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Morocco Week in Review 
July 28, 2018

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Brothers in Arms: An Analysis of US-Morocco Relations

By Morocco World News - July 19, 2018 By Francesca Ractliffe Rabat

The United States and Morocco share a robust political alliance that is mutually beneficial to the powers of both countries. US-Morocco diplomatic relations formally began in 1787 when the United States Senate ratified the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations. Ever since, Morocco has been a valuable partner of the US, as the Kingdom of Morocco is the most reliable power in the North African region. Morocco provides a strategic military and economic foothold for the US in the region. In exchange for geographical and intelligence access, Morocco wins diplomatic influence and preferential treatment from the United States…….
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Can the Moroccan Approach Inspire a Development Revolution?


Decades of conflict and complex power dynamics between Jewish and Muslim communities have resulted in a deep-rooted aversion towards cultural engagement. This continues to hinder multiethnic relationships throughout the Middle Eastern and North African region. Even so, a rich history of ethnic and religious diversity remains an inseparable embodiment of the cultural atmosphere in Morocco. In the June 2018 issue of the Mediterranean Quarterly, Yossef Ben-Meir discusses Morocco's notable display of commitment towards peaceful coexistence, presenting promising outcomes for the kingdom. Concurrently, the question arises whether this Moroccan integration of cultural preservation and sustainable development is able to transcend borders across the Arab region………..

Morocco selects 299 women to become public notary officials

July 23, 2018

Morocco's Justice Ministry announced on Saturday it had chosen 299 women to fill in the position of public notaries for the first time following a rare fatwa in the Muslim world that allowed women to practice the profession. For centuries, the profession of public notary has been restricted to men in the majority of the Islamic world countries. According to the ministry women represented 40 per cent of candidates who passed a test held in May, out of nearly 19,000 applicants. Typically, a public notary officially documents several transactions, including inheritance, commercial work and marriage. Morocco's Justice Ministry described the event as "historic". Women practice all judicial professions in Morocco, but the decision to allow them to practice this profession has stirred controversy especially among conservative Salafists. "We will provide all the support and assistance to the women who will be picked" the head of the national commission for public notaries, Bouchaib Pellawi told AFP.

A taste of Morocco, from chicken tagine to rose-scented biscuits.

Nargisse Benkabbou 20 July 2018

Cod with a herby, spicy breadcrumb crust. Chicken brania (broken-aubergine and chickpea 
chicken tagine). Rose and almond ghriba (a type of Moroccan cookie)

Helen Goh's Moroccan spiced tea loaf.

By Helen Goh 21 July 2018

This delicious tea loaf is adapted from Julie Duff's wonderful Cakes from Around the World, and is known in our house as the Taj Mahal cake. Since it has no connection to India, I can only assume it's the exotic flavour and bejewelled dried fruit that led to this moniker. The ingredients include the ras-el-hanout, which my children can neither remember nor pronounce. This is a complex Moroccan blend of spices that includes coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and rose petals and is now available in most delicatessens and supermarkets. It imparts a gentle warmth to this simple cake, which is especially wonderful spread thickly with salted butter….

Why Education Isn't the Only Solution: An Overview of Female Employment in Morocco and the Region

Katherine O'Neill

In Photos: Morocco's Cat Culture

By Morocco World News - July 23, 2018

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has the lowest female employment rate of anywhere in the world. Though most countries in the MENA region, including Libya and Iran, have seen gradually increasing rates of working women, Morocco's female labor force participation (FLFP) rate has actually decreased since 1999, now sitting at 26 percent, according to Brookings. This decline not only contradicts global and regional trends, but also comes despite significant efforts both by the Moroccan government and NGOs to increase women's education, in hopes of improving their employment opportunities. The World Bank estimates that higher FLFP rates could result in a 25 percent average increase in household income, something which would dramatically improve the lives of men, women, and youth in the region.

Women's education programs are excellent endeavors that change lives and promote equality, especially considering the high illiteracy rates of rural women. However, education alone is not the solution to low FLFP. In Morocco, according to the World Bank, women comprise 47 percent of the population holding a tertiary degree of some kind, and yet the vast majority remain marginalized from the workforce. Similar statistics showing high education and low employment for women are prevalent throughout the MENA region. The issue is not unemployment for women, but complete inactivity in the workforce. Morocco World News reports that over 70 percent of Moroccan women have simply left the workforce; they are neither employed nor searching for work, though one third of these women possess degrees that would qualify them for well-paying jobs….


