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Washington / Morocco News Board--- The Project on Middle East democracy 's latest policy brief, “Silent Complicity: The International Community and Algeria’s Democratic Façade,” John P. Entelis, a Professor of Political Science and Director of Middle East Studies at Fordham University and the editor of The Journal of North African Studies, argues that the U.S. cannot continue to prioritize oil and security over democratic reform in its relationship with Algeria.
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Derek Workman, goes for a stroll in the mountains and muses over the ethics of photographing local people.
I took my daily walk into the mountains this morning, up from Imlil on the steep path past the cascades and through Armed, the highest village in the valley. Being almost totally out of practice with mountain walking it doesn’t take me long to get short of breath on the steeper climbs – I blame the altitude as a way of covering up how out of shape I am – and it’s even more discouraging when a heavily-pregnant girl in her late teens skitters past me over the large rocks, wearing only flip-plops on her feet, while I’m fully kitted out in stout hiking boots.
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WASHINGTON & RABAT, Morocco — As the world follows Egypt's dramatic shift in government, many are asking, “Who is next?”
Yemen and Jordan face similar unrest. Algeria just banned an upcoming demonstration. And Mauritania’s president escaped a reported Al Qaeda assassination attempt. Arab-Muslim nations face serious economic, social and security challenges. Across the region the connection between repressive government and terrorist activity is strong. Yet in Morocco, where peaceful protest is permitted by law — and exercised frequently — the streets have remained relatively quiet, which has surprised some.
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It was long my dream to hear the call to prayer (adan) in a Muslim country. I first heard it in Morocco. The call resonated out over the rooftops and streets, calling everyone to pray, to remember God, and to succeed in their lives through prayer. My best adan moment was to hear the call within the ancient walls of the old city in Fez at 430 am -- the same words sung every day for more than a millennium. This was a most beautiful sound that struck deep into my heart.
Throughout history, humans have relied on rituals to define a day, a week, a year. Rituals help us remember to do important things. Rituals bring familiarity and comfort. The frequency of prayer in Islam - five times a day - increases one's ability to cope with life's stresses, and reminds me that God is always there beside me.
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Before the United States had a president or a constitution, it had the Treaty of Marrakech with Morocco. That diplomatic pact has the distinction of being the longest standing treaty between America and another country. Tomorrow, July 18, marks the 225th anniversary of its ratification.
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By the late 1970s and possibly even earlier, Morocco’s King Hassan II was listening to Raymonde El Bidaouia on vinyl. So enthralled with her records, he invited her to perform at the Royal Palace in Rabat in 1981. Raymonde was to perform together with the late, great Samy Elmaghribi. She and Samy knew each other well thanks to the Azoulay brothers. She wasn’t what Samy expected at first but she and her voice soon grew on him. He was certainly the legend but Raymonde was the rising star and soon they began touring the world together.
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This year’s Doing Business report data cover regulations from June 2010 through May 2011. The report rankings on ease of doing business have expanded to include indicators on getting electricity
Morocco improved its business regulation the most compared to other global economies, climbing 21 places to 94, by simplifying the construction permitting process, easing the administrative burden of tax compliance, and providing greater protections to minority shareholders. Since 2005, Morocco has implemented 15 business regulatory reforms.
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Highly decorated sergeant ordered to stand trial
Anti-discrimination committee protests
A highly decorated Moroccan-American sergeant in the US army, who is currently serving as a paratrooper in Afghanistan, faces deportation on his return to the United States because of an irregularity in his immigration papers.
Sgt Hicham Benkabbou has been served with an order to stand trial for deportation as soon as he arrives home, despite the fact that he has been on active service in Afghanistan for almost two years with the 508th parachute infantry regiment, known as the Red Devils.
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In 1969, fashion photographer Paul Hyman visited his childhood friend, anthropologist Paul Rabinow, who was conducting fieldwork in Sefrou, Morocco with the eminent anthropologists Clifford and Hildred Geertz. Forty-two of the compelling images Hyman made during his four-month stay will be on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from Nov. 28– Dec. 16, 2007, offering a telling contrast from present-day Morocco and a fascinating record of anthropological research at a particular period of time.
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By LARA BIRKES
Bilateral trade accords are driven by politics more than economics, and the U.S.-Morocco free trade agreement, or FTA, is no exception.
Ranking beyond the 80th largest trade partner for the U.S., commercial potential was not the motivating factor for the agreement. The FTA was born of the desire to support an ally in an unstable region through commitments to economic development; the theory being greater market integration leads to prosperity, and thus the generation of goodwill in an area increasingly hostile to American interests. The Morocco FTA illustrates the United States' tendency to advance the expansion of trade and use it as a tool for promoting wider security and political interests, but the effectiveness of this policy is in question.
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During the month of February, the High Atlas Foundation and its partners planted 33,000 fruit trees with twenty villages in the Imenane and Azzadene Valleys of Morocco's High Atlas Mountains. This project is a partnership among the High Atlas Foundation, the Global Diversity Foundation, the Association des Amis du CHU, the Province d' Al Haouz, the Marrakech Department of Waters and Forests, the Department of Agriculture for the High Atlas, the Marrakech21 Foundation, Dar Tassa, Kasbah Tamadot, and Kasbah Toubkal.
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By Hassan Benmehdi
Moroccan citizens face a refusal by the authorities to register their Amazigh names on official documents, numerous cases show. Names including Bahac, Damya, Diyia, Mayssa, Guraya, Yuba, Ijja, Aderfy, Amzin, Idir, Massinissa, Tihia, Tinass, Taynust, Sifaw, Massin and others appear to be categorically banned from entry into the register of births, marriages and deaths.
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The Moroccan city of Agadir will host the 14th edition of the Atlas Cup, an annual soccer tournament for Moroccans living abroad, between the 17th and 22nd of June 2008. This tournament has been sponsored by Royal Air Maroc since its inception. Twenty four teams representing expatriates and Moroccans of origins from twenty four different countries will partake in this edition.
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Morocco's Amazigh movement has raised its voice, demanding media fairness and emphasising the need to accelerate the twice-postponed launch of an Amazigh TV channel. By Naoufel Cherkaoui , Rabat – 26/06/08
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I must have been away much too long from the homeland it seems. Much has changed in so many arenas, not the least of which is this “Hijab” business.
What is this new “thing” now sweeping the nation and the world? Do we suddenly have more Muslim women than ever before? Did the ladies just find out that the scarf was a must or is it something all together different?
I must say I was really puzzled and perplexed by the sheer number of women from all walks of life wearing this supposed religious fashion.
I say supposed because as per the title of this article, I am wondering where it is that all of these people are seeing the scarf over the hair and the covering of arms written in the Koran.