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Morocco Week in Review 
June 29, 2019

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Learning to Speak Darija: How to Make a Moroccan Laugh

Moroccan Arabic is a unique blend of Tamazight (Berber), Spanish, French, and Standard Arabic. While a lot of Darija’s vocabulary comes from Arabic and Tamazight, there are many words that have entered the language thanks to French, Spanish, and other languages.

By Teresa Kerr - Jun 22, 2019 Rabat

Some words remain unaltered, while others have been changed to varying degrees. Additionally, some Arabic words used in Morocco are used in a different context than within Moroccan Standard Arabic (MSA). Although many Moroccans can understand speakers from the Arabian Peninsula, the reverse cannot always be said. There are some Arabic speakers who argue that Moroccan colloquial Arabic, also called Darija, is not a “true” Arabic dialect, but rather a variant of North African languages.

International agriculture alumnus aspires to serve, uplift global community.

Amy Duke June 13, 2019

RPCV Ben Bianco Volunteering experiences in Morocco and India.

Amazigh Land and Water Rights Documentary Wins FIDADOC Grand Prix

The Moroccan feature documentary’s director hopes the win will raise the profile of the Imider villagers’ protest against the exploitation of the village's water resources by the mining giant Managem. By Margot Eliason - Margot Eliason is a writer at Morocco World News. Jun 25, 2019
Rabat – The feature documentary Amussu, about an Amazigh (Berber) resistance movement against a silver mine in Morocco, has won the “Nouzha Drissi Grand Prix” at the 11th Agadir International Documentary Film Festival (FIDADOC).
Amassu, by director Nadir Bouhmouch, tells the story of a protest by the villagers of Imider, a remote Amazigh village in south-east Morocco, against the exploitation of water resources by the mining giant Managem. It was filmed in 2016, five years after the protests first began

212,169 Moroccan Students Pass Baccalaureate Exams

The statistics show a passing rate of 65.55% in 2019 compared to 57.36% in the previous year.

By Morocco World News - Jun 24, 2019 Rabat

The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research announced that 212,169 Moroccan students have passed the exam in the June session. The statistics represent a passing rate of 65.55%. The pass rate has increased by 8 % from last year’s 57.36%. ======================================

World Bank to Fund Morocco’s Controversial Education Reform Bill.

The Government has accepted a MAD 500 billion loan from the World Bank to implement a bill which parliament rejected. .

By Kawtar Ennaji - Jun 25, 2019 Rabat

The World Bank announced, on June 20, its MAD 500 billion program in support of Morocco’s 2015–2030 Education Reform. The program aims to act on key elements of the vision to drive the sector’s transformation and boost human capital for every Moroccan child. The Reform has been written into legislation for new framework laws in the education system.

Could Morocco see the next uprising, after Sudan and Algeria?

27 June 2019

A wide-ranging BBC survey shows almost half of Moroccans are considering emigrating and want immediate political change. So could Morocco follow in Sudan and Algeria's footsteps and topple their leader, asks Tom de Castella. On a balcony overlooking Casablanca's rooftops, a man draws on his cigarette and thinks about the dream that was snatched away. Saleh al-Mansouri is only in his twenties but knows what it's like to cross the sea to Europe. He lived in Germany for several years until his bid for asylum was rejected and he was forced to go home to Morocco.

Morocco To Boost Game Hunting Tourism

Game hunting in Morocco generates over MAD 1.2 billion per year with 80,000 Moroccans and 3,000 tourists participating in the sport annually. 

By Margot Eliason - Margot Eliason is a writer at Morocco World News. Jun 26, 2019abat

The Moroccan High Commission for Water and Forestry and the Fight Against Desertification plans to promote hunting tourism in Morocco, using it as a tool for rural development. According to Abderrahim Houmy, the Secretary General for the commission, hunting has real social-economic potential
Approximately 3000 tourists per year currently come to hunt in Morocco and the commission wants to increase this number to 15,000 by 2024, Houmy stated at the annual Game Fair in Lamotte-Beuvron, France, held between June 14 and 16.

