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    Chefchaouen to Celebrate Moroccan Poetry at 32nd Annual Festival

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The Blue City of Chefchaouen will host the 32nd annual National Festival for Modern Moroccan Poetry on April 7 and 8. The two-day event will bring together emblematic figures of the world of poetry to celebrate the literary art within the mountainous atmosphere of the city of Chefchaouen. The festival...

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  • Old designed wooden doors of Riad Yakout in Fez Medina. Photos by Isabella Bernal, Morocco World News
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    The Medina of Fez - Poem

    By Mohamed Lebshara The medina of Fes is an old grandmother, cultured, educated, once famed for her great beauty, once very rich. Still she has countless jewels and garments made long ago by the finest craftsmen and artists. But now she's old and sick and ugly abandoned by her children and grandchildren. They used to...

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  • Flowers from Morocco
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    Fragile! Poem

    By Youssef Naciri On a snowing evening she rose, But I warmed her shades to doze; So, her pride begun to grow, As I rained long to know; To this rose, I was one in her thorns As flesh in her skin and Bones! But as summer came by, So long! Said as if to deny:...

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  • Lilia Ben Mansour
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    Oftentimes I Wonder - Poem

    By Lilia Ben Mansour - Tunis Many stories I had to tell For years in peace I used to dwell How on a single violet night My pleasure can become my plight **** Robbed of all bliss and happiness I saw a warm approaching light From a spectral lady in white But untrue her presence...

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  • Hadhami Walhazi
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    Her Daddy’s Death - Poem

    By Hadhami Walhazi - Tunis She visits many old faces. Some of them are quite quiet, Exotic, yet exhausted, With a sorrowful odour, That cannot be identified. **** Those stone-like unknowns Are crying his death Announcing the time of Perishing civilization, Burying love, And planting fears. **** Like a stranger, she walks Between the black long...

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  • Nouha Habouria
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    The Quest - Poem

    By Nouha Habouria - Tunis   The world of its colors is bereft Nobody is here. Everybody has left **** I must start The Quest But where’s the rest? Nobody Neither in the East nor in the West **** I miss the feast Or some sounds of life at least Bad fortune Fortuna, Aphrodite, and...

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    Unleash The Poet Within You Blossoms Again This Spring

    Tunis - A year ago, in the spring of 2014, Aspire to Inspire Tunisia’s event “Unleash the Poet Within You” brought together  passionate students, inspiring poets and proud teachers. Gathered with the unifying love for poetry, the vital need for self-expression and the unbridled urge to aspire to inspire, they rendered a seemingly common April...

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  • Women in Fez, Morocco
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    Who Am I? - Poem

    Safi, Morocco "Who am I?" She burst into a bitter wail; "I am just a heavy burden; I am stale!" You’re the lovely princess of a fairy tale, You‘re the very woman beside the female,  **** You are the soft second half of the male, The mother, the fuel of our wheel and sail; You...

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    Good Morning - Poem

    By Ghizlane Radi - Casablanca After a sleep that lasted too long, After a talk that was thought wrong. My gem woke up in a plastic century, Celebrated her holy anniversary. Goddess of herself and her own, Worshiped by night and dawn. My gem comes in the form of a breath, It stands among us...

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  • Moroccan students in Casablanca
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    To All Students, I say - Poem

    Mourad El Hanafi   Enjoy being a student For someday You'll cease to be a student Enjoy the weight on your shoulders Enjoy the life you draw with your fingers Feel and enjoy Your seat's warmth Your classmates’ warmth Your teachers’ warmth For at school, on exciting journeys you set forth Be cool and don’t...

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    What Ails You, Dear?

    Tunis Instead of learning to walk in the blue And learning not to feel the pain of my tear, Come back before you are gone, O Dear! Come back before telling me 'adieu' I am afraid you will get lost in the blue knowing not what to say or do. You will add another pain...

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    The United Nations through the Eyes of an Occupied Arab - Poem

    Oujda- By Mohammed Zeriouh   We were told the UN would resolve all our conflicts By the sane wisdom of its objective specialists. We were told later it’d rethink our security So that we would enjoy our innate humanity. We were told it’d intervene unconditionally To reclaim our alienated statehood peacefully. We were told the...

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  • A free batterfly representing freedom and love
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    Mirage summer - Poem

    By Lina Aissa - Kenitra I was infancy A blossoming white lilac Innocence, purity incarnate All I knew was him, My world he was I adored my reflection in his pupils A smile on his face was my nirvana **** Nevertheless, being with him a dream was Me on top of his shoulders, Swaying along the...

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    Blood Donation - Poem

    Safi, Morocco Here is my precious blood, The dearest I’ve ever had, My parents’ and my legacy By true decree, not fallacy. ****  Here’s my scarlet blood,  With my love dyed in red; Its white globules are a balm Transporting peace and calm,  **** Here is my blood dripping Out with red and while petals,...

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    To My Home Land - Poem

    By Salam chouiref - Fez To the land of the flourishing dynasties Prosperous ethnicities And refining antiquities  **** I’m falling in love with the colors of your nature With the hospitality of your creature And with the beauty of your architecture  **** You are the one that bears the sorrow of the people The malice of...

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    Farewells - Poem

    By Minyar Mrabti - Gabes, Tunisia Farewell, dear pure love, dear sweetness  Farewell is the inevitable phase A futuristic dryness, I see And shall the ever-lasting humdrumness be Yes I'am vain without she Mercy, I request from this time on me Take the fastest road, and let the reunion be For this love's flames do burn...

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    I am Black – Poem

    Safi – Morocco White inside, despite my black skin; That’s the contrast of life, I imagine. Just like you,i have got light red blood; My heart sings life in drowning flood; My white smile proves my innocence From a charge that is clear nonsense; I’m black; if you can’t stand the evidence, Ask nature to...

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    A Palestinian Mother’s gift - Poem

    Safi, Morocco A mother, plucking her heart off her chest, Feeling bitter, to look strong doing her best, Said to the last of her leaving sons, bravely: This is your great day as a lover of the nation To which you’re bound by great infatuation; You’ve been chosen and responded eagerly;  Here’s my gift signed...

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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...