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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is junior editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Morocco's admission to the African Union: a Pyrrhus victory for Rabat

Morocco’s admission to the African Union after decades of absence was received as a victory, but what does it mean for the Western Sahara?

Deaths, deportations and arrests: violence against migrants in Morocco

EU policy is blocking routes to Europe for those suffering from the neocolonial and capitalist exploitation and nurturing of conflicts throughout Africa by western countries.

The death of Mohsen Fikri and the long history of oppression and protest in Morocco's Rif

A month after Mohsen Fikri’s death, the ongoing protests in Morocco’s Rif expose a long history of marginalization in the region.

Morocco: green for the rich, grey for the poor

With COP22 taking place in Morocco, is the kingdom greenwashing its image? And can there be climate justice without social justice?

2016 Moroccan elections: the past never happened

The one institution that benefited from the post-Arab Spring uncertainty and continues to profit from poor party politics, including the failed stint of the PJD in ‘power’, is undoubtedly the monarchy.

Fighting for climate/environmental justice in the Maghreb

Environmental problems need to be analysed in a comprehensive way with consideration to social justice, entitlements and fair redistribution.

Belling the trolls: free expression, online abuse and gender

Freedom of expression is fundamentally about power: about who gets to speak or express themselves and on what terms and platforms.

Europe’s misguided applause for Morocco’s reform process

Stability under the cover of autocracy is not only unjust and brutal but also unsustainable.

A vision for Western Sahara and the Moroccan protest movement

If autonomy is to prevail then it should be an autonomy within a fully and strictly democratic Morocco, and if confederation is to prevail then a confederation within a fully and strictly democratic Western Sahara.

'Something wicked this way comes': the Arab transitions (part 1)

An excerpt from a NOREF report on the background to the current situation in the Middle East, focusing on the aftermath of the 'Arab Spring'. Part one: North Africa, Egypt and the Gulf.

Morocco, tensions of progress

Morocco has avoided the violence and instability of neighbours to the west. But to build a more inclusive economy it still has a hard route to navigate.

Seven myths about democracy in Morocco

Morocco: stable, reformist, and taking steady if slow steps towards democracy—right? Wrong. Some common myths debunked.

Bliss Was It in that Dawn to Be Next Door

The writer reflects on the role of language, foreign and Arabic, colloquial and classical, in Morocco; and on the appropriation, polarisation, and xenophobia of the Egyptian counter-revolution.

Bliss Was It in that Dawn to Be Next Door

The author considers the wave of gory Isis propaganda and the violent wielding of an old tool with new vectors, a social media Tamburlaine; and remembers the Moroccans who served in the World Wars.

The Arab millennials will be back

Like much of the rest of the Arab Spring, the urge of the millennial generation across North Africa and the Middle East for a more multicultural world seems far from realization, but they have put it on a future Arab agenda. Its moment will return.

Moroccan political cinema and the Arab Spring: an interview with Hicham Lasri

I was interested by the electricity in the air, the aggression and the disarray of those in power.

This week's window on the Middle East - May 22, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Welcome to the 'Factory of Men'.

Allah, the state, or Mom?

Three characteristics are often viewed as important in Arab societies: concern over politics, the place of religion, and the importance of family. Investigation of these 'Arabness' features in Morocco produces some intriguing results.

The fate of Gulf migrant workers is deeply connected to the fate of the Arab uprisings

The more the Gulf states pay a reputational cost in the west for maintaining this system of exploitation, the harder it will be for them to resist demands for serious reform. 

Bliss Was It in that Dawn to Be Next Door

The author asks how small children will survive sukuns - Morocco's spoken tongue; ponders the word "museum"; and closes with a favourite Moroccan parable. 

In the Spanish exclave of Ceuta, the bloody realities of 'Fortress Europe' become apparent

On February 6th, fifteen migrants died while trying to enter the Spanish exclave of Ceuta in North Africa. The Spanish border guards, with their notorious and lethal "push-back" tactics, are largely to blame. Read more from our You Tell Us bloggers.

