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January 9 2021

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ICESCO Launches First Leadership Incubator Unit for Youth in Rabat

The initiative aims to cultivate young people and equip them with basic skills to secure their professional future.

By  Sanae Alouazen  - Jan 5, 2021 Rabat

The Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) has launched its first leadership incubator unit at its headquarters in Rabat. The initiative aims to equip young people in the countries of the Islamic world with the future leadership skills needed in the fields of education, science, and culture. 
The first incubator will focus on leadership skills for the future business world and will be followed by technology-oriented incubators. “Through this platform, ICESCO will provide specialized training services in the institutional development of entrepreneurs and innovators,” explained a December 31 statement from the organization. …………….
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330808/icesco-launches-first-leadership-incubator-unit-for-youth-in-rabat/
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US Touts Cooperation With Morocco to Ensure Regional Peace

Ambassador David Fischer and the president of Morocco’s national museums discussed holding a Moroccan exhibition in the US.

By Safaa Kasraoui - Jan 6, 2021 Rabat

US Ambassador to Morocco David Fischer said the recent developments in the US-Morocco relations are the “ideal way” to boost regional peace and prosperity.
Fischer told Morocco’s state media that both Morocco and the US have been clear about their beliefs when it  comes to preserving stability and peace in the MENA. Speaking of his country’s decision to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Wesern Sahara, the ambassador said he is proud of the move. As far as Fisher is concerned, the US western Sahara decision is part of a broader agenda of promoting prosperity and peace-building in the MENA region. The US recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara on December 10.
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/331160/us-touts-cooperation-with-morocco-to-ensure-regional-peace/
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Prosper Africa: Morocco to Become America’s Gateway to Africa

By  Toms Dumpis  - Jan 4, 2021 Agadir

As part of the new Trade and Investment Program under its Prosper Africa initiative, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is set to designate Morocco as an economic hub.  Under the programme, North and sub-Saharan Africa will receive up to $500 million in funding, over the period of five years. The aim is to provide services such as business development, investment-facilitation, as well as support for improved legal and regulatory frameworks.
Using Morocco as a centralised economic hub, USAID looks to create thousands of new jobs, as well as manage billions of dollars in exports and investments. According to the US government, the overarching goal is to strengthen strategic ties and expand trade between the US, Morocco, as well as other countries across North Africa…
Continues it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330512/prosper-africa-morocco-to-become-americas-gateway-to-africa/=====================================================

US, Morocco, Israel: A New Deal, An Uncertain Future

The US has brokered a “historic” deal between Morocco and Israel. But what stance will President-elect Joe Biden take, and what will become of the deal come January

By  Toms Dumpis  - Dec 29, 2020

On December 22, Morocco and Israel officialized their much-commented agreement to establish diplomatic relations. Adding to the significance of the occasion was that the official declaration followed the first commercial flight between the two countries. For US President Donald Trump, diplomatic rapprochement between Morocco and Israel was a giant step for his Middle East “Peace Plan.”………………..
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/12/330074/us-morocco-israel-a-new-deal-an-uncertain-future/
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The Centuries-Old Moroccan-American Relationship

by Youssef El Kaidi | Jan 3, 2021

Dating back to the dawn of American independence, Moroccan-American relations are among the strongest, richest, and most diverse relations binding two different nations together for hundreds of years. Despite the volatility of the international political scene in the modern era, these relations have remained stable, giving a stunning example of solid bilateral cooperation.

The Moorish empire — shrunk through different historical processes to what is known today as Morocco — was the leading power in North Africa and a major player on the international scene for centuries. Its territory once stretched over the Maghreb and the Iberian Peninsula into France, especially during the reign of the Almoravids dynasty in the 11th century. Its political influence on the world was enormous not only because of its powerful army and control over the sea, but also because of its strategic location at the crossroads between Africa, Europe, America, and Asia……………..More here: https://insidearabia.com/the-centuries-old-moroccan-american-relationship/
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Eleven Significant Achievements by Moroccans in 2020

The year 2020 was a challenging year for people all around the world, but Moroccans didn’t fail to impress.

