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Morocco: BBC World On Amazigh Language & New Constitution

Washington  / Morocco Board News--  The BBC World Service radio has taken up the issue of the Amazigh language recognition in the new draft constitution and its implications both for Morocco and the Amazigh people in the region. Is the new recognition going to help the Amazigh language and culture to the main stream and stop the current marginalization?

Is the recognition going to divide the opposition movements with many amazigh people preferring to vote "yes" instead of "no" or boycotting?
Many questions were asked about this seminal issue in Morocco and the rest of North Africa.

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Mustapha Azayi
-1 #1 Thank You NoteMustapha Azayi 2011-07-01 12:11
Dear Mostafa Saout,
I take a quick opportunity, over here, to thank you for your interview with the BBC news radio.
It was late at night on Friday, or just about when time was creeping towards dawn of Saturday, on the first of July, when the interview was broadcasted through the ether. But despite the late hours my ears were finely-tuned if not alert when the unfolding content emerged unexpectedly. I was seriously happy to hear a fellow Moroccan co-patriot comments fabulously on the Amazigh question with such confidence, wisdom, positive insight, as well as a sense of pride.
Therefore, I thank you very much for that great effort.

Mustapha Azayi(Once more)
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Mustapha Azayi
-1 #2 correction of time errorMustapha Azayi 2011-07-01 13:05
in my previous comment by Friday I really meant Thursday, therefore:
I should have said, " It was late at night on Thursday, or just about when time was creeping towards dawn of Friday on the first of July when the interview was broadcasted on the ether."
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Mustapha Azayi
-1 #3 correction of time errorMustapha Azayi 2011-07-01 13:05
in my previous comment by Friday I really meant Thursday, therefore:
I should have said, " It was late at night on Thursday, or just about when time was creeping towards dawn of Friday on the first of July when the interview was broadcasted on the ether."
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Ladib
-1 #4 Good Media. Thanks a lot.Ladib 2011-07-02 04:55
Special thanks to those who contributed in this topic. I hope other media especially Moroccan treat it objectivelly.
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Critical thinking
-1 #5 Not an idea anymore!!!Critical thinking 2011-07-02 09:35
Mr. Saout,

Thank you for the airing views on the important issue of Amazight language. Your respectful comments are very timely.

I must admit that this issue still leaves me with very unsettled feelings. I find that proponents of this national project to be still caught in the idea itself, forgetting the idea will need to be institutionaliz ed with minimum damage to the whole society.

I see the positive but it is the negative consequences that trouble me the most. The chief concern I have is that Morocco is NOT known (YET) for its strong patriotism. I fear the Amazigh project (if not handled with care) could further weaken (an already very weak) society, and worse bring it apart.

Thank you.
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The Truth
-1 #6 MoroThe Truth 2011-07-03 02:30
The reason for weak patriotism is easy to see. We're using non-Moroccan languages in formal institutions and in the media. Languages used on the street is Tamazight and Darija, yet everything around us is in French and standard Arabic. We don't know where we belong, we are constantly forced to see ourselves as Arabs while we clearly have more in common with our African brothers!
How can we be patriotic when even those who rule the country doesn't respect it's own culture, the whole foundation of Moroccan society and culture?

This is a major step toward a more patriotic Morocco, the majority of Moroccans can finally feel that they actually are a part of this country with their language made official. But there is a big but, they need to make it happen, not just put it on paper and let it be with that.
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Riffi
+1 #7 to the truthRiffi 2011-07-14 04:05
you nailed it! ;-)
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