Amazigh people – Liby Amazigh http://libyamazigh.org/ Mon, 23 May 2022 19:01:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://libyamazigh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-1-32x32.png Amazigh people – Liby Amazigh http://libyamazigh.org/ 32 32 1 dead, 3 injured after falling 300ft down cliff in Palos Verdes Estates prompting rescue response https://libyamazigh.org/1-dead-3-injured-after-falling-300ft-down-cliff-in-palos-verdes-estates-prompting-rescue-response/ Mon, 23 May 2022 19:01:43 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/1-dead-3-injured-after-falling-300ft-down-cliff-in-palos-verdes-estates-prompting-rescue-response/ PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (KABC) — A man was killed and three others were injured after falling off a cliff in the Palos Verdes Estates area on Monday morning, prompting a major rescue response.

The incident was reported around 4:30 a.m. near Paseo Del Mar, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which added that two men and two women fell about 300 feet down the side of the cliff.

When crews arrived, Captain Burton Kelsey said two victims were in critical condition, including the man who was pronounced dead at the scene.

One person “self-extricated” and was taken to hospital. The other two injured were also transported for treatment.

Palos Verdes Estates Police Cpt. Steve Berber said the four people fell over the cliff when a woman got “a little too close” to the edge of the cliff and slipped.

His friends tried to stop him from falling, Berber added.

“Unfortunately, all four ended up going together,” Berber said.

Berber said the group was there, hanging out at the edge of the cliff.

A hiker said the trail at the top of the cliff was near the edge and could be dangerous.

“You have to keep in mind what you are doing and how you are moving…” Rakesh Sharma said. “You have to be careful, but if you’re not from this area and think you can have fun on the trail, no, it’s a risky business.”

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10 things to know before climbing Mount Toubkal https://libyamazigh.org/10-things-to-know-before-climbing-mount-toubkal/ Fri, 20 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/10-things-to-know-before-climbing-mount-toubkal/

Morocco is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is known for its rich culture, diverse cuisine, vibrant nightlife and Mount Toubkal. As a result, many hikers and mountaineers travel to Morocco to reach the top of the mountain.

Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in Morocco and one of the most famous peaks in the world. However, the hike is not as strenuous as one might think. Toubkal is a climbable mountain that virtually anyone can tackle, regardless of their climbing expertise. Without previous hiking experience, anyone can climb to the top with the help of an experienced guide.

Climbing the Moroccan Jebel Toubkal is a very different experience from climbing the European Alps. Everyone should visit Morocco by climbing this legendary mountain, visitors can enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine, beautiful mountain scenery and warmer conditions. Let’s go over some essential information visitors should know before climbing this Moroccan gem.

ten Height of Mount Toubkal

Mount Toubkal widely known as Jebel Toubkal. Culminating at 4,167 meters, it is the highest peak in North Africa. This legendary peak is located in the Moroccan High Atlas mountain range and offers a demanding but rewarding climb suitable for frequent walkers with a moderate level of fitness. Climbing Mount Toubkal is a difficult task that should not be underestimated; yet it is a rewarding walk with spectacular scenery of the Atlas mountain range and a perfect introduction to mountaineering adventures.

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9 How long does it take to travel the Toubkal?

Climbing Mount Toubkal only takes two days, with the majority of the trek completed on the first day. Visitors travel 11 kilometers of mule roads winding through the stony valley to snow-capped peaks during the first phase of the journey, which takes about five hours. The Neltner Refuge, 3,207m at the foot of Toubkal, is the target, where guests can stay before departing early in the morning for the summit. Visitors can also opt for a three-day hike that includes two days of descent. On the day of the trek to the summit of Jbel Toubkal, people will leave around 6 a.m. and return to the Refuge in the afternoon, where they will also spend the night. The next day, visitors will begin your descent to Imlil. This hike is for anyone who wants to relax a bit and make the most of the natural beauty and tranquility.


8 Is it difficult to hike Mount Toubkal?

The Toubkal does not involve technical climbing, and most individuals in good shape should be able to complete it if properly equipped. But keep in mind that this is not an easy climb. Accidents and even deaths can occur. Also, the altitude of Mount Toubkal, which has about 40% less oxygen below sea level, will surely make this trek more difficult. However, if visitors have a knowledgeable local guide, they will help them acclimatize, increasing the chances of hikers reaching the summit.

7 What is the best season to climb?

Morocco’s climate is predominantly Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and temperate, rainy winters. Mount Toubkal is best climbed in the fall and spring when the weather is nice, the roads are open, and the summit is clear of snow and ice. On the other hand, if visitors want to see stunning snow-capped peaks, take on a challenge, or are ready to be alone in the world, they have to go. Then the Mount Toubkal winter trek is for them. Visitors should wear layers as temperatures can drop below freezing if they wish to hike Mount Toubkal in winter. Visitors should also check the weather forecast before starting the climb.

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6 What to pack for hiking?

Visitors should ensure that they are well prepared for their trip to Mount Toubkal in order to get the most out of it. As temperatures drop considerably at night, you will need thick fleece, a good quality down jacket and a windproof and waterproof outer jacket. Hikers will also need a warm hat, scarf, waterproof/windproof mittens and a headlamp for the hike before sunrise on the day of the ascent. Good quality goggles or ski goggles will protect your eyes from high altitude glare and apply high factor sunscreen.


