Morocco / by Michelle Ryan

This month two French journalists were arrested on charges of blackmailing King Mohammed VI. Human rights activists were escorted out of Western Sahara after attempting to hold a meeting with a Saharawi Human Rights group. Morocco reached an agreement with the US government to buy tanks. According to the World Resources Institute, Morocco is at risk of experiencing extreme water stress within 25 years. Several cases of anthrax were reported in a remote town in the mountains of Midelt province. A small land mine detonated in southern Morocco, injuring a Sahawari boy. The Saudi Arabian CEO of Morocco’s sole oil refinery was accused of smuggling fuel in order to avoid paying taxes. In other news, the country’s tourism sector experienced a revival in July, according to new government figures.  The Irish energy company Circle Oil plugged and abandoned two wells this month.