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No Wine For Masses Proclaim Imams

The Islamic world has long been noted for its cultivation of vineyards which product some of the best wine in the area. Today, wines from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and other Muslim nations are sold and produce extensive revenue for governments as well as jobs. However, Morocco’s conservative Islamists are fighting hard to curb the sale of wines and impose stringent laws against the use of alcohol by Muslims. Of course, wines are sold in just about every Moroccan supermarket although in sections set off from other products. As one supermarket manager commented; “Morocco is a free country, and everyone can buy what they want.” Many Moroccans drink wine with their meals although efforts are made to disguise what is being drunk.

The Phoenicians planted vineyards 2,500 years ago in Morocco and the Romans also brought their wines to the area. However, Mohammed Raouandi of Morocco’s High Council of Ulemas, “If a Muslim drinks, the government can punish him, and afterwards he will be punished by God.” Gee, Jews who predate the Muslims by thousands of years were drinking wine because God wanted them to drink, but, I guess God changed his mind a few years ago. How did the Imams get the word concerning God’s new views?

West Sahara Students Killed In Morocco

People of west Sahara have been fighting for their independence from Morocco and some students from the area who attend university in Morocco were recently killed during a peaceful demonstration. The Saharawi students were holding a sit in at a bus stop when the bus driver accelerated his speed and drove right into the students killing two. According to student activist Rabab Amidane, the police directed the bus driver to use his vehicle as a weapon of murder. Human rights leaders insist there is a deliberate pattern on the behalf of the Moroccan government to brutalize and kill anyone who dares challenge their claim to possession of the west Sahara region.

Students are demanding the right to freely express their desire for an independent nation of West Sahara as well as calling for investigations into the killing of several students who were active in the fight for freedom. After the bus driver killed the students, police entered the area and beat up other students, but no action was taken against the driver.