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Tuesday, November 15th 6:30PM
International Affairs Building, Room 1512, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY

Following the popular demonstrations which culminated in the referendum on constitutional reforms on July 1st, 2011, Morocco will hold parliamentary elections on 25 November 2011 where for the first time, an elected parliament is supposed to be granted a real legislative authority.

Implementation of the constitutional changes and the election of a new parliament is only the first step towards establishing a more democratic society. Numerous challenges are awaiting the new government and tangible outcomes on the ground must be implemented in order to respond to the people's hope and expectations.

The panel will discuss the current events, the constitutional reforms as well as upcoming elections in Morocco in the context of the Arab spring. The panelists will address the current political and socio-economic situation in Morocco including the significant events that have led to the constitutional reforms and the forthcoming elections.

Panellists:
Youness Abouyoub, Columbia University
Anouar Majid, University of Maine
Brahim El Guabli, University of Pennsylvania
Anouar Boukhars, Georgetown University
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Friday, November 18th 2011 2:00pm-3:30pm
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November 18-19, 2011 New York City, Tribeca Cinemas 54 Varick St New York, NY 10013 (212) 941-2001

Morocco has frequently been the location of choice for both U.S. and European filmmakers since the fifties. It was the favorite location for many legendary directors such as Henry Hathaway, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock. Often Morocco masquerades as some other “exotic” locale in such hits as Inception, Sex and the City II, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and The Bourne Ultimatum. But as those movies were being made and globally publicized, Morocco was quietly developing its own homegrown film industry. The North African kingdom now produces as many as fifteen features and close to fifty shorts annually. Unfortunately, most of these are rarely seen outside Morocco or the film festival circuit; but slowly Morocco’s increasingly sophisticated new cinema, revealing the country’s complex and intriguing culture, is starting to be discovered by international film fans and critics alike. The High Atlas Foundation is screening a dozen films by Moroccan directors, many of them U.S. premieres, that highlight themes that run deep in contemporary Moroccan society: the conflict between tradition and modernity, the rising power of women, and the strong allure that European and American culture holds for Moroccan youth. Boasting films that are handsomely produced, skillfully acted, and smartly written, this exciting new wave of Moroccan cinema breaks upon America’s shores with pride and vigor.

The Film Festival has set the stage to showcase on an international screen Morocco’s voices, multiculturalism and filmmakers. The two-day Festival event will show the complexity and beauty of life in Morocco through nine feature films, preceded by Moroccan student films from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech (ESAV).

The Opening Night is on Friday, November 18th, starting at 6:30pm with cocktail reception, host presentations and photography silent auction, followed by the U.S. premiere at 9:00pm of the featured film La 5ème Corde (The Fifth String), directed by Selma Bargach, and selected ESAV student film. Saturday, November 19th, showcases eight dramatic, documentary and comedic Moroccan films
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http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Laila Lallami welcomes all the Moroccan American community, and friends of Morocco  to her reading and signing of her first novel, Secret Son
When: May 6, 2009 at 6:30 pm
Where : Borders 1801 K Street NW Washington, DC 20006


Laila Lalami, who was nominated for an NBCC Balakian "Excellence in Criticism" Award this year, has written a powerful and poignant debut novel,
SECRET SON (pub. date: April 21, 2009)-a haunting portrait of modern-day Morocco and its divisions of class, politics, and religion.

Lalami's previous book, the critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (Algonquin Books, October 2005),
was nominated for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Of the collection, Junot Diaz raved, "A dream of a debut . . . With her spare, elegant prose
Lalami has constructed a world remarkable for its resilience, its vibrancy, its motion and yes, its hope." The Washington Post deemed it "bracing and beautiful"; People called Lalami "a captivating storyteller"; and the Boston Globe remarked that "it feels as contemporary as a newspaper headline . . . Lalami paints a vivid picture of modern-day Morocco."

Born and raised in Morocco, Lalami wrote the Introduction to Tayib Salih's Season of Migration to the North, which the New York Review of Books is republishing April 2009. Salih, one of the Arab world's top novelists, recently passed away. The February 26 issue of Time magazine features
Lalami's remembrance of him.

Lalami also has an essay in the forthcoming Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, which includes works by such literary legends as J. M. Coetzee, Chinua Achebe, and Chris Abani. Penguin is publishing this book April 28.

Lalami was just selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader 2009 and she received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2007. Her popular literary blog, MoorishGirl.com-now LailaLalami.com-has garnered her widespread praise and publicity, including USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.

More Praise for SECRET SON:

"Lalami's tale of a young Moroccan man who must navigate between a bleak background and a bright possibility is magnificently told and wrenched my heart."-Joe Sacco, author of Palestine

"People will be talking about Secret Son-on college campuses, in book groups, and online, in the United States and abroad. Upon finishing the novel, I couldn't quite pin down what about it struck me as so distinctive. It took a second read to realize: Laila Lalami has written an utterly timeless story (in its underlying tone, mechanics, and conflicts) that's very much-one could even say compulsively-of our time."-Dave Weich, Powell's Books, Portland, OR

"Laila Lalami's novel Secret Son is a marvelous read. Lalami has gifted us with a wonderfully crafted novel that realizes the potential that was evident in Lalami's collection of stories Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. Lalami's finely crafted sentences are timeless. Her carefully wrought characters allow us lift the veil of media headlines and gain a greater empathy and understanding of the competing protagonists in today's sundered world. Secret Son is an irresistible read.-Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco, CA

"A young man living in the slums of Casablanca thinks his dreams are coming true when he discovers his biological father is a wealthy businessman. However, his changed circumstances strain his relations with his family and friends, and bring him to the attention of a local Islamic fundamentalist group. Secret Son is a captivating story, told with fierce passion and acute understanding, which provides a vivid and eye-opening look inside contemporary Morocco."-Rich Rennicks, Malaprops Bookstore, Asheville, NC

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World
February 23 - March 15, 2009
The Kennedy Center of Washington, DC presents three weeks of theater, dance, music, design, fashion and food imported from 22 Arab countries including:

Complete program for the literary series, part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World  festival, featuring an unprecedented gathering of Arab writers in the U.S.

Complete program for the Film series, part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World  festival, including
SUNDAY, MARCH 15 AT 4 P.M. Le Grand Voyage, Morocco

Feb 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Chabab Al Andalous Rabat Orchestra with Bajeddoub Mohammed and Ronda Bahae
The orchestra from Rabat, Morocco seeks to preserve the traditions and artistic heritage of Andalusian music. The musicians perform traditional songs and chants using Arabic poems and traditional instruments. Free Millennium Stage Performance

Feb 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Bachir Attar & the Master Musicians of Jajouka
Led by Bachir Attar, Morocco's Master Musicians of Jajouka play a variety of traditional instruments, including the ghaita (the Arab version of the oboe), the lira (a bamboo flute), and the gimbri (a three-stringed lute), along with double-headed Moroccan drums. Their music is comprised of several simple parts intricately woven together, resulting in "an evocation of sustained ecstasy. It is chaotic, cacophonous, sometimes at war with itself. And it is utterly intoxicating" (Newsweek). Eisenhower Theater $18.00 - $35.00 Buy Tickets

Mar 4, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Bnet Houariyat: Voices of Marrakech
Hailing from the region of Marrakech, Morocco, the five women of Bnet Houariyat perform traditional Berber songs and dances that reflect the multiple facets of Islam and the female condition. Hauntingly beautiful, the harmonies, melodies, and rhythms in the songs transport you to another world. The themes explore the cultural traditions and the reality of these extraordinary women. Free Millennium Stage Performance

March 7
A Taste of the Arab World

Each Saturday of the ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World festival, this mini-immersion takes you on a culinary journey into the cultures of Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen. Your journey begins at the Kennedy Center with a lecture about the land, the people, and the culture of each region. Next, visit embassies and ambassador residences where you will hear the music, taste the cuisine, and explore the arts of each of the featured countries: (Feb. 28: Lebanon & Syria; Mar. 7: Morocco & Egypt; Mar. 14: Saudi Arabia & Yemen). Rehearsal Room. 5 hours. $100.00 each session - $270.00 Series

Mar 8, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Hoba Hoba Spirit: Hayha Music
Making their U.S. debut, this reggae, rock, and gnawa (a mixture of African, Berber, and Arab religious songs and rhythms) band is based in Casablanca, Morocco. Hoba Hoba Spirit is one of the region’s hottest groups. Free Millennium Stage Performance

Mar 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Djamel Laroussi: 3Marabouts
Djamel Laroussi and his band combine both western and North African rhythms based on traditional desert music from the Sahara. Although the emphasis is Algerian there is a strong understanding of reggae, jazz, hard rock, pop, soul, and funk. Free Millennium Stage Performance 

Mar. 15, 2009 at 4 p.m.
LE GRAND VOYAGE Morocco, Dir. Ismaël Ferroukhi (2004, 108 min.)
Family Theater Tickets $8
In this Arab road movie, Reda, a young French Moroccan, is reluctantly forced to drive from France in an old, battered car to take his elderly father on a pilgrimage to Mecca, along the way experiencing travails of the road and the clash of generations.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
French-Moroccan fi lm director Ismaël Ferroukhi gained exposure with his 1992 short fi lm L’Exposé, which won the Kodak Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. He then co-wrote the Cédric Kahn fi lm Trop de Bonheur (1994). His
directorial debut Le Grand Voyage won the Lion of the Future “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a First Feature Film at the 61st Venice Film Festival (2004).
Ismaël Ferroukhi will be available for a public discussion after the fi lm.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Peace Corps Week 2009 - February 23 to March 2.
Celebrate the 48th anniversary of the Peace Corps with us by organizing your own presentation about your service and the culture in Morocco. You can find venues easily by reaching out to your local schools, your religious organizations, your local library, your work place, or other organizations you know. If you are not comfortable speaking in front of an audience, consider writing a letter to the editor of a local newspaper about your Peace Corps experience. Vvisit www.peacecorps.gov/thirdgoal as your one-stop-shop for how-to tips, suggestions, and resources for planning a great Peace Corps Third Goal activity during Peace Corps Week! Register online for Peace Corps Week today and then make your plans. When you register, Peace Corps Third Goal will send you an activity kit with stickers and bookmarks for your audience as well as a world map and a timeline of Peace Corps history. Register by February 12 and receive your kit by February 23! 
Third Goal Domestic Programs Peace Corps 1111 20th St., NW Washington, DC  20526 
thirdgoal@peacecorps.gov  

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Malika Zarra  (Morocco)
Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.    
In a concert uniting languages and traditions, Moroccan world singer, composer, producer, MALIKA ZARRA infuses the music of her native culture with jazz. The exotically beautiful artist with the velvety, sinuous mezzo-soprano voice has demonstrated a rare ability to communicate both powerful and subtle ideas and feelings in French, English and Moroccan Arabic. Her soft, birdlike voice is ably supported by rhythmically supple grooves and her ensemble delivers soothing and sultry world music buoyed by modal, Eastern grooves. Zarra’s self-released debut CD, On The Ebony Road, mixes rhythms from chaâbi, Berber and Gnawa music with jazzy improvisation and smooth, seductive vocals.
Check her website www.malikazarra.com

Venue: Baird Auditorium, Natural History Museum. 1000 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC
Resident Associate Program and Alliance Française members $20; General Admission $25
Buy online at: instantseats.com or www.ResidentAssociates.org / 202 633 3030

Part of Francophonie Festival 2009
The Smithsonian Associates and the Francophonie Committee in DC join together again to celebrate the cultural diversity of the French-speaking world. Surrounding the International Day of the Francophonie, March 20, we present a series of concerts and films showcasing the talents from 10 different countries.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Indelible: The Photographs of Lalla Essaydi
October 10, 2008–January 25, 2009
Frist Center for the Visual Arts: Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery Nashville, TN
Through her thought-provoking photographs, Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi confronts the issues of confinement and repression experienced by many women in Islamic societies. The women depicted in her images, many of whom are family members dressed in traditional attire, are covered with calligraphic writing. These words break the expected silence, telling stories that speak of Essaydi’s thoughts and experiences, caught between the east and the west, the past and the present.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    THE MOROCCAN AMERICAN COALITION cordially invites you to the fundraising reception in honor of the initiative Le Citoyen Marocain: An adventurous walk from *Laâyoune to Tangier*.
A powerful message of *Citizenship, Development and Optimism*
A patriotic journey in the name of an entire generation
Dedicated by Mr. Salmane Belayachi to our homeland *MOROCCO*

Thursday, January 29, 2009 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Hosted at: The Residence of His Excellency Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco to the United States 9109 Clewerwall Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817
Attendance fee: $100 per guest. For Secure Payment, click: www.lecitoyenMarocain.com and follow the PayPal sign on the upper right hand side
RSVP before January 20th to Khadija Rheljari - Ph. 703 - 626 – 3625 or Jawaher Benhaddou - Ph. 202-415-8055 RSVP@lecitoyenmarocain.com
You are encouraged to make a contribution during the reception or online at www.lecitoyenmarocain.com.

 
http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Concert : "The Star" Khalid Bennani Friday, January 16, 2009. Doors open at 9:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Alexandria, VA   2460 Eisenhower Ave , Alexandria, VA, 22314. $35.00 cover "to enter only". Seafood buffet Dinner $25.00. More food available on premises. A Royal Events production 202 258 1136 or 703 906 2425

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    The Amazigh Cultural Association in America Celebrates the Amazigh New Year, Yennayer 2959/2009 Saturday, January 17th 6:00pm – 11:00pm at YWCA 7, Temple Street Cambridge, MA 02139
The program includes: Dinner (traditional Couscous), Amazigh Live Music & more cultural programming.
Admission plus Dinner: $15 ($5 for children under 12).
Please help the organizers by purchasing your tickets in advance at: The Moroccan Caravan Store
285 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143 Or online at www.moroccancaravan.com under specials
For more info, please call Addi at 617-314-7002 Or email: azruhammar@gmail.com

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    The Challenges of Human Rights Reform in Morocco
Friday, January 9, 2009 12 – 2 pm at The American Bar Association 740 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 9th Floor/John Marshall Room
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco And The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative cordially invite you to a discussion with Dr. Lahcen Haddad. Dr. Haddad is Professor at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco and Senior Associate at Management Systems International (MSI). He will be basing his remarks on his recent publication entitled: la problematique des reformes en matiere des droits de l'homme au Maroc (Issues of Human Rights Reform in Morocco)
Lunch will be served at 12pm followed by presentation and discussion. RSVP to Josh Gardner at gardnerj@staff.abanet.org or call (202) 662-1514.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Join High Atlas Foundation (HAF) in NYC and Washington, DC to celebrate the new year, learn more about HAF's activities, catch up with old friends, and meet others interested in Morocco. There will be complimentary appetizers. We will have for sale the award winning Returned Peace Corps Volunteers International Calendar. They are $13 each and all funds benefit HAF's community development projects (Morocco is proudly featured during the month of March!). Please RSVP to Kate McLetchie: kate@highatlasfoundation.org.

New York City Wednesday, January 7th 2009 from 6:00-7:30pm Le Souk, 47 Avenue B (between 3rd & 4th Streets)

Washington, DC Friday, January 9th 2009 from 6:00-7:30pm Marrakesh Palace, 2147 P Street NW (Dupont Circle)

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection
October 8 to January 11, 2009
National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution
950 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20560

For 30 years, Xavier Guerrand-Hermès of the renowned Paris-based fashion empire collected both stunning North African jewelry and historic late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs by some of the region's most prominent photographers. Highlights from the collection will begin a national tour at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art on Oct. 8. "Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection," will continue through Jan. 11, 2009, before traveling to several other venues. The exhibition and national tour are organized by the Museum for African Art in New York and sponsored by Merrill Lynch.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Edible Treasures
Sun., Jan. 11, 2-5 p.m.
Registration required, 202.633.4640 $15, free for African Art members (purchase tickets at door)

Join culinary expert Amy Riolo for a lecture, tea and cooking demonstration. Learn how concepts of design, worship and aesthetics evident in Moroccan jewelry and art influenced the Moroccan table. Sip orange blossom water while Moroccan delicacies are prepared. Followed by book signing. Presented in conjunction with Desert Jewels.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    2008 Ramadan will start in North America on Tuesday, September 2 and will continue for 30 days until Wednesday, Ocotber 1.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Sept. 24-28 - Arabo-Andalusian Music Of Morocco Tours NY, Boston, DC And Atlanta, Reports MENA Music
TANGIER ENSEMBLE - There Was Music in Sultans' Courts before Flamenco
NEW YORK (EWORLDWIRE) Sep 3, 2008
The master musicians of the Orchestra of Tangier will present a program of vocal and instrumental suites from medieval Andalusia in New York, Boston, D.C. and Atlanta, during a U.S. September tour.

Performing sung poems of love, pleasure, wines and nature, Tangier Ensemble will tour four cities in the U.S., starting on September 24 in Washington, D.C. The concerts in D.C. and Atlanta will mark the first appearance of a leading Andalusian music ensemble from Morocco in these two cities. The musicians will then visit Boston and New York.

Wed. Sept. 24 Washington, D.C. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at Rockville Civic Center Park
Thurs. Sept. 25 Atlanta, Ga. Rich Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center
Sat. Sept. 27 Boston, Mass. First Church in Cambridge
Sun. Sept. 28 New York, N.Y. Merkin Concert Hall

In the Arab world, Andalusian music refers to "art music" as opposed to traditional and popular music. Andalusian music is believed to have originated in Moor-ruled southern Spain in the 9th century, and these
musical and poetic traditions based on ancient poems have been preserved and developed in North Africa by descendants of Muslim and Jewish populations who left Andalusia during the Christian Reconquista.

The Andalusian repertoire consists of vocal and instrumental suites called Nawbat, or Noubas. As Morocco was never ruled by Ottoman, its Andalusian music has the least influence by Middle Eastern musical styles, especially when compared to Algeria and Tunisia.

Tangier Ensemble is a small formation derived from Orchestra of Tangier. Led by the legendary master Ahmed Zaitouni, the orchestra toured the U.S. in September, 2007, before enthusiastic audiences. The visiting ensemble consists of five virtuosi on lute, violin, rebab (2-stringed hand-held bass) and tambourine with celebrated tenor Mohammed Arabi-Serghini on viola and vocals.

The ensemble members have received international recognition for the last two decades for their recordings of Andalusian music for European labels, extensive tours in Europe and the Arab world, and collaboration
with Spanish musicians.
MENA Music will launch "Andalusian Music Festival of New York" in February, 2009, and the current tour is a festival preview, introducing Arabo-Andalusian music to American concert-goers in N.Y., Boston, D.C. and Atlanta.

MENA Music was established in 2006 in New York City by Ms. Kazko Kawai in an effort to enhance mutual understanding between the U.S. and the Arab world through music in the post 9/11 world. The organization is committed to bringing the best musicians from the Middle East (ME) and North Africa (NA) to North America to develop audiences for music from these regions. To date, MENA Music has produced several concerts to introduce North African music to the American people, which includes two Andalusian orchestral debuts in the U.S. and live performances by leading Moroccan Andalusian musicians broadcast for the first time in the U.S. on national television and NPR.

MEDIA: To arrange for pre- or post-performance interviews, contact Kazko Kawai at (800) 220-6270 or e-mail Kazko@aol.com.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Sept 12 - Gibraltar (North African Songs)
Part of Live! Free concerts are held daily throughout the summer on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC. June 4 – September 26 Monday through Friday 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm weather permitting.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    We are gathering for Happy Hour on Friday, August 8, at 6 p.m. at Heritage India on Dupont Circle to wish “bon voyage” and an excellent tour in Morocco to Dave Lillie, incoming Peace Corps Morocco Country Director. Dave, his wife Tiffany, and their son Mitchell, will arrive in Morocco on August 31. Heritage India in south of Dupont Circle at 1337 Connecticut Ave., NW 202-331-1414. Email Alexandra Mattson your RSVP so that she can reserve a table. You are welcome to bring other Morocco RPCVs and friends.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Friends of Morocco meeting Tuesday, August 12 from 6:00 pm with three Moroccan NGO leaders working on issues such as women’s rights, children’s health, human trafficking, dialogue between religions and cultures, and peace studies. They would like to meet with people in the U.S. that are working on similar issues. Meet at the International Lounge of the Washington Plaza Hotel at Thomas Circle (14th and Mass) 10 Thomas Cir NW Washington, DC 20005 (202) 842-1300. They will be in the week of Aug. 11 and then go on to Portland, OR (8/16 – 20); Tucson, AZ (8/20 – 23); Charleston, SC (8/23 – 27); and NYC 8/27 – 30).