Guide to Summer Festivals in Morocco

Festival season kicked off in Morocco just as the weather began to heat up. Last year, over 12 million tourists visited the North African country. ======================================

US Report on Religious Freedom Cites Morocco’s Efforts to Promote Interfaith Dialogue

By -Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News.Jun 24, 2019 Rabat

The US State Department released its 2018 report on religious freedom. The report cites Morocco’s efforts in promoting peace and interfaith dialogue between all citizens of the three Abrahamic religions. Coexistence and interfaith dialogue aim to promote tolerance among all religions for unity and prosperity. The report starts by outlining how the Moroccan constitution guarantees all citizens the freedom to “practice” their religious affairs.

Survey Shows Faith in Decline in Morocco, in the Arab World

By Ann Seymour - Jun 25, 2019 Rabat

While studies suggest Islam is the fastest growing religion on the planet, a recent survey released by the BBC Arabic showed religion has declined throughout the Arab world. Currently 18% identify as “not religious”, compared to 11% in 2013.  The report, conducted for the BBC by the research group Arab Barometer, was the largest and most in-depth survey undertaken of the Middle East and North Africa. Over 25,000 people were interviewed from 11 Arab countries, including Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Yemen, and Lebanon.  With the exception of Yemen, every country surveyed showed a decline in faith. The North African countries of Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco showed the largest shift away from religion. Currently close to 15% of Morrocans identify as not religious, an increase from under 5% in 2013.

Global Honesty Index: Moroccans at the Bottom of the List

By Kawtar Ennaji -Jun 21, 2019 Rabat

The results of the experiment, carried out in 40 countries by a team of international scientists, revealed significant differences between nations.
The experiment showed that Switzerland and the Scandinavian nations were the most honest, while China, Morocco, Peru, and Kazakhstan closed the rankings.rance, however, followed close behind the Scandinavian countries coming in 10th place, Spain was in 14th place, while Morocco ranked 39th and China came at the bottom of the list.

Fatima Al-Fihri: The Mother of Moroccan Intellectuals

Morocco’s history is full of figures who contributed to changing the course of humanity. Throughout time, Moroccans have influenced the fields of science, geography, philosophy, religion, education and more.

By Abdellah Boussouf - Jun 11, 2019 Rabat

One such figure is Fatima bint Muhammad Al-Fihriya (also known as Fatima al-Fihri) who was born from humble beginnings in A.D. 800 in modern-day Tunisia. Al-Fihri is credited with founding Al Quaraouiyine mosque, library, and university in Fez with her own money in A.D. 859, naming the ground-breaking educational institution after her hometown of Qayrawan. The world’s first university and the first educational institution to award degrees, Al Quaraouiyine is one of the most influential and impressive in history, particularly given the state of societies in the 9th century, as well as the place of women in those societies. For a North African Muslim woman to establish such an institution, which she opened to people of all ages, social classes, and faiths, is testament to her exceptional vision for her society and her innovative mindset for the ways in which education could be transformed.

In Search of a Renewed Era of Moroccan Excellence

Besides the lack of investment in human capital, Morocco is also experiencing a decline in social capital.

By Mohammed Cherkaoui -Jun 23, 2019 Washington D.C

In March, I gave a series of lectures at seven Moroccan universities. The lectures mainly focused on three principal topics: “Trumpism as a Political Philosophy and its Impact on Contemporary International Relations” (presented at universities in Rabat [Souissi and Agdal], Casablanca, Tangier, Oujda, and Fez), “The dialectical Relationship between University, Development, and Democracy” at Chouaib Doukkali University in El Jadida, and “The Future of Islamists in the Arab Region: The Lessons learned from the so-called Arab Spring” at the Moroccan Center for Studies and Modern Research in Rabat. During this tour, I unfortunately did not have enough time to visit other universities, and apologize to my fellow professors and students in Marrakech, Agadir, Kenitra, and Settat for postponing the visit.

Fasting For the First Time: My Experience of Ramadan

Fasting for the whole month of Ramadan was a very good experience for me. I am proud of myself for having succeeded, and people were also very proud of me. I really appreciated the sense of sharing from the neighbors and the culture of generosity.

By Morocco World News - Jun 23, 2019 By Marius Bordat Rabat

When I decided to try to fast during Ramadan this year, I didn’t think that I was capable of lasting the entire month. I didn’t even plan to complete the whole month of Ramadan, especially since I had never fasted before. My idea was to try fasting for the first few days and then stop. As a 16-year-old French-American, born in Morocco, I am going to talk about my experience of fasting for the first time. I first decided to observe Ramadan in solidarity with my friends. I also wanted to live the experience of fasting #######################################

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