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Morocco On The Move

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      Middle East Confidential, by Peter Mulvany (Washington, DC, July 12, 2013) — The world financial crisis has hardly hit the tourism sector in many countries and the turmoil triggered by the Arab Spring has dealt a serious blow to the sector in states that heavily depend on its returns like Egypt and Tunisia. However, […]

    marrakech-by-nightgneufferWhile uncertaintly and upheaval has slowed traffic elsewhere in the region, Morocco has remained a leading international destination and continued scoring a remarkable tourism growth, more than doubling its international tourist arrivals in the past decade.  MEConfidentialmarrakech-by-nightgneufferWhile uncertaintly and upheaval has slowed traffic elsewhere in the region, Morocco has remained a leading international destination and continued scoring a remarkable tourism growth, more than doubling its international tourist arrivals in the past decade. MEConfidential

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    The Huffington Post | By Yasmine Hafiz (Rabat, Morocco, July 13, 2013) — What happened to this beach in Rabat, Morocco, between July 7 and July 10? It’s Ramadan. Going to the beach isn’t the wisest idea when you’re not allowed to eat or drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset.

    gneufferSide-by-side of two pictures shows beach in Rabat crowded on July 7, 2013 – much less so on July 12, 2013 after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan began in Morocco. Huffington Post, Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty ImagesgneufferSide-by-side of two pictures shows beach in Rabat crowded on July 7, 2013 – much less so on July 12, 2013 after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan began in Morocco. Huffington Post, Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

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      Magharebia, by Siham Ali (Rabat, Morocco, July 15, 2013) – While many Moroccan youths focus on spiritual development during Ramadan, others use the occasion to have fun or take the opportunity to boost their income. It is a month like no other, with its own special atmosphere and business patterns. To pass the time […]

    gneufferFrom playing sports to opening businesses, young people in Morocco are finding ways to pass the time during the holy month. AFP/Fadel SennagneufferFrom playing sports to opening businesses, young people in Morocco are finding ways to pass the time during the holy month. AFP/Fadel Senna

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    “Morocco is a beautiful country…I hope (this trip) will inspire people to make that extra effort to have a better understanding of the Muslim World and travel to new places and see the human side of things.” –20-year-old Madalyn Becker, U. of Delaware junior of Franklin, MA, is in Morocco on America’s Unofficial Ambassadors program […]

    gneufferMadalyn Becker (center, in the Red Sox cap), a 2011 graduate of Franklin High School, is in Morocco on a trip to strengthen American-Muslim relations through volunteer service.Becker teaches French at this school in a small herding village.gneufferMadalyn Becker (center, in the Red Sox cap), a 2011 graduate of Franklin High School, is in Morocco on a trip to strengthen American-Muslim relations through volunteer service.Becker teaches French at this school in a small herding village.

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    Global Post, Agencia EFE, MAP (Rabat, Morocco, July 15, 2013) — Spain’s King Juan Carlos was greeted by Moroccan monarch Mohammed VI on his arrival here Monday for a four-day state visit to the North African nation. The two monarchs left the airport together en route for the Royal Guest House. The entire route between […]

    gneufferMorocco's King Mohammed VI greets Spain's King Juan Carlos on his arrival in Rabat for a 4-day state visit. Global Post/EFE, Photo: AFP/GettyKing Mohammed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Prince Moulay Rachid & Princesses Lalla Salma, Lalla Khadija, Lalla Meriem, Lalla Asmaa & Lalla Hasna, offered a family Iftar in honor of Spain's King Juan Carlos. Reuters/MAPgneufferMorocco's King Mohammed VI greets Spain's King Juan Carlos on his arrival in Rabat for a 4-day state visit. Global Post/EFE, Photo: AFP/GettyKing Mohammed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Prince Moulay Rachid & Princesses Lalla Salma, Lalla Khadija, Lalla Meriem, Lalla Asmaa & Lalla Hasna, offered a family Iftar in honor of Spain's King Juan Carlos. Reuters/MAP