Women in Morocco are central to the family structure around which Moroccan society is based. Yet the Moudawana, the family code that governs areas of family law such as marriage, divorce, inheritance, and child custody, gave few rights to women when it was first adopted in 1958, reflecting centuries-old customs. Under the law, men could unilaterally divorce their wives while women's right to divorce was highly restricted; women could not marry without legal approval from a guardian or tutor; married women were obliged by law to obey their husbands; and men could marry multiple women without their wives' consent.[1]………………..
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Seven Things to Know If You're Studying Abroad in Morocco

By Morocco World News - July 19, 2018 By Salihah Evans Rabat

Studying abroad is exciting, but it can also be intimidating and nerve-wracking. You can spend hours searching the web for everything you need to know. If you are headed to Morocco to study abroad, look no further. Read on for a carefully crafted list of everything you need to know before studying abroad in the beautiful country of Morocco! …………..
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Eight More Things Know If You're Studying Abroad in Morocco
By Morocco World News - July 20, 2018

Tips for Visiting Morocco's Chefchaouen

By Morocco World News - July 19, 2018 By Alexandra Gritta Rabat

Chefchaouen (or simply "Chaouen") is a city located in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. Its buildings appear to be washed in various shades of blue—hence Chaouen's endearing nickname, "the Blue Pearl" of Morocco. The city has long been known to backpackers for its surreal hiking spots and easy accessibility to hashish (cannabis), which prospers in the dry mountain climate. The city's relaxing and secluded atmosphere has attracted many tourists seeking to escape their rushed city lives………..
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Artificial Intelligence in Morocco: 'Not Just for Silicon Valley'

By Morocco World News - July 24, 2018 By Anna Schaeffer Rabat

At a July 20 McKinsey & Company conference in Morocco, a presentation on artificial intelligence algorithms highlighted the powerful potential of digitizing sectors of Morocco's economy.

Moroccan Hospitals and Schools in 'Poor and Alarming' State

By Tamba François Koundouno - July 24, 2018 Rabat

A recent study has found that Morocco's health and education sector's poor and unsatisfying performance levels are primarily due to insufficient investment and inadequate training.
The research was conducted by the Groupe de Travail Thématique (Committee for Thematic Appraisal), a governmental body. While the study said public services are generally "dysfunctional and badly-monitored" in Morocco, it showed Moroccan schools have the lowest performance of public services.

Morocco as You Have Never Seen It Before

by Mads Peter Iversen

8K and 60 frames per second sounds crazy and it is way more than many of us can even appreciate. Yet, even in 4K or Full HD this video looks just stunning.
I have followed Jacob and Katie Schwarz and their stunning landscape videos for many years. What all their beautiful landscape videos from around the world have in common is the high quality. Their latest from the African country Morocco is in stunning 8K with 60 frames per second. I cannot enjoy 8K myself but I can see 4K with 60 frames per second and it simply looks like I'm there..
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Morocco, a melting pot of oriental cuisine ...

The cuisine of a land is a fusion of history and cultures… of flavours brought in by marauding invad...
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Morocco Launches Platform for Democracy

By Morocco World News - July 25, 2018 Rabat

Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani and Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi have presided over the launching ceremony of, an electronic platform for citizens to speak on public policies., launched Monday, July 23, seeks to promote democracy through allowing citizens and civil society to participate in the preparation, assessment, and execution of public policies. Individuals can sign up on the platform and write their suggestions, demands, and opinions on draft laws….

Talented Moroccan-American Footballer Celebrates Heritage

By Morocco World News - July 19, 2018 Rabat

When Driss Senhaji moved from Casablanca to New York as a young adult, he carried his love for football, American "soccer," all the way to the US. Today, his Moroccan-American daughter Ranya carries the torch onwards as the #2 best forward for her age group in the entire state of New Jersey. Sixteen years old with eight championships under her belt already, Ranya finished out the last season with 23 goals. She started playing at four years old with a dedicated, football-loving coach: her father. "Because my dad came from Morocco, he loves soccer," she said. "I started really young, but I still train with him today, and he knows more than anyone I've ever met. It's cool to have him there always teaching me and explaining what goes on in games." ………………

Petals Of Morocco: Skating Into Rabat and Casablanca - Episode 2

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Erg Chigaga

Exploring the wilder, more passionate sibling of Erg Chebbi feels like discovering a secret sun-kissed planet from another galaxy.

Video: Fall in Love with Morocco in Under 5 Minutes

By Morocco World News - July 26, 2018

National Museum of Australia Displays Morocco's Cultural Heritage

By Morocco World News - July 23, 2018

Moroccan culture was showcased in all its richness and diversity, Sunday, June 22, at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, as part of the cultural event "The Souq – a festival of culture."

Hollywood Reporter: 'Morocco is the Most Lovely Spot in the Whole World'

By Safaa Kasraoui - July 22, 2018 Rabat

As Morocco has become one of the most popular destinations for Moroccans living overseas and international tourists, the North African country has fascinated another Hollywood magazine with its tangible and intangible assets. For the Los Angeles-based magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, Morocco is "the Most Lovely Spot in the Whole World." The author of the "Hollywood Insider's Guide to Morocco," Kathryn Romeyn takes her readers on a journey to the most-visited destinations in Morocco: Essaouira, Marrakech, and the Atlas Mountains.

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