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.

Read more

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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Moroccan activist/academic awaits trial in Rabat

Maâti Monjib researches at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat as he awaits trial for “undermining state security” and “receiving foreign funds.” (Photo courtesy of Maâti Monjib’s Facebook page)

by Elaina Zachos

RABAT, Morocco – Maâti Monjib sits in a café in Rabat’s Agdal neighborhood. He absentmindedly drums his fingers on the table in front of him and looks over his professorial glasses at a TV on the wall. A few men chat at tables by the tall windows. Outside, people walk down the sidewalk and cross the street in the late afternoon traffic.

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