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      ‘I’m very glad to have my collection at Penn Libraries. It’s in great hands. I know it will be carefully preserved, & be freely available for scholars.’ Penn Libraries, Business Wire (Philadelphia, PA,  July 16, 2013) — Penn Libraries recently acquired an extraordinary collection of lithographic books printed in Fez, Morocco, during the latter […]

    gneufferTitle page of the Kitab Shamail al-Mustafa by Abu Isa al-Tirmidhi, the first lithographic book printed in Fez (1865). (Photo: Penn Libraries)gneufferTitle page of the Kitab Shamail al-Mustafa by Abu Isa al-Tirmidhi, the first lithographic book printed in Fez (1865). (Photo: Penn Libraries)

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      MATIC, by Jean R. AbiNader (Washington, DC, July 17, 2013) — I have to believe that one of the least favorite jobs in Washington is being an author or contributor to one of the annual reports that make you a target of unhappy embassies. Whether it’s from the roll call of State Department publications, […]

    gneufferThe 2013 Failed State Index (FSI)gneufferThe 2013 Failed State Index (FSI)

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      *Spanish monarch says Morocco is “very valuable example of openness & stability” thanks to reforms undertaken by King Mohammed VI* Global Post/Agencia EFE, MAP (Rabat, Morocco, July 17, 2013) — King Juan Carlos on Tuesday here promoted Spanish business activities in Morocco, a country he said is a “very valuable example of openness and […]

    gneufferOn Day 2 of his state visit to Morocco, Spain's King Juan Carol praises Morocco as a gneufferOn Day 2 of his state visit to Morocco, Spain's King Juan Carol praises Morocco as a "very valuable example of openness and stability" thanks to the reforms undertaken by King Mohammed VI. Photo: panish monarch says Morocco is a "very valuable example of openness and stability" thanks to reforms undertaken by King Mohammed VI. Photo: By Carlos Alvarez, GettySpain's King Juan Carlos inaugurates Spanish-Moroccan business forum in Rabat.Spain's King Juan Carlos and Morocco King Mohammed VI are joined for dinner by Morocco Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane and other officials.The two monarchs have a close relationship that diplomatic sources point to as one of the key elements of this visit.

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    * “Relatively calm Morocco & Qatar have YRFs (Youth Risk Factors) close to the world average, despite having traditional youth bulge values similar to countries experiencing unrest.” * Quartz, by Rachel Feltman (July 17, 2013) — Young people have always been pegged as rabble-rousers and revolutionaries. But researchers have long struggled to pinpoint why youth […]

    gneufferQuartz: Smells like teen spirit. Give this kid a job or prepare for the worst. Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-GhanygneufferQuartz: Smells like teen spirit. Give this kid a job or prepare for the worst. Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany

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      *As Morocco’s Hafssa Kouskous put it, “The sky isn’t the limit, there is no limit.” * FCC Blog, by Anita Dey (Washington, DC, July 16, 2013) – On July 11, we were delighted to welcome four ambitious girls from the Middle East and North Africa who are participating in the State Department’s TechGirls exchange […]

    gneufferMENA TechGirls make international connection with FCC's acting Chairwoman head Mignon Clyburn (seated lower left).  Visiting TechGirls (from center to right) include Hafssa Kouskous from Morocco, Lina Benamer from Libya, Seba Salim from Yemen, and Assia Zemir from Algeria.  FCC BlogTechGirl Hafssa Kouskous from MoroccogneufferMENA TechGirls make international connection with FCC's acting Chairwoman head Mignon Clyburn (seated lower left). Visiting TechGirls (from center to right) include Hafssa Kouskous from Morocco, Lina Benamer from Libya, Seba Salim from Yemen, and Assia Zemir from Algeria. FCC BlogTechGirl Hafssa Kouskous from Morocco

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    *How effective is CEDAW in promoting women’s rights in MENA region?* MAC, by Nadia Elboubkri, Caitlin Dearing Scott (Washington, DC, July 18, 2013) — Last week, the Wilson Center hosted leading women’s rights activists from the Middle East for a conversation about the role of international human rights norms in securing women’s rights in the […]

    gneuffergneuffer"Gains that women have made in Morocco have set a standard for future reform not only in Morocco, but in North Africa and the Middle East," write Nadia Elboubkri and Caitlin Scott Dearing of the Moroccan American Center in Washington, DC.

