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June 6, 2020

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Moroccan FM Receives US Ambassador Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Morocco received a few grants from the US and protective equipment for lab technicians to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis.

By Safaa Kasraoui - May 29, 2020 Rabat

The US embassy in Rabat said Morocco and the United States continue to strengthen their cooperation despite the COVID-19 crisis. The US embassy tweeted today about a meeting between Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and US Ambassador to Morocco David Fischer. While Moroccan state media have not released information about the meeting, the US embassy said it was about bilateral cooperation. “US-Morocco partnership continues even in these challenging times. Thank you @MarocDiplomatie for hosting this meeting for #AmbFischer and #NasserBourita to discuss the next steps in our cooperation,” the embassy wrote. Morocco and the US maintain strong diplomatic relations. The Trump administration has offered Morocco some financial aid recently to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Earlier this month, the US offered a grant of $5.7 million to Morocco as part of its international COVID-19 support campaign.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304184/moroccan-fm-receives-us-ambassador-amid-covid-19-crisis/
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Minister Launches Music Contest to Make ‘Funky’ Moroccan National Anthem

El Ferdaous shared a guitar version of the Moroccan national anthem on Twitter, asking if there’s anyone who can make “a better one.”

By Taha Mebtoul - Jun 3, 2020 Rabat

Moroccan Minister of Culture Othman El Ferdaous announced a contest for musicians to play a “Funky version” of the Moroccan national anthem on June 1.
El Ferdaous shared a guitar version of Morocco’s national anthem on Twitter, asking if there’s anyone who can make “a better one.” The Ministry of Culture launched the contest on May 31 and will accept submissions until June 5. The first selection will take place on June 6 and 7, while the second selection will depend on public votes. The minister will announce the winners’ names on June 9.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/06/304654/minister-launches-music-contest-to-make-funky-moroccan-national-anthem/
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Startup Accelerator HSEVEN Launches 3 Programs for African Entrepreneurs

HSEVEN is the biggest startup accelerator in Africa and has the capacity to accelerate 200 startups per year.

By Yahia Hatim - May 30, 2020 Rabat

Moroccan startup accelerator HSEVEN, the largest startup accelerator in Africa, has launched three incubation and acceleration programs to help African entrepreneurs build high-impact startups. Programs “Rise-Up,” “Re-Start,” and “Disrupt” aim to accelerate the transformation of the African economy amid the fourth technological and industrial revolution and the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is time for entrepreneurs and startups of Morocco and Africa to transform our economies by focusing on new homegrown solutions in key impactful sectors: SharedEconomy, MedTech, EdTech, AgriTech, GreenTech, inclusive FinTech, and GovTech,” said Amine Al-Hazzaz, founder and CEO of HSEVEN.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304328/startup-accelerator-hseven-launches-3-programs-for-african-entrepreneurs/
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We Must Motivate our Youth by Planting Trees

April 14, 2020 By Said El Bennani

High Atlas Foundation in Morocco is involving all of society’s parts and actors to help establish sustainable development and build a shining future where everyone gets the right support needed. As an example, to fight to show this vision, the HAF team is preparing each group of youth, those who are in the schools, universities, associations, and youth centers… They can change the future of their community and families… But how can this be happening in Morocco?
https://highatlasfoundation.org/we-must-motivate-our-youth-by-planting-trees/
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Drawing Trees: A Participatory Approach to Addressing Challenges.

April 17, 2020  By Katie Bercegeay

The High Atlas Foundation prioritizes participant ownership of the project identification, design, management, and monitoring processes in all of its work in Morocco. It utilizes a plethora of techniques and tools to ensure that its work is conceived of and driven by its beneficiary base, and this in turn contributes to the sustainability of projects. During this time, when most of us who are fortunate enough to have homes are forced or encouraged to stay inside of them, HAF’s team is eager to share with our friends and fans more about our work and how our tools can be applied to your everyday personal and professional lives. After all, we all experience challenges; we all have goals; and we all have a responsibility to make our homes, communities, and the world better places for future generations. We have coordinated among ourselves and are excited to have the opportunity to gather with you in an 8-part Facebook Live broadcast series to commemorate Earth Month and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020. Though, of course, we agree with you: every day is Earth day. Please check out the broadcast schedule at the end of the post.

