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Why do Moroccans underestimate their mother tongue?

Sidi Ifni, Morocco A mother tongue is the language that we first uttered and spoke when we were children. It is so blessed and much cherished that we continue to cling to it throughout our lives. It is the first language we became acquainted with and learned to speak at home with our parents. Hence, no one should say that one’s mother tongue is not worth speaking or using no matter what the reason or excuse ...

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Moroccan Minister’s Botched interview on Fox News

By Said Leghlid, Bouano- Ohio In light of the King of Morocco’s visit to America, Mbaka Bouaida, Moroccan deputy Foreign Minister, was interviewed by Fox News with intent to make sense of why the King was visiting America and to help Americans learn more about Morocco’s issue of the Sahara, and the bilateral relations with the US. The lack of depth of reasoning and political savvy by the Moroccan Minister-D ...

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Morocco and the Orientalist Fever

Casablanca- Morocco was no exception to the Orientalist fever that sprawled Europe in the 19 century. Europe’s legacy of the romanticized East is replete with mystic representations of the “mysterious” other, the East. Since Morocco was part of the monolithic “Orient,” it wasn’t immune from those European literary and artistic depictions of it. These representations subsequently served colonial ends, thus m ...

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Dear America, here is my first hand experience of Morocco

Marrakesh- My third week in Morocco has come to an end and it is hard to put my experiences into words. Every morning I still find myself waking up and being surprised that I am actually here. I tried not to come to Morocco with any preconceived ideas of what it will be like, because the last thing I wanted was to be disappointed when things were not as I expected. Nonetheless, the thoughts, worries, and ex ...

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Rape in Morocco: Let’s be mobilized to stop impunity

By Aziza Zio Morocco World News Casablanca, July 31, 2013 Aziza Ziou Ziou Aziza Ziou Ziou My title is violent and it is imperative: All future rapists, whether they rape a virgin, a married woman, minor, or single mother, seem to not have to worry about punishment for their actions. There is no law that will put a rapist in jail. No judge deems that the abuse and imposition of sexual intercourse without con ...

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Ahmed Assid in the eye of the salafist storm

 By Anouar Majid Morocco World News Portland, Maine, June 11, 2013 I wrote before about Ahmed Assid and his tireless and almost quixotic struggle to challenge his Moroccan compatriots to accept diversity in all its forms and champion a true culture of human rights. Because of his position, he gets vilified by extremist religious leaders, especially the Salafi types, and dismissed by so-called “moderates” as ...

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My experience as MWN’s correspondent in Morocco

By Omar Bihmidine Morocco World News Sidi Ifni, Morocco, June 1, 2013 On the occasion of Morocco World News' second anniversary, I would like to share with my friends, readers, fellow writers, journalists, teachers and all readers of MWN my experience as a contributor and correspondent for this great Moroccan English-language website.  Since I became acquainted with MWN a year and a half ago, I have written ...

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Is it really bad timing or she is just not that into you?

Montreal- "I'm sorry, I'm not ready for a relationship." How many of you have used this line with someone who clearly was ready to bend over backwards to be your boyfriend? "I just got out of an exhausting relationship, I have a lot of problems in my life right now and I don't want to affect anyone with me, I don't feel stable and comfortable being in a relationship while I'm looking for a job, and I don't ...

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Hackers without borders

By Aissam El Hani Morocco World News Targuist, Morocco, April 7, 2013 As a young Moroccan, I am a frequent user of social media.When I logged into my Facebook account yesterday, my newsfeed was plastered with articles reporting about cyber attacks launched against Israel. At first, I assumed that it the attack was simply a joke that went viral. A short while later, I decided to conduct a quick google search ...

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Hajj Elbabboushi Questions on MWN Top Stories: Blame it on the Coach!

By Hajj Elbabboushi Morocco World News New York, April 5, 2013 Morocco World News is introducing a weekly blog hosted by Hajj Elbabboushi to objectively criticize some of the top stories we previously featured. Hajj Elbabboushi is a former Moroccan teacher of English spent most his life in Morocco but retired abroad. Throughout his life, he was deceived by the media, governments and people and consequently ...

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Hajj Elbabboushi Questions on MWN Top Stories: Blame it on corruption!

By Hajj Elbabboushi Morocco World News New York, March 26, 2013 Morocco World News is introducing a weekly blog hosted by Hajj Elbabboushi to objectively criticize some of the top stories we previously featured. Hajj Elbabboushi is a former Moroccan teacher of English spent most his life in Morocco but retired abroad. Throughout his life, he was deceived by the media, governments and people and consequently ...

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When does one become an adult ?

  By Louise Riondel Morocco World News Rennes, France, March 9, 2013 Something really odd happened to me today. I came across one of the hardest questions I have been asked in a long time. It wasn't related to the thesis I'm writing, or to my future career, or to a harsh decision I had to make. It actually came from a dentist I called to make an appointment. The lady asked me « Is it for a child or an ...

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