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    (Article in French) Jeune Afrique (July 17, 2013) — Its phosphate mines are the world’s largest … But the Moroccan city of Khouribga is also known for its festival of African cinema. The sixteenth edition of the African Film Festival of Khouribga, held on June 22nd through the 29th, was an opportunity for moviegoers all […]

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    Magharebia, Interview by Naoufel Cherkaoui (Rabat, Morocco, July 18, 2013) – Moroccan singer Hatim Ammor rose to fame after winning a local contest. Since winning the “Studio 2M” competition in 2005, the Casablanca native has released a string of hits, including “Gouli” and “Bent Bladi”. Magharebia met with the 32-year-old performer to learn more about […]

    gneufferMoroccan singer Hatim Ammor recorded a hit with the theme song for TV series '' Bent Bladi.'' Advises Maghreb youth to be diligent and not surrender, strive for dreams with determination and persistence.  Naoufel CherkaouigneufferMoroccan singer Hatim Ammor recorded a hit with the theme song for TV series '' Bent Bladi.'' Advises Maghreb youth to be diligent and not surrender, strive for dreams with determination and persistence. Naoufel Cherkaoui

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    *One in series of articles about people participating in US–Middle East Partnership Initiative. In 2013, MEPI marks 10-year anniversary.* US State Department, by Kathryn McConnell (Washington, DC, July 18, 2013) — Widad El Hanafi believes social media can be an important outreach tool for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Abdelfattah Alidrissi likes to help young entrepreneurs realize […]

    gneufferWidad El Hanafi leads workshops on social media for NGOs as country director for E-Mediat in Morocco.gneufferWidad El Hanafi leads workshops on social media for NGOs as country director for E-Mediat in Morocco.

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      *Message emphasizes strength of bilateral relationship at conclusion of Spanish King’s state visit at invitation of Morocco King Mohammed VI* KUNA, MAP (Rabat, Morocco, July 18, 2013) — Spain has reaffirmed backing to ongoing efforts within the UN framework to find a just and lasting political solution to the Western Sahara conflict. The position […]

    gneufferKing Mohammed VI of Morocco (R) receives King Juan Carlos of Spain at Royal Palace for official dinner during his four-day state visit to Morocco. Photo: Carlos Alvarez/GettySpain's King Juan Carlos is presented with a key to the city of Rabat, a UNESCO heritage site, on his final day in Morocco.Their joint statemen,  emphasized that Spain and Morocco should share the same views on issues of mutual interest, primarily the Middle East, Syria, Egypt and Sahel regionKing Mohammed VI (center) and his brother Prince Moulay Rachid (next right) receive King Juan Carlos at the Royal Palace for an official dinner, joined by Morocco's Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane and other officials,  during the Spanish sovereign's state visit to Morocco. Photo: GettygneufferKing Mohammed VI of Morocco (R) receives King Juan Carlos of Spain at Royal Palace for official dinner during his four-day state visit to Morocco. Photo: Carlos Alvarez/GettySpain's King Juan Carlos is presented with a key to the city of Rabat, a UNESCO heritage site, on his final day in Morocco.Their joint statemen, emphasized that Spain and Morocco should share the same views on issues of mutual interest, primarily the Middle East, Syria, Egypt and Sahel regionKing Mohammed VI (center) and his brother Prince Moulay Rachid (next right) receive King Juan Carlos at the Royal Palace for an official dinner, joined by Morocco's Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane and other officials, during the Spanish sovereign's state visit to Morocco. Photo: Getty

