The Practical Imperative of Youth Participation, A Moroccan Perspective

Marrakech – Historically and socially, Moroccan youth have been deprived of a meaningful participation in political, economic and social life. They lack basic access to information and education and/or are considered unfit for leadership positions in their communities. This lacking is contradictory to the desire most young people have to be active in their environment. The belief that youth have a rebelliou ...

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Scarcity of Green Areas and the Spread of Cafes Destroy Youth in Fez

Fez - There is no doubt that the scarcity of green areas and the spread of cafes in Moroccan cities is one of the aspects that strike any foreigner who visits Morocco. This phenomenon, which has taken on alarming dimensions, has negative impact on the well-being of Moroccan youth. Fez, originally the capital of science and learning in Morocco, has become overcrowded. As a major destination for migrants from ...

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Moroccan Talent Expo 2015 to Take Place in Virginia in April

Radia Benabbou Tangier - The State of Virginia, USA will host the Moroccan Talent Expo Sports (MTES) to provide young Moroccan soccer players with a chance to showcase their talents. This event will be held in April 2015 and will last for ten days. The MTES is organized by RSLOU Management, an independent, publishing, producing and managing company founded by the Moroccan American Miloud El Aomari. Twelve M ...

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Swedish Security Guards Investigated after Assaulting 9-year-old Moroccan Boy

Rabat - The police are reportedly investigating the two Swedish security guards who were filmed slamming a Moroccan nine-year-old boy’s head into a stone floor at the main station in Malmö, Sweden. According to The Local, Linda Pleym, a spokesperson for Skåne police, told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that "they are suspected of assault and will be questioned on that matter." The same source added that Ande ...

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Addressing an Uncomfortable ‘Compliment’

By Brianne Kelly Bouarfa, Morocco - I cannot remember the last time that I craved hot chocolate this often and looked forward to early nights knowing that once I was under my covers I could snuggle myself into a warm cacoon of never-wanting-to-leave. It's officially Winter in Morocco and I am dressing the part. My usual attire consists of sweater-pants or thermals under comfy yoga-pants with at least five t ...

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New Crowdfunding Platform to Open Retail Sector for Moroccan Craftsmen

By Kristina Fried Rabat - Moroccan-born MIT student Zyad El Jebbari is the founder of a new and innovative platform, MoroCrafts, which could change the face of the Moroccan economy. A large part of Morocco’s economy depends on tourism, which in turn is what many Moroccan craftsmen depend upon to earn a living. However, with the increase in retail transactions happening online, these craftsmen stand to suffe ...

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Morocco: French Pedophile Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Rabat - A French pedophile who sexually abused nine Moroccan children has been sentenced to two years in prison, according to Agence France Press (AFP). The elderly French identified as Jean-Luc G must also pay 40,000 Dirhams in damages to the Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH) and a symbolic Dirham to the benefit of other associations. One of the plaintiffs' lawyers was quoted by AFP as saying they a ...

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Eradicating underage Marriage Cant’ Be Achieved Without a Change in Mentalities: Minister

By Ferdaws, Aharrar Rabat – Eradicating underage marriage in Morocco requires serious changes to the socioeconomic situation throughout the country, the legal provisions and people’s mentalities, said Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice and Freedoms. In response to a question posed at the House of Councilors on Tuesday, Ramid explained that countries such as Spain, Belgium, France and Finland “have legalize ...

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Amazigh New Year in the United States

By Joshua Kohen Boston - From the moment you enter the giant hall, you might think you are in North Africa. The giant Amazigh flags plastered on the walls, guests in traditional garb, and Amazigh music playing in the background might have you fooled. But no, this is not North Africa. This is the Annual Amazigh New Year (Yennayer) Event in Boston, Massachusetts.  For the past several years, the Amazigh commu ...

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UNDEF Project Helps Create the Moroccan Network of Local Youth Councils

By Adil Bentahar Casablanca - As part of the ‘Engaging Civil Society and Youth in Public Policy Dialogue in North Africa’ project, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE), supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and in collaboration with the Moroccan Center for Youth and Democratic Reforms, held the National Meeting ‘Local Youth Councils: Experiences and Projects’. The event, which was ...

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Immigrants in Morocco Seek Harmony, Face Challenges

By Ferdaws Aharrar Tangier - Immigrants now living in Morocco have embraced Morocco, a country that has welcomed them warmly, and become a part of Moroccan society. Medi1 TV interviewed some immigrants as guests on its “Generation News” show. They shared their mostly positive experiences living in Morocco. Unfortunately, their experiences have also had a dark side. Generation News’  host, Oussama Benjeloun, ...

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British Council Discusses Youth Employability in Morocco

By Ferdaws Aharrar Rabat - The British Council Morocco will organize a meeting on the topic "Employability of Marginalized Youth" on Tuesday at the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM) in Casablanca. The meeting aims at “building a collaborative international community focusing on the development of marginalized youth in Morocco and the United Kingdom” through a British Council program ent ...

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