5 What to eat?

Since trekking consumes a lot of energy, it is essential that you consume enough appropriate food to complete the Mount Toubkal trek. Hikers should eat hearty meals to replenish energy and rejuvenate for the next stage, including a hearty breakfast on summit day. Visitors should snack on juicy fruits and crunchy salads, as well as almonds and dates throughout the day. Finally, it is essential to keep water levels constantly replenished to avoid dehydration.

4 Is a guide necessary?

Hikers can climb Mount Toubkal on their own if they have basic hiking knowledge and know how to deal with various mountain scenarios. An expert mountain guide should accompany visitors to the summit if they do not. The journey from Imlil to the summit takes about two days. Depending on how quickly visitors climb and whether they are accompanied by a guide, the hike can take two to three days. A guide can also help tourists determine their fitness level and recommend appropriate equipment and tactics. Therefore, a hiking guide can be extremely beneficial.

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3 Where to Spend the Night?

Visitors can stay overnight at Imlil base camp if they wish. The region is full of hotels and guesthouses run by Berbers. The accommodations are inexpensive and offer excellent service, allowing visitors to plan their hike. On the way to Toubkal, there are two refuges, Cabine Alpine Francais (CAF) and Les Mouflons. The CAF Refuge can be booked, although there is almost always room when visitors arrive. The quality may not be as good as the accommodations at Imlil base camp, but it will suffice.

2 Which route to take?

The Mount Toubkal hike takes visitors through jaw-dropping views and jaw-dropping vistas. Visitors will be treated to spectacular views of North Africa as they pass rural villages and terraced farmhouses, as well as the warmth and hospitality of the Berber people. Hikers have a choice of two main routes. The difficulty of the two routes differs. The Northern Trail and the Southern Path are the two routes. The Northern Route seems to be more difficult, but the Southern Route is less strenuous.

1 Finally, go hiking or explore the surroundings?

It is viable to omit the rest of the program and proceed directly to Mount Toubkal. On the other hand, visitors will lose a lot of beautiful and exciting things to see in Morocco if they do. Rather than going straight for the climb, travelers can plan a vacation through an adventure travel tour operator who can give them a guide for traveling in Morocco. It will let travelers see everything they should see on their first trip to Morocco and gives the answer on how to learn a new culture.


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The Church’s new saints ‘lived boundless lives of love’ https://libyamazigh.org/the-churchs-new-saints-lived-boundless-lives-of-love/ Thu, 19 May 2022 14:22:48 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/the-churchs-new-saints-lived-boundless-lives-of-love/

Pope Francis celebrates mass for the canonization of 10 new saints in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on May 15, 2022. Five of the new saints are from Italy, three from France, one from India and one from the Netherlands. (SNC Photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis added a new group of Catholic saints on May 15 in Piazza San Pietro, raising to the altars 10 people whom the Church declares among the blessed in heaven and worthy of emulation by faithful believers. They are: Maria Domenica Mantovani, Maria Francesca Rubatto, Giustino Maria Russolillo, Luigi Maria Palazzolo, César de Bus, Lázaro Devasahayam Pillai, Carolina Santocanale, Anne-Marie Rivier, Charles de Foucauld and Titus Brandsma.

While all of these characters have led diverse and intriguing lives dedicated to Jesus Christ and the community that still proclaims him as Lord, the last two are probably the most familiar to non-specialists or those who do not belong to particular religious orders.

Charles de Foucauld was born in Périgord in France. He ended up becoming a Trappist and then left the order to live a solitary life as a sort of contemporary Desert Father, founding the Congregation of the Little Brothers of Jesus. In the 1920s, a successful biography was written about him by René Bazin, who described him as “Explorateur en Maroc, Ermite du Sahara” – “Explorer in Morocco, Hermit of the Sahara”. Expert by immersion in the Tuareg Berber culture, he published the first dictionary to translate their language into French. He was eventually murdered by tribal bandits and declared a martyr for the faith.

Titus Brandsma was a Dutch Carmelite priest and teacher who repeatedly criticized the growing threat of the Nazi regime in Europe. Like the more famous Maximilian Kolbe, Brandsma paid for this position with his life, the latter being injected with carbolic acid in the Dachau death camp. He gave a set of wooden rosaries to the nurse who performed it, and she was later converted away from the distortions of atheist Nazi ideology to become a devout Catholic. Her pseudonymous testimony, the Report of “Tizia”, ​​was the subject of in-depth studies during the process of beatification and canonization.

On a recent visit to the National Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux in Darien, Illinois, I was struck by the exhibit on her fellow Carmelite, Brandsma. A few of his warnings stuck with me: “Don’t give in to hatred. We are in a dark tunnel, but we must continue. And, in the end, an eternal light shines for us. “Our mission is not really to do big things, but rather to do small things with greatness.” And, perhaps more profoundly: “Prayer is life, not an oasis in the desert of life.

