Marrakech to Host First Meeting ‘Clinton Global Initiative, Middle East and Africa’

Casablanca  -  The first meeting of the "Clinton Global Initiative, Middle East and Africa," will be held on May 5-7 in Marrakech with the development challenges facing the African continent and the Middle East on top of its agenda, Director of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Lisa Rickert announced on Thursday in Casablanca. Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Cl ...

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Egyptians respond to latest Moroccan TV statements

Cairo - Egyptian diplomats should take further political resolutions, expert says. Only 9% of Egyptian youth believe what they see on television channels, according to a survey issued last December by Baseera, an independent poll center in Cairo. The number should not be surprising. Ever since the first uprisings in Egypt in 2011, the Egyptian television channels have shown a strong record of unprofessional ...

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Al Jazeera Condemns Death Threat Against Bureau Chief in Yemen

London - Al Jazeera condemns the death threat received by Saeed Thabit, Al Jazeera Arabic bureau chief in Sanaa, Yemen, in an anonymous phone call that threatened him with “physical elimination.”  “This threat is not the first,” Thabit commented. The caller referred to himself as a member of Ansar Allah, also known as the Houthi movement, and told Thabit: “Enough is enough, and soon we will execute our thre ...

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New Fatwa Prohibits Building Snowman in Saudi Arabia

Agadir - Following the recent snowfall in the north of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammad Saleh Al Munajid formally prohibits building snowman, describing it as idols worship. “Who said building a snowman is an innocent activity”? Said Mohammad Saleh Al-Munajid, one of the most influential sheikhs of Saudi Arabia,who has just issued a Fatwa prohibiting the hobby of snowman building. At IslamQA.info, where the Sh ...

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Morocco Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Yemen

Rabat  -  Morocco on Monday "strongly" condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Yemen, urging all Yemeni forces to work together to implement the national dialogue recommendations. "Morocco strongly condemns these vile terrorist and destruction acts that can only further deteriorate the situation and undermine the positive spirit of consensus and cooperation that has enabled the conclusion of the national ...

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Morocco and Egypt Unwarranted Media War

Fez - Despite Egyptian journalists’ consistent harsh attacks against Morocco, the Kingdom made no official declaration, as the country’s leadership is sober enough to preserve a stable relationship between the two countries. However, Moroccan mass media’s stance toward the Egyptian regime has changed.  Though the Egyptian President was welcomed by the Moroccan sovereign in June 2014, following his election, ...

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Saudi Airlines to Separate Men and Women on Flights

Rabat - Following some men’s complaints about male strangers sitting next to their wives, Saudi Arabian national airline Saudia is moving forward to segregate men and women on its airplanes. According to news360, Saudia will order staff to keep men and women segregated on board their planes, unless they are close relatives. Multiple reports suggest that the policy change came in response to complaints from ...

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MBC Apologizes for Egyptian Reporter ElKilany’s Offensive Comment on Morocco

Rabat - Following the flashpoint controversy sparked by Egyptian news anchor Wafaa ElKilany who described Morocco as a land of sorcery in her show broadcast on MBC, Director of MBC Group Television Ali Jaber has reportedly apologized to Moroccans. Ali Jaber used his account on Twitter to address the Moroccan people. “Dear Moroccans, I emphasize that we have all due respect, appreciation and love for your de ...

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Egyptian Media React to Moroccan State-owned Media’s Stance on Sisi

Rabat - Egyptian newspapers are in search of possible justifications for the unprecedented shift in the Moroccan-Egyptian relations have alighted on an alternate theory. Egyptian newspapers have reacted to recent special reports aired by the two Moroccan state-owned channels 2M and Al Aoula. The Moroccan TV reports questioned the legitimacy of El Sisi’s regime, referring to  Sisi as “the leader of the milit ...

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Morocco-Egypt: What Went Wrong?

By Majid Morceli San Francesco - Thursday evening, Morocco’s  news Channel referred to the Egyptian president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as the architect of the military coup, and to Mohamed Morsi as President-elect. This is clearly a new development in the relations between Morocco and Egypt,  the majority of Moroccans watching the news last night were shocked and could not believe what is taken place.  Morocca ...

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Egyptian authorities urged to make Al Jazeera Three¹s retrial swift

By Kevin Kriedemann London - Al Jazeera has said that the retrial granted today to its jailed journalists should be expedited quickly by the Egyptian authorities. Lawyers say that the appeal process from this point can take another 12-18 months. After the conviction was overruled by the court of cassation today, Al Jazeera spokesperson Osama Saeed said, “Baher, Peter and Mohammed have been unjustly in jail ...

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Saudi Arabia: Draft Law Obliges Television Anchors to Wear Traditional Abaya

Rabat - Saudi Arabia's Shura Council is moving forward to consider new amendments to its audiovisual law , which would force female television anchors on Saudi-funded channels to wear an abaya and scarf. Multiple reports said that Noura Al-Odwan, a female member of the council, convinced the Saudi Culture and Media Affairs committee to take the initiative to present the controversial amendments to lawmakers ...

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