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From Subtle Dictatorship to Subtle Revolution

Moroccan journalist Ahmed Benchemsi sets out to expose the government of Morocco—which U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has commended for taking steps toward democracy—as a “subtle dictatorship.” He presents three reasons to believe that Morocco is indeed democratic, and then returns to each of these points to reveal the truth about repression in Morocco. These realities suggest a dictatorship, not a democracy,but a dictatorship less overt than others in the region. Yet resistance to these dictatorships is subtle, too, Benchemsi notes. Benchemsi hopes that such”subtle shaking of subtle dictatorship” will continue and that his country can bring about reform without conflict and casualties.

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