History UsefulNotes / Morocco

4th Apr '16 2:20:47 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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There have been a couple of terrorist attacks in Morocco, targeting symbolic buildings and killing mostly Moroccans and a few Spaniards. Which justified the Moroccan version of the PATRIOT act and allowed the regime to arrest every and any body they want. This has proven so advantageous to it, that the idea that it was actually orchestrated by them is very widespread. It speaks volumes of the jadedness of Moroccans concerning the Palace that they believe it might be true and they still don't care.

Perhaps the reason for this is the 38-year reign of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_II_of_Morocco Hassan II]], who ran [[HellholePrison the world's certifiably worst]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tazmamart political prison]] and whose SecretPolice put pretty much every other Middle Eastern leader's to shame (particularly during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Years_of_Lead_(Morocco) Years of Lead]]). He was nevertheless well-liked by most Moroccans; his son, Mohammed VI, is pretty much ''loved'', being actually kinda interested in reform (although he doesn't go quite far enough for some) and attempted to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equity_and_Reconciliation_Commission_(Morocco) atone for some of his father's harsher policies]].

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There have been a couple of terrorist attacks in Morocco, targeting symbolic buildings and killing mostly Moroccans and a few Spaniards. Which Spaniards, which justified the Moroccan version of the PATRIOT act and allowed the regime to arrest every and any body they want. This has proven so advantageous to it, that the idea that it was actually orchestrated by them is very widespread. It speaks volumes of the jadedness of Moroccans concerning the Palace that they believe it might be true and they still don't care.

Perhaps the reason for this is the 38-year reign of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_II_of_Morocco Hassan II]], who ran [[HellholePrison the world's certifiably worst]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tazmamart political prison]] and whose SecretPolice put pretty much every other Middle Eastern leader's leaders to shame (particularly during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Years_of_Lead_(Morocco) Years of Lead]]). He was nevertheless well-liked by most Moroccans; his son, Mohammed VI, is pretty much ''loved'', being actually kinda interested in reform (although he doesn't go quite far enough for some) and attempted to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equity_and_Reconciliation_Commission_(Morocco) atone for some of his father's harsher policies]].
4th Apr '16 2:18:50 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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It currently rules the disputed territory of UsefulNotes/WesternSahara, where a fragile ceasefire holds sway. (PS: Try to avoid showing a Moroccan any map that doesn't show Western Sahara as an integral part of Morocco; [[BerserkButton they get rather worked up about that]])

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It currently rules the disputed territory of UsefulNotes/WesternSahara, where a fragile ceasefire holds sway. (PS: Try to avoid showing a Moroccan any map that doesn't show Western Sahara as an integral part of Morocco; [[BerserkButton they get rather worked up about that]])
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3rd Feb '16 5:13:21 PM LtFedora
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* ''Film/{{Patton}}'' opens in Morocco, with Patton being awarded by the Moroccan monarch in the aftermath of Operation Torch.
12th Sep '15 4:30:47 PM AllenbysEyes
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* ''March or Die'' provides a heavily fictionalized depiction of the Rif War of 1921-1926.
16th Aug '15 12:03:41 PM karstovich2
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* The capital is '''Rabat''', a city of broad avenues, nice architecture, and not very much else these days; people live there and have their (often government-related) day jobs there, but there isn't much in the way of shopping or exciting culture. The heart of Rabat is actually its twin city '''Salé''', where many government workers live and which is a bit more interesting. The twin cities do have an interesting history, however; the area was originally settled by Phoenicians, and in the 18th century, Rabat and Salé were famous as a {{pirate}}-run republican city-state.
* The largest city and commercial capital is '''Casablanca'''. Casablanca is famous, of course for ''{{Casablanca}}'', and indeed it was something of a CityOfSpies during WorldWarII. Today, it's famous for playing host to a gigantic mosque and having pretty much everything. Most major Moroccan companies are based in Casablanca, and pretty much any trip to the country must go to this city. A foreigner going to Morocco is likely to come through Casablanca's gigantic Mohammed V Airport, and Casa (as locals call it) is more or less the center of the nation's transit network.
* One of the most famous cities in Morocco is '''Marrakesh''', which has a very well-marketed Old City and a booming tourist industry as a result. Expect any scene in Marrakesh to involve at least one person being accosted by a street performer and his trained monkey.
* '''Fez''' is Morocco's cultural and religious capital, featuring not one but ''two'' Old Cities, the Al-Karaouine University (an Islamic institution of higher learning founded in 859, making it one of the world's oldest universities), and a great number of mosques and institutions of religious learning besides. And yes, the hats are originally from here, too; the iconic red color comes from the historical practice of dying them with local berries, and fezzes made in Fez tend to be lower and wider than the ones made famous by the Turks.
* '''Tangier''' was a TruceZone for a very long time, making it yet another CityOfSpies. Being on the southern side of the Strait of Gibraltar, it has a strong Spanish influence (they even call sandwiches ''bocadillos''--try them, they're good). Also has the strongest maritime tradition, thanks to its strategic location; also famous for its seafood (its fish tagines are famous across the country, and if you're going to have a seafood dish in Morocco, Tangier is the place to do it).
* '''Ifrane''' is in the Atlas Mountains, and was built by the French. It has been called "Morocco's Little Switzerland" due to its architecture, imported European plants, and its cold temperatures with snowy winters. (Fun fact - The coldest temperature in Africa was reported in Ifrane at -24.3 C/-11.7 F.)
* '''Meknes''' is the fifth-largest city (when you count Rabat and Sale together), and has a bit of history to it, as it was the capital of the country before being moved to Marrakesh and then Rabat. As a result, it has a large number of very old royal buildings. It is also very close to the very attractive ruins of the [[TheRomanEmpire Roman]] colony of Volubilis and the pretty--and living--town of Moulay Idriss, the oldest Muslim settlement in Morocco.
* '''Chef Chaouine''' is famous for the beauty of the Rif Mountains and its pretty buildings decked out in white and blue, but foreigners are more attracted to the ''ridiculous'' amount of cannabis grown in the surrounding countryside. This region grows an appreciable fraction of the hashish in Europe.
* '''Essouera''' is notable as the original home of the Moroccan Navy, although foreigners are more attracted to the musical festivals, the surfing, the fact that JimiHendrix liked to vacation there, and the impossibly good and cheap hashish (oh, Europeans...).
* '''Agadir''' is primarily notable as Morocco's attempt to recreate UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}} and UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}} all in one. It has a reputation for attracting Eurotrash who can't afford either of those two, but still want to have a debauched time in a place with nice weather. Locals tend not to approve.

