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Morocco On The Move

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      * Conserving Middle Eastern traditions in London:  “It is totally different in Morocco, if you work [during Ramadan], you get time off.” * The Majalla, by Amy Assad (London, England, July 22, 2013) — It is July on the hottest weekend of the year, and the Syrian Orthodox church is packed with people. Those […]

    gneufferChildren sit down for lunch in Syriac Orthodox church hall in Acton, London after communion. Amy AssadgneufferChildren sit down for lunch in Syriac Orthodox church hall in Acton, London after communion. Amy Assad

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      * French conglomerate seeks to sell its 53-percent stake in Morocco’s operator to UAE’s telecom operator before end of 2013.* Middle East Online, AFP (Paris, France, July 23, 2013) — French conglomerate Vivendi said on Tuesday it was in exclusive talks with the UAE’s telecom operator, Etisalat, to sell a 53-percent stake in Morocco’s […]

    gneufferVivendi said on Tuesday it was in exclusive talks with the UAE's telecom operator, Etisalat, to sell a 53-percent stake in Morocco's operator Maroc Telecom. (AFP/File) The sale is thought to be part of a bigger strategy by Vivendi to sell-off its telecom holdings to better focus on media activities. Middle East OnlinegneufferVivendi said on Tuesday it was in exclusive talks with the UAE's telecom operator, Etisalat, to sell a 53-percent stake in Morocco's operator Maroc Telecom. (AFP/File) The sale is thought to be part of a bigger strategy by Vivendi to sell-off its telecom holdings to better focus on media activities. Middle East Online

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    * “Thanks to market reforms initiated about 15 years ago, Morocco is considered more business-friendly than other countries in the region. The corridor between Casablanca and Rabat is home to hundreds of companies, employing about 55,000 people…” *   Financial Times, by Borzou Daragahi (Casablanca, Morocco, July 23, 2013) –Even among the moneyed elite with […]

    gneuffer    New horizons: Moroccan Youssef Chraibi, co-founder of Outsourcia, is looking at markets in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. Financial Timesgneuffer New horizons: Moroccan Youssef Chraibi, co-founder of Outsourcia, is looking at markets in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. Financial Times

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      * “They’ll use what they learned and serve as role models for other girls in their communities… Hafssa, a 15-year-old from Morocco, said she will share her knowledge of HTML, CSS and game design…” * – Ann Stock, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational & Cultural Affairs   Huffington Post, by Ann Stock […]

    gneufferMENA TechGirls: gneufferMENA TechGirls: "For the 27 tech savvy teenagers from the Middle East and North Africa, this was their first time in the United States. It was quite the introduction to America." -- Ann Stock, US State DeptAnn Stock, Asst. Sec. of State for Educational & Cultural Affairs2013 TechGirl Hafssa Kouskous from Taza, Morocco.The 2013 TechGirls program included meetings at the White House and Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, as well as business and NGO high-tech leaders in the US. TechGirls

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      Middle East Monitor, by Amelia Smith (London, England, July 24, 2013) — Finding a riad-style warehouse teeming with beautiful Moroccan furniture isn’t quite what you expect when stepping off the tube at Greenford in west London. But it is in a showroom at the heart of this Ealing suburb, at the top end of […]

    gneufferMoroccan Fine Art is not the only initiative promoting Moroccan art, but the only one to have an English website and to push the work globally. Middle East MonitorgneufferMoroccan Fine Art is not the only initiative promoting Moroccan art, but the only one to have an English website and to push the work globally. Middle East Monitor

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    (Article in French) Le Matin (Tangier, Morocco, July 25, 2013) — This summer, Tangier will welcome with open arms the splendors of Amazigh culture. From August 15 through 18, on the occasion of the ninth annual Mediterranean Festival of Amazigh Culture (Twiza), leading artists from around the Mediterranean will be present. The organizers of the […]

    moroccoonthemoveThe Twiza Festival celebrates Amazigh culture, and the principles of tolerance, modernity and co-existence.moroccoonthemoveThe Twiza Festival celebrates Amazigh culture, and the principles of tolerance, modernity and co-existence.

