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Morocco Week in Review 
February 24, 2018

Moroccans Take Part in 2018 Youth Assembly in New York

By Safaa Kasraoui February 18, 2018 Rabat

Dozens of youth, including several  Moroccans, convened in New York February 14-16 for the 2018 Youth Assembly. The annual gathering takes place at the United Nations headquarters. This year’s edition placed a special emphasis on achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The winter session of the symposium also underscored the importance of involving young people in the global movement for inclusive and sustainable development….
Read more: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/240889/moroccans-take-part-2018-youth-assembly-new-york/
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Youth Youth Should be Placed at Core of Development Projects, King.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has once again stressed the importance that should be granted to youths in any development project and underlined the need to improve the situation of young people who are the country’s genuine asset. “All stakeholders should take into account the societal changes occurring in Morocco and, as a result, place the youth issue at the heart of the desired development model,” stated the Monarch in a message he addressed Monday to the opening session of the third parliamentary forum on social justice, held in Rabat….
Read more here: http://northafricapost.com/22338-youth-placed-core-development-projects-king.html
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UNICEF: Morocco Has Highest Neonatal Deaths in Maghreb

By Morocco World News February 21, 2018 Rabat

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has unveiled a new report about the troubling issue of newborn deaths around the world on February 20. 2.6 million babies die before turning one month old, with 2 millions of them dying on the day of their birth. And another 2.6 are stillborn. How did Moroccan babies fare? The report started by highlighting the hardships that millions of mothers, babies, and health worker from a round the world go through….
Read more here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/241088/unicef-morocco-highest-neonatal-deaths-maghreb/
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Dormitories of hope

Thomas Reilly British Ambassador to Morocco and Mauritania Part of UK in Morocco

It was raining by the time we got to Marrakesh. The long-threatened storm had held off as we had forged our way across the flat desert that forms the northern hinterland boundary to the magical city. But the rain teemed down as we wound our way slowly through the traffic and out beyond the city towards the dimly-seen Atlas Mountains beyond. As the rain fell, so did the temperature. In Rabat that morning, it had been a balmy 21 degrees. Now, in the shadow of the Mountains, the temperature was a chilly 8 degrees and the stiff breeze that accompanied the rain made it feel a lot colder. Fouad parked the car outside the first dormitory. The rain fell in solid slats across the car’s windscreen. Pulling my jacket on, I walked down the mud bank towards the door of the dormitory, my feet splashing in the puddles as I slid towards the door………….
Read more here: https://blogs.fco.gov.uk/thomasreilly/2018/01/17/dormitories-of-hope/
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Crossing Morocco on horseback

Feb 19th, 2018 Week Staff

Each week, we spotlight a dream vacation recommended by some of the industry's top travel writers. This week's pick is Morocco
A monthlong horseback ride across the North African desert is not a vacation — it is an odyssey, said Saskia Burgess at the Financial Times. Drawn by the limitless freedom of the open Sahara, I recently joined eight other travelers on a 594-mile guided ride across Morocco. It was beautiful but exhausting, and our obstacles ranged from an intense sandstorm to an encounter with some "curmudgeonly" camels. The expedition was led by Renate Erroudani, who has organized rides in Morocco for 30 years and has no need of GPS: "The desert is in her head." At 55 years old, "she rides like a heroine on a gray Arab mare and wears a turquoise turban that flies behind her as she sets off at a fast canter."………………………….
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‘Social Disparities Issues Should Be Addressed Seriously’: King Mohammed VI

By Safaa Kasraoui  February 19, 2018 Rabat

In a message addressed to the 3rd parliamentary forum on social justice, King Mohammed VI urged participants to take concrete actions to address social disparity and the challenges that have been hindering the progress of Morocco’s development model. The two-day symposium opened on Monday in Rabat, convening stakeholders and parliamentarians to address recommendations on the new development model related to social and spatial  justice. In his message, King Mohammed VI  recalled a speech that he delivered in October 2017 during the opening of fall legislative term.  In that speech, the King told  that Morocco’s development model was no longer responding to the demands of citizens….
Reade more here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/240967/social-disparities-issues-addressed-seriously-king-mohammed-vi/
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Women’s Associations Challenge Empty Legislation.

