Category Archives: POVERTY

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 Lonely Death of a Moroccan Child

For an hour, in the sanctum of an apartment in El Jadida, the maid was beaten with the hose of a gas cylinder. Her screams and supplications brought her aggressor, the daughter of her employer who “borrowed” her to help … Continue reading

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Moroccan Hospitals: Poor People Unwanted

Dismayed by the lack of official responsiveness to the humanitarian tragedy in southern Somalia, a group of Moroccan activists launched a campaign on facebook to sensitize the population, mobilize support, and solicit donations. They called on the Moroccan government to … Continue reading

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The Hunger Trigger

As the din of revolution overwhelmed the Arab streets and thousands of defiant young Arabs, whose visceral anger like scalding lava has been bubbling just below the surface for years and now suddenly bursts into violent demonstrations over their governments’ … Continue reading

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Grown Men Crying

There are Moroccan “foreign fighters” rotting in Iraqi jails today. Let me take you back to late 2002 and early 2003 when the war rhetoric between a hawkish bush administration and the Saddam regime reached the tipping point. In major … Continue reading

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Divided on Regionalization

The King of Morocco, in a speech to the nation on Sunday, bid farewell to a decennium that, according to government reports, has seen a soaring stock market and exultant investments by announcing the creation of an Advisory Committee on … Continue reading

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For Life Alone

There are snippets of conversations that cling to your memory insusceptible to the effacing effect of time. I will never forget one such a conversation I had with some American friends twenty years ago. We were having dinner and talking … Continue reading

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  Last week, fighting erupted in the streets and everything became source of fear to the people living in Baghdad and most of Iraq. People shunned away from going out shopping, children from playing, or just visiting friends. They suddenly … Continue reading

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The Arab League Summit has concluded on a note the Arab street has, unfortunately, grown accustomed to: hollow rhetoric of condemnations, recycled resolutions chief of which is an independent Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital, and the senselessly obdurate demand … Continue reading

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I remember a time in Baghdad when the pungent smell of decomposing bodies was pervasive. Dead bodies littered the streets for days, even weeks before Iraqis dared to bury them. “We couldn’t come out, but we had to,” says Ja’ffar, … Continue reading

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Not in Palestine. Here in Morocco. Changes in the Moroccan social fabric are easily discernable. One could see how deteriorating the situation of Morocco’s street children is. The poverty is more rampant now than a few years ago. So are … Continue reading

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      (PHOTO BY CANDACE FEIT)  An Article in the Washington Post reported today that Susan E. Rice, a senior fellow from the Brookings Institution and a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 1997 to 2001, and Stewart … Continue reading

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