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Archive for 'Morocco'

A Friend in Trouble for Speaking Out

An old blogger/activist friend, Hicham Almiraat, has been accused in the Moroccan justice system of a charge that translates roughly as “receiving foreign money for activities that undermine people’s faith in the government.” He risks a penalty of up to five years in prison.

Happy Starving Cow Day!

Here in East Hollywood, California, we traditionally celebrate the first day of September by passing around images of starving cows…fortunately I just happened to have this photo already handy from my travels in Morocco.

Links 06 July 2013

Links and excerpts from my internet reading of 06 July 2013.

Nostalgia, Excuses, and Starting Over

I want to express my intention to do something different, and strike off in a new direction. And in this, I hope you will help me.

Do Kings Have “Special Legitimacy”?

The argument about the special legitimacy of kings is one often heard in Morocco, when explaining why Morocco has known comparatively little unrest since the Arab awakening began. However, the recent controversy over the bay’a, or ceremony of allegiance to the king, might be saying something different.

Economic Monopoly, Political Stalemate in Morocco

Morocco shows a modernizing face to the world, with its high-speed trains and five-star hotels, but urban shantytowns and rural poverty are a stubborn reality behind the façade.

Morocco’s Divided Youth

The excluded class at the bottom is frustrated and angry, but they are the victim of years of social engineering designed to teach them passivity and resignation. February 20 activists will have their work cut out for them if they want to connect with this group, but it represents the only potential for February 20 to expand its base and become a majority movement.

Is Morocco a “Liberalizing Autocracy”?

In light of the constitutional reform proposal of King Mohammed VI, perhaps it would be useful to take a look at this recent article about Jordan, which calls it a “liberalizing autocracy” gifted at creating the illusion of change.

A Missed Opportunity?

The Arab Spring with its revolutions and uprisings opened a window in Morocco, for a frank and open exchange of views on all the essential questions. With a proposed new constitution in which things change only to remain the same, I fear that window is closing.

Morocco’s Early Adopters

When a society is in flux and its conditions are changing, the old adaptations no longer work, and it is likely that those at the fringes, the outcasts and eccentrics, will discover qualities that had previously been shunned….