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* The capital is '''Rabat''', '''Rabat''' (Arabic: الرباط, ''Al-Ribāṭ'')[[note]]Fun fact: it literally means "The Fortress"[[/note]] a city of broad avenues, nice architecture, and not very much else these days; people live there and have their (often government-related) day jobs there, but there isn't much in the way of shopping or exciting culture. The heart of Rabat is actually its twin city '''Salé''', '''Salé''' (Arabic: سلا‎ ''Sala''), where many government workers live and which is a bit more interesting. The twin cities do have an interesting history, however; the area was originally settled by Phoenicians, and in the 18th century, Rabat and Salé were famous as a {{pirate}}-run republican city-state.
* The largest city and commercial capital is '''Casablanca'''.'''Casablanca''' (Arabic: الدار البيضاء, ''al-Dār al-Baiḍā[='=]'',[[note]]Which translates to "The White House," the meaning of the name in Spanish[[/note]] although this use is restricted to relatively formal circumstances in Morocco). Casablanca is famous, of course for ''{{Casablanca}}'', and indeed it was something of a CityOfSpies during WorldWarII. Today, it's famous for playing host to a gigantic mosque and having pretty much everything. Most major Moroccan companies are based in Casablanca, and pretty much any trip to the country must go to this city. A foreigner going to Morocco is likely to come through Casablanca's gigantic Mohammed V Airport, and Casa (as locals call it) is more or less the center of the nation's transit network.
* One of the most famous cities in Morocco is '''Marrakesh''', '''Marrakesh''' (Arabic: مراكش, ''Marrākush''), which has a very well-marketed Old City and a booming tourist industry as a result. Expect any scene in Marrakesh to involve at least one person being accosted by a street performer and his trained monkey.
* '''Fez''' (Arabic: فاس, ''Fās''; also written ''Fès'', as that's how it's done in French) is Morocco's cultural and religious capital, featuring not one but ''two'' Old Cities, the Al-Karaouine University (an Islamic institution of higher learning founded in 859, making it one of the world's oldest universities), and a great number of mosques and institutions of religious learning besides. And yes, the hats are originally from here, too; the iconic red color comes from the historical practice of dying them with local berries, and fezzes made in Fez tend to be lower and wider than the ones made famous by the Turks.
* '''Tangier''' (Arabic: طنجة‎, ''Ṭanja(h)'') was a TruceZone for a very long time, making it yet another CityOfSpies. Being on the southern side of the Strait of Gibraltar, it has a strong Spanish influence (they even call sandwiches ''bocadillos''--try them, they're good). Also has the strongest maritime tradition, thanks to its strategic location; also famous for its seafood (its fish tagines are famous across the country, and if you're going to have a seafood dish in Morocco, Tangier is the place to do it).
* '''Ifrane''' (Arabic: إفران/يفرن ''Ifrān'') is in the Atlas Mountains, and was built by the French. It has been called "Morocco's Little Switzerland" due to its architecture, imported European plants, and its cold temperatures with snowy winters. (Fun fact - The coldest temperature in Africa was reported in Ifrane at -24.3 C/-11.7 F.)
* '''Meknes''' (Arabic: مكناس‎ ''Maknās''; often written "Meknès" because that's how it's done in French) is the fifth-largest city (when you count Rabat and Sale together), and has a bit of history to it, as it was the capital of the country before being moved to Marrakesh and then Rabat. As a result, it has a large number of very old royal buildings. It is also very close to the very attractive ruins of the [[TheRomanEmpire Roman]] colony of Volubilis and the pretty--and living--town of Moulay Idriss, the oldest Muslim settlement in Morocco.
* '''Chef Chaouine''' (Arabic: شفشاون, ''Shafshāwin'') is famous for the beauty of the Rif Mountains and its pretty buildings decked out in white and blue, but foreigners are more attracted to the ''ridiculous'' amount of cannabis grown in the surrounding countryside. This region grows an appreciable fraction of the hashish in Europe.
* '''Essouera''' (Arabic: الصويرة, ''as-Ṣawīra'') is notable as the original home of the Moroccan Navy, although foreigners are more attracted to the musical festivals, the surfing, the fact that JimiHendrix liked to vacation there, and the impossibly good and cheap hashish (oh, Europeans...).
* '''Agadir''' (Arabic: اگادير, ''Āgādīr'') is primarily notable as Morocco's attempt to recreate UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}} and UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}} all in one. It has a reputation for attracting Eurotrash who can't afford either of those two, but still want to have a debauched time in a place with nice weather. Locals tend not to approve.
16th Aug '15 11:41:34 AM karstovich2
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* '''Tangier''' was a TruceZone for a very long time, making it yet another CityOfSpies. Being on the southern side of the Strait of Gibraltar, it has a strong Spanish influence (they even call sandwiches ''bocadillos''--try them, they're good). Also has the strongest maritime tradition, thanks to its strategic location; also famous for its seafood.

