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Morocco On The Move

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    *’Rabbinate of Morocco was extraordinarily creative dealing with Jewish law and application to modern times.  They had a certain boldness intellectually and a freedom of thought that was remarkable. And they used it to keep their community together.’* MAC (Washington, DC, May 15, 2013) — As part of its video series marking Jewish American Heritage […]

    gneufferWashington-DC area synagogue Magen David Sephardic CongregationgneufferWashington-DC area synagogue Magen David Sephardic Congregation

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    Columbia University, Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science, by Melanie Farmer (New York, NY, May 14, 2013) — The World Economic Forum has inducted Soulaymane Kachani, vice dean of Columbia Engineering and a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, into its 2013 class of Young Global Leaders. The new […]

    gneufferWorld Economic Forum selects Moroccan-born Soulaymane Kachani, vice dean of Columbia Engineering, as one of its 2013 Young Global Leaders.gneufferWorld Economic Forum selects Moroccan-born Soulaymane Kachani, vice dean of Columbia Engineering, as one of its 2013 Young Global Leaders.

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      Patriotic Vanguard, Sierra Leone’s News Portal (May 19, 2013) — Oum is the first word of moroccan first name Oum El Ghaït, which means ”Mother of relief “, and that used to be given to baby girls born in the desert in a rainy day or night. Oum wears well her name; her music generously […]

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      VENTURES AFRICA (Imlil Valley, Morocco, May 19, 2013) – Imlil is a small village located in the Atlas Mountains in the Kingdom of Morocco. It is one of the Berber villages along the way, and it lays about 1,700 meters above sea level, thus making it the center of the mountain tourism in Morocco. […]

    132_11436058644ee8ba520a630gneufferImlil is a small village located in the Atlas Mountains in the Kingdom of Morocco. It is one of the Berber villages along the way, and it lays about 1,700 meters above sea level, thus making it the center of the mountain tourism in Morocco.Imlil relies mainly on terraced agriculture and the brownish Berber villages make a harsh and beautiful contrast to the green terraces.Kasbah du Toubkal ... a model for tourism that benefits local community in Morocco's High Atlas mountains. Photograph: Alan Keohane132_11436058644ee8ba520a630gneufferImlil is a small village located in the Atlas Mountains in the Kingdom of Morocco. It is one of the Berber villages along the way, and it lays about 1,700 meters above sea level, thus making it the center of the mountain tourism in Morocco.Imlil relies mainly on terraced agriculture and the brownish Berber villages make a harsh and beautiful contrast to the green terraces.Kasbah du Toubkal ... a model for tourism that benefits local community in Morocco's High Atlas mountains. Photograph: Alan Keohane

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    Wamda, by Aline Mayard (May 20, 2013) — “We’ve never seen competition like this in Morocco.” These are the first words MarocAnnonces founder Tajdine Filali said to start our interview. He goes on to explain that he once counted 250 different classified websites, of all sizes and quality in Morroco. But the main arena features 3 […]

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      *They scorched the stages of Algeria and Tunis, in Casablanca and Baghdad, and also in Berlin and Paris. Upcoming concert is occasion to recall these artists who were honored in Morocco & elsewhere in the Arab world, but in Israel, not so much.* Haaretz, by Tsafi Saar (May 20, 2013) — They scorched the […]

    gneufferClockwise from top left: Habiba Msika, Zohra El Fassia, Leila Mourad, Raymonde Abecassis, Line Monty.Shira Ohayon. Photo by David BachargneufferClockwise from top left: Habiba Msika, Zohra El Fassia, Leila Mourad, Raymonde Abecassis, Line Monty.Shira Ohayon. Photo by David Bachar

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      Voice of America/VOA News (Washington, DC, May 20, 2013) – “Countries of particular concern” are countries that are considered to commit “particularly severe violations of religious freedom.” The United States said the right to global religious freedom was challenged last year, with governments often creating a “climate of intolerance” leading to hatred and violence. […]

    gneufferReleased on May 20, the US International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 identified countries of particular concern.gneufferReleased on May 20, the US International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 identified countries of particular concern.