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    Trinidad Guardian, by Wendy Rahamut (July 20, 2013) — The month of Ramadan is upon us. The fast begins at sunrise and ends at sunset each day. It is broken with a little salt and then a small plate is usually served comprising some type of cooked chickpeas, a bit of chopped fresh ginger, usually […]

    gneufferHarira—Moroccan chickpea soupgneufferHarira—Moroccan chickpea soup

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    Economist (July 20, 2013) — The 198 books were piled on a table and wrapped in chains; only two remained free. Blind people were helping the 600 negotiators at a conference in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh visualize “book famine.” The world’s 285m visually impaired people (40m of them blind), live mostly in poor countries […]

    gneufferMiracle in Marrakech: Last month 600 negotiators meeting  in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh agreed to international treaty to help overcome “book famine” for the world’s 285m visually impaired people.gneufferMiracle in Marrakech: Last month 600 negotiators meeting in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh agreed to international treaty to help overcome “book famine” for the world’s 285m visually impaired people.

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    * Lifting The Veil — In Morocco, where Jews and Muslims share a long history, friends from different religions sit down together to break the Ramadan fast. Souad Mekhennet reports from Casablanca.* The Daily Beast/Newsweek, by Souad Mekhennet (Casablanca, Morocco, July 20, 2113) — “Eat the Harira, eat while it’s hot. Don’t be ashamed,” the host […]

    gneufferA Moroccan medina during Ramadan. (Simon Martelli AFP/Getty Images)gneufferA Moroccan medina during Ramadan. (Simon Martelli AFP/Getty Images)

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      Ventures Africa (June 21, 2013) – There’s a large square in the ancient city of Marrakech that’s filled with crazy and intriguing sights. There are jugglers, acrobats, strolling tea vendors wearing colourful costumes and even snake charmers, musically enticing their skinny workmates out of little wicker baskets. As evening falls the square becomes more […]

    gneufferWith its blend of great weather, fine beaches and fascinating historical cities with a beguiling history and culture, Morocco makes for a compelling destination.Djemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakech is one of the busiest and perhaps the most vibrant squares in all of Africa.Casablanca’s Hassan II mosque, inaugurated in 1992 and one of the biggest mosques in the world, is splendid example of Moroccan architecture.Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco's Atlas Mountains.Recent World Economic Forum survey ranked Morocco in top 3 most welcoming countries to visit. Morocco has a combination of sea & sand tourism, with Atlantic beach resorts such as Agadir, medieval-style cities like Marrakech, and the vast Sahara desert.Another of Morocco’s big attractions is its relative safety and stability. It managed to avoid most of the political upheavals of the Arab Spring. Morocco is one of the region’s safest countries for businessmen and tourists.gneufferWith its blend of great weather, fine beaches and fascinating historical cities with a beguiling history and culture, Morocco makes for a compelling destination.Djemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakech is one of the busiest and perhaps the most vibrant squares in all of Africa.Casablanca’s Hassan II mosque, inaugurated in 1992 and one of the biggest mosques in the world, is splendid example of Moroccan architecture.Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco's Atlas Mountains.Recent World Economic Forum survey ranked Morocco in top 3 most welcoming countries to visit. Morocco has a combination of sea & sand tourism, with Atlantic beach resorts such as Agadir, medieval-style cities like Marrakech, and the vast Sahara desert.Another of Morocco’s big attractions is its relative safety and stability. It managed to avoid most of the political upheavals of the Arab Spring. Morocco is one of the region’s safest countries for businessmen and tourists.

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    The Oregonian, by Erik Gauger (July 21, 2013) — “Water is life,” Hicham says while we eat barbecued fish on a coastal boardwalk in the fortress town of Essaouira. “When Europeans come to Morocco, they are coming for all the sunshine. But here in Morocco, we celebrate the day when it rains. That is when […]

    gneufferIn the third season of gneufferIn the third season of "Game of Thrones" the ocean-facing walls and gates of Essaouira double as the backdrop for much of Daenerys Targaryen's story. Essaouira’s harbor features a fleet of wooden boats, all painted in the traditional blue hues the city is known for. The blue boats also make an appearance in the TV series "Game of Thrones." (Erik Gauger)The ocean-facing walls and gates of the medieval fortress city of Essaouira, Morocco, double as Slaver’s Bay in the third season of the epic HBO series 'Game of Thrones.' Erik Gauger

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