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Morocco Week in Review 
December 8, 2018

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Swearing-in and 55th anniversary Video for group 100

Photos of the Swearing-in event

(RPCV) Peace Corps volunteer Buriss speaks at Rotary

Only a week removed from serving in Morocco with the Peace Corps, Will Burriss talked to the Rotary Club of Elberton last week. After the meeting Burriss (center) posed with his father Woody (left) and mother Annie Hunt Burriss, who is a native of Elberton. (Photo by Jones)

RPCV (Julie Sherbil) speaks about street harassment in Darija on 2M channel

A Moment of Reckoning for Decentralisation in Morocco. Entrenched Rural Poverty.

By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir (RPCV/Morocco) Global Research, November 29, 2018

Morocco’s parliament, at this moment, is deciding the nation’s Decentralization Charter. Since its working draft is not currently made public, we can only hope that every parliamentarian realizes that the human development course of the nation and the relationships between public, civil and private institutions depend upon the creation of a meaningful charter. Its conception and implementation will also determine the extent to which Morocco can inspire its neighbors towards a hopeful, modern and yet historic approach to empowering people to achieve their best life’s course.

With the benefit of hindsight, one may fairly consider that in 2008, Morocco’s public commitment to decentralize decision-making, especially with regards to people’s development, was a forward-thinking and strategic position to take. The declaration of King Mohammed VI that Morocco would commence the restructuring of public administrations, was the culmination of a series of other actions and preceded several others. These served to demonstrate a consistency of participatory principles that guide and accelerate sustainable development.

30 % HIV Positive in Morocco Don’t Know their HIV Status

About 22,000 people are living with HIV in Morocco. However, nearly 30 percent of them do not know their HIV status.

By Safaa Kasraoui - Rabat

One out of three Moroccans living with HIV does not have access to treatment as they are not aware of their HIV status. Despite the alarming figures, Morocco has also registered notable improvement in HIV monitoring and treatment. According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), 50 percent of people living with HIV know their status in the Middle East and North Africa.
In the meantime, the number of affected patients who receive treatment in Morocco reached more than 12,00 at the end of June 2018, against 5,301 in 2012……………. ===============================================

World Bank Morocco 2040: Emerging by Investing in Intangible Capital documents the major economic and social strides made by Morocco

World Bank publication: "Morocco 2040: Emerging by Investing in Intangible Capital documents the major economic and social strides made by Morocco over the past 15 years and analyzes the economic conditions for accelerating the pace of economic catch-up by 2040. A virtuous yet realistic scenario suggests that with higher productivity gains Morocco could double its current pace of convergence with Southern European countries. In one generation, Morocco’s standard of living could reach about 45 percent of that of Spain, its immediate Northern neighbor, compared to the current rate of 22 percent. To lay out the possible pathways for Morocco to become the first North African country to attain upper middle income status, the Book then investigates the policies that could bring about such a virtuous scenario of accelerated economic convergence. It shows that sustaining higher productivity gains for 25 years would require greater efforts at building Morocco’s institutional, human and social capital

Best In Travel Magazine Issue 80 // 2018 // Discover Morocco // Casablanca & Marrakesh

Published on Oct 29, 2018

Morocco is a gateway to Africa, and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you'll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality. From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for travellers. Lyrical landscapes carpet this slice of North Africa like the richly coloured and patterned rugs you’ll lust after in local cooperatives. The mountains – not just the famous High Atlas but also the Rif and suntanned ranges leading to Saharan oases – offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening in the thin air, and views over a fluffy cloudbank from the Tizi n’Test pass. On lower ground, there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls and caves in forested hills, and the mighty desert. Morocco's cities are some of the most exciting on the continent. Join the centuries-old trail of nomads and traders to their ancient hearts, from the winding medina maze of Fez to the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakes

Best In Travel Magazine Issue 81 // 2018 // Discover Morocco // Tanger, Rabat, Agadir & more!

Published on Nov 1, 2018

Opportunism And Opportunity In Today’s Morocco – Analysis

December 2, 2018 Dr. Mohamed Chtatou

Morocco is in bad shape. It is definitely not faring well, at all. At the surface it is looking fine, beautiful, happy, stable and developing, but underneath it is simmering with rage and hopelessness and the pressure is forming like in a volcano and someday, soon, it will blow its top and spew magma and lava in the open air. In a word, Morocco is similar to Tunisia’s pre-Arab spring uprising.
The youth is marginalized, forgotten and most importantly emasculated by a tribal/patriarchal system of government. Some take to the street or to cyber space to mouth their protest and indignation. Others drown their hopelessness in wine and spirits or drugs, and the rate of addiction to drugs is rising alarmingly.

