The Moroccan government, emboldened by a Trump administration policy shift, is cracking down on Sahrawi activists.
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Some argue that U.S. recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara has emboldened its decision-makers, while others describe Rabat’s recent redirections as “aggressive.” What, in fact, is happening with the kingdom’s foreign policy?
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Recent U.S. recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara territory grants Morocco a significant diplomatic win, albeit one with an uncertain future, and opens a new and unpredictable chapter in the conflict.
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Editor's Note: Protests have erupted across Morocco over the last few days following the death of a fish seller in al-Hoceima. After local authorities - expecting a bribe - tossed his fish into a trash compactor, Mouhcine Fikri jumped into the machine and was killed when it was activated. His death is reminiscent of the events surrounding the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia in December 2010 - the event credited with sparking the Arab Spring.