High Atlas Foundation

Landing in Morocco Peace Corp 1963
First group of Peace Corps Volunteers arriving in Morocco, 1963

His Excellency Aziz Mekouar
Moroccan Ambassador to the United States


and the Board of Directors of the High Atlas Foundation

Cordially invite you to join us for a special reception,
book signing, and silent auction

At the residence of Ambassador Mekouar in Bethesda, MD

Moroccans
Honoring Tim Resch, President of  Friends of Morocco and RPCV (1970-1974) for his enduring commitment to promote friendship between Morocco and the United States

Celebrating 45 years of cooperation between Morocco and the United States through Peace Corps service

Announcing the MorePeaceCorps campaign —a special initiative of the National Peace Corps Association

Launching  The Butter Man — a children’s story
set in the High Atlas Mountains
Authors Elizabeth Letts Alalou (RPCV 1983–1986) and Ali Alalou
will be signing copies of this must have book!
Books are $15 each — all profits will benefit HAF
Checks and cash will gladly be accepted


With special address by Jody Olsen,
Deputy Director of Peace Corps


Dress is business casual
All proceeds from the event to benefit HAF community development projects
Color photos of HAF project beneficiaries by Dennie Kirtley
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The High Atlas Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by former Peace Corps Volunteers, works to establish development projects in rural Morocco that local communities design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies.

www.highatlasfoundation.org

High Atlas Foundation
Park West Station
PO Box 21081
New York, NY  10025 USA
(646) 688-2946
E-mail: haf@highatlasfoundation.org

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The High Atlas Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Contributions are tax-deducible to the fullest amount allowable by law.

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Board of Directors

Yossef Ben-Meir,
President

University of New Mexico
RPCV Morocco 93-95

Liz Fanning,
Vice President

Waterfront Alliance
RPCV Morocco 93-95

Kate McLetchie,
Country Director

High Atlas Foundation
RPCV Morocco 01-03

Dan Cahill
Filmmaker
RPCV Morocco 68-70

Kimeo Carr
Independent Consultant
RPCV Morocco 01-03

Mohamed Chbani
Independent Consultant

Sir Charles Dahan
Independent Consultant

Larbi Didouqen
Former Director Toubkal National Park

Michelle Ghiselli
RPCV Morocco 93-96

Charlie Kellett
Photographer
RPCV Morocco 94-96

Suzanne Moyer
African Studies Association


Advisory Board

H.E. André Azoulay
Advisor to H.M. the King of Morocco

H.E. Aziz Mekouar
Moroccan Amb. to the U.S.

Amb. Edward Gabriel
U.S. Amb. to Morocco 98-01

Amb. Margaret Tutwiler
U.S. Amb. to Morocco 01-03

Thomas Anderson
Co-founder of HAF
RPCV Morocco 91-95

Abdelghani Aouifia
Maghrib Arab Press

Kamar Bencrimo
Ministry of Social Development, Rabat

Dr. Charlie Benjamin
RPCV Morocco 86-88

Dr. Wahiba Benloughmari
Eli Lilly

Scott Estergard
Army Corps of Engineers
RPCV Morocco 91-93

Dr. Lahcen Haddad
Mohammed V University, Rabat

Dr. Najib Mouhtadi
Hassan II University, Mohammedia

Ellen Paquette
Peace Corps Morocco Director 93-97

Mohssine Tadlaoui-Cherki
Peace Corps Morocco

*RPCV=Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

 

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Morocco Vegetarian Cooking Saturday, June 07, 2008 Time: 5:30-7:30p.m. Location: Cafe Davids in Columbia, MD
Event Details: Please Click For Full Class Sign-up Sheet Classes Spring Summer 2008 Class #6 Morocco (100% Vegan) Our first look at African Cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, this class will offer a taste of some of the best veggie food Morocco has to offer. Recipes will include Harira (traditional chickpea and lentil soup), a selection of salads (Green Pepper and Tomato, Carrot, and Lentil with Swiss Chard), Spiced Couscous with Apricots and Pistachios, Charmoula Roasted chickpeas and Vegetables, and Tagine of Summer Squash and Cauliflower with Ras el Hanout (traditional spice blend).
David's Natural Market 5430 Lynx Lane Columbia, MD 21044 (410) 730-2304 Phone (410) 740-2260 Fax

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    SAIDA FIKRI on TOUR in USA and CANADA
Moroccan Singer / Songwriter to Perform Live in NY, Boston, Washington DC & Montreal. The internationally known singer-songwriter Saida Fikri will be performing live in New York, Boston, Washington and Montreal, Canada in April 2008.

Known for her unique style in fusing modern and traditional melodies, Saida Fikri composes and performs poetic songs in a combination of
Morrocan dialect, Classical Arabic, French, and English. Saida Fikri’s music displays a profound concern for the hardships, struggles and suffering of the ordinary people of Morocco. Her songs dared to be the voice of the Moroccan masses at a time when it was politically difficult to do so. But her themes -- social justice, peace, alienation, exile and tolerance -- are universal to humanity.

Saida Fikri’s concert schedule :
Sat. April 5, 2008 -- 8PM New York, NY Chian Federation 44-01 Broadway Astoria, New York 11105
Thu. April 10, 2008 -- 8PM Boston, MA Tower Auditorium Massachusetts College of Art 621 Huntington Avenue Boston, Mass. 02115
Fri. April 18, 2008 -- 8PM Washington, DC Rossyln Spectrum Theatre 1611 N. Kent Street Arlington, VA 22209
Sat. April 26, 2008 -- 9PM Montreal, Canada Kola Note Club 5240, Ave. du Parc Montréal, Quebec H2V 4G7 Canada
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Contact : Alexander Khan Tel : (202) 449-9769 Email : concert@saidafikri.net

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development presents "Songs from the Gulf" with Souhail Kaspar and Rachid Halihal
Friday, 25 April 2008 at the The Jerusalem Fund 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15
Grammy nominee Souhail Kaspar (www.neareastmusic.com) and internationally acclaimed musician Rachid Halihal (www.rachidhalihalmusic.com) team up to present a performance of popular songs from the Gulf. Kaspar is a master percussionist trained at the Conservatory of Traditional Arabic Music in Aleppo and Halihal is a multi-talented oud/violin player and vocalist trained at the Conservatory of Music in Fez. Kaspar has performed with Sabah, Fairuz, Cheb Mami and Kathem al-Saher, among others. In 2002 he partnered with Naser Musa to record Khaliji, a collection of popular songs from the Gulf which garnered critical acclaim. Halihal has performed with the Andalus Orchestra of Fez as well as with the beloved Gulf singers Mohamed Abdu, Abdel Mageed Abdallah, and Rachid el Maajid.

Tickets available at 202.338.1958 or at door. Seating is very limited; advance purchase recommended.

The Palestine Center 2425 Virginia Avenue, NW Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Tel. (202) 338-1290

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    The Arab Maghreb Union: What Are Its Prospects?
Lecture and reception
Featuring Dr. Hadi Baccouche
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:30pm
Georgetown University CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241) Washington, DC
RSVP here
Co-sponsored by the American-Tunisian Association 

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif Sefrou, Morocco Observed: The Photographs of Paul Hyman
November 28, 2007 to December 16, 2007
In 1969, fashion photographer Paul Hyman visited his boyhood friend, anthropologist Paul Rabinow, who was conducting fieldwork in Morocco with the eminent anthropologists Clifford and Hildred Geertz. See more than forty of Hyman's images of Sefrou's people and places, made during his four month stay. These photographs are exhibited in conjunction with the UCLA conference Islam Re-observed: Clifford Geertz in Morocco.
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http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Islam Re-Observed: Clifford Geertz in Morocco
A conference considering the work in Morocco of eminent anthropologist Clifford Geertz (1926-2006). Organized by Susan Slyomovics, UCLA, and Lahouari Addi, University of Lyon.
Thursday, December 06, 2007 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fowler Museum at UCLA Box 951549 Los Angeles CA 90095-1549
Phone: 310/825-4361 Fax: 310/206-7007 Email: fowlerws@arts.ucla.edu

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Meridian International Center Embassy Chefs Series: Monday, December 3 Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco at Meridian International Center with Ambassador and Mrs. Aziz Mekouar
1630 Crescent Place, NW Washington, DC 20009 TEL: (202) 667-6800 FAX: (202) 667-1475

Each month in the Series, Georgetown author and diplomatic correspondent Gail Scott will take you on an international culinary adventure.  Meet the ambassador and spouse for an exclusive Meridian evening. After a personal welcome, the ambassador’s Executive Chef (or a top chef brought in just for this event) will present a private cooking demonstration.

Learn how each country’s rich culture influences their cuisine and native dishes.  Special Recipes and Chef’s Secrets will be available along with information about how and where to get the ingredients.   Celebrate each month’s “Magic Carpet Ride” with a “Tasting Buffet” that will enchantingly transport you to each particular country — without the crowds, security lines, expense of airfares and hotels.

Meridian’s Producer and Host Gail Scott, author of Diplomatic Dance: The New Embassy Life in America, is a columnist and contributing writer for Washington Life and The Washington Diplomat and a frequent contributor to The Washington Times. Ms. Scott, a native of the Nation’s Capital, is Washington’s first solo TV anchorwoman and has been covering Embassy Row for more than three decades.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Smithsonian Associates Program "The Romans in Tunisia" by Christopher Gregg, an Assistant Professor of Art History at the George Mason University. The event will be Monday, December 3, from 6:45 to 9:00 PM at one of the Smithsonian locations on the Washington Mall.

For 500 years, Rome dominated its African provinces. The Romans controlled a network of agricultural estates, notable for a dazzling array of baths, villas, temples, amphitheaters, sculptures, and mosaics. Explore these sites in Tunisia, while learning about this unique culture that thrived during the height of the Roman Empire.

You can register in person, by phone, online, or by mail. Use Code 1 WO 373. www.ResidentAssociates.org (No handling fee) 202-633-3030 with a $3 handling fee In person: S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Dr., SW, Suite 3077 Washington, DC 20560 By Fax: 202-786-2034 with a $3 handling fee By Mail: The Smithsonian Associates (No handling fee) Smithsonian Institution, Dept. 0603 Washington, DC 20073-0603 Cost: Resident Members $30 Senior Members $27 General Admission $40 For questions about this program, please call the Smithsonian Associate office at 202-633-3030.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    The Jerusalem Fund presents it's Annual Souk and Olive Harvest Celebration
Saturday , 8 December 2007 11:0 0 a.m. - 4 :00 p.m. 2425 Virginia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037 USA
Experience the ambience of a Middle Eastern souk (market) right here in Washington, DC . Enjoy an afternoon of music, coffee, food, henna painting, and the sales of textiles, pottery, jewelry and gifts from North Africa and the Middle East. Celebrate the annual olive harvest in Palestine and support Palestinian farmers by purchasing bottles of fair trade extra virgin olive oil and olive oil soap imported from Palestine. Bring your family and friends to this fun and vibrant event! This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.   
Directions and Parking Information

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Audiovisual Presentation on Sacred Music and Performance in Morocco on Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Followed by a light North African meal featuring bastilla
Dr. Deborah Kapchan, New York University
Location:   Johns Hopkins University ( SAIS) (please note change of venue) Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, first floor
RSVP: Free to the public. RSVP's appreciated at rsvp@maghrebcenter.org or 202 470 2050. 3528 S Street, NW • Washington DC 20007, USA • Email: administration@maghrebcenter.org

Deborah Kapchan is an engaging, longtime observer of the intersection of culture, women’s issues, and globalization in Morocco. She will make a multimedia presentation examining the recent evolution of rich sacred music traditions as a part of the Maghreb Center speaker series.

Dr. Kapchan is currently Associate Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. The working title of her latest article and this lecture is Performing the Festive Sacred: Sufi Tourism in Morocco. She is also the author of Gender on the Market: Moroccan Women and the Revoicing of Tradition and the widely anticipated Traveling Spirit Masters: Moroccan Trance Music in the Global Marketplace, which has just appeared in print . Her third book,  Poetic Justice: Translating Art and Ideology is a work in progress. Recent articles include: “Talking Trash: Creating Home and Anti-Home in Austin’s Salsa Culture”, “A Colonial Relation not my Own: Coming Home to Morocco and France,” and “Nostalgia in Contemporary Moroccan Poetry.”

The Maghreb Center is an independent, Washington DC based non-profit created to increase understanding of the Maghreb in the United States. In accomplishing its educational mission, the Center organizes Maghreb-related conferences, seminars, lectures, and roundtables and offers a series of publicly available publications. The Center sponsors numerous programs open to the public featuring U.S. and regional experts, development practitioners, foreign policy specialists, and representatives of Maghrebi governments, and civil society. This lecture series is made possible with the generous support of the Moroccan-American Cultural Center.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Book Launch "Youth and the UN MDGs: Empowering Youth into Positive Action:  A Case Study of Morocco". Flyer PDF DOC The World Bank InfoShop organizes public seminars, roundtables, book launches, conferences, lectures, and other activities. Wednesday November 28, 2007, 6:00-8:30pm Venue: H Building Eugene R. Black Auditorium Located on 191 G Street (the H Building is located at 600 19th Street)  Washington, DC  The event features  a distinguished panel of speakers including the World Bank MENA Vice President, HE Ambassador Mekouar, World Bank Sector Director for Human Development,  USAID Morocco Repesentative, UNDP USA Executive Director, Peace Corps Morocco, as well as youth leaders from the region.

The event will also feature an art exhibition by a young Moroccan woman artist from  a remote village in southern Morocco (who uses her artwork to support youth in her community) in order to showcase the work that young Moroccan women make valuable and positive contributions to society.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    The 2007 Mosaic Foundation Bazaar:    A Cultural Experience will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown on November 25, 2007, all day from 10am- 5pm.  Tickets are available at the door for $5.00.

Silent Auction and Raffle! Don't miss out on great silent auction and raffle items like a two night stay for two at the Ritz-Carlton in Central Park, NY!  Or a $1000 Gift Certificate at Ralph Lauren, or a Prada bag from Neiman Marcus, a Bvlgari bag, a Louis Vuitton bag, and more.  From items such as an original lithograph by Emile Prisse D'Avenne, donated by Petra Art, and a stay at The Willard Hotel, to gift certificates from Cultura and Toka Salon, and local restaurants such as Cafe Milano, Lebanese Taverna, and Neyla, tthere are gifts sure to please guests from all walks of the Washington community.

Live Music, Calligrapher, and Henna Artist! From 10:00am to 1:00pm we will have world famous calligrapher Sami Zain al-Ghawi from Oman joining us not only to sell his work, but also to provide calligraphy for the patrons of the bazaar.  Get your name written in Arab calligraphy!  Also from 1:00pm to 3:00pm we will have Live Traditional Arab Music, by the talented Shawkat Ziad playing the oud for our patrons.  And also don't forget to visit Shawn Sisson our local Henna Artist, for an intricate Arab design to impress your friends.

The annual Mosaic Foundation Bazaar is one of the organization’s most popular cultural events. Each year, Mosaic recreates a traditional Arab Bazaar, with its many different tables full of food and clothing and even Henna artists.  This year’s Bazaar will include jewelry, clothing, ornaments, textiles, and many more wares from the Middle East.  Patrons will be able to explore the aisles of goods while enjoying the music, food, and atmosphere of the Arab World.

Through the Bazaar, we appeal to a diverse cross-section of the Washington community and introduce them to the Mosaic Foundation and our causes, while entertaining them on Sunday afternoon as they search for holiday gifts. This annual tradition, coming during the first week of the holiday shopping season, has become a popular destination for many Washingtonians.  While the financial benefits are minimal, the exposure to the community and interaction with our Washington population is invaluable.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    FREE concert Tuesday, November 13, 2007: World Music from Palestine and Morocco 6:00 pm at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 Moroccan composer-guitarist joins Palestinian musicians for cross-cultural grooves. Moroccan composer and guitarist Tarik Hilal joins Palestinian musicians Joseph Duqmaq, saxophone; oud player and vocalist Basel Zayed; oud player, pianist, and vocalist Wissam Murad; and darbouka player John-Robert Handal for cross-cultural grooves.

For more information, call (202) 467-4600.    For more information on-
Parking- www.kennedy-center.org/parking       Sorry, no free parking for free performances.
Restaurants- www.kennedy-center.org/restaurants
Directions- www.kennedy-center.org/visitor/directions.html
Take Metro to the Foggy Bottom/GWU station (Orange/Blue) then ride the free red shuttle at the top of the escalators, departing every 15 minutes to and from the Kennedy Center until midnight

    Silver Jewelry from North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt) will be the topic for an illustrated lecture by Daniel Nadler on November 7, 2007 at the Rome Building Room 812, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 6:30 - 7:00 Reception/registration 7:00 - 8:00 Lecture and discussion 8:00 - 8:30 Networking. Part of The Tangier American Legation Museum Society (TALMS) 2006-2007 Seminar Series In cooperation with Friends of Morocco. Bring your antique silver jewelry for evaluation before and after the presentation.

A fascination with silver lured Daniel and Serga Nadler onto a global quest spanning thirty years and many countries. Their search for authentic tribal and ethnic jewelry began in Egypt and has grown to a substantial worldwide collection. Together they authored their much acclaimed, lavishly illustrated book : Silver : From Fetish to Fashion.

Portions of their collection have been exhibited at the Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY; the Carnegie-Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; the Mingei Museum, San Diego, CA; the Bead Museum, Glendale, AZ as well as the Bead Museum, Washington, DC. Fortunoff featured their collection in six of their department stores in the New York area. Mr. Nadler has been invited to talk at these exhibits, as well as the Museum of Arts & Design, New York; the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX, and several venues in Ottawa, Canada. Information on the Nadlers, their books, and photographs, is available on their website : www.danielnadler.com.

In addition, on November 8th at 7:30 PM, the Bead Society of Greater Washington will host the illustrated talk, Silver Jewelry from North Africa  (Egypt, Tunisia & Morocco) at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif    Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco cordially invite you to a conference Morocco: Recent Trends and Future Prospects

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies ICC Auditorium
241 Intercultural Center Georgetown University 37th & O Streets, NW Washington, DC 20057-1020
Tel:  (202) 687-5793     Fax: (202) 687-7001 Email: ccasinfo@georgetown.edu

The first day of the conference will consist of scholarly panels on three subjects relevant to Morocco, while the second day will consist of exhibitions on Moroccan business, investment and tourism.

November 8
9:00am-9:30am Registration
9:30am-10:00am Welcome
10:00am-11:30am Morocco in History
Dr. Rahma Bourqia, President, Hassan II University
Dr. Mohammed Kenbib, Université Mohamed V
Dr. Susan Gilson-Miller, Harvard University

11:45am-1:15pm Political Culture in Morocco
Dr. Ahmed Abbadi, Director of Islamic Affairs, the Kingdom of Morocco
Dr. Abdelhay Moudden, Professor of Political Science, Université Mohamed V
Dr. Mohamed Mrabet, Professor of Law, Université Mohamed V

2:15pm-3:45pm Moroccan Literature and Fiction
Dr. Mokhtar Ghambou, Assistant Professor of English, Yale University
Dr. Abdelfettah Kilito, Université Mohamed V
Ms. Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

To RSVP to attend the first day of the conference

November 9
Exhibitions on Moroccan business, investment and tourism.
9:30am-10am Registration
10:00:am-12:00pm
Dr. Saad Laraqui, Professor and Director, Doctor of Management Program, University of Maryland University College
Ms. Catherine Novelli, Vice President, Worldwide Government Affairs, Apple
Mr. Hassan Bernoussi, Director of Finance, Ministry of Investment, the Kingdom of Morocco

To RSVP to attend the second day of the conference

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of great food and dance at the La Kasbah Hafla Sunday, November 4 th 2007 Doors open at 1 p.m. – Show starts at 2 p.m.  La Kasbah Restaurant 11424 Washington Plaza West Reston, VA 20191 (On Lake Anne Plaza)

A show including many types of dances from the Middle East will be featured including Moroccan, Egyptian, Lebanese, Turkish and Indian styles. The professional house dancers of La Kasbah will delight you with cabaret, folkloric, modern fusion, candle dances, Arabic/Spanish fusion dances and more! ALL For $35.00 in advance, which include Moroccan multi meal, dessert & mint tea *No RefundS* $40.00/door (space allowing). For reservations please call (703) 707-0733 or visit La Kasbah.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and The Program for Jewish Civilization and Unity Productions Foundation Present “Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain” A Film Screening and Discussion with Executive Producer Alex Kronemer Monday, 22 October 2007 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM ) Southwest Quad - McShain Large Room Georgetown University

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain takes viewers on an epic journey back into one of the most fascinating and important periods of world history.  It tells a story of vital importance for our contemporary world about the triumphs and shortcomings, achievements and ultimate failures of a centuries-long period when Muslims, Christians and Jews inhabited the same far corner of Western Europe and built a society that lit the Dark Ages.  

