Morocco en Moroccan police say Marrakesh bomber dressed like a "hippie" <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Authorities say the lead suspect in the April 28 cafe bombing wore a "hippie" disguise. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jon Jensen </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Moroccan anti-terror officials are now on heightened alert for what they believe is the latest weapon being used by Al-Qaeda in North Africa: guitar-wielding hippies.&nbsp;</p> <p> Authorities in Morocco <a href="">told Reuters</a> that the prime suspect in the April 28 bomb blast outside a cafe in Marakessh, which killed 17 people, disguised himself as a &quot;hippie&quot;.</p> <p> According to the <a href="">New York Times</a>: &nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p> <em>The suspect, identified as Adel al-Othmani, walked into the cafe wearing a wig and carrying a guitar and the two bags in which he had hid the explosive devices, the official said. &ldquo;He looked like a hippie,&rdquo; said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The official said the man ordered an orange juice and left the cafe without the bags. &ldquo;He used a mobile phone to detonate the bombs afterward,&rdquo; the official said.</em></p> </blockquote> <p> Last week&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="">bomb blast</a> on the edge of the popular Djemma el Fna Square in Marrakesh, one of Morocco&#39;s most visited tourist destinations, was the worst terror attack in the North African kingdom since 2003. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Morocco The Casbah Sat, 07 May 2011 12:18:00 +0000 Jon Jensen 5643194 at Morocco votes on constitution to curb king's powers <p> Although King Mohammed is widely expected to win, Morocco&#39;s February 20th Movement said the proposals didn&#39;t go far enough, and called for a vote boycott.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab Spring King Mohammed VI Morocco Politics Morocco Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:05:00 +0000 News Desk 5665187 at Morocco: Controversy over religious freedom <p> CASABLANCA &mdash; Despite a new constitution and other reforms, Morocco does not have provisions guaranteeing religious freedom for its citizens.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Morocco Morocco Sat, 20 Aug 2011 12:48:13 +0000 Aida Alami 5673550 at Morocco opens its first sex shop. Or does it? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is the opening of a sex shop in Casablanca under the new Islamist government sign of liberalization? Or is it a fabricated anti-government ploy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> When I heard about a real sex shop opening in Morocco, I couldn&rsquo;t wait to find out what they actually might sell.</p> <p> Would products include, for example, the <a href="">Casablanca Love Cradle Trusting Bed</a>? It must!</p> <p> How does one find out?</p> <p> Not easy.</p> <p> It turns out that nobody seems to know where this shop is or whether it even exists, <a href="">Al Arabiya News reports</a>:</p> <blockquote><p> News of the inauguration of a sex shop in the Moroccan city of Casablanca did not stir the ethical and religious controversy expected to take place in a conservative society, but also took a political dimension as suspicions arose over an anti-government ploy.&nbsp;The timing of the inauguration of the first sex shop in Morocco drove several activists to view the action as a political one aimed at embarrassing the new Islamist Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane appointed in November 2011.</p> </blockquote> <p> The sex shop opening was claimed to be a clear anti-government ploy because all news organizations that reported the story started their articles with the same sentence: &ldquo;Under an Islamist government, a sex shop has been inaugurated.&rdquo;</p> <p> This sentence, apparently, translates to some sort of major political hypocrisy.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> casablanca Morocco sex shop Travel/Tourism Morocco Offbeat Wanderlust Fri, 02 Mar 2012 21:49:00 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5694208 at Al Qaeda leader in north Africa sentenced to death in absentia <p> Abdelmalek Droukdel, who fought in Afghanistan, is believed to regard Al Qaeda&rsquo;s former leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as his inspiration.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Africa Morocco Morocco Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:32:51 +0000 Luke Browne 5695924 at Western Sahara in geopolitical stalemate RABAT and WASHINGTON — Relative to large pockets of human suffering in sub-Saharan Africa in the form of widespread famine or civil wars, the fate of Western Sahara, a disputed desert territory and its 120,000 people, is easily overlooked. Yet this particular conflict undermines regional security in North Africa and perpetuates a troublesome humanitarian situation. Amid a changing climate colored by the Arab Spring and the ascent of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Western Sahara is an unfortunate liability.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Algeria Mauritania Morocco United Nations Morocco Commentary GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:17:00 +0000 Alison Lake 5709721 at The Reality of Western Sahara As with Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor, Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, and Iraq’s short-lived occupation of Kuwait, there are those who will try to justify illegitimate foreign occupations by making up such bizarre stories. However, it doesn’t mean they should be taken seriously. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Morocco Morocco Commentary GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 02 Aug 2012 10:13:00 +0000 Stephen Zunes 5714324 at Morocco royal guards killed in bus crash: 16 dead, 8 seriously wounded Sixteen members of Morocco's royal guards were killed in a bus accident on Saturday.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Morocco Want to Know Morocco Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:55:57 +0000 Alexander Besant 5906971 at