By Wissal Dardar - Jan 1, 2021

Year after year, Moroccans put their name on the map with globally recognized achievements, ranging in 2020 from an artificial intelligence award to cross-country race and surfing competition wins to literary prizes and space sciences awards.  The historic year of 2020 has presented many surprises and challenges, from natural disasters to a worldwide pandemic. However, 2020 also presented an opportunity to celebrate and congratulate Moroccans who managed to overcome every challenge and secure notable achievements in these hard times. Following are 11 significant achievements Moroccans across the globe made in 2020…
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330274/11-significant-achievements-by-moroccans-in-2020/
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2020 Highlights of Political Events in the Middle East and North Africa

by Sami Hamdi | Dec 31, 2020

2020 has been an eventful year for the Middle East and North Africa. As conflicting geopolitical interests and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to raise concerns, a look at the year’s notable political moves gives an idea of what the regional climate may be like going forward.
More here: https://insidearabia.com/2020-highlights-of-political-events-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa/=====================================================

INDH Carried Out 183 Youth Empowerment Projects in Beni Mellal Province

The projects aimed to boost the human capital of young Moroccans, as well as improving income and the economic integration of the youth…..

By  Jihad Dardar - Jan 7, 2021
Morocco’s National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) carried out some 183 projects in the province of Beni Mellal between 2019-2020. The projects were approved by the Beni Mellal provincial INDH commission with an investment of approximately 240 MAD million (over $ 27 million)
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/331211/indh-carried-out-183-youth-empowerment-projects-in-beni-mellal-province/
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Women's Economic Empowerment: US-Morocco Partnership Discussed in Rabat

Rabat

Partnership between the United States and local Moroccan organizations in terms of women's economic empowerment was the focus of a round table held Thursday in Rabat. The meeting is part of the December 22, 2020, announcement by the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) of the launch of the 2X MENA Initiative, which will catalyze $1 billion of investments in projects that will further promote women's economic empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)……
Check it here: http://www.mapnews.ma/en/actualites/social/womens-economic-empowerment-us-morocco-partnership-discussed-rabat
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Moroccan Cuisine: Nine Must-Visit Restaurants in Rabat

There is nothing like food tourism to turn any visit from good to great.

By Wissal Dardar  - Jan 2, 2021

Locals and tourists alike know 

Rabat, Morocco’s capital, not only for the landmarks and beautiful architecture that earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status, but also for its excellent restaurants. Rabat is the kingdom’s seventh-largest city, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Bouregreg River. Beyond its famous views and sites, however, many appreciate Rabat for its foodie scene that attracts visitors from all around the world. A combination of different ancient cultures and nations influenced Moroccan cuisine over the centuries, a mix of Amazigh (Berber), Andalusian, French, Spanish, and sub-Saharan tastes……
Follow it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330420/moroccan-cuisine-nine-must-visit-restaurants-in-rabat/
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US Accreditation Agency Commends Morocco’s Al Akhawayn University

The consecration coincides with the 25th anniversary of Al Akhawayn university.

By  Sanae Alouazen  - Jan 5, 2021 Rabat

The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a US accrediting commission that provides institutional evaluation of higher education institutions, has praised the work of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI).  In its latest report, the agency described AUI as “an academic institution recognized internationally for its practices that address the challenges of higher education in the 21st century.” Al Akhawayn University, the report added, “could now aspire to a new phase of excellence.”  As part of its strategic plan 2020-2025, Al Akhawayn is currently deploying new courses focused on technology and digital skills. These include programs in artificial intelligence and robotics, digital transformation, Big Data analysis, and technologies for the financial sector (Fintechs)……
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330804/us-accreditation-agency-commends-moroccos-al-akhawayn-university/
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Morocco’s CNDH Campaigns for Women With Disabilities’ Rights

The initiative comes in response to a recommendation from the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

By  Zakaria Elaraj  - Jan 1, 2021 Rabat

Morocco’s National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) launched on Wednesday a digital campaign in an effort to stop discrimination against women and girls with disabilities. The initiative also aims to promote the rights of people living with disabilities and raise awareness on respecting the rights of women and girls with disabilities, according to a Council press release. CNDH initiated the campaign for social media users since social networks reach large segments of society. 
Living with a disability adds to the existing challenging situation of women in Morocco, said CNDH President Amna Bouayach in the Council’s statement…
Read it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330408/moroccos-cndh-campaigns-for-women-with-disabilities-rights/
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Improve Rural Moroccan Schools: Sami's Project

by High Atlas Foundation
Sami's Project will plant 5,000 fruit and nut trees with young children in 96 participating Moroccan schools and villages. HAF's staff along with local teachers and community leaders will discuss with students the social and environmental benefits of tree planting, raising awareness of their value. By providing environmental skills and knowledge to rural school children, they are empowered to protect their local environment and improve their livelihoods……………..
Watch the video here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/fruit-trees-for-moroccan-school-kids-sami-project/
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USAID Farmer-To-Farmer Local Volunteer Developing Local Capacities

