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- 04/02/13--08:10: _Morocco: Desert nom...
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- 04/03/13--16:25: _Hollande takes “eco...
- 04/03/13--20:34: _Speech by King Moha...
- 04/04/13--14:23: _The Other Arab Spri...
- 04/04/13--16:38: _Hollande hails Moro...
- 04/05/13--10:36: _Al-Qaeda in the Isl...
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- 04/10/13--14:03: _Arab Spring – No wa...
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- 04/11/13--05:26: _Marrakesh: Where Ch...
- 04/11/13--05:53: _Film Festival Honor...
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- 04/02/13--08:10: Morocco: Desert nomads marvel at water purifying device – AFP
- 04/02/13--11:28: Culture: Time Travel in Morocco – Huffington Post
- 04/04/13--14:23: The Other Arab Spring? – Commentary Magazine, Abe Greenwald
- 04/05/13--10:36: Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb creates Twitter account – Magharebia
- 04/11/13--05:26: Marrakesh: Where Churchill and Roosevelt played hookey – Telegraph
- 04/14/13--10:23: Culture: Listen up! Moroccans in ‘da Royal Opera House – Albawaba
- 04/15/13--12:20: The Museum of Moroccan Judaism Reopens Its Doors — Le Soir Echos
AFP, by Jalal Al-Makhfi (M’Hamid, Morocco, April 2, 2013) — Omar Razzouki gazes intently at the wooden box, marvelling at what might be the solution to the perennial water woes that he and other nomads like him across the Sahara desert face daily. More than 330 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, or around 40 [...]
gneufferScientists show a nomad how to assemble a "waterpod" near the village of M'Hamid El Ghizlane in Zagora on March 16, 2013 (AFP/File, Fadel Senna)More than 330 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, or around 40 percent of the population, do not have access to clean drinking water. (AFP)A nomad pours water into a "waterpod" near the village of M'Hamid El Ghizlane in Zagora on March 16, 2013 (AFP/File, Fadel Senna)A scientist shows a nomad how to assemble a waterpod near the village of M'Hamid El Ghizlane (AFP/File, Fadel Senna)Scientists shows a nomad how to assemble a waterpod near the village of M'Hamid El Ghizlane in Morocco (AFP/File, Fadel Senna)Two nomads riding on their camels into the desert near M'hamid, Morocco.Nomads riding camels in the Sahara desert.
Huffington Post, by Curtis Ellis (April 2, 2013) — Over the centuries, Jews, Romans, Berbers, Beats, Burroughs, Bowles and Yves St. Laurent have made Morocco their home. Its amazing culture blends Islamic, Judaic, Mediterranean and Gallic influences. In an increasingly homogenized world, Morocco retains a unique sense of place. I wanted to experience it [...]
gneufferOver the centuries, Jews, Romans, Berbers, Beats, Burroughs, Bowles and Yves St. Laurent have made Morocco their home. Its amazing culture blends Islamic, Judaic, Mediterranean and Gallic influences. In an increasingly homogenized world, Morocco retains a unique sense of place.A day trip from Fes took me further back in time to Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa.
**50 Years Ago – Morocco King Hassan II Visits US, March 27-30, 1963 – Click here to see video of visit** John F. Kennedy Library and Museum (Boston, Massachusetts, April 2, 2013) — Fifty years ago this past week, US President John F. Kennedy warmly welcomed Moroccan King Hassan II on a state visit [...]
Hassan II meets JFKgneuffer50 years ago, Morocco's King Hassan II was welcomed by President John F. Kennedy to the White House in Washington, DC. The North African leader, father of Morocco's reigning King Mohammed VI, also met with Congress, spoke at the National Press Club, paid his respects at Arlington Cemetary, spoke at the UN in New York, and visited the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Click photo for video from JFK Library.photo (5)
Bernama/MAP, KUNA (PARIS, France, April 3, 2013) — French President Francois Hollande arrives in Morocco today for a two-day visit that will include talks with King Mohammed VI and senior government officials, the Elysee Palace indicated. France has the closest ties with Morocco of any of the North African former colonies in the Maghreb and [...]
gneufferHM King Mohammed VI (r) and French president François Hollande meet today in Casablanca as French delegation begins official two-day state visit to Morocco.