Bliss Was It in that Dawn to Be Next Door

The author ponders literacy, the literate 'red blood corpuscles of society', and the way Arabic is taught in the Middle East and North Africa. He explores the shaky relationship between language and expression and closes with a story of an American seduced into 'deprovincialisation' by Arabic.

The Battle of Algiers: a formative influence on Moroccan cinema

Algeria partnershipLaying bare the social and economic structures of oppression to reconstruct a national psyche from the ruins – how an idea caught on.


Bliss Was It in that Dawn to be Next Door

In which our author underestimates the good vibrations in British Film Week in Morocco, enjoys a steel band, and rejoices in the grit of a woman called Rabha. In Part Two he returns to the vexed question of language, concluding that the choice is between isolation and opening up.

This week's window on the Middle East - November 5, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Orientalism and decentralized repression: the case of Egypt.

Algerian-Moroccan relations: between tensions and hopes

How the two sides can find a workable arrangement that doesn’t look like a climb-down by either party remains to be seen, but as things stand, the ingredients for further escalation are all too present. 

Gerçek anlamda kökleşmiş bir insan hakları hareketi için çabalar

Pilot testingEn ileri insan hakları algılaması anketlerini kullanan yazarlar, Meksika, Fas ve Hindistan gibi ülkelerdeki toplumsal sınıflar ile ülke içerisindeki insan hakları arasındaki ilişkileri araştırmaktadırlar. Elde etmiş oldukları sonuçlar ışığında toplumdaki seçkin sınıfın, insan hakları temsilcilikleriyle olan bağlarının, halk kitlelerine kıyasla daha güçlü olduğu ortaya çıkmıştır. Translations: EspañolFrançais,العربية中国语文हिंदीPortuguês

This week's window on the Middle East - October 18, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Political fault lines threaten Libya's stability.

A Moroccan view on Catalan independence

Madrid's continued support for the independence movement in the Western Sahara is hypocritical when compared with their attitude towards independence movements closer to home.

Bliss Was It in that Dawn to Be Next Door

The difficulties for transnational African students and the situation in Egypt are the subjects for this month's double comment. The author recommends Hugh Robert's essay on Egypt.

Jailing of journalist exposes shortcomings of reforms in Morocco

If the goal of Moroccan officials is to silence Anouzla, their attempts have been fruitless thus far, as more and more activists and international organizations adopt his case and propagate the same articles Moroccans are trying to suppress.

Bliss Was It in that Dawn to Be Next Door

The author considers how education may impact on a society's growing propensity to resort to violence. This column responds to criticism of the school system in Morocco with some thoughts of its own about the role of English, the lingua franca of international communication.

A luta por um movimento de direitos humanos realmente de base

Por meio de pesquisas de percepção pioneiras, os autores desvendam laços existentes entre classe social e movimentos nacionais de direitos humanos, no México, Colômbia, Marrocos e Índia. Os autores concluem que elites sociais se relacionam melhor com representantes de direitos humanos do que com as massas. EnglishEspañolFrançaisالعربية中国语文हिंदी, Türkçe


通过具有前瞻性的“人权认知”调查,几位调查者探索了墨西哥、哥伦比亚、摩洛哥,以及印度的社会阶级和人权运动之间的关系 。他们发现:社会精英阶层比普通民众更有机会接触到人权问题代表 English, Español, Français,العربية, हिंदी,Português, Türkçe

एक वास्तविक जनसाधारण मानवाधिकार आंदोलन के लिए संघर्ष

अत्याधुनिक मानवाधिकार अभिज्ञता मतदान का प्रयोग करते हुए, लेखकों ने मेक्सिको, कोलंबिया, मोरोक्को और भारत में सामाजिक वर्ग और घरेलू मानव अधिकार आंदोलनों के बीच का संबंध तलाशा है। उन्हें यह पता चला कि आम लोगों के वर्ग की तुलना में सामाजिक कुलीन वर्ग मानव अधिकार के प्रतिनिधियों से बेहतर तरीके से जुड़ा है।. EnglishEspañolFrançaisالعربية中国语文हिंदीPortuguês, Türkçe

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