HAF USAID Farmer-to-Farmer team and F2F local volunteer meeting with Ms. Hind, the head of public relations for the Mejji Argan Women’s Cooperative, Essaouira province – Meiji rural commune Dec 17, 2020

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) continues promoting sustainable economic growth, food security, and agricultural development in Morocco through the USAID Farmer-To-Farmer (F2F) program. The F2F team developed an assignment that seeks to build and improve the web presence of two cooperatives (Mogador and Mejji) in the Essaouira province to increase the value of their production. Similarly, the assignment aims to develop online stores that will allow these two cooperatives to sell more of their Argan-based products on the internet, develop their marketing exposure, build the capacity of their staff to maintain their respective websites, and, therefore, increase the income of these two cooperatives and their members…
Read it here: https://highatlasfoundation.org/usaid-farmer-to-farmer-local-volunteer-developing-local-capacities/?fbclid=IwAR34JIRObA4giYCWPhLxzvAmt3xPtYuct8MuJAyb3euwt7pVEfN1rQVnxfM
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Minister: Morocco’s Recovery Should Include Cultural Digitalization

By Zakaria Elaraj - Jan 7, 2021

Morocco’s Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports Othman El Ferdaous on Wednesday said that cultural digitalization will be an important part of the country’s post-COVID-19 recovery. His assertion came in a statement on his official Facebook account, where he summarized some measures of Morocco’s Economic Monitoring Committee (CVE). Morocco created the committee in March 2020 to help mitigate the socio-economic repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis.
After the 11th committee meeting, which took place on Wednesday, El Ferdaous noted that the COVID-19-driven economic crisis has proven “difficult” for some workers and businesses…
More here: https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/534199284/QdFgSb2KTgCd9IJF?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 =====================================================

Casablanca’s Franklin Roosevelt Starbucks Among World’s ‘Most Beautiful’

The Franklin Roosevelt Villa Starbucks in Casablanca is one of the nine most beautiful Starbucks coffee shops out of the 30,000 around the world.

By Jihad Dardar - Jan 7, 2021 Rabat

The app “Revue” has ranked Starbucks in Franklin Roosevelt Villa in Casablanca, Morocco, amongst the nine most beautiful Starbucks in the world. Revue is a social media app that provides a user-friendly platform for users to review, rate, and comment on any content, conversation, or trending topic. The app contains a variety of categories from travel to food to gadgets. In a recent article, Revue highlighted the nine most beautiful Starbucks around the world based on great customer service and a unique environment that offers visitors a “one-of-a-kind experience.” Starbucks is the largest American multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery reserves and has nine locations across Morocco. Many consider the brand the United States’ second wave of coffee culture……………
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/331250/casablancas-franklin-roosevelt-starbucks-among-worlds-most-beautiful/
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Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture Launches Green Start-up Competition

The 20 projects selected by the jury will benefit from technical and financial support from the "Green Jobs" project over a period of 3 to 12 months.

By  Sanae Alouazen  - Jan 6, 2021 Rabat

Morocco’s Ministry Of Agriculture has launched the national Green Start-up competition and set February 28, 2021, as the deadline for the submission of applications. Green Start-up is aimed at young entrepreneurs, aged 18 to 35 years, who work on developing green projects. The eligible projects must address issues related to the conservation and development of natural resources, as well as contribute to sustainable development in rural and mountain areas of 4 regions: Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Fez-Meknes, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, and Beni Mellal-Khenifra……………..
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/331133/moroccos-ministry-of-agriculture-launches-green-start-up-competition/
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Morocco Launches 13th Hassan II Prize for Environment

By Yahia Hatim - Jan 4, 2021

Morocco’s Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Environment has launched the 13th Hassan II Prize for the Environment. The national award seeks to encourage initiatives and actions that aim to protect the environment and promote sustainable development. The Hassan II Prize for the Environment includes six separate awards, including three with cash prizes. The scientific and technical research award concerns all innovation or research projects that promote the efficient use of natural resources, environmental protection, and sustainable development……………
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330538/morocco-launches-13th-hassan-ii-prize-for-environment/
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Morocco’s Jarjeer Refuge: Where Donkeys and Mules Go to Retire

After a life of toil and labor, the Jarjeer refuge provides a sanctuary where these animals can finally live the twilight years of their life with dignity.

