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Liz Cheney: Morocco could be a model for countries of the region
Arabic News ^ | 04/14/05

Posted on 04/14/2005 6:47:25 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl

Liz Cheney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs believes "Morocco could be a model for countries of the region," noting that "King Mohammed VI has put the country on the path of modernization while respecting Morocco's culture and traditions."

Cheney, who ended Tuesday a three-day official visit to Morocco, told Morocco Times that reforms instituted in the north African country were among the top issues she discussed with Moroccan officials.

"We have also discussed the new political parties' law and the new press code, which is before the parliament," she said, adding that talks also touched on education, notably girls' schooling.

On the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)'s assistance to Morocco, Cheney said "we provide technical assistance as the (Moroccan) government looks at the reforms they need to implement once we have the FTA."

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA), signed between the two countries in June 2004, eliminates tariffs on 95 percent of all bilateral trade between the United States and Morocco, and includes stringent protections for intellectual property and the environment.

MEPI has granted USD 6 million to assist Morocco in the framework of the US-Moroccan FTA, and allocated USD 2 million to fund a programme related to the new family law (Mudawana).

According to Cheney, MEPI aims to disseminate knowledge about the family law approved by the Moroccan parliament last year to promote the situation of women and enhance genre equality.

She pointed out that the purpose of programs like MEPI is to support "reforms coming from people themselves and from the government."

"I think reforms are absolutely coming from the inside. Morocco is the model for the whole region in this regard."

MEPI, she explained, is not trying to impose reforms from outside, noting that it supports "universal values including the right to education, the right to vote, the right to have a jobÉ etc."

"These are a whole range of issues to which we will respond with our resources to the changes that are coming from people who live in each individual country," she said.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: africa; lizcheney; morocco; statedepartment
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Interesting. Liz Cheney starting to make a name for herself.
1 posted on 04/14/2005 6:47:25 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl
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To: JustaCowgirl

I came to Morocco for the waters.


2 posted on 04/14/2005 6:50:48 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Is that a line from a movie or something?


3 posted on 04/14/2005 6:52:04 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

4 posted on 04/14/2005 6:55:08 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I'm still angry over how Morocco treated our ships back in the early 1800s.


5 posted on 04/14/2005 6:56:28 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful Or Fatal If Swallowed)
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To: Calpernia

If on some dark day Dick Cheney were to morph into Barbra Streisand (God forbid!), the result of the transformation would look exactly like Liz Cheney.


6 posted on 04/14/2005 6:58:04 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I'm still angry over how Morocco treated our ships back in the early 1800s.

My, you are an extremist.

7 posted on 04/14/2005 6:59:37 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

OMG, I see it. That is funny!


8 posted on 04/14/2005 7:05:08 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Frightening.
9 posted on 04/14/2005 7:19:52 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: Calpernia
I'm sick of all these stinkin' women in this administration!

Parrots are under represented. We need more parrots damnit.

10 posted on 04/14/2005 7:20:13 PM PDT by zarf
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To: JustaCowgirl

Babs is looking like an ugly Jennifer Anniston in that mug shot.


11 posted on 04/14/2005 7:21:14 PM PDT by zarf
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To: zarf
Ahem...

I believe birds have had a very fair representation in the media.


12 posted on 04/14/2005 7:22:19 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: JustaCowgirl

Mebbe.


13 posted on 04/14/2005 7:22:56 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: zarf

Jennifer Anniston on the very worst day of her life looked better than Barbra Streisand does on any day.


14 posted on 04/14/2005 7:24:12 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

They are both hags.


15 posted on 04/14/2005 7:25:53 PM PDT by macrahanish #1
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To: JustaCowgirl
The resemblance is definitely there. Babs has a bit more of a rough life beaten look though.
16 posted on 04/14/2005 7:27:50 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: zarf; Calpernia
According to Cheney, MEPI aims to disseminate knowledge about the family law approved by the Moroccan parliament last year to promote the situation of women and enhance genre equality.

