Archive for April, 2015

Morocco’s Warm Welcome To Luxembourg


Hosts in Morocco rolled out the red carpet for Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess on Tuesday as they participated in an Economic Mission.

The royal couple, along with Economy Minister Etienne Schneider and the official delegation visited the headquarters of the Wilaya or administrative headquarters of Greater Casablanca. (more…)

European Bank Opens Its Resident Office In Morocco

Star Africa
by APA


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has opened its first Resident Office in Morocco on Tuesday which will play a key role in boosting the Bank’s activities and strengthening the EBRD’s relationship with the authorities and the business community.

The office was opened in Casablanca by EBRD’s First Vice President Phil Bennett together with Morocco’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohammed Boussaid, and present were EBRD Managing Director for the southern and eastern Mediterranean region, Hildegard Gacek, and EBRD Director for Morocco, Laurent Chabrier. (more…)

David Beckham ‘Planning Luxury 40th Birthday Celebrations In Morocco’


The retired footballer will turn 40 on Saturday [2 May] and he’s said to be flying out his close showbiz friends for a luxury party.

A-listers expected to make an appearance include Tom Cruise and Liv Tyler, who is in a relationship with Becks’ best mate Dave Gardner.

“He’ll only turn 40 once so he wants to do it in style,” a source told The Sun on Sunday. (more…)

Algeria-Western Sahara: Lamamra And Messahel On An Ejection Seat For Poor Performance

Polisario Confidential
by Khalid Ibrahim Khaled


The latest rounds that Algerian diplomacy has ineffectively shot against Morocco since early 2015 placed Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra on an ejection seat.

A source close to the corridors of the Algerian power reported that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika recently held a closed meeting on this subject matter with the chief of the Military Intelligence Services, General Mohamed Lamine Mediène, aka “Toufik.” (more…)

Driss El Yazami: Changes In Migration Processes Putting Human Rights At Stake

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The advanced status of Morocco in terms of its improving human rights record is turning Morocco into a strategic partner to the European Union, Driss El Yazami, President of the Moroccan National Council of Human Rights, has said.

Speaking at a public lecture at the Sofia University that he held at the invitation of Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova, Yazami outlined the tremendous changes that global notions of human rights have undergone over the past few decades. (more…)

Morocco Arrests Four Over ‘Burning Alive’ Fatwa



Morocco arrested four people Tuesday in the Western Sahara after they allegedly issued a fatwa authorising the burning alive of a person they accused of rejecting Islam, the interior ministry said.

It said the four members of a “terrorist cell” detained in the disputed territory’s main city of Laayoune had planned to “carry out dangerous terrorist crimes” in Morocco. (more…)

UN Security Counsel Resolution

UN meeting

Resolution 2218 (2015)

​Adopted by the Security Council at its 7435th meeting, on 28 April 2015

​The Security Council,

​Recalling and reaffirming all its previous resolutions on Western Sahara,

​Reaffirming its strong support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy to implement resolutions 1754 (2007), 1783 (2007), 1813 (2008), 1871 (2009), 1920 (2010), 1979 (2011), 2044 (2012), 2099 (2013), and 2152 (2014), (more…)

UN Security Council Extends Mission in Western Sahara

Associated Press


A small U.N. peacekeeping force in Western Sahara has been extended for another year but without the human rights monitoring mandate that residents have long demanded. The territory held by Morocco is called Africa’s last remnant of a colonial past.

The U.N. Security Council approved the extension Tuesday, but some members said no progress has been made on the dispute that has lingered for decades. (more…)

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