**UPDATE: Click here for text of King Mohammed VI’s speech at official dinner honoring French President Hollande** Europe Online/DPA and North Africa Post (Casablanca/Paris, April 3, 2013) — French President Francois Hollande arrived in Morocco on Wednesday for a two-day visit aimed at cementing ties between the ailing former colonial power and one of North [...]
gneufferCrowds cheer King Mohammed VI, French President Hollande entering Casablanca. France has repeatedly hailed Morocco and its leadership for embarking on reforms long before the Arab Spring, backing France's intervention in Mali, and looks to build on their win-win partnership.Morocco's King Mohammed VI and French President Francois Hollande in Casablanca, as a French delegation begins a two-day state visit to Morocco.Morocco's King Mohammed VI talks with French President Francois Hollande in Casablanca at the start of the French President's two-day state visit in Morocco. ReutersMorocco's King Mohammed VI and French President Francois Hollande greet a large crowd in Casablanca at the beginning of a two-day French state visit in Morocco. Reuters
MAP (Casablanca, Morocco, April 3, 2013) — HM King Mohammed VI gave a speech during the official dinner offered, on Wednesday, in honor of French president François Hollande who is on a visit to the Kingdom. Here follows the full text of the speech: Praise be to God May peace and blessings be [...]
gneufferMorocco and France are "key players in a forward-looking partnership between the two shores of the Mediterranean," said King Mohammed VI in a speech Wednesday night at an official dinner in Casablanca honoring the visiting French President François Hollande.Crowds cheer King Mohammed VI, French President Hollande entering Casablanca. France has repeatedly hailed Morocco and its leadership for embarking on reforms long before the Arab Spring, backing France's intervention in Mali, and looks to build on their win-win partnership.Morocco's King Mohammed VI (center) with French President Francois Hollande (left) and President Hollande's companion Valerie Trierweiler (right) at a State dinner in Casablanca, Morocco on Wednesday honoring the visiting French President.
**”Today in the Maghreb, where most populations are preyed upon either by unchecked authority or unchecked anarchy, Morocco is different. This is not an accident.”** Commentary Magazine, by Abe Greenwald (April 4, 2013) — Not all “Arab unrest” is equal. Consider these current headlines out of North Africa and try to spot the odd [...]
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**“Every day, your country takes decisive steps towards democracy.” – French President Hollande** Middle East Online, AFP (Rabat, Morocco, April 4, 2013) – French President Francois Hollande on Thursday hailed “decisive steps” taken by Morocco towards democracy. “Every day, your country takes decisive steps towards democracy,” he said in a speech to parliament on the [...]
Hollande addresses Moroccan parliamentgneufferFrench President praises new Constitution introduced by King Mohammed VI in 2011 in response to Arab Spring protests, saying it guarantees ‘tolerance’. France's Hollande: ‘Our duty is to accompany you through your options.’ Middle East OnlineFrench President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat on April 4, 2013. Hollande hailed the "decisive steps" taken by Morocco towards democracy. AFP/Fadel SennaFrench President Francois Hollande (center) sits after delivering a speech at the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat on April 4, 2013, on the second day of his official two-day visit. Photo: Bertrand LangloisSpeaking to the Moroccan Parliament, Hollande also warned that a solution to the conflict in Western Sahara, where a UN peacekeeping force has been deployed for two decades, was more important than ever given the Islamist revolt raging in northern Mali. Hollande thanked Morocco for its support of the French intervention in Mali. AFP
Magharebia, by Jemal Oumar in Nouakchott and Siham Ali in Rabat (April 4, 2013) — Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) joined Twitter last month, spreading the terror group’s jihadist propaganda on the popular micro-blogging site. The account was first created March 16th by the Andalus Foundation, the propaganda arm of al-Qaeda in North [...]
gneufferTerrorism by Tweet: Andalus Foundation in March created account for Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb. [www.Twitter.com] "Al-Qaeda is no longer that group fighting in mountains and caves," said Mauritanian columnist M. Bahaide. "They have developed a media propaganda strategy…which has a stronger impact on human souls than bombers, mortars & aircraft."Among other communications, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has used its new Twitter account to tweet death threats regarding hostages to the French government. (Reuters)
Huffington Post, by Sarah Dajani (April 4, 2013) — Why haven’t I been here before? I’ve been on this planet for over a quarter of a century and why is it only now that I’ve come to Morocco? One of my closest friends is Moroccan, and he has been subtly hinting for the past four [...]
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**Under Morocco’s recently passed Constitution, the task is “to make people into citizens,” says Dr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah. In Morocco part of the task involves devolving power to localities.** Washington Post, Right Turn by Jennifer Rubin (Washington, DC, April 10, 2013) — Syria is in the midst of a bloody civil war. Lebanon is a [...]
