By Safaa Kasraoui - August 24, 2018 Rabat
Nineteen months after the last US ambassador left Rabat, the new ambassador nominee has begun confirmation hearings in the US Senate. US President Donald Trump nominated David T. Fischer, who contributed to Trump’s campaign and inauguration, in November 2017. The nomination came nine months after Ambassador to Morocco Dwight Bush left. Trump has received heavy criticism for taking too long to nominate ambassadors to key US allies, including South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
Even after Fischer was nominated, it took the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee almost 10 months to hold a hearing on the nominee to hear his potential strategy if confirmed as ambassador to Rabat.
August 26, 2018
Morocco is a bridge to Africa, to the Middle East, and to the Muslim world, said U.S. Ambassador nominee to Rabat David T. Fischer during confirmation hearing at the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.“Building a strong relationship with King Mohammed VI will be paramount as we strengthen our collaboration from a foundation of trust”, added ……….
At Home of Sunny Scott 610 Gernoa Stanford Friday Oct. 19th Sat. Oct. 20th
This is the time of year when I'm working hard to find funding for more libraries in Morocco. A sweet thing happened today. These two women in California are going to have a jewelry event at Stanford University in October, with 100% of the earnings going to Morocco Library Project and another library at a girls' school in Kenya. I met with Molly, the artist, today -- she makes gorgeous wearable art from jewelry and objects she's collected around the world. I was so taken by the big purple wall in her garden that I felt inspired to create this Save the Date! We'll share more as this comes together. There's nothing like the promise of a library to bring people together.
By Pineandlakes Echo Journal on Aug 22, 2018
(Morocco RPCV) Susan Davis, author of "Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives," will talk about her experiences and her book at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Pequot Lakes Library.
The book is a combination of life histories and textile information. According to reviewer Deborah Chandler, "Women Artisans of Morocco" is the "stereotype-busting presentation of Muslim women that the non-Muslim world so needs right now. A lifetime of Arabic-speaking relationships with Moroccan women has given Davis the basis for sharing their stories as well as their world perspectives." Susan Schaefer Davis has been captivated by Morocco since she was a Peace Corps volunteer there in the 1960s. Her work and research with traditional women led her to a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan, and through an economic development project she created, Davis has worked with women rug weavers in Morocco, helping them to make direct sales of their work via the internet at www.marrakeshexpress.org..................
You may have met her at the Pequot Lakes Community Library, where she volunteers in the summer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More here: http://www.brainerddispatch.com/community/events/4487054-author-share-stories-moroccan-women-pl-library
A Model to Implement Moroccan Development
(Morocco RPCV) Yossef Ben-Meir
Introduction: A Model for a Model
In terms of human development potential, Morocco is a nation of immense promise. It is where gifted fortunes of nature (including agricultural) come together with dynamic social development Frameworks that could launch the country into a bottom-up haven in Africa and the Near East of community-managed projects and change. These Frameworks are intended to initiate human development which is participatory, decentralized, and sustainable. People-driven initiatives that the Frameworks could enable are, for example, programs where girls and women define and achieve what they want in their communities, while learning laws that advance and protect their status in the family and society. The Frameworks could help youth pull back from the risks of having exceedingly difficult life experiences. The Moroccan development approach also provides a basis for innovative (and organic) agriculture that builds and retains value and sees rural people and their associations plan and create new projects to meet their needs…………
The second annual two-day LEAD Green Leadership Summit encouraged local high-school students to learn more about themselves and the world around them.This year's theme of "Act Local, Think Global," recently provided about two dozen student leaders — most from Churchill County High School and Oasis Academy — an opportunity for them to look at the future and to learn from others who have an interest in the community and the world. They also heard from a former CCHS graduate who has lived in Afghanistan working with university students in speech and debate and later served in the Peace Corps in Morocco……….
Sarah Boutata August 6, 2018
I’m a recent architecture graduate from the National School of Architecture in Rabat, Morocco. When I was in school, I was taught that architects were the perfect combination of builders and artists. Today, I am just an artist, and I’d like to speak of the reality of my world.
Two years ago, as I finished my undergraduate degree at the National School of Architecture in Rabat, I needed a job. I found it in an American company.
Two years ago, I also needed an education that goes along with my vision to be a great architect. America gave me access to one of its best universities.
Two years ago, I needed funding to complete my education. America offered me its most prestigious scholarship to achieve my goals…….
August 21, 2018 Rebecca Rosman
One of Jamila Aamer's most vivid childhood memories is learning how to cook. So it may come as no surprise that decades later, she's teaching other young women to do the same.
