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Morocco Week in Review 
July 27, 2019

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

American Brand Kith Releases Moroccan Inspired Zellige Shirts

Kith’s collection is the latest addition to a list of brands drawing inspiration from Moroccan culture this summer.

By Juliette Owen-Jones is a journalist and editor at Morocco World News. Jun 17, 2019 Rabat

Kith, an American streetwear brand, has released a Morocco-inspired summer collection. The menswear summer collection features dozens of pieces in the Moroccan zellige print, made from satin, seersucker, or jersey. The custom-milled Moroccan inspired prints are “channeled through the Kith lens” for a unique look, according to the brand. 

The Hidden Gems of Morocco

How cooperatives may be the key factor in social and economic empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sarita Mehta  Jul 19, 2019

For many people, July 6 marked the passing of just another Saturday. But to over 1 billion people, it was of tremendous significance as it was the 25th UN International Day of Cooperatives. Over 12% of humanity contribute to one of the 3 million cooperatives on the planet. Cooperatives not only stimulate local economies, but also act as a vehicle for bringing opportunity and profit to people worldwide, who otherwise would not be actors in the formal sector of the economy. This tangible empowerment is perhaps best embodied by the Cooperative Aboghlo Women of Ourika in Morocco.

Music in Morocco: The ultimate sonic journey.

From Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains, here’s where to rock the casbah.


THIS STORY BEGINS like all good ones do, with a 66-year-old man standing on stage, dressed as a goat. It is late March, and I’ve come to Morocco, in part, to see a rare public performance by the Master Musicians of Joujouka, a group of traditional Sufi trance artists from a remote corner south of the Rif Mountains who have nevertheless captivated the world. Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones recorded the Masters in their village in the late ’60s. William S. Burroughs and Timothy Leary famously dubbed them “the 4,000-year-old rock band.” More recently, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins spent a week just observing them. The Masters’ brand of ancient trance isn’t simply entertaining. It’s also said to have healing powers. The half man, half goat who is part of their act is called Bou Jeloud, and according to folklore, if he hits you with a stick during a performance, you will get pregnant. More on that soon.
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The Missing Message by Faiza Lhbabi

Jul 11, 2019 #MedStoryPrize

Congratulations to Faiza Lhbabi of Fes, the winner of the Rooted Everyday writing contest in the 8-to-13-yo category, for her story "The Missing Message." This story is about animals who have lost their water because of the activities of humans -- will people ever help them? Beautiful story, Faiza. “I am really happy to win the #MedStoryPrize. I wrote every single word with love and hope that readers will love it. Being a countryside girl, I am also aware of the environmental problems that affect our daily life, and I believe that collaboration and solidarity among countries and people are a suitable solution to these issues.”

In a beautiful forest, not far from a big overpopulated city, various animals live together in peace and harmony. Although the noise of the nearby city and its flashing night lights were disturbing the well-being of the animals living in the forest, the animals did not care as long as they felt a sense of security in their habitat, at least they believed they were far from any harm that might directly affect them from the city.

Moroccan Official: African Youth Also Have Right to Travel the World

A young African must also have the right to travel the world, as is the case for European youth, the Moroccan official said.

By Safaa Kasraoui  - is a journalist at Morocco World News. Jul 22, 2019 Rabat

Director of migration and border surveillance at Morocco’s Ministry of Interior Khalid Zerouali discussed Morocco’s strategy and the 2013 migration policy implemented to curb irregular migration in an interview with Italian news agency LaPressa. During the interview, Zerouali said described Morocco’s migration policy as inclusive. “His Majesty the King [Mohammed VI] in 2013 decided that Morocco should adopt a humanist strategy, respectful of human rights.” Zerouali mentioned Morocco’s strategy to regularize the status of migrants, who seek to make Morocco a destination.

Morocco: A splendid movie set

MELİH USLU July 22 2019

Marrakesh has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel destination. It’s no wonder that travelers flock here, to the city affectionately known as the “Red City.”  We were in Morocco for the kind invitation of Royal Air Maroc, and we spent five dreamy days in Marrakech and Casablanca. Here are some memorable suggestions from our unique journey: Wake up to luxurious design at Le Grand Savoy, a hotel in Marrakesh’s city center. Then, hop into a horse-drawn carriage to visit the nearly 1,000-year-old medina or Marrakech old city.

