Arts and Humanities B.A Holders Pose a Threat to Morocco: Minister

Rabat - Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, said on Thursday in Rabat that holders of a B.A in Arts and Humanities will be a burden on their families and on the community. During his speech at the inauguration of the new branch of professional baccalaureate in Rabat, the minister said that many arts and humanities graduates go back home with “no practical knowledge” that will help them find work. A ...

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9% Of Moroccans Have no Access to Restrooms

Rabat - One Moroccan out of ten still practice open defecation, according to a new UN report. It has also found that one in every three, or 2.4 billion people on the planet, are still without sanitation facilities, including 946 million people who defecate in the open. According to the report, entitled "Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water: 2015 Update and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)", rele ...

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A New Coworking Space Opens Its Doors for Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs in Rabat

Rabat - The Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship opened the Dare Space, its new coworking space, on June 30 in Rabat.  The new CISE collaborative environment will be open to the public in an attempt to "better respond to the needs of a growing number of entrepreneurs in Morocco,"  according to the official CISE press-release. The source says that the area will provide these budding ent ...

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The Official End of the Bouya Omar Operation: Help for Psychiatric Patients

By Sara Elhamdaoui Rabat - The Ministry of Health announced that the Bouya Omar operation is officially over on June 27. The first phase of a national plan that aims to reintegrate mentally ill individuals into society consisted of evacuating those who had been held at the Bouya Omar Mausoleum. In the second phase, as part of “Karama” initiative, patients will be examined, provided with medical care, and gi ...

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Islam and Homosexuality: Are Homosexuals Less Pious?

By Nahla Bendefaa Rabat - A young man in Fes was the victim of a ruthless attack by a mob on Monday. They attacked the man because he is supposedly gay. Upon learning that the victim was a homosexual, the offenders beat the young man savagely and treated him as “less than human.” Their beatly nature and ignorance was apparent in their call to Allah; by yelling out “Allah is Great” in Arabic, the mob reveale ...

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Morocco to Have the Longest Bridge for High Speed Train in the World

By Sara Elhamdaoui Rabat - Morocco's high speed train (TGV), the longest railway in Africa, will be an immense project in terms of infrastructure. It will lead to the construction of the longest bridge for high speed lines in the world. Mohamed Khlie, the general director of the ONCF, said Wednesday in a press conference in Rabat that the TGV project will be distinguished by the bridge El Hachef. It will be ...

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Woman Assaulted in Morocco For ‘Indecent’ Attire During Ramadan

Rabat - Amidst the controversy sparked by the arrest of two women in Agadir last month, another woman has allegedly been assaulted for “wearing indecent clothes” during the month of Ramadan. A young woman from the city of Tetouan in northern Morocco posted a status on her Facebook account where she claims that she was the victim of a verbal and physical assault by a man in the street because of the way she ...

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Morocco Dismantles New Terrorist Cell Affiliated with ISIS

Rabat - Morocco’s Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ), arrested on Thursday nine people in the cities of Nador, Laayoune, Tetouan, Meknes, Sidi Ifni, Beni Mellal, Saidia, Dakhla and Tangiers, for claiming their adherence to ISIS and spreading, via websites, extremist ideas adopted by this terrorist organization, said the Interior Ministry in a statement. In addition to their allegiance to the ...

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Said Mouskir Accuses Morocco’s Gad El Maleh of Plagiarism

Rabat - Gad El Maleh is being accused of plagiarism. The Franco-Moroccan comedian released his newest song entitled "Dance de la Joie Lalala" on June 29th and has since gone viral, amassing over 400K views in three days. However, El Maleh has been accused of ripping off the melody and the rhythm of the song from Said Mouskir's hit song "Mama." A number of Moroccans and news outlets are pointing to similarit ...

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I Want Asylum in Country Where My Rights Will Be Recognized: Fez Gay Man

Rabat - A man who was attacked on Monday because of his sexual orientation is seeking asylum in a country where his rights will be recognized and the law is respected. "I am demanding the right of asylum in a country where the law is respected,” the gay man, whose identity has not yet been revealed, told news website Goud.ma. In an interview with the Arabic-speaking website posted to YouTube, the man said t ...

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Morocco Evacuate 85 Apts. Illegally Occupied By Sub-Saharan Immigrants

Rabat - Moroccan authorities on Wednesday evacuated some 85 apartments illegally occupied by sub-Saharan migrants in Al Irfane district in Tangier under normal conditions, the Interior Ministry said. During this operation, the authorities discovered dinghies, engines and oars used in illegal emigration operations to the other shore of the Mediterranean, the ministry pointed out in a statement. The evacuatio ...

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Morocco’s High Speed Train to Be Inaugurated in 2017

Rabat - ONCF, Morocco's railway operator, says high-speed line construction is now 70 % complete. The line was originally planned to open in December 2015, but delays in infrastructure work (redeploying houses) means commissioning is now scheduled for 2017. The first high-speed train will go into service on ONCF's conventional network by the end of the year before the high-speed line is completed. ONCF's CE ...

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