Former Miss Turkey Faces Prison For Instagram Post “Insulting” Erdogan

Rabat- Merve Buyuksarac, Miss Turkey 2006, appeared before an Istanbul court on Wednesday for “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Buyuksarac is being sued for sharing a satirical poem on her Instagram account, originally appeared in the Turkish satirical magazine Uykusuz. The poem reportedly mocks the Turkish president. Buyuksarac’s lawyer, Emre Telci, told the Associated Press on Wednesday ...

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The Practical Imperative of Youth Participation, A Moroccan Perspective

Marrakech – Historically and socially, Moroccan youth have been deprived of a meaningful participation in political, economic and social life. They lack basic access to information and education and/or are considered unfit for leadership positions in their communities. This lacking is contradictory to the desire most young people have to be active in their environment. The belief that youth have a rebelliou ...

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Brussels: King Mohammed VI Pays Costs of Moroccan Suffering from Heart Disease

Rabat - King Mohammed VI has responded to a Facebook solidarity campaign launched to raise donations for Mohammad Laamarie, a Moroccan citizen in Belgium, who suffers from a heart condition that requires a costly surgical procedure. The 65-year-old Moroccan was visiting his family in Brussels when he suffered three heart attacks that almost claimed his life. He was immediately taken to the hospital where hi ...

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A Friday Night in Chicago: A Moroccan Cab Driver and a Policeman

Kenitra - It was a Friday night, a weekend night, which is always a busy night. I was driving three young guys from the Hilton in Chicago downtown to the Wrigley Field, home of Chicago Cubs and one of the city’s unique landmarks. On our way, they start whispering things, bad things. “Hey, you Taliban. Hey, you terrorist.” Of course, they said a lot of things. Their tones, words and gestures told of a story. ...

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Germany: Hamburg officially recognizes Muslim holidays

Rabat- Hamburg, Germany, officially recognized Muslim holidays on Tuesday. In an unprecedented move in Germany, the decision will allow all Muslim students and employees to take a holiday during their religious ceremonies. Muslim students and school staff will benefit from three days off in the year; however, they have to catch up and make up the missed sessions. This new decision was introduced by an agree ...

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Saudi Wives Reject Housemaids From Morocco Over ‘Their Beauty’

Taroudante- The Saudi Ministry of Employment has provided a new list of countries from where families can hire domestic workers and employees. Even though the list also included Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt, Morocco, which has been a source of employees for several years, was the only country rejected by Saudi wives on the grounds that its women are “too beautiful” for domestic work. Some Saudi wives have re ...

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Is Morocco a Model in the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries?

Tunis - Four victims of the Hyper Kosher tragedy made their Aliyah (immigration) to Israel “after death.” Their migration is being seen around the world as a symbolic call for massive Aliyah to the country. Today, Jewish cemeteries have fallen prey to desecrators in France and many other countries. If the dead, who are already buried, had the opportunity to make Aliyah, which country would they choose? They ...

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ISIS Threatens to Invade Rome, to Throw Homosexuals from ‘Tower of Pizza’

Rabat- Islamic State (IS) militants, known also as ISIS have vowed to take over Rome and throw “homosexuals from the Leaning Tower of Pizza.” The threats come a few days after jihadists responsible for the beheading of 21 Coptic Egyptians in Libya warned that they would conquer the Italian capital. Using the hashtag #We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, the group’s sympathizers on Twitter posted messages vowing to bring S ...

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Medical Helicopter Called to Rescue Pregnant Woman in Eastern Morocco

Rabat - A medical helicopter was called to the rescue of two people in eastern Morocco over the weekend, according to a press release issued by the Health Ministry.  The Ministry said that the helicopter (SAMU 05) transported a pregnant woman from the eastern town of Guercif to the Regional Hospital Center El Farabi in the city of Oujda. The medical team performed a C-section (cesarean) on the woman who gav ...

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Why Do Moroccans Express Themselves in French?

By Mohamed Lakdali Fez- One cannot go through a day in Morocco without hearing or running across someone expressing themselves in French, or a combination of Arabic and French, as if we were in France. Don’t we have our own language? It seems that our language is not good enough to be used in our daily routine communication. In fact, the question that haunts me is what is the authentic motive behind such be ...

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Moroccan Opposition Leader Calls for Decriminalizing Abortion, Banning Polygamy

Taroudante- Driss Lachgar, the Secretary General of the opposition socialist party USFP, called for the decriminalization of abortion and true equality between men and women at the Casablanca Book Fair on Friday. During an event At the Book Fair hosted on February 22 by the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH), Driss Lachgar gave his opinion on several social issues, including abortion, child marriage, a ...

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Scarcity of Green Areas and the Spread of Cafes Destroy Youth in Fez

Fez - There is no doubt that the scarcity of green areas and the spread of cafes in Moroccan cities is one of the aspects that strike any foreigner who visits Morocco. This phenomenon, which has taken on alarming dimensions, has negative impact on the well-being of Moroccan youth. Fez, originally the capital of science and learning in Morocco, has become overcrowded. As a major destination for migrants from ...

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