Portraits

Journals of a Moroccan Fulbrighter in America (10): A Portrait of an American Lady

Austin - An American anthropologist once wrote a chapter under the title: “A portrait of a typical Moroccan.” To a certain degree, the person he described exemplified a group of ordinary Moroccans, but he definitely was not representative of most Moroccans. It seems that the search for persons typical of their people is a persistent need felt by foreigners trying to understand the communities among which th ...

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Idir: Amazigh Ambassador of Music and Peace

Marrakech - Hamid Cheriet, better known by his stage name Idir, was born in 1949 in Kabily, in the village of Ait Lahcen, in Algeria, is famous throughout the world for his Amazigh music. But before becoming a very famous singer and ambassador of Amazigh music, he devoted all his time to studying geology. Idir, the Professor of Biology, moved to the desert of Algeria in 1973 to work in the Algerian oil and ...

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Morocco Pays Tribute To Swedish Ambassador Who Converted to Islam

Marrakech - Mohammed Knut Johan Richard Bernström, a former Swedish diplomat, was born on Oct 22, 1919 and passed away on Oct 21, 2009. He converted to Islam, and, after he mastered Arabic and learned Quran by heart, he translated the Quran into the Swedish language. As a diplomat, he worked in Spain, France, Soviet Union, United States, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Morocco. He was the Swedish ambassador ...

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Morocco: Khaoula Morchid Reverses Brain Drain through Entrepreneurial Leadership

By Ouassima Boujrad Fez - Some amazing women come from Morocco and Khaoula Morchid is one of them. She is the founder of Future Moroccan Entrepreneurs, and is a 20-year old Moroccan girl. Born and raised in Marrakesh, she decided to take a special path outside of what is seen in Morocco as the norm for an outstanding student who has always been the first in her class, school and region of Marrakesh Tensift ...

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Mehdi Mekouar: The Epitome of Self-Development in Morocco

Casablanca - Mehdi Mekouar is a young Moroccan self-made businessman. His story is quite interesting in that it can be a source of inspiration to anyone on the quest for a better future. He studied in the average Moroccan schools, learned from Moroccan teachers, lived in Moroccan culture, and so forth, but has accomplished goals that many Moroccans have failed to achieve or thought unachievable. Through his ...

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Moha Souag: Moroccan writer who just wants to write

Goulmima - Human beings are bestowed with gifts of all kinds and yet very few succeed in bringing these gifts to their potential and make masterpieces out of them. The faculties of speaking and writing are such invaluable gifts yet how many times have we been at a loss of finding the right word or when language fails us? Writers and poets have honed those skills and like magicians, they manipulate words art ...

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Yassine Jarram presents Moroccans of the World

Rabat - Yassine Jarram, a Moroccan video blogger and musician, began creating videos in 2010 from his home in Casablanca. Recently dubbed as one of the most influential YouTubers in the Middle East and North Africa, Jarram’s videos are usually humoristic in nature—gently celebrating and poking fun of daily life in Morocco. Jarram has become a familiar face, and voice, in all corners of Morocco, but his YouT ...

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“Mririda N’Ait Atiq:” a Moroccan Berber Artist

Goulmima - When language is the only weapon a Berber woman possesses in a time when a woman’s voice can travel the vast valleys of the High Atlas pleading the echo to free her from society and from herself, Mririda rises from a failed marriage and poverty and chooses to defy the norms that characterized the Valley of Tassaout (the region of Marrakech).   Language has been a major characteristic defining gen ...

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Prophet’s wife Khadija Bint Khuwalid: A Woman that defied her Tribe

Goulmima - The story of the Prophet of Islam with his wife Khadija Bint Khuwaylid legitimized the fact that age or wealth should never be a hindrance to love. The Prophet of Islam earned a very respectful reputation in a time when people no longer had faith in high moral standards like truthfulness and integrity. His unique moral character, often attributed to that of an angel, gained him the title Al-Amine ...

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A Tribute to the late Moroccan artist Mohamed Laaroussi

Kenitra - An old African proverb that says: “when an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” The 14th of February witnessed the death of Mohamed Laaroussi, one of the greatest pioneers of folk music and and “Taqtouta Jabaliya” in Morocco. Born on January 14th, 1934 in Fez, Mohamed Laaroussi began his career at an early age as a dialectal poet, songwriter, composer and singer. His love of music made hi ...

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Moroccan activist awarded French “Legion d’honneur” distinction

Rabat  -  Moroccan activist and champion of single mothers' rights, Aïcha Ech-Chenna, was made on Monday "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" a prestigious French distinction for 52 years of services to the cause of single mothers. The reward, that adds to numerous ones won by Ech-Chenna worldwide, is a tribute to "a brave, tenacious and bold woman" for her "constant, resolved, known and recognized" fight to ...

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In Memory of Moroccan Freedom Fighter Saida Lemnabhi

Rabat - She said in a letter to her parents: Remember me with joy. My body might be behind the dreary bars but my strong soul breaks the prison’s walls, its locked gate, my shackles and the executioner’s whip which sacrificed my soul to death. My wounds smile and spread their wings freely with sincere love and as a unique sacrifice that absorbs all kinds of humiliation. Saida Lemnabhi.  In memory of a disti ...

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