BC: http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/138719.pdf http://geography.about.com/library/cia/blcmorocco.htm | Sources:
1: The kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries know as the Maghreb. Morocco is situated with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, but with a rugged mountainous interior. This allowed the country to stay independent for centuries while developing a rich culture. Arabs, Berber, European, and African influences caused it to be its own melting pot and some have a little bit of each in their everyday life. | Introduction to Morocco
3: Art - The art of Morocco is truly special. Many historical examples are on display in museums. There are so many different ways that people express themselves, especially through art. Lots of their art work contains a mix styles which they can blame their culture for (Europeans, Arabs, African etc.). Culture- Souks are a way of life in Morocco and you usually won't have to go far to find one. You can often get good bargains there. You may find that you might make friends with the locals. Some of the local customs are you will usually take off your shoes when entering a house and most Moroccan food is eaten with the hands. If you are invited to join someone for a meal you should always eat with the right hand as the left is supposed to be used for the toilet. The mosques are considered to be very holy places that only Muslims are allowed access to. Morocco also has ruins or disused mosques such as Tin Mal and Smara. Traditionally the men take to the streets and the women are in control of their homes. Moroccan culture can be an exciting and a worldly experience. The people are friendly and the place is colorful. Hospitality is really a part of their culture and usually this results in further association with these dynamic and interesting people and a real taste of Moroccan life.
5: More about Morocco... The population of Morocco including the western Sahara was estimated at 30, 566,000. Most people live in the highest plains and along the coastal areas which are to the north west of Morocco. Morocco is about the size of California and it is located in the Northern part of Africa. Bordered by the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and is between Algeria and the West Sahara. Its climate is Mediterranean but gets more extreme in the interior so it is great for their farming/fish economy. It is along the northern coast as I said before but you might be wandering what else might be in it. Well it has interior mountains, large areas of plateaus, valleys, and rich coastal plains. Their main natural rescources are phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, and salt. All those play a key part in their economy as well. But they do face droughts and earthquakes.
7: Current issues/problems/situations Well for starters our own country the U.S. thinks Morocco is a moderate Arab regime and an ally against terrorism. King Muhammad VI retains supreme power but has taken incremental liberalizing steps. Morocco itself expatriates implicated in international terrorism, and has also suffered its own terror attacks. With their constitutional monarchy the citizens want more human rights they they don't really have. But mainly they want to change the constitutional provisions and take part in establishing their monarchical from of government.