Morocco: Remarks Of Israeli Officials To Undermine Legal Status Of Jerusalem

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Morocco denounced on Friday the latest Israeli escalation in the city of Jerusalem, and the remarks of some Israeli officials, as an attempt to “undermine the legal status of the city.”
A statement issued by the Moroccan foreign ministry and reported by Anadolu Agency said that the “remarks of some Israeli officials are trying to undermine the legal status of noble Jerusalem, which was identified by international legitimacy as an unalienable part of Palestinian land occupied in 1967.” (more…)

Morocco Fears Low Youth Voter Turnout

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Moroccan civil society leaders are raising the alarm about the low level of political engagement among young people.

Even as talk of the 2015 communal elections tops parliamentary debates, a new poll shows that the election is of little interest to young Moroccans. (more…)

Ohio’s Salt Supplier Importing Shipments From Morocco

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An Indiana company that supplies road salt to Ohio is importing shipments from the northern Africa nation of Morocco because of the short supply and high prices.

Midwest Salt plans to bring in 171,000 tons through the port of Toledo. (more…)

Morocco Says To Bolster Security In The Face Of ‘Threats’

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Morocco, which has frequently reported the arrest of jihadists and is concerned over the number of its citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq, announced Saturday plans to bolster its security.

Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said new measures will be deployed progressively to “confront the different threats facing the kingdom,” according to his office. (more…)

Maghreb news 2014-10-24

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Security | 2014-10-24
Benghazi battle not over yet
Army supporters in eastern Libya say it is too soon to celebrate victory in Benghazi as the bloodshed continues. (more…)

Exploiting Morocco’s Security Threat

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Authorities in Morocco are increasingly concerned about the impact of Moroccan jihadists returning from Syria. This unease was reflected in a series of precautionary measures, including amending anti-terrorism laws and tightening controls at airports and along the Algerian border. (more…)

Fitch Affirms Morocco At ‘BBB-’/’BBB’; Outlook Stable

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Fitch Ratings has affirmed Morocco’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘BBB-’ and ‘BBB’ respectively. The issue ratings on Morocco’s senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds were also affirmed at ‘BBB-’ and ‘BBB’ respectively. The Outlooks on the Long-term IDRs are Stable. (more…)

Moroccan Finance Minister: Our Policies Have Helped Us Weather Global Financial Slowdown

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Moroccan Finance Minister Mohamed Boussaid. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat — Far at the western end of the Arab world, Morocco has appeared relatively politically safe and stable since the start of the Arab uprisings in 2011, and recently despite the turmoil raging in nearby countries such as Libya.

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Maghreb news 2014-10-23

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Benghazi welcomes Libyan army
Libyan troops are beginning to enter Benghazi in an attempt to drive out Islamist militias. (more…)

Moroccan Justice Minister Hails Stringent Anti-terror Legislation

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Moroccan Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid talks to Asharq Al-Awsat in Rabat, Morocco. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Moroccan Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid warned this week that the state must confront extremist ideology and jihadism in all its forms in order to prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from gaining a foothold in the North African country. (more…)

Morocco’s 2015 Budget Based On 4.4% GDP Growth, Earmarks $6 Billion For Debt Servicing

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The North Africa Journal: Morocco has a 2015 budget that takes into account a 4.4% GDP growth, up from a projected 4.2% this year.

For many, the forecast growth is a bit too optimistic and may be misleading. Morocco planning council HCP for its part projects a more sluggish 2.5% GDP growth, but that takes into account a barrel of oil priced at an average of $103. So far, the HCP may have to revisit its figure a bit upward considering oil prices at $20 below that level. (more…)

UK Works With Morocco On Final Steps Of OPCAT Ratification

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Two UK experts visit Morocco to share with CNDH their experience in running the National Preventive Mechanism (NPV), the independent body for investigating allegations of torture.

The British Embassy in Morocco, together with the Moroccan National Human Rights Council (CNDH), held an experience-sharing workshop in Rabat on 16-17 October on the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism, the independent body that is able to investigate allegations of torture and carry out prison visits in order to support a country’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture, known as OPCAT. (more…)

Nine Injured As Migrants Rush Spanish Border Fence In North Africa

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Would-be immigrants on the border fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla.

Spain says this year 2,000 migrants have made it across the border separating enclave of Melilla from Morocco (more…)

Oil Discovered In The Atlantic Off Coast Of Morocco

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There are clear indications that oil has been discovered off the coast of Sidi Ifni, a city in southern Morocco, the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals revealed.

According to a statement, this discovery was made with the help of three oil companies: Genel Energy, Serica Energy and San Leon. The oil was detected on October 16 and is said to be located 59 kilometres off the coast of Sidi Ifni. Exploration projects began in the area last July. (more…)

Italy-Morocco Trade Mission Means Openings In Casablanca

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Morocco is a country of strategic importance for a range of Italian companies and organizations, Carlo Calenda, deputy minister for economic development, said Tuesday during a business forum in Casablanca.

Calenda was at the head of a business delegation that included 160 participants, 70 companies and seven banking groups. Over 700 business-to-business meetings were scheduled between Italian and Moroccan businessmen for Tuesday in an event aimed at “deepening business opportunities”. (more…)

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