Canada: Official Launch of the Samy El Maghribi Foundation

Tunis - Moroccan Aznavour’s daughter, Yolland Amzallag: “The foundation is a symbol of harmony beyond ethnic and religious boundaries.” Tunis – Yolland Amzallag is the daughter of a leading figure in Arab-Andalusian music, Moroccan Samy Elmaghribi, born Solomon Amzallag. Along with her professional activities (public relations and translation), Amzallag is very committed to defending cultural diversity and ...

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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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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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France: Moroccan Pensioners Evicted from Hotel Where They Lived  for 30 Years

Rabat - A group of Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian pensioners in France were evicted Thursday from a hotel where they had lived for many years. The group of more than thirty retirees, some of them above the age of 65, was evicted from a hotel in the French capital after owners served them with an eviction notice to make the way for what they described as "renovation work." The group had reportedly refused t ...

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Migrant Camps Dismantled Outside of Spanish Enclave Melilla

By Kristina Fried Rabat - Speaking about the situation of migrants in Morocco, Charki Draiss Minister Delegate to Moroccan Interior Minister, said in a speech on Monday that housing camps around both Melilla and the other Spanish enclave of Ceuta would be dismantled “very soon.” His words came true on Tuesday morning when Moroccan authorities dismantled several camps outside of the Spanish enclave of Melill ...

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France: Muslim Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Fighting With a Jew

Rabat - Muslims in France are guilty of everything until proven otherwise. At least that’s what the facts on the ground are suggesting nowadays. Since the attacks on the Paris offices of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo last month, the Muslim community in France has endured persecution, judgment and discrimination, and sometimes for the silliest of reasons. An Al Jazeera network correspondent was app ...

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Swedish Security Guards Investigated after Assaulting 9-year-old Moroccan Boy

Rabat - The police are reportedly investigating the two Swedish security guards who were filmed slamming a Moroccan nine-year-old boy’s head into a stone floor at the main station in Malmö, Sweden. According to The Local, Linda Pleym, a spokesperson for Skåne police, told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that "they are suspected of assault and will be questioned on that matter." The same source added that Ande ...

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Mother of Man Held in Saudi Arabia Calls on King Mohammed VI to Help Him

Rabat-  Mother of Moroccan plasterer who is facing amputation of his right hand for theft in Saudi Arabia, called on King Mohammed VI to interevene with the Saudi authorities for the release of her son, saying he is the sole breadwinner for the family which lives in the outskirts of the city of Taroudant. In a video posted on YouTube by news website Machahid.info, the mother said that her son is innocent of ...

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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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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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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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