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High Atlas Foundation Partners with Clinton Global Initiative in Tree Planting Project near Marrakesh

By Colette Apelian Marrakech - Unfortunately, we are living in a time in which interfaith relations are usually reduced to negative caricatures defined by the Israeli Palestinian conflict, the so-called Islamic State madness, or the Charlie-Hebdo massacre.  What is often forgotten in the media coverage is the long history of co-existence and the commonalities between persons of different faiths or, what the ...

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UNICEF Launches Funding Appeal

By Fatima Drar Meknes - On Tuesday, January 26, UNICEF launched a new funding appeal for children in humanitarian emergencies that amounted to $2.8 billion. UNICEF director of emergency programs in Geneva, Sikander Khan says that a quarter of this appeal will go to education, which is considered a “life-saving measure for children” at a time when war and conflict has shuttered many schools. This appeal aims ...

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Thoughts on Misconceptions and Stereotypes About Islam

By Dounia Qarid Rabat - Everyone has a story about being misunderstood or being judged, whether by clothing or money or nationality or the color of one’s skin. As the Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie said in her TED Talk, there is danger in only seeing the “single story.” I have a French friend who made this mistake. She had wrong conceptions about Arabs and Islam. She thought that all Muslim girls wear ...

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Fez to Host JCI Fez Challenge’s First Conference

Fez - As Morocco’s industrial sector develops at a rapid pace, Junior Chamber International Fez Challenge is addressing whether higher education is responding to the needs of the market place and scrutinizing the types of professional training students need to meet these needs. JCI Fes Challenge announces its first conference, entitled “L'enseignement supérieur produit-il des profils adéquats aux essors que ...

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“Refugee” is Not a Synonym of “Terrorist”

By Mohamed Amine Karafi Rabat - When I was a child, I watched a cartoon series called Pinky and the Brain. At the end of every episode, Pinky always asked the same question: “What we gonna do today, Brain?” And Brain would answer: “The same thing we do every day, Pinky. Try to take over the world.” I laughed a lot. I found it very humorous. I did not pay any attention at that moment because it seemed simply ...

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Morocco, Among World’s Five Most Hopeful Nations: Survey 

Washington D.C. - Morocco was named among the most hopeful nations according to a recent survey conducted by the WIN/Gallup International Association that interviewed people from 68 countries. For the survey, titled the “Happiness International Index”, more than 66,040 people from 68 countries were polled. People were asked to answer the following question: "In general, do you personally feel very happy, ha ...

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Moroccan Police Bust ‘Rich Kids’ Cocaine Trafficking Network

Rabat - Police has dismantled a cocaine trafficking network allegedly composed of young members of very wealthy Moroccan families. Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) busted a band of cocaine dealers active in Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech, run by "rich kids," according to Arabic daily Al-Massae in its weekend issue. A thorough investigation revealed that the band of criminals was mo ...

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MasterPeace Morocco Organizes Model UN Training Sessions

By Salah Eddine Salmi Agadir - On December 18-19, MasterPeace Morocco organized a two-day Model United Nations (MUN) training at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences-Ibn Zohr University in Agadir. 55 outstanding students from different higher education institutions including ENSA, ENCG, and FLSH were selected from more than 130 other applicants to attend the training. The Model United Nations Trainings ...

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Moroccan Woman Openly Reveals Her Homosexuality

Rabat - A young Moroccan woman openly revealed her lesbianism through a video that has stirred uproar on social media networks. The video, which lasts 33 seconds, was published by the Moroccan magazine of the Moroccan homosexual community Alkaliyat (minorities) as part of the campaign that is taking place under the theme "Love is a human right" in celebration of Human Rights Day. The young woman in the vide ...

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Young Moroccan Awarded Best 2015 Business in North Virginia

New York - The Northern Virginia Awards Program for local businesses has awarded Shdow Security for the Best of 2015 in the Electronic Security Businesses category. The ceremony took place on November 11 in Virginia. This award is only given to businesses that provide exceptional products and services to clients - focusing on quality, achievements, competitive advantages and long-term value groupings. Shdow ...

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Morocco Wins Prize for Best Junior Company of the Arab World

New York - Moroccan students from the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences in Rabat won the first place award for best junior company of the Arab World for their innovative startup “Useforfait.” Higher education students from the Mohammed V University at Souissi in Rabat, in the Al Irfane campus represented Morocco at the 2015 MENA competition organized by INJAZ Al-Arab in Mascate in Oman on November 24 ...

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Volunteerism: A Transformative Journey

By Ouassima Boujrad Ifrane - On a cold Monday night in Ifrane, I was sitting on the balcony, drinking a hot cup of coffee and reading one of the most popular books by Paulo Coelho. It was The Alchemist, a novel that could wholly change your personality and your life in positive ways. Through this particular novel, you can develop qualities of wisdom, leadership, self-confidence, optimism, and persistence in ...

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