Following the screening, Executive Producer Alex Kronemer and ACMCU Director Dr. John L. Esposito will lead a discussion on the film and on the role and legacy of Islamic Spain in interfaith dialogue in our contemporary world.

Dinner will be served. For More Information, and to RSVP for the Event, please visit CMCu.Georgetown.edu.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      Arabian Sights: Contemporary Arab Cinema   October 26 - November 4, 2007

The twelfth Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival offers a diverse selection of the newest, most provocative, and inspiring films from today's Arab world. These films show the range and commitment of directors, several of whom will be present at their screenings, who invariably manage to tell moving stories while exploring issues facing their region. All films will be screened with English subtitles. The Festival includes two films of potential interest to Friends of Morocco.

Kicks
ALBERT TER HEERDT
The Netherlands, 2007, 112 minutes, Color, digital betacam

A follow-up to Albert ter Heerdt's hit comedy Shouf Shouf Habibi! (Arabian Sights, 2005), Kicks offers a slightly more serious vista of a country adjusting to a growing multicultural society. Simmering racial tensions fester and pop in circumstances both critical and comical in modern day Holland. Moroccan-Dutch policewoman trainee Aaliyah frets over her reaction to witnessing her racist, native Dutch partner Frank shooting a Moroccan boy in supposed self-defense. The older brother of the victim, Said, a popular kick-boxer, takes much flack from young Moroccans for his blond girlfriend. The friends and family of these individuals compose the vast and diverse cast, including a capricious, upper-crust woman who longs to meet a genuine immigrant, her arrogant boyfriend an exploitative filmmaker, a Moroccan-Dutch soldier struggling with his conservative views of women and a pair of French-speaking ladies of the night.

Zaina: Rider of the Atlas
BOURLEM GUERDJOU
France, 2005, 100 minutes, Color, 35mm

Following the mysterious death of her mother Selma, 11-year-old Zaina reluctantly falls into the custody of her nomadic, horse-raising father Mustapha, who she has never met given that he abandoned Selma. Once in her father's care, however, Zaina can get away from the sinister Omar, who unrequitedly loved Zaina's mother and now desires guardianship of the child. Together Zaina, Mustapha and his band of drifters trek across Morroco's spectacular Atlas Mountains en route to the renowned horse-races in Marrakech. Omar is hot on their trail. The mountain journey is punctuated with adventurous fights and slow but sure father-daughter bonding. From the director of award-winning Vivre au paradis (Arabian Sights, 2000).

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      The Moroccan elections, the emerging political scene and the new government
Monday October 15 at the Bernstein Building Room 500 (5th floor), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

4:15 - 4:30 Reception/registration       4:30 - 5:45 Lecture and discussion       5:45 - 6:00 Networking.

Morocco's legislative elections held on Friday, September 7 were a watershed in Morocco's march toward democracy. Six political parties (Istiqlal, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), the Popular Movement, the National Rally of Independents, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces and the Constitutional Union won more than 20 seats in the parliamentary elections. Thirty-four women were elected to Morocco's Parliament.

Moderator, Dr William Zartman, SAIS Conflict Management Program Director with:
Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute
Marina Ottaway, Director of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Owen Kirby, Political Program Manager of the Office of the Middle EastPartnership Initiative (MEPI) in the Bureau of Near East Affairs at the State Department

The presentations would be followed by a 30-minute long Q&A session and discussion.

Part of the Tangier American Legation Museum Society (TALMS) 2007-2008 Seminar Series in cooperation with SAIS Africa Student Association and Friends of Morocco.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      The Millennium Challenge Corporation, The Moroccan American Trade and Investment Center, and The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend the Morocco Compact - Business and Procurement Seminar Featuring:
H.E. Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of The Kingdom of Morocco and
Ambassador John J. Danilovich, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation

The seminar will feature a briefing on the recently signed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact with Morocco. The program will include a discussion on procurement opportunities and the full range of trade and investment opportunities in Morocco. The $697.5 million Compact program plans to stimulate economic growth by increasing productivity and improving employment in high potential sectors such as fruit production, small-scale fisheries, and artisan crafts. Small business creation and growth will be supported also by investments in financial services and enterprise support.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2007 Time: 9:00 11:30 a.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Millennium Challenge Corporation 875 15th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday October 9, 2007 to MCC Events at MCCevents@mcc.gov with your name, organization, and the event title

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      Iftar (Breaking-Fast) Sunday, October 7 at 6:45 p.m. (Sunset is 7:05 p.m.)
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC(RPCVw) and Friends of Morocco invite you to join us for: Iftar (breaking the Ramadan fast)

at the Casablanca Restaurant, 1504 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (2 blocks from King Street metro station)
$25 for members of Friends of Morocco and/or RPCVw. $30 for non-members

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Islam uses a lunar calendar—that is, each month begins with the sighting of the new moon. Because the lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar used elsewhere, Islamic holidays "move" each year. In 2007, Ramadan began on September 13 and continues through October 12. For more than a billion Muslims around the world—including some 8 million in North America. Ramadan is a "month of blessing" marked by prayer, fasting, and charity.

Muslims practice sawm, or fasting, for the entire month of Ramadan. This means that they may eat or drink nothing, including water, while the sun shines. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam. As with other Islamic duties, all able Muslims take part in sawm from about age twelve. During Ramadan in the Muslim world, most restaurants are closed during the daylight hours. Families get up early for suhoor, a meal eaten before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a meal known as Iftar.  Iftar usually begins with dates and sweet drinks that provide a quick energy boost.

We will have a speaker to speak about Islam, Ramadan, Iftar, and the food and culture surrounding Ramadan. The evening will begin with dates and the Moroccan signature soup, Harira, immediately followed by the presentation on Ramadan and then with a Moroccan feast of tagine (a meat and vegetable stew) and couscous with vegetables.  We will close with sweets, fruit and Moroccan mint tea. 

Not required, but consider fasting that day to better understand the experience. Fasting serves many purposes: While they are hungry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with fellow believers.

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Reservations MUST be made to Tim Resch 703 660 9292 or Lesley Pories (301) 980-2781 by Friday, October 5.  Space is limited, and a similar event last year sold out.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      Now to September 30, 2007 at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University 11 Divinity Ave. Cambridge, MA Imazighen! Beauty and Artisanship in Berber Life features an extensive collection of cultural artifacts made by the Berber peoples of North Africa in the early to mid-twentieth century. Elegant etched and cloisonné jewelry, punched and embroidered leatherwork, inlaid metal and wood saddles, and glazed pottery highlight a sophisticated artisan culture that has received little attention even within the context of Islamic world arts.

Never displayed before, the objects chosen for the exhibition express the aesthetic vision of rural craftspeople working within a distinctive design tradition, significant both for their local influence as well as for their role within the greater mosaic of Islamic world arts. Some objects show the commonalities among regions through their use of shared geometric motifs and symbols; others retain a distinctly local flavor. Yet all of the items bear the imprint of the diverse cultural traditions-Berber, Arab, Islamic, Mediterranean and African-that have shaped North African artisanship over the centuries.

Artistic production among the Berbers traditionally focused on making objects for everyday use. Women made pottery and basketry and wove carpets, blankets, and clothing and added embroidered decoration to leather goods; men produced metal locks and keys, jewelry, sandals, saddles, and other leather items. Although these objects were destined for daily use, the artisans put great effort into making them beautiful as well as practical. Although artistic production continues to thrive within Berber communities, and many items continue to be made; many others have been replaced by mass-produced, and imported goods.

Imazighen! focuses on these artifacts and the stories they tell about the daily life and culture of the Berber people in the recent past, with special attention to the craftspeople who made the objects and to the ethnographers who collected them. 

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      High Atlas Foundation Third Annual Reception Honoring Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Peace Corps Morocco Country Director Thursday, September 27th 6pm to 8pm in NYC.  High Atlas Foundation's third annual NYC reception will honor Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Peace Corps Morocco Country Director. Proceeds from the evening will support community development projects in Morocco.

The High Atlas Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to establish development projects in rural communities of Morocco that local people design and manage and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies. HAF was founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps Volunteers as a way to use their experience and knowledge gained for the continued benefit of the Moroccan people.

      International Ethical Fashion Show at DC Fashion Week
Thursday, September 27th, 2007 Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and Fashion Shows at 7:30 p.m. The Galleria at Lafayette Center 1120 20th St, NW Washington, D.C. For ticket information, call 1.866.920.9528 or contact info@avaniribbon.com Proceeds will support The Valuable Girl Project

You are invited to enjoy an evening of fashion, shopping, music, and mingling at D.C. FashionWeek’s International Ethical Show on Thursday, September 27th, 2007!  This international event is dedicated to promoting development through eco-boutique trunk shows and exciting runway shows featuring four fashion designers, including  SAMIRA ATASH.    Local and national press will attend to cover this once-a-year fashion event in the nation's capital at the beautiful Galleria at Lafayette Center.  Artizan Sarai's unique home décor, accessories, and jewelry from Afghanistan, India, Turkey and Morocco will also be featured.

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      Orchestra of Tangier to Present Rare Performances of Morocco's Classical Music: Guest vocalist Abderrahim Souiri will Join Traditional Eight-Piece Ensemble in Program of Andalusian Suites;

In September of 2007, a handful of U.S. cities will host rare performances by Morocco's
ORCHESTRA OF TANGIER. Performing mystical music from the country's centuries-old Andalusian tradition, the orchestra will perform a series of concerts beginning on Sept 8th in Los Angeles at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall and including Boston's Benjamin Franklin Institute and the Chicago World Music Festival. The tour also includes two appearances in New York City - a full headlining program at CUNY's Proshansky Auditorium and a shorter program for the SummerStage World Music Festival.

Saturday Sept 8 Los Angeles, CA UCLA Schoenberg Hall
Thursday Sept 13 Boston, MA Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Friday Sept 14 New York, NY CUNY Graduate Ctr./Proshansky Aud.
Sunday Sept 16 New York, NY Summerstage New York World Festival w/ Hassan Hakmoun and others
Monday Sept 17 Chicago, IL Chicago World Music Festival/Cultural Ctr

Al-Ala, the thousand-year-old Andalusian repertoire that Orchestra of Tangier preserves, is typically performed in exclusive engagements in Morocco. Intensely mystical and poetic, it is performed as festive entertainment, but may also induce a contemplative state between musicians and audience.

Orchestra of Tangier is directed by
Ahmed Zaitouni, the 76-year old founder of the Conservatory of Tangier and widely considered the last of the living legends of Moroccan Andalusian music. He has devoted a lifetime to preserving and performing the Nubas, or instrumental and vocal suites that trace their history to refugees from the Reconquista in Spain. Of the original 24 suites in the tradition, only 11 have survived. Unlike Algeria and Tunisia, Morocco did not fall under Ottoman rule, and as a result Morocco's Andalusian music is generally considered closer to its source, i.e., less influenced by Middle Eastern musical styles.

While the Orchestra of Tangier in its modern form has expanded to include sixteen members, for the U.S. dates it will perform in the smaller, more traditional Andalusian configuration of eight musicians. The orchestra features master musicians performing on the rebab, oud, violin, viola, tar, and darbouka. They will be joined by special guest vocalist
Abderrahim Souri, one of the most sought-after Andalusian vocalists in Morocco.

The ensemble and its individual members have received international recognition for their recordings of traditional Andalusian music, touring extensively in Europe and the Arab world as well as recording over a dozen CD's of the musical and poetic traditions.

The city of Tangier is now in the midst of an explosive rebirth, with monumental new construction projects underway that include the world-class Tangier-Mediterranean port, huge industrial parks, and a 45,000-seat sports stadium. Its population has quadrupled in the last two decades and the city now boasts more than a million inhabitants. Yet none of these developments threaten Orchestra of Tangier's future. Each year, more students seek out the Conservatory, committed to carrying on the Orchestra's mission and the Andalusian traditions that remain the spiritual soul of Tangier.

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http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      TAKE PEACE CORPS OUT TO THE BALL GAME!

Join us for “Peace Corps Night” at RFK Stadium  Monday, September 17, 2007 for New York Mets at Washington Nationals for only $8.  The game starts at 7:05 p.m., but you will want to arrive a little early to watch a special pre-game ceremony featuring Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The Peace Corps will be celebrated throughout the evening. Please use the link below to purchase tickets. All tickets purchased through this link are for seats in an area of the stadium reserved for the Peace Corps.  Friends and family are welcome!  Click here to purchase your ‘Peace Corps Night’ tickets.      All tickets purchased through this link will be in the section reserved for the Peace Corps.  **If you are an RPCV or PC staff and would like to carry a flag on the field during the  “Peace Corps Parade of Nations,” please email mailto:mpcbaseball2007@peacecorps.gov  **

http://friendsofmorocco.org/images/fomstar2.gif      Haj Youness Mon. August 28, 2006 6:00 pm at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.  FREE concert

An ensemble of musicians separated by oceans and thousands of miles will perform together later this month for the first time, having composed music layer-by-layer with sound files exchanged over the Internet.

Their goal: Show how the arts can bridge diverse cultures -- even among people who have never met in person before coming together on stage.   A singer and instrumentalist from Afghanistan, a guitarist from Iran, a bass player from Ethiopia and drummers from Morocco are all part of the ensemble. They will accompany American Jewish tenor Alberto Mizrahi, Moroccan singer Haj Youness, a Muslim who is dean of the Casablanca Conservatory of Music, and renowned American keyboard and harmonica legend Howard Levy. Haj Youness plays a Moroccan instrument called a oud on in Casablanca, Morocco. Moroccan lute artist Haj Youness, recipient of the Golden Lute Medal and director of the Greater Casablanca Music Conservatory, illustrates the Arabic, Judaic, and sub-Saharan roots of Moroccan music.  This month's performance will feature music and instruments unique to the different cultures involved.

Performances are scheduled for Aug. 25 and Aug. 26 in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Aug. 27 at the Kennedy Center in Washington and this fall in Casablanca.   Read More Details at the Moroccan American Community board

   Concerts to Bridge Cultures with International Music in Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL and Casablanca, Morocco
Bridging cultures through the arts is at the heart of concerts coming to Washington, D.C., and Casablanca, Morocco. From the finale of the upcoming HAMSA-Fest in Chicago on August 25 and 26, 2007, an eclectic group of international musicians will travel to perform concerts on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on Monday, August 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and in Casablanca, Morocco's Place des Nations Unis (United Nations Plaza), on Saturday, September 1.

Headlining the concert, Greek-born American Jewish tenor Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, of Chicago, will perform with Moroccan oud virtuoso Haj Youness, who is Moslem. Hay Youness is Dean of the Casablanca Conservatory of Music. They will be accompanied by a special guest artist, world renowned keyboard and diatonic harmonica legend Howard Levy (American), also of Chicago. In its world premiere, the Genesis at the Crossroads World Music Ensemble will include Persian guitarist Shahin Shahida and Ethiopian bass player Moneeb Jewad, both of Washington, D.C., Persian multi-instrumentalist Farshid Soltanshahi of St. Louis, and D.C.-based musicians Afghan vocalist and instrumentalist Humayun Khan, Moroccan Kader Rhanime on saxophone, Moroccan Mohcine Saqi and Moroccan Anis Rhanime on percussion, and Moroccan Hicham El Anmari on keyboard.

The Kennedy Center performance is free. In addition, it will be broadcast via live audio-video webstreaming, at http://www.gatc.org. The September 1st concert in Morocco will be syndicated for broadcast on more than 200 radio stations in the U.S. and 48 European stations as well as on XM satellite radio, with the potential to reach more than 20 million listeners worldwide. Sponsors of the Washington, D.C., concert include Sofitel Lafayette Square, Nuveen Investments, Royal Air Maroc, and 98.7 WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network. The Morocco concert is sponsored by Royal Air Maroc and 98.7 WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network.

The third bi-annual outdoor festival, HAMSA-Fest, will take place at Chicago's Lincoln Park, offering a wide variety of art, music, and food from different cultures. This is the first year that part of the HAMSA-Fest concert line-up will tour outside the U.S. "We are breaking traditional barriers by bringing together artists who would likely never perform on the same stage otherwise and whose music draws audiences across cultural lines," said Dr. Wendy Sternberg, Founder and Executive Director of Genesis at the Crossroads (GATC), a non-profit organization bridging cultural conflicts through the arts. "I am most interested in promoting the creation of new works of art as a product of these collaborations, providing an innovative and inspirational model for others to follow."

Additionally, Casablanca has been chosen as a project site of a new GATC initiative called ARTSLINK. The goal of ARTSLINK is to revitalize conservatories of music around the world that are in disrepair, structurally and infrastructurally, to empower local leadership to provide sustainable arts curricula and performances, creating unprecedented cross-cultural arts exchanges. Through ARTSLINK Casablanca, Morocco's Casablanca Conservatory of Music will receive a transformational renovation by internationally-reputed sound engineers, architects, designers and developers, using green technology. An international jury will select the winning design. The new facility will allow master classes to be offered in music, dance and theater. It will feature a 300 seat indoor concert hall, a recording studio, and a small museum of Andalucian musical history. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 2009, marking GATC's 10th anniversary.
Contact: Ellen Beard, +1-434-245-8300, beardmedia@earthlink.net, for Genesis at the Crossroads

    What a Wonderful World
AMERICAN PREMIERE - CAPITAL FOCUS AWARD
AOUZI BENSAIDI France, Morocco, Germany, 2006, 98 minutes, Color
ThursdayApril 269:00 PM and FridayApril 279:15 PM  Wisconsin Ave Cinemas
In French and Arabic with English subtitles

From the eye-catching Saul Bass-style opening credits to the Bonnie and Clyde ending, What a Wonderful World is a visually inventive tour-de-force for writer-director-actor Faouzi Bensaidi. Kind of a cross between Jacques Tati and Quentin Tarantino, Bensaidi has set an episodic story of four Casablanca denizens at the intersection of Playtime's architectural mischievousness and Pulp Fiction's inventive genre-mashing. Kamel (Bensaidi) is a stone-faced hitman who takes his assignments from hieroglyphics scattered around town. Kenza (Nezha Rahil, from the director's previous film A Thousand Months) is a traffic cop so morose she has a private thunderstorm hovering around her. Her pal Souad (Fatima Attif) is a hooker who runs her business via Kenza's mobile phone. Finally, there's 20-year-old Hicham (El Mehdi Elaaroubi), who runs elaborate emigration ruses. Their paths eventually cross in inventive ways, and Bensaidi's Casablanca is a widescreen wonderland of droll coincidence. - Eddie Cockrell
Print Source: Les Films du Losange 22, av. Pierre 1er de Serbie 72116 Paris France T: 33 1 44 43 87 10 www.filmsdulosange.fr 

    Sound of the Soul The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music
STEPHEN OLSSON USA, 2005, 78 minutes, Color In Person: Director Stephen Olsson
Tuesday April 24 8:45 PM and Thursday April 26 8:45 PM Wisconsin Ave Cinemas

Sound of the Soul is a stirring work of musical faith. Each spring, thousands of musicians and music fans descend on the North African city of Fez, Morocco to express their joy of worship through music. Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sufi: all are welcome in the ancient, walled town of Fez. Filmmaker Stephen Olsson (Last Images of War) brought his widescreen digital cameras to the 10th anniversary of the festival, and the results are galvanizing. From the delicate Irish vocal group Anuna to the big sound of New York City's Sons of Thunder, the music on display from numerous acts encompasses reflective spirituality, unbridled celebration, and the positive spirit of devotional expression. "It is true that the mystics of the world, whatever their religion, most often get along just fine," Olsson told an interviewer at the Vancouver Film Festival. "They also have the most fun." - Eddie Cockrell  
Official website
Print Source: Fortissimo Films Veemarkt 77-79 1019 DA Amsterdam The Netherlands T: 31 20 627 32 15 F: 31 20 626 11 55 info@fortissimo.nl

   Visit of the Moroccan Consulate to Chicago. Saturday April 28, 2007 from 09:00am to 09:00pm. at 1602 West, Grandville Avenue, Chicago 60660.  Contact phone: 847-594-5812 (Just for this event in case you need more information or directions).  The Mobile Consulate will be providing the following services:
- CIN (carte d'identite nationale)
- Passports (renewal / extension)
- Powers of Attorney/ Lodging Certificates/ Life Certificates
- Consular Card
- Child registration:
- Marriage Recognition and/or application for family book:

Note:    Fees for all consular operations are available on www.moroccanconsulate.com and only payment by cash or money order is accepted.  A consular Card is needed for all services and you can apply for it at the same time.

