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September 12, 2020

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Royal Air Maroc: Foreigners With Hotel Reservations Can Enter Morocco

The decision comes after CGEM announced a similar decision for business visitors invited by Moroccan companies.

By Safaa Kasraoui -  Sep 6, 2020

Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc announced on Sunday that visa-exempt foreigners with confirmed hotel reservations can enter Morocco through its flights.
“Royal Air Maroc informs you that nationals of visa-exempt countries with an invitation from a Moroccan company or a confirmed hotel reservation can now have access to our flights to Morocco,” the airline tweeted. Foreigners who travel to Morocco “must comply with the health measures issued by the Moroccan authorities, in particular the obligation to carry out the required tests for COVID-19,” the statement added.
Passengers must wear masks during flights to Morocco.

The decision follows the announcement from the Moroccan General Federation of Enterprises (CGEM) that foreign business visitors can enter Morocco.
CGEM President Chakib Alj announced the news after receiving approval from Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CGEM said that foreign business visitors can enter Morocco, starting September 10. The date marks the scheduled end of the state of emergency. Morocco suspended all international flights and maritime and land travel in mid-March before declaring a state of emergency. The decision was in line with the country’s approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Today, the ministry recorded 32 deaths and a record high of 2,234 cases. The number of confirmed cases stands at 72,394. Today’s announcement suggests that Morocco is on track to reopen its borders step by step depending on the epidemiological situation. Morocco made similar border reopening decisions in July, when Morocco began permitting the entry of Moroccans citizens and legal residents and their family members.  Morocco also has been repatriating citizens stranded abroad, whose number once stood at more than 33,000……………………..

Agricultural Literacy: A Solution to Youth Idleness and Unemployment

Field work for youth: How getting their hands in the soil could help young Moroccans land a job.

At a juvenile detention center in Fes (Morocco), it feels like summer camp is all year round. There, “maximum security” is an open, white building complex, “delinquents” are watering plants and planting seeds, and the only guard in sight, if you’re lucky, is a wild peacock patrolling the grounds. For many of us, the term “juvenile detention center” does not strike summertime sentiments. But in Fes, the all-boys Center for the Protection of Children deviates from the norm in more ways than one. Beyond its disarming quietude, the center distinguishes itself from most of its kind by showing how agricultural expertise can augment youth rehabilitation and social reintegration.

Reintegrating Moroccan Males In National And Global Interest – OpEd

July 19, 2019 By Caleb Tisdale*

Attracting young people to radical, extremist ideas is not hard. Just ask the ISIS recruiters behind one of the most effective propaganda presences in the world. Extremist groups are so effective at recruitment because the target audience is easily identified and appealed to: those who are at the margins of society. Radical ideologies offer an alternative to social and economic conditions – high unemployment, lack of purpose, social displacement – that have left them vulnerable. One of these marginalized groups is the Moroccan male youth convicted of non-violent crimes. Despite the best efforts to provide conditions that are adjusted to this population, there is still a risk that these young men feel detained, delinquent, and sequestered away from society. They can be left idle, isolated, and frustrated.

Without opportunities to find relevance in society, reintegration into society is not an easy task. A High Atlas Foundation assessment found that a recurring theme among Moroccan youth is an unfulfilled need to define themselves. They are seeking a purpose in life. Lack of education, employment, and therefore social value are some of the main drivers towards subscribing to radical ideologies. Instead of taking the path leading to becoming productive members of society, youth may find a home within extremist groups.

Cultural and social displacement within Morocco pose a threat to both national and international security. Morocco’s High Commission of Planning reported that the youth unemployment rate in Morocco is 39 percent, when adjusted with the disguised unemployment rate that impacts over one million young adults. This is consistent with the Middle East and North Africa region where youth account for 51 percent of all unemployed, according to the UNDP Arab Human Development Report. Further, one out of four unemployed Moroccans has a high level college degree. Brookings published a report in 2017 with evidence supporting that those with unmet expectations for economic and social improvement are at a higher propensity to radicalization. Morocco is also seeing a continued shift towards urbanization, which has in turn created a strain on job creation………………..

Morocco: 20 Years; A Generation and a Day in Development Life – Happy Anniversary HAF

By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir   /   Saturday, 05 Sep 2020

As so many of us ask when we commemorate an anniversary of decades: where have all the years gone? Have we done all we can? Have we been of true service? Did we do right? We also may wonder on these occasions what might the future hold. Will our dreams – our Moroccan dreams – come true? Will every village and neighborhood come together, with every young person, every elderly, every woman and man from all circumstances and be part of designing and deciding the future course of their community? And will the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) be of the best service it could as the Moroccan people create the change they seek?

