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Sahrawi-Born Spanish Woman Escapes From Tindouf Camps

Rabat - Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, the young Saharawi who was held against her will in the Tindouf camps in Algeria, managed to escape from the camps on Tuesday, according to El Mundo. As soon as she left the camps, the young Spanish citizen took refuge in the Spanish consulate in Algiers. She is expected to return to Spain later today. Mahjouba retrieved her freedom with the help of a group of friends who ...

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France: Blind Moroccan Student Wins First Prize of Spelling competition

Rabat- A 12-year-old Moroccan student won first prize in a French spelling competition, despite being blind. On October 19, the European Coordination Centre 'Autonome Sahara Marocain' (CESAM) in Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, where the father of the brilliant student works, celebrated the talented student’s success. The representatives of the association awarded the student in June. Anas El Filali, a student at the ...

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Uproar After Algerian Woman Accused Moroccans of Sorcery

Rabat - An Algerian woman launched a backlash of commentary on social media in Morocco after she said on live TV, “Moroccans are known for doing sorcery.” Kenza Morsli, an Algerian participant made the statement in an episode of Star Academy, a reality show broadcast from Lebanon. The broadcast of the episode was cut off as soon as the Algerian woman made statement. Later in the show, Morsli reported to a m ...

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Morocco Ranks Second in Enactus World Cup 2014

Marrakech - Spurred on by their leadership, and education and citizenship maxims of "Tell me and I forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will remember" and "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach him to fish, he eats every day,” respectively, Moroccan Enactus engineering students headed to China and became the pride of their country. Morocco took part along with 35 other countries in the ...

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Advancing State-Civil Society Relationships in Morocco

Rabat - The Faculty of Law of Mohammed V University at Souissi in Rabat was the locus of an engaging workshop hosted by the Marti Ahtisaari Centre (a Presidential initiative of Former Finland President & Nobel Prize Winner Marti Ahtisaari), in conjunction with the Ministry in charge of Relations with Civil Society & Parliament, on September 26-27, 2014. Under the theme “Public Participation in Polic ...

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Marrakech GES Summit: Workshop of Mentoring for Women Entrepreneurs

Olathe, Kansas- The annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) (November 19-21, 2014), in Marrakech, will feature a workshop that will focus on the advancement of women entrepreneurs. King Mohammed VI and President Obama determined that the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit would be hosted in Morocco this year, showcasing Morocco’s marvelous history, heritage, and growing economic engine, on the world ...

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Qrita and McDonald’s: An Inspirational Story

By Abderrahim Boualy Ouarzazate - Abdellah Elhaloui, a professor at Cadi Ayaad University and the director of the American Corner Marrakech recounted a very inspirational story entitled “Qrita and McDonald’s” during the North Africa International Model United Nations (NAIMUN) conference, which was held in Marrakech from September 26 to 28, 2014. He was among the experts coming from different universities an ...

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The Politics of Representation in Video Games

By Ismail Frouni Rabat - “The Orient is watched, since its almost (but never quite) offensive behavior issues out of a reservoir of infinite peculiarity; the European, whose sensibility tours the Orient, is a watcher, never involved, always detached, always ready for new examples of what the Description de l'Egypte called "bizarre jouissance." The Orient becomes a living tableau of queerness.” Edward Said, ...

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#FreeOuldNass: Campaign to Stop Prosecution of British ‘Gay’ Tourist’s Friend

Rabat - A day after the release of British citizen Ray Cole, his Moroccan friend, Jamal Ould Nass has been granted provisional release, but is still likely to face prison time. After the release of the Cole amid a strong international campaign supporting his case, social media activists launched the #FreeOuldNass movement to call for the complete freedom for Ould Nass, who was jailed alongside Cole in Marra ...

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Malala Yousafzi Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Rabat - Pakistani young peace activist Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her work in promoting children’s rights, including their right to education. She will share the award with India’s Kailash Satyarthi. The 17-year old Pakistani activist becomes the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize. "The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a P ...

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US-Financed Anti-Child Labor Project Launched in Morocco

Marrakech - The Promise pathways, a program financed by the US department of labor to fight child labor, was launched on Monday in Marrakech. The Promise Pathways project, worth USD 5 million, seeks to reduce child labor in Morocco by increasing access to education for 5,500 children and youth (ages 6 to 17) and by providing livelihood and other social services to 1,000 siblings, parents and care-givers, wh ...

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Morocco: British Council and World Bank to Launch Joint Social Enterprise Program

Rabat - The World Bank (WB) and the British Council (BC) announced today that they will sign a memorandum of understanding on September 30 to promote the importance of social enterprises and launch a new incubation program for social entrepreneurs in Morocco. With the assistance of a multi-donor trust fund, WB ad BC will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) involving $330,000 US in Rabat, the headquarte ...

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