    Current Intellectual and Cultural Trends in the Countries of the Maghreb (in Arabic) WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 (8:00 p.m.) Conversation with thinker and political activist from Algeria, Dr. Anwar Haddam, and journalist and former diplomat from Morocco, Mr. Mohammad Said Al-Ouafi at AL-HEWAR CENTER 124 Park St SE Vienna, VA 22180.  USA Telephone: (703) 281-6277 Fax: (703) 437-6419 All events held at Al-Hewar Center are FREE FOR CENTER SUBSCRIBERS; $5 for non-Subscribers.

   The Tunisian Embassy in Washington, DC, is sponsoring an April 5 (Friday) lecture by Professor Houda Zaibi-Belhassan on "Tunisian Women's Emancipatory Journey: A Long Tradition of Continuous Reforms" at 6:30 pm at Meridien House, 1630 Crescent Place, NW in Washington. If interested in attending, please call Marleine Mervil at 202-680-6030.

   Corsairs, Diplomacy and Confusion:  The Origins of US-Moroccan Relations in the Era of the American Revolution. Thursday, February 22, 2007 Rome Building Auditorium, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 6:30 - 7:00 Reception/registration 7:00 - 8:00 Lecture and discussion 8:00 - 8:30 Networking Part of The Tangier American Legation Museum Society (TALMS) 2006-2007 Seminar Series In cooperation with Friends of Morocco and Association of Moroccan Professionals in America

In 1777, Morocco became the first country to recognize the independence of the infant United States of America.  Long the subject of speculation and conjecture, the origins of this move by Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah can now be revealed as the result of research in the archives of Europe.  The story is a fascinating one of the world of naval passports, corsairs and diplomatic intrigue in the late 18th century.

Jerry Bookin-Weiner, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, is a specialist in early modern Moroccan history and Moroccan American relations.  He currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs of The Scholar Ship and is a TALMS Fellow and member of the Friends of Morocco Board.  He conducted research on the origins of US-Moroccan relations in American, British, French and Dutch archives to discover how and why Morocco became the first foreign power to recognize American independence, even before the signing of the landmark US- French alliance in 1778. See http://www.usembassy.ma/usmorrelations/historicalbgrnd.htm for background

   Maghreb Center Inaugural Symposium Georgetown University Thursday, February 8, 2007, 9AM to 5:15PM Marriot Georgetown Conference Center, Leavey Center, Salon H Open to the public. Please RSVP by sending an email to: administration@maghrebcenter.org

The symposium will review the current political and economic state of affairs of the five countries of the Maghreb, in light of these countries' respective histories and achievements. Panelists will provide tools for a better understanding of these developments, and possibly some suggestions to meet the current challenges.

Fifty years ago this year, in 1956, Morocco and Tunisia, two former French protectorates, gained their independence. Mauritania proclaimed its own independence from France in 1960, and Algeria remained under colonial yoke until 1962. Libya declared its sovereignty from Italy earlier in 1951.

Since then, in spite of numerous difficulties and setbacks, the five countries of the Maghreb, each one according to its own trajectory, shaped by its socio-historic specificities, have achieved substantial progress in modernizing their societies, structuring them as nation states, while struggling to achieve socio-economic development, and more recently to insert their respective economies into the global economy.

Today Maghrebi societies have evolved and grown more complex. The five countries face, in varying degrees, similar challenges in pursuing the liberalization of their economies by fostering the private sector and undertaking the privatization of state owned enterprises, while providing adequate social safety nets and tackling the critical issue of unemployment, mainly among the youth. In addition, on the political front, the Maghrebi states have been reforming their civil service and decentralizing decisionmaking authority; adjusting the governance system to new realities; and rethinking politics to give a voice to a more educated populace and a growing middle class, while dealing with political dissent inspired by a literalist understanding of Islam that has swept all over the Muslim world.

The symposium will include four panels:  

  1. Trends in Political Reform, and New Developments in Political Islam in the Maghreb
  2. The Security Environment in the Maghreb
  3. Economic Development Issues
  4. International Relations: The EU and US relations with the Maghreb / Maghrebi Regional Integration

Detailed program

9:00-9:10 AM Nejib Ayachi, (President, The Maghreb Center) Introduction
   
9:10-9:30 AM Keynote Address, Leon Carl Brown, (Honorary Chair, Maghreb Center Inaugural Symposium, and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University) "The Contemporary Maghreb in Historical Perspective"
   
9:30-11:00 AM Panel 1: "Political Reform and Political Islam," (20 minutes each, and 30 minutes Q & A)
 
  • William Zartman, (Johns Hopkins University, SAIS) Moderator/ Democratization in the Maghreb
  • Clement Henry, (University of Texas at Austin) "Postcolonial Dialectics of Political Islam"
  • Ali Ahmida, (University of New England) "After Lockerbie: The Debate about Reform in Libya"
  • Lindsay Benstead, (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan) "The Perceptions of Parliament and Confidence in Democracy in Morocco and Algeria."
11:00-11:15 AM Break
   
11:15-12:45 AM Panel 2: "The Security Environment in the Maghreb," (15 minute presentations, and 30 minutes Q & A)
 
  • John Entelis, (Fordham University) Moderator/ Overview of "Security & Terrorism" in Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia
  • Peter R Faber, (National Defense University) "The Maghreb and NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue: Security Implications and Dilemmas"
  • Jacques E. Roussellier, (Middle East Institute) "Western Sahara: Disputed Sovereignty or Regional Conflict?"
  • Nouredine Jebnoun, (Georgetown University) "The Radicalization of the Salafist Movements in Algeria."
12:45-1:45 PM Break
   
1:45-3:15 PM Panel 3: "Economic Development," (15 minutes each, and 30 minutes Q & A)
 
  • Theodore Ahlers, (World Bank) Moderator
  • Melani Cammett, (Brown University) "Trade Liberalization, the Relationship between Business Groups, The State, and Industrial Development Strategies in Morocco and Tunisia"
  • Heba F. El-Shazli, (Solidarity Center-AFL-CIO) "The Social and Labor Impact of Globalization in the Maghreb"
  • Lakhdar Boukerrou, (Florida Atlantic University) "Poverty, Environmental Governance, and the Economic Future of the Maghreb"
  • Loubna H. Skalli, (The American University) "Gender Dimensions of Development in the Maghreb"
3:15-3:30 PM Break
   
3:30-5:00 PM Panel 4: "International Relations and Regional Integration," (20 minutes each, and 30 minutes Q & A)
 
  • Gregory White, (Smith College) Moderator
  • Yahia Zoubir, (Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management) "EU and US interests in the Maghreb"
  • Ferhi Salah, (University of Quebec, Montreal) "Historical and Contemporary Sub-Saharan Migration into the Maghreb"
  • Stuart Eizenstat, (Former Deputy Treasury Secretary, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Author of the Eisenstadt Inititative on US-North Africa Economic Partnership) "The Maghreb Center, Regional Integration, and U.S.-North Africa Economic Partnership" (taped).
5:00-5:15 PM Closing Remarks

      High Atlas Foundation (HAF)  will be hosting a Happy Hours Friday, February 9th 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Marrakesh Palace 2147 P Street, NW. Washington DC in the Dupont Circle area.  Come to meet HAF Board Members and other people who are interested in making a difference for Morocco. We look forward to sharing with you more about our community development work and new initiative to plant one million fruit tree saplings in community nurseries throughout Morocco.  Please join us!!!

      Morocco at the Crossroads: Achievements and Challenges Tuesday, December 19, 2006 12:30pm - 2:30pm World Bank J Building- J1-050, 701 18th St. NW (corner of 18th St. and Pennsylvania Ave) Please RSVP to dbennani@worldbank.org Event is followed by a light lunch reception in the InfoShop

InfoShop, The Maghreb Department, Middle East and North Africa In collaboration with the Maghreb Center invite you to a special presentation Morocco at the Crossroads: Achievements and Challenges Since the accession of King Mohamed VI to the throne in 1999, Morocco has engaged in  a social, economic and political reform process thats scope and intensity are considered unparalleled in the Middle East and North Africa, by a majority of specialists in the region. Major progress has been achieved on all these fronts, but a great deal remains to be done. Some of the major challenges faced by Morocco on the path of sustained reform and progress are: Adapting the governance system for genuine ownership and accountability; inducing sustained economic growth while narrowing disparities between segments of the population; reducing poverty and continuing to improve social indicators; and dealing with the issue of unemployment, mainly among the youth. The purpose of the conference is to offer analyses of some of these issues, and recommendations on how to tackle them.

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Chaired by Nejib Ayachi

Co-founder and President of the Maghreb Center Nejib Ayachi, the co-founder and President of the Maghreb Center, is a Development Consultant with several years of work experience in the areas of training for development, knowledge management, and social development. Mr. Ayachi's regional experience is with North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Ayachi has taught in the department of political science/international relations of the George Washington University in Washington DC, and at the State Department?s Foreign Service Institute where he lectured on Maghrebi issues.

Presented by Marina Ottaway: Director of the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Marina S. Ottaway specializes in democracy and post-conflict reconstruction issues, with special focus on problems of political transformation in the Middle East and reconstruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, and African countries. She is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Project, a research endeavor that analyzes the state of democracy around the world and the efforts by the United States and other countries to promote democracy. Her most recent book, Uncharted Journey: Democracy Promotion in the Middle East (co-edited with Thomas Carothers), was published in January 2005. Before joining the Endowment, Ottaway carried out research in Africa and in the Middle East for many years and taught at the University of Addis Ababa, the University of Zambia, the American University in Cairo, and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Ms Ottaway will address the governance and institutional aspects of reform in her presentation titled "Governance in Morocco."

Theodore Ahlers: Director of the Maghreb Department at the World Bank Mr. Ahlers was appointed Director of the Maghreb Department (Algeria, Libya, Malta, Morocco and Tunisia) in the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) Region in October 2002. A U.S. national, Mr. Ahlers joined the Bank in 1985 as an economist in the West African Country Programs Department. Since then, he has held several positions in the Middle East and North Africa, Africa, and Europe and Central Asia Regions, both in country programs and technical divisions, including as Country Director for Benin, Niger and Togo (1996-2000) and Director in the Office of the Vice President, Africa Region (2000-2002). Mr. Ahlers attended Tufts University, Fletcher School, and holds a Ph.D in development economics. His pre-Bank experience includes research and policy advisor positions in Madagascar, Cameroon and Haiti. Mr. Ahlers will provide the World Bank Perspective on Economic Reforms: Achievements and Challenges.

Jon B. Alterman: Director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Jon B. Alterman is director and senior fellow of the CSIS Middle East Program.

Prior to joining CSIS, he served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State and as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. Before entering government, he was a scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Alterman has lectured in more than 20 countries on subjects related to the Middle East and U.S. policy toward the region. Alterman is on the Board of Advisory Editors of the Middle East Journal, is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Transnational Broadcasting Studies, and is a former international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Alterman will talk about Reform in Morocco, and EU and US AID.

Loubna Skalli Hana: School of International Service, the American University Ms H. Skalli is a professor at the School of International Service at American University, Washington D.C. where she teaches gender and youth in international development. She is also an adjunct at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her most recent publications include Through a Local Prism: Gender, Globalization and Identity in Moroccan Women?s Magazines (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), and Vulture Culture: the Politics and Pedagogy of Television Talk Shows(co-authored, Peter Lang, 2005). Ms Skalli will present Moroccan NGOs Approaches to Development and Women.

Comments by: H.E. Ambassador Aziz Mekouar. Aziz Mekouar became ambassador of Morocco to the United States on June 19, 2002. Before his current assignment, Ambassador Mekouar served as ambassador to Italy (1999-2002). He was elected Independent Chairman of the Council of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in November 2001 and re-elected in 2003. He had previously been appointed ambassador to Portugal (1993-1999) and to Angola (1986-1993). Ambassador Mekouar has also served as minister plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Morocco (1985-1986), permanent representative of Morocco to the International Bureau for Information Technology (1978-1985), and first counselor and deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Morocco in Rome (1977-1985).
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About the Maghreb Center: The Maghreb Center is an independent Washington DC based non-profit dedicated to understanding and analyzing the political, economic, and social climate in the five countries of North Africa that are also known as the Maghreb: Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. The center disseminates this information amongst policy-makers, academics, the media, and the American public at large.

Beyond promoting a greater appreciation of the Maghreb in terms of history, culture, accomplishments, and challenges, the Center also aims to contribute to development in the region through various activities, and to the strengthening of US-Maghrebi ties, including trade and investment. The Maghreb Center is an initiative from scholars of North Africa and Development practitioners. For more information, please visit: http://maghrebcenter.org/

      Marocain Fashion Show with Ouail Abouhassane and Abderahim Souiri Orchestra It's the holiday season, Don't hesitate to honor us with your presence at the Fasion Parade of Moroccan Traditional and Modern outfits. By NOUZHA LAHLOU (La Maison du Caftan) The night is being sponsered by Royal Air Maroc. We always have done a great job to introduce our great culture. The night will include Moroccan diner and sweet deserts.
Friday, December 15. 8:00pm Tickets: $50 Time at Chain Federation 44-01 Broadway Astoria NY. For Reservation call (917) 517-1185 AND Saturday, December 16 8:00pm. Tickets: $75 Papillion 22 East 54th Street New York NY For Reservation call (917) 517-1185 Nouzha. Restaurant Reservation Kristopher D. Hassett (516) 270-7061 or (212)754-9006

      Political Reforms and Stability in Morocco. Wednesday, December 13, 2006 12:00 - 1:30pm
MEI Boardman Room 1761 N Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
The Middle East Institute and American Moroccan Institute are pleased to welcome Andre Azoulay, senior advisor to King Mohammed VI and, prior to that, advisor to his father King Hassan II. Dr Azoulay will discuss Morocco's moves toward political reform and the country's role in the global fight against terrorism. Based on his long experience advising the monarchy, Azoulay will also look at Morocco's regional role in peace efforts as head of the Al Quds committee of the Organization of Islamic Conference. Prior to his government career, Azoulay was editor of the Moroccan daily Maroc-Information and head of Eurocom, based in Paris. In 1976, Azoulay helped establish the Moroccan Jewish cultural organization "Identity and Dialogue." He is also founder and president of the Saouira Festival. For more information and to RSVP, please visit: http://www.mideasti.org/programs/programs_event_details.php?EventID=244  or email RSVP@mideasti.org with the subject line: 12.13.06 Andre Azoulay

      KUNUZ of Morocco open house of Moroccan arts & crafts Saturday, December 9, 2006 10am- 2 pm and Sunday,  December 10, 2006 11am- 2 pm. Pottery from Fes & Safi, wood boxes from Essaouira, mirrors, lanterns& baskets from Marrakesh, Jewelry, kaftans and much more… 2433 Rockbridge Street Vienna , VA 22180 ( residence, very close to Tysons Corner). Mint tea & pastries will be served. Call (703) 992-3540 or send an email to andalus42@yahoo.com. Contact us also to schedule a visit to our showroom on another date

    Benefit Reception for the The Tangier American Legation Museum of Tangier, Morocco Monday, November 27, 2006 from 6:30 pm at the residence of the Ambassador of H.M. the King of Morocco and Mrs Aziz Mekouar. Directions. $75 in advance to TALMS, 2700 Woodley Pl Washington, DC 20008. Names will be checked at the door.

      Morocco in western art: A multidisciplinary international conference convened by The Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association

Water color of Moroccan menMarrakesh, Morocco, November 6-7, 2006

Romantic representations of (a real or imaginary) Morocco endured well beyond the 19 th century generating a considerable production by major and minor artists in all forms: Painting, printmaking, photography, film, decorative arts, fiction, drama, poetry, music, etc.

The Conference aims to bring together art historians, museum curators, literary and film critics and writers, to present to an international audience gathered in Marrakesh for a Global Fulbright Associations meeting, specialist views on the impact of Morocco on a number of Western artists of whom Eugene Delacroix, Henry Matisse, Gordon Coutts, Kees Van Dongen, Salvador Dali, Camille Saint Saëns, Robert Blackburn, Majorelle, Elias Canetti, Daniel Halpern, Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, Jean Genet, Orson Welles, Juan Goytisolo, and many others.

For information: email conference@fulbright-alumni.ma or write to: The Chair, Organizing Committee MFAA, c/o MACECE 7, rue d’Agadir, Rabat 10 000, Morocco http://www.fulbright-alumni.ma

    Morocco : From Top-down Reform to Democratic Transition? A symposium of the Middle East Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Wednesday, November 1, 2006 12:15pm-1:30pm at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20036 Please RSVP to Patty Mallan at pmallan@ceip.org or 202-939-2261 by October 30. A light lunch will be served.

Some analysts consider Morocco to be the foremost example of successful reform in the Middle East and North Africa, but others dismiss it as a country where superficial reform disguises the regime’s basic authoritarian nature. Please join us for a discussion of a recent Carnegie Paper on Morocco which assesses the current reform process in Morocco as well as prospects for future reform.

Presenter: Marina Ottaway , Carnegie Endowment for International Peace author of the new Carnegie Paper,  “ Morocco : From Top-down Reform to Democratic Transition?”. Commentators: William Zartman, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Abdeslam Maghraoui, United States Institute of Peace. Moderator : Michele Dunne , Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

   Spirit of Fès: Sacred Sounds from East & West US National Tour: Paths to Hope October 7 to 29, 2006
The Spirit of Fès is the international component of the celebrated Fès Festival of World Sacred Music and its companion Fès Forum. Its mission is to broaden the dialogue begun in Fès about ways in which art, culture and spirituality can offer a humane response to pressing global issues. The Tour will travel to 15 cities in 7 states from October 7 - 29 to connect to American communities and audiences. Tour Details

More than twenty musicians from South Asia, North Africa, Europe, and the United States gather to recreate one of the world's great musical gatherings, the Fès Festival of World Sacred Music, held annually in Morocco. Hear ethereal chants by Susan Hellauer (of Anonymous 4) melded with the South Indian improvisations of Aruna Sairam accompanied by percussionist Jamey Haddad. Experience rarely heard Jewish music by Gerard Edery, whom the New York Times calls "a master of Sephardic song." Travel to the Middle East with virtuoso 'ud solos by Palestinian American artist Zafar Tawil. And immerse yourself in the sight and sounds of Sufi songs and dances performed by the twelve-member Daqqa of Taroudant, direct from Morocco. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Morocco. Paths to Hope Artistic Director Statement.

Tour Artists
Daqqa Roudania Ensemble (Morocco)
Gerard Edery (U.S.A.-Morocco)
Jamey Haddad (U.S.A.)
Susan Hellauer (U.S.A.)
Aruna Sairam (India)
Zafer Tawil (U.S.A.-Palestine)

October 7 - Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution - Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 12 p.m.
October 10 - Philadelphia, PA
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – Perelman Theater 8:00 p.m.
October 11 - Storrs, CT University of Connecticut - Jorgensen Auditorium 8:00 p.m.
October 12 - Schenectady, NY Art Center and Theater of Schenectady - Proctors Theatre 8:00 p.m.
October 13 - Purchase, NY
Purchase College, SUNY – Concert Hall 8:00 p.m.
October 14 & 15  - New York, NY
Carnegie Hall – Zankel Hall 8:30 p.m. and other events NYC Details
October 17 - Buffalo, NY
University at Buffalo - Center for the Arts 8:00 p.m
October 19 - West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University- Loeb Playhouse 7:30 p.m.
October 20 & 21 - Urbana, IL
Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Tryon Festival Theatre 7:30 p.m. October 24 - Irvine, CA Irvine Barclay Theatre 8:00 p.m.
October 25 - Riverside, CA
UC Riverside - University Theater 8:00 p.m.
October 26 - Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Royce Hall 8:00 p.m.
October 27 - Santa Cruz, CA UC Santa Cruz - Music Center Recital Hall 8:00 p.m.
October 28 - Chico, CA
California State University, Chico - Laxson Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
October 29 - San Francisco, CA
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco - Kanbar Hall 7:00 p.m.

    I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed Part of the Eleventh Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival of Washington, DC
Friday October 27 at 6:30 PM and Saturday October 28 at 9:30 PM AMC Loews Wisconsin Ave 6 Theatres
S
ERGE LE PERON France, Spain, 2005, 101 minutes, Color
Extremist politics, the film industry and criminal activity stylishly collide in Serge Le Péron's pulp thriller based on the still unsolved kidnapping of Moroccan independence leader Mehdi Ben Barka in Paris in 1965. After a stint in prison, George Figon aims to prove himself in the Paris art community and haphazardly undertakes the production of a documentary on decolonization commissioned by a suspicious Moroccan organization. Figon employs Georges Franju to direct, Marguerite Duras to write the narration and, at the behest of the shady sponsors, influential political activist Ben Barka to serve as the primary source of information. Ben Barka mysteriously disappears en route to a meeting with the filmmakers on October 29, 1965. Figon has taken on much more than he can handle and the situation quickly spirals out of his control.

