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Morocco On The Move

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      Maghreb Arab Press (Rabat, Morocco, April 16, 2013)  —  HM King Mohammed VI sent a letter of compassion and solidarity to U.S. President Barack Obama, in which the Sovereign strongly condemned the despicable criminal attack against the International Marathon of Boston, which claimed the lives of several innocent people. Here is the translation: “Your [...]

    morocco-kinggneufferKing Mohammed VI sends letter to President Obama expressing sympathy, solidarity over Boston Marathon bombing. MAPmorocco-kinggneufferKing Mohammed VI sends letter to President Obama expressing sympathy, solidarity over Boston Marathon bombing. MAP

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      **Here in Morocco, news that America has again fallen under attack stirred and angered the population and its leadership. Our King, Mohammed VI, was the first foreign head of state to send prayers and condolences to US president Barack Obama and many who mourn.**   Huffington Post, by Ahmed Charai (April 17, 2013) — [...]

    BostonMarathon-Explosions172451--525x415gneufferBoston Marathon struck by two bomb explosions. APBostonMarathon-Explosions172451--525x415gneufferBoston Marathon struck by two bomb explosions. AP

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    Cincinnati CityBeat, by Keith Bowers (Cincinnati, Ohio, April 17, 2013) — This year’s International Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory brings in an Arab North African twist and creates a beautiful spectacle in the process. If you’ve never experienced the tastes, smells and sights of a Moroccan bazaar, then this event will get you there — [...]

    todo_butterflyshow_wideagneufferThis year’s International Butterfly Show at Cincinnati's Krohn Conservatory features sights and sounds of Moroccan bazaar and more than 16,000 butterflies in landscape of Islamic art and culture, with special children's programming throughout the show. CityBeattodo_butterflyshow_wideagneufferThis year’s International Butterfly Show at Cincinnati's Krohn Conservatory features sights and sounds of Moroccan bazaar and more than 16,000 butterflies in landscape of Islamic art and culture, with special children's programming throughout the show. CityBeat

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      *World Bank has 5 messages for MENA in “Jobs for Shared Prosperity“*   MATIC, by Jean R. AbiNader (Washington, DC, April 18, 2013) — The World Bank has issued its fourth volume in the series Jobs for Shared Prosperity – Time for Action in the Middle East and North Africa. Well over 300 pages, [...]

    jean-abinader-executive-director-moroccan-american-trade-investment-centergneufferWorld Bank: The Arab Spring, and its call for jobs and dignity, offers opportunities to adopt a new development model that benefits all its citizens. This report offers a formula for seizing those opportunities.Morocco program16533jean-abinader-executive-director-moroccan-american-trade-investment-centergneufferWorld Bank: The Arab Spring, and its call for jobs and dignity, offers opportunities to adopt a new development model that benefits all its citizens. This report offers a formula for seizing those opportunities.Morocco program16533

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      **”We’re attracted by the relaxed nature of Sufism and the relaxed interpretation of Islam that’s far removed from all fanaticism.”** –Young attendee, 7th Fes Festival of Sufi Culture Magharebia, by Siham Ali (Fes, Morocco, April 19, 2013) — Morocco on Wednesday (April 17th) wrapped up the 7th Fes Festival of Sufi Culture, an event [...]

    gneufferThe 7th Fes Festival of Sufi Culture wrapped up April 17, highlighting “the importance of dialogue, listening to others and seeking common ground and a language that can be understood by all.gneufferThe 7th Fes Festival of Sufi Culture wrapped up April 17, highlighting “the importance of dialogue, listening to others and seeking common ground and a language that can be understood by all." [AFP/Ammar Abd Rabbo].

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      **”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 [...]

