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The Lessons of Washington

Thanks to all the great people I met, my recent trip to Washington, D.C. was even more exciting than the two previous ones. I was once again reminded that the…

The Moroccan Sahara Question

In the ongoing dispute between Morocco and the Polisario over the future of the so-called “Western Sahara,” many progressive intellectuals and leaders—both Western and African—treat the Polisario as an underdog…

Cultural Strategies

Without much fanfare, a great event took place in Morocco. The construction of a national library in Rabat has been launched and is expected to be completed in about 3…

Multicultural D.C.

After more than 17 years of residing in the United States, I finally made it to Washington D.C. to attend a convention in the last days of 2000. Like everyone…

To Your Health

The United Nations just released its Human Development Index, ranking Morocco 126 among 175 countries, well below most Arab states. This report, which measures life expectancy, adult literacy, schooling, and…

Furniture for the People

By accident, I stumbled into a most uplifting news article in Jeune Afrique/L’Intelligent about a Moroccan business, a company that is so much a part of our lives that I…

Light and Darkness

As we enter the second half of 2003, a good summer evening might be a good time to pause and look back at the bewildering events of winter and spring….

The Languages of Morocco

Many people are rightly trying to understand what drove the young men from the shantytown of Sidi Moumen to commit the atrocities of May 16 by blaming the bleak economic…

The Triumph of Casablanca

Between one and two million Moroccans came out on Sunday to give a lesson to the world.  They walked—men and women, Muslims and Jews, atheists and Christians, Berbers and Arabs,…

Hitting Morocco

The unimaginable has happened: Morocco, long immune to extremist strains, has been hit hard by a group of violent terrorists intent on sending some kind of message. Whatever organization they…