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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Hicham Zerhouni: The First Moroccan to Join America’s New Leaders Council

Chicago – A Moroccan-American, Hicham Zerhouni, has been selected as a fellow of the New Leaders Council (NLC), a U.S. non-profit organization that promotes progressive political entrepreneurs — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry — who will shape the future landscape.  Zerhouni, who is the Managing Principal of TransCultures, is one of 24 fellows selected ...

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I am Jewish and I Love Muslims

By Joshua Kohen Washington D.C - Last May, I had an interesting encounter on a train ride from Marrakesh to Rabat. It was my fourth visit to Morocco as an American Jew, visiting a land my paternal ancestors had left many generations ago. As usual in Morocco, people are friendly on train rides, especially within the small confines of a cabin. Several Moroccan passengers began talking to me in Arabic out of c ...

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Algerian author Yasmina Khadra: “I don’t have the right to be Charlie”

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In this week’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, award-winning Algerian author and former military officer Yasmina Khadra discusses the Charlie Hebdoattack with Jacky Rowland. The Kouachi brothers - the gunmen - were born in France to Algerian immigrant parents, but Khadra says discussions of the terrorist’s nationality are irrelevant. “For me, the murder doesn’t have an identity. ...

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Miami: Alleged Assaulter of Moroccan Student Arrested

Miami Beach - Police have arrested on Friday in Miami the alleged assaulter of a Moroccan student on Jan. 1 as the latter was leaving a night club south of the city, local media outlets said on Saturday. Younes Adlan, aged 22, is at the intensive care unit in Jackson Memorial Hospital. He suffered a head injury after he was hit in the face and fell on the pavement.  Witnesses saw security agent Cody Quaife, ...

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French Journalist Says Muslims Bring S**t to France

Rabat - French journalist Philippe Tesson made very Islamophobic comments. Invited to Europe 1 radio's "Le Grand Direct de L'Actu" to discuss the theme of secularism and religious schools, Le Figaro magazine columnist said that Muslims are responsible for harming secularism in France. "Where does the problem of harming secularism come from if not from Muslims? Tesson asked, addressing the journalist Jean-Ma ...

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After Paris, Merkel to March for Muslims in Germany

Rabat - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to join a Muslim community rally on Tuesday to condemn the Paris attacks and send a rebuke to the country's growing anti-Islamic movement. The rally, which is scheduled at 5 pm GMT, will also be joined by Germany's President Joachim Gauck, who will address the event at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. "Hatred, racism and extremism have no place in this country," Merk ...

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Mayor of Rotterdam: ‘Muslims who Don’t Like Living in West Have to Pack and Leave’

Rabat - Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam is reported to have said that Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilizations can "f***off". According to the Daily Mail, Aboutaleb appeared on a live television in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last week, saying that Muslims who 'do not like freedom can pack your bags and leave.' "It is incomprehe ...

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A Hopeful Refugee Rebuilds her Life in Morocco

Rabat - On September 2013, Morocco has adopted a new asylum policy that allows for the regularisation of refugees who were recognised under UNHCR’s mandate and provides them with a Moroccan refugee card and a residence permit. Within this context, Gloria, an Ivorian refugee, got her Moroccan residence permit and hoped for a better integration into a society where she already managed to build a life of her o ...

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Classmates on Twitter Say Mourad Hamyd is Innocent

Rabat - Some twitter users in France are opposed to reports that claim Mourad Hamyd is one of the attackers who were responsible for the massacre of 12 people, saying he is innocent. A few hours after the attack that occurred at the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, many reports said that French authorities identified the three perpetrators of the terrorist act. According to the ...

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