Upon Moving to Boston from Morocco, Mr. Mohamed Brahimi studied Organizational Management, and then went on to earn a degree in Journalism from Suffolk University in Boston, as well as a graduate Degree in Political science as well as a certificate in Civic Leadership. Mr. Brahimi is currently working for Harvard University as an associate researcher. Some of his achievements span many areas, chief amongst them was founding the Arabic- English “Al Arab News” newspaper that caters to Muslims and propagates the importance of civic engagement. He is also the founder of The Moroccan American Civic and Cultural Association, a not for profit organization that emphasizes the importance of Volunteerism and the quest to reach the level of mainstream society. Mr. Brahimi also serves as a Board Director in one of Massachusetts largest cap agencies whose mission is to fight poverty and homelessness and to empower minority groups
Boston / Morocco Board News-- A Male in his late twenties of Moroccan citizenship was arrested last week for allegedly plotting to blow up the Capitol building in Washington D.C. Whether or not you object to the entrapment scheme set by the FBI that ultimately netted this Moroccan fellow is a matter of great intellectual salience.
The stuffy meeting room in the pricy brownstone building of the affluent Back Bay section of Boston was an early reminder of the dog days of August. Despite my intolerance of the heat, I was willing to endure it for a chance to finally meet Moroccan journalist Ahmed Benchemsi who was making a brief visit to Boston. Mr. Benchemsi was exactly what I had envisioned him to be; a warm, bright and very well read man with a firm handshake and an apparent interest in people and their ideological propensities.
Given the central location and the concentration of Moroccans in and around the town of Malden, Massachusetts, the Moroccan Consulate was right to designate an office space in that town as a polling station for the referendum on the proposed constitution. The idea behind this strategic thinking was obviously to draw a high turnout. Contrary to what I had initially anticipated, only an anemic 340 people out of a whopping 25 thousands Moroccans living in Massachusetts came out to play “civics” throughout the entire first 3 days of July.
Boston / Morocco Board News--- When it comes to writing, I am rather a slow trickling bleeder, NOT a gusher by any stretch of imagination. However, the events unfolding in the MENA region have fueled my appetite for writing and stoked my flaming fervor to weigh in on the always predictable reaction to those who dare to make their grievances public. The March 26th savage assault on demonstrating teachers has catapulted me back to pondering a bigger charade known as the Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission, Morocco’s highly lauded and incredibly deceptive attempt at transitional Justice.
Boston / Morocco Board News- There seems that to be somewhat of a parallel between the study of ethics in international relation and the study of international intervention. In fact, many in the epistemic community suggest that the field of international relations did not reach a level of maturation until it started dabbling in the topic of international intervention. The debate between opponents and proponents of intervention further engenders the strident ideological differences between Realpolitik and Idealpolitic theorists.
Boston / Morocco Board News- The king’s speech… not the movie that made a clean sweep at the recent academy awards ceremony; the other king’s speech; the one that we only refer to as the speech as if it were the king’s only speech. Rightfully so, it became known as THE SPEECH for it were earth chattering by any metrics you may want to apply. A revolutionary speech no doubt that earned King Mohamed VI much praise and served to absorb all the lingering anger and did much to mitigated a dangerously hopeless attitude towards the status quo.
Boston / Morocco Board News- In most intellectual exchanges where the interplay between Islam and politics is probed and kicked around, fairness, being the corner stone of civilized debate etiquette seems to be the first unaccounted for casualty. Muslims find themselves cornered in a position where they have to choose between denying and denouncing any kind of relationship between religion and politics or be worthy of the big florescent label that reads: FUNDAMENTALIST
Boston—Morocco Board News-- I, like most Moroccans, would gladly sing the praises of the ever so eclectically multicultural Moroccan society every time an opportunity arises. Some would even subtly gloat about it in juxtaposition to the fractious diversity models of other countries where pluralism secreted nothing but a myriad of conflicting ideologies, each bearing a litany of absurd entitlements.
Boston—Morocco Board News-- Given the ubiquity of commentary, articles, and the videos that came at the throws of the February 20th demonstrations, we can all agree on the literary fecundity of the times. This proliferation is only matched by the clear dichotomous nature of opinions being cast by those on either side of the fence or even those who cowardly stood on the fence or toggled back and forth from once side to the other depending on where the pendulum of public opinion was swinging towards that day.
There has been a lot of talk about revolution lately. And that’s very normal considering the fact that this latter is always considered a radical choice for political and social and economic changes by political romantics all over the world.
Boston / Morocco Board News---- As I jot these words down, there are massive on going demonstrations in the state of Wisconsin where state employees have taken to the streets protesting the state’s decision to axe collective bargaining. On a separate note there is a acrimonious public debate about the legitimacy of the proposed February 20th Protest that were called by a group of young activist.
In a desperate attempt to save face, MACC went on a new e-mail box littering campaign hanging their major slip up on a News wire and taking no responsibility for their utter disregard to rudimentary principles known to lay people as diligence and fact checking. I, like most Moroccans do not subscribe to the wire, I get my news for free from the thousands of legitimate media outlets that I have a hard time keeping up with for their ubiquity.
I have thought long and hard about an appropriate way to lead into my topic and decided to open up with an anecdote that is cute, poignant, and heartwarming.
As an American Muslim of Eight years of age, my son Malik has already been in the public school system for about 3 years. Malik and his brothers were the only Muslim kids in a school that was ranked pretty high in the state of Massachusetts.
Ba Achour Goes to Hajj
I just got back from a quick visit to Morocco where I spent Eid Al Adha amongst friends and family. The experience was surreal given the fact that this would be the first Eid I spent in Morocco in eighteen years. Revisiting Eid in one’s original country is certainly a story with all the merits of a good story, but the story of Ba achour’s journey to Hajj is without a doubt a story for history books.