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Morocco On The Move

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    SME Times, News Bureau (Marrakech, Morocco, May 30, 2013) — In an effort to further boost India-Africa business collaborations, an “India-Africa Partnership Day” is being organized on the sidelines of the African Development Bank’s annual general meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, being held May 27-31. The Indian delegation for the event, being organised by the Federation […]

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      *Get ready for flamenco guitar, social consciousness and Sufi mystics. The world’s most spiritual music fest kicks off this week* CNN (Fez, Morocco, June 3) — If there’s a music festival out there with more ambitious aims we don’t know about it. The official goal of Morocco’s annual Fes Festival (June 7-15) “is to […]

    gneufferUzbekistan's Yuldusz Turdevia Ensemble performed at the 2012 Fes Festival in Morocco.  CNNsufi-nights-inlinegneufferUzbekistan's Yuldusz Turdevia Ensemble performed at the 2012 Fes Festival in Morocco. CNNsufi-nights-inline

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      *”Morocco is a country which is essentially based on tolerance & knowing how to live together with our differences. It is these values which, throughout history, have made Morocco as strong as it is.”* – Fouad Laroui, Moroccan intellectual   Magharebia, by Hassan Benmehdi in Casablanca (Casablanca, Morocco, June 3, 2013) — The Casablanca […]

    gneufferMoroccan film '' Le Temps du Terrorisme'' debuted May 16th, the tenth anniversary of the Casablanca suicide attacks. Hassan BenmehdigneufferMoroccan film '' Le Temps du Terrorisme'' debuted May 16th, the tenth anniversary of the Casablanca suicide attacks. Hassan Benmehdi

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    *” I am very happy and proud to be present in Morocco… We hope that the rest of the Arab people follow the Moroccan example of affection, unity and rejection of violence.” – Lebanese singer Assi El Helani* Magharebia, by Naoufel Cherkaoui (Rabat, Morocco, June 3, 2013) — The 12th edition of the week-long Mawazine […]

    gneuffer    Lebanese singer Assi El Helani gave memorable performance during 12th Mawazine festival in Rabat. Naoufel Cherkaouigneuffer Lebanese singer Assi El Helani gave memorable performance during 12th Mawazine festival in Rabat. Naoufel Cherkaoui

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    The Australian Financial Review, by Ute Junker (Marrakech, Morocco, May 31, 2013) — From a dusty desert outpost, Marrakech has grown into a city that seems to exist in several epochs and several continents at once. You can haggle with stallholders in the souk or shop in elegant boutiques; you can sip mint tea as you […]

    gneufferHundreds of Moroccan carpets are displayed on the famous Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakech. Photo: ReutersgneufferHundreds of Moroccan carpets are displayed on the famous Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakech. Photo: Reuters

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      MACC (Washington, DC, June 4, 2013) — When people think of Morocco and its culture, the first things that come to mind are the food, the colorful mosaic tiles, and the splendid desert landscapes we so often see in American films. Less well known, perhaps because they are less sensory, less tangible, are Morocco’s […]

    gneufferScene from the film gneufferScene from the film "Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from the Mellah"More than 100 people attended screening in Washington, DC on May 29, 2013.Sir Charles Dahan, Vice President of the World Federation of Moroccan Jewry, asks filmmaker Kamal Hachkar a question via Skype following the screening.

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      France 24 (Rabat, Morocco, June 4, 2013) — Berber activists on Tuesday hailed a Moroccan minister’s decision to speak Amazigh in parliament, saying it was the first time their indigenous tongue which is recognized as an official language in the new constitution has been used there. During a routine session in Morocco’s lower house […]

    gneufferA pupil holds a whiteboard during an Amazigh class, on September 27, 2010, in Rabat. Berber activists on Tuesday hailed a Moroccan minister's decision to speak Amazigh in parliament, saying it was the first time their indigenous tongue, which is recognised as an official language in the new constitution, has been used there.gneufferA pupil holds a whiteboard during an Amazigh class, on September 27, 2010, in Rabat. Berber activists on Tuesday hailed a Moroccan minister's decision to speak Amazigh in parliament, saying it was the first time their indigenous tongue, which is recognised as an official language in the new constitution, has been used there.