My friend and colleague Miguel Diaz, former ambassador to the Holy See, was present at the canonization ceremonies. Fresh from a private meeting Pope Francis had with him and some of my Loyola colleagues, Diaz told me, “In his homily for the events, Pope Francis captures what it means to be holy: the love of God, of oneself and of neighbour. Love is the summit of the Christian life. A love that begins with the radical acceptance that it is God who loves us first and calls us to do the same with our neighbors. To be holy is to exist for and through others. This existence, the Pope reminds us, is an incarnated accompaniment. It means “touch and look, touch and look at the suffering flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters”. The women and men he has declared saints today have demonstrated love in their lives. And as Pope Francis pointed out, like them, each of us is called to embody love in our own distinct and human way.

He went on to say that there are no “clone saints”. Rather, each of us is called to imitate Christ’s love for humanity in our own and various stages of life.

These newly canonized figures who will be remembered in elaborate liturgies, stained glass windows and marble statues around the world are above all not saints in plaster, but rather human beings better understood as those who have lived a life of love. without limits. So there is much to learn from them for our contemporary divided and contentious culture.

Originally from Collingswood, Michael M. Canaris, Ph.D., teaches at Loyola University Chicago.

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In Agadir, there are 11 top attractions and things to do. https://libyamazigh.org/in-agadir-there-are-11-top-attractions-and-things-to-do/ Mon, 16 May 2022 20:15:43 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/in-agadir-there-are-11-top-attractions-and-things-to-do/

Agadir’s beautiful white sand surrounds the coastline, making it Morocco’s ideal destination for a sun, beach and sea holiday.

The main attraction for many people is relaxing on the beach.

Agadir is also a fantastic starting point for day trips and longer trips to the villages and sights of the Souss Valley and the Anti Atlas if you want to combine sunbathing with sightseeing.

Sticking to the coast, the fortified seaside town of Essaouira and the surfing hamlet of Taghazout are also within day trip distance of Agadir, so there’s enough to pull you away from the sun lounger .

See our list of top attractions and things to do in Agadir for suggestions on where to go.

1. Relax on the beach in Agadir

Agadir is known for its beaches. It’s one of Morocco’s most popular beach destinations, with visitors from across Europe flocking here year-round to top up their tans.

Summer is peak season, with domestic visitors flocking to the Atlantic coast to escape the oppressive inland heat. Many European package visitors come in the spring and fall, when the skies are still clear and the days are still warm.

Agadir beach is surrounded by some of Morocco’s largest resorts and a variety of amenities, including a variety of cafes and restaurants, as well as umbrellas and deckchairs for hire. Many beachfront hotels offer visitors private stretches of sand.

2. Admire the scenery from the Kasbah

The 1960 Agadir earthquake destroyed most of the city’s ancient architecture, leaving the hilltop Kasbah of Agadir as the city’s only real historical feature.

The kasbah was built in the mid-16th century, when Agadir was an important trading hub. Only the ramparts remain today, although this walled region was once the walled city of Agadir, intended to protect this seaport from invasion.

The walls and gate remain in good condition, and their hilltop location affords superb panoramic views of the city of Agadir below and the Atlantic coast beyond.

The greatest photographic circumstances are in the late afternoon.

3. Visit downtown Agadir.

Some fascinating monuments of the new urban center of Agadir offer a 3 days tour from Marrakech to Fes sunbath.

The Great Mosque is a modernist style building unlike any other mosque in Morocco.

The Amazigh Museum (Passage Ait Souss) in Marrakech, in collaboration with the Tiskiwin Museum in Marrakech, exhibits part of Bert Flint’s ethnographic collection. The museum is a fantastic place to start learning about Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) culture and art.

The Tribute Museum of Agadir (Avenue President Kennedy) was built in memory of the devastating Agadir earthquake of 1960, which devastated the city, and has an impressive collection of black and white images from the early 20th century .

4. Go to Crocopark.

This wildlife sanctuary, 14 kilometers east of Agadir, is home to Nile crocodiles, which were unique to Morocco until the early 20th century but have since been wiped out by uncontrolled hunting.

You will be able to see and learn about these fearsome monsters up close in this park dedicated to their protection, in a setting meticulously constructed to imitate their natural habitat.

The park’s gardens are home to a wide variety of flora, both native to the Agadir region and exotic, and the park staff who provide Excursions in the Moroccan desert of the site are quite knowledgeable about both crocodiles and plants.

5. Plan a trip to Essaouira as part of your vacation.

Essaouira, 173 kilometers north of Agadir, is one of Morocco’s most popular seaside towns, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 18th-century seafront fortifications.

Inside the medina, strolling in slow motion while appreciating the restored architecture and exploring the many small art galleries and souk shops selling local produce is the order of the day.

The western wall of the medina dominates the roaring waves of the Atlantic. The Skala du Port is the ideal place to photograph the ramparts. This tower overlooks the fishing port of Essaouira and is located on the southern edge of the western wall.

You come to Essaouira for the atmosphere rather than the specific tourist attractions, but the museum of Sidi Mohamed ben Abdullah, located inside the medina, is a must.

The museum, housed in the house of a former pasha, presents regional art, a rich ethnographic collection and a history of local musical traditions.

6. Day trip to Paradise Valley

This charming ravine, located about 60 kilometers north of Agadir, is a great place to get a taste of Moroccan country life.

Day hikes here along defined hiking trails pass through almond and olive orchards, and small settlements, all with views of the Atlas peaks rising in the distance.

Locals picnic here on weekends, so visit the valley during the week for a more peaceful experience.

It’s also a great place to get fresh local produce. Local honey and argan oil are sold at several small kiosks along the road.

