Maghreb news 2014-10-10

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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…)

Moroccan Exports Down To $21bn In 2013

Middle East Monitor

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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…)

Shanghai WTCC: Mehdi Bennani Scores Honda’s First 2014 Win


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…)

Why India Should Engage More With Morocco

By Tarun Basu

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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…)

Well In The Desert: A Healthy Soak In Saharan Sands

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…)

Western Sahara : Morocco Denounces Algeria’s Partiality

Sahara News


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…)

Full Text Of Royal Speech At Opening Of Fourth Legislative Year


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…)

Morocco’s First Contemporary Art Museum Opens

Artnet News

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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…)

Maghreb news 2014-10-09

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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…)

Morocco Hailed As Model Of Moderate Islam


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.”

Dutch Prosecutors Summon Wilders Over Racist Remarks


Wilders will be questioned on suspicion of insulting a group on the basis of race and inciting discrimination and hatred, prosecutors said.

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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…)

GCC Economies To Stay Strong



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…)

STTS Opens Paintshop JV In Morocco

Royal Air

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…)

Colliers International Expands Reach With Moroccan Acquisition


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 Discovers Gas At CGD-12 Well In Morocco

Circle oil rig

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…)

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