Aamer is head chef at the Amal Women's Training Center, an airy outdoor café in Marrakech's trendy Gueliz neighborhood that serves up a variety of traditional Moroccan specialties……………….
By Safaa Kasraoui - August 27, 2018 Rabat
Why has the government not yet implemented February’s Law 103-13 against gender-based discrimination, set to go into effect in August? After a month of delay, the awaited law criminalizing public harassment and all forms of violence, including sexual assault, will be put into force on September 12.
The government pledged to begin enforcing the law in August after publishing a final draft of the law six months ago, on February 22….
By Morocco World News - August 24, 2018 Rabat
Abbla Samghouni, a Moroccan-American high school senior, has championed Moroccan culture through her educational presentations in the US.
In an increasingly globalized world, geographic and cultural boundaries have become more blurred. Yet, many communities are still entrenched within their own particular cultural perceptions. It is in this tension between globalization and restricted cultural views which emerges the necessity of intercultural dialogue….
The African nation had introduced 18 months of compulsory military service in June 1966 for all male citizens, which was abolished by the King in 2007. The Moroccan cabinet, chaired by King Mohammed VI, has approved a bill for compulsory military service for 12 months for young people aged between 19 and 25….
March 15-16, 2019
As part of Kennesaw State University’s award-winning Annual Country Study Program, the goal of this conference is to examine ever-changing Moroccan identities with a special focus on the cultural, economic, political and social agency of young women and men. The kingdom of Morocco has a history rich in Amazigh, Arab, African and European cultural influence. Its geographic location and natural resources make it a strategic business hub and an African destination like no other. The country’s historical and modern cities offer a unique mixture of diverse experiences.
From the 17th century to the present, Morocco has been governed by the Alawite monarchy. Successive kings have maintained the stability of the country and support of the people. Today, the current King Mohammed VI has established several projects that aid in growth and development.
Human rights and individual freedoms, empowerment of women and gender equality, improved access to education for girls and adult education for women, are all enshrined in the current Moroccan constitution. However, while the moudawana and other economic reforms have given women a place within the labor force, gender and class disparities persist contributing to discrimination that generally limits women from advancing to positions of leadership (Boutouba, 2014). Research on gender and development suggests that targeting illiteracy and socio-economic marginalization are both vitally important for advancing the cause of women, but there must also be improved engagement with young men who feel alienated from women’s movements and other efforts that advance the inclusion of marginalized groups (Skalli, 2011: 344). While formal political participation is low among youth, they are civically engaged in other forms of activism especially through social media. For example, young men and women have organized against sexual harassment using online platforms such as Women-Shoufouch where they combine "on the ground mobilization with cyber activism that maximizes the use of new communication technologies (Internet and cellphone) and social networks (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube)" (Skalli, 2013).
The high percentage of youth population in Moroccan society makes it one of its most important and critical resources. With only 1% of youth participating in political associations, Morocco continues to struggle to engage this demographic in the national life of the country (Zerhani, 2017: 9). Typically, the younger population expresses themselves through visual and performance artistic outlets, such as music, theatre, dance, painting, social media, and other forms of creative expression. While high profile rap musicians such as Al Haqed have faced repression, many young people have been inspired to find their voice and contribute to society (Hedgecoe, 2017). Potential topics in the "Year of Morocco" Conference, include, but are not limited to:
• Morocco at the intersection of Amazigh, Arab, African and European identities
• Colonialism’s impact on Moroccan Identity
• Women in Morocco’s history and development
• The new constitution and its impact on women’s empowerment
• Women and social entrepreneurship in Morocco
• Education and urban/rural accessibility across Morocco
• Multilingual literacy in Morocco
• Youth’s involvement and role in Morocco’s development
• Civil society and social movements in Morocco
• The role of youth in the Moroccan Arab spring
• Youth, popular culture, communication technology and social transformation in Moroccan society
• Expression of Moroccan Identity through Art and Music
• Moroccan architecture and identity
• Islam and Interreligious Dialogue in Morocco
• Gender identity and LGBTQ rights in Morocco
• The role of youth in Morocco’s environmental initiatives
Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts: To participate, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words describing the focus of your proposed paper or panel, the methodology employed, and the general argument. At the top of the abstract, type your name, institutional affiliation, position or title, contact phone number, and e-mail. If you wish to propose a panel, please submit the title and abstract for each paper, along with the names and institutional affiliation of all panelists. Save in one Word or RTF document and attach the document to an email message. Type "Year of Morocco Conference" in the subject line and send it to Dr. Dan Paracka at email@example.com. Deadline for Submission of Proposal Abstracts is October 1, 2018. Select Papers will be eligible for publication in a Special Issue of KSU’s peer reviewed Journal of Global Initiatives focused on Morocco. Examples of previous journals can be found here: http://dga.kennesaw.edu/content/journals
As a society, we have hopes and dreams for the future; for our children, our countries, and the global community. These aspirations rest on the shoulders of the youngest generation. August 12 2018 marks the 18th celebration of the UN's annual International Youth Day. This awareness day is an unique opportunity to reflect on youth's challenges and to celebrate and support the world's future leaders. This year's theme, "Safe Spaces for Youth", marks the importance of youth's engagement, participation, and freedom of thought…..