7. Stroll through the fortified medina of Taroudant.

Taroudant, located 88 kilometers east of Agadir, is one of the most important historic settlements in the Souss Valley, which became an important trans-Saharan trading city in the 16th century.

The city is surrounded by massive adobe walls with spectacular defensive gates that stretch for about seven kilometres.

Many people come to shop in the winding streets of Taroudant’s souk after walking or enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride around the ramparts. Silver jewelry is very popular in the city. The main shopping area is the Souq Arabe.

The kasbah district of Taroudant is well worth a visit, but be prepared to get lost in the maze of small streets.

Taghazout is a great place to learn to surf.

Taghazout, Morocco’s most popular surfing destination, is synonymous with sea, surf, swimming and sand.

During the summer months, the beach here is particularly popular with Moroccan visitors and can get very crowded. Surfing is available year-round, although October through March are the peak months.

Taghazout is a popular location for novices learning to surf as there are dedicated surf operators offering specialist surf vacation packages, training and surfboard rentals.

The town is a quiet, laid-back village 23 kilometers north of Agadir, and can easily be visited on a half- or full-day trip from the town.

9. Hiking in the countryside of Tafraoute

Tafroute is the archetypal Moroccan mountain town, set in a dramatic mountainous landscape of pink and orange rocks, and a sanctuary for walkers, hikers, mountaineers and nature lovers.

This quiet village is located 166 kilometers southeast of Agadir in the Ameln Valley of the Anti-Atlas region, surrounded by orchards and palm groves and surrounded by rocky cliffs and mountains.

A stay here is a great contrast to the bustling modernity of Agadir and allows you to see Moroccan rural life.

You can relax and take in the scenery, while more energetic tourists can take advantage of the many hiking options.

The Ait Mansour gorges and ancient rock art near Annameur are not to be missed.

10. Go shopping in the souks of Tiznit

Lucky you, jewelry collectors. Tiznit is one of the greatest sites in Morocco to buy Berber jewelry, which makes for a wonderful and truly unique souvenir from your vacation in Morocco.

Tiznit is surrounded by spectacular fortifications which were not completed until the 19th century and are located at the end of the Anti-Atlas mountain range, some 97 kilometers south of Agadir.

The medina (old town) is a maze of winding lanes within the walls, with many souk (market) streets offering traditional Tiznit jewelry and other handicrafts.

If you want a taste of local life, come on a Thursday when Tiznit has its weekly market.

11. Birdwatching at Souss-Massa National Park

This national park, located 65 kilometers south of Agadir, is one of the best birdwatching sites in the country, with many species for experienced observers.

The 330 square kilometer terrain of Souss-Massa National Park is made up of a combination of sand dunes, beaches and marshes that hug the Atlantic coast.

Flamingos, ibis, ducks, doves, herons, cormorants and sandgrouse are just some of the species that frequent the park.

The majority of visitors, however, come to see the rare and endangered bald ibis, which is native to the area.

Spring and October are the best times to visit for bird watching.

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The invisible world of Siwi Berber in Egypt https://libyamazigh.org/the-invisible-world-of-siwi-berber-in-egypt/ Sun, 15 May 2022 17:28:13 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/the-invisible-world-of-siwi-berber-in-egypt/


The invisible world of Siwi Berber in Egypt

Siwa oasis, salt lakes | Photo credit: Rachid H via Flickr

Secluded and idyllic, Siwa Oasis is surrounded by sand and rock. Its water is clear, almost mythical, its banks cooked in salt. For some it’s an escape, a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. As the pulse of Egypt’s western desert, the location is immensely beautiful, located right next to the Libyan border.

For others, the oasis is more than beautiful.

It is the house.

Among the palm and olive groves live the Siwi, a people of Berber origin often characterized as “independent, private and resistant to central authority”. In their own words, they are Imazighen: ‘noble and free men.’ Nomadic in nature, the Siwi are farmers and vagabonds from North Africa. Although their communities are diverse and often dotted with respective idiosyncrasies, the Siwi are best known as Swians: people who inhabit the Siwa Oasis.

Their staple crop includes olives and dates, a romantic duo associated with their plot. To a lesser extent, the Siwi cultivate wheat, barley, sorghum, onions and broad beans. Land is bought and sold between them, as well as water rights; the Western Desert is arid and inhospitable, and their dependence on the oasis is essential to their survival.

Siwa girls in their family's bridal outfits, late 20th century.
“Siwa girls in their family’s bridal outfits, late 20th century.” | Photo credit: TRC Leiden
Siwa Oasis: the most amazing oasis in the world
“Traditional music and dance in Siwa.” | Photo credit: Taziry

As Berbers, they are the most easterly compared to other Imazighen communities in Algeria and Morocco. However, the Siwi adopt a Berber dialect (Siwa) that separates them from the Arabic-speaking tribes and communities of the Western Desert. Berber as a language, also known as tamazight, belongs to the “Afro-Asiatic linguistic group, which encompasses the ancient Egyptian and Semitic languages”. Despite the connection, Siwa is not as closely related to other Berber languages.

Although the language is not the only thing that defines the Siwi.

