May 25, 2020

Winter Blues

Winter has taken a holiday and left the northeast to visit the once-sunny, now snowy west coast. Some here will be relieved to see Jack Frost take his leave, but those of this mindset simply don’t realize the long list of advantages bestowed by low temperatures.   When it’s cold outside, for instance, people walk […]

Arab Winter Watch: Uproar in Morroco Over Underage Marriages

Via Washington Post: Amina el-Filali, a moon-faced Moroccan peasant girl, seemed destined for an obscure life in this dreary little farming village 50 miles south of Tangiers. But that was before she was lured into sexual relations at age 15 by a 23-year-old unemployed laborer who took her into a shed next to the eucalyptus […]

Arab Winter Watch: UAE Detains Staff of American Pro-Democracy Group

Via Washington Post: United Arab Emirates authorities temporarily detained members of a U.S.-funded democracy group as they tried to leave the country after their office was ordered closed, U.S. officials said Thursday. The group included the local director of the National Democratic Institute, or NDI, who was briefly held and left the country, and another […]

Arab Winter Watch: Moroccan Girl Commits Suicide After Forced Marriage to Rapist

Via al Arabiya: A 16-year-old Moroccan girl has committed suicide after a judge ordered her to marry her rapist, according to Moroccan media reports. Last year Amina’s parents filed charges against their daughter’s rapist, a man 10 years older than her but it was only recently that a judge in the northern city of Tangier […]