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Oxygen Academy to Hold a National Competition in Public Speaking

Fez - The Oxygen Academy will Hold competition for public Speaking on November 23 in Casablanca.  After two months of preparation, Oxygen Academy is launching a competition whose objective is to motivate youth to excel in public speaking and brush up on their conversational skills. Anas Mubarak, the founder of the project, said “I have diligently worked for more than two months to bring the competition to l ...

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“Banana Spleen” Solo Exhibition by Alëxone Dizac kicks off on Oct. 31 in Marrakech

Marrakech - On October 31, the David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech will present the solo exhibition of the French artist Alëxone Dizac entitled "Banana Spleen." The exhibition will be held until November 22, 2014. Featuring works on fabrics and paper, Alëxone Dizac arrived at the David Bloch Gallery as if it was his playground. Using different fabrics, expert Moroccan craftwork, and the world of his characters ...

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Fatima Sadiqi Explores the Berber Dimension in Her ‘Moroccan Feminist Discourses’

Fez - Dr. Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies. She published her recent book "Moroccan Feminist Discourse" (260 pages) on September 18, 2014. The central idea of this book may be expressed in the following way: Berber, a historically women-associated language, is made official in the Moroccan 2011 Constitution: an unprecedented and unique event in the modern history of the country. ...

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Amazigh Culture Celebrated in Rabat

Marrakech - The Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture (IRCAM) celebrated the 13th anniversary of the Ajdir speech of King Mohammed VI on Friday.  During the event, the organizing committee, led by Saad Eddine Othmani, former Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, and head of the National Council for Justice and Development party (PJD), presented 13 awards for contributions to  Amazigh culture. The awards were g ...

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Morocco’s Hassan II Mosque, Fourth Most Beautiful in the World

Taroudante - The Hassan II Mosque, or Grande Mosquée Hassan II, located in Casablanca, Morroco, is considered the fourth most beautiful mosque in the world, according to a ranking announced by Wonderslist. Unchallenged, the world’s most beautiful mosque is Al Haram Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, which the Quran, the Muslim Holy book, revealed to be the first house built for humanity to worship Allah. “Inde ...

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Brad Pitt Enjoys Riding a Motorcycle in Morocco’s Mountains

Rabat- Brad Pitt counts himself among a large number of world-class celebrities who have fallen for the beauty of Morocco’s diverse landscapes. In an interview with Details magazine, the American actor said that he likes to ride his motorcycle in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. “I try to carve out time for a solo ride in every country I travel to, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Atlas Mountains o ...

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Mental images from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Agadir - The plane touched down in the heat of summer of 1977 in Tulsa’s airport coming from Denver, Colorado of which we, International exchange students, did not experience much as it was only a transit location on our great trip across the USA. I heard and read quite a lot about Oklahoma State before I got to Tulsa. My dream had been to get a chance to visit Oklahoma City mainly because I knew it hosted ...

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Book Review: The Quran and the Life of Excellence

By Paola Garcia “The Quran teaches that God does not change people’s condition unless they change their inner selves. The change has to occur inside us first, in our beliefs and attitudes, only then can it be seen on the outside.” This is the central thesis of The Quran and the Life of Excellence. In this remarkable book, Dr. Sultan Abdulhameed takes different verses from the Quran that teach methods of per ...

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Moroccan writer Fouad Laroui awarded Grand Prix Jean Giono 2014

Paris - Moroccan writer Fouad Laroui was awarded on Thursday in France the Grand Prix Jean Giono 2014 for his novel "The tribulations of the last Sijilmassi." The Grand Prix Jean Giono, created in 1990, crowns the career of a French-language author who has championed or celebrated the art of the novel. Fouad Laroui is a Moroccan economist and writer who was born in Oujda, Morocco. He authored several works ...

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Morocco Ranks Third Most Friendly Country for Foreign Tourists

Taroudant -Morocco ranked third in the 2013 world rankings of the most welcoming country for foreign tourists, according to the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report (WEF) published recently. In a ranking of 140 countries, Morocco is considered third most welcoming towards foreign tourists. The kingdom comes on the third position with a score of 6.7, after Iceland and New Zealand, ...

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Ouarzazate celebrates the sun at the first Morocco Solar Festival

Marrakech - The first international Morocco Solar Festival, dedicated to the sun and the sustainable development of desert areas, will take place on October 17 in the country’s solar energy capital, Ouarzazate.  Aiming to "awaken consciences by raising public awareness of the risks facing our planet and the opportunities available to them to encourage them to new behaviors," Ouarzazate, one of the largest s ...

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This Is How Eid is Celebrated in Morocco – Photo Essay

Rabat - The Eid experience in Morocco reminds me of Christmas in Colombia. Women concentrate in the kitchens to prepare delicious dishes, everybody waits till the last minute to buy desserts. In Colombia, people greet one another and wishe a “Merry Christmas,” which is a beautiful habit that is similar to "Eid Mubarak" in Morocco and other Muslim majority countries. In my native country, families offer larg ...

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