Their city is fortified and their villages are recognizable in raw brick, separated from the whole, with a patriarchal dynamic rooted in their intra-group politics. The majority of Siwi are Sunni Muslims, although many still adhere to traditional belief systems, observing pre-Islamic customs. Interestingly, Siwa has a patron saint (sidi Suleiman) whose tomb is next to a new mosque in the center of the city.

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Sheva | Photo credit: Flo P via UNSPLASH
Egypt's Berber speakers cling to language in oases as Arabic continues to dominate
Egyptian Berber | Photo credit: Global Times

Today, Siwa has nine Siwi tribes in total: three western tribes and six eastern tribes. Their central city, an unavoidable enclosure, separated organically into a West-East divide. Western tribes are Shihayam, Awlad Moussa (Son of Moses), and Sarahena. Orientals are Zanayn, al-Hadadin (the Blacksmiths), Lehamudet, al-Jawasis (the spies), Sharametaand Aghurmi.

Although they are considered a minority on Egyptian soil, the existence of the Siwi is common knowledge among the locals and, with the influx of tourism, knowledge of their communities is constantly increasing. Still, it’s important not to over-romanticize their existence; the reality of the Siwi as an isolation and a tribe manifested several problems, including risky separation from the state.

The Amazigh people in Egypt: a fragile struggle for survival - Nationalia
“Amany El Weshahy, head of the Imazighen World Congress in Egypt. | Photo credit: Marc Español via Nationalia
“Window overlooking the oasis of Siwa” | Photo credit: Rawan Yasser

While Cairo retains control of basic necessities such as water and electricity, any issues present are often overseen by the tribes themselves. Traditional processes are often favored over lengthy, costly and often discriminatory court proceedings.

Moreover, although Siwah is the predominant language spoken – and in some cases the only language – Arabic is often imposed in all forms of legislation and schooling. As reasonable as it is to assume that an Arabic-speaking country must speak Arabic, the lack of infrastructure surrounding the Siwa Oasis has impeded integration and continues to be a disconnect that separates the Siwi from linguistic, cultural and Cairo policies.

Be that as it may, it is reasonable to admire the Siwi for what they are: a colorful and enigmatic facet of Egypt before its Arabization. They are a raw, unfiltered observation of how culture can simultaneously persist through thick and thin and evolve to survive.

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]]> The ultimate (post-Brexit) guide to traveling with your dog https://libyamazigh.org/the-ultimate-post-brexit-guide-to-traveling-with-your-dog/ Sat, 14 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/the-ultimate-post-brexit-guide-to-traveling-with-your-dog/

“Dogs are an integral part of the family and bring great joy to recreation. We shouldn’t have to give up our dogs when we go on vacation, a moment to bask in the company of our loved ones. Last summer, for this very reason, I avoided flights to distant lands in favor of a slow, leisurely walk through Europe with my German Shepherd, Bear. It was inconvenient in many ways – fitting it into my little Fiat 500 with all our luggage and finding pet-friendly accommodation along the way – but we raced through the Swiss mountains, explored the German spa town of Baden Baden and frolicked in the ocean at Antibes.


For dog-friendly beaches and restaurants in Gijón, Spain

Located on the north coast just two hours from the Santander ferry port, Gijón is a dog-crazed city with over 20,000 dog-owning families. It’s the perfect place to bring the pooch if you’re looking for sun, sea and a siesta, with dog-friendly stretches of sand around El Rinconcín Park and the town’s main beach, San Lorenzo. Outdoor terraces abound for a dog-friendly meal on the region’s traditional fabada (stew), and there are more than 40 green parks where the dog can run off-leash. Book at NH Gijon for great sea views, and look for signs in shop and restaurant windows saying your dog is welcome inside.

NH Gijon (nh-hotels.com) offers double rooms from £90 per night B&B; £20 per dog per night.

For wine tasting and vineyards in the Douro Valley, Portugal

It’s a six-hour drive from the ferry port of Santander in Spain to Portugal’s bucolic Douro Valley, but it’s well worth the effort. This wine region is best known for its fortified wines – think Port from Taylor and Cockburn – but there’s plenty more to taste, with powerful reds and crisp fruity whites found on tables overlooking vine-covered hills of the valley.

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Ariab gold production company shut down by protesters in Beja https://libyamazigh.org/ariab-gold-production-company-shut-down-by-protesters-in-beja/ Tue, 10 May 2022 14:58:43 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/ariab-gold-production-company-shut-down-by-protesters-in-beja/

Demonstrators in the Red Sea state yesterday morning sealed off the grounds of gold-producing company Ariab in Hassai to protest what they see as the targeting of the company’s deputy chief executive, Mohamed Hagwab, a Beja from the region.

Local resident Haider Siraj said in an interview with Radio Dabanga’s Sudan Today program that people had stopped production and closed the main gate of the Hassai mine, the adjacent factory and the main camp.

He explained that the shutdown came against the backdrop of the mines minister’s decision to appoint an employee who is not from the region as the company’s general manager, bypassing Hagwab.

Protesters said they would only allow the company to return to work if their demands were implemented; they demand the appointment of Hagwab as director of the company and a commitment to social and societal responsibility.

In Port Sudan, capital of the Red Sea state, the Beja youth rally announced the closure of Ariab’s offices in the city, in solidarity with the demands of residents of Hassai, 200 km east. west of Porst Sudan.