    SOLD OUT - Iftar (breaking the Ramadan fast) Sunday, October 15 from 6:15 p.m. (sunset is 6:30 p.m.) at the Taste of Morocco 8661 Colesville Rd Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone 301 588 8226 (North of Silver Spring metro on Colesville Rd). We will have a speaker to speak about Islam, Ramadan, Iftar, and the food and culture surrounding Ramadan. Tickets MUST be purchased online (no payments at the door) and by October 2nd. Space is limited. To purchase tickets go to the RPCVw website: http://www.rpcvw.org/store.html. Tickets are $20 for members of RPCVw and Friends of Morocco, and $25 for non-members.. Sponsored by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC and Friends of Morocco. Not required but consider fasting that day to better understand the experience.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Islam uses a lunar calendar—that is, each month begins with the sighting of the new moon. Because the lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar used elsewhere, Islamic holidays "move" each year. In 2006 Ramadan will begin on Sept. 24. For more than a billion Muslims around the world—including some 8 million in North America—Ramadan is a "month of blessing" marked by prayer, fasting, and charity. Muslims practice sawm, or fasting, for the entire month of Ramadan. This means that they may eat or drink nothing, including water, while the sun shines. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam. As with other Islamic duties, all able Muslims take part in sawm from about age twelve.

During Ramadan in the Muslim world, most restaurants are closed during the daylight hours. Families get up early for suhoor, a meal eaten before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a meal known as iftar. Iftar usually begins with dates and sweet drinks that provide a quick energy boost. Fasting serves many purposes. While they are hungry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with fellow believers.

    Wednesday, October 25 Raising the Moroccan-American child:  Panel on approaches to nurturing successful multi-cultural (and multi-lingual) Moroccan-American children with feet both in Morocco and in the US Room 806 Rome Building, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 6:30 - 7:00 Reception/registration 7:00 - 8:00 Lecture and discussion 8:00 - 8:30 Networking
Part of The Tangier American Legation Museum Society (TALMS) 2006-2007 Seminar Series In cooperation with Friends of Morocco and Association of Moroccan Professionals in America. References: The Colors Of Love - multiracial children: Raising Multicultural Kids Who Are Proud of Their Identities by Francis Wardle and Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? A Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children

Moderator is Norma McCaig, an intercultural specialist and the founder and current chair of Global Nomads International, an organization serving those who have lived abroad because of a parent¹s career choice. She specialises in programmes for raising awareness of the dynamics of the internationally mobile family, the lifelong impact and uses of a globally nomadic childhood, crosscultural transition and intercultural communication. In addition to her work with GNI, she is an affiliate faculty member of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, coordinating Global Nomad Programs and Services through the Multicultural Research and Resource Center (MRRC).  Ms. McCaig¹s work has been highlighted in a number of  articles and books, most notably  Third Culture Kids:  Growing Up Among Worlds, by Ruth Van Reken and David C. Pollock , and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation¹s book, Notes from a Travelling Childhood. Panelist Myriam Fizazi-Hawkins will speak about her experience growing up to a Moroccan father and American mother in Morocco. Bill Lawrence will speak about his experience of being married to a Moroccan woman and raising a child together and Samir Labriny to speak about his experience of being married to an American Woman and raising two children together.

   Orchestra Raïs of Fes at The Great Hall of Cooper Union 7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue East Village, New York City Sat., September 30, 2006 10:00 pm
Founded by the late Hajj Abdelkrim Raïs in 1946, the Orchestra Raïs of Fes was formerly known as Orchestra al-Brihi, and has been one of the best known orchestras in Morocco. Much demanded throughout Europe and the Arab world under the direction of Mohammed Briouel, the Orchestra visited New York three years ago to inaugurate Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall. Tickets $45 (General Admission) & $65 (Reserved Seating). For info, visit menamusic.org. For tickets and inquiries, contact MENA Music at 212-513-1316 or info@menamusic.org. The first day of Ramadan is expected to be September 23rd. The sunset of Saturday, September 30th (the concert date) will be at 6:40 pm, and the concert will start at 10:00 pm

    Tuesday, September 19  Tangier, Morocco 1882-1909:  Facts behind the fiction. Rome Building, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 6:30 - 7:00 Reception/registration 7:00 - 8:00 Lecture and discussion 8:00 - 8:30 Networking
Dr Diane Skelly Ponasik, Author of “Tangier, a novel” discusses the historical background to her recently published book covering the importance of that 20 year period for Morocco and describing the forces in play in Morocco and in the world, this era of civil war and political unrest.  She will also reflect on the process of historical research necessary to write period fiction. Part of The Tangier American Legation Museum Society (TALMS) 2006-2207 Seminar Series In cooperation with Friends of Morocco and Association of Moroccan Professionals in America

   High Atlas Foundation Second annual fundraising event in NYC on September 21st from 6 to 8 pm at the Urban Center at the New York Palace Hotel - 457 Madison Avenue at 51st Street honoring Carol Bellamy and the keynote speaker will be Andre Azoulay. We're also doing a special fundraiser to fund Kate Jeans-Gail Memorial Fruit Tree Nursery Fund in memory of a former Peace Corps Volunteer, who was killed in an automobile accident shortly after her Peace Corps service ended in 2003. Fun and exciting silent auction items to bid on!! Airline tickets, luxury hotels, Moroccan artwork and much more. Honorary Chairs include Ambassador Tutwiler, Wendy Kopp, Ambassador Ginsberg, Charlie Benjamin, Kevin Quigley and Tim Resch. Individual tickets are $100. Click here to purchase tickets. Send checks payable to "High Atlas Foundation": PO Box 21081, Park West Station, New York, NY 10025. The High Atlas Foundation promotes economic development in rural Morocco. Proceeds from this event will support a new initiative to plant one million fruit trees with communities throughout Morocco. High Atlas Foundation's new tree planting initiative is now featured at GlobalGiving.com. Click here to learn more and to help support one of our community designed tree nursery projects in rural Morocco.

      Schools without Borders” fundraising gala at Casablanca Restaurant, 1504 King Street, (Old Town – 2 blocks from King Street metro) by The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA), in partnership with the Morocco Foundation to help four schools in Essaouira Morocco. We are rebuilding areas of all four schools, creating a computer lab with 10 PCs and also sponsoring 315 children – many of whom are orphans. The Gala will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2006 from 11:30am to 4:30pm. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be used to sponsor 315 Moroccan children, and improve the facilities of 4 schools in the Essaouira area. Summary of the project. More details on this project.
The minimum pledge for the event is $50 or $350 for a table of 8.
Event Program:
12:00 to 13:00: 3 course lunch
13:00 to 13:30: Moroccan Fashion Show
13:30 to 14:30: Auction of Moroccan arts and crafts
14:30 to 16:00: Enjoy a delightful Mediterranean music with the “Gibraltar” band (from Guarapo in Arlington)
16:00 Raffle to include a R/T ticket to Morocco, courtesy of Royal Air Maroc.
RSVP: By email to events@amp-usa.org or by phone to either Imane Bentaouet at 202.302.3644 or Hicham Kabbaj at 301.728.4366. For further information contact: Hicham Kabbaj Cell: 301 728 4366 hmkabbaj@Gmail.com or Hicham@amp-usa.org or Imane Bentaouet @ 202.302.3644 or ibentaouet@yahoo.com

      DC area FOM Annual Moroccan Pot Luck Picnic. Sunday, September 10, 2006 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Home of Susan Boucher in Falls Church, VA. RSVP by email or call (703) 556-4332 to get address and directions. What to bring?

      Moroccan American Organization of Chicago (MAOOC) would like to celebrate with you in original event “TASTE OF MOROCCO” pot luck. You and your family are cordially invited for a Culinary and Cultural Journey of Morocco (admission is free). Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 12:00 pm. (Food will be served between 12:30 and 2:30 pm ) Evanston Park ( Elliott Park: 1/2 Block south of Dempster and Lakeshore Blvd)

If there is one thing that brings people together, it is good food and a good cause.  The cause is to learn about our dear country’s different region specialties and introduce kids and Americans to our diverse cuisine, Moroccan games, and traditions. In this potluck, you will get the opportunity to share your traditional dish and/or dessert  that represents your city with others in the community, taste some of the different dishes, network with like-minded souls, make new connections, have stimulating conversations, and play cards or/and checkers.

MAOOC will provide the space for the event (Evanston Park), soft drinks, water, pita bread, plates, cups, and napkins. We will also bring aluminum and candle food heaters. We will be providing entertainment for kids aged between 5 and 12 years, there will be Moroccan story tellers, authentic Moroccan games and henna designers. We will also have a contest and prize for the best cook.

You think this is a great event, please send us an email at contact@maooc.com with the following information before Thursday September 7, 2006: 1.  The dish you’re planning to bring. 2.  Number of Adults and number of Kids to attend. 3.  If you’re planning to bring chairs and/or tents. Contact us with your feedbacks and suggestions at contact@maooc.com or visit us at http://maooc.com.

      MOROCCO I is having it's Reunion on Labor Day weekend, September 1-4, 2006 at Jerry & Diane David's in Hendersonville, North Carolina. A weekend of fun, renewing old friendships, re-living old memories and lots to eat, including a Mishwee on Saturday night. We're even got confirmation from the Moroccan Embassy that they are sending a representative to the Saturday Night event. Invitation only.

    Friday, June 23, 2006 — 6:00 to 8:00 pm
His Excellency Aziz Mekouar Moroccan Ambassador to the United States and the Board of Directors of the High Atlas Foundation
Cordially invite you to join us for a reception to recognize The Honorable Edward M. Gabriel Former United States Ambassador to Morocco for his continued extraordinary service to the people of Morocco and
to remember our dear friend Ms. Kate Jeans-Gail Former Peace Corps Morocco Volunteer
at the home of Ambassador Mekouar 9109 Clewerwall Drive, Bethesda, MD
There is no charge for entry. Donations are always welcome.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Dress is business casual.
Please RSVP to Jason at jason@highatlasfoundation.org or (646) 285-7444.
The High Atlas Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to establish development projects in rural communities of Morocco that local people design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies.
High Atlas Foundation Park West Station PO Box 21081 New York, NY  10025 (646) 285-7444 haf@highatlasfoundation.org 

    Saturday, June 24, 2006 from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Radisson Hotel, Old Town Alexandria 901 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria VA 22314 Telephone: (703) 683 6000

MOROCCAN AMERICANS: OPPORTUNITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.  The latest American census report indicates that the number of Moroccans residing in the United States exceeds 100,000. In order to wield a persuasive voice that can influence policies affecting our lives, both in the US and in Morocco, we must fully exploit our growing presence to empower our community socially, economically, and politically. With that vision in mind, a group of dedicated Moroccan American volunteers took the initiative to create a framework through which our combined ideas and collective experiences would be employed toward the most pressing issues facing us, including our territorial integrity.

Accordingly, we have the pleasure of inviting you to join this process, which we believe holds great promises for our community and for our beloved country of origin. We strongly encourage you to take part in this historic effort, at its inception, by attending our upcoming seminar. We ask you to add your voice to those of us who have already committed to attend. Please come prepared to share your thoughts and suggestions in the seminar. Let us create an environment that allows Moroccan Americans to want to think and talk with each other, and to effectively plan and execute future strategies in a collective way. 

Please join us in this momentous event to realize our common vision. A detailed program of the event follows:

1.      Registration for the event is required:

·       Advanced registration is strongly encouraged by contacting the volunteers listed below.

·       The fee is $20 to be paid by check or in cash.

·       You must be 18 years of age or older in order to attend the event

Room reservation: A block of rooms has been reserved at the above-mentioned hotel for the nights of June 23 and 24. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation as soon as possible, but no later than June 20, and mention reservation code “AMANA” in order to receive the negotiated reduced rate. Because this event is organized by volunteers, the hotel costs are the responsibility of the attendees ($99.00 per room).

2.      Lunch will be provided.

3.      For those who can stay until the next day, a tour of Washington, D.C. will be organized on Sunday.

4.      All questions and correspondence, as well as registration for the event,  should be directed to the following volunteers:

Brahim Nechikh E-mail: Othnec1@verizon.net Telephone: (240) 423 9634 or Hassan Samghouni. E-mail: ctt@arabwebsite.com

Program:
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Registration
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Meet and Greet
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Welcoming Statement By the Organizing Committee spokesperson Mr. Khalid Rafiq
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Moroccans in the US: Snapshot Presentation by Ms. Rajae Nami
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Morocco: The latest Developments and Challenges Speaker: The Ambassador of Morocco, Mr. Aziz Mekouar
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Q & A Session
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Mechanics of the US congress Speaker: Ambassador Edward Gabriel
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Q & A Session
12:00 PM - 13:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Effective Communication: Tools & Skills
1:20 PM - 1:30 PM Q & A Sessions
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Role of Moroccan Americans Speaker: Mr. Ahmed Lahjouji
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Get Involved/ 101 Lobbying Corey Faylor, CAIR
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Q& A Sessions
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Coffee Break
3:00 PM - 5: 00 Workshop Moderator: Boubker Abisourour
5: 00 PM - 5: 30PM Plan of action
6:30 - 8:30 PM RECEPTION in the Hotel

    THE MOROCCAN AMERICAN BUSINESS NETWORK (MABIZNET) CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO: 
2nd ANNUAL BUSINESS NETWORK FORUM
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2006 10: 00AM – 5: 00 PM
HILTON OLD TOWN 1767 King Street Alexandria, VA  22314

    Thursday , June 8, 2006 8:30 am-11:00 am   Washington DC, Capitol Hill, Rayburn Building, Room 2200
Conference Announcement: American-Moroccan Relations & the Path toward Democracy
Organized by the American Moroccan Institute(AMI) in coordination with the United States Congress and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) 
To RSVP email info@amius.org or call 347 860-1250
Members of US Congress, the Moroccan parliament, human rights experts, and high-level government representatives will meet on Capitol Hill to discuss Morocco’s recent democratic reforms in relation to US foreign policy in the Middle East. Organized by the American Moroccan Institute (AMI), the conference will address the following questions: What are the challenges and promises of social, religious, and political reforms in Morocco? What particular solutions do they provide to the issues of terrorism, women’s rights, and the Sahara? How do democratic reforms in the Middle East overlap or conflict with the US attempt to promote democracy in the region? How is Arab democracy negotiated between domestic specificities and foreign pressures? What guarantees does the new experience of democracy offer against the rise of fundamentalism? What example do democratic reforms in Morocco set for the rest of the Arab and Muslim world?

The aim of the conference is to bring together American and Moroccan panelists from a wide array of political backgrounds to discuss one of the most important topics today, namely, how democracy should be viewed in the context of East-West relations. Confirmed speakers include: Congressmen Lincoln Diaz-Balart, John Larson, Robert Wexler, Sam Gejdenson; Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Anna Eshoo; Moroccan Deputies Fatna El-Kheil and Abdenbi Saligane; ex-minister and Ambassador at Large Serge Berdugo; RTM General News Director Ali Bouzerda; and the vice-president of the World Federation for Moroccan Jewry. The event will be attended by Moroccan and Arab ambassadors, State Department officials, leaders of Arab-American NGOs, academic experts, and members of the American and international media.  MORE

    Moroccan Society of Houston will organize "MSH Annual Picnic - June 11th, 2006"
Arab Cultural Center of Houston, Texas
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Welcome/ Registration
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM- Food Served: Moroccan Variety Food
2:30 PM - Moroccan Music
2:00 PM - OPEN FUN, FUN, FUN ACTIVITIES
CHILDREN Moon Walk AND ACTIVITIES OPEN ALL DAY SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, GAMES
Direction: click here for the map: http://www.acc-houston.com/MAP.htm

    Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits Reading & Signing Thursday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM
Olsson's Books & Records  DuPont Circle 1307 19th St., NW - Washington, DC 20036
Dinner and party with Laila Where: around the area: TBA
As Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits begins, thirty men, women, and children crowd onto an inflatable boat to embark on the dangerous fourteen-kilometer crossing from Morocco to Spain. Laila Lalami navigates their desperate attempt as prologue to a novel whose characters restlessly chart the rough going between landlocked extremes: old world and new, faith and despair, hope and surrender.

    Moroccan Women Economic Empowerment June 17th, 2006 from 2 to 7 PM
Association of Moroccan Professionals in America
The George Washington University The City View Room, 7th Floor, 1957 E St, NW, Washington, DC
RSVP and event questions to events@amp-usa.org or by phone to either Imane Alaoui at (703) 731-7463 or Hicham Kabbaj at (301) 728-4366
Admission: AMPA Members: $20, AMPA Guests: $40, Walk-in: add $10.
Payments should be made prior to event day, either by check to AMPA or by PayPal to paypal@amp-usa.org.
ALL EVENT PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO SUPPORT A WOMEN PROGRAM IN MOROCCO

    Each year the Minnesota Internal Center's (MIC) annual benefit features a different country or region. On Saturday, June 17 at Circus Juventas in St. Paul, the focus country will be the Kingdom of Morocco, providing guests with an opportunity to sample the culture and cuisine of this fascinating country in an exhilarating environment … Circus Juventas.
You are invited to join His Excellency Aziz Mekouar, Moroccan ambassador to the United States, for an evening celebrating the Kingdom of Morocco, a country that offers a unique blend of African, Arabic and European influences. The evening will include elements of Moroccan culture, cuisine and music as well as a Moroccan-themed performance by Circus Juventas. MIC’s famous Tour the World silent auction will again feature a dazzling array of unique travel opportunities, experiences and items. Click here to see the highlights of the Tour the World auction
Historically, Morocco and the United States have a relationship dating back to 1777 when Morocco was the first nation to recognize the fledgling United States; and the oldest non-broken friendship treaty, the Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship, which has been in effect since 1783. Currently, Morocco is one of Minnesota’s fastest growing trade partners; and Morocco and the University of Minnesota have a 30-year history of collaboration via the USAID-sponsored Minnesota-Morocco project, which has brought more than 400 Moroccan students to the University of Minnesota since its inception.

      Salafi Jihad in North Africa (presented in Arabic) Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 5:30pm
Intercultural Center
241 ICC (CCAS Boardroom) Georgetown University
This presentation, with Professor Noureddine Jebnoun, will address the Salafi Jihadist networks in North Africa, specifically the birth of these movements and the foundation of their religious, political and cultural philosophy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) and Armed Violence, one of the last active militant groups in Algeria, and its political position in modern-day Algeria.
Limited seating; please RSVP at http://ccas.georgetown.edu/ This event requires a ticket or RSVP
This event has been marked as open to the public. phone 7-6215; e-mail: ccasevents@georgetown.edu

      FAR AWAY (LOIN) Wednesday April 19, 8:00 PM
Co-presented by La Maison Française, Embassy of France in Washington
Avalon Theatre 5612 Connecticut Avenue NW WAshington, DC
A film by André Téchiné. In Tangiers, the on-again/off-again relationship between Serge, a young truck driver working a route between Europe and Northern Africa, and Sarah, a Moroccan Jew. In his first film shot on digital video, Tèchinè uses the medium perfectly in balancing the demands of a love story against the backdrop of illegal smuggling and immigration. NR, 2 hours, 2001, France, In French with English

      Lecture by Madame Nadia Yassine Thursday Apr 20, 2006. Time and location TBD
The daughter of the founder of the Moroccan movement Al-Adl wa-l-Ihsan (Justice and Spirituality Association, or JSA), Nadia Yassine is the founder of the JSA Womens Department. Her first book, Toutes voiles dehors [English translation, Full Sails Ahead, was published in 2003 by Le Fennec in Morocco and Altereditions in France. She was the first to proclaim that the Mudawwana (the Moroccan family code) was not sacrosanct and must be revised.
If you would like to attend this event, please complete a reservation at http://www12.georgetown.edu/sfs/rsvp/index.cfm?Action=View&EventID=586.
Your name and organization are required to be included on our guest list for this event.
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service :: Georgetown University 37th & O Streets, N.W. :: ICC 301 :: Washington, DC 20057
T: 202.687-5696 :: F: 202-687-1431

     The Washington-Morocco Club is hosting a book signing event to celebrate Diane Ponasik’s new book, Tangier, a novel. The signing will take place at the Taste of Morocco restaurant, 8661 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland (301-588-4003) starting at 6:00 pm March 12, followed by a Dinner and music $15.00 all inclusive.

T akes place in an era of civil war and political unrest as a young Sultan tries to fend off  European powers interested in annexing Morocco, and bandits and pretenders threaten his throne.  This is the story of Lili, a Moroccan girl raised in Tangier by the American Ambassador.  Lili is convinced her future lies in becoming a Western woman, and, despite her attraction to a Moroccan noble, she marries an American diplomat posted to Morocco.  As she watches the country fall into civil war and follows the noble, Tariq, in his resistance to its take over by the French, she realizes the strength of her allegiance to Morocco and her love for Tariq.