Well, we're working for genre equality, so just back off on the bird equality complaints. You from PETA or something?

LOL!

17 posted on 04/14/2005 7:28:47 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: Calpernia

I'd say so. I have a feeling I'd much rather get to know Liz than Barbra any day of the week, too.


18 posted on 04/14/2005 7:31:03 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I wonder, in Morocco, if genre equality would include men in hijabs? Or women taking 4 husbands?


19 posted on 04/14/2005 7:32:00 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

I wonder, in Morocco, if genre equality would include men in hijabs? Or women taking 4 husbands?

Maybe the Moroccan women would settle for two(2)?

20 posted on 04/14/2005 7:35:09 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I admit, I didn't realize Cheney's daughter was in politics. I actually googled her and read before I posted.

I was VERY impressed with her interviews. She handled herself well while O'Reilly tried baiting her.

So I'm at a loss here with her thoughts on Morocco. Then again, she has been there and I'm just up on propaganda I guess.


21 posted on 04/14/2005 7:35:10 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: JustaCowgirl

Maybe I'll have to move to Morocco! ::giggles::


22 posted on 04/14/2005 7:36:44 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Liz Cheney is a very sharp cookie, and an up-and-comer in the Republican Party. She gave a number of interviews while working for the Bush/Cheney reelection campaign, and was extremely impressive, IMO. Went back to the State Dept after the election, and was named Undersecretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs.

I think she is definitely pegged to take the mantle from her father.


23 posted on 04/14/2005 7:38:05 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: Calpernia
Maybe I'll have to move to Morocco! ::giggles::

Well, if the two husbands have to be Moroccan men, hmmm, I might have to pass. But if I get to take my choice, hey, I'm there!

24 posted on 04/14/2005 7:40:35 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl
Liz Cheney: Morocco could be a model for countries of the region

Isn't Morocco a hotbed of terror?
25 posted on 04/14/2005 7:42:23 PM PDT by Vision (When Hillary Says She's Going To Put The Military On Our Borders...She Becomes Our Next President)
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To: JustaCowgirl

So we can't do take out then?

drat!

I would have roped a few 'Marlboro Men' and moved!


26 posted on 04/14/2005 7:42:35 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Vision

See, this is what I thought.

I read 2 of her interviews (on other subjects), she isn't dumb at all and can handle reporters baiting her.

So I'm wondering what the posturing here is with Morocco.


27 posted on 04/14/2005 7:45:08 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Marlboro Man?

BTW, that, believe it or not, is Liz Cheney's father.

28 posted on 04/14/2005 7:45:10 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I like Liz!


29 posted on 04/14/2005 7:45:38 PM PDT by RAY (They that do right are all heroes!)
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To: JustaCowgirl

No way! That is the V.P.? How long ago???


30 posted on 04/14/2005 7:46:00 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Vision
Isn't Morocco a hotbed of terror?

Actually, I don't know. I'm not up on my Moroccan politics and culture like I should be.

31 posted on 04/14/2005 7:47:00 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: Calpernia

1976. Is he not to die for?


32 posted on 04/14/2005 7:48:01 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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I like Liz!

You and me both. What I've seen of her, she's a keeper. And she's got good genes.

33 posted on 04/14/2005 7:50:17 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I would have never recognized him.

That is a man!


34 posted on 04/14/2005 7:51:55 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: JustaCowgirl
Thousands Circumcised in Morocco

FES, Morocco - The infant son of King Mohammed VI was circumcised Thursday, and thousands of Moroccans also went through the procedure in a massive show of solidarity for the prince, a news agency reported.

The circumcision of Moulay Hassan, the king's only son, marked the start of three days of nationwide celebrations across the north African kingdom to honor the event. The boy turns 2 next month.

Some 5,000 boys were circumcised in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, and thousands more in other cities and towns, the official news agency MAP reported.

The ritual of circumcision, known as "t'hara" or purification in Morocco, signals the entry of young boys into the Muslim community. The practice — once mainly carried out by barbers — today takes place primarily under a doctor's supervision.