    gneufferMorocco has a functioning parliamentary system. In 2011 Moroccan voters approved Constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed VI that enshrine women's and ethnic rights, strengthens the role of Parliament, and began a regionalization effort to shift power to local communities. Photos: CNN/AFP Commentary MagazineMohamed VI appears to be a sincere reformer but he is undoubtedly a savvy King.  He set Morocco on a path of reforms a decade before the Arab Spring. Expanding the space for consensual governance was the best way to preserve the monarchy.   After the November 2011 Parliamentary elections, King Mohammed VI asked the winning PJD party leader, Abdelilah Benkirane, to be Head of Government and put together a governing coalition.In February Moroccan leaders came to Fez to celebrate restoration of Slat Alfassiyine synagogue, which the King said was gneufferMorocco has a functioning parliamentary system. In 2011 Moroccan voters approved Constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed VI that enshrine women's and ethnic rights, strengthens the role of Parliament, and began a regionalization effort to shift power to local communities. Photos: CNN/AFP Commentary MagazineMohamed VI appears to be a sincere reformer but he is undoubtedly a savvy King. He set Morocco on a path of reforms a decade before the Arab Spring. Expanding the space for consensual governance was the best way to preserve the monarchy. After the November 2011 Parliamentary elections, King Mohammed VI asked the winning PJD party leader, Abdelilah Benkirane, to be Head of Government and put together a governing coalition.In February Moroccan leaders came to Fez to celebrate restoration of Slat Alfassiyine synagogue, which the King said was "eloquent testimony to the spiritual wealth and diversity of the Kingdom of Morocco and its heritage." Morocco's Constitution guarantees the rights of Jewish, Christian, & Muslim religious practice, and recognizes Amazigh, the Berber language, as an official language with Arabic and French.

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    **Morocco: Sahara-Roots hosted a two day long Earth Day project in Ouarzazate, Morocco. The theme of the project was on the importance of environmental awareness, and they promoted this theme throughout campaigns in schools, tree plantings, and recycling events.** Environment News Service/ENS (Washington, DC, April 22, 2013) – What started in 1970 as a teach-in [...]

    Bedouin-Tent-MoroccogneufferNothing stirs my soul quite like desert scenes. This image was captured in the Sahara Dunes of Merzouga, Morocco, where I and other spent an evening eating delicious Moroccan food cooked in a tent, and listening to a Berber jam session.  Photos for Earth Day/Green Prophet20130422_earthdayIndia20130422_newzealandcravassePicture120130422_earthday20130422_wisconsinearthdayBedouin-Tent-MoroccogneufferNothing stirs my soul quite like desert scenes. This image was captured in the Sahara Dunes of Merzouga, Morocco, where I and other spent an evening eating delicious Moroccan food cooked in a tent, and listening to a Berber jam session. Photos for Earth Day/Green Prophet20130422_earthdayIndia20130422_newzealandcravassePicture120130422_earthday20130422_wisconsinearthday

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      * Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode, filmed in Morocco, is “one of the most staggering things ever put on television.” Inside TV *We wanted to make sure locations lived up to  grandeur of storyline. Essaouira, on Moroccan coast, doubled for Astapor.  Ait Benhaddou, on edge of Sahara (near Ouarzazate) doubled for Yunkai. New York Times [...]

    gneufferFilmed near Ourzazate, Morocco, Sunday’s gneufferFilmed near Ourzazate, Morocco, Sunday’s "Game of Thrones" has stunning conclusion as Princess Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) struggles to gain power, respect and do "greater good." InsideTVGame_of_Thrones_title_card1_3Though Dany’s dragons are purely digital creations, the final scene was breath-taking for viewers, fire-breathing for participants.Filming Game Of Thrones involves finding the right locations to bring the world of Westeros to life on our screens. For the third season, Game Of Thrones filmed in Morocco, featuring the Mother Of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, in the most exotic parts of George R.R. Martin’s fictional world. NBC, UnrealityTVThe historical coastal town of Essaouira in Morocco was chosen to continue the adventures of Daenerys Targaryen in the city of Astapor. Image by Lukas Vermeer The mud brick fortress of Aït Benhaddou, near Ouarzazate, Morocco, seems out of a tale from the 1,001 nights. Hotel bookings in the desert town of Ouarzazate, Morocco, also known as the ‘door of the desert, have experienced a 100 percent spike since the season premiere of Game of Thrones, the epic HBO fantasy TV series that has garnered a cult following around the world. Ouarzazate has also set the scene for other epic films such as the 1962 Lawrence of Arabia with Peter O’Toole, The Mummy, and Russell Crowe’s Gladiator. Euronews

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      **One of the only institutions of its kind in the Arab world** Jewish Telegraphic Agency/JTA (April 23, 2013) — The Museum of Moroccan Judaism, one of the only institutions of its kind in the Arab world, was reopened in Casablanca after months of renovations. The re-opening ceremony earlier this month was attended by Moroccan [...]

    gneufferMuseum of Moroccan Judaism — Casablanca, MoroccoMuseum of Moroccan Judaism — Casablanca, MoroccoMuseum of Moroccan Judaism — CasablancaThe Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca, MoroccogneufferMuseum of Moroccan Judaism — Casablanca, MoroccoMuseum of Moroccan Judaism — Casablanca, MoroccoMuseum of Moroccan Judaism — CasablancaThe Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca, Morocco

