Archive for March, 2011

“Tahnanait”, a rural woman who is always sixty

“Tahnanait”, a rural woman who is always sixty
Tahnanait, a rural woman who is always sixty. Short story by Mohamed Handour High in the Atlas Mountains, lives an old Amazigh lady who never knows the true meaning of despondency and depression in spite of her abject poverty and solitary existence. Her real name is Hadda, but people call her Tahnanait. Whatever this word means in Tamazight, whether it is illustrated in the dictionary or not and regardless of its positive or negative meaning, this... 

Muhend Abdelkrim – ‘Di Dewla n Ripublik’ By Aumer U Lamara

Muhend Abdelkrim – ‘Di Dewla n Ripublik’ By Aumer U Lamara
Muhend Abdelkrim – ‘Di Dewla n Ripublik’ By Aumer U Lamara (« Di Dewla n Ripublik » / « At the time of the Republic », as we still say in the Rif, and also in other regions of Morocco, when speaking about the Rif Republic). The Rif Republic was built in Februry 1923 in the battle,  honor and intelligence. It has been the starting event for the worldwide movement against colonialism in the way of struggles for political independence,... 

Morocco’s Amazigh push for language recognition

Morocco’s Amazigh push for language recognition
The Amazigh community hopes that the Moroccan king's promises of reforms will translate into official recognition of their language. For years, Morocco’s Amazigh community pressed for the consitutionalisation of the Amazigh language. King Mohammed VI’s pledge to implement comprehensive reforms instilled hope that their dream might soon come true. In his March 9th speech, the Moroccan sovereign emphasised “the rich, variegated... 
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