More here: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2018/8/8/morocco-provides-safe-spaces-for-youth
By Afp 26 August 2018
Under the scorching summer sun in Rabat, coach Ichtar Zahraoui bellows directions to "The Pirates", young Moroccan men and women learning to play American football together on the gridiron. Focused and sweaty, 30 players gather every Sunday to practise the sport, an unusual scene in a country obsessed with soccer, the variety of football far more commonly played …………………
Follow it here: http://world.einnews.com/article/459911064/F4nLx0TdUEuNA9Jk
Can Promoting Arab Women as Entrepreneurs Make a Difference? Or will age-old stereotypes relegate them to secondary roles?
Jean R. AbiNader August 9, 2018
The economic and business roles of Arab women have been discussed for more than two decades and initiatives have been launched on the consensus that their participation is worth promoting. With electoral quotas in several Arab countries to promote their political participation and with more women appointed to significant positions in the private sector, there are indicators that the roles of women are being taken more seriously. In Saudi Arabia, for instance, while there is a great deal of focus on women driving and flying, much less has been published about those women who make up the majority of Saudis enrolled in medical and pharmacy schools, teaching and research programs, and a number of scientific concentrations. However, I believe that the emphasis across the region on building up women as entrepreneurs will only bear fruit if the term applies broadly to women who create and run small and medium-size enterprises as businesses as well as those engaged in IT, programming, hi-tech, and similar sectors where entrepreneurs tend to concentrate……
Amy Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an Intern with the High Atlas Foundation in Marrakech, and a student at the University of Virginia studying Economics and Middle Eastern Studies.
This past week we celebrated the United Nations International Day of Cooperatives, commemorated every year on the first Saturday of July. Cooperatives’ success in sustainable development, wealth creation, and poverty alleviation give many hope for an equitable future. As we commend cooperatives, it is important to recognize and understand how they function.
Cooperatives are largely based on the Rochdale Society in 1844 from England. In a time of terrible working conditions and low wages, this group of poor, English weavers struggled to buy basic goods, like flour. Without a rich, capitalist donor, the members all pooled their money to collectively purchase necessities. Their contribution earned them a say in the management of the association, and an equitable distribution of the net profits…….
More here: https://www.mironline.ca/the-next-step-for-cooperatives-is-certification/
By Katherine O’Neill Marrakech
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has the lowest female employment rate of anywhere in the world. Though most countries in the MENA region, including Libya and Iran, have seen gradually increasing rates of working women, Morocco’s female labor force participation (FLFP) rate has actually decreased since 1999, now sitting at 26 percent, according to Brookings. This decline not only contradicts global and regional trends, but also comes despite significant efforts both by the Moroccan government and NGOs to increase women’s education, in hopes of improving their employment opportunities. The World Bank estimates that higher FLFP rates could result in a 25 percent average increase in household income, something which would dramatically improve the lives of men, women, and youth in the region……………
read more here: http://www.highatlasfoundation.org/blogs/926-why-education-isn%E2%80%99t-the-only-solution-an-overview-of-female-employment-in-morocco-and-the-region
By Safaa Kasraoui - August 21, 2018 Rabat
A Moroccan ministerial council has approved a draft bill to reintroduce mandatory military service for young Moroccan men and women.
The council, which met Monday, was quite eventful. King Mohammed VI chaired the event at which several major issues were discussed, including Bill 44.18 on compulsory military service. The bill has fueled debate among Moroccans of all ages.
Like Monday’s government council, the ministerial meeting also approved the bill. However, details were only unveiled later in the evening after both councils approved it. The draft bill must be passed by Parliament to come into effect.
By Tarek Bazza - August 25, 2018 Rabat
A new study has found that many animals in Moroccan markets are treated poorly due to vendors’ unawareness and lack of enforcement of existing law. Daniel Bergin, a researcher from Oxford Brookes University, conducted the study focusing on wildlife trade in Morocco. Bergin and his team visited wildlife markets in six of Morocco’s largest cities: Rabat, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Tangier, and Meknes.
