territorial claims. -kotra (talk) 05:52, 21 December 2009 (UTC)