Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Islamic Values ~ Thought For The Day

Meanwhile... in a better world...

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The Tenth Edition of the Fes Festival of Amazigh Culture

The Tenth Edition of the Fes Festival of Amazigh Culture runs from the 5th to 7th of September 2014. The festival is organised by the Fès-Saiss Association, the Spirit of Fès Foundation and the South North Center with the support of the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture and BMCE Foundation

The festival of Amazigh culture is organised annually in an attempt to participate in the national efforts to promote Amazigh and popular culture. The main objective of this edition is to highlight the historical and social significance of Amazigh and Hassania cultural dialogue, and the role of culture in the processes of development and democratisation. The festival also aims to establish coherent strategies to consolidate intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, and democratic culture.

This festival is a follow up of Royal directives relating to the promotion of the Amazigh and Hassania cultures, which are an integral part of Moroccan national identity.

The festival includes two components: one devoted to the international forum on “The interchange of The Amazigh-Hassania culture and their relation to Sub-Saharan Africa” - and another component devoted to the Amazigh and Hassania music, dance, and poetry.

Both Amazigh and Hassania cultures, which are pillars of cultural diversity in Morocco, have a great impact on the lifestyle of the Moroccan population and on the customs and traditions of the whole society. This interchange between the different aspects of Moroccan culture has created a symbiosis and a remarkable cultural wealth that characterises today's Morocco.

The tenth edition of the festival will be a special period which will shed light on the positive impact that multiculturalism in general and the Amazigh – Hassania cultural dialogue in particular can have on democracy, sustainable development, and heritage preservation.

At last year's festival  Abdelaziz Stati  receives an award from Moha Ennaji


The tenth edition of the Festival of Amazigh Culture in Fez aims to consolidate the development process, the values of peace, dialogue and social cohesion.

One of the main objectives of this forum is to provide a comprehensive and scientific approach to the role of multiculturalism and democracy in Morocco and elsewhere, and to highlight its contribution to development, democratisation, and peace building.

It aims to underscore and to support the positive impact of multiculturalism and democracy in general on economic, social and cultural development, and to explore ways to promote diversity in all its manifestations.

In addition to the forum, the festival will include concerts of the Amazigh and Hassania music and dance, representing different regions of the country and beyond, as well as arts activities and poetry reading.


The festival will pay tribute to four outstanding musicians for their extraordinary talents artistic legacy, and great contributions.

In addition to song and poetry, the festival will include:
- Books and crafts exhibitions
- Works exhibitions
- Amazigh carpets exhibition
- Saharan products exhibitions
-and screenings of films and documentaries

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Film News Morocco ~ Batman vs Superman to be shot in September

The next film from Zack Snyder, Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, will be filming in Morocco from September

After Mission Impossible V, another American blockbuster will be shooting in Morocco from September, Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice . A statement released by Warner Bros reported a shooting in Africa, without elaborating. The information was confirmed by the Moroccan producer and director, Nassim Abassi, who said on Twitter that the shooting of the film, directed by Zack Snyder, will be shot from the 1st September to the 13th of December.

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is slated to be released on March 25, 2016 in the U.S and on April 29, 2016 in the UK. The film will star Jason Momoa, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Godot and Henry Cavill. Fans of the franchise are eagerly waiting for the first official trailer of the movie.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Moroccan News Briefs #120

Moroccan consulate attacked in Libya

According to a report carried by the Moroccan World News, an armed group targeted the Moroccan consulate in Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday.

The consulate was reportedly caught in the crossfire between rival Libyan armed factions, but no casualties were reported. The premises were affected by rockets, which caused fires at the edges area of the Moroccan consulate, according to Moroccan news outlet Le360.

The same source added that armed groups intruded the Moroccan consulate in Tripoli two days before the attack, and that fighters went over the wall and opened the doors of the consulate.

At the time of writing the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has still not issued any statement to confirm or deny the incident.