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    EuroNews, CANOE (April 22, 2013) — Hotel bookings in the desert town of Ouarzazate, Morocco have experienced a 100% spike since the season premiere of “Game of Thrones,” the epic fantasy TV series that has garnered a cult following around the world. According to online reservation site LateRooms.com, hotels set in filming locations such Ouarzazate, [...]

    gneufferHBO's gneufferHBO's "Game of Thrones" inspiring travel to Morocco EuroNews, CANOE

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      Al Monitor, by Meryem Saadi, from TelQuel (April 22, 2013) — In the coming years, all the museums in Morocco will be renovated and new ones will emerge. Below are the reasons driving this initiative. At the headquarters of the Museum Foundation in the Hassan district of Rabat, ensconced in his office decorated with paintings, photographs [...]

    gneufferA student looks at a display at the Judaism Museum in Casblanca on Jan. 28, 2011. (photo by Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images)gneufferA student looks at a display at the Judaism Museum in Casblanca on Jan. 28, 2011. (photo by Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images)

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        Magharebia, by Jemal Oumar (Nouakchott, Mauritania, April 23, 2013) — Judges from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya are advocating increased integration and legal reform throughout the Maghreb region. Meeting in Nouakchott last week for the Maghreb Union (UMA) judiciary committee session, they discussed the economic and social advantages to greater co-operation. “The [...]

    gneufferMaghreb interior ministers pose at a recent AMU meeting in Rabat. [AFP/Fadel Senna]gneufferMaghreb interior ministers pose at a recent AMU meeting in Rabat. [AFP/Fadel Senna]

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      Click Here to Watch VIDEO of CBS Evening News Report ** “Solar Impulse has already flown over the Alps in Switzerland where it was built. It has even flown over Morocco at night on batteries recharged by the sun.” ** CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, by John Blackstone,  MATIC (Mountain View, Calif., April [...]

    20120629_crossingfrontiers_flight-ouarzazate-rabat_ab_revillard-141gneufferSwiss solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse, prepares for flight across US set to begin May 1.  Seen above soaring over Moroccan Sahara last year on record-breaking intercontinental flight to desert city of Ouarzazate in Morocco.Solar Impulse flies over the Moroccan capital, Rabat, on its first stop last year in the North African nation.The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, a solar-powered, battery-equipped airplane capable of flying at night, is being prepped to fly across the United States in five legs beginning May 1. The plane is seen here in the hangar at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. CBS News Photo: James Martin/CNETIn Ouarzazate, Morocco, Solar Impulse pilot reviews advances in renewable energy to cross Sahara Photo: Solar Impulse flight to Rabat and Ouarzazate, Morocco last year coincided with launch of World Bank-financed solar project in Morocco to connect continents with power from Sahara sun20120629_crossingfrontiers_flight-ouarzazate-rabat_ab_revillard-141gneufferSwiss solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse, prepares for flight across US set to begin May 1. Seen above soaring over Moroccan Sahara last year on record-breaking intercontinental flight to desert city of Ouarzazate in Morocco.Solar Impulse flies over the Moroccan capital, Rabat, on its first stop last year in the North African nation.The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, a solar-powered, battery-equipped airplane capable of flying at night, is being prepped to fly across the United States in five legs beginning May 1. The plane is seen here in the hangar at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. CBS News Photo: James Martin/CNETIn Ouarzazate, Morocco, Solar Impulse pilot reviews advances in renewable energy to cross Sahara Photo: Solar Impulse flight to Rabat and Ouarzazate, Morocco last year coincided with launch of World Bank-financed solar project in Morocco to connect continents with power from Sahara sun

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      **”Think about it: here is a benevolent Muslim monarch contributing to honoring Jewish heritage in a predominantly Catholic country,” said Carol Castiel, a Washington journalist who heads the non-profit Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project** AFP, by Robert MacPherson, JTA (Washington, DC, April 26, 2013) — A handful of descendants of Cape Verde’s small but [...]

