The Fault in Our Character

Nador - We do what we publicly denounce. We criticize what we believe. We defend what we doubt. And we teach what we hate. The humane principles and values we have been taught seem illusory in contemporary life. Philosophy admits that the human being is a very complex creature. The intricacy of this tiny creature goes far beyond the simplistic personal traits they possess. Marxist creed deems that the human ...

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Morocco’s Al Akhawayn Leader of the Year Award Honors Community Leaders

Rabat - Each spring semester, the Leadership Development Institute of Al Akhawayn University organizes a “Leader of the Year Award.” The ceremony will take place on April 23rd. The ceremony awards the winner of competition between leaders of Ifran-Azrou and Meknes. The “Leader of the Year Award” aims at enhancing community leadership and to celebrate the accomplishments of people and associations who work t ...

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Egyptian Teacher Shaves Schoolgirl’s Head for Not Wearing Hijab

Rabat - A teacher of religious education in Egypt shaved a schoolgirl's head in front of her colleagues because she was not wearing the Hijab. According to Egyptian media reports, the primary school teacher from the Egyptian province of Al-Fayoum had also assaulted the girl physically before shaving her head inside the classroom for not wearing the Islamic garment. The incident sparked uproar over the teach ...

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Raising Awareness about People’s Rights in Sidi Kacem, Morocco

Sidi Kacem - A nonprofit, self-advocacy organization has been established in Sidi Kacem, Morocco. The organization is making a positive impact within the community and assisting others with achieving their goals. The program was introduced by community development specialist, Justin Bibee, an American Peace Corps Volunteer.  People’s Advocate Council (PAC) works collectively with the people of the community ...

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What Constitutes a Woman’s “Honor”?

By Ferdaws Aharrar Rabat - Three women were sitting in the local hospital discussing something that sounded controversial to me, and as I happened to eavesdrop, I could not help but state my opinion and say, “The same weight that is laid on a woman who committed adultery must also be laid on the man.” The conversation seemed to suggest that men’s adultery is something women can do nothing about. One of the ...

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Nador: A Warm Visit to Local Children’s Home

Nador - In a charitable move, students and the staff of ‘les classes preparatoires’ of Lyceé Mohammed Abdelkarim Al Khattabi in Nador have organized a group visit to children living in a charity refuge on the afternoon of Saturday, February 28. Four classes, making up a total of around 60 students, and a few teachers took part in this voluntary act in an attempt to bring smiles to the faces of the underpriv ...

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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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