Blog archive: Morocco

  • 19th May 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A month after the US State Department published its annual country-by-country report on human rights, the Moroccan government has suddenly erupted in fury over the section about Morocco. On Tuesday, the interior ministry denounced the report as a list of "inventions" and "lies" and...
  • 8th July 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Five young males – one of them a minor – are reported to have been arrested by Moroccan tourism police for fast-breaking during Ramadan. According to Morocco World News they bought orange juice from a stall in Jamaa el Fna, the large square in Marrakesh. Article 222 of the...
  • 11th December 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For several weeks now, a Twitter account known as Le Makhzen or @chris_coleman24 has been posting what appear to be leaks from the Moroccan foreign ministry’s email traffic. This has mostly gone unnoticed outside Morocco, perhaps because the leaks have so far revealed little that...
  • 20th August 2014
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    The Rif mountains, home to a large portion of Morocco's cannabis farms. Photo: Chico Boomba In the article below, Alex Russell looks at renewed debate in Morocco about one of the country's most important (but illicit) agricultural products. The article was first published by...
  • 4th August 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      The power to grant a pardon can be a useful element in any country's legal system. It allows a measure of discretion in cases where the law is believed to have treated someone unfairly. But debates about the principle stretch back centuries – certainly to the time of Plato – and in...
  • 23rd July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    International human rights law has often been characterised as a product of colonialism and cultural imperialism. In the words of Makau Mutua, a Kenya-born professor of law: “The west was able to impose its philosophy of human rights on the rest of the world because it dominated the United...
  • 12th June 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    This photo, posted on Twitter, is said to show King Mohammed with a young Moroccan immigrant in Paris In 2011, amid fears that the Arab Spring could spread to Morocco, King Mohammed VI announced a programme of reforms and ushered in a new constitution that...
  • 14th March 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A 16-year-old Moroccan girl from Larache killed herself on Saturday by swallowing rat poison after being forced to marry a man who had raped her, al-Massae newspaper reports (in Arabic). The girl, referred to as "Amina F", was 15 at the time she was raped by a man more than 10 years...
  • 17th November 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    TUNISIA After some delay, the definitive results in Tunisia's hung election were announced earlier this week. There are some minor changes (the Ennahda party has 89 seats out of 217 – one less than originally reported). The Tunisia Live website has produced useful a graphic showing...
  • 3rd July 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The new Moroccan constitution, endorsed by a referendum on Friday, has had a generally warm and uncritical reception from the US and the EU. A joint statement from the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, and commissioner Stefan Fule described it as "a significant response to the...
  • 18th June 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The clear message from the Arab Spring is that the region's leaders must initiate swift and far-reaching reforms or risk being overthrown. So far, though, the only country that seems to be heeding that message with anything close to the level of determination that the situation requires is Morocco...
  • 3rd April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    With the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt gone, and continuing turmoil in Libya, the two North African regimes still largely undamaged by protests are those of Morocco and Algeria. Early in January, at the height of the Tunisian uprising, it looked as if Algeria might be heading in the same...

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