Washington Post Jennifer Rubin Right Turn logogneufferWashington Post Jennifer Rubin Right Turn logoThen-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad Eddine Othmani in February, 2012 (Abdelhak Senna/Getty Images)
Washington Post/Associated Press, by Paul Schemm (Rabat, Morocco, April 10, 2013) — Spared the violence and instability of its North African neighbors, Morocco is looking to lure even more tourists to its beaches, cities and mountains to make up for those kept home by Europe’s economic crisis. Morocco hasn’t had anywhere near the catastrophic [...]
gneufferKasbah du Toubkal ... a positive model for tourism that benefits local community in Morocco's High Atlas mountains. Photograph: Alan KeohaneMoroccan Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad during an interview, at his office, in Rabat, Morocco, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Morocco's tourism minister says the popular North African travel destination is looking to expand its markets for visitors. More than half of Morocco's 9 million annual arrivals come from just two countries, Spain and France, but both have suffered economic crises and there have been drops in the number of people coming from those nations. (AP/Paul Schemm) Photo: APA recent survey by the World Economic Forum ranked Morocco in the top three most welcoming countries in the world for foreign visitors.Exotic cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, Rabat (above), Tangier, Meknes, and more offer visitors a remarkable diversity of culture, charm, and history.Morocco features a combination of sea and sand tourism, with beach resorts such as Agadir on the Atlantic and exotic cities like Marrakech. Its tourism plan seeks to expand its appeal to include its mountains and deserts.
**Seventy years ago, Churchill and Roosevelt escaped war duties to visit Marrakesh, ‘Paris of the Sahara’. Con Coughlin retraces their steps.** London Telegraph, by Con Coughlin (April 10, 2013) — Winston Churchill believed that “Marrakesh is simply the nicest place on Earth to spend an afternoon”, which explains why not even his demanding schedule [...]
gneufferChurchill and Roosevelt enjoy a break from their deliberations to spend a few days in Marrakesh. Telegraph
BBC News (London, England, April 10, 2013) — Women film-makers from Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon have been honoured by the Birds Eye View Film Festival in London, which this year chose to concentrate on features by Arab directors. On the Edge by Morocco’s Leila Kilani was named best feature, while Lebanon’s Eliane Raheb won [...]
gneuffer"On the Edge," Moroccan director Leila Kilani's first feature, was inspired by true events. BBCMoroccan film-maker Leila Kilani "On the Edge"
April 12, 2013 **Under its recently passed Constitution, Morocco’s task is “to make people into citizens.” –Dr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah** Jean AbiNader, Executive Director of the Moroccan American Trade & Investment Center sits down with Morocco’s Professor Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, who was in Washington, DC this week to speak at the German Marshall Fund [...]
MATIC, by Jean R. AbiNader (Washington, DC, April 12, 2013) — “…the transformation of a country is no easy matter…What we take for granted—a concept of citizenship, respect for a constitution, competent governance and an independent judiciary—have to, in large part, be started from scratch…That requires immense patience…and…requires a long- term commitment by the [...]
jean-abinader-executive-director-moroccan-american-trade-investment-centergneufferDr. Rachid Belmokhtar Benabdellah at GMFJean AbiNader interviews Dr. Rachid on Morocco's Reforms: Progress and Path Ahead. MATICINDH
Morocco Tourism Investment Forum (Casablanca, Morocco, April 12, 2013) — Next week, more than 30 national and international speakers will participate in the Morocco Tourism Investment Forum. The event, which will take place in Casablanca’s Hyatt Regency hotel, will be inaugurated by Lahcen Haddad, Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, and Nizar Baraka, Minister of Finance and [...]
morocco-tourism-investment-forumgneuffermorocco-tourism-investment-forumMoroccan Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad (AP/Paul Schemm) Photo: APMorocco’s Minister for finance and the economy, Nizar Baraka, at the Davos World Economic Forum. Photo: Norbert Schiller
Albawaba, by Sarah MacDonald (Muscat, Oman, April 14, 2013) — Some of Morocco’s best musicians showcased their musical traditions at a concert called “An Evening in Morocco” at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) on Wednesday evening. The concert featured three wonderful singers Abderrahim Souiri, Fuad Zbadi and Karima Skalli each accompanied by the Moroccan [...]
gneufferRoyal Opera House Muscat showcases Morocco's burgeoning music scene.
*Analysts argue that peaceful unity and autonomy, rather than future separatist conflicts, is only option to counter al-Qaeda-linked jihadists* Magharebia, by Jemal Oumar (Nouakchott, Mauritania, April 12, 2013) – The first of France’s 100 troops left Mali on Tuesday (April 9th), beginning the countdown for the Sahel state to assume responsibility for its own [...]
gneufferTouaregs in Niafunké celebrate after Malian and French troops drove out Islamists from the historic city of Timbuktu. [AFP/Eric Feferberg]Malian troops are gradually taking over from their French and African counterparts in the country's north. [AFP/Joel Saget]all peaceful solutions are possible today in the framework of the Malian state," Tuareg journalist Intagrist El Ansari told Magharebia.
(Article in French) Le Soir Echos, by Dalila Saadou (Casablanca, Morocco, April 15, 2013) — The Museum of Moroccan Judaism, after several months of renovations, has reopened its doors. New to its offerings are programs meant to introduce visitors to Jewish-Moroccan civilization in all its cultural richness. From photos of synagogues from across the Kingdom, [...]