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Anna Jacobs


Political Parties, Elections, and the Illusion of Opposition in Morocco

[Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani of Morocco during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012. Photo taken by the US Department of State and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

Introduction For the last several months, Moroccan politics has been dominated by the results of the October 2016 parliamentary elections, the subsequent blocage in the Islamist Justice and Development Party(PJD) creating a governing coalition, and the announcement of a new government.  Pro-state media narratives blamed the PJD’s former leader, Abdelilah Benkirane, and his inability to form a coalition. After more than five months of stalled talks, King Mohammed VI ...

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Even Morocco’s Friends Know Its Judicial System Is Corrupt and Lacking in Due Process

[Image of Morocc's Court of Justice. Image by Kathrin Mezger/Flickr]

On 13 August 2014, a US federal court declined to enforce a 123 million dollar judgment issued by a Moroccan court in 2009 against Texas native John Paul DeJoria. In Dejoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration S.A. (W.D. Tex. 13 August 2014), the court laid out various reasons for refusing to recognize the verdict, focusing on the absence of an independent judiciary and the unlimited influence of the Moroccan royal family, especially King Mohammad VI, on the country’s ...

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Creation and Cooptation: The Story of Morocco’s Migration Reform

[In this photo taken on Thursday 16 January 2014 a security fence separates Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Spain. Image by Jose Colon/AP Images.]

[This article is the second in a series that addresses the present sociopolitical landscape of migration in Morocco. Read the first part in the series by Sébastien Bachelet: "Cynical and Macabre 'Politics of Migration' at Morocco’s Borders."] After many years of struggling to improve the lives of the sub-Saharan migrant community residing in Morocco, the work of human rights activists finally seemed to pay off in 2013. Moroccan and international human rights ...

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Anna Jacobs


Anna Jacobs is co-editor of Muftah’s Egypt & North Africa pages and a graduate student in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Her primary interests include media, human rights, civil society development, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa, with a particular focus on the politics of the Maghreb. Anna graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with degrees in political science and French literature and has conducted fieldwork over several years on the politics of migration in Algeria and Morocco. She was a Fulbright researcher in Morocco from 2011-2012 where she studied Arabic and examined civil society and the politics of institutional reform. Anna also co-founded a refugee legal aid initiative with the Moroccan NGO Droit et Justice. She splits her time between Oxford and Rabat and enjoys travelling all over the Middle East.