By Wissal Dardar - Dec 19, 2020

The history of the Jarjeer Mule and Donkey Refuge. Susan Machin and her husband Charles Hantom were both lawyers in the United Kingdom. After retiring, they decided to move to Morocco. “We resolved to come and live in Morocco as we had a connection with the kingdom going back several decades,” Susan Machin said in an interview with Morocco World News.  After purchasing a villa 24 kilometers south of Marrakech, the couple moved to Morocco in 2010. During their stay, they often visited the Society for the Protection of Animals in North Africa (SPANA), where a veterinarian eventually suggested the couple adopt a young orphan donkey called Tommy.  The vet had used the young donkey as a teaching aid in classes. However, when Tommy reached adolescence he started showing violent behavior towards children……
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-47004271
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Moroccan Western Sahara: A Dagger in Morocco’s Back

by Youssef El Kaidi | Oct 24, 2020

One of the longest unresolved territorial conflicts in the world, the Western Sahara artificial issue continues to delay the geopolitical unity of the countries of the Maghreb and hinder the development of the region. There’s still no light at the end of the tunnel yet. …
Check it  here: https://insidearabia.com/moroccan-western-sahara-a-dagger-in-moroccos-back/
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Morocco Resumes Israel Ties for US Recognition of Western Sahara Rule

by Inside Arabia | Dec 29, 2020

Morocco’s decision to establish diplomatic relations with Israel has been met with both jubilation and dismay in different quarters. At the same time, Washington’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara threatens to escalate a decades-old conflict into all-out war……
More here: https://insidearabia.com/morocco-resumes-israel-ties-for-us-recognition-of-western-sahara-rule/
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The Arab Uprisings a Decade On: Dashed Optimism and Lessons Learned

by Ibrahim Moiz | Dec 30, 2020

The Middle Eastern uprisings of the 2010s promised great hope and change in state-society relations. But the interference of foreign powers, insufficient organization within the uprisings, and an unhelpful international climate have enabled many states to reassert their power over society. If ever proof was needed that historical convulsions can have modest beginnings, the 2010s in the Arab-majority region of the Middle East and North Africa is it. Ten years ago, the suicide of a despairing street vendor in Tunisia sent into motion a series of uprisings that shook the region, as states faced an unprecedented challenge from their societies. The consequences, contexts, and results of these uprisings varied enormously, ranging from genuine political transformation to civil war to proxy struggles and state reentrenchment.

Their simultaneity, however, tempted observers to characterize them in sweeping terms – as either an uplifting tale of democratic transformation or a deadly case of political destabilization. As the decade comes to an end, it offers an opportunity to review the tumultuous 2010s and attempt to draw their lessons.
The uprisings and the conflicts that ensued provided rich material for competing metanarratives. These were bound by the idea of the “Arab street,” a historically prevalent caricature that serves to essentialize and exoticize public opinion among Arabs as a great monolith. Supporters viewed the uprisings as a technology-driven liberation of this Arab street against repressive regimes; critics saw such regimes as necessary to stifle the same Arab street, which they perceived as dangerously prone to radicalism – a view shaped by years of security-focused perceptions of Islam as an inherently dangerous faith…………….
Check it here: https://insidearabia.com/the-arab-uprisings-a-decade-on-dashed-optimism-and-lessons-learned/
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EU Undermines Democratic Ideals by Aiding Online Disinformation in North Africa

by CJ Werleman | Dec 28, 2020

European Union and EU member states are helping undermine democracy and stability in North African countries Algeria and Morocco by training police and security forces to spread disinformation and government propaganda. In its charter, the European Union (EU) declares its unambiguous support to democracy and peace in the world, stating that it aims to pursue this commitment with all its external actions in areas such as “trade, development, enlargement and neighborhood policies, its common foreign and security policy, and political and diplomatic relations with third countries and multilateral institutions.”
A noble undertaking no doubt, one that has helped maintain democracy and the longest period of peace on the European continent in centuries. But one that has fallen well short of its stated ideals when assessing its actions in the MENA region, as evident in revelations disclosed in a pair of bombshell reports published by Privacy International – a data rights charity based in the United Kingdom – and the Washington Post. ………
More here: https://insidearabia.com/eu-undermines-democratic-ideals-by-aiding-online-disinformation-in-north-africa/
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The Evolution of Arabic Music: A Mosaic of Cultural Influences