It is the 20th year anniversary of the High Atlas Foundation and its mission in Morocco–an organization born from the service of Peace Corps Volunteers and dedicated Moroccan friends. With every entity that endures across time, there seems to be a miraculous component–that through unpredictable events, there remains continuity. The mission of HAF is as fixed as the universal principle upon which it is based: the people – those who are impacted by development decisions and actions – are the drivers of lasting change. We are dedicated to the premise that sustainability is manifested by and for local communities. This means that HAF commits to: inclusivity and empowerment so that people are confident as they make decisions that reflect what they need; projects that are the priorities of the people and that cut across the different sectors of life; and partnerships–because the wider and deeper the commitment, the greater the likelihood of implementation and endurance.

After some millions of growing trees later, thousands of families drinking clean water, thousands of people experiencing capacity-building so that they manifest change around them, we have also learned abiding lessons. Ripples of good intentions and of people’s projects over time create outcomes that, when observed, help us to realize there is an incalculable amount of impact out there. Impact is experienced by children and grandchildren and will be experienced by generations to come. Development, like planting a tree, is an endeavor that naturally seems to cross into faith. Sustainability is an operational concept involving the consideration of a multiplicity of factors that require consideration in the planning of development–economic, cultural, technological, financial, environmental, geographic, historical, and gender-based factors. However, sustainability may very well be, after all, the ongoing generation of good effects that are so widespread and so deep in the heart and so across time that they belong to no one but to the people who feel the bounty, power, and ability in the moments of their lives………….
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Moroccan-American Candidate Ihssane Leckey Loses Congressional Race.

In a crowded primary, Leckey finished fifth in her first foray into national politics

By Jasper Hamann - Sep 4, 2020 Rabat

Moroccan-born politician Ihssane Leckey ended in fifth place after a promising bid to replace Joseph Kennedy III in the US congress. Leckey, a former Wall Street regulator, ran on a platform of progressive politics and gained the support of Somali-American Ilhan Omar. “I came to our beautiful country from Meknes, Morocco with nothing but a little suitcase containing summer clothes,” Leckey wrote in her statement after losing the congressional race. Leckey came to the US when she was 20 and worked as a regulator for the Federal Reserve before running for congress.
As an immigrant in the US, Ihssane Leckey soon learned about the stark inequality between the ultra-rich and everyone else in the US. “As I stare down at shiny shoes stomping the ground in lower Manhattan, my eyes couldn’t escape homeless folks at the feet of the biggest buildings,” she recalled. “The immigrant experience was a flawed narrative created by the super wealthy to keep not only immigrants, but millions of working people across our country under the boot” she wrote. “I vowed to fight for the most vulnerable, to abolish poverty, and end the unnecessary suffering of our people once and for all.”…………………..
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Moroccan Beauty Secrets: 5 Best Essential Oils and Their Benefits.

One of Morocco’s several wonders is its natural abundance of pure essential oils that have many physical and psychological health benefits.

By Jihad Dardar -  Sep 6, 2020

Morocco is famous for its diverse landscapes, its delicious cuisine, and artistic culture. It is also known for its natural beauty and wellness secrets, and Moroccan essential oils are among them.  Morocco is a land of many plants, herbs, trees, and flowers that have incredible health benefits. Some of these herbs and flowers grow in the north or south and sometimes by the Mediterranean sea. Moroccans harvest them to extract their oils and use their benefits for many functions, such as natural remedies, perfumes, cosmetics, and soaps.

The essential oil of a plant or flower is the essence or the fragrance of that plant, and it is usually a liquid that is easily evaporated at normal temperatures. 
There are many methods used to extract essential oils from leaves, herbs, or barks. Moroccans often employ distillation methods, using steam or a ram press, which is a machine that presses items, to extract the oils. These extracted oils can be used to improve physical and psychological well-being, mixed in with creams, gels, cosmetic products, and sometimes food, if advised by a doctor. Moroccan essential oils can also be used in body oil for relaxing massages, in skin and hear treatments, and to treat some health complications such as digestion problems. However, the most popular use of Moroccan essential oils is for aromatherapy. 
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Moroccan Stuffed Msemen: A Tasty Treat for Savory Snack Lovers.

If you are on a diet, do not try Moroccan stuffed msemen---unless it’s your cheat day.

By Safaa Kasraoui -  Sep 5, 2020 Rabat

There are plenty of ways to serve msemen, Morocco’s famous flatbread. Moroccan msemen can be appropriate at breakfast time or for an evening snack. One of the best ways to serve msemen is stuffed with delicious fat and spices, accompanied by a cup of sweet Moroccan mint tea for even more flavor. Savory Moroccan stuffed msemen will need several ingredients and some hard work, but trust me—it’s worth it. Just a little advice, though: Unless it’s your “cheat” day, do not try Moroccan stuffed msemen if you want to keep your weight balanced. The following recipe makes enough for 15 small pieces of Moroccan stuffed msemen. If you are planning to prepare just one or two pieces, you will need to use fewer ingredients.
Sauce ingredients
First, let’s prepare the stuffing or “sauce” for the msemen.
3 medium onions, grated
1 green pepper, cut into small pieces ……………………………
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CSP-SARA Morocco: Building a Brighter Future for Agadir’s Strays

Michele Augsburger and her team are dedicated to improving the lives of stray and neglected animals through TNR, adoption, and compassion in Agadir and beyond.

