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Morocco Week in Review 
January 5, 2019

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Peace Corps Morocco With William Burriss

The Kingdom of Morocco. Land of the sun drenched Sahara and snow capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Wedged between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Morocco has served as the crossroads of countless cultures for well over three thousand years, and was the very first country to recognize the United States as an independent nation. Once the farthest outpost of the Roman Empire, Morocco has undergone many transformations, and is home to a fiercely independent people with one foot steeped in timeless traditions and another firmly placed in the globalized world. At the heart of the Moroccan civilization beats the Islamic call to prayer, and this melting pot of many cultures has beckoned and beguiled international travelers since ancient Greece.

This blog is one traveler’s account of his time in Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the years following the Arab Spring Movement. One of our goals as the amateur ambassadors of the American people is to share stories with friends and families back home in order provide a better understanding of the people we serve. This will be a collection of observations concerning the curiosities of my host country. Together we will explore its history, culture, religion, language, government and more. I hope that you will join me on this journey to discover l’Magrheb – the Kingdom of Morocco.

Snapshot of my Service

Snapshot of my Service Before joining the Peace Corps I spent a lot of time sitting in a studio apartment debating the sanity of leaving a perfectly comfortable couch to live in Morocco. Everyone I knew seemed pretty supportive of the Peace Corps, even if they didn’t know much about it. But telling folks about…  Read more Snapshot of my Service

Terrorism in Morocco: A Drastic Approach Needed Now.

By Youssef El kaidi


While the efforts that have been exerted in Morocco so far spared the country a lot of terrorist attacks, a more drastic and comprehensive approach should be implemented. Either we eradicate terrorism at its origins, or we accept the outcomes. There is no middle ground. Morocco has invested significant efforts in both the security and religious fields in order to build its reputation as a peaceful, welcoming, and tolerant country in the otherwise turbulent region of North Africa and the Middle East. Those efforts were consistent and serious, leading ultimately to very positive effects worldwide. =============================================

We Are Maren, Louisa and Imlil

Dec 22, 2018

Since the news of the barbaric and cruel tragedy in Imlil broke out, Moroccans have been voicing their collective shock and outrage. Reactions became even stronger since it turned out that this heinous double murder was a terrorist act.

Murder of Scandinavian Tourists: Morocco Should Educate its People, Fight Wahhabism

The murder of two innocent Scandinavian tourists in Imlil this week is a heinous act of terrorism that can never be justified.

By Samir Bennis Dec 21, 2018 Washington D.C

Moroccans have come out in droves to condemn this murder which is contrary to the tolerant, peaceful and hospitable nature of Morocco and to express empathy towards the families of the two innocent Scandinavian victims. Vigils will be staged in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat this Saturday. At the same time, Moroccans feel powerless and angry to see that this horrifying and inhuman murder will tarnish the reputation of Morocco and its people, in addition to the harm done to its economy.

A Photographer Sees the Sites in Morocco

By Bailey Malone Kircher

Weekend With is an ongoing Instagram series that features people we like photographing places we’d like to be. Follow @thecut on Instagram to join in, and tag your photos with #weekendwith when you travel somewhere new.

ONDH: Rural Moroccan Adults Have 2.2 Years of Education on Average

In a new report, ONDH reveals that the average Moroccan adult only has 4.7 years of education, and 37 percent of 15 to 17-year-olds are enrolled in school.

By Safaa Kasraoui Dec 28, 2018 Rabat

Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Development (ONDH) has issued a report titled “Human Development Monitoring Indicators.” The report analyzes data from 2012 to 2017.

Moroccan Woman Wins ‘Best Model of The World 2018’ Title

The Best Model of the World competition chose a young Moroccan mathematician as the world’s best model this yearIman, from Mohammedia near Casablanca, had previously won the titles of “Miss FashionTV World 2015” and “Best Model of Morocco 2018.”

Moroccan Poet Mohammed Bennis Wins 2018 Arab Creativity Award

The Lebanese Cultural Forum in France awarded its 2018 Arab Creativity Award to Moroccan poet Mohamed Bennis.

Dec 30, 2018 Rabat

 Born in Fez in 1948, Moroccan poet Mohammed Bennis earned the award of Arab Creativity in recognition of his valuable literary works. Bennis is known for defending modernity in his linguistic, cultural, and poetic works. He is considered one of the most important figures of modern Arabic poetry. He also translated several books byrenowned authors, including the Wound of the Proper Name by  Abdelkebir Khatibi, and other works by Bernard Noel.

‘This is Morocco’: Despite Grand Development Projects, Problems Persist

There is vibrant energy to move forward, to catch the world and Africa’s attention. But when will Morocco finally arrive?

By Tamba François Koundouno - Dec 30, 2018 Rabat

The stakes are high for Morocco’s development aspirations, and there has been a deluge of infrastructure and development projects. And yet, the abiding feeling that some things will not (easily) change remains deeply embedded in the national imaginary.

Women say Morocco's invasive 'virginity tests' are assault

Invasively checking vaginal tightness and whether hymens are intact is common in rural Morocco. But women are increasingly publicly opposing this practice. They say the examination constitutes rape. Meryam is 24, more than old enough to get married. But the prospect of sexual intercourse scares her. As a child, she was forced to undergo a "virginity test": a "barbaric" procedure that was "painful and robbed me of my human and female dignity."