As a heads up, this post is meant to accompany, and even expand upon the topic of my April 16, 2020 live broadcast, “Drawing Trees: A Participatory Approach to Addressing Challenges.” It is a brief and simple, non-exhaustive introduction to tree diagramming, complete with examples and worksheets for your own home use. Perhaps you’re already familiar with ”tree diagrams” and how they work. Maybe you aren’t. They are incredibly simple tools that can be used to uncover the complexities of real-world issues of any scale. There are several types of tree diagrams, but those that HAF works with most frequently are “Problem Trees” and “Objective Trees” which I’ve nicknamed “Challenge Trees” and “Solution Trees” respectively–it just adds a touch more optimism.
These tools are to be used within communities and with the participation of a diversity of stakeholders–civil society leaders, members of the public, women, local officials, youth, educators, health care workers, entrepreneurs, religious leaders–whoever has a stake in the community, in the challenge at hand, and in a potential project. The more voices, the better, and depending on the issue to be tackled and the number of people in the room, a tree diagramming exercise may take up to several hours.

The gist of the tree-making process is this:

  1. A particular challenge (i.e., problem) is selected to work with from a list of previously identified needs, challenges, and assets.
  2. Using a Challenge Tree diagram, stakeholders identify both a) the impact, or effects, that occur as a result of the challenge and b) the root causes of the problem. In a nutshell, it is essentially a cause-and-effect model.
  3. Using a Solution Tree diagram, stakeholders can reimagine the situation, identifying an overall goal (in place of a challenge), impact or outcomes which occur if that goal is achieved, and solutions or objectives which help the community to achieve the goal in the first place.
  4. The community can look at solutions and identify a preferred plan of intervention, acting on the identified solutions and monitoring for impact as projects are implemented.

Now, this process often takes place on the community level or higher in order to devise strategies for effective action, design projects and programs, craft proposals for funding and partnership, and create monitoring and evaluation plans. Tree diagrams, on a large-scale project level, can serve as one of the first major steps toward developing a logic model – which is essentially a framework which justifies the actions your project takes and how it will make a positive difference in the lives of the people you’re working with…………….
More here: https://highatlasfoundation.org/drawing-trees-a-participatory-approach-to-addressing-challenges/
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Rural Women in the High Atlas Contribute to Climate Change Reduction by Planting Fruits Trees.

April 28, 2020 By Amina El Hajjami HAF Director of Projects

Climate change is one of the major issues that humans face in this day and age. It is a phenomenon that has social, economic, and political impacts. As the progress of a community is directly correlated with the advancement of women and their capability to participate in economic, social and environmental development, women around the world are contributing to  the reduction of climate change and its effects.

Moroccan women play a crucial role in the development of the community on a local and professional level. They support the reduction of climate change, for example, by working in agriculture. The High Atlas Foundation works with two groups of women in Toubkal National Park in the High Atlas Mountains who are engaged in planting organic fruit trees–almond, walnut, olive, and cherry trees– in two separate nurseries.
Working with women in the High Atlas Mountains
Thanks to a project financed by the United Nations Development Program, the High Atlas Foundation facilitated the creation of an organic tree nursery, the implementation of a new well, and the organization of a participatory meeting and training concerning environmental protections with the farmers and the men’s association in the village of Tassa Ouirgane in Al Haouz Province. The project incorporated a crucial gender approach that is both encouraged and supported by the National Coordinator Microfinance Program UNDP-FEM Morocco ...
More here: https://highatlasfoundation.org/rural-women-in-the-high-atlas-contribute-to-climate-change-reduction-by-planting-fruits-trees/
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How Climate Change Affects Rural to Urban Migration in Morocco

Urban populations are increasing as temperatures rise and agricultural productivity becomes more difficult.

By Madelyn Haden - May 30, 2020

In the early 1960s, approximately 35% of Moroccans lived in urban areas. In 2018, this number rose upwards of 60%, and by 2050 the High Commission for Planning (HCP) predicts that the urban population will comprise more than 75% of the nation.  There are multiple reasons for this percentage to continue to grow, including the draw of a more diversified job market, educational opportunities, and family reasons, but one of the biggest, and often most invisible reasons is the effects of climate change on rural livelihoods.  In rural areas of Morocco, more than 40% of the population depends on agriculture to make a living. As the 4th Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has classified Morocco as “very vulnerable” to climate change, the dangers of hotter summers with less freshwater are becoming a reality for communities that depend on fertile land…………….
More here:https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304310/how-climate-change-affects-rural-to-urban-migration-in-morocco/
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Rachid Yazami Invents Method to Detect Battery Short Circuits, Save Lives

The invention could detect short circuits at an early stage, which will allow users to avoid explosions or fire.

