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It was a last minute decision to take a break from research for a couple of manuscripts and a 2014 Middle East Studies Association talk. On a whim and a desire to escape the heat of Fez and Marrakesh, I took a grand taxi Mercedes sedan circa 1980 from the portal near the Saadian tombs in Marrakesh, Bab er-Rob, to the city of Demnate. My first thought was to go to Setti Fatma in the Ouarika Valley, which is known for apples and hiking along mountain streams.
- MOHAMED DAADAOUI
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Several recent articles on Morocco advance the kingdom’s lobbying efforts in D.C. as a main catalyst for both US complacency towards the kingdom’s authoritarian edifice, and tacit support for Morocco’s general aims in the Western Sahara. In a Foreign Policy piece, the authors review a litany of lobbying strategies Morocco has employed to sway US policy makers into supporting Morocco’s claims in the Western Sahara conflict.
- AHMED CHAOUI
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Washington DC-- Did the Moroccan authorities overreact to France’s allegations of torture? Did Rabat go public too soon with its grievances regarding Spanish actor Javier Bardem claim that a French ambassador called Morocco a political mistress? These are valid questions that must be addressed. The timing of this crisis is suspicious, since it coincided with Morocco’s King visit to sub-Saharan Africa. It looks as if the Moroccan officials’ reactions played into the hands of the “enemy”.
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In August the e-commerce website Anou - Beyond Fair Trade was launched. At first glance, it looks like a modest version of other e-commerce websites, but the photos of artisans' work it contains represent thousands of hours of labour. The man behind the site is Dan Driscoll, whose aim is to make himself redundant.
- Colette Apelian
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Dear Mr. Bourdain. Thank you for your report on Tangier this summer. It was exciting to have you travel to Morocco for an episode of your CNN show, Parts Unknown
Is there any chance you might return and, let’s say, visit Rabat?
- MATT SCHUMANN
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There are two currency systems used in Morocco. One is that of the dirham, the official Moroccan currency that is printed on bills and coins. The other currency is the riyal, an old Moroccan currency which is no longer exists, but is still used by Moroccans to value purchases both small and large. 1 dirham is equal to 20riyals.
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Literary works, in general, provide considerable insight about the structure of societies they emanate from as well as about individuals making up these societies. Morocco’s folk literature is revealing in this regard. Through judicious characterizations, well-knit plots and adequately-constructed settings, Moroccan writers, worthy of the name, would indeed reveal the rich linguistic and social variations of their society.
- DEREK WORKMAN
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- CHRIS SILVER
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Haim Botbol has affected my life in ways he could never imagine. It was his record I picked up four years ago and it was his voice, which opened up a world of North African music for me. This is why this day means so much to me. Today, June 18, 2013, Haim Botbol is being honored by a fascinating cross-section of Moroccans for his sixty plus years in the music business.
Haim Botbol was a favorite of Salim Halali and performed with Albert Suissa as well. He released a considerable amount of music on about a dozen labels (Boussiphone, Musica, Tichkaphone, Canariphone, Philips, etc.). He “made it” well into the cassette era, which is an accomplishment in and of itself.
- KARIM KADIRI
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Casablanca / morocco News Board --- A semi-recent joke surfaced around the time of Gadhafi’s death; it was said that his dying words were “Why couldn’t I have had a citizenry like that of morocco?”. As silly, shocking or hurtful as that may be for those who immediately get it, the sad truth is that Moroccans have been way too complaisant with their government and their local representatives given the state of things.
Fed up with the utter numbness of my fellow Casablancans to the abundance of trash in every single neighborhood of the city,
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The Italian Photographer, Leonardo Dalessandri, has created a video following his trip to Morocco. Combining images taken in Marrakech, Essaouira, Fes and Casablanca, this dynamic creation successfuly weaves with the music of John Adams - Grand Pianola Music.
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Thomas Max Safley
From 30,000 feet in altitude, the coast of Morocco first showed itself a blue-green landmass under a red sunrise. I might have been looking at a print by Georgia O’Keefe, so strange and familiar it seemed. The night had been rough. The delayed flight from winter-bound JFK and the listless service from the Royal Air Maroc crew drove me to seek refuge in sleep. I awoke in a very different place.
- JAMAL LAOUDI
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Casablanca - Morocco News Board ---- Oud is a musical instrument that can be described as a pear-shaped and a short-necked string instrument characterized by its rich, sonorous sound and rounded back. M’Oud Swing is a band that layers oud and modal jazz improvisation. Both oud and modal jazz are quite difficult to master. The sound the band creates is very unique and can be quite pleasant to the sophisticated ear. Here is Karim Kadiri the band’s co-founder and composer:
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Last weekend saw the opening of the 17th edition of Caftan, one of the most prestigious events in the traditional Moroccan haute couture scene. It is all over in only a couple of hours, but the work behind the glitz and glamour has taken months.
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Armstrong, 27, from Alloway in Scotland, is a pilot with the Royal Navy who is equally passionate about cycling as he is flying. In January his entire fleet was grounded after two aircraft crashes and instead of taking off to Thailand with the rest of his squadron he decided to cycle to Morocco.