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    Pope’s Representatives in Morocco amid Debate over Local Christians

    Rabat - Moroccan officials have met with representatives of Pope Francis amid controversy over Moroccan Christians’ right to worship. A conference was held on Wednesday in the Moroccan Royal Academy in partnership with the  Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue to discuss under the theme “Believers and Citizens in a Changing World”. High Moroccan officials took...

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  • Moroccan Christians Insist on Breaking Taboo and Media Clichés
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    Moroccan Christians Speak Out, Demand Their Right to Worship

    Rabat - Recently more Moroccans have come out as Christians, preaching for their faith and calling for their rights to be recognized. In an article published by the Agence France-Presse (AFP), a group of Moroccan Christians spoke about their experiences as converts and outlined their demands as a religious minority. Moroccan and Christian "I am...

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    Germany Bans “Full Face Coverage” in Veiled Anti-Muslim Ruling

    Rabat - Continuing the spread of anti-Islamic rhetoric and policy across Europe, the German parliament passed a law partially ban "covering the face" on Thursday, April 27. The draft law of the ban, which applies to public servants, military personnel, and juridical staff, does not make any mention of the Muslim burqa or niqab but...

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  • Hamed Abdel Samad says Islam Cannot Be Reformed
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    Egyptian Writer: “Islam Cannot Be Reformed”

    Rabat - Hamed Abdel Samad, a German-Egyptian political scientist and public critic of Islam, expressed in a recent interview with TelQuel his belief in the impossibility of reforming Islam. “If it had been possible to reform Islam, it would have been done centuries ago,” Abdel Samad told the Moroccan French-language magazine. “Islam is an ultra-sacralized...

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  • Mimouna in Morocco: Jews Who Trust Their Muslim Neighbors
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    Mimouna in Morocco: Jews Who Trust Their Muslim Neighbors

    By Allen S. Maller New York - The vast majority of people in the Christian and Muslim world know little, or nothing at all, about the history of the Jewish communities in the Muslim world. The only thing most Jews know about this fourteen-hundred-year history, is that Jews in North Africa and the Middle East...

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  • Casablanca Women Stage Sit-In Denouncing Burqa Ban
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    Restriction on Religion in Morocco on the Rise: Study

    Rabat - Restriction on religion in Morocco has been increasing, according to a new study conducted by the AmericanPew Research Center. The study, which surveyed 198 countries, listed Morocco among 23 countries with ‘very high’ government restrictions on religion in 2015, along with Vietnam, Singapore, Algeria, Iraq, Eritrea, Brunei and Mauritania. The center further noted that...

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  • French Mosques Union Turns to Morocco for Guidance
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    French Mosques Union Turns to Morocco for Guidance

    Rabat - The French Mosques Union (UMF) has made a "pragmatic and carefully considered" choice to take advantage of Morocco's experience in the training of imams and morchidates, which is recognized internationally. These and other statements were made in a press release from the organization, published at the end of the meeting of its Board...

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  • How Morocco Helps France Fight Extremism
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    How Morocco Helps France Fight Extremism

    By Saad Eddine Lamzouwaq Rabat - For the last couple of years, France has been a target of several terrorist attacks, many of which were conducted by young French radicalized Muslims. To counter such a threat, French authorities invested in enhancing security measures and increasing the number of police and army personnel. But as many argue,...

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    New York: Jewish Community Says King Mohammed VI ‘Role Model for Entire World’

    Rabat - The Jewish community in New York has praised King Mohammed VI and described him as a "role model for the entire world" in terms of religious coexistence. The relationship between Islam and Judaism was at the heart of a ceremony in New York this Thursday. "What country other than Morocco could have gathered...

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    China Bans Muslims From Growing Long Beards, Wearing Veil

    Toronto - Fighting what it’s calling a “people’s war” against Islamic extremism, China has made the wearing of face veils and “abnormally” long facial beards illegal. According to the BBC, Beijing says the moves are considered necessary as the result of recent clashes in the province of Xinjiang, between the authorities and Uighur (pronounced wee-gur)...

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  • 69% of Moroccans Support Separation of Religion from Politics
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    69% of Moroccans Support Separation of Religion from Politics

    Rabat - 69 percent of  Moroccans support the idea of separating religion and politics, according to the 2016 Index of Arab Public Opinion, conducted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. The findings of the index’s survey of 18,310 interviewees from 12 Arab countries shows that the number increased slightly since 2015, when...

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  • Trump-Like Anti-Islam Rhetoric Spreads to China
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    Trump-Like Anti-Islam Rhetoric Spreads to China

    Toronto - Following the recent release of a video purportedly showing Chinese nationals training in Iraq for a major strike inside China, official government rhetoric regarding Islam is becoming increasingly hard-line.  Chinese officials are expressing concern over what they see as a growing religious incursion into China. Like many European countries and the United States,...

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  • Dutch far-right and anti-Islamist deputy, Geert Wilders
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    Wilders Wants to Ban Quran in the Netherlands

    Rabat - Geert Wilders is not shy when it comes to expressing his anti-Islamic views. In the latest of the far-right Dutch politician’s chronicles, Wilders has called for the banning of Quran in Netherlands, reports Euronews. After calling the Moroccan community “scum” this past February and expressing his wish to close all of Netherland’s mosques...

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  • King Mohammed VI Urges Voters to Act in Good Conscience in Forthcoming Elections
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    King Mohammed VI, Ivorian President Perform Friday Prayer in Abidjan

    Abidjan – King Mohammed VI accompanied by Prince Moulay Ismail, and President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, performed the Friday prayer at Grande Mosquée Riviera Golf in Abidjan. After the prayer, the King donated 10,000 copies of the Holy Quran, 8,000 of which were translated into the French language, to the...

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  • Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world
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    Islam Will Be World’s Largest Religion by 2070

    Toronto -  Results from a recent Pew Research Center study have found that Muslims are the world’s fastest growing segment of the world’s population, according to a Telegraph report. The Pew study revealed that the world’s population of Muslims will grow by 73 percent between the years 2010-2050. Christians will grow by 35 percent, representing...

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    Ivorian Tidjanes Pay Tribute to King Mohammed VI for Promoting Tolerant Islam

    Abidja - The Federal Council of Tidjanes in Cote d'Ivoire on Wednesday paid a heartfelt tribute to King Mohammed VI for His role in promoting peace and stability in the world. During a religious ceremony gathering several imams and followers of the Tidjaniya in the Malick Konaté mosque, prayers were raised to the Almighty to...

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  • Harvard to Host Free Online Religious Literacy Classes
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    Harvard to Host Free Online Religious Literacy Classes

    Rabat - Most conflict is the result of misunderstanding or a lack of accurate information or both. In the case of religion, history has repeatedly shown this can have dire consequences. Harvard University is choosing to combat what it calls religious illiteracy by offering a series of six free online classes, according to the Huffington...

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  • Quran, Muslims Holy book. Photo by Morocco World News
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    Danish Man is Prosecuted for Blasphemy after Burning Quran

    By Julia Cabrera Rabat - A 42-year-old Danish man is charged with blasphemy in Denmark after posting a video on Facebook of himself burning the Quran. Denmark's decision is unexpected, as the country is mainly secular and supportive of freedom of speech according to various European news outlets. The man, who cannot be identified due...

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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...