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Morocco Week in Review 
December 15, 2018

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Moroccan TV, First Channel, coverage of swearing-in ceremony.

Former US Ambassador to Morocco, Frederick Vreeland, recalls his friendship with President Bush and time in Morocco

The late President George H.W. Bush once told me he appreciated the support Morocco had shown when he was building the coalition of nations opposing what Saddam Hussein, Iraq's dictator, called its "annexation" of Kuwait, in August 1990.  One week after that invasion, the Arab League met and adopted a resolution calling for troops to assure the liberation of Kuwait and the protection of Saudi Arabia.  As for the Arab nations, a full dozen of them voted whole-heartedly for that motion; however, other than Saudi Arabia and Egypt who had proposed the resolution, only Morocco actually sent troops to join Bush's military coalition in support of the Arab League position.  

President Bush was always proud of that Gulf War, which, as coalition leader he officially ended with the liberation of Kuwait in February, 1991.  I mentioned to him in a private conversation half a dozen years later, that some people still considered he should have continued the war by chasing the invading troops back into Iraq so as to topple Saddam Hussein's regime.  He replied that he was aware of that, but the coalition he had so painstakingly put together was specifically devoted to pushing Iraq back to its borders, and therefore would have fallen apart if he had tried to go further.

So the great American president who died last week consciously showed respect for those countries, including Morocco, which had helped him restore Kuwait's independence, and felt he had done so by respecting the very clear and limited mandate that they had given him to lead the successful coalition.

Frederick Vreeland was U.S. Ambassador to Morocco under President H.W. Bush, 1991-1993, and currently resides in Marrakech, Morocco. 

Remembering President George H.W. Bush and his meeting with King Hassan II - Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

At his arrival ceremony in Washington, on September 26, 1991, King Hassan II remarked to President George H.W. Bush,  "Throughout your career, we have at all times perceived in you a man of rectitude, humility, deep thought, true foresight, and unshakable faithfulness toward his friends." King Hassan had a way with words, and none better captured the essence of President Bush than these. He and President Bush would go on to enjoy a strong and meaningful alliance that would set the stage for an important relationship for decades to come.

Participatory Development: A Humanitarian Alternative to Migration.

By (RPCV/Morocco) Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir and Manon Burbidge Global Research, December 11, 2018

December 2018 is gearing up to be a pivotal month for migration on the world stage, and the epicentre is here, in Marrakech, Morocco, with two high-level fora taking place concerning development and migration. However, in order for the discussions that take place at these conferences to be impactful on the lives of ordinary people, the outcomes and agreements signed must be used as a catalyst for governments and concerned organisations to address the drivers intrinsic to migration, including rural poverty, lack of economic opportunity and climate change. To put this into practice, we offer our experiences of a grassroots, participatory development method as a humanitarian alternative to migration.
Firstly, the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) took place on 5th-7th December, based upon the theme of “Honouring International Commitments to Unlock Potential of All Migrants for Development”. The 11th summit of the Forum is the largest multi-stakeholder dialogue platform concerning migration and development, representing government policymakers, GFMD observers, members of civil society and the private sector. Although the proceedings of the GFMD are non-binding and voluntary, it is hoped that this conference will lay down foundations for the first Global Compact for Migration (for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration), to be held on 10th-11th December, also in Marrakech.

Moroccan Jewish Community Celebrates Hiloula in Morocco’s Taroudant

The Jewish community in Morocco and abroad gathered in Taroudant to celebrate Hiloula in the memory of David Ben Baroukh.

By Morocco World News - Dec 11, 2018 Rabat

Like every year, hundreds of Jewish people from all over Morocco and the globe met Sunday, December 9, at the Rabbi David Ben Baroukh mausoleum in the Tinzert region in Taroudant, 80 kilometers east of Agadir, southern Morocco. Hiloula is a religious event celebrated by the Moroccan Jewish community. The main purpose of Hiloula is to pray for a good life and the resolution of problems. The Jewish community lights candles, touches the memorial stone, and prays at the tomb of the saint.

Eleven years old kid from Tiznit impresses the press with his self-taught English (video)

“ I was  a little girl taking care of other kids” – After Violence and neglect, women in Morocco find space to heal.

