Morocco weathers stormy Arab Spring
BY BEN BARBER, MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
July 17, 2014
As riots, rebellion and conflict spread across Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Tunisia, the calm at the edge of the Arab world appears to be Morocco.
On a recent summer evening I saw perhaps 50,000 people thronging through Marrakech’s famous plaza, Jemaa el-Fnaa, to buy their children orange juice, eat snails, see the snake charmers, watch belly dancers, listen to poets and hear Berber tribal musicians from the Atlas Mountains.
Not a single police uniform or weapon was visible in the roiling chaos. (more…)
Morocco: Thousands of Moroccan Jihadists in Syria, Iraq
17 July 2014 , By Siham Ali, Source: Magharebia
As many as 3,000 jihadists of Moroccan origin could be fighting in Syria and Iraq, Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad told MPs on Tuesday (July 15th).
“A total of 1,122 Moroccans are affiliated with terrorist organisations in Iraq and Syria, alongside other European nationals of Moroccan origin whose number is estimated at 2, 000,” AFP quoted the interior minister as saying.
Of the 1,122 jihadists, 200 have died, including 20 in suicide attacks. The 128 who returned to Morocco have been arrested and interrogated. (more…)
Terrorism | 2014-07-17
Tunisian Islamists reject caliphate
“ISIS didn’t speak with anyone; rather, the so-called caliph imposed himself on the people,” Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Ridha Belhadj says.
Security | 2014-07-17
Algeria hosts Mali peace talks
Touareg rebels and Bamako leaders are meeting in Algiers to hash out a fresh peace plan for northern Mali. (more…)
Morocco’s Exports Of Phosphate Drops 12 Per Cent In H1 2014
RABAT, July 17 (BERNAMA-NNN-MAP) — Morocco earned 17.55 billion dirhams (about US$2.13 billion) from exports of phosphate, the country’s leading export commodity, in the first half of this year, according to the Foreign Exchange Office (FEO). (more…)
Suffolk communications design agency Spring has won a £5.5million contract to market Morocco as a tourist destination.
The contract, secured by the Southwold-based firm following a two-month tender process involving six British agencies, runs for three years and covers marketing in the UK, the United States and Canada. (more…)
Security | 2014-07-16
Libyan troops train abroad
Libyan officials hope soldiers trained by partner countries will form the nucleus of a new professional army.
Terrorism | 2014-07-16
Thousands of Moroccan jihadists in Syria, Iraq
Hundreds of Moroccans have died fighting in the Levant, according to officials. (more…)
Easier Ways to Protect Email From Unwanted Prying Eyes
Video | Easily Encrypt Your Email Molly Wood explains how you can use several tools to encrypt your email and lock down your communications.
By MOLLY WOOD
JULY 16, 2014
IT’S time to face reality: Pursuing digital security should be as much of a no-brainer as locking your door before you leave the house.
Identity theft, corporate security breaches and an increased interest in personal privacy are forcing some changes. Many of us are choosing stronger passwords and changing them more often, locking down social media accounts and being more conscious of how we communicate. If you haven’t taken these steps, you should. (more…)
Terrorism | 2014-07-15
Syria returnees face Tunisian justice
Tunisian authorities are determined to tighten the noose on Syria returnees and home-grown terrorists.
Security | 2014-07-15
Neighbours hold crisis talks as Libya burns
Regional political and security committees will work in the coming days to find a way out of the Libya crisis and eliminate terrorism. (more…)
Nassau News Live
Embraer: Royal Air Maroc Selects the E190 for Strategic Development
FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 15, 2014/Nassau News Live/ — Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco, has decided to introduce the E190 as part of a fleet upgrade to open new routes and to increase the number of short and medium-haul frequencies from itsCasablanca International Airport hub in Morocco. The airline has signed a lease agreement for four E-Jets with Aldus Aviation, the Irish specialist E-Jet lessor. The first E190 is expected to be delivered during the second semester of 2014.
Royal Air Maroc’s E190s will be configured with 96 seats, 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats, in a dual class layout and will be deployed on European and West African routes from the national carrier’s base of Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca, Morocco. (more…)
London South East
Tangiers Petroleum Says TAO-1 Drilling Off Morocco On Track
Mon, 14th Jul 2014
LONDON (Alliance News) – Tangiers Petroleum Ltd Monday said its drilling is on track at the TAO-1 exploration well off the Moroccan Atlantic coast.
The oil and gas explorer holds a 25% participating interest in the Moroccan Tarfaya Offshore Block, which is operated by Galp Energia with a 50% interest.
In a short update Monday, Tangiers said no major issues have happened to date, and the well is expected to hit its Assaka and Trident targets within 60 days of the start of drilling, as previously announced. (more…)
Terrorism | 2014-07-14
Tunisia rejects ‘Islamic State’
Maghreb youths remain sceptical of caliphate claims in the Levant.
Religion | 2014-07-14
Algeria to open synagogues and churches
Jewish and Christian places of worship in Algeria will open again, with added security to safeguard visitors. (more…)
Spanish King’s First Visit To Morocco To Give More Impulse To Excellent Bilateral Ties: Ambassador
KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) — The official visit of Spain’s King Felipe VI to Morocco Monday is aimed at giving more impulse to the excellent strategic bilateral relations and consolidate the neighbourliness bonds, Moroccan state news agency MAP reported Morocco’s ambassador in Spain Mohammed Fadel Benyaich as saying.
“The visit has a tremendous importance for the two countries and for the two friend people and confirms the friendship, cooperation and mutual respect relations binding Morocco and Spain and the two Royal families,” he told MAP. (more…)
By AFP | Rabat
Sunday, 13 July 2014
A young man beat up a Moroccan rabbi in the economic capital of Casablanca over Israel’s deadly air war on Gaza. (Photo courtesy:
A young man beat up a Moroccan rabbi in the economic capital of Casablanca over Israel’s deadly air war on Gaza, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
Tel Quel said on its website that the attack took place on Friday as Moshe Ohayon was walking towards his synagogue.
The unidentified assailant asked: “Are you Jewish? What’s the Tsahal (Israeli army) doing to our brothers?” the weekly quoted the rabbi as saying.
Ohayan said he was punched to the ground and then pummelled until he lost consciousness.
“I have lodged a complaint and am waiting to see what happens,” he said. (more…)
By VICKI PAYNE
MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Morocco — simply saying the name inspires images of an exotic and exciting location. I don’t know of a single other place in the world that has that same effect for me. And I am not alone.
Walking through the airport recently, I saw posters promoting the allure of Morocco. Casablanca, Marrakech — can you get any more romantic? Many of us will never have the opportunity to travel to this intoxicating land, but we can bring Morocco to us.
Designers are using Moroccan furniture and accessories to create a look that is luxurious and to bring a touch of the exotic into our lives. The effect of Moroccan designs can be powerful and soothing. (more…)
Caliphate opposed to Shia apostasy and, eventually to Sunni monarchies
Submitted by IANS on 12 July 2014
By Saeed Naqvi,
The expanding Shia-Sunni conflict in the Muslim world is exposing vast gaps in popular understanding of the schism.
For example when Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, the Tunisian strongman was ousted, people thought a Shia dictator had fallen. From this they extrapolated that the Arab Spring was an anti-Shia plot. (more…)