Sunday, May 01, 2005

Morocco

http://www.inoohr.org/morocco.htm

Homosexuality is against the law in Morocco, 'but this does not stop the rampant practice by the locals', according to inoohr.org. Arrests only occur when Western Tourists are involved.

Dutch national television news' NOS-Journaal reported that, according to the Dutch newspaper De Gay Krant, the king of Morocco, Sidi Moulay Mohammed (Mohammed VI), is gay.

Mohammed, 36, went to college in Brussels, Belgium, and regularly hung out in gay bars there, De Gay Krant said.

And his homosexuality is "common knowledge" in Moroccan intellectual circles, Marrakech resident Tony Flavel told the newspaper.

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If the King of Morocco is bisexual, that probably makes him no different from many other world leaders, and probably no different from from most of his Morocan subjects.

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According to the experts, Moroccans like spending time with a single friend of the same sex. Same sex friendships are very important for Moroccans all through their lives. There are few limits to intimacy in same sex friendships.Moroccans 'usually marry out of a sense of duty.'

According to 'Culture Shock- Morocco' by Orin Hargraves (Kuperard), "Homosexual relations among boys and young men are common."

"Pederasty is exceedingly prevalent" wrote Edward Westermack in "Ritual and Belief in Morocco."

In Morocco, homosexual sex by tourists is heavily punished; and sex with minors is very heavily punished with long jail sentences.

In any case, tourists are not loved by the average Moroccan who sees the tourist as an alien.

The hotel, the Gazelle D'or, at around £600 a night, is rather special. Visitors have allegedly included Michael Portillo, Jacques Chirac, Fergie, Rory Bremner, Mick Jagger, hosts of pop stars, statesmen, politicians, personalities, and 'the world's wealthiest closet Queens.'

According to Scallywag magazine, "As far as Westminster is concerned, the Gazelle D'or was first "discovered" by the notorious gay MP Sir Charles "Charley" Irving who died from aids in 1993. Irving, who chaired the Commons catering Committee, was famous for his private parties in the Pugin room in Westminster where he outrageously flirted with the male members of staff. Many of the 100-plus gay Tory MP's who inhabit "The Palace", often furtively, were fellow guests........ The REAL attraction of the Gazelle D'or is not just the exclusivity, or the fabulous luxury. It is, quite simply, that they boast one of the most superlative men-only Turkish baths, Sauna and Massage Parlour in the world, manned by hand-picked and specially trained swarthy Berbers who are most willing to accommodate every whim of their customers. The whole concept of the place is designed to be a veritable paradise for gays."

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1474640,00.html

According to Ian Black, in the Guardian 2 May 2005, King Mohammed has liberalised the Moroccan economy, encouraged multi-party democracy, launched anti-poverty campaigns, eased restrictions on Islamists and promoted women's rights.

Black explains that Morocco still has high unemployment and great poverty in its shanty towns.

(Morocco has been seen by some as being a corrupt police state. Morocco is regarded as being a key ally of the USA and France. It has taken a moderate line towards Israel.)

The Madrid train bombings and the Casablanca attacks allowed the Moroccan military to have a crackdown on Islamists (who had proved increasingly popular in elections, due to the poverty and corruption).

According to the watchdog Reporters Without Borders, the Media is punished if it exposes corrupt officials, including some allegedly involved in sex tourism.

Morocco has a 'The truth and reconciliation commission' investigating the secret prisons, disappearances and torture that happened during the reign of Mohammed's father, King Hassan.

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http://www.inoohr.org/morocco.htm

"The police and the armed forces would prefer Mohammed's younger straight brother, Moulay Rashid."

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Some suspect that elements of the security services of a certain nation were behind the Casablanca bombs.

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