In a memorandum addressed to the President of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan and to the Federal Minister of Mines, the Rassemblement des jeunes de Beja expressed its adherence to positive discrimination for the inhabitants of the region and demanded the dismissal of the director of the Ariab company. .

Gold-producing company Ariab’s Hassai mine began operating in 1992 and was Sudan’s first modern gold mine. 12 pits have been mined over the years.

Yesterday, Radio Dabanga reported that an environmental activist from Sudan’s Nile State warned of environmental damage and serious public health problems that have befallen the areas between the towns of Atbara and Berber due to traditional mining operations in which mills and chemicals such as cyanide are used.

The Sudanese government has made various different attempts to regulate gold mining and exports in Sudan. The Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS) and authorities in Khartoum, such as the Ministry of Finance, therefore exercise some control over gold mining activities.

Deputy Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereignty Council and commander of the infamous Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Mohamed Hamdan ‘Hemeti’ Dagalo is linked to major companies and stakeholders in the gold mining industry.

Sudan would be the second gold producer in Africa and the ninth in the world.

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Six chic base camps where a beautiful walk starts on the doorstep https://libyamazigh.org/six-chic-base-camps-where-a-beautiful-walk-starts-on-the-doorstep/ Sun, 08 May 2022 15:55:34 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/six-chic-base-camps-where-a-beautiful-walk-starts-on-the-doorstep/

High on the Atlas in Morocco

Kasbah Bab Ourika seen from the Ourika Valley

I used to visit Morocco several times a year – hopping along the Barbary coast from El Jadida to Oualidia to Essaouira, exploring the palm grove of Skoura and the Draa Valley, or sleeping in tents at the solitary and numinous edge of the northern Sahara. It’s a country with a corner of spectacular scenery, but none gets my blood moving faster than the Atlas Mountains, which with their endless mountain and valley trails – trodden by people, mules, maybe ibexes or gazelles – are a hiker’s paradise.

Bab Ourika now has 41 rooms spread over three buildings

Bab Ourika now has 41 rooms spread over three buildings

Bab Ourika is at the gates of the High Atlas Mountains

Bab Ourika is at the gates of the High Atlas Mountains

Any worthy hotel here has built the walking experience into its DNA. I particularly like Kasbah Bab Ourika, whose English owner has reinvented a fortified house in the Ourika Valley into a destination that attracts loyal customers from all over the world; at lunch on the terrace or by the pool, you will hear French and Portuguese versions, Swedish and a myriad of accented English. Rooms now number 41, spread across three buildings (book The Retreat with friends for a design that’s equal parts reverie and intimacy). But it’s the location that counts: Ourika is the gateway to the High Atlas, and just outside its walls you can climb hills, ford rivers, cross the valley and explore villages. Berbers, all on foot. From $165; kasbahbabourika.com


Scandinavian style meets Scottish majesty in the Highlands

A view of the dining room of Lundies House

A view of the dining room of Lundies House

You have to go almost as far north of Scotland as the country itself stretches to reach the small village of Tongue. Once there, however, you’re rewarded with near unlimited access to one of Britain’s wildest and most majestic coastlines. We’ve been fans of Lundies House here since it opened in 2019; it is part of Anders and Anne Hoch Povlsen’s Wildland project, making up hundreds of thousands of protected acres across the Highlands, and was designed by Anne Povlsen with more than a little nod to Danish heritage of the couple.

The Kyle of Tongue, a short walk from Lundies House

The Kyle of Tongue, a short walk from Lundies House

One of the bedrooms in the house

One of the bedrooms in the house

The ruins of Varrich castle seen from the house

The ruins of Varrich castle seen from the house

Its nine bedrooms – four in the 17th-century main house, a bothy (which can be independent) and three other bedrooms in a converted stable – form a Scandi-chic base camp from which you step straight out into an almost entirely pristine landscape , is full of shorelines, ruined castles and Bronze Age and Neolithic sites. The two peaks of Ben Loyal and Ben Hope are there for climbing, and the ruins of Varrich Castle even closer – and easier: a perfect half-hour hike that offers unobstructed views of the entire Kyle of Tongue. From £550; mondays.scot


Discover the inner secrets of Sardinia on foot

The view of Sardinia from Su Gologone

The view of Sardinia from Su Gologone

White sand, clear sea: the main meanings of Sardinia, as most know it. Less familiar – and far less populated and more rugged – is its mountainous interior. Su Gologone has long been the hotel of choice for those wanting a soft, adventure-focused experience in the culture of this part of the island. Two generations of the Palimodde family who own it have created all kinds of experiences, from jewelry making to painting lessons; but they’re particularly good at walking tours, which can last anywhere from an hour or two to a full day, with most departing directly on foot from the hotel.