By Safaa Kasraoui - Jun 1, 2020 Rabat

Moroccan inventor Rachid Yazami is sharing with the world one of his recent inventions, a way to facilitate early detection of short circuits in batteries, that could save the lives of many. The invention is a method that the Moroccan scientist developed to detect the early stages of short circuits inside phone batteries and other device batteries to avoid explosions and fire. In an interview with Morocco World News, Yazami emphasized that the battery field still has no “reliable methods to detect early stages of short circuit inside the battery.” This inspired his invention…………………….
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/06/304491/rachid-yazami-invents-method-to-detect-battery-short-circuits-save-lives/
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WHO: ‘World No Tobacco Day’ and the Prevalence of Smoking in Morocco

Each year, eight million people die due to tobacco-related illnesses, making it one of the world’s leading causes of death.

By Kristen Gianaris - May 31, 2020 Rabat

Since 1987, the World Health Organization (WHO) has marked May 31 as “World No Tobacco Day,” an opportunity to educate people about the damaging effects of tobacco and industry’s techniques to reel people into the hazardous addiction. Morocco is one of many countries worldwide joining the campaign for an end to tobacco use.  The designated day serves to draw global attention to the health hazards caused by tobacco and the number of preventable deaths it causes. Each year, eight million people die due to tobacco-related illnesses, making it one of the world’s leading causes of death.  According to a 2017-2018 survey from Morocco’s Ministry of Health, which sampled 5,429 people, at least 13.4% of the Moroccan population uses some form of tobacco. The number of men using tobacco is significantly higher than women, who account for only 2% of users within the country. 
More here:https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304426/who-world-no-tobacco-day-and-the-prevalence-of-smoking-in-morocco/
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Morocco to Air Inclusive Classes in Sign Language

The solidarity ministry said the initiative seeks to give equal rights to all students amid the COVID-19 crisis.

By Safaa Kasraoui - May 28, 2020 Rabat

The Ministry of Solidarity and Social Development announced on May 27 the launch of a series of classes designed for people with special needs. The ministry will broadcast the classes at the www.covid19.social.gov.ma/handicap website, developed to support people with special needs and their families. A statement from the ministry said that the initiative aims to contribute to supporting the community mobilization efforts, according to King Mohammed VI instructions. The initiative seeks to provide a follow up to a set of educational resources, including videos of classes translated into sign language. The classes include educational and psychological support from professionals, including physiotherapy guidelines for people with cerebral palsy. The initiative also includes classes for children with learning difficulties to help them acquire basic skills and abilities to learn. The classes will also include know-how sessions for parents to help them understand and use a range of means to tackle situations with children suffering from autism……………..
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304027/morocco-to-air-inclusive-classes-in-sign-language/
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Chaibia Talal, Morocco’s Most Famed 20th Century Painter

Married and widowed with a child by the age of 15, Chaibia Talal is the only Moroccan painter listed in the stock market.

By Kristen Gianaris - May 30, 2020

Chaibia’s door was open and candles lit up the entrance, lining the way to the garden under the night sky. Dressed in white, strange men entered her room and offered her paintbrushes and a canvas, explaining that their offerings were the tools that would color her future. Chaibia Talal was in her 30s when she awoke from the dream of strangers greeting her with art materials and inspiring her to paint. It was this dream that would change her life and lead her toward becoming an internationally renowned painter.  The artist, whose colorful and abstract works have been likened to those of Pablo Picasso and the CoBrA artists of Northern Europe, is considered one of the greatest Moroccan painters of the 20th century. Chaibia’s unique style depicting women through vibrant displays of color and flowing lines eventually established her as one of Morocco’s most well-known and respected artists.
More here:https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/303882/chaibia-talal-moroccos-most-famed-20th-century-painter/=============================

American Scholar Underscores Islam’s Innate Anti-Racism Amid US Unrest

The American scholar has been promoting the ethics of Islam by bringing vivid examples from Prophet Muhammad’s accounts and the Quran.

