Morocco, 3rd Most Popular Tourist Destination in Africa

Marrakech- Morocco remained the 3rd most popular tourist destination in Africa, according to the Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking 2014 / 2015. Morocco ranks 31st in the world and 3rd in Africa. It ranks behind South Africa (1st and Egypt (2nd), according to a report obtained by MWN. Morocco’s rank is based on the size of the tourism sector’s contribution to the country’s overall gross domestic product ...

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Rabat Hosts the First JCI Debating Cup

Rabat - La Jeune Chambre Internationale (JCI), or International Youth Chamber, of Rabat will host the first “Rabat JCI Debating Cup” on December 21, 2014 at the Center of Training and Expertise for Enterprise at The Faculty of Sciences of Education, Rabat. The Rabat JCI Debating Cup is a debate competition of eight teams. It aims at providing and creating opportunities for young people to develop and enhanc ...

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5 general fashion tips for your child when he goes to a casting

By Bernard Ditto New York - To make a positive impression on the casting agents, your kid needs to communicate well and also present themselves in a professional manner. Coaching your child on fashion and other aspects which impact their personality is important, but do not over coach them as the child responses should be natural. Following are 5 general fashion tips that can guide your child well when he o ...

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ISESCO: Arabs Should Promote Arabic Language in their Education Systems

Marrakech - On World Arabic Language Day on December 18th, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) called on the Islamic world to reinstate Arabic language and delegate it to a higher status. In their press release, ISESCO highlighted the importance of Arabic language and the necessity of its maintenance and global promotion so that it can become a global language. For Arabic ...

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Islamist call for Algerian author’s death stirs outrage

Algiers - An Islamist call for author Kamel Daoud to be condemned to death for alleged apostasy has stirred outrage in Algeria, reviving dark memories of the country's brutal civil war. Salafist activist Abdelfatah Hamadache Ziraoui has called on his Facebook page for authorities to impose the death penalty against the author and to execute him in public. The call came after Daoud, in an appearance on Frenc ...

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Moroccan-American Filmmaker Launches Campaign to Fund 9/11 Independent Film

New Jersey - It’s been thirteen years since terrorists set their sights on America on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, thousands more had their lives changed forever, a whole country went into mourning and the entire world was left changed.  Moroccan-American filmmaker Yossera Bouchtia has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of her latest film “I Am Selma.” In the film ...

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To All Students, I say – Poem

Mourad El Hanafi   Enjoy being a student For someday You'll cease to be a student Enjoy the weight on your shoulders Enjoy the life you draw with your fingers Feel and enjoy Your seat's warmth Your classmates’ warmth Your teachers’ warmth For at school, on exciting journeys you set forth Be cool and don’t turn your teachers’ lives hard Enjoy cheering up noisily in the school yard For someday You'll wis ...

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Egyptian Cinema Official Denies Insulting Moroccan Former Minister

Taroudant - Waleed Seif, head of the National Centre for Cinema, apologized to Moroccans and denied claims raised from insulting social media posts satirizing the way Moroccan ex-minister Touriya Jabrane received Egyptian actor Adel Imam at the Marrakech International Film Festival. Waleed Seif claims his Facebook page was hacked, with hackers writing the insulting statements to shake, “The deep respect [he ...

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In Pictures, Winter Wonderland Ifrane Gains its Picturesque Snow

Taroudant - Light to heavy rain hit several parts of Morocco last week but Ifrane, or little Switzerland, was battered by heavy snowfall leaving the town with its typical picturesque winter image. Perched on the heights of the Middle Atlas Mountain range in Morocco more than 1,700 meters above sea level, Ifrane is a cool resort for Moroccan families and tourist during summer and a popular winter destination ...

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Marrakech Film Festival: Russian Film “Reintegration Class” Wins Golden Asterisk

Marrakech- Ivan Twardowski’s film “Reintegration Class" won the golden asterisk prize at the 14th annual Marrakech International Film Festival which took place in Marrakech December 5 through December 13. The Russian film portrays a disabled girl who decides to return to return to her studies many years after dropping out of school, and succeeds despite cruel teaching staff who provide no encouragement. The ...

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The Master Returns: Hassan Hakmoun & the Electric Sintir at the Heart of Unity

By Derek Beres New York- The iconic musician who put North African trance traditions on the map is back with a soaring, hypnotic album with rock drive. It's a sound that seems to reach beyond time. The sintir, the three-string bass lute of Morocco, pulling ancient melodies from the air and leading the traditional Gnawa spiritual trance rituals that fire the Moroccan nights. It's music that's captured Wester ...

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Morocco’s Hassan Hakmoun in Top Ten Best Global Music of 2014

New York - The National Public Radio (NPR) has just published a ranking of the top ten best global Music for 2014. Morocco is honored in the ranking thanks to the album produced by Moroccan famous Gnawa musician, Hassan Hakmoun, who came fifth on the ranking. Hakmoun’s album made it to the list thanks to the song Ballili (my father). The artist’s album is the first he produced since 2002 when he had produce ...

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