Moroccan Souks Under Threat: Retail Boom Bites
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The big boys from Europe are moving aggressively into the Moroccan retail space and they’re squeezing the profit margins of souk operators.
Micro-Finance ‘major boon’ for Morocco’s Poor
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The recent signing of an agreement in Casablanca launching a micro-finance initiative is good news for the poor of Morocco.
Nancy Ajram: Unlikely Icon of Democracy in Morocco
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: What do Elton John, Haifa Wahbi and Nancy Ajram have in common?
Moroccan Carpet Scams: We Investigate
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: There’s wild theatricality and not-a-little pressure but are the frequent tales of grasping Moroccan carpet sellers fact or fiction?
Morocco: Tourists Knocking at the Kasbah
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: If you can stay in a rajah’s palace in Rajasthan, then why not a kasbah in Morocco? The answer is they are mostly falling into disrepair…
Early Moroccan Elections, Fears Over Security
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The good news is that we’re going to have elections earlier than anticipated. The bad news is that security forces are taking an increasingly hard line.
Yusuf Islam Reflects on Morocco, Islam and the Arab Spring
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The ‘artist formerly known as Cat Stevens’ is appearing at the Mawazine Festival, in Rabat, Morocco this week. In interview he was in reflective mood.
Morocco: ‘End Corruption’ Main Demand of Demonstrators
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: Though the recent demonstrations have been peaceful there is no question about the determination of those taking to the streets to effect real change in Morocco.
Courageous: Fez’s First Female Taxi Driver
VANESSA BONNIN, THE VIEW FROM FEZ: Lamiae took a different route, becoming the first woman in Fez, and the second in Morocco, to drive a taxi.