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Sam Metz


Why Is a Moroccan History Professor Being Charged with "Endangering State Security?"

[Image of Moroccan historian Maati Monjib getting carried out police headquarters while he was on hunger strike. Image from Yassine Toumi/TelQuel]

In August 2015, Maati Monjib was returning home to Morocco from his summer vacation. But before he could clear customs and leave the airport to return to his home in Rabat, Moroccan police apprehended and detained him, notifying him that he faced the charge of “endangering state security.” Until legal matters were resolved, they told him, he was subject to a travel ban and forbidden to leave the country. The travel ban came as somewhat of a surprise, Monjib says. In the ...

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Sam Metz


Sam Metz lives in Morocco and has written for The Nation, Muftah, and Public Books. Follow him on Twitter @metzsam.