Stories about Morocco from 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 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.
‘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.
An inflammatory post about Moroccans in the Gulf by a popular Moroccan blogger ignites a debate all over the world - Jillian York has the story on who's saying what.
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, 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.
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?
Moroccan blog The View from Fez discusses unrest due to hikes in food prices.