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A Father’s Worries – Short Story

By Kamilia Morkanty - Casablanca The first child always has a special influence on a couple’s relationship. This small creature has the ability to brighten one’s life and fill one’s heart with love and happiness. A child is a gift given by Allah to make one’s life happier, more meaningful and beautiful. Like any couple that is waiting for the birth of its first baby, my wife and I were consumed in dreams an ...

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How to Anger a Moroccan

Casablanca- Inspired by the series of articles "How to piss off.." published on Matador Network I decided to come up with the "piss off" list for Moroccans. It can't be missed! Living in Morocco for, so far, half a year, I have learned many interesting things about the language, the culture and the people. Here are some tips on what "pisses off" Moroccans. Use them wisely! Note before reading: if you are a ...

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A Moment in Rabat

By Sahar Kian Washington- While I can write a blog, publish a story, or answer friends' and family's questions about my experience abroad in Morocco, there would be something fundamentally different about how I was affected by my experiences and how I convey them to you, my audience. Even the most elaborate recounting of my memories will sorely fail at communicating what really transpired during my 5 months ...

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Recipe for a Westernized Moroccan Tajine

Casablanca- Being in Morocco and not tasting tajine is a big mistake. Living in Morocco and not being able to cook tajine is an unpardonable mistake!   After I had lived in Casa for two months I decided (to try) to cook my first tajine au poulet (chicken). Well, that was a failure. Burnt chicken, dry veggies, no sauce... I didn't give up, as they say practice makes perfect. I tried few more times. The effec ...

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Seven things that you must have in Morocco

Casablanca - Morocco is a paradise for senses. Sounds attacking you from all sides, noise and powerful beats of chaabi music, omnipresent clackson and people cursing each other in traffic jam, extremely sweet desserts and spicy tajine, delicious, oriental perfume and the smell of freshly picked oranges and olives immersed in hot harissa sauce, colorful clothes and dirty, shabby buildings. You can have a lit ...

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Casablanca to Host 10th Edition of the International Meeting of Andalousi Music

Casablanca- According to news outlet Finance News, Casablanca’s Megarama Cultural Center will host from 4th to 5th December the 10th edition of the International Gathering of Andaloussi Music. A concert will be reorganized the following day, December 6th, at Mohammed V Theater in Rabat, followed by another concert on December 7 at Mazagan Beach Resort in El Jadida. The Moroccan Ministry of Culture organizes ...

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American Family gets a taste of Morocco without leaving its living room

Casablanca- Traveling is one of the most efficient ways to experience and understand cultural differences and similarities, but a trip overseas can raise financial and logistic concerns especially for big families. An American family decided to overcome these challenges and immerse in Moroccan culture without having to leave the living room. Jennifer Cooper and her husband Dave want their children to learn ...

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Social Renewal in Morocco: The Responsibility of Individuals and Mosques

Kenitra, Morocco- Morocco has a deeply-rooted cultural identity with a sense of community that has existed in people’s cultural thinking for generations. Nowadays, there is a need to revive once more the closer, warmer, more harmonious type of bonds between people vaguely attributed to past ages. Morocco will be far better as a unified nation imbued with the values of service, sharing, spiritual nourishment ...

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How My time in My Morocco Revealed to me the Individualism of North American Society

Toronto-  Working on a thesis is often an isolating experience. As a Master’s student, I am spending countless hours at the library, and more of my Friday and Saturday nights are being given to several cups of coffee and trying to get through yet another suggested book than are being spent socializing. I realize that I’m in a much more isolated position currently than the majority of people.  Yet this has g ...

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Moroccan Diva Samira Said back with a Great Song in “Darija”

Casablanca- Morocco’s most famous voice across the Arab World and internationally is back. Samira Said, or the Moroccan Diva, as some like to nickname her, has recently released a groovy, brand new single entitled, “Mazal” (in English “not yet”). The very catchy song, a fusion of the transcendental Gnawa rhythms with a predominant –jazz-pop music flavor, foreshadows Samira Said’s upcoming album, an album th ...

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Moroccan novelist receives Al Quds Prize for culture and creation

Rabat- Moroccan novelist and critic Mohammed Berrada has been awarded Al Quds Prize for culture and creation. The writer underlined in an acceptance message read out on his behalf in Ramallah Thursday, as he was denied entry to Palestinian territories by the Israeli authorities, that in addition to long-standing cultural links, historical ties between Morocco and Palestine date back to a period when Morocca ...

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Dear America, here is my first hand experience of Morocco

Marrakesh- My third week in Morocco has come to an end and it is hard to put my experiences into words. Every morning I still find myself waking up and being surprised that I am actually here. I tried not to come to Morocco with any preconceived ideas of what it will be like, because the last thing I wanted was to be disappointed when things were not as I expected. Nonetheless, the thoughts, worries, and ex ...

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