“American Sniper” Increases Hate Speech Against Muslims

Marrakech - American Muslims and Arabs have roundly condemned the new Oscar-nominated film, American Sniper, which has been breaking the record for audience ratings, accusing it of contributing to an escalation of hate and discrimination against Muslims. As discrimination and hate speech against Arabs and Muslims escalated on social media after the screening of American Sniper, the American-Arab Anti-Discri ...

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Angela Merkel: Islam is Part of Germany

Rabat - German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated that Islam is part of Germany, in response to criticism raised against her from members of her party the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). In an interview with German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt published on Saturday, Merkel said that "there are about four million Muslims living in Germany, adding that Islamic religion courses are being taught ...

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Morocco: French Pedophile Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Rabat - A French pedophile who sexually abused nine Moroccan children has been sentenced to two years in prison, according to Agence France Press (AFP). The elderly French identified as Jean-Luc G must also pay 40,000 Dirhams in damages to the Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH) and a symbolic Dirham to the benefit of other associations. One of the plaintiffs' lawyers was quoted by AFP as saying they a ...

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Eradicating underage Marriage Cant’ Be Achieved Without a Change in Mentalities: Minister

By Ferdaws, Aharrar Rabat – Eradicating underage marriage in Morocco requires serious changes to the socioeconomic situation throughout the country, the legal provisions and people’s mentalities, said Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice and Freedoms. In response to a question posed at the House of Councilors on Tuesday, Ramid explained that countries such as Spain, Belgium, France and Finland “have legalize ...

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France: Police question 8-year-old Muslim Pupil for “Glorifying Terrorism”

Rabat - Collective hysteria has apparently engulfed France since the Charlie Hebdo attacks. French authorities appear to be going too far in their campaign against hate speech.  An eight-year-old French boy, Ahmed, from the southern French city of Nice was reportedly questioned by police on Wednesday after he allegedly made comments in school supporting the Parisian terrorists who attacked satirical weekly ...

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Amazigh New Year in the United States

By Joshua Kohen Boston - From the moment you enter the giant hall, you might think you are in North Africa. The giant Amazigh flags plastered on the walls, guests in traditional garb, and Amazigh music playing in the background might have you fooled. But no, this is not North Africa. This is the Annual Amazigh New Year (Yennayer) Event in Boston, Massachusetts.  For the past several years, the Amazigh commu ...

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Facebook to Officially Censor Criticism of Islam

Rabat - Social media network giant Facebook is working on implementing a formal policy of censoring criticism of Islam, particularly pages mocking and offending the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). According to Top Conservative News, Facebook has recruited many censors that will be working for $1.50 an hour to delete every post criticizing Islam. Approximately half of them work from an office in Morocco. “Facebook ...

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UNDEF Project Helps Create the Moroccan Network of Local Youth Councils

By Adil Bentahar Casablanca - As part of the ‘Engaging Civil Society and Youth in Public Policy Dialogue in North Africa’ project, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE), supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and in collaboration with the Moroccan Center for Youth and Democratic Reforms, held the National Meeting ‘Local Youth Councils: Experiences and Projects’. The event, which was ...

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Morocco: Photos of Miss Casablanca in 1980’s

Taroudant - A group of people shared their old photos on the forum Dafina displaying the life style of some Moroccans living in Casablanca during the eighties. The photos confirm that Casablanca was organizing Miss Bikini contest and other parties on the beach where men as well as women pose to photographs with bikinis and swimsuits. The forum members engaged in very nostalgic conversations with their old f ...

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Morocco: McDonald’s opens 35th Restaurant in El Jadida

By Mohamed Mouad Chahbane Rabat - McDonald’s fast food restaurants are becoming increasingly popular in Morocco. McDonald’s 35th restaurant in the country was opened recently in El Jadida City. The construction required an investment of 30 million dirhams. The investment, which will boost the city's economy, will directly create 65 jobs. The new restaurant is a perfect mix of simplicity and joviality. It is ...

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Immigrants in Morocco Seek Harmony, Face Challenges

By Ferdaws Aharrar Tangier - Immigrants now living in Morocco have embraced Morocco, a country that has welcomed them warmly, and become a part of Moroccan society. Medi1 TV interviewed some immigrants as guests on its “Generation News” show. They shared their mostly positive experiences living in Morocco. Unfortunately, their experiences have also had a dark side. Generation News’  host, Oussama Benjeloun, ...

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Why France Understood Nothing from the Holocaust

By Sahar Amarir Paris - Today the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp from the Nazis. It is a strange and cynical spectacle to watch how so many people talk about this tragedy on this day, but it speaks volumes about our ongoing delusional mindsets and our tragic ignorance as Westerners. But it shouldn't come as a surprise, most people speak as they ...

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