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* '''Tangier''' was a TruceZone for a very long time, making it yet another CityOfSpies. Being on the southern side of the Strait of Gibraltar, it has a strong Spanish influence (they even call sandwiches ''bocadillos''--try them, they're good). Also has the strongest maritime tradition, thanks to its strategic location; also famous for its seafood.seafood (its fish tagines are famous across the country, and if you're going to have a seafood dish in Morocco, Tangier is the place to do it).
13th Aug '15 10:00:38 PM karstovich2
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Although associated in many Westerners' minds with "desert," Morocco's real defining geographical characteristic is "mountains." The Atlas Mountains trap humid air from the Atlantic, creating a fairly large area in the northern part of the country dominated by green fields and rolling hills, good for farming and especially for raising livestock. It doesn't start to get really arid until around the line between Marrackesh and Essaouira in the south--about where the mountains start to peter out.

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Although associated in many Westerners' minds with "desert," Morocco's real defining geographical characteristic is "mountains." The Atlas Mountains trap humid air from the Atlantic, creating a fairly large area in the northern part of the country dominated by green fields and rolling hills, good for farming and especially for raising livestock.livestock (for this reason, meat is rather cheaper in Morocco than it is in many other Arabic-speaking countries: because much of Morocco's farmland is marginal at best for crops but excellent for raising sheep and goats, the Moroccan diet features a good deal more meat than that of its Arab neighbors). It doesn't start to get really arid until around the line between Marrackesh and Essaouira in the south--about where the mountains start to peter out.
12th Jun '15 11:10:03 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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* Two episodes of the old shoujo anime ''HanaNoKoLunlun'' happen in Morocco, where she helps a Moroccan boy and his grandfather to return to their old village.

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* Two episodes of the old shoujo anime ''HanaNoKoLunlun'' ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' happen in Morocco, where she helps a Moroccan boy and his grandfather to return to their old village.
6th May '15 2:08:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* Part of ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Ultimatum]]'' takes place in Tangier, Morocco.

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* Part of ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Ultimatum]]'' ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' takes place in Tangier, Morocco.
24th Feb '15 7:05:44 AM Patachou
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* ''{{Casablanca}}''

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* ''{{Casablanca}}''''Film/{{Casablanca}}''



* Marlene Dietrich's first American movie was simply called "Morocco".

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* Marlene Dietrich's Creator/MarleneDietrich's first American movie was simply called "Morocco".



* The 1956 version of ''TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' takes place in Marrakesh, before the action moves on to London.

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* The 1956 version of ''TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' takes place in Marrakesh, before the action moves on to London.




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* Creator/WilliamSBurroughs spent a lot of time in Morocco. This also inspired the Moroccan setting in ''Film/NakedLunch''.
* Music/BrianJones (Music/TheRollingStones) recorded an album full with music by the Moroccan folk group The Master Musicians Of Jajouka: ''Music/BrianJonesPresentsThePipesOfPanAtJajouka'' (1971).
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