by Youssef El Kaidi | Nov 8, 2020

The history of Arabic music and its evolutionary journey from the past to the present reflects its interaction with the musical traditions of the neighboring civilizations. Today, Arab music is a colorful mosaic combining both Arab and foreign imprints. Music has always been a universal expression of human sensibility projected through the sounds and melodies of instruments and, often, a reflection of individuality, culture, and identity. According to religious traditions, it is believed that Adam’s bereaved grandson, Lamak, made the first lute from the leg of his dead son. He then used the lute to lament his loss and his elegy is considered the first song ever chanted on earth. Arabs knew music long before the inception of Islam, though it was not the main artistic expression in pre-Islamic society. In the Arabian town of Ukaz, poets and singers gathered periodically and presented their talents for which they received awards and gifts from Arabia’s wealthy merchants and urban elites. Women musician-poets followed the warriors to their battlegrounds inciting them with ululations and chants. Thanks to their power to influence and entertain, musicians and poets of the pre-Islamic Arabia occupied a high rank in the social hierarchy…………………….
Check it here: https://insidearabia.com/the-evolution-of-arabic-music-a-mosaic-of-cultural-influences/
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Amal Means Hope: Moroccan Association Uses Food to Empower Women

by Tom Pollitt | Oct 25, 2020

The Amal Women’s Training Center in Marrakech helps disadvantaged women gain financial independence in the food industry. Through its work and reaction to the pandemic, the project is a shining example of what can be done to radically improve the lives of ordinary people in difficult situations. Of the thousands of women’s collectives, cooperatives, and associations doing inspiring work in local communities across North Africa, few are more impressive than the Amal Women’s Training Center in Marrakech. Founded in 2012, the center prepares disadvantaged women with the skills they need to obtain work in the food industry and become financially independent. Amal is the Arabic word for “hope,” and it is hope that forms the organization’s guiding principle – the hope for a future where women have the autonomy to control their own destinies……..
Continuous here: https://insidearabia.com/amal-means-hope-the-moroccan-association-using-food-to-empower-women/
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Journey to Morocco: 6 Distinctive Moroccan Souvenirs

Touring to Morocco, you should have the chance to buy distinctive Moroccan souvenirs that aren’t solely lovely however may even be helpful in your each day life.  With a wealthy tradition and pristine craftsmanship, Morocco is well-known for its bustling conventional markets (souks) full of all sorts of distinctive, locally-made gadgets that you may buy as souvenirs to recollect your journey. Buying in Morocco’s completely different medinas (outdated cities), you can see a variety of things made with locally-sourced uncooked supplies comparable to leather-based, silk, brass, silver, wooden, and glass, created by proficient Moroccan artisans.
Whether or not you’re visiting Morocco’s northern cities, or southern ones, by the mountain or throughout the coast, it is possible for you to to seek out some distinctive souvenirs and conventional goodies within the area’s native market which can be normally positioned within the outdated medina……
Continuous here: https://www.moroccanplaza.com/morocco-style/journey-to-morocco-6-distinctive-moroccan-souvenirs.html=====================================================

Jews and Morocco: 10 Fascinating Historical Facts

Jan 2, 2021 by Adam Ross

1. Oldest archaeology

There have been Jews in Morocco for at least 2,000 years when some 30,000 Jews fled to North Africa following the destruction of the Second Temple. It is believed there had been Jews there even earlier too, perhaps as long ago as 2,500 years. The oldest known evidence of Jewish life in the country are two menorah shaped oil lamp from the 3rd century, found at the site of Volubilis, a once Roman city located at the southwest extremity of the Empire, today near to the city of Fez. Jewish gravestones, some in Hebrew and some in Greek, were also found, with one referring to the head of the synagogue………………..
Check it here: https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/533943367/mUvWctMdDRIk4tJe?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=====================================================

Morocco : The Jews, the King and the sacred

Since the 20th century, the relationship of the Moroccan community of Jewish faith with the Monarchy has been particularly marked by aspects of sacredness. There are historical reasons for this relationship as well as a feeling of belongingness to Morocco which has not been lost through the generations.……
Find the rest here: https://www.yabiladi.ma/articles/details/103699/morocco-jews-king-sacred.html
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51-17 Framework-Law: Morocco Promotes Inclusive Education Near Rabat

The meeting aimed to discuss the ministry’s 51-17 framework-law and its 2021-2023 “strategic vision”

By  Zakaria Elaraj  - Dec 30, 2020

Morocco’s National Education Minister Said Amzazi held a meeting earlier today in Khemisset, a city located 94 km east of Rabat, with Mohamed Aderdour, the director of Rabat-Sale-Kenitra regional Academy and Khemisset governor.  The meeting sought to discuss the ministry’s 51-17 framework-law and its 2021-2023 “strategic vision” for the regional education roadmap.  The 51-17 framework-law, which the Moroccan parliament approved in August 2019, is expected to lay the groundwork for the government’s 2015-2030 “strategic plan” of improving the national education system………………….
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/12/330126/51-17-framework-law-morocco-promotes-inclusive-education-near-rabat/
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Preschool Education to Become Compulsory in Morocco