By Morgan Hekking -  Morgan Hekking holds a BA in International Relations from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Sep 6, 2020

Like many animal shelters in Morocco, Le Coeur Sur La Patte (CSP) and Sunshine Animal Refuge Agadir (SARA) began with one person who wanted to make a change in the lives of the country’s strays. 

Michele’s story
Michele Augsburger Clairet Doucet has always been a dog person. “As a small child, I learned to take my first steps and walk with one of my dogs,” she told Morocco World News.  Born in Morocco to Italian and French parents, Michele grew up living in harmony with the dogs who roamed the streets. As she recounted her long-running love for animals, Michele described how she wanted to fill the house with stray dogs but was not allowed to keep them.  “During the earthquake in Agadir, in February 1960, I lost my favorite dog,” she recalled. “I was 4 years old and the first thing that my parents did was give me a wonderful dog.”  Michele married a German-Swiss man and left Morocco for Switzerland. “The first time I came back to Morocco, I adopted two stray dogs and brought them back with me to Switzerland,” she said.  After a long career abroad, Michele returned to Agadir in 2007, clear-sighted and with one goal: To improve animal welfare in Agadir and in Morocco as a whole.  ……………………
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Morocco Eyes Large Reforms to Face Climate Change, COVID-19

Minister Rabbah announced Morocco is committed to making drastic changes in order to address COVID-19 and the climate crisis.

By Jasper Hamann -  Sep 4, 2020 Rabat

Morocco is prepared to realize drastic reforms in order to address climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Aziz Rabbah, minister of energy, mines and the environment, stated that the Moroccan government is committed to rethinking the development model and reform plans and programs for a variety of sectors.
Rabbah’s statement came Thursday at a ministerial meeting of the “Online Platform” on a Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19. The government of Japan and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) jointly organized the event, aimed to function as a platform for dialogue on COVID-19 and climate change. Rabbah, other ministers, and representatives of non-state entities shared their experiences with and views of the concurrent crises in order to develop best practices. The virtual meeting came with the launch of “Platform for Redesign 2020.” The initiative seeks to promote a “sustainable and resilient” recovery from the consequences of the pandemic…………..
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‘Made in Morocco’: Mining Boom Demands Focus on Value Added Products.

Mining is big business in Morocco, but as the country’s role grows, should mined materials be exported or turned into high value products?

By Jasper Hamann -  Sep 7, 2020 Rabat

A mining boom could benefit more than just exports if Morocco can advance the production of value-added products. Shedding the legacy of colonialist resource exploitation, Morocco could expand its position in supply chains and better profit from its natural assets.  The country has 75% of the world’s estimated reserves of phosphate and is growing its share of barite, cobalt, and other important minerals. The world relies on countries like Morocco to supply the global community with such minerals. These raw materials are necessary to produce mobile phones, make fertilizer to grow crops, and produce steel for cars and buildings. Reserves for important materials for high-tech products like computers and cell phones are not available in Europe and the United States.
Instead Western countries rely on often unstable countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict and poor infrastructure make business difficult and often unethical. Morocco presents a stable and market-friendly alternative………………..
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Travel to Morocco’s Capital: The Best Places to Visit in Rabat

Rabat is one of the cities that best represents Morocco, with its rich history and blend of traditional culture with a modern lifestyle.

By Jihad Dardar -  Sep 5, 2020

Rabat is a city rich in history and is home to many important places to visit during your travel to Morocco. Most tourists might overlook the capital city, assuming it might not be as exciting as Morocco’s iconic tourist cities such as Marrakech, Tangier, and Essaouira. However, the imperial city is a perfect break from other bustling Moroccan cities. You will still get to explore Morocco’s culture, as well as both its history and modernity, evident in the architecture, ruins, and art throughout Rabat. The coastal city is located right on the Atlantic Ocean. It borders a river to the west that separates it from its twin city, Sale. Morocco moved its capital from Fez to Rabat in 1912 at the beginning of the French protectorate. After the country’s independence in 1956, Rabat remained the capital.
Rabat is also situated near most of Morocco’s famous touristic cities, which you can easily reach from the capital. These include Meknes and Fez, two to three hours away, and the coastal cities Tangier and Casablanca. These two are particularly short train rides away on Morocco’s TGV, the only high-speed rail in Africa
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Meet Hamza El Moutadir, One of many Youngest Moroccans to Writer an English Ebook

