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Polisario involved in international drug trafficking network dismantled in Morocco

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:29
In Morocco, the dragnet that led to the arrest on Monday of half a dozen international drug and psychotropic traffickers, including an Algerian, a Malian and two members of the Polisario, illustrates the extent of cross-border criminality in the Sahel and in which the Tindouf camps in Algeria have become a central link. The traffickers […]

Panama: The decision that toppled the Polisario’s new strategy

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:39
Another plan hatched by the Polisario collapsed. The rejection by the Panama Maritime Court of the action brought by the Polisario against the owner of the ship, Ultra Innovation, which was sailing to Canada, carrying a shipment of phosphate from Morocco, killed in the bud the new strategy undertaken by the separatist movement at the […]

Algeria, Polisario troubled by Morocco’s accession to ECOWAS

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:47
The diplomatic setbacks suffered by Algeria over the past few months do not seem to be showing any signs of stopping. The green light obtained by Rabat on Sunday in Monrovia to join ECOWAS adds to the worry of Algeria and the Polisario, which had long bet on Morocco’s isolation from the rest of the […]

Algeria: Confessions of a former minister on the Sahara

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:34
Another former Algerian official said out loud what he has long been thinking about the Sahara issue. Ali Benouari, a former Algerian Junior Minister of the Treasury, felt free to speak out after he left his position and the subsequent end of the mandatory alignment imposed by the regime on its officials. He candidly spoke […]

Sahara-Panama: The phosphate war will not take place

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:07
Panama’s decision to allow a ship carrying Moroccan phosphates to continue its journey to Canada has thwarted the Polisario’s new maneuver, schemed by Algeria, to wage a sea warfare against Morocco, by tracking systematically all phosphate-loaded boats leaving the Moroccan Sahara region. The Polisario, encouraged by the precedent of South Africa, which had boarded a […]

Algeria-Polisario: CIA’s accusatory documents

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:27
CIA declassified documents have confirmed what everyone already suspected: Algeria supplied the Polisario Front with sophisticated weapons and equipment at the height of the armed clashes with Morocco in the 1980s. Algeria supplied the separatist movement with, among other equipment, radars able to detect with great precision the trajectory of the Moroccan army’s combat aircraft. […]

USA-Sahara: New support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:56
US President Donald Trump promulgated last Friday (May 5), the 2017 Appropriation Bill that was adopted earlier the same day by the Congress. The Law and its accompanying report, to the consternation of Algeria and the Polisario, reaffirm the support of the US Congress to the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative for Western Sahara under Moroccan sovereignty. […]

UN: Security Council Crack the Whip over the Polisario

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:32
With a one-day delay over the initial schedule, the Security Council meeting on the Sahara was finally programmed for this Friday. The Council will vote on a resolution urging the Polisario to withdraw from the Guergarat buffer strip and demanding the resumption of the political process, taking into account the progress made since 2006. The […]

Polisario unsettled by Mohammed VI’s diplomatic offensive in Cuba

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:30
The separatist front leaders have been unsettled by Mohammed VI’s latest diplomatic offensive in Cuba, says a well-informed source in the Polisario-run Tindouf camps, in Algeria. The confusion of Brahim Ghali and his lieutenants is however understandable. Just three months after the triumphant return of the Kingdom to the African Union, the king of Morocco […]

Guergarate: What is behind the Polisario’s obstinacy?

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:51
If someone attempts to understand the inexplicable stubbornness of the Polisario to continue the showdown at Guergarate and the direct confrontation with the UN, he needs to direct his attention towards Algeria. Actually, the showdown reflects Algeria’s discontent with the UN Chief Antonio Guterres, rather than any inclination to resist on the part of the […]

Sahara-UN: Polisario’s back against the wall

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:42
The Polisario finds itself cornered after the warning shot of the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. Guterres actually asked the Security Council to exact that the separatist front withdraws completely and immediately from Guerguarat, the buffer zone it currently occupies in violation of the ceasefire. Guterres said in the report he submitted to the Security Council on […]

Brahim Ghali: The reasons of his anger at the Polisario apparatchik

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:55
As the situation in the Tindouf camps is increasingly deteriorating and the Sahrawi population’s discontent is mounting, the Polisario leader summoned the dignitaries of the separatist movement to return to live in the camps with their families in order to set an example. For Brahim Ghali, whose remarks are reported by a pro-Polisario website, it […]

Polisario, Algeria’s failure in Dakar

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:50
The postponement sine die of the meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), initially scheduled for March 23-25 in Dakar, illustrates the new diplomatic showdown between Morocco and Algeria through the Polisario proxy. Above all, it reflects Rabat’s determination to forfend systematically all the blows of Algiers. Two months after its return to […]

Sahara-Polisario: How Algerian diplomacy tries to hijack the agenda in Africa

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 19:34
The failure of the Polisario leader to influence the UN Secretary General as to the challenge the separatist front is posing in the buffer strip of Guerguarat prompted Algerian officials to turn towards Africa and activate their diplomatic relays there. The first move was made at the meeting Monday of the African Union Peace and […]

Sahara: Polisario appalled by its powerlessness to hinder holding of Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:00
A feeling of helplessness has overwhelmed the Polisario leaders because of their powerlessness to undermine the holding of the renowned Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, a seaside city of Western Sahara in southern Morocco, as of March 16 through 21. Their failure is all the bitter as the Crans Montana Forum is being held for […]