Study: 100,000 Moroccans Live with Alzheimer’s Disease

In Morocco, dementia affects 165,000 to 233,000 people while Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, affects an estimated 100,000 Moroccans, according to a 2016 national study.

By Morocco World News - Dec 18, 2018 Rabat

The study warns that the number of individuals living with dementia will continue to increase in the coming years, which will put pressure on the country’s economy.

Fake Olive Oil: 67% of Moroccans Do Not Check Olive Oil Labels

After a warning about fake olive oil, Morocco’s sanitary office called on citizens to check olive oil labels and nutrition information before buying.

By Safaa Kasraoui Jan 2, 2019 Rabat

Morocco’s National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) has published new statistics, showing that 67 percent of Moroccans do not check for a label on the olive oil they buy. Only 33 percent of those surveyed said that they check for nutrition information and labels on olive oil before purchasing. ONSSA warned consumers in a Facebook post to read labels, checking expiration dates, preservation conditions, sanitary and safety requirements, and the product’s license number.

Government Pledges Increased Teaching of IT in Moroccan Schools

Use of technology in teaching can promote education in Morocco, according to the head of government.

By  Safaa Kasraoui - Dec 24, 2018 Rabat

Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has emphasized the need to increase information technology or IT in schools across the country. El Othmani made his remarks during a meeting of the steering committee of the “Generalization of Information and Communication Technologies in Education” (GENIE) program.

Boycott, Hirak, Imlil, and More: The Events that Shaped Morocco in 2018

The boycott, the Hirak Rif trial, mandatory military service, GMT+1 year-round, the high speed train, and the Imlil murder are some of the events that made headlines in Moroccan news and social media in 2018.

By Tarek Bazza  Jan 1, 2019 Rabat

2018 was a year full of big events in Morocco that  impacted the political, social, and economic aspects of Moroccans’ lives. The events from 2018 listed below were major news in Morocco.

Where Would You Prefer to Live? Give me Morocco!! - Dave Christian

A recent article in Morocco on the Move caught my eye and inspired me to respond.  The article reviewed the Legatum Prosperity Index for 2018in which Morocco was placed at #103 in the entire index of 149 countries.  Are there really 102 countries better than Morocco? As part of Kerr-McGee's oil exploration program in Morocco during the early 2000s, I find this statistic hard to believe.
I had the great pleasure to negotiate oil and gas agreements with countries on all continents except Antarctica. This included negotiations with Western governments, the Far East, and Africa, as well as with people of all faiths and beliefs.  When deciding where my company should evaluate and negotiate potential agreements, I always found that the best standard was an on-the-ground analysis of the government and its people.

The Nafsa Project School

Online 'indigenous & traditional postpartum birthworker' certification training

Created & Curated by Layla B. (with support from traditional Qablas- midwives/receivers)

The battle for better disability rehab in North Africa

By Alfonso Daniels Casablanca, Morocco

Amina Slaoui was on holiday with her husband when she fell off a bike and ended up in a wheelchair. It was the accident that changed not only her life, but also those of thousands of other disabled people in Morocco and beyond. Amina came from a wealthy family so could afford the treatment she needed, but she realised that most of her fellow Moroccans could not. So she decided to set up a disability rehabilitation centre. Seventeen years later, the centre she created with a few colleagues has helped 26,000 people receive treatment, equipment and support. "At the beginning everybody would laugh, saying you're crazy, you're a bunch of crippled people, you have no money, and you think you're going to build a rehabilitation centre? And we said yes," says Amina.

Toasting and steeping makes for flavorful couscous

By America's Test Kitchen Jan 1, 2019

Couscous is one of the fastest and easiest side dishes to prepare. A staple in Morocco and other North African countries, it is traditionally served under stews and braises to soak up the flavorful sauce. But because it often plays sidekick, the grain is too often left bland and unexciting. We knew it had the potential to be a quick and tasty dish, and we were determined to develop a classic version for saucy dishes, as well as a flavor-packed variation that would make a convenient stand-alone side.

Flavors of Morocco at Rosewood Jeddah

Rosewood Jeddah’s annual food festival has returned for its fourth edition. The “unforgettable culinary festival” taking place at Habsburg restaurant is offering guests an opportunity to explore the unique tastes of Morocco from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, every evening from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Teatime in Tangier

A lot of this Moroccan town’s charm brews in its countless teahouses and cafés

Café culture has been an integral part of creative life all over the world. Think of old Vienna or Paris, think of the coffee houses of Kolkata or any town in Kerala, and how they are intellectual hubs where local thinkers hold court. The cafés and teahouses of Tangier in Morocco are superb and, although I don’t follow much of the intense discussions in the Maghrebi dialect of Arabic, I immediately feel at home, wandering from one café to the next.

Good Company: Mellah’s Radiant Moroccan Rugs

By  Brent Crane  Dec. 27, 2018

Moroccan rugs—intricate, infinitely varied, rich with symbolism and cultural depth—are quite like Morocco itself. The country of 35 million occupies a unique geographical space, squeezed between three great natural bodies–the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Sahara–and two continents, Europe and Africa. It holds a lot of surprises.

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