By Safaa Kasraoui - June 1, 2020 Rabat

The teachings of Islam have throughout the years inspired American scholar Craig Considine, who shared with his social media followers how the religion and its ethics condemn racism and racial discrimination. On May 31, the scholar took an extract from Malcolm Little, better known as Malcolm  X, an American civil rights activist and minister who invited his countrymen to better understand Islam. Considine shared a saying from Malcolm X’s writings during his visit to Mecca in 1964, reading: “America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.”
Considine said the black Muslim activist was encouraging Americans to consider the “farewell sermon of Prophet Muhammad” on racial equality…………………
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/06/304465/american-scholar-underscores-islams-innate-anti-racism-amid-us-unrest/
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Morocco Loses $2 Billion in 4 Months Amid 20% Drop in Exports

With the exception of Morocco’s stable phosphates sales, the country’s major export sectors have suffered the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Morgan Hekking - May 31, 2020 Rabat

Morocco witnessed a 19.7% drop in exports between January and April of this year, constituting a MAD 20 billion ($2 billion) loss, according to the Exchange Office’s latest foreign trade statistics. In April alone, exports dropped by 47.2% — a MAD 12 billion ($1.2 billion) loss — while imports contracted by 33%, or MAD -15 billion (-$1.5 billion).  The trade deficit narrowed by MAD 1.3 billion ($133 million) to reach MAD 66.25 billion ($6.9 billion), only a 1.9% change but significant given the general losses in travel receipts, remittances from Moroccans residing abroad (MREs), and foreign direct investment (FDI)……………………
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304431/morocco-loses-2-billion-in-4-months-amid-20-drop-in-exports/
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The Idea of the New University in a Post-COVID-19 World

Pandemic-induced changes in university operations are the prelude to a new era in the history of higher education.

By Jamal Eddine Benhayoun - Dr Jamal Eddine Benhayoun, Head of Department, Full Professor of comparative cultural studies and English literature. May 30, 2020

Universities have long stood as privileged and well-protected sites serving the creation, structuration, and dissemination of knowledge, both theoretical and practical. The complex but relatively short history of the modern university allows us, however, to track a course of intellectual endeavour characterized by recurrent resilience, ingenuity, and innovation. 

The best performing universities worldwide have always been those that managed to secure the continued backing of both state and society to such extent that the idea of the modern university has become congenial to the narratives of national unity, identity, and intellectual supremacy. The Imperial College London, Oxford, Stanford, Yale, the Sorbonne, to name but some, are all regarded as emblematic universities and iconic representations of the vitality, strength, and creativity of the societies to which they belong and in which they continue to function and evolve. 

Universities have impeccably adapted themselves to the upheavals of history and survived global wars, genocides, and periods of political strife and ideological discord. As such, most international universities revel in their discourse of tradition and continuity and in their capacity to preserve, create, appropriate, and disseminate knowledge. But all major and historic universities have lamentably opted for slow-paced change and transformation…………….
Follow it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304304/the-idea-of-the-new-university-in-a-post-covid-19-world/
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How Will COVID-19 Shape the Future of the Arab Region?

Forcing MENA countries to address threats from exacerbated youth unemployment to food insecurity, the crisis is underscoring the importance of solidarity and regional cooperation.

By Anis Ben Brik - Dr. Jun 3, 2020

Beyond the devastating human consequences of a pandemic that has swept across the Middle East and North Africa, COVID-19 is causing significant social and economic turmoil in the region, driven in particular by a drop in domestic and external demand, reduction in trade, disruption of production, falling consumer confidence, and tightening of financial conditions. According to the World Bank, the economic shock is expected to aggravate unemployment and poverty in the Arab region. Initial estimates show that the region could lose approximately $42 billion in income this year because of the pandemic. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) estimates that the economic slowdown will drive an additional 8.3 million people in the region past the poverty line ...
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/06/304599/how-will-covid-19-shape-the-future-of-the-arab-region/
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100% Moroccan COVID-19 Diagnostic Kit Earns International Approval.

Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces, the Royal Gendarmerie, and the Pasteur Institute in Paris have tested and validated the kit.