12 December 2018 Author: © UNFPA Morocco RABAT, Morocco

Nuzha was barely six years old when her father forced her into domestic labour to support her siblings. “I was responsible for feeding the whole family,” she told UNFPA. “I had always felt lonely. All doors were closed.” For 25 years, Alkabira* suffered her husband’s physical and verbal abuse in silence. “Broken...that’s how I felt.”

Cooking with JoJo: Take a trip to Morocco with spiced butternut squash soup

By Joey Morasse - December 11, 2018

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…and it can’t seem to make up its mind, which brings on for many of us a lingering cold and flu season.
A common go-to remedy for the common cold has always been soup. But good old chicken noodle, while delicious, can be one dimensional in flavor. For this recipe, I wanted to not only make something that would excite the taste buds but also include spices that actually help boost the immune system. This Moroccan-inspired butternut squash soup contains spices that help with sinus issues, inflammation and nausea

Book Review: Explore Morocco in your mind’s eye with this anthology

Lisa Kaaki December 11, 2018 BEIRUT

“A Morocco Anthology” is the latest volume released in the delightful series “Travel Writing through the Centuries,” published by The American University in Cairo Press and edited by Martin Rose, who was the director of the British Council in Morocco until 2014. Previous titles in the wanderlust-inducing series include books on the Nile, Jerusalem, Beirut and Istanbul, among other destinations.

The designer keeping embroidery tradition alive in Morocco

Fadila el Gadi has opened a school that teaches underprivileged children in Morocco the 'dying art' of embroidery.

by Faras Ghani Sale, Morocco –

On the first floor of a villa just outside the Moroccan capital of Rabat, around 18 children are quietly working on their next piece of embroidery.
But there is something unique about this teaching centre in a country where youth unemployment is high.

Death to Execution: Rights Groups Urge Morocco to End Death Penalty

Activists are urging Morocco to vote in favor of joining an international agreement banning executions during the upcoming UN session

By Shaquile Goff Rabat

Although Morocco has not executed an individual since 1993, some human rights groups say the de facto abolition of the death penalty is not enough. The Moroccan Organization of Human Rights (OMDH), and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (WCADP) are urging Morocco to join an international agreement ending capital punishment. Morocco still maintains the death penalty as a lawful practice, and reports estimate there are at least 95 people currently on death row, according to a report from Cornell. ================================================

Fez University to Manufacture Morocco’s 1st Nanosatellite

A third nanosatellite of 960 grams is set to join Morocco’s two satellites: Mohammed VI A and B.

By Hamza Guessous - Rabat

Morocco will launch its first nationally made nanosatellite at the end of 2019. The nanosatellite will weigh just 960 grams and will be manufactured by a group of students from Dhar El Mahraz University in Fez. The team works under the supervision of professor Mohamed Karim, director of Systems Integration and Advanced Technologies Laboratory.
The University of Oujda and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane also contributed to the project.
================================================ Morocco Loses 2% of its Economic Growth Due to Corruption.

The Moroccan government continues its fight against the corruption that is hindering the country’s economic development.

By Morocco World News - Rabat

Corruption costs Morocco two percent of its economic growth annually, said Lahcen Daoudi, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of General Affairs and Governance on Thursday.
“We are determined in our fight against corruption that costs Morocco’s economy a two percent annual loss,” he told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) during the closing of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). ===============================================

Moroccan High School Holds National Competition to Boost Communication

Sijilmasa High School planning national communication competition online to boost communication skills and encourage important discussions.

Rabat  – A public high school in Eastern Morocco is planning a new contest that will bring students across Morocco together. Sijilmasa high school in Errachidia, calls it the “Sijilmasa Challenge,” and they hope the idea will spread across Morocco.

Climate Risks Cost Morocco $174 Million Annually

Morocco ranks 124th overall among countries facing climate risks, according to the Global Climate Risk Index 2019 report.


According to the document, Morocco lost an average of $174.019 million per year between 1998 and 2017 due to climate hazards, impacting its gross domestic product in the same period.

The Evolution of Moroccan Immigration: a Lesson for All Countries

By Lahcen Elyasmini

One of the reasons Morocco embraced hosting the Global Compact on Migration is because it is country in which the story of immigration is deeply embedded.
The evolution of the Moroccan immigration phenomenon occurred during the second half of the 20th century. The first waves of migrants began at the end of the 1950s and at the beginning of the ‘60s, heading toward Europe—France, in particular.

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