The most important part of Marrakesh’s medina quarter is Jamaa el-Fna Square, the first square to be taken under protection by UNESCO to preserve its native life and culture. Bustling from the morning hours and never slowing down all day, it is a fairytale venue. To be sure, the medina has its own unique design wonders– seen in its palaces, madrasas, and sky-high minarets, making it no surprise that the city has been a fixture on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for the past 30 years.

Morocco Stories: Part 1


This was my first trip to North Africa, and hopefully it won’t be my last, despite how new much of it was to me. In this 3-part blog post series, I’ll start with that perennially popular Patheos topic, religion, as well as introducing my reasons for traveling to Morocco (and Spain) in the first place. In my next two posts, I’ll cover gender and politics/power, with pretty pictures sprinkled throughout.

At the university where I teach, I’m part of a global studies program. We teach classes that every undergraduate must take, on a variety of topics spanning regional and historical subjects. We also get to go abroad every few years for professional development, so we can bring more to the table for these classes, and the Morocco trip was one of these opportunities. It was especially good timing for me since I’ll be teaching one of these classes on the Middle East and North Africa for the first time in the fall, so I’m desperate for material.

For Creative Chicken Salad, Get Inspiration From Morocco.


For a creative chicken salad, we were inspired by the flavors of Morocco: apricots, lemon and warm spices. To give our dressing complex flavor, we reached for garam masala, a traditional spice blend of coriander, cumin, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. We also added a little more coriander, honey and smoked paprika for depth. Blooming the spices in the microwave deepened their flavors for an even bolder dressing. Chickpeas further echoed the Moroccan theme and lent heartiness, and crisp romaine combined with slightly bitter watercress made the perfect bed of greens for our toppings. Reserving a bit of the dressing to drizzle on just before serving made the flavors pop.

A short respite in Morocco’s Tighza Valley

by Marilyn Jones, For The Inquirer, Updated: July 22, 2019

Our High Atlas Mountain welcoming committee consists of men and mules at the side of the road. We, a group of 15 like-minded travelers, exit the bus, and watch as our luggage is hoisted into large cloth saddle bags on the mules. To get to the village of Warwichkt in the Tighza Valley of Morocco, we have the option to walk for an hour and a half or ride a mule. I choose the mule. My mule handler is a man who appears to be in his 60s with a quick smile. All along the trail he talks to the other handlers in his native Berber. Few from the village speak English, although some speak French, because of the French protectorate established in Morocco in 1912. It lasted until Morocco’s independence in 1956.

ALCS Warns Against ‘Silent’ Hepatitis C Epidemic In Morocco

According to the Association de Lutte Contre le SIDA (Fight Against AIDS), 5,000 Moroccans die of Hepatitis C every year, at a rate of 15 per day.

By Kawtar Ennaji - is a journalist and translator at Morocco World News, MA holder from King Fahd School of Translation Jul 25, 2019 Rabat

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day (WHD) on July 28, the Association de Lutte Contre le SIDA (ALCS) organized a press conference on July 23 at Hotel Farah-Casablanca. The press conference was an opportunity to present the current situation of the fight against Hepatitis C in Morocco. It also aimed at alerting the authorities and inciting them to adopt a national plan against hepatitis C. According to Mehdi Karkouri, president of ALCS, 5,000 Moroccans die every year, 15 a day. Nearly 400,000 citizens are infected with the Hepatitis C virus and 16 others are newly infected each day.
The “silent” infection shows no warning signs or symptoms. Patients often come to know when they are diagnosed with cirrhosis or cancer, both consequences of untreated Hepatitis C.

The Tacos of Morocco: Food Without a Nation

At a brightly-lit table, a young Moroccan man bites into a grilled tortilla wrap filled with chicken nuggets, honey mustard, and French fries — which he knows as a taco. 

By Morocco World News -Jul 19, 2019By McCarthey Dressman Rabat

Mohamed Mahna, a Masters student in Rabat, arched an eyebrow when asked about the tacos’ origin.  “I don’t know what nationality it is. I just enjoy it, but I have never asked myself,” Mahna said with a slight smile. “As long as it’s delicious, I don’t care about the rest.” Tacos in Morocco are not simply a variant of Mexican cuisine that has drifted to North Africa. Instead, the hearty snack is a distinctly multinational fast-food phenomenon — a culinary innovation which reflects how national boundaries are blurring and Moroccan eating habits are changing.

