Category Archives: Individual Freedom

The New Court Jester

Before he uttered a word, Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane, the new Moroccan Prime Minister, was made to understand he will be challenged. As he stood before the lectern to address Morocco’s bicameral Parliament, parliamentarian women stood up holding printed slogans expressing … Continue reading

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The FBI’s Minority Report

On Wednesday, the FBI arrested Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old U.S. citizen from Ashland, west of Boston, on terrorism charges. The arrest came as a result of an undercover operation conducted by FBI agents posing as al-Qaeida terrorists. They provided Ferdaus … Continue reading

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Betting on the King

The confident and fantastically positive promulgations of the government’s official spokesperson, Khalid Naciri, who seems to have forgotten his moment of ignominy, that the revolution of the people AND the king – as he termed it – is on the … Continue reading

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Morocco: A Revolution of Fluff

Moroccans have grown impervious to their leadership’s dictatorial hubris. They have come to realize that the internet is an intractable shield that has stripped our Machiavellian leaders off of their protective invisibility cloak and rendered their political dogmatism impotent. They … Continue reading

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A Schizophrenic Morocco

It would be unjust to overlook Morocco’s outstanding progress in the past decade. The numbers the government spews out on a regular basis in its reports, mostly considered overblown by observers and analysts, aside, the face of the country has … Continue reading

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Human Rights in Morocco: The 2010 Reports

I was reading Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) for my daily dose of indoctrination, my mind unfocused on reality, when I came across an interestingly ironic piece of information. It jolted me the way you would be if your butt were griped … Continue reading

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Falling From The King’s Grace

In the first week of 2010, Morocco has witnessed two momentous events that will undoubtedly set the tone for the rest of the year. They are harbingers of a positive institutional shift toward apolitical social development and equity. Or are … Continue reading

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Enough With The Mindless Chauvinism

To read the urgent rallying cries in the slogan riddled open letters and petitions circulated by some Moroccan associations in the U.S. against the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights for its support of Aminatou Haider, to … Continue reading

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The Politics Of Silence

Even as Morocco’s Minister of Foreign affairs Taieb Fassi-Fihri, during his meetings in Marrakesh with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton within the framework of the Forum for the Future, continues to tout, in his usual saccharine tone, the … Continue reading

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I Am Pregnant And I Exist

In an already bifurcated country, The November issue of Femmes du Maroc – Women of Morocco, a Moroccan magazine that caters to the interests of Moroccan women with a panoply of feminine subjects is bound to turn into lascivious fodder … Continue reading

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About Face

If you want to find journalists, human rights activists, and bloggers that speak their mind in Morocco today, look first in the government’s prisons. Then, check the holding pens of the country’s judicial system. You will find them clustered in groups … Continue reading

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The Naked Truth About MALI’s Eating Disorder

I resisted commenting on the arrest of the six members of the e-group “Alternative movement for individual freedoms,” known as “MALI,” who crash-landed on reality and caused much of a bedlam in Morocco recently when they decided to eat publically … Continue reading

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