Stephen Zunes, a leading scholar of the Middle East and North Africa gives in depth insight into The Western Sahara and Moroccan conflict. Western Sahara a sparsely populated territory about the size of Colorado located in Northwestern Africa along the Atlantic coast, with rich phosphate deposits has been occupied and annexed by the Kingdom of Morocco in violation of a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions and a landmark ruling of the International Court of Justice. In his newly updated book Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution. Zunes, reports The United States and France, which see the Moroccan monarchy as an important ally, have blocked the United Nations from enforcing its resolutions calling for an end of the Moroccan occupation and a referendum on independence. Listen in as, Stephen Zunes discusses this controversy unknown to many on this segment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI.