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Morocco Week in Review 
February 16, 2019

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

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The Concept Of Leadership Among The Amazigh In Morocco – Analysis

February 11, 2019  By Dr. Mohamed Chtatou


While Amazigh culture cannot be said to embrace anarchy, it accepts a certain amount of chaos as inherent in its structure. No person, whether internally or externally, is generally allowed to gain a preponderance of power. As no person is able to bring complete security, feuds between families, clans, tribes, confederacies, and villages are a constant aspect of life in Amazigh regions. Yet despite not having a strict hierarchy, leadership does exist on every level of society and has often been accorded special functions that keep society operating.

Although Amazigh leadership can only be generalized, in most cases leaders regardless of position arose through a combination of group consensus and religious legitimacy and enforced their responsibilities through persuasion rather than force. The basis of Amazigh leadership is the different levels of the tribe, acting as the figurehead and protector for those lower in the hierarchy. In the leadership gaps where merely tribal allegiances cannot provide, namely in regions where tribes are living in shared environments, geographic leadership plays an important function. Acting within and between these two forms of leadership are religious leaders, who provide an alternate and potentially sacrosanct channel for decisions. With the coming of first the French and then an independent Morocco, external leadership structures have been forced into Amazigh regions, creating parallel but contesting centers of legitimacy…………….

Chess in Blue

by Diana Mihajlova 2/11/2019

Chefchaouen, a small city in the North-West Morocco, has its houses, doors, pavements and streets partially washed in shades of blue. It is popularly known as the ‘blue city’, or the ‘blue pearl’ of Morocco. DIANA MIHAJLOVA brings you a photo diary of the annual chess activities in this colourful town, with the 18th edition of its chess tournament scheduled for July…………..

Fog Catching Technology in Morocco Empowers Women in Drought-Ridden Communities

February 10, 2019

This simple fog catching technology is changing the game for communities hit by climate change-induced drought.

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A Praying Body of Christians, Muslims Overcomes Tragedy in Morocco

In Midelt, Morocco, the monastery of Notre Dame de L’Atlas represents hope for a peaceful future between Muslims and Christians. Brother Anthony McNamara shared his personal experiences and the future of the community with MWN in an interview.

By Carolina McCabe Rabat

Behind massive walls in Midelt, central Morocco, lies the small Catholic community of Notre Dame de L’Atlas. The walls enclose a large courtyard, a small chapel, and a memorial for the seven brothers of Tibhirine who were killed in Algeria. The community, belonging to the Cistercian order, was originally from the Atlas Abbey of Tibhirine near Medea, Algeria. During the Algerian Civil War, seven monks from the order were kidnapped, held for two months, and found decapitated in May of 1996. The Algerian government announced later that month that the heads of the clergymen had been discovered………

France’s Muslim paradox

Francis Ghiles  Sunday 10/02/2019

Reconciling those who wish to create an Islam of France and those who want to retain control over existing institutions is a tough call. France has the largest number of Muslims in the Western world, primarily because of emigration from its former North African colonies, which goes back to the beginning of the last century. Estimates of the number of Muslims in France range from 4.5 million (the official figure) to 6 million. One-eighth of the overall French population between 18 and 50 years of age consider themselves Muslims. The majority belong to the Sunni denomination. In 2012, the Interior Ministry estimated the number of mosques at around 2,500 but a report by the Senate in 2016 put that figure at approximately 3,000. As for the number of imams, nobody really knows. In Sunni Islam, anyone can volunteer to lead prayers………..

Pope to visit Moroccan imam school to boost moderate Islam


Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African nation.
The Vatican on Saturday released the schedule for the pope’s trip to Rabat, the capital of Morocco……..

MOROCCO: Project launched to strengthen biodiversity capacity

By Luchelle Feukeng - February 9 2019 /

The Moroccan State has recently set up the "Ecosystem Services" project, in partnership with the Federal Republic of Germany. It was launched on February 6, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The project aims to enhance the capacities of public and private stakeholders in the sustainable use of resources and the conservation of biological diversity. The Moroccan State has recently set up the "Ecosystem Services" project, in partnership with the Federal Republic of Germany. It was launched on February 6, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The project aims to enhance the capacities of public and private stakeholders in the sustainable use of resources and the conservation of biological diversity……

Participating in the Annual Farmer-to-Farmer Implementers Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina

By Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D.President, High Atlas Foundation

Here is what I consider a joyful and fulfilling week: 80 or so people gathered from around the world to consider together wide-ranging issues in relation to supporting expert volunteers, for instance how they, cooperatives, and societies may successfully develop the agricultural sector, and all the while discovering co-participants who are wonderful, generous, experienced, and dedicated to serving most vulnerable groups.,-north-carolina?mc_cid=7274a509eb&mc_eid=1f865516d0================================================

‘Moroccan Letters’ Explores Morocco Through the Eyes of 20 Arab Writers

“The Moroccan Letters” is a gem of a book that takes its readers on 20  journeys to the minds of the pioneers of Arab literature who had traveled different Moroccan cities.

