• Tenderfoots on Toubkal
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    Tenderfoots on Toubkal

    By Cosima Schelfhout Rabat - After living in the Maghreb for almost four months, we had one weekend left, and we wanted to make the most of it. Our female pack of 6 squeezed into a manual VW Jetta, and drove south, towards Toubkal National Park. We, with our windbreakers, Nikes and naïve enthusiasm, were going...

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  • Juan Goytisolo’s Love for Morocco
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    Juan Goytisolo’s Love Story with Morocco

    By Lery Hiciano Rabat - With his unfortunate passing on June 4, we are now afforded the opportunity to look back at the life that Juan Goytisolo led and his love of Morocco that enticed him to spend his final 20 years in the Kingdom, surrounded by what he called his “tribe.”  Although Spanish by...

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    Marrakech 7th Favorite French Tourist Destination: Report

    By Chaymaa Benallouch Rabat - The city of Marrakech ranks in the top 10 favorite destinations of French tourists for the summer of 2017, according to hotel price comparison site Trivago. Marrakech is ranked 7th, along with New York and European cities like London, Paris, Lisbon, Rome, and Barcelona. Marrakech places ahead of other European...

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  • Leila Alaoui
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    Rabat to Host Homage to Late Photographer Leila Alaoui

    Rabat - The works of Moroccan photographer and videographer Leila Alaoui, who died during the terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou in January 2016, will be exhibited in the alleys of Mahaj Ryad from June 8 to 30 in Rabat. Under the title “In the footsteps of Leila Alaoui”, the event is organized by the Council of...

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  • Visual Artist Rafiee Ghani Captures Moroccan Landscapes in Watercolor
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    Visual Artist Rafiee Ghani Captures Moroccan Landscapes in Watercolor

    Rabat - Adventures in Wonderland, a new solo exhibit by visual artist Rafiee Ghani, depicts Morocco’s colorful landscapes in abstract watercolors. Rafiee, a veteran visual artist based in Malaysia, has frequently been inspired by his travels. Indeed, Adventures in Wonderland catalogues the places he visited during a month-long solo trip in Morocco. Morocco and North...

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  • In the Face of Terror, Ariana Grande Sings On
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    In the Face of Terror, Ariana Grande Sings On

    Rabat - On Sunday night, the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert was hosted by pop star Ariana Grande at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The concert, held in response to the May 22 bombings, raised money for victims of the attack through the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The benefit was the Grande’s first show...

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    Shay Mitchell Shares Stunning Photos from Morocco Trip

    Rabat - Canadian actress, model and entrepreneur, Shay Ashley Mitchell,shared spectacular photos of her stay in Morocco with her 17.1 million followers. Mitchell began her trip as a guest at the wedding of the American DJs Hannah Bronfman and DJ Brendan, which took place in May at La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech. After the wedding,...

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  • Spanish Writer Juan Goytisolo Dies at 86 in Marrakech
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    Spanish Writer Juan Goytisolo Dies at 86 in Marrakech

    Rabat - Spanish writer and novelist, Juan Goytisolo, known for his pro-Morocco positions, died on Saturday night at his home in Marrakech at the age of 86, said his literary agent, Carmen Balcells, without revealing the cause of death. Goytisolo, who had been living in Marrakech for 10 years, was born in Barcelona in 1931....

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  • 77.4 percent of TV Viewers Watch 2M’s "Mchiti Fiha"
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    77.4 percent of TV Viewers Watch 2M’s "Mchiti Fiha"

    Rabat - The hidden camera program, "Mchiti Fiha," broadcast on 2M, has broken records among Moroccan TV audiences. The show recorded the highest audience share of 11,233,000 viewers during the first week of Ramadan, according to Moroccométrie, a company that measures audiences of Moroccan TV. The second season of the hidden camera program, "Mchiti Fiha,"...

