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Moroccan Woman Poses in Selfies with Protesting Anti-Islam Group

Rabat - Moroccan Zakia Belkhiri’s selfies in front of an anti-Islam protest of a far-right nationalist group in Belgium has gone viral with tens of thousands of likes and shares across social media. Last week, about 40 members of Vlaams Belang, a far-right Belgian political party, showed up to protest the third annual Muslim Expo, a festival celebrating Muslim culture, held in Antwerp, Belgium. While the pr ...

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Moroccan Journalist Secures Booth to Cover Democratic, Republican Conventions

Rabat - Journalist Mohammed Dou Rachad has become the first Moroccan to secure space on his own to provide coverage of both the Democratic and Republican conventions in July.  A source close to the coverage agreement said it would also allow Dou Rachad’s company to cover the November 8 elections closely after the party conventions and procure exclusive interview times with the candidates later on in the ele ...

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Moroccan Man Killed in Chicago in ‘Drug-Related’ Incident

Rabat - A 28-year-old man of Moroccan origin died on a sidewalk in Chicago Monday night due to what police officers claim could have been a drug-related dispute, a report by the local source WGN TV said. The perpetrator shot the man, who has been identified as Achraf S. by acquaintances, in the head and face while the victim had been seated in his car at Elston and Pulaski Avenue in the windy city’s Irving ...

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Moroccan student engineer wins “Les Défricheurs” Award in France

Rabat - In a competition organized on Monday by the French weekly news and political magazine Le Point, Salah Ghamizi, a Moroccan student engineer at the “Ecole des Mines de Nancy” in France, won the "les Défricheurs" award for his start-up "Waza Education." The Moroccan student was able to convince the jury - composed of experts and journalists of Le Point - of the innovative nature of his start-up that ai ...

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Moroccans abroad Can’t Participate in 2016 Elections : Minister

Rabat - Moroccans residing abroad will not be able to directly participate in the legislative and communal elections scheduled in October 2016, Minister for Moroccans Residing Abroad and Migration Affairs, Anis Birou, said.  The Minister, who was speaking during the Moroccan of the World Youth Forum held in Marrakech, ruled out any direct participation of the Moroccan diaspora in the coming elections, despi ...

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Abidar Publishes Her Book, Says She Was Raped by Her Father

Rabat – Moroccan controversial Loubna Abidar releases her autobiography in France under the title La dangerouse. Abidar, who ignited very hostile and angry reactions after her participation in Nabil Ayouch’s feature filmMuch Loved, relates her life story in Morocco under the norms of what she describes ‘a patriarchal and misogynistic society.’ Her book, wherein she expresses her views on a myriad of women i ...

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Moroccan-British Woman Elected To London City Council

Rabat -Aicha Less, a Moroccan-British member of the Labour Party, was elected Councilor for the Church Street Ward in the City of Westminster on May 5. The Moroccan politician, who was born in Larache, a northern Moroccan city, and moved to London as a child in 1983, was elected Councilor in Church Street by-election on May 5, following the resignation of Vincenzo Rampulla. Less won the five-way race with 2 ...

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U.S. Priest Accused of Molesting Children Found in Morocco

Rabat - Almost 25 years after he seemingly disappeared off the face of the Earth, former priest Arthur Perrault, who has known to have molested several in New Mexico, was served a summons in Tangier for a lawsuit regarding his crimes filed in the United States, according to a report by the Albuquerque Journal.  According to the report, an attorney said Perrault had been living in Tangier and working at the ...

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London: A Global City Elects its First Muslim Mayor

Chicago - In an unprecedented and historic move, London elected its first Muslim Mayor. With this election, London has become the second Western city to elect a Muslim Mayor after Rotterdam. Sadiq Khan, a 45 years old lawyer and Parliament member from the Labor Party, defeated the conservative Zac Goldsmith with a comfortable 44% after a heated campaign where race and religion were big themes. Khan, the son ...

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A Third of all Attacks in U.S. in December Were Hate Crimes Against Muslims 

Rabat - Attacks against Muslims in the United States constituted roughly a third of all “attacks" in the country during December 2015, according to a new report by Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding released earlier this week.  Though the study did not specifically define what kinds of crimes comprise “all attacks last year,” it attributed the rise in ...

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Building New Communities Through Good Food and Laughter

By Irina Tsukerman New York - The latest meeting in a series of dinners between young Jewish and Moroccan professionals in New York City was held on Saturday, April 9, at a Persian-themed kosher restaurant called “Colbeh,” graciously hosted by the restaurant’s Moroccan-Jewish owner, Simon Lahlou, and his family. We had a big private room and our appetizers, desserts, and mint teas were complimentary- quite ...

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Report: Hate Crimes Against Muslims in France Increased by 223% in 2015

Rabat - Hate crimes against Muslims in France more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, according to a new report by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH). The governmental agency’s annual report measures France’s progress in its ideological war against racism, antisemitism and xenophobia by reviewing figures from the country’s ministry of the interior on criminal acts. The latest edition, ...

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