By Yahia Hatim - Dec 29, 2020

Morocco’s Ministry of Education and the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) have signed an agreement to make preschool education compulsory. Preschooling, which benefits children aged four to six, is currently not mandatory in Morocco and children can join primary schools without completing preschool. The decision to make preschool education compulsory seeks to encourage parents to enroll their children in the institutions. Moroccan preschools provide basic education, allowing children to develop their social skills and better prepare for primary school………………………..
Continuous here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/12/330039/preschool-education-to-become-compulsory-in-morocco/
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Morocco’s Organic Olive Oil: Health Benefits of Moroccan Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil is an important product in Morocco and a healthy food that adds a rich flavor and a unique taste to traditional Moroccan delicacies.

By  Jihad Dardar  - Dec 20, 2020

Morocco is widely known for its use and production of virgin olive oil. Moroccans consider olive oil to be one of the healthiest foods they consume daily; it is also a key ingredient in many famous traditional Moroccan dishes. Following a plant-based Mediterranean diet, Moroccan cuisine focuses on the use of vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, beans, whole grains, and a moderate amount of dairy and meat. Olive oil, a major component of the Moroccan Mediterranean diet, is rich in antioxidants and healthy fat………….
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/12/329256/moroccos-organic-olive-oil-health-benefits-of-moroccan-virgin-olive-oil/
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco

Morocco is home to nine sites, the second-highest number for any country in Africa.

By  Wissal Dardar  - Dec 19, 2020

The World Heritage Sites in Morocco are a unique mixture of Arab, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Roman influence. The sites range across Morocco, from the north to the south of the country. UNESCO World Heritage Sites are unique sites that are geographically and historically identifiable, and have a special cultural, scientific, or physical value. International conventions that UNESCO administers for practical preservation legally protect these landmarks.
Since the kickoff of the program in 1972, UNESCO listed 1,052 sites in Morocco. Eight-hundred-and-fourteen of them are cultural, 203 are natural, and 35 are mixed properties……………
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/12/329344/unesco-world-heritage-sites-in-morocco/
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Morocco to Create Museum in Emblematic Marrakech Jemaa El Fna Square

By  Yahia Hatim - Dec 31, 2020

Morocco’s National Museum Foundation (FNM) is set to create the Jemaa El Fna Museum of Tangible and Intangible Heritage in Marrakech. The museum will be located at the historic building of Bank al-Maghrib, Morocco’s central bank, facing the emblematic Jemaa El Fna square. The Marrakech City Hall has recently delivered the keys of the building to the FNM in a symbolic ceremony marking the start of the project. “The museum will offer a welcoming and attractive experience, not only through exhibitions, but also through workshops and a rich and diverse cultural program,” said FNM President Mehdi Qotbi……………….
Read it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/12/330203/morocco-to-%d9%90create-museum-in-emblematic-marrakech-jemaa-el-fna-square/
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Morocco Becomes Part Of World’s Largest Free Trade Agreement

While Brexit drew headlines, the biggest free trade agreement ever was born in Africa

By  Jasper Hamann  - Jan 2, 2021 Rabat

As the clock struck twelve and the year 2021 commenced, Morocco became part of the largest and most exciting free trade agreement yet. January 1 marked the official launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA,) a trade bloc with the potential to rival any other worldwide. Morocco’s new free trade agreement joins together 54 African nations, making it the largest free trade agreement ever in terms of the number of member states. Similar to the idea behind the EU, the pact aims to remove trade barriers between African nations and create a new economic partnership in one of the world’s most resource-rich regions.
The new trade agreement “will fundamentally change the economic fortunes of our continent,” said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his new year’s speech. “It is the start of a new era of trade between African countries,” he stated confidently, adding that Africa will now “realize its great potential of its abundant natural and human resources.”……………..
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330584/moroccos-becomes-part-of-worlds-largest-free-trade-agreement/
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Study: Morocco, A Key Investor in Development in Africa

The study shows the importance of Moroccan involvement in development efforts across Africa.

