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Western Sahara - You might be forgiven if you thought colonialism no longer existed in the world.
Morocco has been occupying Western Sahara since 1975, making WS the last remaining colony on Earth. To combat the "separatist" group Polisario Front, Morocco built the world's largest earthern berm wall north of the capital, which also seals off people in the arid desert away from pasture land and denies them access to the ocean and towns.
Many Sahari people have been living in refugee camps in southwestern Algeria for decades, the nation which half-heartedly continues to supports the Polisario Front. Algeria's support for the PF has nearly led to several wars with Morocco and I note with extreme trepidation that Algeria has just signed a multi-billion dollar arms purchase agreement with Morocco.
In Morocco proper, the CIA has helped finance a large prison complex and Morocco is a regular destination for "extraordinarily rendered" detainees in the War on Terror.
Morocco has promised to hold a referendum in Western Sahara to determine its "final status" (independence or continued rule from Rabat) for the last 17 years but never quite gets around to doing it.
Despite all this, Morocco remains a Gold Star Member of the War on Terror and a staunch American ally. Morocco has a Free Trade Agreement with the US and is also a Major Non-NATO US Ally, making it eligible to purchase advanced weaponry.
Why Should You Care?