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    Ramadan's Lessons: The Value of One Cup of Water

    By Rabbi Allen S. Maller New York - In the Book “Tales of the Prophets” we learn that “One day Prophet Moses was passing by a barren hill and noticed a pious man busy in prayer sitting in a hill side cave. Prophet Musa felt an urge to meet and talk to this pious man...

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    The Secret Behind Motorbikes in Marrakech

    Omar El Qayedy Marrakech - In talking about Marrakech and its people, the topic of transportation often comes up at some point. Since I was an undergraduate student, I have noticed that the vehicle of choice most people use to make their way around the city is the motorbike. I used to not think about...

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  • The Moussem of Ben Yeffu
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    The Mashdud (episode IV)

    El Jadida - The imam summoned back a terrible experience in the belly of the whale (Casablanca) marked by roaming the streets all over a couple of nights. Even the very hood of his djellaba pricked up when his body writhed in pain. He had to go back to Sidi Barek to spend a month...

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  • The Moussem of Ben Yeffu
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    The Mashdud (episode III)

    El Jadida - Looking out of the window of the coach carrying passengers to Safi, Abdessalam stared wonderingly at the flourishing green vegetation oblivious of the dark dismal future of his sickness. Would he be cured and would he regain his health? Would he return to his duwar and his farm land to help the...

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  • The Moussem of Ben Yeffu
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    The Mashdud (episode II)

    El Jadida - It was Saturday 3 March 2002, when I drove to Ben Yeffu during a Spring season moving through an exceptional heat wave that melted asphalt roads like chocolate and plunged flying birds dead on the ground. Yet, I could not postpone my visit to the shrine because I was invited. In Morocco,...

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  • The Moussem of Ben Yeffu
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    The Mashdud (Episode I)

    El Jadida - Now he is buried in one the cemeteries near Ben Yeffu in al-Gharbiya region. He died a natural death, I was told, a few years ago. He was the imam of the mosque and the Koranic teacher of the children of the duwar when I met him. I was conducting my research...

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    If I Did What Should Have Been Done… Short Story

    By Abdellatif Oudra Ouarzazate - It was a very special friendship bonded us together for years. Even though we didn’t hail from the same lineage, he was a true brother to me. We always exchanged brotherly advice and guidance ever since we met each other. His name was Amin. He was a faithful husband to...

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  • Moroccan Sahara Desert
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    An Act of Mercy - Short Story

    By Abderrahmane Alamrani Oujda - The ocean of blue sky extended as far as the eye could see, with an orange hue tinting the horizon. The wind did him no justice; it would erase his footsteps moments after leaving them behind. A heavy breeze touched his face, and desperation was setting in. The hope of...

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  • The Coin - Short Story
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    The Coin - Short Story

    By Khadija Amoussi Marrakech - “We are adults, but the child we once were, lives inside us.” This is what a friend of mine once said to me. This statement rings true. When we feel nostalgic, and want to share our childhood stories, or to hear about a friend we had great times with, the...

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    Equality Through Salvation - Short Story

    Khemisset, Morocco - As half of her people, she had the misfortune to be a female. From the day she was born until her very last breath she would be nothing more than what society has already reserved for her, servitude. As it is commonly understood, she is unfit to learn because she has a tiny...

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    To the Unfaithful: Be It Husband or Wife, As You Sow, You Reap - Short Story

    By Abdellatif Oudra Nador - Despite his being married, he slept with her over night every weekend. It was Monday morning, and he woke up and got dressed in his blouse as if he were going to work. On his way back home, he kept fancying the delicious food his wife would make for him, longing for that...

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    A Father’s Worries - Short Story

    By Kamilia Morkanty - Casablanca The first child always has a special influence on a couple’s relationship. This small creature has the ability to brighten one’s life and fill one’s heart with love and happiness. A child is a gift given by Allah to make one’s life happier, more meaningful and beautiful. Like any couple that...

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    A Story He Should Listen to

    Rabat - Hurra, the Arabic name for "free," was 16 when she first saw "him." She was a villager, but she was lucky to have her aunt living in a big city. Paying her visits was Hurra’s most cherished outlet because she felt that she was lucky to see and experience a new world. He...

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    Blessed Madness - Short Story

    Tunis - I visited the madhouse once and attempted to find some sort of inspiration. All I was able to extract were some words from maniacs and this was the weirdest of them all. Mr. S told me his nutty story and I found it magical; how the mind can work out such wondrous events....

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    Does the child pay for his mother's milk? - Short Story

    Tunis - When I was a child, "to say that memory believes before knowing remembers and that it believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders," I used to rely upon my heart in everything I feel like being into close contact with. Things were perfectly at home. I did not understand. I used...

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    Swan at heart - Short Story

    Ariana, Tunisia - A glare of despair caressed her regard, while her wizened ashen lips twitched forcing to blast a new thread of creases to add to her through-time-collected legacy of wrinkles. Each wrinkle told of an eclipse and sunburn labeled a cruel spiteful harvest. Her eyes, tiny pistachio nuts, barely visible through a set of...

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    Such Solitary Waves - Short Story

    El KJef, Tunisia - If  only  she  could  understand  why  he  chose  this  day  to  break  up  with  her. After  a  three -years  relationship,  Ren  had  decided  it  was  over  between  him  and  Miyazawa,  one  day  before  their  anniversary.  He  just  decided  not  to  celebrate  hypocrisy  for  the  third  time. This girl was  no  longer  the ...

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    Joe's Dream - Short Story

    Rabat - They live behind bars, they feed on high hopes, they strengthen with youth years, they weaken with old age but they never break out, in the cell of our minds, they live and vanish. Like stars in the sky, they shine to enlighten pavement ways in the darkest of nights. Like stars in...

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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...