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Morocco reformed its family law in 2004 to increase the legal age of marriage to 18. Shutterstock

Child marriage in North Africa: still a lot to be done

The region has made progress but efforts must continue to end a harmful practice rooted in poverty and tradition.
The flag of Western Sahara is displayed during a march outside the Moroccan embassy in Madrid, Spain. EPA-EFE/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI

Morocco and Western Sahara: a decades-long war of attrition

At first glance, it would seem like nothing has changed since 1991. Yet, things have been slowly and discreetly evolving in recent years at Morocco's behest.
An Egyptian street vendor selling bread walks past as a tear gas canister (background) fired by riot police during clashes with protesters near Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 29, 2013. Khhaled Desouki/AFP

How to assess political stability? Follow the bread path

In Morocco, bread is not only a symbol for wider demands but also the material basis of affordable and just living conditions.
Protestors stand behind burning barricades during clashes with riot police near the Tunisian capital of Tunis in January 2018. Violent protests over price hikes raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi)

The dismal failure of efforts to empower people in the Arab world

Decentralization in the Middle East and North Africa is supposed to lead to greater public representation in municipal politics. In fact, it is largely strengthening authoritarianism.
Children must be taught to read for comprehension, not just to parrot what they hear. Shutterstock

South Africa has a reading crisis: why, and what can be done about it

The problem in learners' reading performance lies in how reading is taught in most South African schools. Learners are not taught to understand the written word and make sense of it for themselves.

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