By Morgan Hekking - Jun 1, 2020 Rabat

The Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation, and Research (MAScIR), a research and development institution based in Rabat, has created the first 100% Moroccan-designed COVID-19 diagnostic kit and secured its international verification. Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR), the Royal Gendarmerie, and the Pasteur Institute in Paris have tested and validated the kit.  MAScIR has 10 years of experience in the development of molecular diagnostic kits and launched an operation to develop an RT-PCR diagnostic test for the novel coronavirus pathogen at the beginning of the pandemic, a press release from the foundation said on May 31.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/06/304499/100-moroccan-covid-19-diagnostic-kit-earns-international-approval/==============================================================

COVID-19 Can Propel Reform of Morocco’s Cultural Creative Industries

Since March 14, Morocco’s cultural and creative sectors have lost 100,000 jobs and approximately 1,100 companies have experienced a 70% drop in turnover.

By Morgan Hekking - May 31, 2020 Rabat

The Federation of Cultural and Creative Industries (FICC) argues that the COVID-19 crisis presents an unprecedented opportunity to reform cultural and creative industries in Morocco. In a press release, the FICC said reform is possible through Morocco’s adoption of two strategic axes. The first axis is based on a social approach aimed at young people to facilitate access to cultural and social living spaces. The approach seeks to stimulate the creative potential of young people and promote their development, according to the press release. ……………………..
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304399/covid-19-can-propel-reform-of-moroccos-cultural-creative-industries/
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How to Become a Minimalist and Why it Will Benefit Your Life

Minimalism means being able to prioritize what matters most and eliminate the things that do not. The ability to declutter is crucial for a healthier more organized life.
By Jihad Dardar - May 31, 2020

Minimalism rapidly became a lifestyle and a trend amongst millennials, its benefits including a change in the way we live and treat those around us, how we perceive media, and what we do to enrich our lives while focusing on our passions. The lifestyle is based on discarding all useless, unnecessary possessions, from old clothes to jewelry, to extra furniture. It means being able to exercise full control over deciding what adds value to our lives. Minimalists believe that possessions have become great distractions in our lives, while our society takes pride in the accumulation of “stuff.” We attach overinflated value to the objects we own, and we tend to give too much meaning to our possessions…
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304224/how-to-become-a-minimalist-and-why-it-will-benefit-your-life/
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Video & Photo Story: Riding Dunes in Morocco with Olly Wilkins

May 30, 2020 by Focus Bikes  

When I received my newest Focus Sam I fell in love with the colour instantly and could only think of one thing. I had always wondered whether it would be possible to ride the steep-sided dunes I had seen on nature documentaries. The Sahara seemed a far fetched prospect. Certainly not a good one for riding purposes. The SAM was a sign though! I had to do it. I called up my friends Roo and Ben and we booked our flights. Olly Wilkins
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/518247316/9e_bUIe8IFEdApTb?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article==============================================================

Six Natural Moroccan Beauty Secrets to Enhance Your Self-Care Rituals

For centuries Moroccan women have turned to natural ingredients to achieve their seemingly effortless beauty and radiant complexion.
By Jihad Dardar - May 31, 2020

Moroccans have long used natural products to purify and beautify. Traditional beauty secrets include ingredients ranging from essential oils to native plants.
Morocco is a land of diverse nature and beauty. It offers “wanderlust” landscapes from historical to modern, colorful cities and a shimmering sea that hugs its coast from Tangier in the North to Guererat in the South. Magnificent mountains stretching throughout the country and cascading waterfalls will bring you comfort and peace, not to mention the golden colors of Moroccan desert sands. Morocco’s charm and warmth do not stop at its landscapes and natural wonders. It extends to the Moroccan people and their own unique perspective on beauty…………………….
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304227/six-natural-moroccan-beauty-secrets-to-enhance-your-self-care-rituals/
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More Than 5 Million Moroccans to Benefit from Health Insurance

The project is set to issue decrees 98.15 for health insurance and 99.15 for pensions, which will apply to 90% of independent workers.

By Taha Mebtoul - Jun 2, 2020 Rabat

Moroccan Minister of Labor Mohamed Amekraz announced Tuesday that Morocco is in the process of implementing a project to provide health insurance and pension coverage for independent workers. The minister’s declaration took place before the Finance Committee at the House of Representatives on June 2.
Amekraz declared that the program targets more than five million independent workers, and will bring the total number of health insurance and pension system beneficiaries in Morocco to 11 million citizens, which translates to 64% of the population.https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/06/304644/more-than-5-million-moroccans-to-benefit-from-health-insurance/
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Morocco Invests $36 Million to Assist Farmers Affected By Drought

The winter season’s drought continues to adversely impact Moroccan farmers, whose livelihoods depend on sufficient rainfall.

