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Snapshot: Egypt, Tourism and Islam Today

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Snapshot: Egypt, Tourism and Islam Today In spite of the apparent calm in Egypt after the historic “overthrow” of the Mubarak regime, travel, a major source of income for the country, has not recovered. While some cruise lines have reinstated Egypt as a port of call, travel to the North African country is stagnant. Veteran Travel Weekly reporter, Nadine Goodwin ... Read More »

The Madness and Joy of the Souks of Morocco

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The Souks of Morocco “Play it for me, Sam. For old time’s sake. Play it again, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’” What a cast of characters they were, those bigger than life heroes from the movie classic, Casablanca. Well, even if you can’t find Rick’s Cafe Amercain, you’ll be glad you went to Morocco anyway. The Arabic for the ... Read More »

Untroubling Tunisia: Waiting for Travel and Democracy

Untroubling Tunisia: Waiting for Travel and Democracy The thirty or so countries that make up the Arab world are not known for enlightened or progressive leadership. But it was not always so. In the Middle Ages when Europe was groping its way through the darkness in abysmal societies. Southern Spain, Andalusia, was a beacon to the world. Here, from 711 ... Read More »

Baraka Cafe, Cambridge, MA: North Africa Comes Home

From Drop Box A Touch of North Africa in Cambridge: Baraka Cafe Baraka Cafe at 80 1/2 Pearl Street in Cambridge, is a moderate walk from Central Square and Harvard Square but a very long way from home. If this is as close to North Africa as most people get, they should consider themselves very lucky. Baraka is small, it ... Read More »

Souks of Morocco

“Play it for me, Sam. For old time’s sake.” “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’” From the movie, Casablanca Rick’s Cafe Amercain, exists only in the movies, but you’ll be glad you went to Morocco anyway. It’s a fascinating mix of conservative Islamic traditions and liberal French ones, creating a looseness not characteristic of other Arab countries. The ... Read More »

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