Lede: Moroccan rapper French Montana has announced he will release his latest album, simply titled “Montana,” next month. He also teased the album’s cover and released an album trailer, both of which have already caused a stir on social media.
Nut Graph: The trailer and cover portray French Montana surrounded by women in burkas, wearing contrasting high-heeled red thigh boots. As the rapper probably anticipated, the choice to show burka-wearing women in a suggestive light has already got people talking.
Why this is news worthy: The Moroccan-American rapper is well known and has recently been gaining popularity. This story is news worthy because it sheds light on many issues such as exoticism, sexualization, and Islamophobia.
Lede: Over 1200 students representing 58 universities from the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa are taking part in the African Solar Decathlon 2019 currently held in the green city Mohammed VI of Benguerir, Morocco.
Nut Graph: This international competition (Sept.13-27) challenges collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered houses that are highly energy-efficient, affordable, and comfortable to live in.
Why this is news worthy: The Solar Decathlon took place during a week when millions across the world are participating in climate protests, demanding that their governments take greater action to address climate change. The challenge promotes sustainability and technological innovation, and it highlights Morocco’s growing investment in renewable (bust particularly solar) energy.
Lede: British travel company Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest tourism operator, shut down all its operations Monday, September 23. The shutdown follows a failed plea for private investors to provide $250 million to save it from collapse.
Nut Graph: British tourists in Morocco aside, the shutdown will also affect Morocco’s tourism industry and businesses. Moroccan tourism authorities have already created a crisis unit to manage the negative effects of the shutdown.
The shutdown also leaves dozens of hotels with unpaid bills from Thomas Cook. Experts in the industry told Le Matin an estimate 60-80 hotels will be affected, most of them in Marrakech and Agadir.
Why this is news worthy: This change will affect the tourism industry in Morocco, which is a significant part of the GDP and an important source of income for many people.