By  Toms Dumpis  - Jan 4, 2021 Agadir

According to the 4th International Development Barometer, a study carried out in 2020, Moroccan companies are increasingly shifting their focus towards development in Africa.  BreakingPoint, the organization responsible for the study, found that over development in Africa and intensified intra-Africa exchanges rank very high in the strategic priorities of 80% of Moroccan business professionals.  In 2015, only 11% of Moroccan enterprises considered development and investment in Africa as a top priority. By 2020, however, 38% of Moroccan enterprises named the continent a number one priority. …………………………………….
Follow this link: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330526/study-morocco-a-key-investor-in-development-in-africa/
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‘Rural Resilience’: Morocco, Germany Sign Agreement on Water Management

By Toms Dumpis  - Jan 5, 2021 Agadir

The Moroccan and German governments have extended their “multidimensional” partnership with a new program in the water sector.  On December 15, 2020, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water, and the Environment ratified an agreement on “Rural Resilience,” building upon pre-existing cooperation in the sector…………….
Contnuous here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330803/rural-resilience-morocco-germany-sign-agreement-on-water-management-2/
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Morocco’s INSAF Supports 10,000 Single Mothers in 20 Years of Existence

According to INSAF president Meriem Othmani, the number of babies abandoned in the streets is estimated between 2,000 and 5,000 each year.

By  Jihad Dardar  - Jan 6, 2021

Morocco’s National Institute for Solidarity with Women in Distress (INSAF) has supported 10,000 single mothers since its creation 20 years ago, the institution’s president announced in a recent interview. Speaking to Morocco’s state media, INSAF institute’s founding president Meriem Othmani highlighted the institution’s efforts in helping distressed single mothers.  Othmani noted INSAF’s work on the project for the empowerment of single mothers, saying the scheme has produced concrete results in helping transform the lives of a large number of women in distress……
Read it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/331144/moroccos-insaf-supports-10000-single-mothers-in-20-years-of-existence/
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Historical and Legal Bases of Morocco’s Sovereignty over Western Sahara

The March bore fruits as it led to negotiations between Spain and Morocco, and the signature of the Madrid Accords on November 14, 1975, whereby Western Sahara was peacefully retroceded to Morocco by the colonizing power, Spain.

By  Lahcen Haddad  - Lahcen Haddad is a Strategic Studies Expert Jan 5, 2021 Rabat

Hal Brands’ article “U.S. Foreign Policy Hits a Crossroads in the Sahara” published by Bloomberg Opinion on December 29 is not only historically inaccurate but deliberately ignores the legal and historical bases for Morocco’s liberation of Western Sahara from Spanish colonialism. Morocco did not get back Western Sahara by “force”, as alleged by the author, but freed it form colonialism in a peaceful manner, via a peaceful civilian-led march, called the Green March, whereby 350 thousand unarmed civilians, carrying olive branches and prayer books, marched peacefully in November 1975 from all over Morocco to meet their Sahrawi fellow citizens in the then-Spain-controlled Western Sahara. The March bore fruits as it led to negotiations between Spain and Morocco, and the signature of the Madrid Accords on November 14, 1975, whereby Western Sahara was peacefully retroceded to Morocco by the colonizing power, Spain…………………
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330805/the-historical-and-legal-bases-of-moroccos-sovereignty-over-western-sahara/
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Art London International 2020: Moroccan Painter Zhor El Hichou Crowned ‘Second-Best Arab Artist’

Zhor El Hichou describes her work as “of Mediterranean origins with a cosmopolitan outreach.”.

By  Sanae Alouazen  - Jan 3, 2021 Rabat

Moroccan artist Zhor El Hichou placed second at the United Kingdom-based “Art London International” at the much-prized event’s 2020 award ceremony. 
The painter, Tangier native, was awarded the title of “second-best Arab artist” in this year’s ceremony. The competition is part of “The Arabs Group Achievement Award ceremony,” a yearly occurrence that aims to award “people of Arabic origin who have excelled in their field or career, contributed to their community or achieved something in the country they live in or around the world.”  Last February, Zhor El Hichou announced her qualification as a finalist in the competition with her painting “Jewel.” She describes her work as “of Mediterranean origins with a cosmopolitan outreach.” Her paintings reflect “a freedom of expression” ranging from the figurative to the abstract. ……
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330482/art-london-international-2020-moroccan-painter-zhor-el-hichou-crowned-second-best-arab-artist/
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The origins of the Jewish state plan in Morocco in the 17th century

In the 17th century, a Moroccan man of Jewish faith tried to establish a Jewish state in Taza, taking advantage of the decline of the Saadi dynasty and the arrival of the Alawites from Tafilalet. At the beginning of the 20th century, Theodor Herzl, founder of the Zionist movement was also considering establishing a state for Jews in Morocco, before the leaders of the movement opted for Palestine.

After the decline of the Saadi Empire (1554-1659) and before the Alaouites gained control of the country in 1631, political unrest reigned in Morocco. Political figures or figures with a significant social status had attempted to govern their territories on their own. One of them was a Moroccan Jew named Haroun ibn Mishaal, who lived in Taza.