One of the hotel rooms

One of the hotel rooms

An outdoor seating area, with views of the mountains beyond

An outdoor seating area, with views of the mountains beyond

You can spend the morning hitting the sunny slopes of Cala Luna, a strip of heavenly beach surrounded by empty hills and mysterious caves (a boat will bring you back in the afternoon). Or, if you’re up for a challenge, take a full day to follow shepherd’s trails through holm oak forests and along deep canyons to Su Sercone, a massive karst sinkhole nearly 1,000m above sea level. altitude (hotel staff will provide picnic lunch). There are other walks to find ancient hamlets, rare mountain orchids and hidden springs whose waters have inspired legends of miracles. And at the end of the day, a magnificent hotel with award-winning cuisine and a huge canteen awaits you. From €270; sugologone.it


New Zealand’s Best Hikes

The historic five-room Beaufort House in Akaroa

The historic five-room Beaufort House in Akaroa

New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, stretching from the east coast of the South Island, is so neat in its near-roundness that it was mistaken for an island by James Cook when he discovered it in 1770. Its steep slopes of basalt and andesite cascade down to coves of an almost opaque blue. They are breezy, mostly bare of forest, rich with endless horizon views – a nice balance of beauty and invigoration. The town of Akaroa sits on the widest bay here, from which many tramps lead to large swaths of protected land. There’s a brisk one-hour walk to the eponymous heritage park. There is also the Skyline circuit, which traces high ridges and links to other major trail networks totaling over 20 km. And many in between, for all levels. In Akaroa, the historic five-room Beaufort House is an amber-preserved homage to the old world, with velvet couches, chintz, and charm aplenty.

Annandale Farm in Pigeon Bay

Annandale Farm in Pigeon Bay

Seascape, Annandale's One Bedroom Villa

Seascape, Annandale’s One Bedroom Villa

For complete lush indulgence, you’ll want to cross the peninsula to Pigeon Bay, home to Annandale, a working farm whose exclusive-use accommodations give you access to 5,200 private acres criss-crossed by mountain and coastal trails. Homes range from The Homestead, a grand 19th-century mansion sleeping 12, to Seascape, an ultra-contemporary one-bedroom villa on its own bay that is, truly, one of the most secluded (and sexiest) that I have ever stayed. (The optional private chef didn’t hurt.) beauforthouse.co.nz; from around €280. anandale.com; The Homestead from $6,995, Seascape from $3,785


Sublime solitude in wild Oregon

Minam River Lodge in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon

Minam River Lodge in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon © Koi Ellis

Hotels with great walks at the front door are one thing. A hotel where you have to walk several spectacularly scenic miles to get to is something else entirely. There’s no road to Minam River Lodge in Oregon’s 360,000-acre Eagle Cap Wilderness: Guests are either flown in or welcome to arrive on horseback or on foot. The trail is approximately 8.5 miles from a major campground, through wildflower meadows, woods of fir, larch, and ponderosa, and a few river and stream crossings in road course. Once you’ve settled into your lodge (which will be, depending on your propensity and desire to splurge, either a cozy tent, a cozy couple or family cabin, or a rustic-chic room in the main lodge), there has more than 500 miles of trails to explore in Eagle Cap, which is the state’s largest wilderness area, home to more than 100 alpine lakes and four rivers (and bighorn sheep, bears, and cougars).

One of Minam Lodge's cabins with a wood-burning stove

One of Minam Lodge’s cabins with a wood-burning stove © Evan Schneider

The Lodge's open kitchen dining area

The Lodge’s open kitchen dining area © Evan Schneider

Because the Lodge was a farm before Congress put the area in the National Wilderness Preservation System, it remained privately owned – the only hotel inside Eagle Cap. It’s elemental comfort with a modern veneer; sleek light fixtures, saddle blankets as bedspreads, a clean, low-fi Ralph Lauren look. There is no cell service, no television; but lots of yoga, massage therapists, a private sauna and hot tub, and a tried-and-true chef at Jean-Georges in New York overseeing the gorgeous open kitchen. From $295 per night in a tent, full board, minimum three nights; minam-lodge.com

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How travel to Morocco survived the pandemic https://libyamazigh.org/how-travel-to-morocco-survived-the-pandemic/ Fri, 06 May 2022 19:58:20 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/how-travel-to-morocco-survived-the-pandemic/

Tourism has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. Many travel agencies have gone bankrupt and several professionals have lost their jobs. Morocco, which was once the top destination for tourists in Africa, has closed its borders. The situation was difficult for families and all those who made a living from tourism. Although many businesses closed, others sought alternatives to survive; one of them is Morocco Travel.

The company was created in 2017 by a young Berber man, called Mimoun. He was passionate about cultures and people and this is the main reason that pushed him towards tourism; therefore, he saw tourism as the best area to enrich his effort to discover cultures and people.

The company specialized in private tours in Morocco and travelers can customize their trips. In the tours, many off-the-beaten-path routes were included, which enhanced the company’s reputation. Since the first year, many travelers have started to be referred by their friends, family or others.

From 2 lux cars in 2017, the business reached its peak in 2019 with 10 cars, 6 vans and 3 mini-buses. The success of the company leads its CEO to obtain more loans from banks and to invest the money in buying more cars and hiring highly qualified personnel. However, no one ever wondered that all this success would soon come to an end.

Suddenly, in March 2020, Morocco announced the closure of borders. This shocked everyone, including big business. People started asking questions: how will they be paid? what to feed their family? … etc. For entrepreneurs, it’s another story… how to repay their loans? What to do with its employees? and above all, how to sustain their businesses?

While many owners have branched out into other sectors like agriculture and manufacturing, others have invested their skills to benefit other businesses. After a meeting organized 2 months after the announcement of the Pandemic, the management team of Morocco Travel met to discuss the future of the company and what are the possible solutions to get out of the crisis.

