Stories about Morocco from August, 2009
In some Arab countries, more than half of the population lives in hunger and want. In this post we hear from bloggers writing about poverty and development around the Arab world.
The View from Fez reports on a mystery death on board a flight from Morocco.
The Maghreb blogosphere has been blooming with an outpouring of congratulations, welcoming the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. And amongst the usual greetings and formal congratulations, controversial thoughts, often at odds with conventional views on Muslims, are being aired.
With the advent of Ramadan around the globe this weekend, Muslim and non-Muslim bloggers everywhere are wishing each other Ramadan mubarak (or "blessed Ramadan").
Badr al-Hamri, writing on Aghora [Ar], realizes his long cherished dream by creating a blog [Ar] dedicated to the memory of Moroccan anti-colonial figure, Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd al-Karim el-Khattabi. “My Ambition is to make it a reference for the thinking and life of ‘Abd al-Karim. I invite those interested and...
Elisabeth Hague, a Washington University graduate and Rabat-based blogger links to what she called an “interesting New York Times article“. The article,she explains on her blog, focuses upon the Moudawana (the reformed Family Law), but I was heartened to see that it views the issue through the lens of single...
While some bloggers in the Arab world report encountering ignorance about HIV/AIDS, others are impressed at the progress being made in destigmatising the disease.
American researcher Jacqueline Powers, blogging on Vie au Maroc (Life in Morocco), reflects on the day she spent in the outskirts of Casablanca, volunteering with INSAF, a shelter association for single mothers.
Moroccan blogger Mohammed Saeed Hjiouj [ar] calls upon Arab bloggers to join his blog and post articles there.
Jamal Laoudi, blogging for Maghreb Voices, tells the tale of a love lost.
Ibn Kafka writes about the newly appointed US Ambassador to Morocco – Samuel Kaplan and the remarks he made before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I doubt however that Kaplan, well past retirement age (he’s 73) and who isn’t presented as mastering either Arabic or French, will play much of...
French newspaper Le Monde joins two other papers in being banned in Morocco after publishing the results of a poll in which ordinary Moroccans were asked to give their assessment of the monarch, King Mohammed VI. See how bloggers react to the censorship in this post.
Maghreb Politics Review shares interesting links from other blogs discussing the latest developments in North Africa and the Sahel.
The Moroccan government's decision to block from circulation the August issue of two prominent magazines, seem to have set the local blogosphere ablaze. Bloggers react to the news.
Moroccan Badr al Hamry [Ar] passes the word to fellow Arab bloggers about today's launch of Arabesque [Ar], a competition that intends to choose the best Arabic speaking blogs throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The contest, which is sponsored by a number of organisations including Global Voices Online
Oualid L., blogging on Réflexions et autres idées (hosted by Courrier International), reports [Fr] on the decision by the Moroccan Interior Ministry to block two prominent magazines (TelQuel and Nichane) from circulation. As Moroccans commemorate 10 years of a new reign, the move is believed to fuel the ongoing protest...
Tunisia Watch [Fr], a blog monitoring freedom restrictions in the Maghreb with special focus on Tunisia, links to an open letter published by The Committee to Protect Journalists aimed at the king of Morocco urging him to reform media law and stop restrictions.