New Children’s Library Opens in the Heart of Fez

Fez - Many reports indicate a poor reading average in the Arab world. Morocco is no exception; thirty-three percent are illiterate.  Adding injury to insult is the lack of public libraries (only 313 in the entire country), a detriment to the Kingdom’s project to fight illiteracy and increase economic opportunities. The New Page Foundation conducted a survey in 2007, and found that fifty-one percent of Moroc ...

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In Memory of Ahmed Tayeb Laalaj, Morocco’s Most Prolific Artist

By Khalid Majhad Rabat - His name is Ahmed Tayeb Laalej (1928- 2012) – arguably the most prolific artist of all time in Morocco, excelling as an actor, playwright, and lyricist. In commemoration of his legacy, I will introduce and analyze his classic song Mana Illa Bashar (I Am No Exceptional Human) that has gained incomparable popularity all over the Arab world, despite the inherent complaints about the in ...

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American Pop Singer Akon to Perform in Mawazine Festival

Rabat - Association Maroc Culture has announced that American pop singer Akon will perform at the 14th edition of Mawazine Festival scheduled to take place between May 29th and June 6th, 2015 in Rabat. The American R &B and hip hop artist and songwriter will perform on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at the OLM Souissi stage. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1973, Akon rose to the limelight in 2004 with the rel ...

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Iberian Mystics in Al Andalus: Hearkening Back to a Time of Tolerance

Washington D.C.- The Post Classical Ensemble is bringing together some of the most highly acclaimed musicians in the United States to present “Iberian Mystics: The Confluence of Faiths,” a concert to be performed on March 10 and 11, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The concert features artists and ensembles reflecting the breadth of Iberia’s unique culture that is drawn from a confluence of Arabic, ...

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Morocco Earned $120 Million From Foreign Films in 2014

Rabat- 2014 was a record year for film production in Morocco with a combined budget of $120 million, according to Sarim Fassi Fihri, the general director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre (CCM). This figure represents a six-fold increase in comparison with 2013 when the budget of foreign films production reached $22 million. Speaking at the close of Morocco's National Film Festival in Tangiers on Satur ...

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Marrakech Cadi Ayyad University Among Top 10 Universities in MENA

Rabat- The University of Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech is ranked in 6th position among the top thirty universities in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). The university is featured in a ranking of the best universities in the Arab world issued by British Magazine Times Higher Education. The ranking was presented on the sidelines of a Doha summit on MENA universities. The Times Higher Education World U ...

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Representation of Moroccan Women in Hollywood

By Abdelatif Ait Aazzi Casablanca - Throughout history, Hollywood has used repetition as a teaching tool to affect people’s thoughts and beliefs. Many writers and American filmmakers support this idea. In his book and in the documentary Reel Bad Arabs, Jack Shaheen explains how the persistence of depicting Arabs in a degrading fashion over time has worked to cement prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Ara ...

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Beatrice Poggio to Exhibit Her Work at Marrakech Henna Art Café

Rabat - Beatrice Poggio, an Italian photographer and artist, will be showing her work at the Marrakech Henna Art Café in an exhibition starting on March 1st and running until the end of the month. Poggio got her start working as a fashion photographer after completing her studies at the Liceo Artisico Statale Paul Klee and the Scuola Professionale di Fotografia F:64. Her work kept her in Florence, Milan, an ...

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Casablanca’s International book fair drew over 340,000 visitors

Casablanca-  The 21st edition of Casablanca's International Book fair (SIEL), held on Feb 13-22, attracted more than 340,000 visitors compared to 320,000 in the previous edition, organizers said on Sunday. Held under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, this edition saw the participation of 750 publishers from 44 courtiers, added the organizers. This year's edition featured a rich and diversified prog ...

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The Fascinating Beauty of Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City

By Salma Moumou Rabat - After visiting “the Blue City” for the second time, I’m still speechless. I don’t think there is any appropriate word to describe the beauty and the magic of this place, but I will try. In Chefchaouen, a quick and deep connection between the city and our five senses is immediately created. Once you arrive, you breathe fresh and pure air, your lungs experiencing a rebirth after being ...

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Good Morning – Poem

By Ghizlane Radi - Casablanca After a sleep that lasted too long, After a talk that was thought wrong. My gem woke up in a plastic century, Celebrated her holy anniversary. Goddess of herself and her own, Worshiped by night and dawn. My gem comes in the form of a breath, It stands among us in imperfect health. My gem comes in all colors and forms, To finally be raped in college dorms. My gem was sold too ch ...

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Morocco: Fighting for a Bit of Cultural Heritage

By Anne Allmeling* In November 2014, heavy storms caused major damage to the adobe fortress of Aït Benhaddou. Now, some of the buildings are being restored. But the work is tedious and worthwhile only for a few. A pile of debris – coarse mud bricks, shattered timber planks, cracked bamboo – has piled up in front of one of the buildings in the mountain village of Aït Benhaddou in southern Morocco. The collap ...

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