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  • 'The Little Prince' Translated into Hassaniya, to Be Distributed in Southern Provinces
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    'The Little Prince' Translated into Hassaniya, to Be Distributed in Southern Provinces

    Rabat - The National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) has announced the launch of a campaign to distribute free copies of “The Little Prince” translated in Hassaniya, the dialect spoken in the Southern part of Morocco and Mauritania. The translation project is the result of a partnership between the CNDH and Fondation Phosboucraâ. The books...

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  • Celebrity MasterChef Morocco Back For Second Season
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    Celebrity MasterChef Morocco Back For Second Season

    Rabat - Celebrity MasterChef Morocco is back. Throughout the four weeks of Ramadan, 2M TV channel will host every Thursday the second season of the cooking contest series. Eight famous Moroccan faces will engage in a culinary battle over the competition's title. The worlds of music, sports, cinema and comedy will come together during the...

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  • ‘Wonder Woman’ Banned in Lebanon
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    ‘Wonder Woman’ Banned in Lebanon

    Rabat - “Wonder Woman,” the highly anticipated superhero movie, will not be shown in Lebanon because the lead actress, Gal Gadot, previously served in the Israeli Army.  Just hours before the scheduled premier of the film in Beirut, Grand Cinemas, a theater chain in Lebanon, announced the ban on Twitter. For weeks, posters had promoted...

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  • Ahmed Chawki
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    Habibi… We Love Your Music

    By Najoua Bijjir Amsterdam - “There were times I couldn’t find a job and when I lived through hardship.” Launching mega-hit after mega-hit. Collaborating with superstars like Pitbull, and signing on with none other than music producer RedOne. Ahmed Chawki, the guy who has been successful in merging Moroccan-Arab-music with western pop. He’s brought worlds that...

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  • Fez to Host 13th International Festival of Amazigh Culture
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    Fez to Host 13th International Festival of Amazigh Culture

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The city of Fez invites Moroccans and the international public to the 13th Annual Festival of Amazigh Culture, scheduled to take place July 14 to 16. The event, held under the theme “Amazigh and Cultural Diversity Confronting Extremism”, aims to illuminate the importance of Amazigh culture and the role of multiculturalism in national development. This event has...

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  • Azemmour to Host 7th Annual Malhounyat Festival in June
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    Azemmour to Host 7th Annual Malhounyat Festival in June

    Rabat - The city of Azemmour will host the 7th edition of Malhounyat Festival June 1 to 4, under the theme “Moroccan Artisans and Creators of Spectacle in the Art of Malhoun.” The four-day event will gather together artists of Malhoun, a form of sung poetry descending from Moorish North Africa, artists from Tunisia, Algeria...

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  • Video French Montana and Vin Diesel Discuss Ramadan
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    Video: French Montana and Vin Diesel Discuss Ramadan

    Rabat - Moroccan-American Rapper, French Montana, took to social media to discuss his observance of the holy month of Ramadan. In a viral video on Facebook, the rapper, alongside movie star Vin Diesel, talks about Ramadan. Dressed in bathrobes, Diesel says “I’m proud that my brother here is gonna be doing Ramadan, and I might...

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  • The Influence of Arabic on Spanish
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    What’s in a Modern Language? The Influence of Arabic on Spanish

    By Lery Hiciano Rabat - For several hundred-years the Moors dominated the Iberian Peninsula; when they left, they had profoundly influenced both the history and language of Spain.  From 711 to the fall of Grenada in 1492, Muslims, either Arab or Amazigh, controlled varying parts of what is now Spain and Portugal. For several centuries, Catholic rule was restricted only to...

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  • Meknes to Host 3rd Sidi Abderrahmane El Majdoub Festival for Zajal in June
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    Meknes to Host 4th Sidi Abderrahmane El Majdoub Festival for Zajal in June

    Rabat - The city of Meknes will host the fourth edition of Sidi Abderrahmane El Majdoub Festival for “Word and Wisdom” June 6 to 10, at the Mohammed Menouni and Michael Joubert cultural centers as well as Lahdim square. The five-day event aims to showcase Moroccan Zajal (a popular traditional form of Moroccan Arabic poetry) as...

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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...