35 posted on 04/14/2005 7:52:27 PM PDT by Alouette (If I owned Hell and I owned Brooklyn, I'd live in Hell and rent out Brooklyn.)
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I work with a Moroccan who is the most vicious pro-terrorist man I've ever seen. I've giving thought to calling the FBI on him.
36 posted on 04/14/2005 7:53:33 PM PDT by Vision (When Hillary Says She's Going To Put The Military On Our Borders...She Becomes Our Next President)
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To: Vision

Maybe you should call the FBI. Probably wouldn't lead to anything, but I guess it couldn't hurt.

Whatever Morocco is right now, I definitely don't think of it as a real progressive, forward-thinking country. And their culture has a history of thousands of years of absolute barbarism, from what little I know.


37 posted on 04/14/2005 7:56:56 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: Alouette

What does that mean Alouette? Is that just a post of interest or are you trying to tell us something? You understand a lot more about these issues than I do.


38 posted on 04/14/2005 8:01:22 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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If I remember correctly, weren't a number of the bombers from the Spain incident from Morocco?


39 posted on 04/14/2005 8:02:16 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
Real men!




40 posted on 04/14/2005 8:07:09 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: Calpernia
If I remember correctly, weren't a number of the bombers from the Spain incident from Morocco?

I think you could be right. Spain and Morocco certainly have a long history (the Alhambra, etc.)

41 posted on 04/14/2005 8:09:32 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I've thought of it, but after a few years I realized he's just a clown.


42 posted on 04/14/2005 8:09:34 PM PDT by Vision (When Hillary Says She's Going To Put The Military On Our Borders...She Becomes Our Next President)
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To: Calpernia

Yes I think they were


43 posted on 04/14/2005 8:09:51 PM PDT by Vision (When Hillary Says She's Going To Put The Military On Our Borders...She Becomes Our Next President)
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I've thought of it, but after a few years I realized he's just a clown.

I assume you're talking about the Moroccan guy. Isn't that they way it is about 98% of the time? Blowhards and big mouths come in all stripes and colors.

44 posted on 04/14/2005 8:12:29 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (During our life's journeys we see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open. - GW Bush)
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To: Vision
Isn't Morocco a hotbed of terror?

I am not aware of Morocco been a hot bed of terrorists, but from my own experience is a country frozen in the times of "1001 Arabian Nights Stories", "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves".

It is a beautiful Country full of magic, history and secrets.
I would strongly recommend to vacation in Morocco, you would not regret it! Remember Bogart's Casablanca?

45 posted on 04/14/2005 8:25:11 PM PDT by danmar ("No person is so grand or wise or perfect as to be the master of another person." Karl Hess)
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To: danmar

Isn't Tangier a hotbed of "Friends of Dorothy?"


46 posted on 04/14/2005 8:26:16 PM PDT by Clemenza (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms: The Other Holy Trinity)
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To: Calpernia
I just thought it was kind of interesting.

Russian Jews will also perform a mass "bris" when they arrive in Israel or when a Jewish community in some remote part of the former Soviet Union gets its first mohel in many decades.

Usually though, it's a private family observance.

47 posted on 04/14/2005 8:45:41 PM PDT by Alouette (If I owned Hell and I owned Brooklyn, I'd live in Hell and rent out Brooklyn.)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I really wish I had that pic of the Marine that had the cig hanging out of his mouth from Iraq to post. I didn't bookmark it and I don't know enough keywords to find it.


48 posted on 04/14/2005 9:09:42 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: JustaCowgirl

And France.


49 posted on 04/14/2005 9:10:18 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: danmar; Vision

I'm not so sure of the brochure you drew up about Morocco.

I'm know a few cell links personally (yes, contacted FBI) and they have many contacts and trips under their belts with Morocco.

I think Morocco may have been pretty at one time. But I think it was a stepping stone to France and Spain.


50 posted on 04/14/2005 9:13:31 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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