THE VIEW FROM FEZ: It has enjoyed a glorious past but faces a very uncertain future. There’s a case to be made for restoring Fez as Morocco’s capital city.
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: It doesn’t feature too highly on most tourists ‘must sees’ when they come to Morocco but it has many attractions
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: While international attention is focused on Syria events in the Maghreb are threatening to spin out of control
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: A number of international programmes combined with improved education have led to significant improvements for Moroccan women
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The march was in support of Palestine but there was no doubting the underlying message.
It’s crunch time for Syria at the Arab League and they’ve decided not to turn up to the Moroccan get-together. Hardly a major surprise.
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: Low prices combined with a growing reputation for excellence mean that many people from Europe and the United States are flocking to Moroccan plastic surgeons.
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: What do Elton John, Haifa Wahbi and Nancy Ajram have in common?
JUAN COLE: Protestors are out on Tahrir Square again, there is a television ‘debate’ in Syria about democracy, the Americans are working on Saleh while vacillating on Libya and protestors are out on the street in Morocco. A busy week in the region then.
THE MOOR NEXT DOOR: There was little new in Obama’s ‘Arab Spring’ speech. Nervous light criticism of Bahrain, no reference to Gulf allies and a minor poke of Israel.
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.