Minority Politics in the Mediterranean

This article goes on to discuss the struggle of Morocco in trying to show that they are a nations of many different languages and religions instead of considering itself as one type of state.  This creates issues because the government wasn’t recognizing particular groups within the country making it see exclusive to some parties.  Many of the minorities in the country are treated unequal compared to people who speak Arabic.  This struggle is similar to what can be seen in many countries all over the world, so with this the people have protest calling for a new constitution to be enacted.    This will help create a feeling of equality among different minorities in a country, and this makes the country feel more holistic compared to making it seem like only one type of religion is allowed in the country when they have that as there “state” religion and language.  The main point is trying to look at the Mediterranean as an example of many differences in equality and taking past examples and using them to show the importance of equality in a country around not only the  Mediterranean but the world.

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Leitch Slow Food Italy, Sam Heckle

The slow food article brings up a lot of cultural significance that food has in an area.  The main thing I want to focus on is the lardo and its importance the town of colonnata.  I like the topic of food identity brought up in the article and the importance of food being a source of cultural identity.  They use the comparison of lardo to marble workers as a metaphor but its seems to have an importance because it can signify the relationship marble workers had with the food which became source of identity for them.  The lardo would keep the marble workers well fed in a healthy way because of the curing process.  Its also interesting to think that cured meats were illegal in the US for a very long time and you see some of that happened in the EU because of how hard it is to make sure the products are safe.  These kind of regulations can put a damping effect on the identity of a cultural area which lardo definitely felt the effects of.  Another important thing about the food identity was the lardo festival which made me think about my home in Cincinnati which every year we have a goetta festival in the summer.  Goetta is a very unique Cincinnati dish which most people who aren’t from Cincinnnati haven’t even heard of it.  This makes me realize we have a sense of our own food identity with this dish and a variety of other German dishes.  Goetta is a meat and grain sausage, this dish shows our German heritage which shaped our city into what it is today.  Its nice to see this food identity happening still in my city and shows me a strong comparison to what was discussed in the article.  I want to ask the other students if where their from do you have any unique foods that you can’t or have a hard time finding anywhere else?