Morocco Pays a High Price for Tourism Gentrification

February 18, 2020

In today’s world, where refugee crises are exacerbated by xenophobic border policies, where the global north refuses to engage in burden sharing, where people’s freedom of movement is ruthlessly repudiated, the ability to travel is a particularly salient privilege. As Dallen Timothy and Victor...

What Are the Priorities of Morocco’s Youth?

December 04, 2019

According to the latest findings of the Arab Barometer, which surveyed approximately 2,400 Moroccans in face-to-face interviews in the fall of 2018, attitudes are largely split along generational lines. While the older generation (50+) still has confidence in the country’s institutions,...

20 Years of Development in Morocco

March 09, 2018

Morocco has undergone an incredible transformation to support its intentions of becoming a commercial crossroads between Africa and the West, says former US Ambassador to Morocco Edward M. Gabriel. In January 1998, I arrived in Morocco as the new US ambassador. Arriving at the end of Ramadan, I...

The World This Week: Are Soaring Stock Markets Good for Global Economy?

January 08, 2017

An economic model where share prices of McDonald’s soar and mom-and-pop restaurants close may be efficient and convenient, but might not be equitable or soulful. This week, The Economist reported that stock markets had a good 2016. During the year, the S&P 500 rose by 11.1% and the Dow...

Subversive Women in Colonial North Africa

January 02, 2017

Colonial encroachment in North Africa created new opportunities for women to travel and challenge social norms. During my travels in Morocco, I discovered Emily Keene’s memoir, My Life Story. In the 1870s, Keene traveled to Tangier as a governess for an English family. Soon after, she married...

Harsh Times for Rural Migrants in Morocco

November 19, 2014

With high illiteracy rates in Morocco, rural migrants traveling to the big city are at risk of not finding a suitable job and ending up homeless. I live in an affluent, middle-class area of Casablanca with a number of fancy 4x4s and sports cars. People who live here clearly have money. If you...

Uncertain Future: Racial Discrimination Against African Migrants in Morocco

September 05, 2014

Racial discrimination in Morocco goes beyond state, society and culture. Jean is a young Sub-Saharan African student, hailing from the Ivory Coast, and now living, studying, and working in Rabat, Morocco. He claims he has never been the victim of racial slurs, and has never felt discriminated...

The PJD in Morocco: Strengths and Weaknesses

September 05, 2014

The Justice and Development Party’s weakness is a penchant for making promises that are very difficult to deliver upon. At the beginning of August, the picture of Mr. and Mrs. Obama with Morocco’s Prime Minister Abdellilah Benkirane and his wife in the White House toured the web and trended...

Tanger Med: Renault’s Investment in Morocco

Amid migrant issues, Renault’s investment in Tangier will benefit the company as well as the Moroccan economy. According to the United Nations World Investment Report, Morocco is the top recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) in North Africa, with France as the leading...

Implications of Morocco’s Bifurcated Educational System (Part 1/2)

March 14, 2014

One of Morocco’s most pressing national problems is its high illiteracy rate. In Morocco, policymakers have implemented several groundbreaking initiatives aiming to create educational programs to empower rural women. Despite progress in this realm, there are still ongoing tensions within the...

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