Business Brief: Economic Development Still Lagging in Rural Areas; Telecoms Sector Heats Up; Nexteer Automotive Opens Facility; and IFC Ups Game in Morocco and Tunisia – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 10, 2018 For more than two years, the lack of jobs has driven Moroccans into the streets. Tensions in rural areas of Morocco still simmer and sometimes explode into demonstrations demanding improvements in social services, stable and valued job opportunities, and credible government efforts to boost the local economy. Morocco’s leaders are in a conundrum. In a country of limited financial resources and where politicians have ...

[The Hill] Hopeful signs for religious reform in the Arab world

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on Moroccan efforts to teach moderate religious values focused on tolerance and openness to counter extremism and radical religious interpretation: The Hill (April 9, 2018) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to the United States has generated much press and excitement about the future monarch, a leader who appears to be committed to religious, socio-economic and ...

Celebrating Abderrahmane Youssoufi as a Moroccan National Hero — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) March 13, 2018 Abderrahmane Youssoufi was appointed by King Hassan II as Morocco’s Prime Minister on February 4, 1998, one week after I arrived to Morocco as the new US Ambassador.  This month, his memoirs were published, reminiscing about the life of one of Morocco’s greatest patriots, a man who fought for independence, was jailed for challenging Morocco’s human rights and political beliefs, and finally ...

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 ...
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