Music With the Gnaoua in Morocco

July 20, 2017

In Morocco, an annual music festival brings with it a cultural experience that lifts people’s spirits. At the end of June, the winds of the old port city of Essaouira move to the rhythm of Gnaoua music when the annual festival takes place. At this time, the small Moroccan city on the Atlantic...

MENA’s Fake Pharma Conundrum

June 21, 2017

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 35% of the pharmaceutical market in the Middle East could be illicit. Not so long ago, Médecins Sans Frontières made a shocking discovery in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Hundreds of patients had unwittingly taken Haloperidol...

Subversive Women in Colonial North Africa

January 02, 2017

Colonial encroachment in North Africa created new opportunities for women to travel and challenge social norms. During my travels in Morocco, I discovered Emily Keene’s memoir, My Life Story. In the 1870s, Keene traveled to Tangier as a governess for an English family. Soon after, she married...