MOROCCO: Challenge to the King

The rumble of discontent in the bleak, brown Rif mountains of northern Morocco (TIME, Dec. 22) grew so loud that King Mohammed V and his politicians in Rabat could no longer ignore it. Last week gunshots, artillery fire and rocket explosions echoed through the Rif in the most serious challenge to the King's authority in the three years of Morocco's independence from France.

At first, the uproar had not seemed much more than the complaining of a few free-spirited tribal chiefs aroused by the tax collectors. A Royal Commission sent out from the...

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