Leona Send an email July 27, 2020

Hamza El Moutadir is a 23-year-old Moroccan author, entrepreneur, self-help coach, and English trainer. After incomes his B.A. in English Literature on the College of Hassan II in Casablanca, he pursued his grasp’s diploma in Basic Psychology and Sexology at Moldova State College in Chisinau. Regardless of his difficult life, Hamza has discovered a strategy to specific himself by means of writing. Impressed by his personal truths, wishes, motivations, and the cumulative experiences that outline his life, the younger author dedicates his pages to sharing what it means to be human in immediately’s world. Hamza hopes to assist others navigate life’s sudden challenges and discover their means alongside rocky paths.

Together with Morocco’s Nadia Benjelloun, who authored and revealed an English novel on the age of 16, Hamza is likely one of the youngest Moroccan writers to publish a guide in English. His first guide, “The ABC’s Of Persona Typing,” revealed in 2019, explores the classifications of human psychology and the way every particular person’s character sort is outlined.  In accordance with Hamza, it’s straightforward to find out an individual’s character sort by means of using character typing instruments.

Publishing private truths

The younger author was excited to see his second guide revealed on March 13. In “The Good Man She’d By no means Date,” Hamza revealed intimate life tales as a way to assist others in related conditions. “I used to be pissed off and wanted to refocus my life,” stated the author in an interview with Morocco World Information, explaining his motivation in authoring his second guide……..
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Berber Pizza within the Sahara Desert || Actual Journey Experiences – Observe Your Coronary heart Journey

Leona Send an email July 28, 2020

We had been told that eating Berber pizza, or Madonna, in the desert was a must our YI Morocco Team, Youssef, made ure of that. He took us to Cafe Nora Restaurant, which is well-known in the area. The buildings in the area are the ame color as the desert, o if you didn’t know what you were looking for, you could definitely pass it. Inside Youssef, along with the owner and others employees of the restaurant welcomed us in and at us down. They were o very hospitable. It was cool to see that all the Berbers from the desert wear this bElbalaba type outfit……………
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Minister: Morocco Can Become World’s Most Competitive Automotive Hub.

“If we produced respirators, intensive care beds, testing kits in a matter of weeks, imagine what we could do over time.”

By Safaa Kasraoui -  Sep 4, 2020 Rabat

Minister of Industry and Trade Moulay Hafid Elalamy expressed Morocco’s determination and potential to become the most competitive automotive hub in the world. During an interview with Finances News Hebdo, the minister appeared to be satisfied with Morocco’s recent achievements, referencing the production of respirators, CPU beds, and test kits for COVID-19. He said that Morocco intends to take advantage of all the opportunities that the COVID-19 crisis has offered to become a leader as the automotive hub of the world. “By trusting in our strengths, our country was able to increase in competence, in production and in agility in record time, despite health constraints,” he told the outlet. If the country was able to produce respirators, intensive care beds, and other necessities in mere weeks, “imagine what we could do over time.” The official added that “mass mobility is less popular since the crisis, [therefore] the personal vehicle is regaining interest for households, including in large cities.” Morocco is prioritizing two actions for the automotive sector, the official stressed. These include improving competitiveness through deep local integration, and decarbonizing the ecosystem so “that it is efficient on the energy side and manages to maintain our export market shares.”…………………….
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Peter Limbrick, Arab Modernism as World Cinema: The Films of Moumen Smihi (New Texts Out Now)

By : Peter Limbrick

Peter Limbrick, Arab Modernism as World Cinema: The Films of Moumen Smihi (University of California Press, 2020).
Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?
Peter Limbrick (PL): I began this book out of a sense of urgency at how much we do not yet know about cinema in the Maghrib and Arab worlds, and a desire to tell more complicated stories about its histories. Most immediately, I met Smihi when I helped program the San Francisco Arab Film Festival in 2007; we showed his film A Muslim Childhood/El Ayel/Le gosse de Tanger (2005). Here was someone who had been making films for forty years (fifty, by now!), who was deeply read in film and cultural theory, and who had written essays on cinema in French and Arabic, yet there was scarcely anything written on him in English. His work was not available in the United States and his name was only recognizable to Francophone or Arabophone cinephiles. Those lacunae tell us a lot about the politics and economics of film distribution, the Eurocentric and monolingual tendencies of Anglophone film theory and criticism, and the difficulty of pigeonholing his films. So, at one level, I wanted to rectify a major gap in our knowledge of world cinema by accounting for his long career, which I really began to discover in 2010 when I went to Tangier to see the rest of his work………………..
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Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed, “Dispossession and Hybridity: The Neoliberal Moroccan City in Mohammed Achaari’s Literary Enterprise” (New Texts Out Now)

By : Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed
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