News of the Day: September 18, 2019

By Georgia Knoles

In Favor of Sensible Water Management in Morocco

by Morocco World News

Lede: If Morocco’s water resources are not managed with extraordinary care, the consequences could be devastating.

Nut Graph: Last year, hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East and North Africa, including Morocco, faced the worst water shortages in decades. More than 60% of the population in this region is concentrated in places affected by high or very high surface water stress, which means that water resources are heavily exploited at an unsustainable rate.

Why is it Newsworthy?  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank published a report last year that warned of current water shortages and the impacts that they will have on the climate, food security, migration economies around the world. The story is especially relevant to a Moroccan audience because the Middle East and North Africa are coming out of the worst water shortages they’ve seen in years.

 

Moroccan Prominent Feminist Asma Lamrabet Leaves Morocco ‘Indefinitely’

by Morocco World News

Lede: In 2018, the prominent Islamist feminist resigned from the Mohammedia League fo Scholars “Rabita Mohammadia of Ouelamas” due to her position on inheritance.

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Why is it Newsworthy?  Lamrabet officially announced her decision to leave on Sunday, September 15, which makes this article timely. Also, some of the main headlines these past few weeks have been focused on the trial of Hajar Raissouni, the journalist being charged with an alleged abortion and premarital sex. Linking the stories is the issue of women’s rights in Morocco.

 

The Iberian Peninsula and the influences Islam had on its culture

By Yabiladi

Lede: The Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula has shaped the cultural identity of the inhabitants of that part of the world. The influence Islam had on the region led to a profound social transformation, according to several Spanish researchers.

Nut Graph: When it was made public in December 2018, the project of Spanish researcher Mercedes Garcia-Arenal was described as «unprecedented» by Spanish media : Ten million euros allocated by the European Union to trace the history of Islam in Europe. Convinced that the «way in which a society treats its minorities says a lot about it», the researcher took the lead of this groundbreaking project in Spain to document the spread of the Quran in Christian territories.

Why is it Newsworthy? It may not be time-sensitive—the project is in month 9 of a 6-year research schedule—but it’s valuable for the publication’s audience. Since much of Yabiladi’s readership is Moroccans living abroad, linking Europe’s history and culture to Islam engages the readers.