King of Morocco Moves Country Forward on Women’s Rights — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 23, 2018 This week Morocco’s parliament adopted a new law to combat violence against women, by a vote of 122 to 55.  Initially drafted in 2013, this law “criminalizes acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women,” according to Minister of Family Affairs, Women and Solidarity, Bassima Hakkaoui. While this may seem like an abrupt leap forward for women’s ...

Women’s Rights in Morocco: Slow and Steady Progress – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott February 21, 2018 After over a year of debate and five years since its drafting, the Moroccan Parliament finally passed a new law last week to combat violence against women. The new law – the result of much discussion between political parties and civil society – criminalizes “acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment” of women in the country and imposes tougher penalties ...

Business Briefs: Moroccan Agricultural Sector Lauded; New Investments Push Packaging, Finance, Aerospace, and Energy Sectors; While Kosmos Puts Its Project on Hold – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader February 14, 2018 Why Agriculture is a key sector in Moroccan economy was detailed in an article in the North Africa Post. It reviewed a report in the Euro Med Invest Business Guide that pointed out that despite the variances in rain that result in swings of up to 5-8% of GDP a year, the country is investing in long-term solutions to add value to the sector. ...

Morocco, Snow and the Olympics — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 9, 2018 Morocco is faced with yet another massive snowfall this week, hitting the low lands as well as the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains.  This comes during the very week the Olympics open in South Korea and brings to mind my time as US Ambassador to Morocco when I skied a great mountain outside Marrakech in the shadow of the second highest ...

Moroccan Soccer “On a Roll” – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott February 9, 2018 The FIFA headline following Morocco’s victory in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) said it best – “Morocco on a roll after local triumph.” That is certainly the case for the Atlas Lions, whose 4-0 win over Nigeria capped off an exciting few months for the national team.  As the FIFA article noted, “Truly, these are heady times for Moroccan football.” It all started ...
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