By Ahlam Ben Saga - Rabat

The book called the “Moroccan Letters” was reviewed and signed at the 25th International Book Fair (SIEL) in Casablanca. Enamored by the charm of Morocco and its people, 20 contemporary Arab writers wrote a few pages each in the book, speaking of their experiences in Moroccan cities while also providing glimpses on realities lived in each city. The 439-page compendium compiled by two renowned Lebanese media figures, Sami Kleib and Faycal Jelloul, holds testimonials from one of the most influential authors in the Arab world, Syrian poet and critic, Adunis.

Talking with Moroccan novelist Tahar Ben Jelloun

Mokhlis al-Saghir Sunday 10/02/2019

Ben Jelloun’s works have been translated into 47 languages and he is one of the most read Arab intellectuals in the West. Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan writer, poet and thinker who lives in France and writes in French about issues pertaining to the lives of Arabs and Muslims in their countries of origin and in Europe and about their travels and migration, which are fraught with death, racism and loss. In 1987, the creator of the novel “La Nuit Sacree” (“Sacred Night”) was awarded the Goncourt Prize. He is also the recipient of several other awards, including the 2004 International Dublin Literary Award and the 2011 Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize, which promotes peaceful coexistence between Christian and Muslim cultures…………
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Crime fiction: In ‘The Moroccan Girl,’ a thriller writer becomes a real spy

Charles Cummings is the primary heir to espionage legend John le Carré. And his newest novel centers around a fascinating premise: what happens when a writer of thrillers is recruited to be a real spy?

By Adam Woog Special to The Seattle Times

Charles Cumming’s excellent spy novels make him a contender as the primary heir to espionage legend John le Carré (who, in his 80s, is still very much active, with a new book due out this year).
Cumming’s latest is The Moroccan Girl” (St. Martin’s, 360 pp., $27.99).

Kit Carradine, a successful thriller writer, is stopped on a London street by a strangely intense man named Robert Mantis, who says he’s a fan and soon announces that he’s actually a government agent hoping to recruit the writer. Both thrilled and terrified at the idea of being a real spy, Carradine agrees. His mission is to carry out two tasks while attending a literary event in Morocco: delivering an envelope to a certain gentleman and searching out Lara Bartok, a bewitching woman suspected of being a terrorist……..
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A ‘Coding School’ Seeks to Create New Opportunities in Morocco

Megan O'Herron / 11 Feb 2019 YOUSSOUFIA

In the center of this small city in western Morocco, among peach-orange buildings, the YouCode coding school stands out, not just because of its four-story bright white modern exterior, but also for the ideas it fosters inside. Tuition-free and open to anyone 18 to 35 years old regardless of prior education, YouCode brings together students from across the country and from a variety of backgrounds. It offers them what it sees as a much-needed, updated style of education to prepare them for jobs in an economy that increasingly demands information-technology skills. YouCode was created by a partnership between the OCP Group, Morocco’s national phosphates exporter, whose local office is next door, and the French-based organization Simplon, known for establishing coding schools around the world and a “social inclusion” philosophy that seeks to make jobs in the digital sector available to those underrepresented in the field……………….

Benatiq: Morocco’s Family Code, Coherent Law Serving Moroccan Overseas

The delegate Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad has been implementing programs and forums to consolidate ties between Moroccan expats and their homeland, to preserve their identity

By Safaa Kasraoui. Feb 10, 2019 Rabat

 In recent years, the Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad has been focusing on programs designed to protect their rights and to promote their interest in Morocco’s development and integrity. This time, the ministry convened dozens of Moroccan lawyers residing abroad in Marrakech in their third forum held under the theme “Family Code in the Light of Comparative Law and International Conventions.” The symposium, which was attended by Morocco World News, aimed to address  family law challenges that Moroccan expats encounter in their host countries…………

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