News of the Day: September 16, 2019

By Ella Feldman

Moroccan Journalist on Trial for an Abortion She Says She Never Had

by Aida Alami for the New York Times

Lede: This weekend was supposed to have been a celebration of love. The invitations had been sent, the flowers and cake ordered. Family and friends were getting ready to witness the wedding of a young Moroccan political reporter and a Sudanese university professor she met at a human-rights conference.

Nut Graph: “Instead, Hajar Raissouni and Rifaat al-Amin were arrested on Aug. 31 as they were leaving a gynecologist’s office in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

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Footloose but not fancy free: Dancing in Morocco

By Alexis Miller. Photos by Alexandria Saurman

Rabat — “I don’t get paid for this and I don’t think I would want to be…,” Hajar Regragui says while unlocking the door to the dance studio at International University of Rabat (UIR). She’s about to teach 60 college students choreographed dance routines in various styles: Hip-hop, African inspired dance, and Salsa. The course lasts three hours and is completely a labor of love. She seems to look happiest when drenched in sweat.

Hajar Regragui is a 21-year-old political science and international relations student at UIR, but she introduced herself to me first and foremost as a dancer and told me about her favorite spots in Casablanca for dancing.

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American artist creates home for henna in Marrakech café

By Regan Reeck

MARRAKECH, Morocco – A short walk from Marrakech’s landmark Jemaa el Fna square, a blue door, painted with sandy browns and yellows marks the entrance to the Marrakech Henna Art Café. Upon entering, the melancholic blues of the Dire Straits fills a bright entryway and the café’s owner Lori K. Gordon, 58, born and raised in the plains of South Dakota, appears with a cheery hello.

A man and woman wander up the blue stairs, they inquire with heavy accented English about getting henna done. Realizing that there would be a wait they get ready to leave, disappointed, but as Gordon deftly interjects they stop.

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