Chen Balbus- Orphaned Land : ‘We Should Fight Terrorism not Religion’

Tunis - Chen Balbus is an Israeli guitarist, composer and producer at Orphaned Land, an oriental metal band, formed in 1991, under Resurrection. This young metaller is 22 years old and is originally from Bat Yam. He believes the killing of Yoav, Yohan, François-Michel and Philippe at HyperKosher, a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, is responsible for the rift between those at war with terrorism and those ...

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Scenic Refuges: The Beauty of Oukaïmeden and Villages on the Outskirts of Marrakech

Marrakech, as a global tourist destination, needs no definition or presentation. It attracts people from all over the world who want to see the many beautiful tourist attractions and sites around the city, especially the wonderful Jemaah al Fna square, which brings together millions of people from different cultures, civilizations, and origins every year. However, Marrakech also has great appeal by virtue o ...

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McDonaldizing Space: Tradition and/or Modernity

Salé - In his book, Modernity at Large, Arjun Appadurai argues that the flow of global cultures can be subsumed into five major landscapes: ethnoscapes, financescapes, technoscapes, ideoscapes, and mediascapes. Advertising pertains and subscribes to the last “scapes.” It negotiates, mediates, and subverts the local and the global, the feminine and the masculine, the hegemonic and counterhegemonic discourses ...

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Two Moroccan Actors Receive Death Threats For Participating in ‘Son of God’

Rabat - Two Moroccan actors have received death threats following their participation in American Christian movie 'Son of God' which retells the life of Jesus. The actors, Rafik Boubker and Said Bay, are reported to have received death threats from anonymous over the phone and on social media platforms, describing them as "apostates" after they were featured in the movie 'Son of God' which was filmed in Mor ...

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Moroccan Hammam Experience: An American’s Perspective

By Brianne Kelly Bouarfa, Morocco - My first experience in a hammam was about a year ago, shortly after arriving in Morocco. I was staying in a small city outside of Rabat with a host family for ten weeks. I am a Peace Corps Volunteer from America. A year ago my Moroccan Arabic was very limited and the only foreign language instruction I had previously received was in Spanish and French. I knew enough to or ...

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African-Americans “have it good,” compared to Africans, Akon

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In this Saturday’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera to be premiered on Saturday, five-time Grammy nominee Akon tells Folly Bah Thibault that African-Americans should acknowledge “the rights… and the blessing they do, you know, have actual access to.”  Last year, the killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson led to protests against police brutality targeting ...

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Moroccan Filmmakers Express Indignation about Quality of Film Production in Morocco

Marrakech - A number of Moroccan filmmakers decided to send a letter to the head of the Moroccan Cinematographic Center in which they express their indignation about the poor quality of film production in Morocco. To the Director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Center: We, the signatories of this petition, young filmmakers and passionate about movies, would like to express our indignation about the quality ...

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Morocco Celebrates Amazigh New Year 2965

Rabat -  Several festivities have been held throughout Morocco in celebration of the Amazigh new year 2965 which corresponds to January 13. The Amazigh new year, or Idd n Yennayer as it is called locally, marks the beginning of the crop year. The Amazigh new year festivities, which have been celebrated for centuries throughout Norh Africa, mirror an attachment to the land in as far as the Amazigh calendar h ...

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Chabat Proclaims Amazigh New Year a Holiday for His Party’s Employees

Rabat - Hamid Chabat, Secretary General of the Istiqlal, an opposition party, has reportedly proclaimed January 13, which marks the Amazigh New Year, a paid holiday for the workers of the Istiqlal Party. Chabat’s new measure will benefit employees of the Istiqlal Party all over the kingdom, including those who work the party’s two dailies Al Alam and L'Opinion. Amazigh activists and NGOs called on the gover ...

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Amazigh Community in US Celebrates Amazigh New Year 2965

Marrakech - The Amazigh Cultural Network in the US is hosting a celebration to ring in the Amazigh new year 2965 in Armory Hall, in Everett, Massachusetts. The event will take place on January 24 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Unlike the Christian and Islamic calendar, the Amazigh calendar does not correlate with any religious event, but triggers off of an historic event: the anniversary of the victory of the Amaz ...

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Moroccan Minister of Communication Applauds Censorship of “Exodus” on Twitter

Fez - Minister of Communication, Mustafa El Khalfi, tweeted that he "welcomes the commitment of the Director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre (CCM) to respect the law" and that "the decision taken by the Commission does not breech the freedom of artistic creation guaranteed by the Constitution." Je soutiens la décision prise au sujet du film #Exodus et je salue l’attachement du Directeur du CCM au res ...

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Moroccans and the Celebrations of Foreign Holidays

Fes - On Wednesday, many Arabs and Muslims around the world were impatient to welcome the New Year with various types of festivities, blindly imitating Western practices, the roots of which stem from a foreign historical background to Moroccans. Happy as I was enjoying dinner with my family, I thought about national and religious celebrations that are worth glorifying, too. Unfortunately, some have forgotte ...

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