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    (Article in French) Au Fait Maroc (June 4, 2013) — The 4th edition of the national handicrafts and artisanal exposition kicked off June 3 in Fez with Abdessamad Kayouh, Minister of Crafts and Artisans, opening the show. The event  seeks to promote Morocco’s rich, diverse, and authentic product offering, from some 70 artisans coming from the […]

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    * Concert Review: For anyone who thinks Morocco is a country full of traditionalist, conservative Muslims who don’t know how to party, make sure you get yourself over to Mawazine next year. You’ll be surprised.* Clash, by Lauren Razavi (Rabat, Morocco, June 7, 2013) — It’s 10pm on a Friday night, and Morocco’s capital city […]

    gneufferRabat, Morocco:  An audience of 150,000 – whole families, the young, old, everyone -- gathered at the OLM Souissi, an open-air venue in one of Rabat’s expansive city gardens to see Rihanna open the 2013 Mawazine Music Festival on May 24. ClashgneufferRabat, Morocco: An audience of 150,000 – whole families, the young, old, everyone -- gathered at the OLM Souissi, an open-air venue in one of Rabat’s expansive city gardens to see Rihanna open the 2013 Mawazine Music Festival on May 24. Clash

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      The Hot Hits, Compass, by Bekah Wright (June 3, 2013) — Game Of Thrones is everyone’s favorite TV show right now, and a trip to Westeros may be high on your list of must do’s! But Westeros isn’t real – so how will you get there? Well, you can get pretty close by visiting […]

    gneuffer    Bookings to Ouarzazate, Morocco, also known as ‘door of the desert,’ jumped 100% since season premiere of Game of Thrones, HBO’s epic series that has enthralled viewers worldwide. LateRooms.comDaenerys Targaryen travels to the city of Astapor were filmed in the historical coastal town of Essaouira in Morocco. Image by Lukas Vermeer  Atlas of Wondersgneuffer Bookings to Ouarzazate, Morocco, also known as ‘door of the desert,’ jumped 100% since season premiere of Game of Thrones, HBO’s epic series that has enthralled viewers worldwide. LateRooms.comDaenerys Targaryen travels to the city of Astapor were filmed in the historical coastal town of Essaouira in Morocco. Image by Lukas Vermeer Atlas of Wonders"Game of Thrones" Astapor is Morocco's coastal town of Essaouira.Emilia Clarke on set in Morocco preparing for scene as dragon Princess Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones."Ouarzazate, Morocco, featured in "Game of Thrones." (Photo: Morocco National Tourist Office)winterfell_640x360thrones01_fieldIn season 3, Daenerys Targaryen emerges as the Mother Of Dragons, which the Game of Thrones producers filmed near Ouarzazate, gateway city to the Sahara, in Morocco, to bring George R.R. Martin’s fictional world to life. NBC, UnrealityTV

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      *Spread of the Sahara poses serious environmental & economic risks to N. Africa & whole Mediterranean region. John Mathews explains how Berber village women in Morocco’s argan groves are holding back the spreading desert by producing a first-world luxury good. Production & trade of argan oil also has added benefit of empowering the women.*   […]

