Morocco in the News

First things first, CNN is, as part of the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps, running a short video of a volunteer living south of me here in Morocco about his efforts at organizing a youth baseball team.  Can there be anything more American?  Watching the video with music in the background makes what we’re doing here seem really awesome and epic.  I had a few moments where I was like, “Oh yeah, that’s what we do.  I do stuff like this.”  But the video made it seem almost foreign to me.  Check it out here.

New York Times is running an article about a Jewish-Muslim Dialogue conference that’s taking place in Ifrane with a focus on holocaust remembrance.  I think this is kind of a big deal, and I’m not sure what other Arab nation is in a place where these kinds of discussions can happen openly or positively.  With the United Nations currently debating the creation of a Palestinian State, it’s encouraging to read about Morocco as a nation of tolerance and openness willing to engage in the kinds of conversations that move relationships between the three great faiths forward.

Finally, though one would think protesting here has died down a lot, it’s not over until it’s over.  I recently had a conversation with a friend about how things have kind of simmered down a bit but it’s all just in waiting for the elections, to see if the King is serious about reform or if the Constitutional changes really do take place.  This article on Al-Arabiya shows that as recently as this past Sunday, protests were still happening and were still huge.

That’s about all for now.  You’ll notice there are new pics on Flickr from Fes (and a blog coming soon about that trip).  The next three weeks are pretty packed for me with work in site, a regional meeting to Fes, and finally, a vacation to Portugal that’s been a long time coming.  Keep an eye peeled for serious changes to the Official Wish List, too.

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