The research study assessed the welfare of a total of 2,113 animals seen in Moroccan markets “based on four of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee Five Freedoms: freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom to express normal behavior, and freedom from distress.”……………….
In partnership with the Moroccon National Tourism Office, the festival also brings to Manila a number of Morocco’s most coveted items
Moroccan style is simply fascinating. The different facets of its life and culture have captivated people to recreate their own interpretations of Moroccan lifestyle. Its signature architecture is often extravagant with beautifully shaped arches and geometric tiles. Interiors are accented with intricately carved wooden furniture and colorful carpets and pillows. Traditional Moroccan colors range from vibrant shades of gold, red, orange, and blue….
By Safaa Kasraoui - August 27, 2018 Rabat
Morocco’s 12-century-old Al Quaraouiyine Library in Fez has made it into Time’s first annual list of the world’s greatest places.
Al Quaraouiyine, the world’s oldest still-operating library, is home to some of the world’s most priceless manuscripts from the 9th century, including an old version of Qur’an and one of the earliest collections of hadiths, the sayings of the Prophet Mohammed with accounts of his daily practice….
August 21, 2018
King Mohammed VI of Morocco stressed the need for a new strategy to promote youth employment by putting young people at the heart of the new development model.
In a speech on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, the Monarch called for an integrated youth strategy and asked that special consideration be given to finding the most effective means to improve young people’s circumstances………….
20 Aug 2018
Life for single mothers in Morocco is extremely difficult because families and society tend to reject them. But campaigners are trying to change attitudes………..
By Marjorie Olster Aug. 17, 2018 The Saturday Profile DOUAR LAADAM, Morocco
In a tiny Moroccan village on the outskirts of Marrakesh, dozens of teenage girls wrapped up a session of after-school activities by shouting affirmations: “I am strong! I am smart! I am capable!” they cried out. “I am a leader! I am a feminist!” Such a scene might be unremarkable in the West. But it is extraordinary for this Muslim-majority country in North Africa, especially in Douar Laadam, a poor, semirural village where many teenage girls drop out of school around puberty to marry and start families….
By Morocco World News - August 11, 2018 Isabella Wang Rabat
Through the medium of photography, Moroccan artists have battled stereotypes and redefined what it means to be a Moroccan woman.
After the French conquest of Algeria, it was Delacroix who first ventured into North Africa and initiated the West’s artistic fascination with the region. With bright costumes and the deep warmth of the dark, earthy colors, wonder permeates his artwork.
By editor • Aug 21, 2018
Madonna is no stranger to controversy, and she stirred it again when she showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Monday night wearing jewelry and garb from North Africa's Amazigh people.
Her ensemble included a horned headdress, heavy silver necklaces and a colorful tunic, all of which can be found in shops in Morocco, where she celebrated her 60th birthday last week.
Fashion critics had a field day. They condemned her for cultural appropriation and mocked her stylistic choices. ………..
By Zoubida Senoussi - August 21, 2018 Rabat
Madonna seemed to have a blast during her stay in Marrakech to celebrate her 60th birthday and thanked “magical Morocco” for hosting.
The queen of pop appeared to have fallen in love with the red city where she made new memories celebrating her birthday, on Thursday, August 16, with all her friends and family.
August 22, 2018 by Tom Porter
As a scholar of North African history and politics, Idriss Jebari is interested in the concept of memory and transitional justice—the idea that a country can emerge from a period of repressive authoritarian rule and break the cycle of violence by acknowledging past violence and pursuing national reconciliation.
At a faculty seminar during the spring semester, the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History looked at the examples of three North African countries that have undergone changes in this direction in recent years—Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria—and analyzed the extent to which each nation has been able to cope with its traumatic past. He also examined the extent to which these experiences contributed to democratization efforts.
The Making of a Water Crisis: How a colonial dream ran Morocco dry.
Alexander Jusdanis August 1, 2018
Last fall, the residents of Zagora, a Moroccan city on the edge of the Sahara, decided they were fed up with the watermelons. Plagued for years by water shortages, they pointed a finger at the prosperous, export-oriented fruit farms outside the city for hogging their wells. In what became known as the “thirst protests,” people from throughout the region rallied in Zagora to decry the shortages. They were met by police, who cordoned off the city, broke up the crowd, and arrested twenty-three of the demonstrators. “Are we really human beings,” asked one activist, “if we’re being treated this way?”………..
The Walk Free Foundation highlights Morocco's progress in the fight against modern slavery. The country has improved its score, in comparison with previous editions
Morocco is making progress in the fight against modern slavery. According to Walk Free Foundation’s latest report, (an organization that fights against modern slavery and human trafficking), the kingdom is rated «CCC», scoring between 30 and 39.9 points ...