Islam Is Couched in Sufism in Morocco.

In Morocco, as in other Arab countries, Islamism has taken strong root in poverty-stricken areas and in the outskirts of major industrial cities. 

By Mohamed Chtatou  - Dr. Jul 18, 2019 Rabat

In 2003, Casablanca experienced terrorist attacks at a popular tourist restaurant and internet café. Sui­cide bombers, from the shantytown of Sidi Moumen, aimed an attack directly towards discouraging Western influence by literally ridding the place of who they saw as its perpetrators — Western tourists in Morocco.  The second attack, at an internet café, perhaps more indirectly discouraged Western influence because it was at a cyber venue. This could be seen as a statement against outside influences that could permeate Moroccan society by way of the internet. 
However, radical Islamism is seen as a threat to the stability of Morocco’s government because it invokes violence and destruction, and it challenges the establishment. In Morocco, the radical Islamist narrative is a challenge to the Moroccan king because it casts doubt over his legitimacy as amir al-mu’minin — the “commander of the faithful” or head of religion.  As much as Islamism is concerned with permeating external areas of life, Sufism is focused on the internal workings of each individual. It sees religion as emphasizing personal enlightenment by encouraging people to look into themselves to find Allah.

Oualidia to Hold Oyster Festival from July 26 to August 4.

The annual festival highlights Oualidia’s potential as a tourist destination, with both ecological and cultural attractions.

By -Juliette Owen-Jones is a journalist and editor at Morocco World News. Jul 24, 2019 Rabat

Oualidia’s Oyster Festival will be underway from July 26 to August 4, and will shine a light on the city’s ecological, tourism, and cultural potential.
This year marks the 7th edition of the festival, organized on the initiative of the Provincial Association of Cultural, Social, and Sports Affairs of the province of Sidi Bennour. The festival will focus on the ecological importance of mussel-farming, as well at the investment and development potential.

H&M Home Releases Moroccan Inspired Summer Collection.

This summer, H&M Home stores will be packed with Moroccan inspired items.

Juliette Owen-Jones is a journalist and editor at Morocco World News. Jun 13, 2019 Rabat

H&M Home is the latest company to draw inspiration from Morocco’s rich and distinctive design. This summer, H&M Home stores will be packed with Moroccan inspired items. The promotional shots of the collection, taken in Morocco’s desert and a typical Moroccan riad, show neutral colors and natural materials contrasted with colorful mosaics. The shots show a plethora of natural textures, typical of Moroccan decor: linen, cotton, woven rattan, wood, and ceramics. Vivid turquoise, fuchsia, and gold elements are the highlight of the collection.

“Outraged” by rumours, Mohammed VI and Lalla Salma of Morocco break the silence

By L'Express  - July 21, 2019

Because of their ranks, they had never stooped to comment on the rumours. The most recent ones suggesting a family breakdown are no longer bearable. Indignant, Mohammed VI and Lalla Salma both recall decency. Their lawyer, Me Dupond-Moretti, took up their anger and defended their honour. Silence has an end. Especially when lying starts to impress minds. Through their lawyer, Me Eric Dupond-Moretti, King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his ex-wife Lalla Salma have jointly announced that the rumours of fleeing or kidnapping children that have been circulating since the beginning of July are intolerable. These rumours are “firmly and formally denied” by the Alawi ruler and the princess, parents of two teenagers, Moulay El Hassan, 16, and Lalla Khadija, 12.

King Mohammed VI, Ex-Wife Lalla Salma Deny Rumors of Custody Conflict.

King Mohammed VI and his ex-wife Princess Lalla Salma are “firmly and formally denying” rumors of custody issues regarding their two children.

