Barcelona has been known for its Moorish thieves for at least 1200 years, and last night a friend had an encounter with a couple of Moroccan thieves, from which he fortunately escaped with property and person intact. Police say that roughly 80% of street robberies are committed by young North African males, and inevitably some of them have told their story. Terry Jones’s rather elderly street scam page has Bob Arno’s report on Barcelona and a couple of pickpockets who retired to Morocco after a career on La Rambla. However, we’re here for the beer, and Arabic News has the ultimate Arab crime and punishment joke. I’d like to see Douglas Fairbanks fight his way out of that one.
- The freeing of Ali Lmrabet
… by Mohammed VI of Morocco is the Maghrebi story making the international headlines today, Reporters Without Borders even going to
- The mugger mugged
Several Chinese have whispered me grossly inaccurate versions of this story, so here’s the truth, from the mouth of a horse
- The mugger, mugged (3)
With a description of how thieves work Barcelona’s metro station platforms.
- Bus-Saharan Africa
One of Karim’s commenters is under the impression that Karim is a bad speller. Orthographic genius, I’d say: bussaharain clearly refers
- Barcelona-Cadiz, part 1
Brief report on carnival, goat à l’africaine, and a night out with the Belarussian putimafia.