The Maroc Talk Podcast

Welcome to the Maroc Talk Podcast. Follow this space for news, discussion, and interviews on Morocco: Maroc Talk 8.16.17: Leila Hanafi on Regional Reform and Women’s Rights Maroc Talk 8.2.17: Talking about Throne Day 2017

Morocco’s King Is Serious About Reform – Kristen Kouttab

Kristen Kouttab, MAC August 3, 2017 To observers of a country undergoing democratic reform, it may seem curious when the person most invested in shifting power away from the monarchy is the monarch. And yet, that is exactly what we are witnessing in Morocco, where King Mohammed VI delivered a strikingly unusual speech last Saturday on the occasion of Throne Day, marking the 18th anniversary of his reign. In the ...

Western Sahara – Resolve? and Resolutions? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley July 19, 2017 It has been ten years, a decade, since Morocco offered an initiative in the Security Council to provide a generous autonomy to the population of Western Sahara.  Ten years is a long time to wait for action, especially for a problem that already has been around for more than four decades. It has been 15 years, a decade and a half, since the Security ...

How Many More World Refugee Days before Sahrawis See Justice? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley June 20, 2017   It is once again World Refugee Day and tens of thousands of, as yet uncounted and unidentified, Sahrawi refugees remain sequestered in Polisario Front camps in southwest Algeria. They have been there for more than four decades – and counting. Algeria and the Polisario Front still refuse to comply with repeated requests from the UN Security Council to allow a headcount. No particular ...

A Victory for UN Peacekeeping – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 28, 2017 Generally, the first step in solving a problem is ensuring not to make it any worse. They say, if you are in a hole, stop digging. Doctors enjoin their professional colleagues to first “do no harm.” Grandpa always says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Lately, there is something of a renewal of an idea we have heard before, now again in some ...
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