Morocco: The Voice of the Mob

Although his government is broke, young King Hassan II has managed—with French and U.S. aid—to start a sugar refinery at Sidi Slimane, a dam on the Moulouya River, a terraced agricultural complex in the rough Rif country, and new tourist hotels along the coast. More important, Hassan has pushed his country toward democracy, with free elections and a freewheeling legislature. Is all this really enough? No, suggested the mobs that swept down the labyrinthine alleys of Casablanca with the violence of the harmattan, Morocco's fierce desert wind.

The uproar moved through the...

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