Category: Morocco

‘Adoption of English-language tests instead of French in final exams for foreign pupils, Al-Khabar (Morocco), 14 May 2014

Children of expatriates in Morocco will now be able to take their final exams in English, instead of French as a part of the country’s new national immigration policy. The change is meant to help integrate foreign students into the Moroccan education system. Continue reading

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‘Toufiq: Muslims who do not fight illiteracy do not have a sense of religion,’ Al-Hadate (Morocco), 13 May 2014

Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, highlighted the need for Muslims to fight illiteracy as a part of their religious duty. The comments were made by the Moroccan minister during his speech on the issue of extremism. Continue reading

‘Number of Moroccans in Syria surpasses 8,000 fighters,’ Al-Massae (Morocco), 12 May 2014

A new report suggests that there could be over 8,000 Moroccans fighting in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Previous reports suggested a number between 1,000 and 1,500 Moroccans were in Syria, mainly fighting in a unit called “Sham al-Islam,” led by former Guantanamo Bay prisoner and Moroccan national Ibrahim Benchekroun. Continue reading

‘Moroccan subjected to gunfire from Algerian army along border,’ Akhbarona (Morocco), 7 May 2014

The fate of a Moroccan citizen in an Algerian hospital is unknown after the Algerian army fired upon the suspected smuggler along the border between the two countries. Continue reading

‘King Mohammed VI speaks to Emir of Qatar by telephone,’ Hespress (Morocco), 5 May 2014

King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad of Qatar spoke on the phone Sunday night. The two discussed bilateral relations between their countries, as well as the latest developments in the region. Continue reading

‘Maghreb and European states exchange lists of Jihadists,’ Hespress (Morocco), 5 May 2014

Western European and North African countries have begun to regularly exchange intelligence related to “jihadist” fighters making their way to Syria. Continue reading

‘National strike by “political prisoners”,’ Hespress (Morocco), 30 April 2014

Political prisoners in jails across Morocco are going on a hunger strike to protest the fabricated charges and sham rulings that have led them to prison. The hunger strikers are calling on Moroccan civil society to support them in their struggle for freedom and protest against arbitrary arrests. Continue reading

‘Report: Moroccan teachers lowest paid in the Arab world, after Algeria,’ Hespress (Morocco), 30 April 2014

An American report of teacher salaries in fourteen different countries places Moroccan teachers as the second lowest paid in the Arab world, just ahead of Algeria, earning an average monthly wage of $512. Continue reading

‘Death of Moroccan football player Ayoub Shatof in the ongoing war in Syria,’ Ariffino (Morocco), 27 April 2014

A young Moroccan footballer from the German Bundesliga died fighting in Syria last week. Ayoub Shatof underwent training in Turkey before joining the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Continue reading

‘Morocco remains silent after questions from British newspaper “The Guardian”,’ Al-Mustaqbal As-Sahrawi (Sahrawi Refugee Camps – Algeria), 28 April 2014

An article published by The Guardian on Sunday discussed a push for British tourists to boycott Morocco over human rights abuses in the Western Sahara. The newspaper approached Moroccan authorities for comment, but received no response. Continue reading