· August, 2008

Stories about Morocco from August, 2008

Moroccans at the Paralympics

  28 August 2008

The View from Fez informs us that Morocco will send 18 athletes to the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. The delegation is comprised of 14 runners, 4 weightlifters, and 12 officials.

Morocco: Daylight Savings Fail

  27 August 2008

Nomadic Morocco remarks upon Morocco's decision to roll back the clocks early. The country, which instituted Daylight Savings Time this summer for the first time in several years, is changing the clocks this week just in time for Ramadan.

Kuwait: Parading Purchases at the Olympics

  27 August 2008

Arabs really love shopping, they spend hours after hours in malls, and that's why they wanted to show their shopping skills at this year's Summer Olympics. Unfortunately shopping is not included in the games, but this couldn't stop some Arabs from parading their purchases.

Saudi Arabia: Where are the women sport heroes?

  26 August 2008

Saudi girls deserve sport heroes too, says Jillian, at a post on women in the Olympics at Kabobfest. “Little girls in Saudi Arabia (which I will use as an example from now on, given that Qatar's population equals that of Boston) deserve to have strong heroes too,” she notes.

Bahrain: Eyes on Ruqaya Al Ghasra

  23 August 2008

She may have placed sixth in the qualifying heats and her dreams of becoming the first Gulf Arab woman to run in an Olympic final may be dashed, but Bahrain's Golden runner Ruqaya Al Ghasra has sure created a stir online. A rough start meant that Ghasra, who was Bahrain's flag bearer at the opening ceremony, was eliminated from the women's 200 metres race - but for tens of thousands of Arab and Muslim women - and men - out there, running her heart out fully covered has brought her more than just gold medals.

Morocco: Rural Life

  22 August 2008

Près du puits, in a post entitled “Two Kids, Twelve Cows, and a Swing,” shares the trials, tribulations – and entertainment – of Morocco's rural poor.

Morocco: Olympic News Flash

  21 August 2008

The View From Fez is providing continuous updates on Morocco's Olympic success. The latest news: Bitissam Lakhouad and Siham Hilali have qualified for the first round of the women's 1500m.

Morocco: Tragedy Strikes

  20 August 2008

The View From Fez reports the tragic story of a family that drowned near Tangier, Morocco last week. The accident occurred when two young girls were playing near the dam and were sucked in. Three family members who tried to rescue them also drowned.

North Africa: Bringing Home the Medals

  19 August 2008

In the run up to the 2008 Olympic Games, there was much speculation on how the Middle East and North Africa would fare. Although Turkey is the only Middle Eastern country to medal thus far (in athletics, weightlifting, and Greco-Roman wrestling), North Africa is enjoying great success. So far, Egypt's Hesham Mesbah and Algeria's Soraya Haddad and Amar Benikhlef have all medaled in Judo (bronze, bronze, and silver, respectively), Morocco's Hasna Benhassi took home a bronze in the women's 800m dash, and Tunisian swimmer Oussama Mellouli scored gold in the men's 1500m freestyle.

Blogger of the Week: Lydia Beyoud

  17 August 2008

Today's Blogger of the Week is Lydia Beyoud - a writer and listener at heart, and a thinker, who has recently become a doer. This is how the blogger, who has five languages under her belt, describes herself. From Portland, Oregon, Lydia covers Moroccan blogs written in French. What is her relationship with blogging and Morocco? Read on to find out.

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