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Morocco: Mother Kept Mentally Challenged Son Chained Up for Seven Years

Casablanca - In a village in Taourirt, a city in northeast Morocco, a mentally challenged child has been chained in a cave-like place for nearly seven years. A shocking video shared on Youtube, entitled “Moroccan people, you’re all responsible for this child,” shows 13-year-old Faycal, topless with his left leg chained to a wall, as he hungrily leaps toward the food that the villagers and his mother hand hi ...

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Marrakech: British Polo Day Morocco raises over $175,000

By Rabii Benadada Casablanca - On Saturday, April 19th, British Polo Day - presented by Land Rover - celebrated its first event on African soil with the inaugural British Polo Day Morocco. Guests including Sir Richard Branson, philanthropist Eve Branson, Philip Treacy, British Ambassador to Morocco Clive Alderton, US Ambassador to Morocco Dwight L. Bush Sr and a handful of Virgin Galactic astronauts gathere ...

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Over 186,000 Moroccans affiliated with social security in Spain in late March 2014

Madrid - A total of 186,092 Moroccan expatriates were affiliated with Spanish social security services by the end of March 2014, according to figures released on Tuesday by the Spanish Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Moroccans rank first among non-EU foreign workers affiliated with social security in Spain, followed by the Chinese with 87,929 people, Ecuadorian expats with 78,838 and Bolivians with 6 ...

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Celebrate Easter for Family

By Marisa Fernandez - Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentina is the largest second country in South America that follows Roman Catholicism as its religion. Although Argentinians do not practice very much, they celebrate all the Christian festivals with enthusiasm and joy. Easter is the most significant feast for Christians all over the world. Catholics believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected after having been  ...

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El Jadida: Mother Beats Her Son to Death for Killing a Turkey Chick

Casablanca - The El Jadida Court of Appeals recently sentenced a mother to five years imprisonment for murdering her son. According to Aujourd’hui Le Maroc, the infanticide took place in a small village about 16 kilometers outside of El Jadida in the Chtouka region. The 32-year-old woman murdered her 5-year-old child after she discovered that he had strangled a turkey chick to death. The woman allegedly veh ...

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Moha Souag: Moroccan writer who just wants to write

Goulmima - Human beings are bestowed with gifts of all kinds and yet very few succeed in bringing these gifts to their potential and make masterpieces out of them. The faculties of speaking and writing are such invaluable gifts yet how many times have we been at a loss of finding the right word or when language fails us? Writers and poets have honed those skills and like magicians, they manipulate words art ...

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Son of anti-Islam film “Fitna” distributor converts to Islam

Taroudant, Morocco- Iskander Amien De Vrie, son of prominent Dutch politician Arnoud Van Doorn, who was behind the 2008 anti-Islam film Fitna (sedition), converted to Islam during the Dubai International Peace Convention, held there from April 17-19, 2014, according to Khaleej times. Arnoud Van Doorn, a former Islamophobe, confirmed the news on his official twitter account.  My eldest son just reverted to I ...

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Former AMU SG Lahbib Boulares dies

Rabat - Former secretary general of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) Lahbib Boulares passed away last Friday, AMU secretariat general announced on Monday. In a statement, the secretariat paid tribute to the deceased who had hugely contributed to fostering the pillars of the Maghreb building and the development of its structures, as well as to promoting Maghreb joint action. Late Lahbib Boulares held numerous po ...

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3 Mythical Generalizations on Morocco

Casablanca - We sometimes tend to mythologize things that are unknown to us. Many people who have never traveled to Morocco may believe common myths or stereotypes about Morocco that are not necessarily true. The three myths about Morocco listed in this article are examples of sweeping generalizations based on exceptional cases. Unfortunately, they are sometimes used erroneously as accurate references regar ...

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Ministry of Solidarity, ISESCO sign agreement on women, children and family

Rabat - A partnership agreement was signed on Friday between the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) on the protection of women, children and the family. The agreement, signed by Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, and Director General of ISESCO, Dr. Abdulaziz Othm ...

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Alumni TechCamp Caravan Organized in Morocco

By Asmae Azzamouri Oujda - In collaboration with US Embassy, TechCamp Caravan,  which took place on the 12th and the 13th of April, called for active members in civic society to take part in its second edition in Agadir. Participants of this chapter were Moroccan alumni from different exchange programs, including MEPI, IVLP, Access, and Fulbright alumni. This multi-faceted immersion camp was designed to bui ...

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When teens take action (Part 2)

Safi - When teens take action, take off your hat to them; if you don’t have one on, just applaud them, but do it warmly! This is what I did when a group of students in my school took over the management of the school for an entire day. The responsibilities were beyond their age and presumably beyond their abilities, but they proved to be equal to the task. The details of this operation constituted an interv ...

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