Business Brief: International media praise Morocco’s development, while economy slows in 2Q due to lagging agricultural production hit by lack of rain – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 16, 2018 Both the International Policy Digest and the MediTelegraph recently published articles praising the advances of the Moroccan economy and future prospects. In a post “Is The ‘Moroccan Exception’ Myth or Reality,” the International Policy Digest described the key factors in Morocco’s current success, going so far as to say “Morocco is unique in the region in its governance and culture.” In contrast to many ...

Western Sahara –The US Congress Strikes Again While State Still Dithers – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 10, 2018 For the past five years one of Morocco’s main goals with US policymakers has been to persuade official Washington that it could advance prospects for a “mutually agreed political solution” in Western Sahara by helping them to improve the quality of life for the residents of the region and help the Moroccan Government in its efforts to prepare the region for autonomy by providing ...

Western Sahara – Simmering Pots Eventually Boil – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 3, 2018 For some years now I have been trying fruitlessly to persuade my former colleagues at the State Department, and anyone else who would listen, that the status quo in the Western Sahara was not sustainable. If you don’t fix it, I would argue, or learn how to manage it much better, it is going to pop, probably sooner than you think.  But, difficult to ...

Western Sahara – Resource Development, International Law and What Next – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley March 19, 2018 The European Court of Justice has once again set off another political brouhaha between Morocco and the European Union over the issue of their fisheries agreement. Their recent finding, confirming an earlier Advisory Opinion, that the agreement should not apply to waters off the coast of Western Sahara is quite simply wrong and poses yet another needless political obstacle to the United Nations Security ...

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 ...
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