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Fatwas and tragedies..in the Moroccan blogs

Last week was a very active one in the Moroccan blogosphere and e-debats went on about different subjects, and very interesting ones. The Moroccan bloggers talked, among other subjects, about the hajj’s latest tragedy. They also discussed the recent Fatwa about the necessity of wearing underwears while.. making love!

The online Freedom..!

Following the wave of censorship that occurred lately in China affecting journalists bloggers, IBAHRINE writes about either or not the Internet companies need to be regulated to ensure they respect free expression. The author of A Meta Blog on Arab blogs thinks that there's a surface appeal to this proposal, and that the idea is impractical.

Which members of Congress does Reporters Without Borders propose to approach? The ones who might cause the technology execs to listen — in a Washington utterly dominated by people who favor business’ desires over just about all else — are the least likely to get involved. I doubt that Cisco's John Chambers, whose company is one of the primary enablers of censorship, would offer more than a tiny bit of lip service if, say, Zoe Lofgren (a Democrat who represents San Jose, Cisco's home town, in Congress) raised this issue.

IBAHRINE says that the very notion of governments telling companies how they must behave on matters of speech is worrisome in the first place.

The U.S. government is growing visibly hostile to the First Amendment even today, and America is heading in the wrong direction on free speech in a general way. Maybe we should tend to our own backyard before we tell our neighbor how to weed his garden.

Mena's tragedy

As I expected, many bloggers posted last week about the crush that happened during the stoning ritual on the last day of the Hajj and killed hundreds of pilgrims.

DB gave his post the title “362” referring to the number of dead in that tragedy. And he wondered if everybody had to do it the same time(French), since it's simply not feasible.

Karim says in a short but angry post about the tragedy, that it's another proof which shows that – what he calls- the third world countries are not evolving the right way(French).

Fatwas..here we go again!

Sonia posted last week about a fatwa that considers making love naked a sin(French).

Honestly, I think it's a stupid fatwa..a ridiculous and a useless one.

Sonia says that the Muslem thinkers have to focus on more important issues instead of loosing their time (French) and energy discussing such ridiculous details.

Reda was confused when he heard about the fatwa asking married couple to make love with their underwears. And he wonders in his post if those Islamic preachers have nothing better to do(French).

Reda was more amazed when he learned that there was another fatwa by the late Ayatollah Khomeini , himself, authorizing transexuals to change their sex(French)

Larbi posted about the iranian fatwa and as usual , it was interesting to go through the comments to his post (French). Of course, the e-debat didn't focus on the main subject posted by Larbi, and the comments went on a virtual trial of fatwas but what was really interesting is the fact that Larbi‘s blog Comme une bouteille jetee a la mer ! became , for some days, a real space for exchanging ideas and different opinions about Islam.
Bravo Larbi and one thumb up!

Coup de coeur

a to z blogging (French) is a very special blog, and its author posts about ideas that can make the blogs look happier. He explains with details how to use this or that command .He even gives more precisions when he answers the comments. I visit this blog very often and it's really a big source of informations for me.
You may want to give it a look, u'll like it.

Ma vie est un peu celle des autres (French) is that kind of blog you feel good when u read its posts.
You always end up smiling, and sometimes you want to read the post-stories more and more. Selwa, and don't even call her Seloua, writes in a “sweet” way and funny too.
She even interacts with her readers by asking them questions and involving them in her posts. Ma vie est un peu celle des autre means My life is also other's life, in a way.

That’s it for this week. See you next Wednesday, Inshallah;)

1 comment

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