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Archive for April, 2010

Lesson of History

“People who are oppressed must start to defend their interests and their basic human rights; they need to be prepared to make sacrifices for this lofty goal. … If the Arab people would only learn this simple lesson of history our current state of opression would be ended.”

Strength in Diversity

My latest essay for Talk Morocco is up, on the theme of “Moroccan identity.”

Blogging in Morocco

Is it possible that the recent wave of criminal prosecutions is, paradoxically, a result of greater freedoms? Perhaps they are growing pains as journalists and bloggers test the limits, and the state struggles to define its new boundaries?

The Noble Goat

Larache, Morocco, August 8, 2009.

“Targeted Killings”

For all I know, “radical Muslim cleric” Anwar al-Awlaki has done something deserving of a death sentence, but that’s what the judicial process is supposed to determine.

Democracy in Egypt?

“If you bet on individuals [like Mubarak] instead of the people, you are going to fail. And Western policy so far has been to bet on individuals, individuals who are not supported by their people and who are being discredited every day.”

The Problem Is the American People

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”