· October, 2007

Stories about Morocco from October, 2007

Morocco: Stop Internet Censorship!

  29 October 2007

In March of 2006, Livejournal, the popular blogging site, was blocked by the state-controlled telecommunications provider Maroc Telecom (a subsidiary of Vivendi International), depriving Moroccan citizens of access to the roughly 2 million blogs the service hosts. On May 25, 2007, Maroc Telecom blocked access to YouTube for few days. In August 2006, Google Earth was added to the list of major websites being blocked. And as expected, Maroc Telecom didn’t give any justification for this instance of censorship.

Morocco: Seven Women Ministers

  20 October 2007

“Morocco got a new government on Monday after nearly a month of tough negotiations, with seven women among the 34 ministers – and none from the Islamic party that placed second in parliamentary elections last month,” announced Moroccan blog The View From Fez.

Morocco: Fez Top Tourist Destination

  20 October 2007

‘The “Bluelist” – the global travel guide has once again put Fez in its top emerging destinations to visit,’ announced Moroccan blog The View the Fez.

Arabeyes: Moroccan Blogger Lashes Out at Gulf Arabs

  9 October 2007

Moroccan blogger Adilski lashes out at Gulf Arabs in this post, which I am translating from Arabic. Not happy with the media attention Moroccan women are getting in the Gulf, Adilski goes on to paint Gulf Arabs as lesbians and gays, living in oppressive societies and yearning for freedom.

Morocco: Illegal Immigrants Sent Home

  6 October 2007

Morocco, under pressure from Europe to crack down on illegal migration, has begun repatriating 345 Senegalese and Gambians it caught trying to reach Spain's Canary Islands, reports Moroccan blogger Saad.

Language death: evolution, natural selection or cultural genocide?

  5 October 2007

We live in a world of just 194 countries, give or take, but speak between 7,000 and 8,000 languages. That linguistic diversity is fast disappearing, often thanks to the privileged position given to colonial languages, as well as the globalization of media and technology. But is this really cause for alarm?