Morocco travel: A travel guide to Marrakech magic

The Moroccan city can be overwhelming so JENNIFER SELWAY hired an expert to see all its hidden delights Berber villagers still weave their magic

By Jennifer Selway Sat, Dec 1, 2018

THE MAIN square in Marrakech, Jemaa el-Fnaa, is vast. Bigger than two or three football pitches, at night it's like approaching a black sea edged with the brilliant lights of outdoor food stalls selling heaps of steaming snails, sheep's head snacks, lentil soup and a potato and olive oil sandwich which is the North African version of a chip butty. There were crowds of gawpers around a man dressed as a Victorian strongman who looked a lot like the comedian Bill Bailey. His trick to wow the crowds was to drink boiling water heated up on a primus stove (don't try this at home). Slender, giggling boys dressed as women in sequinned robes shimmied to pass the time as we waited for the kettle to boil.

New Judges Trained in Tamazight, Digital Justice to Join Moroccan Courts

By Ahlam Ben Saga - Rabat

New Moroccan judges from “Group 43” have taken courses in Tamazight (Berber) for the first time in the country, in line with the Justice Ministry’s preparations of an official Tamazight alphabet. In addition to Tamazight, the judges have received professional digitization training to prepare them for online courtrooms in the near future, such as accessing and participating in hearings remotely via video. At the ceremony, justice minister Mohamed Aujjar stated that the new judges are “fortunate” to be part of an independent judicial force in the current technology age to pave the way for the integration and success of digital justice by 2022 in Morocco’s judicial system.
================================================ This amazing Oasis of Arts and Plants is hidden in the Outskirts of Marrakesh.

Marrakesh can be a beauty, but its crowds can also be a bit of a pain. ANIMA is a place to escape the craziness of the city. Its’ a fair distance outside the city and can be difficult to find, but it’s worth a visit.

Why a large proportion of the Arab world's best filmmakers are women

In the US, only about 5 per cent of directors are women and 12 per cent in Europe. In Palestine and Lebanon, that figure is about 50 per cent

Kaleem Aftab December 3, 2018

Five of the Arab world’s best filmmakers – Annemarie Jacir, Mai Masri, Hala Khalil, Kaouther Ben Hania, and Sofia Djama – appeared on a panel at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival to discuss the way Arab female filmmakers are at an advantage versus their western counterparts.Wajib director Jacir set the tone for the lively debate when she questioned the topic of discussion on the screen behind the five speakers, which was Wonder Women: How Female Filmmakers in the Arab World Proved to be More Sustainable in International Film Festival Circuits. “I’m really happy that there is such a big audience for this panel discussion,” Jacir said, but followed that statement by saying: “I don’t agree with the statement and I don’t really understand it.”

Operation Smile for Children with Cleft Palates Returns to Morocco

Families have been lining up in Tangier at Operation Smile’s temporary center, hoping to get surgery for their children this week.

By Shaquile Goff - Rabat

Global non-profit Operation Smile, which works with children with cleft palates officially launched another mission in Morocco on Friday. The organization held an opening ceremony at Al Kortobi Hospital in the city of Tangier, according to local news.

Morocco is World’s 4th Largest Olive Oil Producer

With 2 million tons of olives harvested this season, Morocco has become the world's fourth largest olive oil producer.

By Ahlam Ben Saga - Rabat

Morocco has harvested an estimated 2 million tons of olives this season, an increase by 28 percent compared to the crop last year. During his visit to El Attaouia province in El Kelaa des Sraghna, in the Marrakech-Safi region, at the 5th National Fair of the Olive Tree on Saturday, Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch said that the increase in olive production is due to the “favorable weather conditions.”

Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese discuss future of film in time of streaming at Morocco festival


U.S. director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert de Niro on Sunday discussed the changing nature of cinema in the age of streaming services on the sidelines of the Marrakech film festival.“The cinema of the past is gone, things are changing,” Scorsese said during a meeting with the public at the Palais des Congres. “I don’t know what the future will be.”
“Movies have to be shown on a big screen,” De Niro said during a news conference.