Lili’s stepbrother, Ted, experiences the same conflict.  Educated in Moroccan palaces with three young aristocrats (of whom Tariq is one), Ted becomes a respected journalist reporting on Moroccan issues.  He must choose between his career and his Jewish wife, Meriam, who is raped in an anti-Semitic attack and rejects the country of her birth.*** 

Diane Skelly Ponasik was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco in the 1960’s and has a Ph.D. in Anthropology with an emphasis on the Middle East.  She spent ten years on and off in Morocco, and lived several months at the American Legation in Tangier, where her novel is set.  She then joined the United States Agency for International Development.  During her twenty-seven year career she was stationed in the Yemen Arab Republic, Mali, Egypt, Haiti and Macedonia.  She and her husband have an adopted  Moroccan daughter, who is now married.  Ms. Ponasik and her husband, who are now retired, live in Washington, D.C.

     Truth and Reconciliation in Morocco: An Unprecedented Model of Justice for Human Rights
Thursday, March 16, 2006 2:30pm CCAS Boardroom, 241 ICC Cosponsored with the Embassy of Morocco in the US
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
The IER's work on past human rights abuses in Morocco and their recommendations about legislative and other changes necessary to ensure that this situation is not repeated in the future.
Speakers:
 -  Mr. Driss Benzekri is President of the “Equity and Reconciliation Commission” and General Secretary of the Advisory Council of Human Rights (CCDH). He is a former political prisoner (1974-91) and through his post-liberation efforts founded the “Truth and Justice Forum,” serving as its first President. He was born in 1950 in Aït Aouahi in the Khemisset province of Morocco.
-  Dr. Latifa Jbabdi has spent over 35 years fighting for equality and women’s rights in Morocco. Widely regarded as one of the mothers of Morocco’s women’s movement, Dr. Jbabdi has endured detention as a political prisoner, co-founded numerous human rights organizations, and served as member of two investigative commissions for Morocco’s government. She currently serves as president of the Women’s Action Union (UAF), which has worked to change Morocco’s family code, the Moudawana, since 1987.
-  M. Abdelhay Moudden has been a university Professor in Morocco and the US. Mr. Moudden is currently a Professor of political science and international relations at the Law School of Rabat. He has published work in the domains of culture, thought and political economy and is the author of two novels, including the book entitled Adieux à Tanger.
Please RSVP online at http://www12.georgetown.edu/sfs/rsvp/index.cfm?Action=View&EventID=511

     The Songs of Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh classical Oriental music from the Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and Sephardic traditions
Xauen Music (www.xauen-music.com) is proud to announce the upcoming nationwide tour, "The Songs of Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh," featuring the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble with guest vocalists Youssef Kassab and Rozann Khoury. The tour is presented in conjunction with the release of the CCOE's new CD, "The Songs of Sayyed Darweesh: Soul of a People."

Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh is widely acknowledged as “the father of modern Arabic music;” his songs and style have enchanted the Arab world since the early 20th century. A spokesman for a developing Egyptian identity at a key transitional time in history--the quest for independence--Darweesh was well-known for his witty, original, and humorous personality and for his tireless work. He composed a repertoire of hundreds of songs spanning a wide range of genres during his seven-year career, cut short by his death at the age of thirty-one.

The Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble’s tour aims to recreate the ambience of Darweesh’s era and immerse audiences in music and ideas that are relevant today. The acoustic ensemble is composed of Oriental instruments such as qanun, ‘ud (lute), riqq (Arab tambourine), and nay (flute) and Western classical instruments such as violin and cello, as well as male and female vocals.

Led by Hicham Chami, the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble consists of professional musicians from several different countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa who perform classical music from the Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and Sephardic traditions. The ensemble presented its debut performance in 2003 at the Oriental Institute in Chicago and has since conducted two nationwide tours, highlighting Moroccan Andalusian music and contemporary Arab composers at prestigious venues such as the United Nations, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Kennedy Center.

Xauen Music is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of traditional Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and Sephardic music. Xauen Music produces concerts, publishes scores and a magazine, records and distributes CDs, and hosts the annual Heartland Seminar on Arabic Music and Dance (www.heartlandseminar.com).

Concert schedule:

New York, NY Friday, February 17
Peter Norton Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th St. New York, NY 10025-5400

Boston, MA Saturday, February 18
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University 45 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Washington, DC Monday, February 20
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Ann Arbor, MI Tuesday, February 21
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre 911 North University Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1308

Chicago, IL Sunday, February 26
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602

Seattle, WA Tuesday, February 28
Town Hall Seattle 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street) Seattle, WA 98101

Los Angeles, CA Thursday, March 2
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts 14900 La Mirada Boulevard LaMirada, CA 90638

Concert starting times are 8:00 p.m. except for the Kennedy Center, which is 6:00 p.m.
Additional information and tickets are available at www.xauen-music.com or by calling 1-888-699-2836.
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     Morocco: art & design 2005 26 february 2005 – 5 march 2006
The Wereldmuseum Rotterdam is organizing the exhibition Morocco: art & design 2005 as part of the 2005 jubilee year celebrating 400 years of Moroccan-Dutch relations. The works for the exhibition were chosen in close cooperation with the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and Moroccan partners in the art world.

The artists are:
Abdelkebir Rabi (1944) visual art
Ahmed Cherkaoui (1934-1967) visual art
Amina Agueznay (1964) design/ bijou
Bouba (1962) sculpture
Chaïbia (1929-2004) visual art
Farid Belkahia (1934) visual art
Fouad Bellamine (1950) visual art
Hicham Benohoud (1968) photography
Hicham Lahlou (1973) design
Jilali Gharbaoui (1930-1971) visual art
Karim Alaoui (1964) design
Khadija Kabbaj (1964) design
Miloud Labied (1939) visual art
Mohammed Kacimi (1942-2004) visual art
Mounir Fatmi (1970) video art
Mustapha Boujemaoui (1952) visual art
Myriam Mihindou (1964) video art/photgraphy
Noureddine Amir (1968) fashion
Saâd Hassani (1948) visual art
Safaa Erruas (1976) visual art
Soumiya Jalal Mikou (1957) design

   Arabian Sights 2005 - October 14 - 23 features Moroccan films
Please join us for a dazzling array of some of the newest, most provocative and fun films from and about today's Arab world as we mark Arabian Sights’ Tenth Anniversary! Several film directors will be present to introduce their work and discuss it with our audience. All films are Washington, DC premieres and will be screened with English subtitles.  
Wisconsin Ave Cinemas 6 - Loews Cineplex 4000 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016  202-724-5613

Shouf Shouf Habibi Albert ter Heerdt The Netherlands, 2004, 89 minutes, COLOR
A cross-cultural, record-breaking box office hit, Shouf Shouf Habibi! follows the uproarious ups and downs of Abdullah and his uprooted Moroccan family as they cope with new lives in contemporary Holland. Ab, as he is known by his friends, bounces through a series of hilariously misguided “opportunities”—jobs in an office and a Muslim butcher shop, bank robbery, possible marriage, and his conviction that post-9/11 Hollywood is desperate for the Middle Eastern star power only he can offer. Ab’s errant attempts to march to his own drumbeat jostle with a chaotic household. His marriage-minded father fumes over Ab’s feisty, fashion design-aspiring sister Leila, now liberated by her newfound freedom. Meanwhile, his younger brother Driss embraces Western capitalism with an impressive, if unscrupulous, fervor. Touching on generational conflict and cultural dislocation, Shouf Shouf Habibi! achieves an appealing, sympathetic tone that has connected with worldwide audiences. –Chicago International Film Festival Saturday, October 22
9:30 PM and Sunday, October 23 8:15 PM

Tenja Hassan Legzouli Morocco, 2004, 80 minutes, COLOR
French-born Nordine (Roschdy Zem), devoted son of a Moroccan immigrant miner, sets off from his home in northern France to fulfill his patriarch father’s last wish – to be buried in his family village in the Atlas Mountains. This is Nordine’s first visit to the land of his forefathers, a land he knows only through family stories – at least until he meets the competent and alluring Nora (Aure Atika), in search of new horizons as she escapes from a comfortable life as a kept woman. Nora joins him on the road, and they progress south through the expansive, aridly beautiful landscape with the corpse of his deceased father in the back of the van, a situation that leads to some wry humor. Before too long, a tentative but mutual attraction develops between Nordine and Nora, as Nordine works through his sometimes idealized, sometimes erroneous ideas of what it means to be Moroccan. Tenja is a highly satisfying and memorable film. –Seattle International Film Festival 2005 Friday, October 21
6:30 PM and Sunday, October 23 8:30 PM

   RPCV FILM FESTIVAL Oct 28, 4:30-9:30 p.m. and Oct. 29, 2-8 p.m.
1725 Eye St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Explore cultures and celebrate diversity at the second annual RPCV Film Festival. A range of work from documentaries to fiction films, 15-minutes to 90-minutes long will be represented. All films were either made by RPCVs, current PCVs, or the topic falls within the Peace Corps ethos. For more information: www.rpcvfilms.com. Includes Bridges Between Cultures 25 minutes, English; Producer: Dan Cahill. In the wake of September 11, 2001, a group of RPCVs returned to Morocco, the country of their service, and reacquainted themselves with the warmth which Moroccans display toward Americans at a people-to people level.

   FREE OUR MOROCCAN POWs NOW PROTEST
The American Moroccan community in Washington, DC will be holding a protest and a vigil in remembrance and support of Moroccan Prisoners of War detained in the Tindouf prisons of Algeria.  This protest will take place on Friday July 1st, 2005 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in front of the Algerian Embassy in Washington DC at : 2118 Kalorama Rd, NW. (Connecticut Ave and Kalorama RD).  This protest will be held to bring attention to the situation of the prisoners detained for more than two decades in violation of international conventions and humanitarian law.  Moroccan prisoners, who are considered "the world's longest-held POWs", are enduring a grave inhuman situation that needs immediate public attention.  Washington Moroccan Club www.washingtonmoroccanclub.orginvites and encourages all American Moroccans, as well as all peace-loving people to participate in this protest to ask for an end to this tragedy that has been going on for 25 years, in total violation of international law and the Geneva conventions.

   Peace Through Music Khaled & Friends Featuring: KC Porter, Elan, Walfredo Reyes & Cheb I Sabbah Friday, July 1, 2005, 8:00PM 
The King of Rai joins with special guests for a once-in-a-lifetime event.Khaled is the undisputed King of Rai, the carefree North African dance-pop sound that has brought him great acclaim around the world. Producer, writer and performer KC Porter is internationally renowned for his work with artists such as Santana, Ricky Martin, Shakira & Toni Braxton. U.S. born, self-taught reggae legend Elan is best known for his soulfully raw vocal work with The Wailers. He was recently featured on the 50 First Dates soundtrack in a duet with Gwen Stefani. Percussionist Walfredo Reyes, flawlessly fusing the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban and World Percussion, has worked with artists as diverse as Jackson Browne, Celia Cruz, Ricki Lee Jones, Sergio Mendes & Smokey Robinson.  DJ Cheb I Sabbah, whose new album, La Kahena has just been released, is known for his eclectic mix of music. George Washington University’s Lisner's Auditorium 730 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 Tel: (202) 994-6800    FAX: (202) 994-6906 CheckSeat$55, $45, $40, $35
Available at the Lisner Auditorium Box Office (Tue - Fri, 11am - 5pm), GWU TicketMaster in the Marvin Center (Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm; Sat 9am - 2pm) TicketMaster Outlets and PhoneCharge (202) 397-SEAT or (301) 808-6900

    Annual Arab-American & North- African Cultural Street Festival Saturday July 9, 200510:00AM - 7:00PM The Festival on Bond Street between Broadway and Lafayette in Manhattan in NYC is a celebration of Arab and North African cultures and aims to honor our shared history including our foods, music, art and literature. Through this initiative we are able to reach those who would not otherwise be aware of our rich heritage and reinforce the dignity and pride of our own people in their culture.

For those who participated last year, you already know what a tremendous success the festival was.40 Arab vendors, a full day of live entertainment and an estimated 12,000 Arab and non-Arab visitors throughout the day-making it one of the largest attended Arab events in the NYC area. We also enjoyed both local and international media coverage from television, newspapers, internet and radio media
outlets.

This year's festival promises to be even bigger and better. We are working very hard to double the attendance, diversify the vendors and ensure adequate representation for our culture. As such, we feel your presence would be a wonderful compliment to our efforts and we invite you to participate in this year's Cultural Festival. This is an ideal opportunity to celebrate our rich and diverse culture and to exhibit it for all to experience. The "Parade" will be passing by on July 9th...Make sure Morocco is in it!

    Make-a-wish-foundation Benefit. Dance Show and buffet dinner Sunday April 17 2005 starting at 6:30 pm featuring Nimeera, Bambi, Nadira, Mark Balahadia, Kasbah Gems, Zahara, Nafisah and many other talented local dancers. Casablanca Restaurant 1504 King St Alexandria, VA 22314. $25 cover charge includes an evening of delightful performances by talented dancers and a delicious buffet of Middle Eastern delicacies. Plus local vendors and a raffle Call 703 549 6464 for reservations. Questions Email Jaka2@cox.net.

   Afternoon Henna and Tea Sunday, April 24, 2005, 4-7 pm
Hosted by Raja Mrani, Aicha Bensaid & Annalisa Assaadi at Florence Café
Treat yourself to a special afternoon of exotic pleasures. Come with good friends or family to enjoy a gorgeous Henna application, Mint tea, and Moroccan light food. FOR RESERVATION PLEASE CALL 703- 893-6677. SPACES ARE LIMITED
Featuring:
Henna Tattoo: Fatimzohra
Fantasia Trading: Aicha Bensaid
Moroccan Haute Couture Clothing
Mary Kay: Khadija Kharmoudi
Independent Beauty Consultant
Close To My Heart: Loubna Farid
Scrap booking & Stamping
Independent Consultant
Cosmo Trading: Jamila Benjeloun
General Merchandise
$12 per person. Includes tea, and food. Henna artist is talented in both Indian and Middle Eastern design styles. $5- $10 per design.
Florence Café is located off Rt. 7 in Falls Church at 2190 Pimmit Drive (behind Whole Foods shopping center)
Note: (games, bingo, winner will get a free basket from Mary Kay Cosmetic)

    Songs of Sufi Brotherhood Wednesday, May 4, 8:00 pm
Three musical offerings from different lands draw on romantic love imagery, traditional trance music, and indigenous music from their native lands in this celebration born out of Sufism. Experience music from contrasting corners of the Islamic world as Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali from Pakistan, Hassan Hakmoun from Morocco, and Hamza El Din from Egypt offer audiences a performance that is "raw, emotional, and thrilling" (Raleigh News & Observer).
The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD (301) 581-5100 www.strathmore.org Metro to Grosvenor-Strathmore
Washington Performing Arts Society WPAS Box Office Hours:Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 5:00pm Telephone: 202-785-WPAS Fax: 202-833-1595

    Midwinter Gala for the Washington National Opera Saturday, February 26, 2005 The theme is "The Imperial City of Fez" - It is going to be fantastic! His Excellency the Ambassador of Morocco and Mrs. Mekouar and the Women's Committee of Washington National Opera invite you to the second annual Midwinter Gala in the Mellon Auditorium. After dancing the night away on the streets of Rio at last year's Gala, guests this year will journey to the Imperial City of Fez—one of the fabled cities of the Kingdom of Morocco. Dancing to authentic Moroccan music and a rousing live auction will make for a truly memorable evening!

Antonia Gore and Collette Bruce Co-Chair this year's event, along with Senator and Mrs. Evan Bayh and Congressman and Mrs. Michael Oxley as the Congressional Hosts of the evening. Ticket prices begin at $175 for young revelers, $500 for individuals, and $5,000 for sponsorship packages. The Ambassador is having a celebrity chef flown in from Morocco to cook for the event which will be held at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium. For information contact Karen Kelliher at jkellihers@juno.com or 202-338-8838.

    The Heartland Seminar on Arabic Music March 19-23, 2005 DeKoven Center - Racine, WI

The Heartland Seminar on Arabic Music is a five-day residential program focusing on classical Arabic music. The Seminar is designed both for people who wish to begin their study as well as those who seek to improve their skills. The Seminar will feature internationally-recognized academics and performers who will offer individualized instruction, lectures, and workshops. Special sessions will be devoted to topics such as music marketing and promotion, composition, technical issues, and education.

The instructors involved are: Hicham Chami of Chicago on qanun, Hanna Khoury of Philadelphia on violin, Scott Marcus of Santa Barbara on ney, Naser Musa of Los Angeles on vocals, Karim Nagi Mohammed of Boston on percussion, and Kareem Roustom of Boston on 'ud. All instructors have extensive background in education and workshop-conducting in addition to being recording artists and performers.

The Heartland Seminar is sponsored by Xauen Music, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Arabic, Sephardic, Turkish, and Armenian music. Xauen promotes concerts, publishes a magazine, conducts educational workshops, and produces recordings. The location is DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin; an Episcopal conference center on Lake Michigan. DeKoven is convenient to Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, yet offers a secluded setting conducive to the Seminar.

    (By Invitation only) An Evening with Friends of the Rabat American School
Special reception to learn about an educational institution that blends the best of two cultures - Moroccan and American - to the benefit of both.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The Residence of Ambassador and Mrs. Aziz Mekouar 9109 Clewerwall Drive Bethesda, Maryland 20810
Information from RASevent@aol.com

    Moroccan Cooking Demonstration in Blaine, Minnesota
Prepare traditional Moroccan dishes with Jonathan Kaye, international cusine instructor, at Le Cordon Bleu, Tuesday, January 18 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Kitchen Party, 10950 Club West Parkway No 210 in Blaine, MN. Recipes include Moroccan olives, chicken and apricot tagine, couscous Fez-style, mint tea and more. Cost is $50. For information call 763 780 0485.

    EID EL IDHAA CELEBRATION: TUNISIAN STYLE EID!
WHERE: The Hilton Washington Embassy Row  2015 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DCPhone:202/265-1600
WHEN: Saturday January 22,2005- From:1PM to 7PM.
WHAT: Buffet Dinner, Live Tunisian Music DEAN RIYAD (RIADH BADREDDINE) and Professional Belly Dance Performance.
HOW MUCH: Individuals=$37.00* Couples=$69.00* (Children under 12,Free)
MAP & DIRECTIONS

For more information, please Email the Hosting Team: dc@tunisiancommunity.org or Call:202-203-0093
Seating is limited: Reservations are strongly recommended.
Sponsored by  THE TUNISIAN COMMUNITY CENTER

    The Moroccan community of Los Angeles will have the great honor to meet a member of the Moroccan government, consular and embassy dignitaries who will be in LA to help celebrate the 700th birthday of Ibn Battuta, the great Moroccan traveler and to greet the our Moroccan community. We will have a rare chance to meet or have breakfast with these dignitaries on Saturday, December 4th between 09:00 AM and 11:00 AM, at a yet undecided location. We will try to hold the meeting somewhere downtown Los Angeles in a restaurant or hotel and we expect the Moroccan media and TV to be present at the event.
Special Invited Guests include:

Mrs. Nouzha Chekrouni, Ministerial Delegate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation in Charge of Moroccans Resident Abroad.
Mr. Mohammed Ariad, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Washington, DC.
Mr. Hassan Khantach, Consul General, Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco, Washington, DC.
Mr. M. S. Ammagui, Royal Air Maroc.

Please mark your calendar if you want to attend; we will inform you of the final details as soon as they are finalized. Since we cannot reach everyone, please make an effort to inform other community members who might not be aware of this great event. For questions, please call: (818) 462-7010 or leave a message at (877) 412-2131. This event will be coordinated by WATANOUNA.ORG, MOROCCANLA, and prominent community members.

    The Mosaic Foundation's 8th Annual Arabian Bazaar Sunday, November 28, 2004 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW The Ballroom. Admission: $5.00 For further information, please call 703-288-4500 www.mosaicfound.org Exhibition and Sale of Exquisite Handicrafts: Jewelry, Silver, Hand Embroidered Linens, Ornate Throw Pillows, Traditional Clothing, Arabic Sweets, and much more. Henna Designs, Music, and Café. Art Gallery and Sale. Silent Auction

    EID Mubarak Sunday, November 21 at 03:00 PM WAHIB RESTAURANT 910 East Main St. Alhambra, CA 91801 (626) 576-1048
You are cordially invited to our Moroccan gathering to celebrate the end of Holly RAMADAN. Enjoy food, drinks, music, prizes, jumpy and games for kids and especialy, the company of other Moroccan community members, in a social and family oriented event, open to everyone. There is a possibility that, during the celebration, a video will be made and sent to Morocco to be shown, back home, in a program on Moroccans living abroad. $27, adults. Kids under 12, $10? Details from Moroccan LA: (877) 412-2131 Ahmedinla@earthlink.net
Advertising: If you have a business or services to advertise, bring flyers or business cards to be given out.

