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Tunisian woman allegedly burned pages of Quran with cigarette

Taroudant, Morocco - A Tunisian woman based in Paris has received a massive flood of accusations because she has allegedly "burned a page of the Quran with her cigarette." The Tunisian website Bouyafar published photos of a woman who desecrated the pages of Holy Quran by her cigarette. The same source said that Khadija Ben Ayed, a Tunisian living in Paris, burned and desecrated the Quran and posted the phot ...

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Maroc Telecom Gives Scholarships to Outstanding Baccalaureate Students

By Asmae Nasri Rabat- Maroc Telecom, a pioneering telecommunications company, paid tribute to 150 baccalaureate students on September 8th. Sixty-six of the beneficiaries were sons and daughters of its employees. The celebration was held in the company’s social center in Hay Riad in Rabat. The head of the company’s administrative council, Abdslam Ahizoun, gave the opening remarks for the ceremony. “By giving ...

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Painting the road to freedom: An Egyptian activist uses visual arts to support her detained counterparts

CAIRO — ‘Freedom to the Dream’ gallery founder aims to maintain her friends’ presence outside the prison cell using a paintbrush and a sketch  As soon as the masses flocked inside the huge, colorful marquee located in the beating heart of downtown to attend the monthly public festival of Al-fann midan, she started stringing up her drawings at one of its corners. Those colorful drawings share the same colors ...

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Egypt: Miss Morocco Accused in a Child Pornography and Human Trafficking Case

Rabat - A Moroccan beauty queen is believed to be involved in one of the biggest child pornography and human trafficking schemes in Egypt according to Egyptian media outlets. The unidentified Moroccan beauty queen has reportedly been accused of funding a fake association that exploits homeless children in the production of child pornography, as well as using them as human shields in several political demons ...

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Yunus & Youth Morocco Inspires Youth for Social Entrepreneurship

By Ismail Elouafi Fez - Yunus & Youth Morocco has organized its second social entrepreneurship event in Fez, on August 22, 2014.  This event is part of a national tour being held in the largest cities in the Kingdom of Morocco, including Casablanca and Tangier. The purpose of these events is to make young people aware of the importance of social entrepreneurship as a key to success for the social develo ...

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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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The New Age of Media Literacy

By Ismail Elouafi Fez - Throughout the history of communication and information acquisition, the process of being informed has been a complicated task that requires critical thinking skills on the part of the public– or consumers - to deal with multimedia messages. From printed materials in China to the latest inventions of Web 2.0 and smart devices, the whole society is bombarded with millions of media mes ...

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Morocco: Jailed Activist Student Mustapha Meziani Dies on Hunger Strike

Rabat -  Jailed Moroccan student and far left activist, Mustapha Meziani, died on Wednesday after 72 days of being on a hunger strike in Fez. Moroccan human rights activists are blaming the government for his death. Mustafa Meziani has died after 72 days of a hunger strike in protest of the government’s decision to refuse his demand to be reinstated at the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah in Fez. Th ...

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Humans Of New York Creator Displaying Tender Portraits From Middle East

New Jersey - Images found on the popular blog Humans of New York are familiar to many of us: A man wearing dreads talking about his relationship with his father in Central Park. A woman sitting against a wall perhaps waiting for a train at Grand Central Station and even a  group of Muslims praying on a soccer field in Jamaica, Queens. However as of Aug. 7, creator and photographer Brandon Stanton isn’t in t ...

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Tramdeen: The Anger of Ramadan

By Chafik Mohamed Oujda - One of the great paradoxes that marks the Moroccan community is the phenomenon of Tramdeen. Tramdeen, derived from the word “Ramadan” (Islam’s holy month of fasting and praying) describes the anger and aggression that paradoxically accompanies the holy month. Countless videos, and forum posts attest to the phenomenon. Ramadan, a month that is supposed to promote fasting, peace and ...

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Malala to Stand Up for the Liberations of Nigeria’s Abducted Girls

Casablanca - Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani education activist, travelled to Nigeria to give hope and strength to the concerned families at an international hotel in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. During her visit, she aims to campaign on behalf of the Nigerian kidnapped girls to appeal for their release and their right to education. Viewing the abducted girls as her sisters, the young Pakistani activis ...

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Disabled Tourist Guide: A New Moroccan Experience

Casablanca - El Houssaine Ichen, known to friends and family as Houssaine, lives in Tounfite in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Houssaine’s family was not able to vaccinate him as a baby because of high costs and, as a result, he caught Polio at the age of three. The disease left his legs paralyzed, changing his life forever. Houssaine was able to go to an institution for the physically challenged in ...

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