The Passing of the Chief Moroccan Rabbi: Part of a Continuing History — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) August 13, 2018 The Chief Rabbi of Morocco, Aharon Monsonego, passed away on Tuesday morning, August 7th.  Rabbi Monsonego was the head of the Rabbinical Court in Morocco, having served since 1998. He was the son of Yedidya Monsonego, former rabbi of Fez, and much respected in Morocco as a religious scholar and advocate of dialogue among the Abrahamic faiths. He was also the head ...

My American Dream, from Rabat to Washington DC — Sarah Boutata

Sarah Boutata August 1, 2018 I’m a recent architecture graduate from the National School of Architecture in Rabat, Morocco. When I was in school, I was taught that architects were the perfect combination of builders and artists. Today, I am just an artist, and I’d like to speak of the reality of my world. Two years ago, as I finished my undergraduate degree at the National School of Architecture in ...

Casablanca and Washington remember Kathy Kriger — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) August 1, 2018 This week our colleague and beloved friend Kathy Kriger passed away unexpectedly in Casablanca, Morocco.  Many people knew her as the owner and proprietor of Rick’s Café, modeled after the fictional café from the movie Casablanca, with its beautifully decorated interior designed by the famous Bill Willis.  Her death stunned many in Morocco and those of us who knew and worked with ...

King Mohammed VI, Then and Now — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 30, 2018 Following his enthronement on July 30, 1999, His Majesty King Mohammed VI gave his first public speech on August 20th on the anniversary of the Revolution of the King and People.  Rereading it nineteen years later provides an interesting insight into his thinking then and now. The sorrow expressed at the death of King Hassan II was still fresh on the new ...

Eugene Delacroix: Remembering the Travel to Morocco of One of France’s Greatest Painters — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) June 25, 2018 Eugene Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a renown French Romantic artist, who was generally regarded as the best of this school in his time. His work influenced the Impressionists and Symbolist movement.  He was a great lithographer and took his inspiration from the art of Rubens and painters of the Venetian Renaissance.  In the words of Baudelaire, “Delacroix was passionately ...
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