    Cape Verde historygneufferGirls play in a street near Praia in the Cape Verde islands on June 5, 2005. Steps show Jewish heritage on islands. (AFP, Alexander Joe)Morocco's King Mohammed VIheaderCarol Castiel and Salamiths Spencer at Jewish cemetery on Cape Verde Islands74233_626_415Cape Verde historygneufferGirls play in a street near Praia in the Cape Verde islands on June 5, 2005. Steps show Jewish heritage on islands. (AFP, Alexander Joe)Morocco's King Mohammed VIheaderCarol Castiel and Salamiths Spencer at Jewish cemetery on Cape Verde Islands74233_626_415

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      MATIC, by Jean R. AbiNader (Washington, DC, April 26, 2013) — I must admit that sometimes I am a bit confused by how some very good people frame their analyses of MENA issues. A recent case in point is a blog by Frederic Hof, one of my favorite writers on the Levant. He writes [...]

    jean-abinader-executive-director-moroccan-american-trade-investment-centergneufferFrederic C. Hof, senior fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic CouncilSultan and QaddafiAbove: Millions of protestors in Tahrir Square in Egypt. jean-abinader-executive-director-moroccan-american-trade-investment-centergneufferFrederic C. Hof, senior fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic CouncilSultan and QaddafiAbove: Millions of protestors in Tahrir Square in Egypt. "Consent of the Governed: A New Middle East Political Order?" by Frederic HofDemonstration at the Hippodrome in the Ottoman empire. Photo: WikipediaMarina Ottoway Woodrow Wilson Center

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      Magharebia, by Jemal Oumar (Nouakchott, Mauritania, April 26, 2013) — Morocco and Mauritania agreed this week to partner for more than a dozen new social and economic projects, from vocational training to energy. Accords in transportation, construction, education, training, scientific research, energy, water, agriculture, fishing and marine resources, housing, sanitation and the “transfer of [...]

    gneufferMorocco's Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, signed 17 new cooperation accords with Mauritania on April 23rd. His first objective: visa policy changes. [cg.gov.ma]gneufferMorocco's Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, signed 17 new cooperation accords with Mauritania on April 23rd. His first objective: visa policy changes. [cg.gov.ma]

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      Magharebia, by Hassan Benmehdi in Casablanca and Siham Ali in Rabat (April 26, 2013) — Despite the many measures adopted by the Moroccan government, the civil service is still weighed down by heavy bureaucracy. The recent launch of a National Strategy to Modernise the Civil Service was prompted by urgent demands by the public, [...]

    gneuffergneuffer"We want to lay the foundations for an efficient, open and transparent civil service," says Public Sector Minister-Delegate Abdeladim El Guerrouj. [Hassan Benmehdi]

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      ** “I am excited that I get to be part of a nation that I’m serving,” said Oumama Kabli, Army National Guard private born to Moroccan mother, raised in Canada, & now a US citizen. “The US is my new home.”**   NBC News, by Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor (April 27, 2013) — A [...]

    gneufferOumama Kabli, born to a Moroccan mother and raised in Canada (center), celebrates becoming a US citizen during a naturalization ceremony April 15 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Kabli, 19, an Army National Guard private, is entitled to become a citizen without normal five-year residency requirement because of her military service. David Friedman/NBC NewsSource: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesOumama Kabli, right, celebrates with her mother, Sanaa Mandour, after becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony on Monday, April 15, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC  David Friedman/NBC NewsgneufferOumama Kabli, born to a Moroccan mother and raised in Canada (center), celebrates becoming a US citizen during a naturalization ceremony April 15 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Kabli, 19, an Army National Guard private, is entitled to become a citizen without normal five-year residency requirement because of her military service. David Friedman/NBC NewsSource: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesOumama Kabli, right, celebrates with her mother, Sanaa Mandour, after becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony on Monday, April 15, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC David Friedman/NBC News

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    **Caravanserai tour across US Midwest concludes as Orchestra of Fes musicians from Morocco come to Grand Rapids, Minnesota** Grand Rapids Herald-Review, by Nathan Bergstedt (April 27, 2013) — From the beginning of the tour last fall, the musical cultural connection of Caravanserai will be coming to a close this next week as the musicians of [...]

    gneufferOrchestra of FesgneufferOrchestra of Fes

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      *”On the road from Agadir, Tara Stevens encounters dramatic beaches, lunar-like landscapes & the majestic Atlas Mountains. Mother Nature seems to have been working overtime…’heart-stoppingly beautiful’.”*   London Telegraph, by Tara Stevens (April 28, 2013) — The light, when we step off the flight from snowy London, is heavenly: a deep, cerulean blue where [...]

    gneufferThe red cliffs of El GeziragneufferThe red cliffs of El Gezira

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