Terrorism | 2014-10-10
Moroccans launch ‘Not in My Name’ campaign
Disgusted by bloody “Islamic State” terrorists, Moroccans are speaking out in droves against extremists they say do not represent them. (more…)
Middle East Monitor
Moroccan exports in 2013 fell by 0.2 per cent to reach 183.5 billion dirhams ($21 billion), compared to 183.9 billion dirhams ($21.13 billion) in 2012.
In its annual report for 2013, the Customs Administration said that the total imports amounted to 380 billion dirhams ($43.6 billion) in 2013, compared to 386.9 billion dirhams ($44 billion) in 2012, a reduction of 1.8 per cent. (more…)
Proteam racer Mehdi Bennani delivered Honda’s first World Touring Car Championship victory of 2014 with a flawless drive from reversed-grid pole in race two at Shanghai.
The result was the Moroccan’s first win since entering the championship as a guest driver in Marrakech in 2009. (more…)
By Tarun Basu
Two vignettes stand out from a recent trip to Morocco — one, a smartly-dressed woman police officer flags down an errant male driver at a busy Rabat intersection and ticks him off for a traffic violation; two, the arresting spectacle of the setting sun dancing behind undulating sand dunes as one glides down an ultra-modern highway system that can compare with the world’s best. (more…)
By Jalal Al Makhfi | AFP
A tourist takes a sand bath in the dunes of the Merzouga desert in Morocco on August 30, 2014.
As the morning sun rises over the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara, men and women dig holes for tourists who want to bury themselves in the sand.
Decades ago, tribal nomads settled here, living a traditional desert existence that has now had to adapt to changing circumstance. (more…)
The Moroccan government has criticized Algeria’s partiality in the Western Sahara conflict and denounced the repeated slurring attacks by Algerian diplomats against Morocco before the United Nations bodies in New York. (more…)
Here follows the full text of the speech delivered on Friday by HM King Mohammed VI at the opening of the first session of the fourth legislative year of the 9th legislature.
Praise be to God
May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin (more…)
The Mohammed VI Modern and Contemporary Art Museum.
Photo: Courtesy the Mohammed VI Modern and Contemporary Art Museum.
Morocco has just opened its first museum devoted to contemporary art, and the first major museum built since the country gained independence from France in 1956. (more…)
Elections | 2014-10-09
Election campaign kicks off in Tunisia
Tunisians are weeks away from casting their ballot in a landmark vote that will complete the democratic transition. (more…)
L’Osservatore Romano has published a front-page article praising Morocco as a model of coexistence between Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
Historian Lucetta Scaraffia wrote in the newspaper’s October 9 edition that Morocco is a model of “moderate Islam” characterized by “religious tolerance and respect for human rights.”
Wilders will be questioned on suspicion of insulting a group on the basis of race and inciting discrimination and hatred, prosecutors said.
World Bulletin/News Desk
Dutch authorities moved closer toward prosecuting far-right politician Geert Wilders on Thursday, naming him as a suspect and summoning him for interrogation over alleged racist remarks he made in March. (more…)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecasts for many countries in the Middle East, citing the impact of political unrest as well as a weaker global outlook. (more…)
Paints and sealants specialist STTS has launched a joint venture with Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) to provide painting MRO services. The JV, STTS Maroc, opened in September and operates from a new facility at Casablanca’s Mohammed 5th International Airport. The JV will provide painting services for narrowbody aircraft, particularly the 737 and the A320, for RAM and third-party clients. (more…)
Major investment adds AOS Group, a market leading commercial real estate and workplace consulting firm, with offices in Morocco, France, and five other markets.
Colliers International (“Colliers”) has today announced that it has acquired a controlling interest in AOS Group (“AOS”), one of Europe’s leading real estate and workplace consulting firms. (more…)
Circle Oil has discovered gas at the CGD-12 exploration well in the Sebou Permit, onshore Morocco.
The well, which is situated within the western central area of the Sebou Permit, was drilled to a total depth of 1,232m. (more…)