I’ve been on a different planet for the past few months but I’m back with some great links on patronage and politics (these two words should always go together in Morocco-and most countries, for that matter). Check out Si Maati’s latest piece on the USFP as well as a new report by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy assessing opportunities for engaging political actors for reform in Egypt, Morocco and Iran. Transparency International has a bland yet informative report on good governance in the Middle East. And, if you are thinking of running a country club bar through a made-up NGO receiving local government funds, think again! The Moroccan Cour des Comptes is on your trail!