Books and articles linked to this project include:

Freedom for Morocco: A Family Tale
by Osire Glacier

Publisher: Red Sea Press (Trenton/New Jersey)

This book is autobiographical and historical. By weaving together two intertwined narratives, this manuscript addresses the status of women in Morocco and the country’s popular uprisings for democratization. A personal account invites readers into the home of one Moroccan family. A collective narrative reveals the shared struggles of Moroccan citizens for democracy. Throughout the text, my father’s career as a member of the political opposition serves as a lens for examining several key historical events from 1921 to the present day: Morocco’s anti-colonial uprisings, the emergence of neocolonialism under the guise of formal independence, the institutionalization of predatory capitalism, the establishment of a democratic façade, the Islamization politics of the governing elite, and the emergence of Islamism.

By alternating between micro- and macro-histories, this book offers a corrective re-examination of concepts and key events conveyed by official historical sources. The book indirectly deconstructs erroneous beliefs that divide the “democratic” west and MENA countries into opposing camps. By revealing the struggles of citizens for democratization, it shows that the Moroccan people worked with limited resources and took personal risks to obtain social, economic, cultural, civic, and political rights. The goal of these struggles was the establishment of democracy. The West contributed to the destruction of democratic forces, and to the failure of movements for democratization in Morocco, by selling military equipment and mass surveillance infrastructures to the governing elite.

This book can serve as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of North African studies; Colonial and Postcolonial studies; Women, democracy and human rights in the Islamic World.

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 Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor, Indonesia and Melanesia, ed. David Webster. Published 2018 by University of Calgary Press.

What is the experience of truth and reconciliation? What is the purpose of a truth commission? What lessons can be learned from established truth and reconciliation processes?

Flowers in the Wall explores the experience of truth and reconciliation Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific, with and without a formal truth commission. Although much has been written about the operational phases of truth commissions, the efforts to establish these commissions and the struggle to put their recommendations into effect are often overlooked. Examining both the pre- and post-truth commission phases, this volume explores a diversity of interconnected scholarship with each chapter forming part of a concise narrative.

Well–researched and balanced, this book explores the effectiveness of the truth commission as transnational justice, highlighting its limitations and offering valuable lessons Canadians, and all others, facing similar issues of truth and reconciliation.

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Publisher’s page for book (includes free pdf download of e-book)