Readers' travel scams: What the tourists don't see in Morocco

Malu Jonas, Jul 22 2019

Surveying the nightmarish churning mass of cow hair, body parts and general detritus from the precarious ledge in Fez, Morocco, it slowly dawned on us that we were in the midst of a travel scam. Hitherto this, we had come to gradually consider ourselves to be moderately experienced in the ways of the travelling world, even a little smugly proud. Despite a fair number of frightening encounters in Central America and the US, we had not had one hair harmed, or one dollar swindled, in the previous three months. Our Moroccan "guide" who befriended us on a train had come across as a chatty personable man with good English skills. We thought that his offers to show us "what normal tourists don't usually see" was an awesome opportunity to see more of the 'real' Morocco, and without any qualms, let him lead the way the next day. He wasn't wrong. We saw no other tourists where he took us, that's for sure, and the travel blogs and brochures never even hint at the assaults on our senses we were about to experience.

What You Can See and Do Around Morocco When You’re On A Budget

Icho Ouarzazate

Morocco is one of the world’s most beautiful places to travel and enjoy. It’s not just the scenery that’s so breathtaking but also the culture, food, and people. While you can travel to the country in a group, sometimes the best trips are those you take alone. Of course, you may be wondering if it’s cheaper to travel as a group. Believe it or not, you can actually travel around the country on less than $30 a day, but you need to be smart and frugal about how you’re spending the money. Now, the first thing to understand is what each city is like. For example, Marrakech is considered a busy but amazing city, Casablanca is the home to one of the world’s most beautiful mosques, Tangier has outstanding beaches, Essaouira is a deteriorating medina and Chefchaouen is considered the world’s most gorgeous cities. With all that to explore, how can you go about visiting each area for cheap and get the full enjoyment out of it? It boils down to doing things that don’t involve money – hiking, checking out the mosques and getting into the water.

Average Moroccan Household has MAD 42,500 of Debt

According to Bank Al-Maghrib, household debt in Morocco is on the rise. In 2018, Moroccan households had a debt of MAD 42,500 each, an increase in debt of 6.1% from 2017.

By Margot Eliason is a writer at Morocco World News.Jul 24, 2019 Rabat

Every year, Morocco’s central bank, Bank Al-Maghrib, releases a report identifying trends in Moroccan trends in household debt. For its 2018 report released on July 22, Bank Al-Maghrib reviewed data from the 11 banks and 10 consumer credit bodies that make up the majority of Morocco’s lending institutions. Data includes the age, income, professional occupation and geographic location of debt holders.  The report finds that during 2018, household debt increased by 6.1%, to MAD 42,500 per household, or a total of MAD 342 billion. This amount represents 31% of Morocco’s GDP.

Reaching for the Stars: A Journey to Mount Toubkal’s Summit

There came a moment when it was silent; the only light came from the sky and its army of stars vaguely shaping into constellations—in one’s life these moments are few and far between. 

By  Celia Konstantellou Jul 20, 2019 Rabat

Growing up, my grandpa used to say to me that mountains, as the lines formulating the entire natural scenery, can teach us more than books could ever reveal to us. My six-year-old self was listening to him utterly confused as to how an array of tall rocks could have the power to educate people. I never really understood the true essence of this reiterated and seemingly hollow phrase, until I reached the age of 20 and climbed to the top of Mount Toubkal. I realized that nature can indeed unburden one’s inner strength and vigor to continue; to continue climbing; to continue ascendingto never give up. The early A.M.s of Saturday, July 13, found our group of six at the roots of Mount Toubkal. Devoured by the darkness of the night and the strong breeze of the uninviting landscape, we were wearing heavy jackets and woolen beanies, holding trekking sticks and using our phones as flashlights.

Moroccan Hotels Top the Charts in Travel + Leisure’s ‘2019 World’s Best Hotels’ 

Travel + Leisure magazine has announced the winners of its “2019 World’s Best Hotels.

By Margot Eliason is a writer at Morocco World News. Jul 23, 2019 Rabat

Marrakech’s Royal Mansour and Kasbat Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains won their categories. Travel + Leisure runs an annual competition, where readers of the famous monthly travel magazine vote for their favorite hotels based on the quality of the rooms and facilities, location, service, food, and value. This year, readers voted the Royal Mansour of Marrakech as the best city hotel in North Africa and the Middle East.  It is yet another award for the luxury hotel in the heart of Marrakech. In 2018, the Royal Mansour won 7 awards including the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide annual award and the World Luxury Spa Award.

Las Cruces filmmaker rides wave of success to Morocco

Spencer Taylor, For the Sun-News MT July 21, 2019

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