News of the Day: November 29th, 2019 – by Chloe Chaobal
by Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni, The Guardian
Lede: Playing rugby as a woman in a Muslim country is not an easy task. Even in Morocco, with its more modern approach to Islam, the sport is usually regarded as being strictly for men. However, the women of the all-female rugby team AMAR (or Association Marrakech Argan Rugby) are determined to surmount the social and familial obstacles to follow their sporting passion
Nutgraph: For these women, rugby is a declaration of independence and a source of empowerment. The nature of the sport encourages the players to be a dominating presence. In each game there is much more at stake than winning against the opposing team; the real victory is to claim back self-confidence, personal freedom and a primary role within Islamic society.
Importance: This in-depth feature looks at how women in Morocco navigate playing rugby. The players will participate in an annual Rugby competition in January.
Four people have died and 16 are missing after a boat carrying 78 migrants got into difficulties while travelling from Morocco to Spain.
Spain’s maritime rescue service dispatched a boat, a helicopter and a spotter plane on Tuesday night after receiving news from an NGO that a boat was adrift after setting off from Charrana, Morocco, carrying dozens of people.
Importance: This story is highly news relevant because many people were affected by this incident. It ties into the larger migrant crisis in Morocco.
Lede: A Moroccan court on Monday sentenced rapper Mohamed Mounir, known as Gnawi, to one year in jail for insulting police on social media.
Nutgraph: A defence lawyer said he believed his 31-year-old client was prosecuted because of a song he co-wrote about the hardships of young people in Morocco, unemployment and corruption.
The song, Aach al Chaab – which translates to “long live the people” – has been viewed more than 15 million times on YouTube since it was released last month.