By Morocco World News February 19, 2018 By Hajare Elkhaldi Rabat

After long discussions, alterations, and strenuous public outcry, Morocco’s House of Representatives has finally adopted a long-awaited law to fight violence against women. However, what may seem a bright light at the end of a long legislative tunnel may actually be a train that quashes the hopes of millions of Moroccan women. On Wednesday, February 14, several media outlets reported the news as if it were the government’s love letter to Moroccan women: draft law 103-13 103-13 represented a major step towards achieving gender equality.
Read more here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/240953/103-13-women-law-against-women-empty-legislation/
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Morocco Faces Critical Blood Shortage: “Donating blood is a responsibility for all”

By Morocco World News February 19, 2018 Rabat

The Moroccan Kingdom’s Ministry of Health, dealing with a significant decline in blood supplies, has launched a national campaign for blood donations, from February 19 through March 25.
Minister of Health Anas Doukkali has initiated a national campaign calling for citizens to donate blood due to the increasing demands on blood donors in hospitals.
The Ministry of Health stated that the annual need for blood has increased by 22 percent since 2012, while the number of yearly donations reaches no more than six percent
Read more here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/240943/morocco-faces-critical-blood-shortage-donating-blood-responsibility/
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Three Moroccan Women Win Yves Rocher’s “Terre des Femmes” Award

By Morocco World News February 22, 2018 Rabat

Three Moroccan women received the Yves Rocher’s “Terre de Femmes” (Women of the Earth) prize for their environmental activism last weekend, during a ceremony held in Marrakech. This year’s grand prizes was awarded to Zaïna Bouhachmoud for her initiative to promote 100 percent organic aromatic and medicinal plants, Malika Essaten for her project to raise awareness of the importance of the preservation of natural resources and Zineb El Ouafi for her work in the field of recycling of household waste.“Women are sources and innovators in the new solidarity, and their actions bring new opportunities to invent the future,” Yves Rocher Foundation director, Claude Fromageot said.
Read more: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/241119/three-moroccan-women-win-yves-rochers-terre-des-femmes-award/
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Snow isolates Moroccan mountain villages more used to sun

By MOSA'AB ELSHAMY - 2/21/18 TIGHANIMINE, Morocco

Bitter cold and exceptionally heavy snowfall have beleaguered parts of Morocco this winter, disrupting schools, closing national highways — and delighting residents in cities where it hadn’t snowed for decades. The effects are starkest in the north African nation’s Middle Atlas mountains, home to many hard-to-reach villages with poor infrastructure. The range that once protected local Amazigh tribes from attacks now isolates remote hillside villages, often for months on end. Getting in or out of the hill towns hidden among dense forests and peaks over 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) high is never easy — many of the narrow, treacherous lanes can only be traversed by four-wheel-drive vehicles, donkeys or more typically, on foot.

This year, the 150 families living in Tighanimin, a village 311 miles (500 kilometers) south of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, were marooned when the rocky mountain paths disappeared under three feet of snow. Temperatures routinely plummet below zero degrees Celcius (32 degrees Celsius) after sundown, and the homes aren’t equipped with electricity or running water……….
Read more here: http://world.einnews.com/article/433270714/oFY4YPTNvNCv9KKK?lcf=r2FzlokJAoUkY9n4RNXfcxA6pESZ-Xweb_pquSIsvg8%3D
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An introduction to contemporary Moroccan cinema

Safaa Loukili provides insight into Morocco's film industry, unfortunately overlooked by popular culture.
Safaa Loukili February 22, 2018

Morocco has a long history of providing locations for foreign productions, among them films by Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, John Huston, and more recently Martin Scorcese, Riddley Scott, and Oliver Stone. However, few foreigners have much interest or knowledge about Moroccan cinema. Since the 1980s and the reconciliation between the audience and the filmmaking cohort, Moroccan cinema has been facing a number of challenges. These challenges include the low level of state funding and distribution and screening problems, with the theatres of the kingdom quickly closing, overall movie attendance and box-office receipts plummeting, and piracy rampant….
Read more here: http://www.thesaint-online.com/2018/02/an-introduction-to-contemporary-moroccan-cinema/
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Disney World Food Tour: Morocco

By Morocco World News  February 19, 2018

Come with us to explore Epcot’s Morocco in Disney World! From Spice Road Table to Tangierine Cafe and Marrakesh, we’ve got the low-down on where to go and what to skip in one of Epcot’s most beautiful World Showcase pavilions!
Video here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/240960/disney-world-food-tour-morocco/
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13-year-old Moroccan-American Amazes Apple With ‘Inspiring’ App

By Morocco World News  February 21, 2018 By Sarah Goodman Rabat

 When Omar Elamri met with Apple’s midwest representatives to present his new application, Digitr, the company officials said they had never seen an app “this extensive” from someone so young, and they congratulated the 13-year-old Moroccan-American for his “inspiring” work.Digitr, available for free on the iTunes Store, came about as a paperless way to monitor students in school hallways. Traditionally, teachers would issue paper permission slips for students to leave a classroom unattended. Now, Digitr allows teachers and students to keep track of this electronically via school-issued iPads. Michelle Brunik, a computer science teacher at Minnetonka Middle School East where Elamri studies, said the app lets teachers “effortlessly keep track of students leaving the room” and credited it with “helping students develop time management skills.”…..
Read more here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/241063/13-year-old-moroccan-american-amazes-apple-with-inspiring-app/
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Sexual Harassment: When Will Men Start to Take it Seriously?

