And Now We Go to Morocco…

Is the Moroccan King Mohammed, a member of the Alaouite dynasty ruling the country already for three and a half centuries, indeed a direct line descendant of the Prophet Muhammad? Even if it is so, now the people of Morocco are on the streets and squares from Marrakesh to Casablanca. And we’ll see more of them in the coming days, protesting against the way the country is governed. Yet one must acknowledge that in case of this Maghreb nation of 32 million people (as many as Canada) over the last two decades certain political and economic reforms have been carried forward, going much farther than in other Arab country to the East. They have introduced a system of a parliamentary monarchy and enabled the government to exercise more sound policies than, say, in Egypt or in Saudi Arabia. But there is still long way to go.

The Spring of Nations

Seven generations ago – in 1848 – Europe was swept up by the revolutionary wave of the Spring of Nations. One generation ago the year 1989 was written in bold letters into the book of History. And now, in 2011, we have again a Spring of Nations, this time first in North Africa and Mid-East, and possibly soon elsewhere, in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia…

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