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Kardashian In Casablanca? A Plastic Surgery Boom In Morocco

In a kingdom torn between the rise of Islamism and always-connected digital world, more and more women are undergoing invasive operations, sometimes risking their lives.

Sofia Guedira Benzakour, an ambassador of the Guess Clinic
Sofia Guedira Benzakour, an ambassador of the Guess Clinic
Ghalia Kadiri

CASABLANCA — The dress code is strict: thigh-length evening dress, plunging neckline, fifteen centimeter-high stilettos. It is essential to carry a designer bag (if not a knock-off), to wear sunglasses with rhinestones and a watch wider than your wrist, preferably gold-plated. Fadela* adds a last coat of mascara to her false eyelashes before getting out of the cab. The driver took care to drop her off a few meters from the main entrance to the exclusive restaurant and club La Corniche.

In front of this new meeting place for the Casablanca elite, customers arrive in luxury vehicles and large 4×4 cars with tinted windows. But Fadela prefers to walk the rest of the way rather than be spotted getting out of a taxi, a cheap means of transportation in Morocco. She is willing to walk despite being in pain. Fadela is recovering from a surgery called "BBL," Brazilian Butt Lift.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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