    gneufferThe Argan tree and Berber women of Morocco constitute the front line in halting the spread of the Sahara.  The GlobalistA Moroccan argan tree. Photo Credit: Bjorn Christian Torrissen - WikimediaFor centuries, Berber tribes have lived in villages with their crops, their flocks and their argan trees. The GlobalistThe argan tree is indigenous to Morocco and provides an ideal buffer against desertification,  The GlobalistBerber tribes people plying the Sahara desert.The business of harvesting, processing and marketing the fruit and oil is almost entirely an activity of village women.Berber women have organized women's village cooperatives to have extra market clout. Moroccan Berber woman.Berber women organized in their cooperatives in Morocco, bringing argan oil to the world and generating alternative uses for the argan tree, are the front line in halting the further northward spread of the Sahara. The GlobalistgneufferThe Argan tree and Berber women of Morocco constitute the front line in halting the spread of the Sahara. The GlobalistA Moroccan argan tree. Photo Credit: Bjorn Christian Torrissen - WikimediaFor centuries, Berber tribes have lived in villages with their crops, their flocks and their argan trees. The GlobalistThe argan tree is indigenous to Morocco and provides an ideal buffer against desertification, The GlobalistBerber tribes people plying the Sahara desert.The business of harvesting, processing and marketing the fruit and oil is almost entirely an activity of village women.Berber women have organized women's village cooperatives to have extra market clout. Moroccan Berber woman.Berber women organized in their cooperatives in Morocco, bringing argan oil to the world and generating alternative uses for the argan tree, are the front line in halting the further northward spread of the Sahara. The Globalist

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      *6th annual Abraaj Group Art Prize exhibition will debut at Art Dubai 2014 and feature artists from Iran, India, Morocco, and Egypt.* AhramOnline and The Daily Star, by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (Beruit, Lebanon, June 12, 2013) — Five young artists from Morocco to India have been named the winners of the sixth annual Abraaj Group […]

    181289_mainimggneufferFive young artists from Morocco to India have been named the winners of the sixth annual Abraaj Group Art Prize. Daily StarBouchra Khalili from MoroccoBasim Magdy from EgyptKamrooz Aram from IranAbbas Akhavan from IranNada Raza, guest curator181289_mainimggneufferFive young artists from Morocco to India have been named the winners of the sixth annual Abraaj Group Art Prize. Daily StarBouchra Khalili from MoroccoBasim Magdy from EgyptKamrooz Aram from IranAbbas Akhavan from IranNada Raza, guest curator

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  • 07/09/13--20:53: Ramadan Begins
  •  Ramadan Kareem – Ramadan Mubarak MAP, Le Mag (Rabat, Morocco, July 9, 2013) – The holy month of Ramadan will begin Wednesday in Morocco, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs announced on Monday. The month of Sha’ban (Morocco) will be held on the 30th day.  The 1st of the holy month of Ramadan 1434 […]

    gneufferThe holy month of Ramadan will begin Wednesday in Morocco.OB-YC885_0710Ra_H_20130709054737images2Mideast Yemenimages3images11images7Preparing for the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jersualemimages6images4gneufferThe holy month of Ramadan will begin Wednesday in Morocco.OB-YC885_0710Ra_H_20130709054737images2Mideast Yemenimages3images11images7Preparing for the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jersualemimages6images4

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      *For Mr. Mourabiti, and others associated with the artists’ colony, the arts are an important arm in the fight against the radicalization of Morocco’s young urban poor.*   New York Times/International Herald Tribune, A11, by Aida Alami (Tahanaout, Morocco, July 11, 2013) — Nestled between trees off a small road in Tahanaout, a village […]

    gneufferMohamed Mourabiti's studio/artist colony at Al Maqam.  Aida AlamigneufferMohamed Mourabiti's studio/artist colony at Al Maqam. Aida Alami

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    . “Recognizing symbolism of Moroccan Jewish patrimony on Cape Verde, King Mohammed VI of Morocco is a major benefactor… In a world where tensions between Jews & Muslims tend to overshadow our points of convergence–theological, historical & cultural–this gesture by a Muslim monarch, to recover Jewish heritage in Catholic Cape Verde is inspiring.” Washington Post […]

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    * Muslims’ Traditions * On Islam, by Carissa D. Lamkahouan (July 11, 2013) — Recalling Ramadan traditions in his hometown of Marrakech, Morocco, Abdessamad Ali’s memories are very specific. Ali recalls Harira, the special soup served to break the fast, his mother waking before the rest of the family to prepare Suhoor meal, the cannons […]