By Safaa Kasraoui - Jun 2, 2020 Rabat

The Moroccan Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch said Tuesday that his department allocated MAD 350 million ($35.89 million) to assist farmers affected by the lack of rainfall during the agricultural season. During a session of the House of Representatives on June 1, Akhannouch said the Ministry of Agriculture launched the initiative to assist Moroccan farmers on an “exceptional basis” after having assessed the effects of drought since March 14. The Mutual Moroccan Agricultural Insurance Company (MAMDA) helped the ministry assess the drought-affected areas.https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/06/304551/morocco-invests-36-million-to-assist-farmers-affected-by-drought/=============================

Hope Growing in the Cradle of Diaspora

May 28, 2020 By Nicolas Pantelick

Meandering through the dusty foothills of the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, I played an earnest game of speculation. I knew of my destination, its history and constitution, but had yet to see it or feel the restless potential it encapsulated. The gentle hum of the engine, propelling me past the road’s serpentine bends, coalesced my frenetic thoughts, slowly reconciling my uncertainty for what was to come.Just after midday, I reached the millennia-old mausoleum of the venerated Hebrew saint – or tsaddik –, Rabbi David-Ou-Moché, one-hour northwest of Ouarzazate, the Gateway to the Sahara. Through brilliant sunlight, my eyes traced the alluring white silhouettes of buildings standing starkly against their earthen decor. It was these very same edifices that had imbued themselves into the mind of Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir – the President of the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) – more than a quarter-century ago. This sacred Jewish burial site, one of over 600 within the Kingdom, emanates reverence. It is a vestige of the once half a million strong Jewish population that had called the region home for two thousand years, and, in its persistence, a testament to Morocco’s unshakable multicultural ethos. Today, this holy place also serves as a paradigm for the future. It is home to the High Atlas Foundation’s House of Life project, and, subsequently, one of only two intercultural tree nurseries in Morocco.
https://highatlasfoundation.org/hope-growing-in-the-cradle-of-diaspora/
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Unfogging the Facts: Who is the Real Victim in the Raissouni Case?

Moroccan police arrested outspoken journalist Soulaiman Raissouni May 22 after gay rights activist Adam Mohamed accused him of rape.

By Madeleine Handaji - Jun 3, 2020 Rabat

Since the May 22 arrest of high-profile Moroccan journalist Soulaiman Raissouni for the violent sexual assault of LGBTQ activist Adam Mohamed in 2018, free-speech groups, far-left associations, and LGBTQ NGOs, to name a few, have entered a public debate, aiming to align the case with their own agendas. As the case grows ever murkier, it is becoming more difficult to ascertain who is the victim in this case: Raissouni or Mohamed? The answer, however, is simple. 
The victim, until proven otherwise through a fair and public trial, is Adam Mohamed. Attempted rape, regardless of the identity of the alleged perpetrator, is attempted rape. Attempted rape, regardless of the sexual orientation or the gender of the victim, remains attempted rape. And, regardless of the profession or status of the perpetrator, the assault must be investigated and treated as any other allegation of sexual assault would be in any other democratic country. 
Why, then, are international rights groups seemingly so keen to dismiss Mohamed’s allegations as a means to silence journalist Raissouni? Why are international rights groups shining the spotlight on the Raissouni case as civil rights marches break out across the US? And why, amid calls from LGBTQ NGOs for solidarity with Mohamed, do human rights NGOs insist on dismissing the victim’s claims and advocating for the alleged perpetrator? ……….
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/06/304743/unfogging-the-facts-who-is-the-real-victim-in-the-raissouni-case/=============================

 

Restoration of Rabat’s Medina Achieved ‘the Moroccan Method’

Rabat

“Stroll with me and I’ll present you the place I grew up as somewhat boy,” a resident who wished to stay nameless mentioned to me as he led me by way of the streets of the outdated medina (walled metropolis) in Rabat. He pointed to a building employee fastidiously restoring the cement on an archway above us. The resident advised me that this sort of structure is delicate and wishes frequent restoration. “That’s the true Moroccan method.” It looks like the definition of “restoration” is completely different between the residents of Rabat and those who’ve taken the freedom to revive their houses themselves.