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    *The Marshall Foundation’s recent conference in Tunis discussed need for regional economic integration in the Maghreb, the region in North Africa that includes Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.* Richmond Times-Dispatch, op-ed by Brian D. Shaw (Lexington, Virginia, July 28, 2013) — The phrase “Marshall Plan” has become synonymous with large-scale relief programs associated with war, […]

    gneufferCouple underneath Tunisian flag in Tunis, Tunisia. The Arab world's uprising against autocratic leaders began in Tunisia, after ousting Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, their ruler of 23 years. A recent conference met in Tunis, hosted by the Marshall Foundation, Stimson Center, and L’Institut Arabe des Chefs d’Enterprises, to discuss Maghreb economic integration. 2011, Lefteris Pitarakis/APgneufferCouple underneath Tunisian flag in Tunis, Tunisia. The Arab world's uprising against autocratic leaders began in Tunisia, after ousting Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, their ruler of 23 years. A recent conference met in Tunis, hosted by the Marshall Foundation, Stimson Center, and L’Institut Arabe des Chefs d’Enterprises, to discuss Maghreb economic integration. 2011, Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

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    * “During this time of profound change in the region, the US supports Morocco’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the rule of law, human rights, & good governance…the US wishes you a future of peace & prosperity. Ramadan Mubarak” * – John Kerry, US Secretary of State US State Department, Press Statement (Washington, DC, July 29, […]

    Morocco National DaygneufferMorocco National Day, July 30th: “On behalf of President Obama & the American people, I offer warm wishes to King Mohammed VI & the Moroccan people as you celebrate your national day this July 30.Morocco National DaygneufferMorocco National Day, July 30th: “On behalf of President Obama & the American people, I offer warm wishes to King Mohammed VI & the Moroccan people as you celebrate your national day this July 30." -- Sec. of State John KerryUS Secretary of State John Kerry

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    (Article in French) AFP (Missour, Morocco, August 1, 2013) –  “It’s a thirsty public,” says Shafiq Bisbis, one of the actors of the “nomadic theater,” which this summer takes place outdoors in front of hundreds of spectators in Missour, a village in southeastern Morocco, where cultural activities are lacking. Established in 2006 by Mohammed El […]

    moroccoonthemoveThe moroccoonthemoveThe "nomadic theater" troupe presents pieces that touch on a range of social issues. (Photo: AFP)

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    (Article in French) Jeune Afrique, by Youssef Ait Akdim (August 12, 2013) — According to Mouna Hachim, a specialist in Moroccan surnames, family mythologies of the Alawite kingdom are subject to many questions. Jeune Afrique: Moroccans seem to show a growing interest in genealogy. Is this a new phenomenon? Mouna Hashim: Arabs in general have […]

    moroccoonthemoveMouna Hachim is a specialist in Moroccan surnames.moroccoonthemoveMouna Hachim is a specialist in Moroccan surnames.

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    (Article in French) Aujourd’hui Le Maroc, by Atika Haimoud (Rabat, Morocco, August 19, 2013) — In an effort to advance the living conditions of young people, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council is focusing on the question of living spaces and cultural activities in Morocco. Living spaces in cities and towns do not offer the […]

    economic and social councilmoroccoonthemoveThe Economic, Social and Environmental Council has called for a project to investigate and move toward holistic living spaces.economic and social councilmoroccoonthemoveThe Economic, Social and Environmental Council has called for a project to investigate and move toward holistic living spaces.

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    (Article in French) Le Soir, by Hassan Alaoui (Rabat, Morocco, August 20, 2013) — Sixty years already! In this month of August 2013, the celebration of the coup against Mohammed V, August 20, 1953, slips into the involuntary opacity of evanescent memory. Two or three generations have followed since that date when one of the […]

    moroccoonthemoveHM King Mohammed V returned from exile in 1955. That year, he declared Morocco's independence from France.moroccoonthemoveHM King Mohammed V returned from exile in 1955. That year, he declared Morocco's independence from France.

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    * New Chipperfield-designed Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts to collect across genres of lens-based media * The Art Newspaper, by Gareth Harris (August 21, 2013) — North Africa’s patchy museum scene is set to be enhanced with a new purpose-built museum dedicated to photography based in Morocco. The Marrakech Museum for Photography and […]

    imagegneufferA temporary exhibition space is due to open next month at the Badii Palace with a display of ten contemporary Moroccan photographers.imagegneufferA temporary exhibition space is due to open next month at the Badii Palace with a display of ten contemporary Moroccan photographers.

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    MATIC, by Jean R. AbiNader (Washington, DC, August 22, 2013) – In the past two weeks, the Morocco on the Move website has featured no less than nine major stories on topics related to the tourism industry in the kingdom. The news is overwhelmingly positive and is another indicator that Morocco is doing something right when it comes […]

    morocyclemoroccoonthemoveCNN recently named Morocco a top motorcycling destination.Jean AbiNader is Executive Director of the Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center.morocyclemoroccoonthemoveCNN recently named Morocco a top motorcycling destination.Jean AbiNader is Executive Director of the Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center.

