Lawmakers in Morocco have approved a long-anticipated bill to recognise Berber as one of the country's official languages, although some Berber activists argue that the move does not do enough to promote true equality between Berbers and Arabs.
For centuries, residents of Mosul have spoken a unique form of Arabic enriched by the Iraqi city’s long history as a crossroads of civilization, a singsong dialect that many now fear will die out after years of war and displacement.
A schism has developed between the Kurdish authorities in the Syrian northeast and the Syriac Christians, after the latter shut down over a dozen schools run by the Kurds. The schism reflects broader fissure between those supporting formal state institutions and those defending parallel bodies developed by the Kurds.
In Casablanca, the 4th Amazigh Theatrical Festival is promoting the use of the Amazigh language and cultural practices. Observers say that while this is a good way of promoting the culture, the responsible authorities in Morocco need to do more to shed light on Amazigh culture.