Fez - Whether you are acquainted with the question of the Sahara or not and you come across any article about the issue published on a foreign news outlet, you have undoubtedly encountered the following (mis)information: the Polisario leadership is fighting for the independence of the Saharawi people; the Polisario leadership is the sole legitimate representative of the Saharawis; Algeria supports the Polisario because the principle of self-determination is one of the tenets of its foreign policy; Morocco annexed the Sahara in 1975 and is illegally occupying the territory and violating the human rights of the Saharawis.

Samir Bennis is a political analyst.