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Morocco Week in Review 
October 28 2017

UN experts to discuss in Morocco youth employment in N. Africa

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-30

Morocco Must Rethink Its Approach to Ensuring Social Stability

By Morocco World News  September 29, 2017

The Value of Broadening Your Horizons

\October 2, 2017 DIG MAG  Ask the Expert BY MATTHEW TEEL

When visiting another country, it's so easy to enjoy yourself. The pleasure of experiencing and seeing new things all around you is shocking and adventurous by nature, but at what point do these new locations and their cultures you decide to explore become challenging to bare? Do you think you could live in a foreign country for two years? If so, working, studying, or volunteering abroad could be an interesting option for you to look into during college or after graduation.

Sex, Lies and Scholarship  

Ursula Lindsey / 18 Oct 2017 Leïla Slimani, author of Sex and Lies: Sexual Life in Morocco.

Morocco is suffering from a “a state of widespread sexual misery,” writes Leïla Slimani in her provocative new book, Sex and Lies: Sexual Life in Morocco. The book, published in France in September, has reignited a recurrent debate here over individual freedom, traditional norms, and sexual frustration and violence. Slimani is a well-known French-Moroccan journalist and novelist. Her second novel, Chanson Douce (Sweet Song), won France’s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, in 2016. The backbone of her new book, a blend of essay and reporting, is a series of candid interviews with Moroccan women (many of whom the author met in the course of promoting her previous books) and prominent scholars. In Sex and Lies: Sexual Life in Morocco, Slimani writes that Moroccan women’s sexual needs beyond reproduction are largely ignored, and that women are expected to be virgins at marriage and sexually passive afterwards. This intense monitoring of women’s sexuality, in particular, amounts to a political disenfranchisement. “A woman whose body undergoes such social control cannot fully enjoy her role of citizen,” she writes.

How Peace Corps Volunteers changed my life

By Reda Dihimine  Oct. 24, 2017


When I was 14, I heard that an American Peace Corps Volunteer was teaching English classes in my town, Amizmiz, situated in the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Nathaniel, or Samir, his chosen Moroccan name, was my first English teacher. When I joined his class, I did not speak any English at all, but he spoke my Moroccan dialect so it was easy to communicate with him. He was an excellent teacher. (Reda Dihimine is a student at San Francisco State University. Reda was influenced by Peace Corps Volunteers serving in his native land of Morocco and is now earning a degree so that he can help communities in need)

On the Trail of Casablanca  

Meredith Hindley's new book tells of the wartime refugee route that inspired a classic. 

By Noah Isenberg  October 27, 2017

“With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas,” intones the unnamed narrator at the start of Casablanca, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year. As the prologue continues, a swift montage shows a spinning globe intercut with documentary footage of throngs of refugees fleeing Nazis advances, while the voiceover goes on to describe a roundabout trail leading from Paris to Marseilles, across the Mediterranean to Oran, Algeria and on to French Morocco. As Meredith Hindley points out in her compulsively readable, deeply engrossing new history…

Opportunities Amid the Obstacles

Rather than withdraw from the Middle East and North Africa, colleges should encourage American students to study abroad in stable countries within the Arab world.   

By John Battenburg  October 26, 2017

Over the archway to the Ben Youssef madrassa in Marrakech, Morocco, appears the following inscription: “You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded.” As students preparing for careers     in religion, law and science were welcomed to this institution for half a millennium, so visitors today are invited inside to experience the wonders of Morocco. This academy --with its ornate central pool reflecting colorful mosaic tiles, carved cedar woodwork and smooth marble pillars within the courtyard -- continues to serve as an oasis for those seeking knowledge and serenity…..
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