Directions:
From 10 Fwy, exit at Garfield (Alhambra!), continue north to Main, and make a right.
From 134 or 210, exit at Lake, go south to Oak Knolls (4 Miles), make a right on Huntington Drive, an immediate left on Granada and drive south to Main.
Restaurant is cross from Mc Donald and SVC pharmacy.

    Arabian Sights Film Festival October 15-24 Featuring the US premiere of "In Casablanca Angels don't cry" or "A CASABLANCA LES ANGES NE VOLENT PAS". Friday, October 15 at 9:30 and Sunday October 17 at 6:30. Mohamed Asli. Morocco, 2004, 97 minutes, COLOR. Loews Cineplex Wisconsin Ave Cinemas 6 4000 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016 202-244-0882. Take Metro Red Line to Tenleytown. Parking is available in the theatre building along Upton Street for $2.00 with a validated parking ticket.
The only phone in a snowy Berber mountain village is a cellular one high on a hilltop that pregnant Aicha would have to climb to talk to her husband Said in Casablanca. Aicha, who is illiterate, doesn’t make it up the hill, but writes to Said through the local schoolteacher, predicting she will never come to Casablanca, the city that has “devoured” her husband. Meanwhile, in Casablanca, Said works for a pittance at a café for a wily boss. Working with Said is Ismail, a tray jockey who races around the neighborhood every day delivering glasses of tea and who has fallen in love with a pair of shoes in a shop window that costs a price way beyond his means. Ottman, another young man from Said’s village, is faced with the decision to sell his prized Arab stallion in order to repay debts. Beautifully filmed with considerable skill, imagination and tight script and bouncy Moroccan pop tunes ring true throughout. – Variety. FOM summary of all films

    The March to Morocco: Implementation and Impact of the US-Morocco FTA September 30, 2004, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) Africa/Middle East section is pleased to invite you to a brown Bag discussion. Now that US-Morocco FTA has been approved by the US Congress, it is time to turn our eyes to the upcoming implementation of the agreement and its likely impact on the bilateral trade relationship. Please join us for an insightful discussion of what this agreement means for the US and Moroccan businesses!
Featuring: Doug Bell, Director for North Africa, US Trade Representative (USTR); Mohamed Ariad, Economic Counselor, Moroccan Embassy; Mary Irace, National Foreign Trade Council, Vice President-Trade and Export Finance; and Steve Lamar, Senior Vice President, American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)
Where: The Offices of Coudert Brothers LLP, 1627 I Street, N.W. Suite 1200, Washington, DC (Nearest Metro: Farragut North & Farragut West). Price: Free for WIIT Members; $10.00 for Non-Members. Contact: For more information and to register, please contact Jawaher Benhaddou at 202-274-1615. Please RSVP via email by September 25. Lunch will not be served. Brown-bag lunches are welcome. Note: The speakers’ comments will be off the record.

   

The Moroccan Superstar PINHAS will be performing live in Boston on Thursday Sept 30, 2004 at the Roxy theatre (Boston's Hottest Nightspot Complex) Map VIP available,18+. 279 Tremont St. Boston, Massachusetts. Dinner will be served before 10:30
Proper dress required. Purchase of tickets must be made by September 23rd. For more info please Email Anas or Call Khalid 617-678-4002

    Magical Morocco: Sahara to the Sea
McLean (VA) Community Center Fall Cultural Festival Saturday, October 2, 2004, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
General Admission: $5 Adults; $3 Ages 3-9 $1 Off Adult Admission with Show Card
Come and enjoy our fall cultural festival as we discover the excitement and diversity of the kingdom of Morocco. The festival will feature costumed dancers, music, singers, arts and crafts, exhibits, food, and special attractions. Experience what it is like to visit a real "souk" marketplace of rugs, brass, jewelry, tile, and ceramics. Free moonbounce and pony rides, a Henna artist’s tent, face painting, petting zoo, children’s arts and crafts workshop, storytelling and drawings for door prizes, including a trip to Morocco! Register for the traditional fall scarecrow making workshop as part of the cultural festival. A fun and educational day for the whole family!

Contributing Sponsors: Bank of America, Casablanca Travel and Tours, Cox Communications, Creme de la Creme, and Royal Air Maroc. We thank them for their partnership.

Volunteer Opportunities Are Available! Call Special Events Director Sam Roberts at 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255, or email peggy.moore@fairfaxcounty.gov or sam.roberts@fairfaxcounty.gov or contact Hassan Samrhouni, event chair, at 202 337 0800, e-mail ctt@arabwebsite.com, or Annalisa Assaadi, event secretary, at 703-821-8669, e-mail aja4ofa@aol.com. This program is sponsored by The McLean Community Center in cooperation with The Washington Moroccan Club • www.washingtonmoroccanclub.org

    Friends of Morocco invites the Moroccan community and interested Friends of Morocco members to meet and welcome two U.S.-Morocco Cooperation on Trade and the Environment Individuals visiting Washington, DC and sites in Washington and New Hampshire September 20 - October 8, 2004. These visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the State Department International Visitor Program. The Institute of International Education (IIE) is organizing their U.S. Program. They are Ms. Naima OUMOUSSA, Assistant in the Office of Partnership, Communications, and Cooperation, State Secretary for Environment in Rabat and Mr. Amine ZRIHNI, Member of The Executive Staff, Holding D'amenagement Al Omrane (National Agency Against Insalubrious Housing) in Tangier

Program Objectives: While in the U.S., the visitors would like to meet to discuss:
q The U.S. political system, including the legislative process at the federal and state levels, and how it influences perspectives on international trade and environmental issues;
q Views on the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement and Morocco-U.S. cooperation in general with emphasis on environmental and local economic impacts and trade development;
q U.S. environmental policy, with focus on enforcement of policy, climate change, urban planning, the role of non-governmental groups and activism;
q City management, particularly waste management, fiscal regulation, economic development poverty alleviation, housing, and provision of city services;
q The relationship between trade and environmental concerns at the national, state and local levels to balance trade development and environmental sustainability;
q Local economic development and cooperation among government, non-governmental and business partners, particularly US overseas investment norms and environmental sustainability; and,
q U.S. society culture, including the role of volunteerism, Arab-Americans, school visits and the Presidential elections.

We are meeting at Rick’s Café within the Casablanca Restaurant on Friday, September 24 from 6:00 pm onward. Join us for mint tea and other beverages or stay for dinner. The Casablanca Restaurant is at 1504 King St.Alexandria, VA 22314 Tel: 703/549-6464. It is short walk down from the King Street metro off the Blue and Yellow lines in Old Town Alexandria. The web site with additional directions is at http://www.moroccanrestaurant.com/

    DC area FOM Annual Moroccan Pot Luck Picnic. September 12, 2004 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Home of Susan Boucher in Falls Church, VA. RSVP by email or call (703) 556-4332 to get address and directions. What to bring?

    New York City International Culture Pride Parade Morocco will be joining other Nations in this parade on Sunday, September the 12th. Come join your fellow Moroccans to march in this historical parade in traditional Moroccan clothes. This fun filled event gives you the opportunity to showcase our rich heritage through traditional costumes and music. March with fellow Moroccans down Madison avenue to the beats of Gnawa. Bring your kids with you and do bring any musical instruments you might have. The parade will start at 2.00 PM on Madison avenue and 42nd street and will end at 27th Street. For more information and updates go to http://www.10.org   P.S: The consulate is organizing this event and is looking for sponsor. If you would like to help out, please call the consulate at: (212) 758-2625.

    Al-Andalus: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain
In Conjunction with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Exhibition Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain
With Exhibition Tour and Reception WEEKEND SEMINAR: Fri., Sept. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p..m.

In the eight centuries between its founding in 711 A.D. and its ultimate political defeat in 1492, when Isabel I and Ferdinand II of Aragon conquered the Nasirid kingdom of Granada (1232-1492), al-Andalus (as the area under Muslim rule in Spain became known) enjoyed one of the world’s most sophisticated cultures. Inhabited by Muslims, Christians, and Jews, cities such as Madinat al-Zahra, Cordoba, Granada, and Seville became vibrant urban centers, ushering in tremendous creativity in the Islamic luxury arts, architecture, literature, and the sciences. The art and influence of al-Andalus extended well beyond its boundaries. Ceramics and textiles were exported throughout the Mediterranean world, while al-Andalus also became the center for the dissemination of arts and sciences across Europe. This intensive seminar explores the history, art, and architecture of al-Andalus and the lasting legacy of Islamic culture in Spain. The seminar opens with a light reception and a tour of the exhibition Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain

    From the Middle East to the Midwest In Association with the City of Chicago Mayor's Office of Special Events August 28-29, 2004
Utilizing the tents of Block 37, we will transform the city block into a Middle Eastern bazaar showcasing the instrumental and vocal music, dance, visual and culinary art and literature from the Middle East and North Africa. We will also have a Children’s tent with dance, drumming and other artistic instruction. This will be an open festival for the City of Chicago engaging people of all ages to experience a taste of the region through its art and food. Local vendors will sell Middle Eastern wares and local Middle Eastern and North African restaurants will have food booths from which people can purchase regional food. Camel rides will be available.
Location & Time: Block 37 State and Randolph Streets - Enter on State. Saturday, Noon - 8:30 PM Sunday, Noon - 6 PM
Admission is Free; Suggested Donation -$5
Discounted parking at Interparking, 20 E. Randolph
Food available for purchase
Camel Rides $5 (with photograph $10)

    Andalusian Music Touring Concert Series Xauen Music, Inc. of Chicago is proud to present the nationwide Andalusian concert tour in conjunction with Genesis at the Crossroads. Press Release

Two major Middle Eastern music ensembles, the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble, led by Hicham Chami, and the Anda-El, East-West Orchestra will merge for a U.S. tour, under the artistic direction of Dr. Avi Eilam-Amzallag. The 20-member combined orchestra will be joined by two celebrated and internationally-acclaimed vocalists: Munshid Abdelfattah Bennis and Cantor Lior El Malich.

The Classical Oriental Ensemble of Chicago consists of professional musicians from eight different countries (the U.S., Morocco, Egypt, India, Israel, Palestine, Syria, and France). The ensemble performs North African, Middle Eastern, Turkish, and Armenian music, and focuses on instrumental pieces. The Anda-El, East-West Orchestra is an unequaled phenomenon in the field of classical music in the world. The orchestra’s unique repertoire fuses the ancient heritage of authentic Andalusian music with contemporary instruments played by musicians trained in Western classical music.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Xauen Music, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Oriental music from the Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and Sephardic traditions through sponsoring musical performances, producing scores and recordings, publishing a magazine, and organizing educational workshops and intercultural exchange throughout the U.S.

Genesis at the Crossroads is a Chicago-based non-profit organization dedicated to cultural diversity and collaborative artistic expression. Genesis founder Dr. Wendy Sternberg of Chicago envisions the concerts as a unique cultural experience that will promote understanding through the arts. Other cooperating organizations are the City of Chicago; Middle East Institute; Cultural Events, Consulate General of Israel; Sultana Music; Eretz-Siamak Cultural Center; and the Center for Jewish Culture & Creativity.

Concert venues are:
Sunday, August 29, 4:00 p.m. “From the Middle-East to the Midwest” Block 37 (State St. at Randolph St.), Chicago, IL
Monday, August 30, 8:00 p.m. Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ 4704 13th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, August 31, 8:00 p.m. Peter Norton Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY
Thursday, September 2, 8:00 p.m. Eretz-Siamak Cultural Center 6170 Wilbur Ave., Tarzana, CA (L.A area)

For information on the Andalusian concert series, please contact the CCOE at 312-927-2746 or Xauen Music at 847-830-8277. Xauen’s toll-free number is 1-888-MY-XAUEN (1-888-699-2836). Additional information and tickets are available at www.xauen-music.com

    National all years gathering "Ijtimaa 2004" in Chicago, Illinois associated with the NPCA National Conference to be held from August 5 - 8, 2004 with nearly 2,000 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and friends in Chicago. Our local hosts will be the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association (CAPCA). The theme for the conference: "Peace Corps 2004: Celebrating a Legacy of Service". FOM coordinator is Thom Anderson. Contact him to volunteer.

Discounts offered to seniors and recently returned volunteers, Register now.

    Association of Moroccans in the USA (AMUSA) and the Moroccan Community invites members of Friends of Morocco to join them for their picnic Sunday, June 27, 2004 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Mason District Park off Columbia Pike. Mason District Park may be reached by taking Beltway Exit 52B which is Route 236 east two miles to a left on John Marr Drive. Turn right on Columbia Pike to park entrance on the right just before Sleepy Hollow Road. For more information contact 703 998 3040; 703 549 6464; 703 527 7468; 703 248 0349; or 703 486 1100. Event supported by contribution by Royal Air Maroc. FOM suggestions on what to bring to a Moroccan Pot Luck picnic.

    Moroccan Film "A Thousand Months (Mille Mois)" at the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival (June 17-26)
Directed by Faouzi Bensaidi
Morocco/Belgium/France/124 Minutes
Faouzi Bensaidi will participate in a Q and A following both screenings.
A young Moroccan boy, Mehdi, is given the duty of protecting his teacher's chair, a task that proves more difficult than it may sound. This starkly moving debut feature by writer/director Faouzi Bensaidi deftly modulates between the boy and his village in the Atlas Mountains as they prepare for Ramadan, hope for rain to end the drought, and await news of Mehdi's father, who Mehdi thinks is away in France when actually he has been arrested. This quietly engaging film shifts tones with surprising grace and ease. It touches on the universal themes of personal needs versus the welfare of the community, the collision between a push for change and tradition, and the enduring strength of family.
Mon., June 21, 2:00pm
Wed., June 23, 7:15pm
Tickets to all screenings are $10 and sceening take place at the Laemmle's Sunset 5, (8000 Sunset Blvd. at Crescent Heights)
For screening, ticket and pass information, please contact: 1-866-Filmfest or visit www.lafilmfest.com

    BUFFET AND TUNISIAN MUSIC The Tunisia Friendship Association, which held a similar event last fall, is sponsoring a concert of Tunisian music plus a buffet dinner and cash bar. The event will be 6-10pm, Sunday, June 13, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Rd., Alexandria VA (just west of I-395). The cost is $35 per person. (Children free.) Tickets available at the door. Reservations, however, are necessary. Call Khaled Baldi at 703-575-7768

   Fete De La Musique DC: FREE Concert of Rai Music with Karim el Hamti and the Kasbah Band
Saturday, June 19, 2004 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Jerulsalem Fund 2425-2435 Virginia Ave NW Washington, DC 20037
Metro: Foggy Bottom 202 338 1290

Rai (pronounced rye) means "a way of seeing." It is a lively, poetic musical style with musical tones and rhythms originating in Algeria, with Spanish, French and Arabic influences, incorporating Western musical instruments.

The Fete de la Musique DC, an internationally recognized music festival that marks the first day of summer, will be held in Washington from June 18, 2004 - June 21, 2004. The Fete will offer free concerts for the public, by musicians throughout the District. For a complete schedule of music events, please view the full schedule for the Fete de la Musique DC. Fete de la Musique originated in France in 1982 and has expanded to include more than 100 countries, including Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Japan and Italy. Throughout the world, the priority is to expose listeners to a wide variety of musical styles and traditions by making it free and accessible to all.

   April 29, 2004, 5:30pm. CCAS Boardroom. Coffee and sweets. Ambassador Richard Parker: "Our First Hostage Crisis and its Resolution - The United States and the Barbary Corsairs in the 18th Century." The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Georgetown University. Please RSVP to all CCAS events at ccasevents@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-6215.

    Moroccan Cooking Workshop & Feast Join RPCV/W and Friends of Morocco for a special cooking workshop and feast highlighting Moroccan culture and cuisine. The Moroccan Cooking Workshop will take place Sunday, May 4th at the Casablanca restaurant in Old Town Alexandria just down from the King Street metro from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Lecture starts at 5:00. The Casablanca Restaurant is located at 1504 King Street Old Town Alexandria, Virginia (703) 549-6464. WORKSHOP and DINNER FEE* (Includes dinner/drinks): only $20

We have lost both Chef Kyle and our venue from our earlier plans but this slightly modified program promises more information, less work and lots of Moroccan food. Learn about Moroccan cuisine and how to make an array of Moroccan dishes from the owner, Raffi Labriny, and staff of the restaurant. Enjoy a buffet feast including four salads, three varieties of couscous, and two Tajines. All followed by Moroccan mint tea and pastries.

We are very excited to report that Al-Hurra TV, the new US-funded Arabic language satellite news station, will be covering our festivities in order to show the people of the Arab world, including Morocco, how RPCVs bring "Morocco" back home. In addition to the feast, there will be Moroccan coffee table books and an array of Moroccan cookbooks available for review. The restaurant, of course, has a fine selection of Arabic music that will be playing in the background. Casey Troy, Morocco RPCV, will be available for henna painting.

Space is very limited, so RSVP today! RSVP: rpcvwevents@yahoo.com. For questions call Lisa Martin at 571/212-3358 or Tim Resch at 703 470 3166. You may pay at the door, but please confirm your space early. You will be billed if you make a reservation and do not show. Please note, those who had reserved for this event in January are still confirmed, but should notify us if they cannot participate on this rescheduled date. Those who paid the earlier $30 fee will get a $10 rebate. This event is presented in collaboration between RPCV/W and Friends of Morocco. Visit the new RPCV/W web site at http://www.rpcvw.org/.

    Benefit Reception for Tangiers American Museum Legation Society (TALMS) at the residence of the Ambassador of Morocco to the US, Aziz Mekour and Mrs. Aziz Mekouar on Friday April 23, 2004 at 6:30 pm. Contribution $60. For further information and reservations contact Tim Resch 703 470 3166 or tresch@att.net.

    Zartman Festschrift at SAIS Johns Hopkins, The African Studies Program, Friday-Saturday, 16-17 April 2004 AGENDA
The African Studies Program of SAIS Johns Hopkins is pleased to announce a very special event to honor the scholarship and teaching of Professor I. William Zartman (IWZ), on the occasion of its 23rd annual conference of the Africa, April 16-17, 2004, in the Kenney Auditorium of the Nitze Building of SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC. The conference/festschrift is organized by Zartman's former students, Gilbert M Khadiagala, acting director of the SAIS African Studies Program, and Terrence Lyons of George Mason University. Other former students and senior colleagues of Zartman's will present their reflections on Professor Zartman's work and role in advancing scholarship on the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, international relations, and conflict resolution. Dr Zartman is also a member of Friends of Morocco and President of the Tangier-American Legation Museum Society (TALMS). Unlike with past conferences, there will be no registration fee for Festschrift Zartman, but reservations will be required for conference luncheons and an evening reception on Friday the 16th April. RESERVATIONS need to be confirmed by payment no later than 9 April. Please contact Theresa Simmons at (202) 663-5676 or tsimmons@jhu.edu for reservations and payments.

    Paula Wolfert (author of Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco) will be appearing at Philadelphia's annual "The Book and the Cook" festival (www.thebookandthecook.com) on March 21st at the London Grill featuring Paula Wolfert and her new book "The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen. 2301 Fairmount Ave. Philadelphia (215) 978-4545. Event: Dinner. Price: $65 (5 courses); ala cart bar plates available

    The Spirit of Fès -- U.S. Tour-2004 Morocco's message of peace for American audiences
From the Festival of World Sacred Music held each June in the Moroccan city of Fes comes the Spirit of Fes, featuring music, song and dance from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions, with singer Françoise Atlan, the Womens Hadra Ensemble, and the Anointed Jackson Sisters gospel group. Some of the world's most revered artists from across the globe will collaborate together during the tour to encourage cross-cultural exchanges and through that, a respect for cultural plurality and peaceful co-existence. For more information, visit the Festival's Web site at www.spiritoffes.com and www.fesfestival.com

Between March 6th-April 6th, 2004, more than 30,000 people in eighteen U.S. cities will experience an unprecedented event where, an Algerian vocalist accompanied by a Lebanese-American percussionist, an African-American gospel group from North Carolina, a Moroccan women's ensemble, an Israeli and a Palestinian musician collaborate together to engage and educate American audiences by sharing the music that they hold sacred. Itinerary is Washington, DC; York, PA; Hampton, VA; Tucson, AZ; Scottsdale, AZ; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Davis, CA; Berkeley, CA; Cambridge, MA; Orono, ME; Concord, NH; Newark, NJ; Pookeepsie, NY; Urbana, IL; Atlanta, GA; Savanna, GA and Austin, TX.

