‘Isolated and Abandoned’: Morocco’s Islamists On the Ropes
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: Two years after sweeping to power Morocco’s ruling party is living on borrowed time, it seems
A Tale of Hunger, An Empty Fridge and A Rubber Duck
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The last thing you need when you’re searcing for sustenance at 3.30 in the morning is a practical joke. Watch out, Doug!
The Trials of A Moroccan Cab Driver in Ramadan
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: It’s Ramadan, it’s hot, concentration is not what should it be so inevitably accidents happen and tempers are frayed.
“One Day’s Enough For Me”: Foreigner Tries ‘Ramadan Fast’
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: It seemed like a relatively straightforward challenge but fasting for one day proved to be much harder than expected
A Key Project: Morocco’s Fishermen Receive Vital Aid
DEREK WORKMAN, VIEW FROM FEZ: It isn’t a massive financial programme but its impact has been huge for fishermen and consumers in Morocco
Think Fez If You’re Looking To Buy Property in Morocco
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: It’s a good time to consider buying your dream house in Morocco. Here are a few suggestions on how you should proceed
A True Treasure Trove: Casablanca’s Vinyl Record Shops
Vinyl records are a rarity these days and many are collectors’ items. The shop we discovered held a treasure trove of recordings from the golden age of Egyptian music. Artists such as Umm Kulthum, Abd al-Halim Hafiz, Farid al-Atrash, etc., as well as some of the foundational Moroccan musicians from the mid-twentieth century, artists like […]
Diplomacy Undone: Rice’s Disastrous Moroccan Blunder
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: As the plot to a Hollywood movie it would have been thrown out as incredible. But fact beat fiction this week in Morocco
The Inter-Connected Magic of the Medina Souk
DEREK WORKMAN, THE VIEW FROM FEZ: Everything has its place and everyone has their role. It’s an easy reality to overlook with the pace of modern life.
Scams and Expense Hitting Mecca Pilgrims in Morocco
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: There has been a marked increase in the number of scams as well as increased cost, two factors hitting religious pilgrims in Morocco
Declining Fertility Rates ‘A Badge of Modernity’
ANOUAR MAJID, TABSIR: It’s a phenomenon that’s being observed across the Muslim world as women are marrying later and opting to have fewer children
Uncertainty Undermining Joy of New Freedom
The positive side of continual political change has got lost in the Arab world. Fear of uncertainty has killed the joy of new political life emerging in so many Arab states. The grim weekly numbers of people killed in political and sectarian violence dominate the new burgeoning of political life at national and local levels.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: The positive side of continual political change has got lost in the Arab world. Fear of uncertainty has killed the joy of new political life.
‘Last Storytellers of Marrakech’: There’s One Left
DEREK WORKMAN, VIEW FROM FEZ: It’s a culture that stretches back more than 1,000 years but it’s on the point of extinction
Morocco ‘An Example of Jewish, Arab Co-Existence’
ADINA FRIEDMAN: The richness of Morocco’s Jewish history comes as a surprise to many but it could provide a template for the region.
Ifrane: The Arab World’s Own ‘Little Switzerland’
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The authorities in the town are trying to up its profile and attract visitors with new initiatives
The Menace of Mopeds in the Medina: Need for Speed
DEREK WORKMAN, VIEW FROM FEZ: Some traders and residents in the Medina have had enough of the speedy, ill-disciplined moped riders.
‘Ambulance or Hearse?’: Life and Death in the Atlas
DEREK WORKMAN, VIEW FROM FEZ: He throws his ambulance around hairpin bends with the practiced confidence of a taxi driver. Which is what he once was.
‘Exotic’: Orientalist Cliches Still Used to ‘Sell Morocco’
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: If a family of Moroccans were to find themselves on Bondi Beach they’d find it ‘exotic’. But that’s not a word used to sell Australia