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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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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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