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Thoughts on Happiness in Morocco

By Ikram Baouchouch Rabat - The following is a reader reaction to the original article "Morocco, Among World's Five Most Hopeful Nations: Survey" by Iliana Hagenah. Critical Analysis:   In her article, Iliana Hagenah addresses the notion of hope among Moroccans. A survey conducted by the WIN/Gallup International Association classified Morocco as one of the top five most optimistic nations in the world. When ...

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In Morocco, Valentine’s Day Subject of Debate

Zainab Calcuttawala Rabat - Every year, hundreds of local movie theaters in the United States replay the 1942 timeless romance Casablanca on Valentine’s Day, but do real Casablancans and other Moroccans celebrate the holiday? In terms of festivities, Iraqi singer and judge for The Voice, Kazem Al Saher, will be amongst other artists performing special shows throughout Morocco on February 14 filled with roma ...

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Moroccan Man Sets Himself on Fire in Protest

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat -  A Moroccan salesman from the south of the country set himself on fire on Thursday in protest against courts inaction after a complaint he submitted was ignored. The man, who has not been named, suffered second degree burns as a result. He was taken to hospital and has been formally detained ahead of questioning, which will decide whether or not he should face prosecution. Reports ...

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William Henry Quilliam, First British Man to Embrace Islam from Morocco

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - At a time of rising Islamophobia in Britain, we look back to the forgotten story of Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam whose journey to Morocco led him down the road to becoming the first British man to convert to Islam. Born in 1856 in Liverpool, Quilliam, the son of a Methodist preacher, lived a very typical life as a young man in the city. But at the age of 17, after making the journey to ...

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Three Moroccan Natives in the French Government

Paris - As part of the French government reshuffle aiming at rallying the left before the presidential elections that will take place in just 15 months, Audrey Azoulay, daughter of King Mohamed VI’s adviser Andre Azoulay, has replaced former culture and communication minister Fleur Pellerin. This new appointment is certainly not without significance. With this cabinet reshuffle, three Moroccan natives are n ...

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Elderly Muslim Man Beaten to Death on His Way to Pray in the UK

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Mushin Ahmed, an 81 year-old Muslim man living in Rotherham, England, was murdered by two 30 year-old men on his way to morning prayers at his local mosque, a court has heard. The local men, Dale Jones and Damien Hunt, accused the innocent man of being a “child groomer” before they repeatedly kicked, punched, and stomped on his head. Ahmed was left with brain damage, serious injuri ...

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Violence ‘More Common in The Bible than The Quran,’ Study Shows

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Analysis of the Quran and the New and Old testaments of the Bible has shown that violence and destruction are referenced more frequently in Biblical texts than in the Quran. The study was performed by, American textual analysis company, Odin to look further into what researcher Tom Anderson described as “an unpleasant discussion at best…Is there something inherently and uniquely vi ...

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The European Union’s Hypocrisy in the Sub-Saharan Migrant Crisis

Franck Bertrand Ayinda Malaga - Last weekend, I had one of the most humbling human experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to talk and engage with migrants who risk their lives to come to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea and southern Spain. Some of the stories I have heard are quite jarring and pitiful. Others are inspiring, full of hope and positivity. Corruption, manipulation, and, most especially, ...

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Muslim Woman Offers Prayer at Wisconsin Assembly

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Janan Najeeb, a Muslim woman from Wisconsin, made history on Thursday by being the first Muslim to offer a prayer on the floor of the city’s Assembly, according to reports by Journal Sentinel. Najeeb, who is well-respected member of the local Muslim community as well as an active member of local interfaith initiatives, was invited by Milwaukee Democratic representative Mandela Barn ...

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Daughter of King Mohammed VI’s Adviser Appointed France’s Minister of Culture

Rabat- Audrey Azoulay, daughter of André Azoulay, King Mohammed VI’s adviser, has been appointed France’s Minister of Culture and Communication. Her appointment comes following the ministerial reshuffle announced by French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, on Thursday.  The 43-year old native of Essaouira, in Morocco, will succeed to Fleur Pellerin, who occupied this post since 2012. Before her appointment, Aud ...

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Israeli Lawmaker Suggests Lack of ‘P’ in Arabic is Proof ‘Palestine Doesn’t Exist’

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Anat Berko prompted widespread ridicule after suggesting during parliamentary debates that there can be no such thing as “Palestine,” based on the fact Palestinian people do not use the letter ‘P’ in Arabic. The 56-year-old member of the ruling Likud party made the comments during a debate in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on Wednesday. “As we’ve noted, the letter ‘P’ doesn’t eve ...

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Moroccan Diaspora in Washington D.C. Calls For an Effective Implementation of the Constitution

By Mohamed Abdelilah, Boubker Abisourour, Moulay Driss Aloumouati, Mohammed Bourdi,Hanane Zelouani Idrissi, Mounir Moutaouakil, Naoual El Aomari Rsimi Washington DC - On October 23, 2015, the Council of Moroccans Living Abroad (CCME) sent a delegation to Washington DC and convened a meeting with about 80 members of the Moroccan community living in the Washington metropolitan area. The delegation was compose ...

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