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Mohamed Daadaoui
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In Defense of the Rif and the Pitfalls of Parachute Journalism

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 12:29 PM


You can judge a book by its title. Perhaps there is more than a grain of truth in that saying in the recent article by Leela Jacinto in Foreign Policy. The article and its sensationalized title belong to the unfortunate trend...

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Morocco's 'Spring' and the Failure of the Protest Movement

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 3:33 PM


Five Years after Morocco's "Spring" moment, the North African kingdom remains a carefully engineered political edifice where the regime is, for now, virtually uncontested. When the tsunami of the Arab uprisings reached Morocco on February 20, 2011, there was much jubilation and optimism...

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'France's 9/11' and ISIS Strategy Shift

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 11:39 AM

As Paris regained its freedom from Nazi Germany in 1944, French resistance leader and founder of the current Fifth Republic, Charles De Gaulle defiantly stated: "Paris, Paris outragé! Paris brisé! Paris martyrisé! mais Paris libéré!" (Paris outraged, Paris Broken, Paris martyred, but Paris freed.)

Alas today, Paris, Beirut, Tunis, Sousse,...

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Tunisia's "Will of Life"

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Early twentieth century Tunisian poet Abu al-Qasem al-Shabbi's magnum opus poem "the Will of Life" is a passionate call to his countrymen to embrace life in their fight against French colonialism and oppression. Parts of al-Shabbi's poem are also found in the Tunisian national anthem, and the first stanza reads...

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Stronger and Closer

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 9:07 AM

My weekly Skype session with my family in Morocco came to an abrupt end at the sound of the first emergency sirens in Oklahoma City on Sunday, May 19. I immediately grabbed what in my mind are irreplaceable items: my laptop computer with all my work, my passport, my permanent...

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