In 1969, fashion photographer Paul Hyman visited his childhood friend, anthropologist Paul Rabinow, who was conducting fieldwork in Sefrou, Morocco with the eminent anthropologists Clifford and Hildred Geertz. Forty-two of the compelling images Hyman made during his four-month stay will be on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from Nov. 28– Dec. 16, 2007, offering a telling contrast from present-day Morocco and a fascinating record of anthropological research at a particular period of time.
By LARA BIRKES
Bilateral trade accords are driven by politics more than economics, and the U.S.-Morocco free trade agreement, or FTA, is no exception.
Ranking beyond the 80th largest trade partner for the U.S., commercial potential was not the motivating factor for the agreement. The FTA was born of the desire to support an ally in an unstable region through commitments to economic development; the theory being greater market integration leads to prosperity, and thus the generation of goodwill in an area increasingly hostile to American interests. The Morocco FTA illustrates the United States' tendency to advance the expansion of trade and use it as a tool for promoting wider security and political interests, but the effectiveness of this policy is in question.
During the month of February, the High Atlas Foundation and its partners planted 33,000 fruit trees with twenty villages in the Imenane and Azzadene Valleys of Morocco's High Atlas Mountains. This project is a partnership among the High Atlas Foundation, the Global Diversity Foundation, the Association des Amis du CHU, the Province d' Al Haouz, the Marrakech Department of Waters and Forests, the Department of Agriculture for the High Atlas, the Marrakech21 Foundation, Dar Tassa, Kasbah Tamadot, and Kasbah Toubkal.
By Hassan Benmehdi
Moroccan citizens face a refusal by the authorities to register their Amazigh names on official documents, numerous cases show. Names including Bahac, Damya, Diyia, Mayssa, Guraya, Yuba, Ijja, Aderfy, Amzin, Idir, Massinissa, Tihia, Tinass, Taynust, Sifaw, Massin and others appear to be categorically banned from entry into the register of births, marriages and deaths.
The Moroccan city of Agadir will host the 14th edition of the Atlas Cup, an annual soccer tournament for Moroccans living abroad, between the 17th and 22nd of June 2008. This tournament has been sponsored by Royal Air Maroc since its inception. Twenty four teams representing expatriates and Moroccans of origins from twenty four different countries will partake in this edition.
Morocco's Amazigh movement has raised its voice, demanding media fairness and emphasising the need to accelerate the twice-postponed launch of an Amazigh TV channel. By Naoufel Cherkaoui , Rabat – 26/06/08
I must have been away much too long from the homeland it seems. Much has changed in so many arenas, not the least of which is this “Hijab” business.
What is this new “thing” now sweeping the nation and the world? Do we suddenly have more Muslim women than ever before? Did the ladies just find out that the scarf was a must or is it something all together different?
I must say I was really puzzled and perplexed by the sheer number of women from all walks of life wearing this supposed religious fashion.
I say supposed because as per the title of this article, I am wondering where it is that all of these people are seeing the scarf over the hair and the covering of arms written in the Koran.
Could it be that just because I happen to be a “foreigner” I am not at moral liberty to complain or point out things I deem unacceptable about my host country?
My fellow Moroccans on this very website feel as though I am somewhat of an ingrate, taking advantage of the financial wealth of this land without being thankful for its opportunities. Some have said that I was biting the hand that fed and others simply don’t understand why I don’t see the “greatness” around me and simply elect to live quietly as I enjoy it all.
If you’ve been listening to folks like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and others you must certainly have enjoyed the name they have given the ISG; they are of course calling it the Iraq surrender group instead of its rightful name “the Iraq study group”.
For months now we have been hearing President Bush defend his Iraq policies and more alarmingly tout his supposed successes in that country. Said successes he would suggest are the elections that took place without a hiccup and the “heroism” as he put it of the Iraqi people who came out in droves to have their voices heard.
This same President is now refusing to recognize the overwhelming calls of his own people asking for change in his war policy. He is also choosing to ignore the deep meaning of the mid-term election results. This is of course but another case of hypocrisy and double talk, hailing the virtues of one election and dismissing the results of the other?
It occurred to me as I was pondering and questioning everything within my soul concerning my belief systems, that very few of us ever stray away from our creed, religion and the things we were told to identify with and believe in as children.
This line of thought prompted me to ask myself whether these choices were really our own or just things we have been unwittingly brainwashed into adopting.
By AM I certainly do not mean after midnight or morning, I am most definitely referring to your radio dial and the supremacists, fascists that rule the airwaves.
If you have not been listening, I am here to tell you that it is American fundamentalism of the first kind that permeates the air. Your options of stations and talk show hosts are many and the topics very few; it is but a parade of loud speaking, self absorbed, self righteous, overpaid, pompous, arrogant sounding agitators with the sole purpose in mind of deifying America!
You’re not your car, you’re not a star though they may say, your mirror don’t lie
It’s just you and it’s always been, if denial is a river, reality can be harsh and cold ocean
You’re not your castle you’re not your land, you’re not the glitter on your hand
You’re just you, nose seeking the sky but your feet will always be here on the ground