Monthly Archives: March 2022

Insomnia in Essaouira: closer to the fascinating Gnawa culture of Morocco

It is dusk in Essaouira. There is a dotted afterglow that stains the Atlantic horizon, and the last kitesurfers leave, barefoot, to their excavations. Behind the beach, snail vendors serve steaming cups of soup from their little carts. As the swirl and cry of the little sea gulls begin to …

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I stole my husband’s secret tip for finding the best food on vacation – here’s why you should too

In Madurai, South India, we hired a foodie guide (foodiesdayout.com) to take us on a street food walking tour, stopping at the best stalls. There we sampled wares including a small paper cone filled with lightly spiced noodles; mini curry clay pots; fried chickpeas wrapped in newspaper and puffed rice; …

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Top Christian leaders in Algeria face jail as rights decline continues

Algeria’s Protestant Christian community is besieged by its own government. The persecution of Christians by the Algerian state has been a sustained campaign for many years with the latest wave of repression beginning in November 2017. These efforts have failed to slow the growth of the joyful, peaceful and respectful …

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Ben Fogle revisits an artist who lived in the Sahara during the pandemic

Ben Fogle continues his journeys to meet people who have created new, alternate and distant lives for themselves – but in tonight’s all-new episode, he’ll actually revisit an old friend. In the episode airing tonight (March 22) at 9pm on Channel 5, Ben returns to Morocco where he first met …

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Meet the adventurer: Morocco’s first female mountain guide, Hafida Hdoubane, on a life shaped by the High Atlas

I have been an official guide and tour leader since 1994. I was one of the first women to get a place in the training of mountain guides in Morocco, and the first to be qualified. At the time, most guides working in the Atlas Mountains were European, and Moroccan …

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Morocco blocks Amazigh national conference – Middle East Monitor

Moroccan authorities have banned the Amazigh movement in the country from holding a national conference scheduled for later this month, Hespress reported. According to the newspaper, the movement aimed to use the conference to consolidate its ranks and mobilize efforts to give new impetus to its work. It has seen …

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Escalating Conflict in Kabylie (Part 1 of 2)

**This is the first of a two-part series covering the Kabyle-Algerian conflict. The second part will deal with specific allegations of genocide by the Kabyle government in exile against the Algerian state and the petitions it has filed with two tribunals. ~~~ While wildfires occur almost every year in Algeria …

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Meet the 16 Global Landscapes Forum Women Leaders Leading Earth Restoration

It’s International Women’s Month 2022! To mark this phenomenal month, The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) announces its third annual list of climate leaders. Jhe Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) honors 16 women who are making a significant impact on halting runaway climate change through science, finance, policy-making, art, activism, indigenous rights, …

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Tunisia: Dhahar destination wins the Green Destinations Story Awards 2022, “Culture & Communities” category

Tunis/Tunisia — Destination Dhahar has won the Green Destinations Story Awards 2022, in the Culture & Communities category. Thus, Tunisia becomes the first Arab and North African country to win this distinction in the field of sustainable tourism. “Destination Dahar: Revitalization of Authentic Rural Region through Sustainable Tourism Model and …

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The Algerian Hirak returns to state authoritarianism

This Friday, February 18, 2022, the numbers were down from the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets of Algeria’s main towns and villages when the Hirak – which was first launched three years earlier on February 22 2019 – overthrew President Abdelaziz. Bouteflika. Many analysts believe …

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Postcard from Morocco: the storytelling circles of Marrakech

A scene takes place at Souk Semmarine. A drum sounds. The air fills with the shimmering sound of qraqeb (castanets) accompanied by the syncopated cries of Gnawa musicians in fiery red robes. They parade like pied pipers along the main thoroughfare of the market, drawing a wave of people in …

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The Song of Ardent Desire by Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi

Inimitable Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi’s latest exhibition, Le Chant de l’Ardent Désir, is a transcendental and hypnotic experience that compels the viewer to examine our shared experiences of loss, nostalgia, human suffering and dignity. It is difficult to describe the phenomenological experience of the encounter with the language of the …

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Two sides of the same coin

Anyone who pays attention to the Arab-Israeli conflict over the past 20 years knows how those who regularly do propaganda on behalf of the Palestinian Arab cause try to hijack any cause or crisis in the world and turn it into a matter of Israel and the Palestinians. Given this …

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The fight against early marriage continues in Morocco

If the global celebrations of International Women’s Day are fast approaching. In Tamarwoute, in the south-west of Morocco, it’s not time to party. Women’s rights activists like Najat Ikhich are always busy working. Najat Ikhich is the head of rights group YTTO. An association that has been working for more …

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“Nightmare” of underage marriage for Moroccan girls

Nadia was just 16 when she was married off to an abusive husband old enough to be her father – an ordeal that thousands of Moroccan girls face each year due to a legal loophole. “I’ve been through hell. But the nightmare is behind me now,” she said. Nadia, from …

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The Nomade Rug is a geometric rug that transcends time and location

Los Angeles-based furniture brand Troop Workshop and brand of Milanese carpets cc-carpet have collaborated on a singular work of art, a geometric rug named The Nomadic Rug. Produced in Nepal, the new rug is inspired by the nomadic element of Berber rugs and the artistic direction of The passenger, a …

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Impact of diversity on vaccine equity in Algeria

Gift Aid doesn’t cost you a penny more, but can add an extra 25p to every £1 you donate. Where Minority Rights Group receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we are entitled to claim back any amount of tax (calculated at that year’s basic rate of income tax) paid …

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Dina Chkarka takes the message of Moroccan cuisine to the masses: here’s cooking with you, kid

Dina Chkarka with a tray of mint tea (Courtesy of Dina Chkarka) A booming social media personality, Dina Chkarka is passionate about bringing Moroccan cuisine into the 21st century. Chkarka first learned how to make intricate tagines (steamed meat and vegetables in a clay pot) and bastilles (meat pies) by …

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President meets Saudi minister – Middle East Monitor

Tunisian President Kais Saied wants to develop security and military cooperation with Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, extremism and organized crime, he told the Kingdom’s Interior Minister Abdulaziz Bin yesterday. Saud Bin Nayef, during a meeting in Tunis. According to an official statement, Saied hailed the ties between Tunisia and …

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Algeria. Repression intensifies as more human rights defenders are detained

Algerian authorities have stepped up their attacks on civil society in recent weeks, with the arrest of 27 human rights defenders and peace activists in February alone, Amnesty International said today. On February 20, a court in the western city of Tlemcen sentenced Faleh Hammoudi, head of the local branch …

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Dine Diaspora Announces Winners of 2022 5th Annual Black Women in Food Awards

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dine Diaspora announces its incredible 2022 list of famous and groundbreaking black women, including judges: Enjoy your meal Chief Editor Dawn Davis, James Beard Foundation Awards Director Dawn Padmore, Closest Uncle’s Master Blender Victoria Eady Butler, and more to present 31 black women around …

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