The outcome of this meeting is to engage all participants and provide tourism advice to other businesses in Africa and Asia, where tourism is still alive. During these two years, the team worked with 15 companies in different countries, such as Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Uganda.

Although the income was not as high as it should have been, they paid off part of the loans and kept the team together for 2 difficult years. However, the major result of this experience is the richness of working with other people from different countries and different cultures. Getting to know other African countries and discovering ways to promote them and help companies increase their customer base was a big challenge.

Currently, all Morocco Travel staff and businesses that have survived the pandemic have opened their doors to travellers; however, this time with a cautious approach. Expanding a business requires more thought, although all the signs are in your favor.

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Company Name: Morocco travel
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City: Marrakesh
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Website: https://www.moroccotravel.co/

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Meet Leila Haddad, the Queen of Bellydance https://libyamazigh.org/meet-leila-haddad-the-queen-of-bellydance/ Thu, 05 May 2022 12:56:00 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/meet-leila-haddad-the-queen-of-bellydance/

What strikes you the most when you meet the enigmatic Leila Haddad are those intricate braids that cascade over her shoulders and are adorned with shiny threads and metallic rings. A single cowrie dangles from one of the braids in the center of her forehead. Dressed in a pink and yellow blouse and fuschia skirt, with a sheer red scarf wrapped around her waist, Leila looks as colorful and free-spirited as the Ghawazee (nomadic musicians and dancers of Egypt) .

She takes umbrage at being called a “belly dancer”. Leila corrects me and says she is a representative of ‘raqs al-sharqi’, an Arabic dance form which when translated into English means ‘oriental dance’. And she is called the “high priestess of oriental dance”. This little Tunisian-Egyptian dancer, who at 73 still knows how to dance the storm and who now lives in Paris, was recently in Madurai to explore the dances of southern India. Leila spoke about her artistic journey which helped her bring to light a form of dance relegated to cabarets.

Leila Haddad in a colorful costume strikes a pose

Leila Haddad in a colorful costume poses | Photo credit: ASHOK R

What inspired you to revive and refine this art form?

n “I won’t say that I learned this art form. It’s there in our culture. In almost all Arab-Berber villages, women dance when they come together. It acts as therapy for us. Before the arrival of Christianity and Islam in the region, we were nomadic in nature traveling along the Nile. And along the way, we incorporated various dance forms, especially from North Africa, and the goddess Ishtar being the main female deity, the high priestess of the temples performed this dance. This dance is for me more than an art, it is a sacred rite. But with the breakthrough of Christianity and Puritanism, it was considered a pagan art form and slowly relegated to the sidelines. At the end of the 18th century, this art slowly made its way into brothels and with it even the name changed. From ‘raqs el sharqi’ it became belly dancing. When rock and roll and jazz still retain their names, why change the name of this art form. The colonizers showed no respect even for terminology. They denied his spiritual identity and focused only on his sexual aspect. To Westerners we are all exotic and they have distorted our culture and that is what I wanted to change.

You never started as a dancer, when and how did this transformation take place?

n During my studies, when I was in England, I was influenced by the African National Congress movement. The anti-apartheid unrest got to me and the only way I could show my protest was to join the Zulu theatre. If I was silent, I knew that meant I was colluding with those who perpetrated injustice. So I had to speak. Being a Western and Arab-Berber woman, I had to be seen to be heard. And the theater was the only place where I could express my anger in a very democratic way. I am a solo dancer but I had to use the space given to me on stage, so I became a choreographer and depending on the piece, I choose the number of dancers. Space for me is esoteric and I want to invoke its energy and spiritual meaning. When I use the sacred geometry of space, it gives more power to my performance and my thoughts. Even the accessory of a light for me is part of the theater and a way of interpreting my message. So I opened the theater to oriental dance.

So is political activism an integral part of your performance?

n Yes, as an Arab in a European world, I know what it means to face discrimination. Therefore, I sympathize with the struggles of African Americans. Maya Angelou influenced me a lot and I choreographed a dance where she recites a poem in her own voice. The civil rights movement, from Martin Luthur to Rosa Parks to Obama, have all been part of my dance repertoire. As a writer, I’ve written plays and acted in them. And yes, I am feminine and feminist. I celebrate femininity through my dance. Lately I can see a wave towards the extreme right in many countries. It’s scary and we have to be vigilant. We can lose in one case what people like Simone de Beauvoir had for us. As a woman I have many layers, I am a mother, a daughter, a lover and a wife. The dancer in me helps me reveal these different layers. I have to talk about my rights and the injustice that is being committed. The day I won’t talk about this is when I’m dead.

What do you hope to take away from this trip to India?

n India is not new to me. I have been a frequent visitor and the folk dancers of Rajasthan, especially the Kalbeliyas, have inspired me. Maybe the fact that they are so nomadic helped me understand their art form. I find a lot of similarities between the two dance forms. I brought my students and made them realize that there are so many varied dance forms and that we should be open to assimilating them. This is my first trip to South India and I want to see Bharatanatyam, Kathakali and other unique dance forms here. I also want to understand the culture and tradition behind these art forms. I don’t know Tamil or Malayalam but I can communicate through my dance. Dance being a common language, I know that people will understand what I am looking for. If I write a play, I am limited by language, but through dance I can reach all human beings.

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