Morocco: 12 photo stops in North Africa to cross the Atlas Mountains…

There are few countries fit so much variety, colour and charm into their borders as Morocco. Beloved by photographers, film scouts and tourists alike - this North African is full of amazing natural and manmade structures. Here is a collection of twelve images that captures some of the most memorable sights and stops for those planning a trip to this photogenic Berber kingdom.

Dar Batha

This former Royal Palace with gorgeous gardens became the first museum in Morocco

A Call For Landscape Architecture For Interfaith Initiatives: From Morocco To Jerusalem

by Sarah Turkenicz

Design plays a fundamental role in cultivating and forming collective memory through the shaping of physical public spaces. Landscape architecture is a field that grapples with social inequality and spatial complexity – two characteristics that Jerusalem embodies. In comparing the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem with the Akrich tree nursery in Morocco, I hope to shed light on how design can be better approached when dealing with interfaith relations. ================================================

Managing the Manic & Magic of Morocco

Zoe Yarborough

Morocco is a dizzyingly diverse country in North Africa whose culture is steeped in Berber, Arabian and European influence. Perfectly tiled and color drenched, Morocco arrests the senses and has quickly become an obsessively Instagrammed globetrotter’s destination. The massive, varied terrain — as beautiful as it is difficult to navigate — is laced with jewels of towns and experiences. But the same raw grit and energy that make up Morocco’s unique charm can also create certain obstacles and frustrations. It’s important to manage some expectations and do a little educatin’ before your Moroccan magic carpet ride.

Moroccan Pharmacists Protest Precarious Working Conditions

Morocco’s National Federation of Trade Unions of Pharmacists (FNSPM) has announced that the country’s pharmacists will go on a national strike on December 27.

By Morocco World News - Dec 2, 2018 Rabat

The decision was made at the meeting of pharmacists unions on Thursday, November 29, in Casablanca. The federation deplored the “irresponsible” treatment of the Ministry of Health regarding their claim book, namely the fiscal and legislative aspects related to the situation of community pharmacies. The FNSPM are demanding five flagship measures in the claim book, including putting an end to the anarchy that characterizes the planning of on-call pharmacies and the opening and closing hours of pharmacies in some cities.

The Moroccan Goatherd», the story of Louis Lumière’s first movie about Morocco

In 1897, Louis Lumière directed one of the first movies to be shot in Morocco. «The Moroccan Goatherd» paved the way for the production of other films in the Kingdom. The father of cinematography, Louis Lumière, introduced the seventh art to Moroccans. The French engineer and film director, shot one of his very first movies in the Kingdom in the 1890s. His film
«Le Chevrier Marocain» (Moroccan Goatherd) was a way of allowing the French to have an idea about the Kingdom, which was at the time a potential colony for Paris. ...More :

Holocaust Curriculum: Exploring Morocco’s Relationship with the Holocaust

Whether or not the Holocaust will be introduced into the Moroccan curriculum, Morocco has a unique story as a Muslim state willing to acknowledge the Holocaust.

By Einat Levi - Dec 1, 2018 Rabat

Although Holocaust studies have not yet been officially included in the Moroccan curriculum, it is possible that we will see this happen one day in light of the country’s special history. Recently, rumors have been circulating that Morocco has decided to introduce Holocaust studies into its educational curriculum. The reason for the confusion apparently arose from an innocent error in the translation of Morocco’s statements at the UNESCO summit which took place during the meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York in late September.

Marrakech Film Festival Screens Women-Centered Films

By Mohamed Bella

The 17th Marrakech International Film Festival kicked off on Friday. At a press conference on Saturday German actor Daniel Bruhl explained that the jury is “very interested to see fresh voices” in the fourteen films competing for the festival’s Etoile d’Or (Golden Star) prize. Asked about gender equality in the film industry, a topic broached at film festivals from Cannes to Venice, Fifty Shades star Dakota Johnson said, “There were almost as many women involved in cinema behind the camera, in front of the camera, behind film festivals and in film festivals.”

Raped, abused and harassed: Tale of female migrants in Morocco

A third of female migrants were abused on their way, research shows. The suffering doesn't end when they reach Morocco.

by Faras Ghani 3 Dec 2018 Rabat, Morocco

Sitting on the pavement outside an NGO's office in the Moroccan capital of Rabat, 18-year-old Juliet (not her real name) stared at the cars speeding past. Juliet had a look of despair and hopelessness on her face. Her hair was tangled, jeans torn and stained and her toenails broken. The blank expression, sans any movement of the head to look the other way, had a story of gloom and unhappiness.

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