Latest posts by Jillian C. York from March, 2008
During Easter weekend, Pope Benedict XVI baptized several adults into Catholicism. Among them was Magdi Allam, an Egyptian-born Muslim who has lived in Italy for more than half his life and is known as a critic of Islamic extremism.
Today, March 19, marks five years of "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Initially a plan to oust Saddam Hussein and "end the war before it started," the war in Iraq continues to this day, much to the dismay of many ordinary citizens around the globe. In that vein, Global Voices Online will post reactions today from bloggers in Iraq, the Middle East and North Africa, and elsewhere.
At 11:30 GMT, Sami Ben Gharbia broke the news that Fouad Mourtada had been freed. Mourtada, who was sentenced on February 22 to three years in prison, was released after serving only 25 days of that sentence. So far, no major news sources have reported on the story, but several bloggers have reacted.
Fouad Mourtada probably never guessed he'd become a household name. Arrested on February 5 and sentenced on February 22 to three years in prison (plus a $1,000 fine) for creating a Facebook profile impersonating Morocco's Prince Moulay Rachid, Mourtada is now famous, but unfortunately, that fame has come at an enormous price.
A Moro in America laments TV station Al-Arabiya's biased reporting on Morocco, including a news story about bizarre sexual practices in the Saharan provinces.
The View From Fez reports on the program for the 2008 Fes Festival of World Sacred Music.
Rebecca Robinson is a Masters’ candidate in the Department of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State who is currently conducting research on Morocco. Jillian York discovered her blog after reading her thoughtful comments on other Morocco-related blogs and immediately wanted to interview her.
Connie in Morocco gives an insider's perspective into her work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.
Eatbees shares a video of protests which took place on March 1 in honor of Fouad Mourtada.
Moroccan Meanderings gives a history lesson on Rabat's Tour Hassan.