News of the Day: September 16, 2019

By Ella Feldman

Moroccan Journalist on Trial for an Abortion She Says She Never Had

by Aida Alami for the New York Times

Lede: This weekend was supposed to have been a celebration of love. The invitations had been sent, the flowers and cake ordered. Family and friends were getting ready to witness the wedding of a young Moroccan political reporter and a Sudanese university professor she met at a human-rights conference.

Nut Graph: “Instead, Hajar Raissouni and Rifaat al-Amin were arrested on Aug. 31 as they were leaving a gynecologist’s office in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

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News of the Day: February 6, 2018

Cape Town water crisis: crossing state and party lines isn’t the answer

A student’s response: Hannah Green

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, Democratic Alliance (DA), has been stripped of her responsibilities for her ineffective response to the city’s water crisis. This comes at a critical moment for the DA, which just recently overcame years of minimal political representation to gain power in the Western Cape Province.

In response to De Lille’s removal, the DA political party has taken over the city’s water task force. While this article addresses the constitutional implications of a political party stepping in to govern in place of an elected official, this crisis also has severe implications for the DA.

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News of the Day: February 6, 2018

Cape Town water crisis: crossing state and party lines isn’t the answer

A student’s response: Hannah Green

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, Democratic Alliance (DA), has been stripped of her responsibilities for her ineffective response to the city’s water crisis. This comes at a critical moment for the DA, which just recently overcame years of minimal political representation to gain power in the Western Cape Province.

In response to De Lille’s removal, the DA political party has taken over the city’s water task force. While this article addresses the constitutional implications of a political party stepping in to govern in place of an elected official, this crisis also has severe implications for the DA.

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Western Sahara Demonstration Creates Tension Between Morocco and Ban Ki-moon

RABAT, Morocco —  Sitting outside Rabat’s contemporary art museum, clad in a New York Giants baseball hat and smoking his sixth cigarette of the hour, Hicham Bensari, an organizer of the internationally covered protests against United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaks on the subject which remains on every Moroccans’ mind, weeks after the shouts of the demonstration have long since silenced.

“He threw a bomb,” Bensari, 38, says, still heated weeks after the United Secretary General’s words sparked Morocco’s largest national demonstration in history. Bensari, along with being a demonstration organizer, is a member of Morocco’s Rassemblement National des Indépendants political party (RNI)–a party closely associated with the palace.

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