· August, 2009

Stories about Morocco from August, 2009

Maghreb: Ramadan Good Wishes and More

  25 August 2009

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.

Global: Ramadan Mubarak

  24 August 2009

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").

Morocco: Celebrating el-Khattabi's Memory

  22 August 2009

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...

Moroccan single moms situation ‘highlighted’

  20 August 2009

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...

Morocco: A Day with Single Moms

  18 August 2009

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.

Morocco: New US Ambassador

  16 August 2009

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...

Morocco: Bloggers React to the Banning of Magazines

  11 August 2009

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.

Morocco: “I'm a 9 Per Cent!”

  2 August 2009

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.

Arab World: Best Arab Blog Contest Launches

  1 August 2009

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

Morocco: Magazines Seized

  1 August 2009

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...

Morocco: Untightening the Grip

  1 August 2009

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.

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