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Israel Andalusian Orchestra

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Next Arab Domino May Be Oil Darling Algeria

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The death of Muammar Qaddafi is a cause for joy in Libya, and for concern. Some worry that the ruling National Transitional Council will force its way to permanent power; others that Islamist elements will seek to put the country under Shariah law; and there is also the danger of the nation splitting into three parts.

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France & the Arab spring: an opportunistic quest for influence

Barah Mikail
Washington / Morocco Board News --     Since the onset of popular upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sought to position France as a regional leader. Most notably, France’s lead on NATO’s military intervention in Libya marked a turning point in French policies in the region. Yet France’s attempts to project itself as defender of an ethical foreign policy in the MENA meet skepticism. A lot of attention has been paid to France’s apparently proactive leadership in response to the Arab spring.

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Morocco: Marrakech - A City Of Contrasts

Derek Workman
Marrakech is a place of amazing contrasts as a stroll around the souks will quickly demonstrate. However, before our roving correspondent, Derek Workman leads you around the Medina streets, pause to consider a little real estate opportunity.

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Morocco: Packing up and saying goodbye

Alexandra Cash
It is difficult to believe but after 26 months here in Morocco it is time for me to begin packing and start getting ready to say goodbye. I’ve enjoyed sharing my experiences with you over the last two years and I hope you have enjoyed reading them. In just over three weeks I’ll be boarding a plane with my bags in tow holding all my possessions that I will go back home with. Many of those possessions are things I have acquired here in Morocco.

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Western Sahara Separatist Leader Family Implicated in Refugee Aid Diversion

Washington / Morocco Board News --  The wife of the Western Sahara Separatist Polisario Front leader, Khadija Hamdi, has been implicated in  scandal relating diversion of refugee aid that were sold in the black market.

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Understanding the Iranian assassination plot

Youness S. Rahoui
 "And we also know that he had direct links, was paid by and directed by individuals in the Iranian government. Now, those facts are there for all to see." -Barack Obama 
Probabilities:
Let’s suppose that the scenario is true as put forth by US officials, and that the Iranian government is directly involved in the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador. One should ask what would be Iran’s interest in assassinating a Saudi diplomat on American soil? Why not in Saudi Arabia, or why Ambassador Adel Al- Jubeir specifically? 

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Understanding Morocco -- Opportunities for Business and Trade

Washington Moroccan American Club & Global Economics and Business Seminar of the Washington Semester Program of the American University
Understanding Morocco -- Opportunities for Business and Trade
Speaker:       Jean AbiNader, Moroccan America Cultural Center
Topic:           Understanding Morocco -- Opportunities for Business and Trade
Location:      American University, Washington, DC

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Morocco: From Ruin to Riad

A newly opened riad in the Fez Medina offers a garden of earthly delights.
Dynamic is the word that springs to mind when meeting John Twomey. The night after holding a large party, he is hosting a large dinner at his new guest house in the Fez Medina, Riad Idryssi and is on the phone to London with a contractor about installing a kitchen in his new restaurant there.

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Western Sahara Separatists Implicated in drug & arms trafficking for AQIM

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Gao (Mali), -- Western Sahara Polisario separatists are involved in drug and arms trafficking for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a Malian customs source was quoted on Tuesday by the AFP as saying.

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Moroccan Americans: Fundraiser For Sen Cantwell In Seattle

Seattle / Morocco Board News -- A dinner fundraising for Senator Maria Cantwell ( Washington State) involving some 30 Moroccan American community members has taken place in Seattle. The Moroccan [Western] Sahara topic was discussed at length. The event organizers asked the Senator to support Morocco's plan to solve the conflict

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Ecology and Social Order in the High Atlas of Morocco

Helene Hagan
“Tazz’unt, Ritual, Ecology and Social Order in the Tessawt Valley of the High Atlas of Morocco.” documents social structures, and depicts the everyday life of Imazighen in the High Atlas of Morocco, describing one of their major rituals, with an analysis of the meaning of this ritual and the help of poems collected in that valley.

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Paypal Launches in Morocco

PayPal service launches in Morocco through E-Commerce Council, its partner in the MENA region.
"Online Buyers and sellers can make and receive payments through e-mail, quickly and in a secure manner", said Khachani Ismail, CEO of E-Commerce Council.

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Morocco: Video That Lead To Rapper's Arrest

Moroccan Rap Singer, know as "El 7A9ed" has been arrested and jailed, last September 9th, following this provocative and hard charging Video.
He is considered to be " The Singer of the Feb 20th Protest Movement". Officials said that he was arrested following a complaint by a pro government supporter for "assault".

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Weighing Morocco's New Constitution

Paul Silverstein
2011 has been a year of unprecedented political tumult in Morocco. As neighboring North African regimes collapsed under the weight of popular pressure, demonstrators have convened in Moroccan cities as well, naming their uprising after the day of their largest initial gathering, February 20, and calling for greater democracy.

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Wisdom And Cab Driving

Edward Guthmann

Phot: Audrey Whitmeyer-Weathers
Sulaymaan Cherif looks at the guest book he keeps in his cab.

Cab driving is his trade, but the way Sulaymaan Cherif approaches his work, he's also a life coach and dispenser of wisdom.
Cherif, 43, emigrated from Morocco in 1996. Divorced, he lives alone in a Richmond District apartment where he served Moroccan mint tea and bread while discussing his job and his life.

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10 Charged With Immigration Marriage Fraud

Connecticutt DA and U.S. Immigration announced that 10 Connecticut residents have been arrested on federal charges stemming from their alleged involvement in a marriage fraud scheme.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in November 2010, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) initiated an investigation into fraudulent marriages that had allegedly been arranged between Moroccan nationals and U.S. citizens in order for the Moroccan nationals to unlawfully immigrate to the U.S.

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Morocco Cinema: The Difficulty with Taboos

Irit Neidhardt
Although many of the films shot in Morocco ostensibly deal with the country's social problems, they tend to ignore the real social and political ills...
At the beginning of September, the Zentrum Moderner Orient and the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin, Germany, organized a film festival entitled "Upheaval and Diversity – The Moroccan Film Days".

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