Post from December, 2012

Moroccan road film subverts Hollywood stereotypes

Friday, 21. December 2012 4:35

By Andrew Hammond

DUBAI | Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:50am EST

(Reuters) – When director John Slattery first visited Morocco, the familiarity was jarring – and as removed from the images of an exotic Orient conjured up by Hollywood as possible.

That dichotomy between the representation and the reality of Morocco drives Slattery’s charming paean to a country he clearly loves and makes “Casablanca, Mon Amour” a thoughtful rejoinder to U.S. popular culture. […]

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Israeli Arab wrestles with grief, guilt in suicide bomb film

Thursday, 20. December 2012 4:33

By Andrew Hammond

DUBAI | Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:50am EST

(Reuters) – When Universal Studios took a disliking to the script for Ziad Doueiri’s Israeli-Palestinian suicide bombing drama, the Lebanese director thought his career was over.

Six years later “The Attack” is garnering interest on the festival circuit, winning praise in Toronto, an award in Marrakech, and wowing audiences at the Dubai international film festival in the United Arab Emirates this week. […]

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Thousands mourn leader of Morocco’s main opposition group

Friday, 14. December 2012 4:23

By Aziz El Yaakoubi

RABAT | Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:38pm EST

(Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Moroccans took part in the funeral of the leader of the North African state’s biggest opposition group on Friday, in a sign of the huge support commanded by Islamists opposed to the monarchy. […]

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Leader of main Moroccan opposition group dies

Thursday, 13. December 2012 4:21

By Aziz El Yaakoubi

RABAT | Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:28am EST

(Reuters) – The leader of Morocco’s main opposition group al-Adl Wal Ihsane died on Thursday, raising questions over the future of an Islamist group that played a central role in Arab Spring protests last year.

Abdessalam Yassine formed the group 1981. It is banned from formal politics but is believed by analysts and diplomats to be the only opposition organization capable of mass mobilization in the North African state. […]

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Morocco police arrest protestor who impersonated king

Thursday, 13. December 2012 4:17

RABAT | Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:04pm EST

(Reuters) – A Moroccan anti-government protestor who dressed up as King Mohammed has been arrested and accused of possessing drugs, the man’s lawyer and human rights activists said on Thursday. […]

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Morocco opposition says monarchy still calls the shots

Monday, 10. December 2012 4:16

By Andrew Hammond

RABAT | Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:19pm EST

(Reuters) – Reforms that took the wind out of Arab Spring protests in Morocco last year have proven hollow and real power still lies with King Mohammed and his advisors, the north African country’s main opposition group said. […]

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MIDEAST DEBT-Morocco under pressure to plug budget gap, avert more protests

Wednesday, 5. December 2012 4:19

By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Andrew Hammond

RABAT | Wed Dec 5, 2012 7:30pm IST

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Almost every day without fail, hundreds of unemployed graduates storm through downtown Rabat calling for the government to fall. La st month, they went a step further, crossing a red line by targeting their anger at the royal family’s spending.

“Shame on you, you have squandered the budget!” a small group of several dozen chanted during one march a few days before parliament voted on the first draft of next year’s budget. […]

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FEATURE-Protests in Tunisian town show anger at Islamist government

Sunday, 2. December 2012 4:27

By Tarek Amara

SILIANA, Tunisia | Sun Dec 2, 2012 10:21am EST

(Reuters) – In a remote town in Tunisia’s interior, protesters angry over joblessness and harsh police tactics call for the downfall of new Islamist rulers, echoing the revolt that ignited the Arab Spring two years ago. […]

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