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    MATIC, by Jean R. AbiNader (Washington, DC, May 22, 2013) — This has been a fun week already. At the MATIC office, we just hosted a delegation of four professionals from Morocco via the State Department international visitor leadership program. They represent the Moroccan Agency for Investment Development (AMDI), the Competition Council (similar to the […]

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      “In a decade of seismic shifts in the global economy, Africa has defied the pessimists and experienced significant growth. That economic growth must now translate into real economic transformation, which will bring jobs and opportunities to its citizens.” –Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank   World Policy, by Scott B. MacDonald (May […]

    gneufferThe African Development Bank (AfDB) holds its annual meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on May 27-31, with a central theme, “Structural Transformation in Africa,” that comes against a backdrop of recent praise for Africa’s “economic boom.” AfDB’s annual meeting in Marrakech will explore new ideas & set out concrete actions to help transform Africa’s economic boom into sustainable and inclusive growth. AfDBgneufferThe African Development Bank (AfDB) holds its annual meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on May 27-31, with a central theme, “Structural Transformation in Africa,” that comes against a backdrop of recent praise for Africa’s “economic boom.” AfDB’s annual meeting in Marrakech will explore new ideas & set out concrete actions to help transform Africa’s economic boom into sustainable and inclusive growth. AfDB

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      The Huffington Post, by Hunter Stuart (May 23, 2013) — Oscar Wilde once wrote that a cigarette is the perfect kind of pleasure because “it is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied.” If Wilde were alive today, he may have said the same thing about cinematographer Leonardo Dalessandri‘s short film “Watchtower of Morocco,” which […]

    Watchtower of Moroccogneuffer“Watchtower of Morocco,Watchtower of Moroccogneuffer“Watchtower of Morocco," short video by cinematographer Leonardo Dalessandri. Click on photo or here to view.

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    *Festival will seek to entertain its large audience with world of sounds, both modern, traditional, to bring a moment of festivity, celebration to all Moroccans.* Middle East Online (Rabat, Morocco, May 23, 2013) – At the heart of a world in motion, the 12th edition of the Mawazine Festival – Rhythms of the World is […]

    mawazine-2013gneufferMawazine music festival: World of sounds, both modern and traditionalOne of biggest names on Arab music sceneStreet showsMeetings between public and artistsmawazine-2013gneufferMawazine music festival: World of sounds, both modern and traditionalOne of biggest names on Arab music sceneStreet showsMeetings between public and artists

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    UPDATE — Click here for full Mawazine program Mawazine Festival (Rabat, Morocco, May 24, 2013) — Music superstar Rihanna is performing tonight to headline opening night at the 12th Edition of the Mawazine Festival, Rhythms of the World, on the stage at the OLM Souissi in Rabat. The R & B and pop icon’s performance […]

    morroco rihannagneufferRihanna is performing in Morocco tonight! Diamond World Tour comes to Rabat:  Rihanna, R & B/pop superstar, 7-time Grammy winner, headlines opening night at this year's Mawazine music festival.grammys-2013Rihanna performed in a Bob Marley musical tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Rihanna in her music video for morroco rihannagneufferRihanna is performing in Morocco tonight! Diamond World Tour comes to Rabat: Rihanna, R & B/pop superstar, 7-time Grammy winner, headlines opening night at this year's Mawazine music festival.grammys-2013Rihanna performed in a Bob Marley musical tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Rihanna in her music video for "Diamonds." NY Daily News

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      *Her performance at Mawazine Festival — in Morrocan capital of Rabat — marks beginning of international leg of Diamond World tour.* *Click here for concert reviews by Hollywood Reporter & MTV* *Video of Rihanna (from audience) singing ‘Stay’ & ‘Diamonds’*   Gulf News, The National, Hollywood Reporter (Rabat, Morocco, May 25, 2013) – A record crowd of some 150,000 […]

    gneufferSinger Rihanna performs on stage during a concert at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, Friday May 24, 2013. Rihanna started with Morocco's biggest music festival before beginning the European leg of Diamonds World Tour. Abdeljalil Bounhar/APRihanna arrives in Morocco. InstagramRihanna in concert at Mawazine festival in Rabat, Morocco, May 25, 2013“Thank you Morocco for making this night so special.” -- RihannagneufferSinger Rihanna performs on stage during a concert at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, Friday May 24, 2013. Rihanna started with Morocco's biggest music festival before beginning the European leg of Diamonds World Tour. Abdeljalil Bounhar/APRihanna arrives in Morocco. InstagramRihanna in concert at Mawazine festival in Rabat, Morocco, May 25, 2013“Thank you Morocco for making this night so special.” -- Rihanna

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      Wamda, by Aline Mayard (May 27, 2013) — Famous Moroccan city guide Made in Medina has now expanded to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beirut and now Bruxelles, Belgium. So how did a content company launched in Marrakech manage to build a global brand? In 2005, Stéphane Gandibleux was a young entrepreneur building his web agency, […]

