Monthly Archives: August 2011

Eid Al-Fitr on Wednesday in Morocco

Rabat – Eid Al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 31, in Morocco, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs announced in a statement.

The Ministry noted that the fasting month of Ramadan lasted 29 days, and that the first day of of Choual 1432 of the Hegira corresponds to Wednesday August 31, 2011.

Longreach Oil and Gas Begins Seismic Acquisition in Morocco

After acquiring a 50% working interest farm-in with Maghreb Petroleum Exploration and operatorship of the highly prospective onshore Sidi Moktar West, South and North licenses, Longreach Oil and Gas started acquisition of 600 km of 2D seismic on another of its four licenses in Morocco, the onshore Tarfaya license, according to the company’s second quarter financial report.

“The Sidi Moktar licenses provide us with the opportunity of near-term production and are the company’s first operated assets in Morocco. In support of the Sidi Moktar deal, we successfully raised just over C$10 million in July. These funds leave the company well financed to complete its current work programs,” said Bryan Benitz, Longreach chairman and chief executive officer.

The terms of the farm-in agreement include the acquisition of 100 sq km of 3D seismic and the drilling of two wells. Read the rest of this entry

Think You Own Your House? Check the Deed

People identifying themselves as members of the Moorish Science Temple of America claimed ownership of this property.

John Konstantaras/Chicago News Cooperative

Stephanie Neely, the city treasurer, deals regularly with giant banks and multimillion-dollar budgets. But for all her financial expertise, Ms. Neely was unprepared when she learned that the name of a deceased cleric from an obscure Islamic sect was on a deed claiming he and his temple owned the Kenwood home she had lived in since 2002.

Jose More/Chicago News Cooperative

Stephanie Neely

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On the Trail of Said Bahaji

9/11 Conspirator Reported to Be Living in Pakistan

By Holger Stark

Photo Gallery: 9/11 Conspirator at Large


Ten years after 9/11, the Moroccan-German Said Bahaji is one of the last remaining members of al-Qaida’s Hamburg cell who is still at large. Now, German jihadists have told investigators that Bahaji is living in Pakistan’s Waziristan region, where he works for al-Qaida’s propaganda wing. Read the rest of this entry

The Moroccan ‘Exception’ (The Nation)

Long before the woefully inaccurate term “Arab Spring” had been coined, the king of Morocco, his advisers and their Western enablers began touting the idea that the country would be an exception to the movement. Morocco, they argued, was a stable and moderate nation, a beacon of liberalism in a region filled with extremism. Just three weeks after the fall of Tunisia’s Ben Ali, for instance, Khalid Naciri, the perpetually optimistic spokesperson for the Moroccan government, maintained that street protests were “a normal thing for Morocco,” because, he said, it has “allowed the practice of freedoms for many years now.” And only six days after the resignation of Egypt’s Mubarak, Naciri maintained that the protests that had been planned for February 20 were “quite ordinary and part of the democratic process that prevails in Morocco.” Read the rest of this entry

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