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A convenient stalemate

After decades, Western Sahara remains under Moroccan rule. Can the deadlock be broken?

By Musab Younis  

(United Nations Photo)

Two months before the event that is often said to mark start of the Arab Spring—Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Tunisia in December 2010 – a few hundred people set up a makeshift protest camp in the desert, 1,500 miles west of Tunis. They constructed the small tent city, known as Gdeim Izik, as a peaceful statement against Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara. Within weeks its population swelled to several…

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