In a book, historian Abdelhadi Tazi tells how Haroun ibn Mishaal took advantage of the power vacuum in Fez to create a Jewish province, in the vicinity of Bani Yazanassin and become governor of Taza and Fez. Ibn Mishaal noticed the «danger over Morocco and the Saadian dynasty». «The Jews therefore sought to realize their An old dream of Zionism dream of restoring the State of David, putting a first brick away from their temple», according to Daawat Alhaq.

The same source reports that Ibn Mishaal was planning to «set up his Jewish state, in the eastern region, near the borders with the Turkish state in Algeria». Thus, «Judaism had planned its state and placed its first castle or kasbah, known under the name of Dar ibn Mishaal», the magazine added.
Moroccan historian Abdelhadi Tazi recalled in an article titled «The Alawite State and the Feudalism of Ibn Mishaal» that «the State of Israel was about to be hosted by Taza» and was to include Fez as well as other regions of the country. He noted that «the power wielded by Ibn Mishaal, whether in terms of money or equipment, his reputation as a man wanting good for the richest and the poorest as well as stability for the country pushed the oppressed or confused them into trust him……
More here : https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/103239/origins-jewish-state-plan-morocco.html
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Morocco: Next Top 10 Player in the World Geopolitical Arena

By  Abdderahman Hassi  - Dec 30, 2020
Based on recent political developments, I predict Morocco will become one of the top 10 players in the world geopolitical arena in 2022. US recognition of Western Sahara as an integral part of Morocco is a turning point not only for the course of the fabricated conflict in the Sahara but also for the new world order. ………………
Check it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/12/330125/morocco-next-top-10-player-in-the-world-geopolitical-arena/
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Moroccan Chef Hamid Miss Celebrates Morocco’s Cuisine in France

Having been raised in Morocco and by women, Hamid feels that Moroccan cuisine has always been part of who he is, so it is permanently integrated into his culinary creations.
By  Jihad Dardar  - Jan 2, 2021

Like many famous Moroccan chefs such as Najat Kaanache, Chef Moha, and Mourad Lahlou, Hamid Miss is a rising cook who celebrates and promotes traditional Moroccan cuisine internationally. He plays an inspiring role for the future generations of Moroccan chefs. Being a crossroads between Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, Morocco has a unique cuisine culture that integrates many culinary cultures, from Amazigh (Berber) to French to Spanish, which gives Moroccan dishes their exotic and one-of-a-kind flavors……
Follow it here https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/330442/moroccan-chef-hamid-miss-celebrates-moroccos-cuisine-in-france/
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French TV Channel TF1 Celebrates Beauty of Morocco’s Oualidia

The small coastal city is described as the pearl of the Atlantic ocean.

Sanae Alouazen  - Jan 6, 2021 Rabat

For its latest weekend news edition, the French television network TF1 dedicated a five-minute segment to the beauty of Oualidia, a fishermen’s village located on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast.  Titled  “Morocco’s new paradise,” the segment celebrates the Moroccan village as an unmissable destination for surfers and lovers of water sports. In fact, a local surf school is the first and oldest surf center in Morocco. “Surf Land” trained Ramzi Boukhiam, the Moroccan soon-to-be Olympic surfer. The city is quickly becoming a tourist hot-spot, with multiple luxurious hotels and seaside resorts offering their visitors breath-taking views of the Atlantic ocean.  Tourists can be seen riding the waves or enjoying the city’s blue lagoon by boat ride. The village harbors many surprises for lovers of the ocean, adds the segment. In Oualidia, tourists can partake in dolphin and whale watching activities. ……
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/331122/french-tv-channel-tf1-celebrates-beauty-of-moroccos-oualidia/
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Two Moroccan Cities That Share Wonders

Meknes and Marrakech are two historic Moroccan cities that share varied facets of historical past and structure. Meknes is likely one of the most exceptional and attention-grabbing cities within the nation. Situated north-central Morocco on the highland of Saiss, Meknes is a strategic place for the navy and agriculture.  The town of Meknes was established within the 11th century (1061 A.D.) by the Al-Moravids. At first, it was constructed as a navy base, however when Moulay Ismail, the founding father of the Alawite dynasty, began his reign, he selected Meknes to be his capital, from 1671 to 1727. The town of Meknes is also called the Ismaili capital……
More here: https://www.moroccanplaza.com/morocco-destination/two-moroccan-cities-that-share-wonders.html
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