Ikea may have stumbled into one of North Africa's most intractable land disputes (washingtonpost.com)
"... according to Le 360, a news Web site perceived as close to the Moroccan royal court, the real reason for the closing may be geopolitical: Ikea, a company founded in Sweden and deeply associated with the country, is being punished over Swedish support for the Western Saharan independence movement."
Western Sahara profile (bbc.com)
"A mainly desert territory in north-west Africa, Western Sahara is the subject of a decades-long dispute between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front."
Fighting Is Long Over, but Western Sahara Still Lacks Peace (nytimes.com)
"Today, as change and conflict encroach from the wider region, the people here are once again agitating for a solution, warning of the resumption of war, as patience runs out."