Back from Tunisia where I was a guest observer at the Board meeting of the Foundation of the Future (this will be subject to a future blog post). Tunisia's post revolutionary experience is under way with its ups and downs. The first day I was there, my friend went to the movie theater to watch Nadia el Fani's "Ni dieu, ni Maitre," (Neither God, nor Master) where she was assaulted by so called Salafis. Nevertheless, Tunisia has started a progressive movement towards change. However, my mind is with Morocco ahead of the constitutional referendum tomorrow. I have made my position clear in previous posts. This one includes a couple of pictures I took and a wishful thought the referendum was about meaningful reforms.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Just a couple of days in Morocco and all of the discussions I have had so far center around the February 20 movement and the issue of constitutional reforms. The movement engenders different reactions from people and there is no consensus on their aims and mission for change (this will be the subject of separate analysis in future blog entries). So many Moroccans, however, are in anticipation of the commission for constitutional revisions' final report and recommendations. The commission was set up after the royal address of March 9th to elicit proposals from a wide array of groups and individuals in Morocco's political scene and civil society.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
An update: a few post ago, I commented on the case of columnist Rachid Nini accused of "offense against national and the security of citizens." Today, the journalist has been sentenced to one year in jail and a fine of 1,000 DHs (around US $128). This is another sad day for freedom of the press in Morocco and a further negative signal pointing to the state intentions to stifle any impulse for the liberty of expression.