Archive for January 1st, 2008

MOROCCAN BLOGS HACKED

January 1, 2008

hack.jpg  Some Moroccan blogs have recently been hacked by a group of Moroccan hackers Ur@niµm.

Almoudarisse.canalblog.com has been hacked because they published an article about the newly-appointed Minister of culture,Touria Jabrane. The blogger,who is a teacher, WAS WARNED TO LEAVE MOROCCAN MINISTERS ALONE …..

Message for you Admin:

                                                               C’est mon Canal, allez sortez-vous d’ici…et laisse les ministres a part

Gretz for all m0roCc@n HaCk3r
THE MESSAGE TRANSLATED READS:THIS IS MY CHANNEL…….SO GET OUT OF HERE AND LEAVE THE MINISTERS ALONE…………………………………..

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King hopes that 2008 will be a year of peace, tolerance in the world

January 1, 2008
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Rabat, Jan. 1 – King Mohammed VI of Morocco expressed hope that 2008 will be a year of peace, security, solidarity, and humanism in the world.
In congratulation messages addressed to world leaders on the occasion, the king said 2007 was quite an eventful year with major conflicts of all kinds, hoping that “our common human aspirations will materialize in the new year.”    “We look forward to embracing a world where values of love, concord, tolerance, harmonious co-existence, and fertile synergies among different cultures, religions, and civilizations prevail,” the monarch added.

    The sovereign also received congratulations messages from World leaders on the same occasion, in which they expressed best wishes of good health, progress, as well as prosperity of the people of Morocco.

Two boats with 68 migrants reach Spain’s Canary Islands

January 1, 2008

The wave of illegal African immigration to Spain’s Canary Islands continued into 2008 as two boats carrying 68 migrants arrived Tuesday on the archipelago off the coast of Morocco, officials said.

A cayuco, or wooden fishing boat, carrying 40 people, including two minors, arrived on Tenerife, the largest of the seven islands that make up the archipelago, at around 3:30 am (0230 GMT), a marime rescue official said.

It was towed by a maritime rescue services ship to the port of Los Cristianos after being spotted in the waters off the island, he said.

A second ship with 28 people on board arrived on the island of Lanzarote some five hours later, an official said. It was towed by a police patrol boat to Arrecife, the capital of the Canary Islands.

During the first 11 months of 2007, a total of 17,038 illegal immigrants arrived in Spain on 704 boats, the Europa Press news agency reported Tuesday citing official government figures. Most arrived on the Canary Islands.

By comparison during the same period of 2006 a total of 37,647 clandestine migrants arrived in Spain on 1,111 boats, the agency said.

The government credits the fall in the number of arrivals to stepped up patrols of the coast.

Authorities fear many of the thousands of Africans who make the perilous journey towards Spanish soil each year die of thirst or exposure on the risky voyages but there is no way of knowing exactly how many have died.

New report addresses causes of sex tourism in Morocco

January 1, 2008

The International Coalition for Responsible and Respectful Tourism published a report early this month on the resurgence of Morocco’s sex tourism industry, uncovering numerous causes of the phenomenon and proposing solutions.

The report, compiled by coalition goodwill ambassador Khalid Semmouni, indicates close links between sex tourism, globalisation and the opening of borders, adding that people are attracted by what they perceived as exotic.

Poverty and exclusion are also among the causes, and have contributed to the prevalence of prostitution in Morocco.

Other causes cited by the report include the violation of children’s socio-economic rights; a lack of public education on sex and human rights, especially for children; the disintegration of family structures; domestic abuse and a lack of responsibility on the part of schools.

The report also mentioned the lenience of Morocco’s legislation on child rape and the lack of a national action plan to protect children from violence.

It states that sex tourism is in violation of existing international agreements which Morocco has ratified, namely the 1949 Convention against the sexual exploitation of women, CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women) and the Convention on Child Rights.

The report also points to legal gaps and loopholes and proposes that the Penal Code be strengthened to more effectively counter the sexual abuse of women and children.

The solutions put forward include the adoption of adapted legislation to bolster children’s protections, the use of media to inform the public and alert families to the dangers of prostitution and the sex trade’s impact on society, and also the organisation of trainings for members of the judiciary to guarantee faster responses to young people’s needs.

Semmouni told Magharebia that “this problem also exists in other Arab countries, but it is much more severe in Morocco, since this country is open to the West and also due to its geographical position.” Semmouni proposed that all tourists found guilty of paedophilia in Morocco should be banned from returning. He also advocated the creation of a vice squad to monitor tourist activity from a distance and intervene where necessary.

Najat Anwar, president of the NGO “Don’t Touch My Child”, told Magharebia: “We need to establish a partnership with international NGOs and authorities such as ECPAT and INTERPOL to detect, condemn and prevent harm to Moroccan children by criminal tourists who travel to our country to satisfy their desires.” She added that “at the national level, our association has found that foreign paedophiles no longer enjoy the ‘tourist immunity’ they once had, and are just as liable to be punished as Moroccan paedophiles.”

Despite far-reaching government efforts, including the creation of tourism police in Marrakesh in 1994 and the conviction of over 40 tourists for paedophilia and prostitution offences since 2001, human rights activists in the country insist that Morocco still has a long way to go to eradicate the problem.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 1, 2008

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