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Moroccan Scientist Rachid Yazami Decorated by King Mohammed VI

Rabat - Moroccan scientist, Rachid Yazami, was decorated on Wednesday by King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Throne Day. Rachid Yazami was among a large group of Moroccans, as well as foreigners who were decorated by the Moroccan monarch. The distinction of Yazami, a scientist based in Singapore, came after he was awarded earlier this year the Charles Stark Draper award from the ...

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AMPA and MENACA Co-Host Ramadan Iftar in Washington

Washington D.C - The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) and the Middle East and North African Consultants Association (MENACA) joined forces in co-hosting a well attended iftar dinner at Mazagan Restaurant on the outskirts of Washington D.C. on Tuesday. The event was MENACA’s first iftar event, and one of eight concurrent iftar events held by AMPA around the U.S. and in Morocco on the s ...

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Israeli Newspapers Highlight Moroccan Slain by Mossad in 1973

Fez- Amid the ongoing Israeli shilling on Gaza, some Israeli newspapers dedicated some lines in their July 21 issue to the Moroccan waiter who was gunned down on the same day of 1973 by the Israeli secret service. Several Israeli newspapers retold the story of Morocco’s Ahmed Bouchiki in their “Today in History” section on Monday. On July 21, 1973, Israeli agents in Lillehammer, Norway, killed Ahmed Bouchik ...

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A Moroccan Jew Heads the Israeli Attack on Gaza

By Yassine Makhou Rabat - According to Alahram Al-Arabi Magazine, the commander of the Israeli attack on Gaza, Samy Tordjman, is of Moroccan origin. Tordjman leads of the so-called ‘Southern Command’ of the Israeli Defense Force. He was appointed successor of Rousseau, who spent 20 years in the position. Samy Tordjman bears the full responsibility for the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza after being appointed ...

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Italian Court Clears Berlusconi Over “Robi Scandal”

By Wassima Boujrad Fez - An Italian appeals court reversed on Friday the conviction of Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi concluding the so-called “Robi Gate" scandal. The Milan court of appeals overturned the conviction in June last year of Berlusconi by a lower court which had sentenced him to seven years in jail a lifetime prohibition on the exercise of political action. The story revolves a ...

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NSA and the FBI spy on Muslim-American leaders

Rabat - New documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden confirm that the NSA and the FBI spy on Muslim-American leaders, including Republican Party politicians and military veterans. The article describes an NSA spreadsheet that “shows 7,485 email addresses listed as monitored between 2002 and 2008.” The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans under ...

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Morocco King Invites Meriem Bourhail to the Throne Ceremony

Tinjdad, Morocco - Meriem Bourhail, a Moroccan high school student in Dumas city, who received the highest Baccalaureate exam score in France, have received an invitation from the King Mohammed VI to attend the celebration of the feast of the throne, which will be held on July 30.  "I am very happy to receive this invitation to attend the celebrations of the throne day. I'll will attend this event before I ...

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Report: Moroccans Represent 4% of Belgian Population

Rabat - The Moroccan community in Belgium has doubled over the past 20 years. In 2012, the number of Moroccans living in Belgium reached over 429,580, representing 3.9% of the country’s general population, according to the latest report released by the Centre for Research in Demography and Societies at Louvain University. Fifty years ago, the first workers of Moroccan descent arrived to Belgium. “During the ...

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Philadelphia: a city of brotherly love

Agadir - When I visited Pennsylvania State in 1977, I did not get a chance to see Philadelphia. Instead of that I enjoyed a culturally gratifying three day stay in Pittsburgh. I remember my American host family was very nice and hospitable and their little daughter was so excited to have me with them, she volunteered to make a chocolate cake with the elaborate shape of a brown bear. We were sitting in the k ...

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Moroccan Finnish Sara Chafak Chosen “Finland’s Sexiest Woman”

Casablanca - The Moroccan-Finnish Sara Chafak, crowned as Miss Finland in 2012, was recently chosen Finland’s sexiest woman in 2014 by the magazine Iltra-Sanomat (IS). In 2012, Sara Chafak was crowned Miss Finland 2012 (Miss Suomi 2012) in a ceremony that was held at the Vanajanlinna Castle, Hameenlinna in southern Finland. She has since been frequently spotlighted in Finnish media and beauty magazines. Ear ...

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Moroccan among ten “Champions of Change” honored by Obama

Rabat - “Dreamers” or “Champions of Change” are ten young adults who have qualified for the U.S. government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA). This year’s Champions will be honored by The White House on Tuesday June 17, presumably to raise awareness about the program and to tout the recipients’ successes and contributions to American society. The “Champions of Change” all came to the Un ...

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Belgium: Muslims to Use Their Mothers’ Surnames

Rabat - Children of Moroccans living in Belgium may be given their mother’s surname instead of their father’s, under a new bill in the Belgian government. The new rules may cause legal and religious problems for the Muslim community in Belgium, including Moroccans. The Justice Commission in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives recently approved a proposal to amend Article 335 of the Civil Code regarding t ...

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