Back from Morocco. Enjoyed every minute. Except ... every repetition of the Islamic call to prayer. There was the sensation of a pervasive Orwellian machine, relentless propaganda blared into the minds of the people.

The most effective (i.e. sustainable) tyranny is not imposed by violence, but by the perception that nothing exists outside the tyranny. That there is simply no alternative to being awoken at dawn by amplified dogma (video below). Most people I nudged genially towards criticism could only give a shrug and a bemused smile.

An article by Mohammad Abdullah, writing from Pakistan, takes the 1984/Islam analogy all the way.