Morocco: Shaken Kingdom

Economic troubles spark riots

Two nations in a single setting. Along Rabat's fashionable Avenue Mohammed V, Moroccan businessmen chatted and soaked up the warm winter sun at the outdoor cafés, and young women scurried across the capital's Place des Alaouites to their mid-morning appointments. At a major intersection a few yards away were contingents of police outfitted with full riot gear and swinging batons at their sides. Pointing to other men in civilian clothes lingering near by, a taxi driver mused aloud, "Undercover officers. They've been here since Saturday, following 'the Troubles.' "

The Troubles erupted early in January in a...

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