GlobeTracker| Today’s NYTimes focused on Morocco as “a rare liberalizing, modernizing Islamic state, open to the West and a potential bridge to a calmer Middle East that can live in peace with Israel.”
This Western press publication suggests that democracy seems more demonstrative than real, as King Mohammed VI heads the warnings of radical Islamic fundamentalists to slow the pace of change.
Morocco’s senior officials are legitimately concerned about the pace of change and speak of keeping a proper balance between freedom and social cohesion.
At the same time that King Mohammed VI reaches out to disenfranchised Moroccans, living places not on his father’s radar, there’s a perception that he’s slowing down the pace of reform on women’s rights, for example. via NYTimes: Islamic Radicalism Sows Moroccan Reforms.