By Morocco World News   February 12, 2018 Rabat

Throughout the world, sexual harassment is a serious problem. Whether it be lecherous staring, inappropriate comments, unwanted touching, or any other form of degrading, sexually humiliating behavior, women throughout the world are forced to endure this disgusting behavior from men, often on a daily basis. It is an enormous problem. Leaving the home may be an uncomfortable and stressful task for a woman because of the persistent fear that she is going to be targeted by one, or perhaps even hundreds of men as she goes about her day. Going to work, school or into any public space, she can be met with harassment. She notes that it seems like a joke for the various men that she passes in the day, something of a game for them. To leer lecherously or to make overt, very obvious sexual innuendos towards her, seems to be something fun for them. A man will laugh with his friends as she passes by and then most likely, doesn’t think twice about his actions again.
However, she cannot forget his actions. It’s no joke for her and there is certainly nothing funny about it. Rather it’s insulting, degrading, and violating
Read more: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/240464/sexual-harassment-gender-men/
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Book Review: A painful but resilient story of one boy’s life in Morocco

Manal Shakir |Tuesday 20 February 2018

“For Bread Alone” is a window into the poverty-stricken life of author Mohamed Choukri and into the heart of Morocco’s multifaceted political and cultural evolution. Translated into over thirty languages, and even censored in Morocco for nearly 20 years, Choukri’s autobiography, which was translated into English in 1973, is a tragic story of poverty, uncertainty and instability. Choukri, who died in 2003, was one of the Arab world’s most widely acclaimed authors after learning how to read and write at the age of 20. This story is a painful but resilient account of life in Morocco….
Read more: http://www.arabnews.com/node/1250366/books
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Exit Ramp: A Jewish Jersey girl in the kingdom of Morocco

Lori Silberman Brauner in front of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.
by Lori Silberman Brauner NJJN Staff Writer February 21, 2018
When the opportunity arose for me to visit Morocco — a place that had been on my travel “bucket list” for some time — last November, I didn’t really know what to expect. Most of my impressions were formed from reading The New York Times travel pages and seeing pictures of Moroccan-Jewish friends at pre-wedding parties and b’nei mitzvah with their henna markings and intricately embroidered djellabas, or caftans. Visions of clay tagine pots and hamsas, spices and souks galore filled my head — along with, of course, scenes from “Casablanca.”…………
Read more here: http://njjewishnews.com/article/37262/exit-ramp-a-jewish-jersey-girl-in-the-kingdom-of-morocco#.Wo74p_6ICJA
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World Famous Vlogger, Nas Daily Visits Morocco: Food, Culture, Human Stories and More

By Morocco World News February 19, 2018 Rabat 

World famous vlogger Nuseir Yassin or Nas Daily, shared five of his famous one-minute videos during his visit to Morocco, which celebrated the food, culture, and story of US’ first friend. Sponsored by Royal Air Maroc and Joby Camera accessories, Daily arrived in Morocco with five of his fans from Mongolia, New Zealand, Poland, India, and Syria. All travel expenses paid, Daily and his team embarked on a journey to discover Morocco.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/02/240930/world-famous-vlogger-nas-daily-visits-morocco-food-culture-human-stories-2/
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Tantalizing Tangier

Moroccan Metropolis, Steeped In Culture, Offers Great Location, People Watching
By Randy Mink | on February 19, 2018

An opening in the old walls of Tangier’s kasbah provides views of the Strait of Gibraltar. (Photos by Randy Mink)
In Tangier, it’s all about the human drama and beehive of activity swirling about the maze-like medina, the old part of town. This Moroccan port city, a popular day trip from southern Spain, doesn’t brim with great landmarks and must-see tourist attractions, so just relax at a cafe — perhaps over mint tea — to soak in the spectacle. And do some prowling through the narrow, twisting alleyways lined with hole-in-the-wall shops. Vivid memories of the bazaars will linger long after your visit. Picture possibilities abound.
There’s colorful street life around every corner, and you’ll be pulled into the thick of it if you choose to wander the medina. Don’t be afraid to get lost — you eventually will find your way out of the labyrinth. And, never fear, boys looking to be your guide will offer their assistance……….
Read more: https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/tantalizing-tangier/
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