Moroccan Immigrants Vs. Royal Air Maroc: Is It a Cold War?

By Hassan Salman Moroccans all over the world, particularly in the United States and Canada, have suffered terribly when traveling with Royal Air Maroc (RAM). Their suffering, as most of them have expressed on Facebook, is exemplified in the Moroccan national airline’s chronic lateness, frequent cancelation, lost bags, bad service, and above all a sharp rise in prices. All of these factors and many others c ...

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Moroccans Unite in Support for Stranded RAM Customers 

Rabat - After dozens of Moroccans were told they would not be able to board their plane to Morocco on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, fellow Moroccans used Morocco World News and Facebook to express their own anger against Royal Air Maroc, showing that these stranded flyers are not alone in their troubles. RAM passengers flying to Morocco to celebrate Eid al-Fitr were told that they would be unable to board their p ...

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This Why Fez Is No Longer Appealing to Tourists

Rabat - The video that shows two young men in Fez haggling with a Japanese tourist after the two men assumingly took some time to show the man around the city to take pictures, shows a common struggle for tourists who come to Morocco.  While most occurrences are not quite as severe as the one posted here, it highlights a larger issue for tourists and Moroccan tourism as a whole. As a tourist visiting Morocc ...

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The Syrian Struggle and the Surge in Terrorism

By Yassin Zyani Milan - The Syrian "Thawra" revolution started alongside street demonstrations on March 15, 2011. Initially, it began as a civil revolution aiming to give a democratic legitimacy to the state. Syrian people were pushed by a strong desire to breathe the smell of freedom. The straw that broke the camel’s back took place when some children were arrested, condemned for writing on the wall of a s ...

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Croatia: Three Moroccans Burned in a Prison, One Survivor Tells Their Story

Rabat - Three Moroccan illegal immigrants allegedly gave their lives away for their fellow prisoners when a prison in Croatia caught on fire last March, so the survivor could live to tell their story. Last March, a fire in a prison in Croatia reportedly killed three Moroccan illegal immigrants who had been left locked-up in their cell. Ayoub Loudifa (22), Hicham Boutara, (27), and Boujamaa (27), were all bu ...

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Moroccans Represent Majority of Recipients of EU Citizenships: Report

Rabat - Naturalization data indicates that citizens of Morocco make up the largest group of recipients of citizenship from European Union member states. Eurostat’s latest release revealed that in 2013 Moroccan nationals made up the largest group of foreigners acquiring citizenship of an EU Member State, with over 86,500 new citizenships granted through naturalization. Moroccans ended up primarily in Spain, ...

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Morocco Evacuate 85 Apts. Illegally Occupied By Sub-Saharan Immigrants

Rabat - Moroccan authorities on Wednesday evacuated some 85 apartments illegally occupied by sub-Saharan migrants in Al Irfane district in Tangier under normal conditions, the Interior Ministry said. During this operation, the authorities discovered dinghies, engines and oars used in illegal emigration operations to the other shore of the Mediterranean, the ministry pointed out in a statement. The evacuatio ...

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Moroccan Immigrant Killed and Burned in Germany

Rabat - The charred body of a French national of Moroccan origin was found Tuesday night in Offenburg in Germany. An autopsy performed Wednesday in Freiburg Brigsau confirmed that the victim, who was identified as Ajaoun Brahim, 31, from Strasbourg and of Moroccan origin, had been shot dead and his body burned. After he went missing, his wife informed the Strasbourg police that “he had not returned home fro ...

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Roselyne Bachelot Moved by Latifa Ibn Ziaten’s Message

Rabat - Latifa Ibn Ziaten is an activist and the mother of Imad Ibn Ziaten, one of the victims of Mohammed Merah. Mohammed Merah killed Imad on March 11, 2012 and 6 other people in Toulouse and Montauban before being shot on March 22, 2012. The woman of Moroccan origin has attended  the plateau of Le Grand 8 to promote her message of peace. The other guest of the show, former French minister of health Rosel ...

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The Rise of Migrants Seeking Hope in Europe

By Yassin Ziani Rabat - In the last few years, Europe has been facing a new reality. An average of 80 migrants a day reach the Italian coastline, with many more unsuccessfully making the attempt. Many times migrants are rescued by the Italian navy and European ships in the Mediterranean. Throughout 2014, 220,000 people have attempted to cross the sea for a better life and more opportunities, but 3,500 of th ...

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‘Ramadan break’ Causes Heated Debate at Rotterdam Municipality Proceedings

Rotterdam - When acting chairwoman Peggy Wijntuin, of PvdA Rotterdam, announced a “Ramadan break,” last week, discord struck the chambers of the Rotterdam city council meeting.  “In the context of our liberal framework, we acknowledge a separation of church and state. Therefore, I would ask that we call it a coffee break,” stated city council member Antoinette Laan, of VVD-Rotterdam. Seeing that it was just ...

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Moroccan-Swedish Model Under Harsh Criticism for not Observing Ramadan

By Nahla Bendefaa Rabat - Over the past few days, the Facebook page of Moroccan-Swedish blogger and fashion model Kenza Zouiten has received many of negative comments about her Ramadan habits. Zouiten, who was born to a Moroccan father and Swedish mother, is the owner of one of the most read blogs in Sweden. During the month of Ramadan, she continued posting pictures of her meals on her Instagram and Facebo ...

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