Tagged: Hespress

‘National strike by “political prisoners”,’ Hespress (Morocco), 30 April 2014

Political prisoners in jails across Morocco are going on a hunger strike to protest the fabricated charges and sham rulings that have led them to prison. The hunger strikers are calling on Moroccan civil society to support them in their struggle for freedom and protest against arbitrary arrests. Continue reading

‘Journalist: number of Moroccan “Jihadis” in Syria does not exceed 100,’ Hespress (Morocco), 3 January 2014

The following article includes a brief summary of some top news stories coming out of Morocco this past week, including new estimates about the number of Moroccan nationals fighting in Syria, an end to the hunger strike by Islamist political prisoners, a Moroccan national has been refused Spanish citizenship even after 20 years of residence due to allegations of espionage, and the start of construction on a fence along the Moroccan-Algerian border.

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Morocco supports research in the field of renewable energy by more than 3 billion, Hespress (Morocco), 14 December 2013

Morocco has signed nine agreements to fund multiple research projects in renewable solar and wind energy in an attempt to reduce the country’s dependency on traditional sources of power. Money will also be invested in two water desalination projects.

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Turkish ambassador praises his country’s relations with Morocco, Hespress (Morocco), 11 December 2013

The Turkish ambassador to Morocco and a Turkish researcher from Istanbul highlighted the strong historical, cultural and religious ties between the two countries during a talk given at Mohammed V University in Rabat.

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Algeria criticizes Morocco’s election to the UN Human Rights Council, Hespress (Morocco), 18 November 2013

Algeria has criticized the election of Morocco to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period 2014-2016. Morocco and Algeria have a contentious relationship, and Algeria cites the drug trade in Morocco, as well as its oppression of the Saharawi people in Western Sahara, in its criticism of Morocco’s appointment. Algeria has also been elected to the council.

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Book observes Tamazight in education and the media, Hespress (Morocco), 7 October 2013

Moroccan scholar Dr. Moha En-Naji has written a book examining issues surrounding the teaching and usage of Tamazight (any number of regional indigenous languages) in North Africa and the North African diaspora. Amazigh movements have put great pressure on governments in the Maghreb in the past decades to recognize Tamazight as a co-official language alongside Arabic.

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‘On the image of the Arabs in Western media’, Hespress (Morocco), 28th September 2012

عن صورة العربي في الإعلام الغربي

من الأفكار الأساسية التي يدافع عنها نقاد الحداثة الغربية، نسجل هيمنة التمركز العرقي الغربي في تشكيل بنية العلاقة بين الغرب والعالم عموما، والغرب والعرب خصوصا. ذلك أن أغلبية الغربيين، سياسيين ودبلوماسيين ومفكرين وأدباء وفنانين، يفكرون ويبدعون ويقررون… من منظور المقولات التاريخية الغربية الإغريقية ـ الرومانية واليهودية المسيحية. وإذا أضفنا إلى ذلك التاريخ الاستعماري وامتداداته الاستشراقية، على اعتبار الموقع الاستراتيجي للعالم العربي الإسلامي، فإننا نقف عند تاريخية التمثيلات والصور النمطية عن الشرق عموما، والعرب والعربي خاصة.

وما إن هبت نسائم الخروج من سطوة الاستعمار/ الاستعمارات الغاشمة، حتى جاء تأسيس دولة إسرائيل ليزيد من تعقيد المسألة التي بدأت تأخذ أبعادا ثقافية وحضارية عالمية في ظل انهيار المعسكر الشرقي وبروز “بعبوع” الإرهاب في شقه الإسلاموي البارز.

ذلك أن الأحداث والتحولات التاريخية الحديثة والمعاصرة، أدت إلى حدوث تحولات في صورة العربي. هكذا، تم الانتقال من العربي الذي يحيل على ليالي ألف ليلة وليلة وعالم الصحراء والجمال (بكسر الجيم) والخشونة والبداوة وشطف العيش، والعربي العاشق للنساء وزيرهم… إلى العربي الثري البليد الجالس على أبار النفط الممتلئة بعصب الحياة المعاصرة، إلى العربي الإرهابي الملتحي الذي يقتل الناس ويفجر نفسه ويهدد أمن إسرائيل ورفاهية الحياة الغربية المعاصرة.

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Translation

‘On the image of the Arabs in Western media’

Of the political ideas defended by critics of Western modernity, we should note the dominance of westerners in the formation of the relationship between the West and the rest of the world, especially between the Arab World and the West. Meaning that the majority of Western politicians, diplomats, writers, intellectuals and artists think, create and decide based on the historical experience of the Roman, Greek and Judeo-Christian tradition. If we add to that the history of colonialism and its attendant Orientalism and consider the strategic location of the Arab and Islamic world we are left with a distorted image of the Eastern world in general, but especially the Arab World.

Once direct colonialism came to an end, the coming of the state of Israel complicated matters further. Once the Eastern Bloc collapsed this issue began to take on more cultural and civilisational dimensions and led to the emergence of the “bogeyman” of Islamist terrorism to prominence.

These modern historical events and upheavals have led to a major shift in the image of the Arabs in the West. In one age the image of the Arab world was predominantly about the world of the desert –with its nomadism and harshness and beautiful concubines. It then developed into an image of well-dressed and rich Arabs sitting on wells full of petrol but now the image of the Arab is of a bearded terrorist who blows himself up and threatens Israeli security and the western way of life.

NB: this is a partial translation – the full article is available here.

Translated by Hamish Kinnear