Morocco, Jan. 10 -- Washington D.C - The New Yorker magazine's unflattering article "Is One of Africa's Oldest Conflicts Finally Nearing Its End?", John Bolton 's speech at the Heritage Foundation and the House bill excluding the Western Sahara from US economic assistance to Morocco gave the jitters to weary Moroccan officials.

As the most dependable American ally in the region, many question how Morocco was able to find itself in this predicament.

For years, Moroccan officials in Washington, and in some Anglo-Saxon capitals, have shunned journalists, academics and NGO activists who may hold pro-Algeria secessionist views on the Western Sahara .

Avoiding unfriendly journalists working for major media organizations or denying entry to r...