    Morocco_RamadangneufferRamadan traditions in Morocco are very special.Traditional foods of RamadanThe ritual of serving Harira is so prevalent in Morocco that it is served in nearly 90 percent of the North African country’s homes during Ramadan. Check the recipe here...Prayer is an important part of the spiritual focus of Ramadan and, just like their Harira, Moroccans take it seriouslyMorocco_RamadangneufferRamadan traditions in Morocco are very special.Traditional foods of RamadanThe ritual of serving Harira is so prevalent in Morocco that it is served in nearly 90 percent of the North African country’s homes during Ramadan. Check the recipe here...Prayer is an important part of the spiritual focus of Ramadan and, just like their Harira, Moroccans take it seriously

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    *Taghia is like Yosemite of N. Africa…can’t be found in any guidebooks* Daily Beast/Newsweek, by Alex Lowther (July 10, 2013) — As local American transplant and guide Kristoffer Erickson puts it, Taghia, a remote village in the High Atlas mountains in Central Morocco is like the Yosemite of North Africa. As with many, the analogy […]

    gneufferTaghia, a remote village in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains is like the Yosemite of North Africa.  Both are vertically oriented gobsmackers; they will make your neck hurt... and they make you feel more alive than you’ve ever been. Daily Beast/NewsweekPlans for a road into the remote village of Taghia are about 10 years off. Thierry Dudoit/Express/REA/ReduxMorocco’s High Atlas mountains draw a handful of obsessive climbers. Guenther Thoeni/Anzenberger/ReduxResidents stream into Aguddim on souk days. Oliver Soulas/Laif/ReduxgneufferTaghia, a remote village in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains is like the Yosemite of North Africa. Both are vertically oriented gobsmackers; they will make your neck hurt... and they make you feel more alive than you’ve ever been. Daily Beast/NewsweekPlans for a road into the remote village of Taghia are about 10 years off. Thierry Dudoit/Express/REA/ReduxMorocco’s High Atlas mountains draw a handful of obsessive climbers. Guenther Thoeni/Anzenberger/ReduxResidents stream into Aguddim on souk days. Oliver Soulas/Laif/Redux

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      * “I believe that Islam prohibits abusing others and doesn’t prohibit singing that inspires hope and happiness.” — Soultana * Magharebia, by Meryem Hamdane (Casablanca, Morocco, July 12, 2013) — Moroccan hip-hop star Soultana first dreamed of becoming a rapper when she was 13. The popular musical genre has allowed her to realize everything […]

    gneufferYoung Moroccan rapper Soultana is using her songs to inspire social change. [Meryem Hamdane]gneufferYoung Moroccan rapper Soultana is using her songs to inspire social change. [Meryem Hamdane]

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      *Spain’s diplomatic sources say invitation to King Juan Carlos by Morocco King Mohammed VI during Ramadan is important gesture.*   TRT, MAP (Madrid, Spain, July 12, 2013) — A strong delegation, made up of government members, nine former foreign ministers and leaders of Spanish enterprises will accompany King Juan Carlos I during his visit […]

    gneufferKing Mohammed VI of Morocco (right) and King Juan Carlos of Spain will be together for two days during the Spanish monarch’s July 15-17 visit to Morocco. TRTgneufferKing Mohammed VI of Morocco (right) and King Juan Carlos of Spain will be together for two days during the Spanish monarch’s July 15-17 visit to Morocco. TRT

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    “It’s amazing the beautiful places I get to see…Ramadan Mubarak.” Parda Phash Today, by Shubhanshu Sharma (Mumbai, India, July 12, 2013) — To complete a shooting schedule of an ad campaign, Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan is currently spending time in Casablanca in Morocco. The ‘King Khan’ talked about the awesome weather conditions of the place […]

    gneufferBollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, who took Morocco by storm at last winter's celebration of Indian cinema at the Marrakech film festival, is presently on location in Casablanca.  Pardaphash TodayPPgneufferBollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, who took Morocco by storm at last winter's celebration of Indian cinema at the Marrakech film festival, is presently on location in Casablanca. Pardaphash TodayPP

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