More : https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/67667/report-emphasizes-morocco-s-fight-against.html
Published August 6th, 2018 By Ewelina Lepionko
Chefchaouen, Morocco: it’s all blue. In every direction, there’s just more blue. Dark blue, light blue. Vibrant blue, dull blue. It’s what draws visitors here in the first place……..
Aug 08 , 2018 BY: Doreen Hammond
Last week, my job took me to Morocco. I was one of 17 African journalists visiting some of the facilities of OCP, the largest manufacturer of mineral fertilisers in the world.The visit was sponsored by the company and gave us (journalists) the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with its operations. Morocco has the world’s largest deposits of phosphorus with a phosphate rock deposit of more than 70 per cent of what the world has
(American University in Cairo Press), edited by Martin Rose
In his book Orientalism, Edward Said claimed that Western literary depictions of the Islamic and Near Eastern world suggested an inferior culture fit to be colonized. While there is some truth in his assertion, the larger picture is more complicated. A collection of travelers’ accounts from the 17th through the 20th centuries, A Morocco Anthology shows that for many Westerners, the East represented an ideal of life beyond the stodgy restrictions of the West. Reuters’………..
By Morocco World News - August 22, 2018 By Isabella Wang Rabat
The city of Rabat is a testament of its rich history and sophisticated future: from the ancient Chellah to the new marina, the city’s story is on display.
History beckons in the ecru sandstone of the Roman ruins and the detailed Islamic-patterned tiled walls and ornate metalwork of the ceilings. On the Almohad gate of Bab Oudaia, the intricate carvings and the gravitas of the high arch harken to the 12th century before revealing a labyrinth of charmingly painted white and blue buildings.
ET Bureau Aug 23, 2018
Back on the unchartered list of eager tourists is the ancient site of Volubilis. According to the UNESCO World Heritage List, Volubilis contains essentially Roman vestiges of a fortified municipium built on a commanding site at the foot of the Jebel Zerhoun. Its pillars have graphic illustration of the interface between the Roman and indigenous cultures.
Idris, a descendant of Prophet Mohammad, founded Morocco’s first Islamic dynasty in the late eighth century.
Moulay Driss Zerhoun, Morocco: It’s dubbed the “pilgrimage of the poor” - every summer, tens of thousands of people flood this small central Moroccan town to honour a Sufi saint buried here 12 centuries ago.
Moulay Driss Zerhoun, nestled between two hills covered in olive groves, is where Idriss I, a descendant of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) who founded Morocco’s first Islamic dynasty, was laid to rest in the late eighth century….
By Morocco World News - August 8, 2018 By Alexandra Gritta Rabat
We have all heard of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco—Marrakech, Fez, the Sahara, Casablanca, Tangier, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Essaouira…. But what if you are working or studying abroad in Morocco for a period of months or even years? What are some of the overlooked locations and activities to do in Morocco when you run out of other options?
By Jessica Ufuoma 27 August 2018
Morocco is one of Africa’s not-so-hidden gems. Yearly, the number of visitors to the North African country continues to rise as tourists from all over the world are drawn to its beauty and diversity.
Morocco is every traveller’s dream. From its beautiful landscapes to its vibrant culture and its phenomenal architectural designs, Morocco is worthy of a place on your bucket list.
By Marla Jo Fisher | email@example.com | Orange County Register / August 22, 2018
So I’m planning a trip to Morocco in October, and the reaction I get from people is pretty sharply divided between those who say, “Oh, you lucky duck,” and the others who say, “You’d never catch me going to one of those foreign countries, especially heathen ones where they don’t worship Jesus.”
Two drivers trek 3,000 kilometres across the desert, risking life and limb to deliver a payload against the clock.
Filmmaker: Khalid Zairi
Morocco's key natural resources include phosphates, zinc, manganese and iron ore. The mining industry is important to the national economy and its products highly sought abroad.
By Morocco World News - August 4, 2018 By Mohamed Brahimi
“You have an amazing country” this pretty much sums up the sentiment that is echoed by all students and professors that we have had the fortune to accompany to Morocco under the banner of Glocal Impacts.
August 6, 2018
KAFTAN to add color to your wardrobe; a copy of your best friend’s name written out in Arabic calligraphy; ingredients such as cinnamon powder, figs, and couscous for adventurous meal preparations; and a collection of multicolored plates for use as decorations for the living room wall — for an entire month, taking home or sharing a piece of the Kingdom of the West requires no air fare.
Luxury retailer Rustan’s showcases the culture and handicrafts of Morocco at the special Le Coeur du Moroc (Heart of Morocco) section at the fifth floor of Rustan’s Makati for the entire August.
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