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    Forbes Magazine, Ann Abel, Contributor (May 28, 2013) — “Dreams are only the plans of the reasonable,” reads the placard by the entrance to Kasbah du Toubkal, a dreamy alpine retreat in the High Atlas Mountains about an hour’s drive from Marrakech. It’s a slogan that prepares guests for the magical, out-of-time, out-of-place experience that […]

    gneufferKasbah du Toubkal -- High in the Atlas, the Kasbah is reached only by foot or mule.0x600dgneufferKasbah du Toubkal -- High in the Atlas, the Kasbah is reached only by foot or mule.0x600d

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      *The Congressional Morocco Caucus is “a bipartisan group of Members committed to deepening the economic and strategic relationship between the United States and Morocco.”* MACP (Washington, DC, May 28, 2013) — Just two weeks after President Barack Obama personally telephoned Morocco’s HM King Mohammed VI and invited him to visit the United States, members […]

    gneufferRepresentative Michael Grimm (R-NY), co-chair of the US Congressional Morocco Caucus, and Morocco’s Ambassador to the US, Rachad Bouhlal, on Capital Hill at event to mark launch of Congressional Morocco Caucus.Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Morocco’s Ambassador to the US, Rachad BouhlalgneufferRepresentative Michael Grimm (R-NY), co-chair of the US Congressional Morocco Caucus, and Morocco’s Ambassador to the US, Rachad Bouhlal, on Capital Hill at event to mark launch of Congressional Morocco Caucus.Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Morocco’s Ambassador to the US, Rachad Bouhlal

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      “The long-term strategy adopted recently by the African Development Bank answers the imperative need to increase support for African countries. We welcome this strategy and hope it will promote inclusive growth and facilitate a smooth transition to the green economy.”   Maghreb Arab Press, AllAfrica (Marrakech, Morocco, May 30, 2013) — Full text of […]

    gneufferKing Mohammed VI welcomes African Development Bank's annual meetings in Morocco:  gneufferKing Mohammed VI welcomes African Development Bank's annual meetings in Morocco: "Inclusiveness and sustainability—which have been identified as top priorities by the Bank—are key elements for the achievement of a meaningful structural transformation of African economies."May 30, 2013

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    *Two home-grown services – Lebanon-based Anghami and Morocco-based Yala Music – have achieved more than 1 million downloads each for their music applications since launch.* Middle East Real Time – WSJ.com’s inside look at the intersection of business, economics and politics in the Middle East. The Wall Street Journal, Middle East Real Time, by Rory […]

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      Al Arabiya/Agence France Presse (Tarfaya, Morocco, Friday, May 31, 2013) — Battling the wind in his World War I biplane, a French pilot landed on a sandy Moroccan airstrip. Nearly 90 years on, a museum honors his stay and the world-renowned book it inspired. “Antoine de Saint-Exupery the writer was partly born here, in […]

    gneufferBattling the wind in his World War I biplane, a French pilot landed on a sandy Moroccan airstrip. Nearly 90 years on, a museum honors the two years the late French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery spent in Tarfaya, Morocco and the world-renowned book it inspired. AFPFrancois D’Agay, nephew of late French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery displays a page of the book gneufferBattling the wind in his World War I biplane, a French pilot landed on a sandy Moroccan airstrip. Nearly 90 years on, a museum honors the two years the late French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery spent in Tarfaya, Morocco and the world-renowned book it inspired. AFPFrancois D’Agay, nephew of late French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery displays a page of the book "The Little Prince Aviator." (File Photo: AFP)A model airplane is seen outside the museum dedicated to the Aeropostal service and French writer, poet, pioneering aviator and author of the novel "The Little Prince", Antoine de Saint Exupery, in the southwestern Moroccan city of Tarfaya, on May 14, 2013. Cut-out of French writer, poet, pioneering aviator-author of "The Little Prince", Antoine de Saint Exupery, as visitors tour museum dedicated to him and Aeropostal service, in SW Moroccan city of Tarfaya.A visitor looks at an exhibited poster in the museum dedicated to French writer, poet, pioneering aviator and author of the novel "The Little Prince", Antoine de Saint Exupery, and the Aeropostal service, in the southwestern Moroccan city of Tarfaya, on May 14, 2013.

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    MATIC, by Jean R. AbiNader (Washington, DC, May 30, 2013) — In reviewing comprehensive strategies for closing the gap between education and employment—an unresolved agenda of the Arab uprisings—one area where there is no ready agreement is non-monetary compensation. Everyone acknowledges that money is the chief incentive for attracting employees, but there is a dilemma […]

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