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Celebrating El Haqed’s Freedom: Soundtracking Resistance

[Mouad Belghouat, also known as El Haqed, gives a press conference in Casablanca following his release from prison. Image via Dire Li Bghiti Facebook Page.]

After being arrested twice and serving a one year jail term for his critical lyrics “Dogs of the State,” Mouad Belghouat, whose alias is El Haqed, is finally free. His outspoken lyrics are known for critiquing corruption, clientelism, the monarchy’s excessive wealth, and oligarchy. El Haqed’s trial attracted huge crowds and brought international and national scrutiny on the supposed new reforms and freedom of expression in Morocco.  Under the new constitution, article ...

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Houda Abadi

 

Houda Abadi is a third year PhD student in Communication Studies and a Transcultural and conflict transformation presidential fellow at Georgia State University. She received a Duke- UNC graduate certificate in Middle East Studies. Her primary research interests are: political communication, conflict resolution, identity politics, third wave feminism, Activism and resistance, and social movements in MENA. She received her BA from Luther College (Iowa), majoring in Political Communications and minoring in Psychology, and a Master's degree from the Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University, majoring in International Relations with a focus in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation. Houda co-authored an article that was featured in the Iowa Journal of Communications entitled "Us vs. Them: US Newsmagazine Framing of Muslims", and authored another article that was published in Montana University Press entitled “Islamic Feminism: Women’s Struggles and Movements in Morocco”. Following graduation from her Master’s degree, Houda served in NYC as the Director of Education in two non-profit organizations that facilitates dialogue between Jewish and Muslim youth. She was also a researcher, translator, and writer for Muslim Women’s issues at a NY Muslim organization.