Why: In a world where globalization and politics are heightening tensions, which are rapidly destroying communities, the Spirit of Fès believes that people can reach out across their differences to build bridges with diverse communities through the power of music. Art and culture are powerful catalysts for civic dialogue as, they transcend geographic, cultural and social boundaries. Where conflict has created insurmountable walls between people, the spirit of creative expression reaches out to disarm and bind communities together to stimulate a current of activity aimed at building a culture of peace. The tour aims to bring people from different communities closer together through concerts and complementary educational programs to encourage tolerance and peaceful coexistence while, celebrating the world's cultural diversity.

The Spirit of Fès. Inc. was founded in 2002 as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, nonpolitical, cultural and educational organization in order to extend the mission of the Fès Festival and Colloquium to North America. Zeyba Rahman is the producer and artistic director for the tour, scheduled to premier at the Library Of Congress in March 2004 in Washington, DC. Information: Zeyba Rahman Zrahman@Fesfestival.com

Terrance (Terry) Grace will be stage-directing, and has created an original film, "Sawt-e-Sarmad: The Sound That Intoxicates Man" based upon his experiences in Fes, Morocco during the annual Festival. The film will open each concert.

    Haj Youness and the Voices of Wisdom Orchestra. MUSIC at the Smithsonian Museum of Africa Art. Saturday February 14 2 p.m., Ripley Center Lecture Hall, Sublevel 3.
Internationally renowned Moroccan lute (oud) musician Haj Youness, Director of the National Conservancy of Music, Casablanca, presents works highlighting the Moroccan, Arabic, Judaic and sub-Saharan roots of contemporary Moroccan music. Made possible in part through the generous support of Royal Air Maroc, the Washington Moroccan Club, Arabesque Arts and Culture and Air France. Haj Youness, who is also the Director of the Casablanca Music Conservatory, the largest music school in Africa and the Arab world with more than 5000 students, will be joined by the Voices of Wisdom Orchestra. He will present works highlighting the centuries' old Arab-Judeo heritage of Andalucia (southern Spain), the origins of Flamenco, and sub-Saharan roots of contemporary Moroccan music.

   March 19, 2004, 9:30am-5pm. McShain Large/McShain Small in McCarthy Hall. Conference: "Moving through Morocco: Stories of Serial Migration. The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Georgetown University. Please RSVP to all CCAS events at ccasevents@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-6215.

   The New Moroccan Style National Building Museum 401 F Street NW · Washington, DC · 20001 · 202 272-2448 · www.nbm.org
Monday, January 12 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Author Susan Sully will discuss the Moroccan style, a blending of indigenous North African, Middle Eastern, and European architectural languages, and show how it continues to reflect the unique history of its region. After the lecture, she will sign copies of her book New Moroccan Style: The Art of Sensual Living (Clarkson Potter). 1.5 CEU $10 Museum members and students; $15 nonmembers. Registration required

   Tunisia: Light of our Sight. Photographs by Michael J. Keating. Thursday, 15 January 2004 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The event will be held at: The Jerusalem Fund 2425 Virginia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037. Located in the Potomac Plaza apartment building at the corner of Virginia and New Hampshire Avenues, NW. The nearest metro station is Foggy Bottom. For more information or to RSVP please phone 202-338-1325.

   30 years of Collaboration between USAID and the Ministry of Health of Morocco by Honorable Guest, Dr. Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, Minister of Health. Tuesday, January 20th, 2004. 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
For the past 30 years, USAID has been the principal partner of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Morocco in the development and expansion of family planning and mother and child health programs. This collaboration is an example of a successful partnership that respected the sovereignty and health policies of Morocco while capitalizing on the technical approaches developed with USAID assistance. It provides a model for USAID in developing health partnerships with other countries. It is also an important model for Morocco both within its own health care system and in its exchanges with developing countries eager to achieve similar successes in maternal and child health.

The collaboration between the MOH and USAID contributed to spectacular results in health indicators. We are honored to have the following guests join us in celebrating these achievements.
Dr. Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah Minister of Health
Dr. Mostafa Tyane Director of Population, MOH
Mr Benelkadi Director of Human Resources, MOH
Dr. Naima Bakry Chief of the FP Division, DP
Mme. Soaud Jawhari Minister’s Counselor, member of MOH Cabinet

Location: 5th Floor Conference roomWoodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW ("Federal Triangle" stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th Floor Conference Room. A map to the Center is available at http://wwics.si.edu/. Note: Due to heightened security, entrance to the building will be restricted and photo identification is required. Please allow additional time to pass through a security checkpoint. Please feel free to propose additional quests and RSVP to Jennifer Kaczor at 202-691-4292; or by e-mail at kaczorj@wwic.si.edu.

    The Washington Moroccan Club has invited Friends of Morocco members to join them in welcoming a distinguished delegation of Moroccan parliamentarians at a reception co-hosted by the Casablanca Restaurant Thursday January 22, 2004 from 6:30-9:00 pm. RSVP not needed but if you alert me that you are planning on attending, we will have an estimate on interest and I'll be able to contact you should there be a schedule change. The Casablanca Restaurant is located at 1504 King Street Old Town Alexandria, Virginia (703) 549-6464

The Moroccan delegation will be in Washington DC from January 20 to 24, 2004 as part of a two week study tour to participate in a series of meeting with the US federal government officials and other experts involved in US-Morocco and North African Affaires. This program has been put together through the Council partnership with the Moroccan Parliament and the US consulate in Rabat. The Receptions should provide the delegates the opportunity to meet Friends of Morocco members, Moroccans and Americans of Moroccan ancestry living in the Washington, DC area. Information on the Delegation and their hosting institution, the American Council of young political leaders (ACYPL

    St Judes Children's Research Hospital Connections with Morocco
    Glamorous Evening at the Moroccan Ambassador's Residence  April 29, 2003 
    Contemporary Tunisian Arts and Handicrafts
    Dances of the Middle East  Sunday, April 27, 2003. 
    Reception for PC/Morocco evacuees Saturday, April 5
    Festival de films francophones Door to the Sky (Farida Ben Lyazid - Maroc - 1989) Samedi 22 Mars, 19h 
    Morocco’s Bnet Marrakech (“the girls of Marrakech”), a fiery, eclectic five-member voice-and-drums ensemble.
    Tunisia and the Global Politics of War and Terrorism
    Peace Corps Day Friday, February 28, 2003
    Morocco to be represented at Peace Corps Recruiting Fair Thursday, March 6
    Moroccan music at the Ambassador’s residence Wednesday, March 12
    A Brooklyn Henna Extravaganza! henna party featuring several henna artists, music, dancing, tea, sweets, and stories

    St Judes Children's Research Hospital Connections with Morocco 
Thursday May 29  5 - 7 pm
Judith A. Wilimas Member, International Outreach/Hematology-Oncology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Place:  Conference room of the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce.  1023 15th St. NW  4th Floor  (between L & K Streets)  Washington DC 20005
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world's premier centers for research and treatment of catastrophic diseases in children, primarily pediatric cancers. Their international outreach includes programs in Rabat and Casablanca, which Friends of Morocco has also supported.  

A new protocol is being planned to improve the treatment of acute myleocytic leukemia in both children and adults.  At present, most of these patients in Morocco die and it should be possible to cure 40-50% of them.  Because this is a protocol, it will be possible to plan the need for medications and order at least 6 months ahead of time.  Also, since it is a protocol, we feel some obligation to ensure that patients will be able to get medications.  St. Jude's Outreach Program is not able to pay for medications although we have offered to help facilitate finding the lowest prices for medications by going through the World Health Organization and other NGO's.  Raul suggested that providing medications for this limited number of patients (30-40 per year) might be a project of interest to the Friends of Morocco.  I agree, particularly if the project is not just to provide medications for AML treatment but to help develop a system for the purchase of quality medications that could impact on medical care throughout Morocco.  Also, on a smaller scale,  a small research project that involved recording patient/parent views on pain.  These are in Moroccan dialectical Arabic and will be translated but the translations need to be validated by someone fluent in Moroccan Arabic.  If anyone is interested, they could contact Ruth Ann Skaff.

    Evening at the Moroccan Ambassador's Residence  April 29, 2003 at 6:30 p.m.
His Excellency Aziz Mekour opens his gracious residence for a wonderful evening. Moroccan adornments are among the most beautiful in the world, and Adil M. Naji, an expert in Moroccan architectural design-decoration, describes, with breathtaking slides, calligraphy decoration, floral arabesques, geometric decoration and muquamas (stalactites), an essential element in Moroccan architecture. After the talk, participants enjoy a Moroccan reception.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, co-sponsored with the Embassy of Morocco. This event is currently Sold Out.  Members $45, Public $55. Pre-registration required. For more information call (202) 639-1770 or visit: www.corcoran.org

    Contemporary Tunisian Arts and Handicrafts.  Mrs. Lucienne Appel, Owner of Saharas.Com (New York and Montreal) who will have a Powerpoint presentation as well as a display of Tunisian handicrafts Thursday April 17, 2003 at 6pm The lectures will be held at Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC. Reception will follow. Additional information may be obtained by calling Devon Butler at (202)939-5542. Free parking is available across the street.

    Dances of the Middle East.  A fantastic dance show!  Come and enjoy fine Moroccan cuisine $20 Dinner Buffet And fabulous Spanish, Egyptian, Turkish, Saudi Arabian dances and more!  Sunday, April 27, 2003.  Show starts at 6:00 pm. Reservations are recommended.  Call -'03-549-6464. Casablan,~a is located at 1504 King St in Alexandria, VA with free parking, and is near the King St. Metro.  Cash bar. Tax and tip are extra, but are calculated for large parties-don't forget to take care of your waiter! 

    I regret to inform FOM members that Peace Corps has decided to suspend the Program in Morocco and has evacuated all the volunteers.  They are in DC for Close of Service-like briefings and will generally depart for their home of record on Sunday, April 6.  See PC News Release http://www.peacecorps.gov/news/news/view.cfm?news_id=772  WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3, 2003 -- Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez today announced the temporary suspension of the Peace Corps program in Morocco.  Full text below my signature block.

The volunteers have, in cooperation with Friends of Morocco, the Casablanca Restaurant and the Embassy of Morocco, quickly organized a closing reception at the Casablanca Restaurant for Saturday, April 5 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Cost is $10 for a buffet of Moroccan food.  Drinks extra.  The Casablanca Restaurant is easily accessible from the King Street metro station, just two blocks east at 1504 King St in Alexandria, VA.  Restaurant telephone is 703/549-6464.  For further restaurant details see their web site at http://www.moroccanrestaurant.com/

The event will start at 6:00 pm.  The Ambassador of Morocco to the US, HE Ambassador Aziz Mekouar along with key embassy staff have confirmed, on very short notice, their interest in participating.  The buffet will start at 6:30.  There will be Middle Eastern dance performances at 7:30 and 8:30pm.  Volunteer representatives will speak in addition to the Ambassador and myself.   For those with stamina and an additional $10 cover charge from 10:30 onward, there will be a live Middle Eastern dance band,

Needless to say, on a Saturday night at this popular restaurant, space is limited so an RSVP is necessary if you do not wish to be turned back at the door.  CALL me ASAP to confirm your interest in meeting returned Peace Corps volunteers fresh from Morocco at 703 470 3166. 

My apologies for the short notice but I was only informed of the former volunteers presence in Washington, DC this morning.  I can only inform those members who have provided their email address so if you are aware of any others who might be interested in this event, feel free to pass this message on to them or to telephone them to alert them.  Per our privacy policy, addressee names are hidden.

This event is independent of Peace Corps.  

    Festival de films francophones 
Door to the Sky (Farida Ben Lyazid - Maroc - 1989) Samedi 22 Mars, 19h

"Shows us the Islamic religion and Arab women's issues with a thoroughness and bluntness and sympathy that seem genuinely surprising." -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Nadia, a young Moroccan emigre, returns from Paris to Fez to visit her dying father. At his funeral, she is overcome by the voice of Karina chanting the Koran. A powerful friendship develops between the two women as they decide to turn the father's palace into a Muslim women's shelter.

A Door to the Sky is a Sufi tale told in a metaphoric language. It is also the first North African film to address the social and economic changes as proposed by a spiritual Muslim woman on a quest to preserve her cultural and religious identity.

Ambassade du Canada
501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
202 448 6356

Entrée : $6.50/personne. Horaires susceptibles de changer. Réservation obligatoire aux Ambassades du Canada (24 heures à l’avance) et de France.  Part of the Spring Lecture Series on Tunisia: of MERIDIAN INTERNATIONAL CENTER AND THE AMERICAN-TUNISIAN ASSOCIATION

The lectures will be held at Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC. Reception will follow. Additional information may be obtained by calling Devon Butler at (202)939-5542. Free parking is available across the street.

    Peace Corps Day Friday, February 28, 2003

Each year on Peace Corps Day, this tradition of service is honored as thousands of returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) celebrate the Peace Corps' birthday by sharing the knowledge and insights gained from their overseas experiences with their communities in the United States. As all Volunteers know, part of the Peace Corps' mission is to educate Americans back home about the people with whom they lived and worked. This is an opportunity to promote a better understanding of the people of your host country by the people of your current community.

Celebrate this special day in history in ongoing service to your community and the world. No matter how long ago you were a Volunteer, students, neighbors, and colleagues are certain to be curious about your host country's culture, customs, and languages. By sharing your experiences, you make far-off places and people come alive, and you add a new dimension to your community. With a little planning, you will stimulate their interest while reliving the excitement and exhilaration of your Peace Corps service.

Register Now for Peace Corps Day 2003.  Each respondent will receive a free Peace Corps Day presentation kit, which includes souvenirs for the audience, a poster, and other materials to help returned Volunteers prepare for and promote the day.

These Peace Corps resources will help you set up your presentation Included are a newsletter with helpful tips for arranging your visit, a press release template for promoting your Peace Corps Day activities to the media, Web sites that offer facts and background information, and suggestions from previous Peace Corps Day participants.  The Peace Corps Web site is an important resource for global education all year long. Browse the online global education resources for teacher guides, lesson plans, and information on other programs from World Wise Schools. And be sure to take a look at Peace Corps Kids World!  Visit the Peace Corps Media Resources for logos, images, stats, facts, figures and much more.

The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) - the network of alumni, family and friends of the Peace Corps - launched Global TeachNet (GTN) to directly implement that global perspective in U.S. classrooms. Many of the geographical affiliate groups of the National Peace Corps Association organize Speakers Bureaus to address this need. Contact the affiliate in your community, to connect with the Speakers Bureau coordinator. This individual maintains a list of RPCVs who can share their volunteer experience abroad with children or adult audiences here in the U.S. See also Speakers' Bureau Kit:  A Handbook for Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Groups 

Friends of Morocco have tools and resources that might also be useful to your efforts.  See, for example, Resources for  a Moroccan Peace Corps Day and Teaching about Islam and the Arab World

    AROUND THE WORLD IN 90 MINUTES Morocco to be represented at Peace Corps Recruiting Fair Thursday, March 6, 2003

RPCV/W and the Peace Corps DC Recruiting Office invite you to represent your Peace Corps region at a special recruitment event. We will have information booths organized by region and job sector, and we need RPCVs to share their experiences with the next generation of volunteers. Bring some items from your host country to show-and-tell and any friends who are curious about Peace Corps service.

Location: Peace Corps Headquarters Shriver Hall 1111 20th Street, NW Washington, DC

Morocco RPCVs Michelle Ghiselli, Karin Kanewske Turner and Kristen Legg will represent Morocco at a DC recruiting event "Walk in Our Shoes..." for the third Tuesday in either March or April. Put on your Peace Corps country's traditional dress, and bring along things to show and tell. This is your chance to share your story with avid listeners at the Peace Corps Headquarters Shriver Hall 1111 20th St., NW Washington, DC.  For general information contact:  Sara Johnston at 703-235-9197 or sjohnston@peacecorps.gov Join other RPCVs for a happy hour following the event.

    Moroccan music at the Ambassador’s residence Wednesday, March 12, 2003

The NPCA Embassies Program will strive to bring about a greater understanding of the world, as well as strengthen the friendships between RPCVs and people from our countries of service.

The Embassies Program will take place in a different embassy or other venue each month focusing on embassies of countries where the Peace Corps has served. Each program will explore a current issue or topic in the featured country from the areas of politics, economics, business, the arts, culture and/or society. Each presentation is followed an informal reception hosted by the embassy.

Enjoy "Sounds of Morocco's Mystique" Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30pm at the residence of the Moroccan Ambassador. The program will feature the Abdou El Filali Orchestra performing Moroccan traditional music, including Berber and Andalusian music. These masters of violin, oud, tablas, and tomba will present a selection of vibrant and melodic songs passed on through the centuries. This event will also include a reception featuring an array of Moroccan delicacies. This will be an intimate gathering, so space is very limited.  TICKETS: $20 for NPCA members; $30 for non-members. All tickets must be purchased one week in advance. Visit the NPCA's website at to order.

His Excellency Aziz Mekouar expresses his enthusiasm for the event, “This will be a great occasion to further the friendship and understanding between our people.”  For details and reservations

    A Brooklyn Henna Extravaganza! henna party featuring several henna artists, music, dancing, tea, sweets, and stories

Come enjoy the luxury of a private henna party without all the bother. Step into another, more exotic world for a few hours, allow yourself to be pampered and adorned and leave transformed--body, mind and soul.  Past events.

Sunday, March 16, 2003 1:00 - 7:00 pm  1287 Atlantic Ave. Studio #11 (between Nostrand and New York Avenue)

If you haven't had henna body art done before, there are a few things you will need to know. Henna is a plant whose leaves are ground and made into a paste that, when applied to the skin, leaves a stain. The stain is usually a dark reddish brown (darker on the hands and feet) and lasts about 1-2 weeks (longer on the hands and feet). Traditionally, it is done on the hands and feet for weddings, childbirth and any time someone wants to celebrate or be happy. After the paste is applied, it must remain on your skin for about 4-6 hours; as the paste dries, we will dab it with a lemon juice-sugar solution that acts as a glaze to keep it stuck to your skin. Henna requires some patience but also gives you an excuse to be a little lazy. Feel free to hang out with us, sipping tea and sampling sweets. Don't hesitate to indulge in dancing or singing or storytelling; everything is part of the experience of a henna party.

Before you arrive, be sure that the skin where you want the henna done is free of lotions or oils so that nothing interferes with the henna stain. Depending on where you place the design, you might have to keep your clothes hiked up or pulled back, so remember to wear clothes that will make this easier.

Prices are based on the size and complexity of the design; the minimum price is $10. Most designs average between $20 and $30.

Directions: to 1287 Atlantic Ave. Studio #11 (between Nostrand and New York Avenue)
Take the A or C to Nostrand Ave., walk down Nostrand from Fulton toward Atlantic and turn left on Atlantic; ring the buzzer and when you are let through the gate go around the brick building in front to the low white buildings in the back; Studio #11 is on the right. Please email me if you would like me to send you a PDF map. Call 718-789-1545 if you have trouble finding it or if you have any questions. Feel free to forward this email on to anyone you think might be interested  Lisa Butterworth - l.butterworth@earthlink.net 

    MOROCCAN PARTY POLITICS AFTER THE ELECTION READ REPORT on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 12:00 -1:00 pm at The Middle East Institute Boardman Room 1761NSt.,N.W.Washington, DC 20036 PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14,2002 TO PAULINE SHAMS BY FAX (202) 331-8861 . PHONE (202) 785-1141 EXT.202 . E-MAIL mideasti@mideasti.org The Middle East Institute. 1761 N Street, NW . Washington, DC 20036 202-785-1141 . 202-331-8861 fax. www.TheMiddleEastlnstitute.org

Middle East Institute & TANGIER AMERICAN LEGATION MUSEUM SOCIETY Invites you to a meeting with
Tom Sayer,  Director of Programs, Africa & Near East Division, International Foundation for Election Systems
Scott Mastic, Program Officer for Middle East & N. Africa, The International Republican Institute
Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate &Regional Director, Middle East & North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute

Also Thursday, February 20  12:00 – 1:00 pm at the MEI The Maghreb: Politics of Development & U.S. Policy Political uncertainty, Islamist challenges to the regimes, and low economic growth rates plague the Maghreb nations of Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Morocco in North Africa. Néjib Ayachi , Ph.D., a political scientist who has worked for the Foreign Service Institute, USAID and the World Bank as a consultant, lecturer and trainer in the field of International Development, will speak about the politics of development in the Maghreb. F. Oliver Wilcox, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia, will discuss current U.S. policy towards the Maghreb  

    September 11, 2002 Remembrance by Moroccan American Community in Washington

    Itjimaa 2002 in Washington, DC June 20-23


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