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The Moroccan beauty shines in France while more Moroccan bloggers “call it quit”!

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Morocco, Arts & Culture, Ethnicity & Race, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Human Rights, Religion, Women & Gender

It's alarming. More and more Moroccan bloggers are taking vacation from blogging! And while A Moroccan haute couture stylist displays proudly his identity by transforming a Caftan into an elegant Moroccan flag, other Moroccans questioned their belonging to a country they say is harassing their religious belief.

The patriotic Caftan [1]

Label Ash posted [2](Fr) about Albert Ouaknine [3](Fr), The Moroccan Haute Couture stylist who made sensation in the mystical Caroussel du louvre [4] by presenting a Moroccan collection of caftans [5] representing the multicultural Moroccan identity.

Mohamed El Kortbi was touched by the lesson of tolerance [6](Fr) in Oiknine's show.

Thou shall not fast or pray or wear the veil!

Many bloggers opt for sensationalist titles, omitting to consider that some of their blog’s visitors would not be up to reading any further than the title. The result is that they end up having a wrong idea about a critical situation. That is what happened to many bloggers when they have run into this title “After the veil, Ramadan and the prayers are under fire in Morocco [7]” (Ar).

In fact, Said Ben Jely [8](Ar), the author of the blog [9](Ar) was referring to the latest HOT news [10] in Casablanca [11]: Morocco's state airline Royal Air Maroc [12] has banned its staff praying at their offices and headquarters. The veiled women who work in the company’s commercial agencies were also targeted, but nothing else (yet?) about Ramadan [13].

Samir [14] expressed his opinion about this issue in a more balanced article [15] .

If some workers are found to be abusing the prayer privilege, it shouldn’t be used against others to take away their right. Perhaps a fixed time break for prayers may solve the problem. There may be other ways too to resolve the issue, if only the airline bosses care to look. Preventing people from observing their religious beliefs and duties is taking secularism too far.

The decision of the Royal Air Maroc (RAM) was soon followed by a “virtual jihad” claimed by some so-called “Islamists Hackers”.

It is uncertain how effective the attack has been, writes Samir [16],” but when The View from Fez [14] tried to access the RAM website, it was not functioning. However the company may have closed its servers in order to limit damage”.

The author of Morocco time [17] was wondering why she couldn’t get to RAM’s website, then she found out about the “virtual jihad”.

Go and do something useful [18], scriptkiddies.

It turned out that the Royal Air Maroc didn't ban prayer time for employees. Well, that's at least what Samir reports [19].

Or…Does it explode?

There is a strange virtual epidemic spreading among the Moroccan bloggers. Let's call it the “see you soon disease”.

We first have Larbi, whom blog [20](Fr) is one of the most visited in the Moroccan blogosphere [21]. He screams his frustration in a poetic way.

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Then comes Houdac [22](Fr) who's expressing her need for an absence [23](Fr) in order to renew her longtime complicity with the world of rhymes!

Je reviendrais surement avec un peu plus de poésie dans l’âme et beaucoup de lumière dans les yeux…et dans le cœur.
M’attendriez-vous ?

I'll surely come back with more poesy in my soul ..With light shinning in my eyes…and in my heart.
Would you wait for me?

Najia or Myrtus [24] does not explain why she leaves. She just… leaves [25]

It's been fun, but I have to go now.

Take care,

Kugelschreiber [26](Fr) takes some vacation, while we can almost hear admin_word screaming I'm fed up [27](Fr)!
Of blogging, that is…Well, among other things!

By the way, Laroussi had already announced his departure from the blogging world in a very articulate post [28](Fr). Fortunately, he's back [29](Fr)!

So, after all, the “see you soon disease” is not that strong .To my biggest delight, and surely yours too!

That's it for today. See you next Wednesday, Inshallah;)