A Moroccan dog and an Algerian dog meet up at the Paris airport.
The Moroccan dog says to the Algerian dog, “So why are you going to Morocco?”
The Algerian dog says: “To eat.”
The Algerian dog says to the Moroccan dog, “So why are you going to Algeria?”
The Moroccan dog says, “To bark.”
This was big joke here around 1988, year of the liberalization of the Algerian press, explains Deborah Harrold, a political scientist and Middle East specialist at Bryn Mawr. If you read El Watan today, it still works….But it didn’t work during the black decade, when 100 journalists were murdered.
(Would love to hear other versions of this joke with different countries, animals, and questions….)
Until tomorrow, blogging from Rabat. ak