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    CD Review Leavenworth Times, Pop Culture Beast, by Garon Cockrell  (Aug. 21, 2013) — The Road To Jajouka is one of the most interesting and at times beautiful discs I’ve listened to this year. It’s a collection of music by The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar, with lots of additional help from […]

    gneufferCelebrating music from a village in the mountains of Morocco, “The Road To Jajouka is one of the most interesting and at times beautiful discs I’ve listened to this year,” says Garon Cockrell,  Pop Culture Beast.gneufferCelebrating music from a village in the mountains of Morocco, “The Road To Jajouka is one of the most interesting and at times beautiful discs I’ve listened to this year,” says Garon Cockrell, Pop Culture Beast.

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    MACC (Washington, DC, August 23, 2013) — Memorials will be held across the globe next year to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the start of WWI, and North Africa is no exception. History books and popular culture often forget that Moroccans, Algerians, Tunisians and Egyptians fought and died by the thousands as colonial subjects […]

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      Magharebia, by Jemal Oumar (Nouakchott, Mauritania, August 22, 2013) – A new-radio station aims to promote stability and reconciliation among the peoples of the Sahel. Studio Tamani, based in Bamako, went live on Monday with shows and news segments in French, Bambara, Songhaï, Tamashek and Peulh. All programs are directed toward development, stability and peace […]

    gneufferNewly launched radio station Studio Tamani broadcasts programmes in five languages of the Sahel. hirondelleusa.orggneufferNewly launched radio station Studio Tamani broadcasts programmes in five languages of the Sahel. hirondelleusa.org

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      The New York Times, by Joan Nathan (August 26, 2013) — When I visited a small village in northwest Morocco this summer, I was enchanted by the sight of a group of women at a food cooperative, sitting on the floor with their legs outstretched, expertly mixing water with semolina, then raking the grain […]

    gneufferLeetal Arazi at NYShuk, the Smorgasburg booth she operates in Williamsburg with her husband, Ron. The couple makes their own fresh couscous. Liz Barclay, NY TimesLamb shanks with caramelized onions. Liz Barclay for The New York Times“Making couscous is not hard,” said Mr. Arazi. “But it is labor intensive. For Leetal and me, couscous is craftsmanship. We are losing the battle of making it to industrial processed couscous.”  Liz Barclay for The New York TimesgneufferLeetal Arazi at NYShuk, the Smorgasburg booth she operates in Williamsburg with her husband, Ron. The couple makes their own fresh couscous. Liz Barclay, NY TimesLamb shanks with caramelized onions. Liz Barclay for The New York Times“Making couscous is not hard,” said Mr. Arazi. “But it is labor intensive. For Leetal and me, couscous is craftsmanship. We are losing the battle of making it to industrial processed couscous.” Liz Barclay for The New York Times

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      Magharebia, by Hassan Benmehdi (Casablanca, Morocco, August 27, 2013) – The Casablanca Festival came back after a two-year hiatus. Organizers, including city officials, were determined to bring the popular Moroccan event back from oblivion. Efforts were made to ensure a lasting future for the 2-day event, “now restored to its former glory,” Mayor Mohamed […]

    gneufferThe Casablanca music festival re-opened following a two-year hiatus. Hassan BenmehdiEfforts were made to ensure a lasting future for the 2-day event, gneufferThe Casablanca music festival re-opened following a two-year hiatus. Hassan BenmehdiEfforts were made to ensure a lasting future for the 2-day event, "now restored to its former glory," Mayor Mohamed Sajid said. The festival closed Monday after drawing big crowds.

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      MAC, Commentary by Nadia Elboubkri (Washington, DC, August 29, 2013) — Miss Arab USA is not a typical beauty pageant. It has a different agenda, that of promoting cultural awareness and leadership. The pageant, according to Miss Arab USA official history, is “a charity event for the community, uniting Arabs and friends of Arabs […]

    gneufferMiss Arab USA is not a typical beauty pageant. It has a different agenda: promoting cultural awareness & leadership. Three Moroccan Americans are competing this year in Scottsdale, AZ on Aug. 31:  Nisrine Toumi from MA, Ymane Lakhlif from NY, & Majda Naanaa from FL.Nadia Elboubkri, Research Associate, MACgneufferMiss Arab USA is not a typical beauty pageant. It has a different agenda: promoting cultural awareness & leadership. Three Moroccan Americans are competing this year in Scottsdale, AZ on Aug. 31: Nisrine Toumi from MA, Ymane Lakhlif from NY, & Majda Naanaa from FL.Nadia Elboubkri, Research Associate, MAC

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