Minority Politics by Silverstein

The article begins by discussing the adoption of a reformed constitution under the regime of King Muhammad VI.  Previously, the constitution defined Morocco only as a “sovereign Muslim State”.  The reformed constitution however, depicts a Morocco that seeks to look above its borders and religion.  This ideal is enforced by allowing “the free exercise of faiths” as well as the protection of the freedoms of speech and cultural practices.  I wonder how much influence did the U.S. have in this constitutional reform?  The changes that were made all bear a strong resemblance to our own constitution and the rights that we aim to protect as a nation.



Like an Extra Virgin

At the beginning of the article, the author discusses the origins of olive oil in a mythological context.  I found it interesting how central the olive tree was not only as a food/wood source but a literary symbol as well.  Furthermore, I learned about the two sides of the olive tree, one masculine and one feminine.  It is because of the diverse role that the olive tree plays that allows it to define an entire region.  This unifying concept was demonstrated by the International Olive Oil Council in their book ” The Olive in Mediterranean Cooking” which features a map marked only by “olive varietal”.  This example also defines the olive tree as a cultural courier, spreading the culture of the Mediterranean from East to West.