Last week was a very active one in the Moroccan blogosphere. Different subjects interested the Moroccan bloggers from Jill Carol‘s liberation to the the sexual education for kids.
Islam, as usual, was among the hot topics especially after the media, in the international level, are giving the opportunity to anyone to criticise this religion considered by some observers as the fastest growing religion in the world.
Arab internet woes
Soumiaz is a journalist who blogs and her latest post is a campaign for the liberation of Jill Caroll, the American journalist abducted in Iraq.
Jill did not think twice about going to Iraq, because she did not want to take packaged news but rather experience it herself. She refused to believe that Muslims and Arabs are as barbaric as portrayed in the media, and chose to give us a chance to make our case.
IBAHRINE posts an article about Arab internet woes. And the question he's asking is Why, with such a young population, is the Arab world still lagging behind when it comes to the digital revolution?
So increasing digital literacy, and getting Arabs online, is going to require that holy grail of the internet: massively sticky, Arab-language content and a means to access it that is at once fast, easy and affordable.
Another post related to Arabs and the internet is written by Zainabi. Its title is “Bezzaf” a Moroccan expression that can be translated as “fed up!”. Well, the reason is that Zainabi found out that most of the words that Moroccans research in the internet are sex related(French).
Is it fair to love our religion just because we are scared? Asks Jihane who lately found a weird CD (French) on her desk “featuring” two bodies of two young men. One of them was pious while the other used to listen to music!
Why is Wafa Sultan, a 47-year-old Southern California woman, suddenly in the news as a fresh voice of reason and reform about Islam? well, Lebaroude is posting about the video where this American of Syrian origins harshly criticized Islam as violent(French).
Karim of ARAB OBSERVERS posts about the systematic destruction of islamic historical landmarks at the hands of wahabi zealots and real estate speculators.
For bread alone..
Mchicha writes about Mohamed choukry's “le pain nu” or “For bread alone” the novel that Tennessee Williams described as a true document of human desperation. Mchicha is discovering one of the most popular Moroccan writer, and while reading the best seller book, she remembers how important is the sexual education for kids instead of letting them seek answers from the street(French).
Slix posts very nice Amazigh poem(French) with its French translation.
You told me you can't see
yet you showed me hope
You told me you can't laugh
yet you make me smile
Moorishgirl posts about Ed Champion's literary podcast, the Bat Segundo Show that has reached its first silver anniversary.
Coup de coeur
I was very amazed to find out about a new portal dedicated to the development of the social life in Morocco. What was more surprising for me is that many Moroccan bloggers participate very actively in this special portal Tanmia(Arabic & French), an arabic word which means development.
I would also like you to enjoy nice photographs of old Morocco in the View from Fez.
That's it for today. See you next Wednesday, Inshallah.