• “Islam and Terrorism”: An Islamophobia Bible (Part 1)
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    “Islam and Terrorism”: An Islamophobia Bible (Part 2)

    Casablanca - In the first part of this article series, I introduced Mark A. Gabriel’s book and situated it within the Islamophobic literature whose simplistic approach serves no purpose except to fuel hatred in the world. To substantiate my claim, in this article I shed light on the first technique that is heavily utilized in...

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  • “Islam and Terrorism”: An Islamophobia Bible (Part 1)
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    “Islam and Terrorism”: An Islamophobia Bible (Part 1)

    Casablanca - It has become a worldwide tendency today, that in immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack, Muslim scholars, public speakers, and even common Muslims begin to apologetically condemn these attacks and attempt to discharge Islam of its accusations. On the other hand, the industry of terrorism experts booms and the self-proclaimed terror-experts begin appearing...

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  • Book Review- Straight Talking By Jane Green
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    Book Review: “Straight Talking” By Jane Green

    By Mourad El Hanafi Straight Talking is a novel of beauty, love, sex, and heartbreak. The narrator–the heroine–Tasha, as her intimate friends like to call her, is a young lady who is in constant search of passion. She’s a beauty, but when it comes to handsome men, she is gullible; with a little bit of...

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    Morocco to Participate at Frankfurt Book Fair

    By Yasyn Mouhir Marrakech - The Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Moroccan Office for Exportation, announced Morocco’s participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair t from 14- 18 October 2015. This participation is part of the ministry’s new strategy to support the book, as it relates particularly to the axis of sponsoring Moroccan publishers...

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  • Dans le jardin de l'Ogre
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    Moroccan Author Wins Award for Her Novel About A Woman Sex Addiction

    Taroudant - Franco-Moroccan journalist Leila Slimani won the Prix La Mamounia, a literary award considered the Moroccan equivalent of the French Prix Goncourt, for her novel “In the Garden of the Ogre.” According to France24, Slimani is the first woman to win La Mamounia Literary award, which was created to award Moroccan francophone writers on...

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  • ‘War Stories from my Father’
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    ‘War Stories from my Father’ Highlights the French Ignored ‘Colonial’ Past

    By Abdellatif Lahlali Massachusetts - Growing up in Tangier, Morocco, in the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, I remember the most memorable times I had as a child were when I sat listening to my Father talk about War! These occasions usually occurred when he had one or two Old French Army Veterans come to visit...

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  • Leila Slimani
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    Leila Slimani’s Book “In the Garden of the Ogre” to Become a Film

    By Yasyn Mouhir Marrakech - A producer has bought the rights to make a motion picture based on Leila Slimani's book "In the Garden of the Ogre," which won the sixth edition of Mamounia literary prize. There is no information about when the shooting of the film will start or the name of the actress...

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    Morocco's Omar Taour Wins Edward Said Prize

    YBy Yassine Mouhir Marrakech - Moroccan researcher, Omar Taour, was awarded the Edward Said Prize for Orientalist Speech Critique, one of the prizes of the fourth Cultural Palestine event, organized by the International Foundation of Palestine. Omar Taour and the festival’s other prize winners were given their awards on Saturday September 12, during a ceremony...

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  • Morocco to Take Part in 22nd Edition of Beijing International Book Fair
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    China Wants to Translate Over 25 Moroccan Books

    Rabat - China is moving forward to translate 25 Moroccan books to Chinese, announced Hassan El Ouazzani, director of the Book Department at Morocco’s Ministry of Culture. Ouazzani made this announcement on the sideline of Morocco’s first participation in China’s International Book Fair 2015, hosted in Beijing. He said that Morocco’s ministry of culture will soon sign an agreement...

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    Paulo Coelho Defends Quran as ‘book that changed the world’

    Rabat - Paulo Coelho, a world renown bestselling author, has publicly defended Islam by describing the Quran, Islam’s holy book, on his official Facebook page, as the “Book that changed the world.” The Brazilian author posted on August 8 an image of the Quran on his Facebook page with a statement saying, “Exhibition ‘Books that...

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  • The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
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    Laila Lalami Wins Arab American Book Award

    Rabat - Laila Lalami, a Moroccan American novelist and essayist, has been named a winner of the 2015 Arab American Book Award for her fiction novel, The Moor’s Account. The award honors books written by and about Arab Americans to generate awareness of Arab American scholarship and writing. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami, published...

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  • Beach Library Sails to Moulay Bousselham, Morocco
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    Beach Library Sails to Moulay Bousselham, Morocco

    Rabat - A beach library organized by Fernanda Sanchez, a current Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, has opened in Moulay Bousselham, a town 99 km (62 miles) north of Kénitra. Morocco World News interviewed her to learn more about her project. MWN: How did you get the idea of doing this project? Fernanda Sanchez: When...

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    New Book Explores Historical & Social Significance of the Amazigh Culture in Andalucia

    Rabat - A Moroccan researcher, Moha Ennaji, has just published a new book that discusses the historical and social significance of the Amazigh culture in Andalucia, as well as methods of strengthening cultural exchange and fostering social peace. The book, titled “Amazighity and Andalusia: Right of Belonging and Hospitality,” focuses on the ways in which...

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  • The Publication of Nicole Elgrissy’s Dames de Cœur sur le Carreau
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    Nicole Elgrissy’s Dames de Cœur sur le Carreau Hits Moroccan Bookshelves

    By Hajar Jannad Rabat - Moroccan Jewish writer Nicole Elgrissy has released her latest book on Moroccan women, entitled Dames de Coeur sur le Carreau.  The book reflects the lifestyle of Moroccan Jewish and Muslim women coexisting in harmony and creating a peaceful world for both communities. It highlights the social values that characterize Morocco,...

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    The Djinn in the Skull: Stories from Hidden Morocco

    London UK - Author Samantha Herron fell in love with Morocco many years ago. This led her to study Arabic and spend time living with an Amazigh (Berber) family of former nomads in the Draa Valley on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. She immersed herself in the language, culture and traditions of...

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    Mark Zuckerberg Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah

    Rabat - Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his next pick for his A Year of Books project. Thirty-one year old Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, made a New Year’s Resolution to read an important book every two weeks this year and then discuss it online with the Facebook community. His eleventh book is “Muqaddimah” (translated The...

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  • International Book Fair
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    Morocco, Guest of Honor at Tunisia's International Book Fair

    Taroudante- Morocco will be a guest of honor at the 31st International Book Fair, which will be organized from March 27 to April 5 at the Kram exhibition center in Tunis, Tunisia. Despite the recent terrorist attack in the country, the Tunisian Ministry of Culture, the Tunisian Publishers Union, the Importers and Distributors of Books...

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  • In Memory of Ahmed Tayeb Laalaj: ‘I Am No Exceptional Human'
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    In Memory of Ahmed Tayeb Laalaj, Morocco's Most Prolific Artist

    By Khalid Majhad Rabat - His name is Ahmed Tayeb Laalej (1928- 2012) – arguably the most prolific artist of all time in Morocco, excelling as an actor, playwright, and lyricist. In commemoration of his legacy, I will introduce and analyze his classic song Mana Illa Bashar (I Am No Exceptional Human) that has gained incomparable popularity...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...