UNESCO, the United Nations Academic, Scientific, and Cultural Group, is cooperating with the Moroccan Division of Cultural Heritage within the restoration and preservation of town of Rabat, named a UNESCO world heritage web site in 2011.  A director from the Division of Cultural Heritage advised Morocco World Information the outdated medina must be restored as a result of some houses are “precarious,” and the medina secures “cash circulate by way of non-public companies.”  UNESCO and the division purpose to protect Rabat’s authenticity. Nonetheless, the director mentioned that there are legal guidelines that classify historic buildings as historic.  One legislation offers the federal government the fitting to protect any constructing labeled as “historic” and inform employees restore it to keep away from any building that may harm that constructing. ……………….
More here: https://www.moroccanplaza.com/morocco-destination/restoration-of-rabats-medina-achieved-the-moroccan-method.html
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Cooking for the Lazy: Dalgona Coffee and Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed.

There are many ways to say “I love you,” but saying it with food is the tastiest.

By Asmae Habchaoui - Asmae Habchaoui is a PR & Media professional with a Masters in Management & Finance. May 30, 2020

With Ramadan now over and Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, it is the perfect time to dive right back into your breakfast routine with a nice twist to your morning coffee. Celebrate your mom’s enduring love on May 31 with a dalgona coffee and breakfast in bed. With origins in the Korean street food scene, dalgona coffee is a sweet treat for coffee lovers of all ages. The coffee does not actually contain any dalgona (honeycomb toffee), but derives its name from the visual resemblance.  You also do not want your mom to drink coffee on an empty stomach, so you will serve the coffee with a poached egg and an orange and cinnamon salad.   I am sharing the recipe for the coffee and the accompanying breakfast because it ticks all boxes for “lazy cooks.” If this is your first time reading the series, the rules are: Only use a couple of ingredients, Look like you made more of an effort than you truly did, and do not be a stickler for details ...
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304210/cooking-for-the-lazy-dalgona-coffee-and-mothers-day-breakfast-in-bed/
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How to Cook Like a Moroccan Mum: Roast Sea Bass with Peppers

Roasted sea bass smothered in delicious Moroccan spices and baked with lemon, peppers, and potatoes is the perfect summer lunch.

By Madeleine Handaji - May 30, 2020

In an attempt to recreate the taste of home over the weekend of Eid al Fitr, I had to learn to cook roast sea bass with mixed peppers like a Moroccan.
It all started because of a craving. What do you miss most when you are away from home?  Usually, when I am in Morocco with my husband and son, I crave English tea and cheddar cheese. When my parents and friends visit, I make sure to always request a large box of Yorkshire tea bags and then try my hardest to eke out the bounty for as long as possible, using each tea bag for two mugs and slicing the cheese so thinly I nearly cut myself.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/05/304036/how-to-cook-like-a-moroccan-mum-roast-sea-bass-with-peppers/
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Battling the Banana Bread Pandemic With an Allergy-Proof Muffin

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By no means thoughts the apparent, and far more severe, impacts of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, social media customers internationally at the moment are having to take care of one thing extra insidious and extra scrumptious: A banana bread pandemic. From Munich to Morocco, banana bread is infiltrating the lives of thousands and thousands of home-bound bakers. The flood of flourless, eggless, vegan, gluten-free, sustainable, inedible variants of the delicacy is not possible to disregard. How might I not settle for the problem? Sadly for me, banana bread baking is a way more difficult and harmful exercise than it seems on Instagram. Confronted with a one-year-old who can not eat eggs, a sister with a gluten allergy, and a brother-in-law whom an almond flake might kill, the banana bread state of affairs simply bought severe.  For weeks, between nappy altering, battles with edible paint, and making an attempt to lastly end that episode on Netflix, I attempted, and failed, to search out the answer to my predicament. Numerous bananas, quite a few baggage of gluten-free flour, and several other bottles of washing up liquid all needed to be sacrificed to the trigger. ………………….
Check it here: https://www.moroccanplaza.com/morocco-food/battling-the-banana-bread-pandemic-with-an-allergy-proof-muffin.html=============================

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