Libya is now facing the worst armed violence since the fall of Colonel Gadhafi in 2011. Several foreign embassies have been targets of militia groups fighting for territory and power and taking large swathes of land from the government.

About 1,200 Moroccan nationals living in Libya were recently evacuated by the Moroccan diplomatic missions to Tunisia. On Wednesday, Aug. 20, many of them demonstrating outside the Moroccan Consulate in Tunis, calling for protection of their property in Libya

Storm and flood cause fatalities

On Tuesday afternoon a storm struck the area around Taroudant and, according to local authorities, two people were killed and some 23 villages were temporarily isolated.

 The electrical storm and downpour began around five in the afternoon and the first victim was swept away by a flash flood through the village of  Irneken.  The second died following the collapse of a wall because of the rains and winds in the village of Anamous.

According to local authorities, the thunderstorms caused electrical power failures in several towns. In addition, bad weather caused the partial collapse of two adobe houses in Douar Tizrit and hydraulic structures in Takerkout.

Road deaths decline in Morocco

The number of deaths from accidents on Morocco's roads fell in the first six months of 2014. A statement from the Ministry of Works and Transport puts the decline at 6.24% compared to the same period in 2013. At the same time the number of people injured fell by 11.69%.

The Ministry attributes the improvement to improvements in driver behaviour.

Marjane supermarkets to stop selling alcohol

According to the magazine Telquel Marjane Holding’s administration decided to stop selling alcoholic beverages in all of its supermarkets across Moroccan cities.

The same source said that Marjane Holding’s administration did not supply their stocks of alcohol after the month of Ramadan.

The stocks of alcoholic beverages are to be gradually transferred to Acima stores which will continue selling them on behalf of the group. Local Fez residents also point out the the best range is available at the Carrefour at Borj Fez.

The daily magazine l’Economist, which is very close to the business circles, also confirmed the news reported by Telquel.

“In times of high demand, consumers of alcoholic beverages are surprised to find that the alcohol corner in the supermarkets of Marjane was removed in several cities,” said L’Economist.

When the rumor went viral nearly two years ago, Marjane Holding’s administration denied it stopped selling alcohol beverages, arguing that it was simply a reorganization of its activities.

Marjane has currently 32 supermarkets spread in the main cities of Morocco. Marjane is a subsidiary of the Royal holding SNI.

Morocco's Legzira beach is ranked among the best beaches in the world

The Huffington Post has cataloged the best beaches in the world and of the 40 listed Legzira was in 29th spot.  The beach, located about ten kilometers from Sidi Ifni, is described as a "site where winds and waves have sculpted arches and tunnels in the red cliffs, making the coast a paradise for surfers in search of adventure."

The beach, with natural sea-worn rock archways, is overlooked on the hills above by an old Spanish fort. The hills create thermal currents which attract hang-gliding and paragliding enthusiasts. Unfortunately rather tasteless vacation village is now being built directly above the beach.

See the Huffington Post story here (Spanish)

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Moroccan Photo of the Day ~ Mobile Dental Care!

The View from Fez is in debt to the Facebook page Keep Calm & Visit Morocco for their splendid photograph of a dentist displaying his extensive range of teeth!

It should be pointed out to folks with a phobia about dentists that Morocco also has a large number of European trained dentists with the latest modern equipment.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ait Atta Amazigh Nomads Annual Migration

Photographer Abdullah Azizi has produced a series of extraordinary photographs of the annual migration of the Amazigh (Berber) Ait Atta nomads 

Each spring, nomadic Saghro in South Eastern Morocco, leaving their pastures with their herds of goats, sheep and camels, and their entire family. The caravan sets out to cross the plain of Dades and climbs the southern slopes of the Atlas over 3.000m to the the Izourar lake and highlands.

Ait Atta are a group of Amazigh population of Morocco from the Sahara. Jbel Saghro is their original stronghold. They spread around in the valleys of Tafilalet, Ziz, Dades and Draa.

To discover more, visit the photographer's website: azifoto.com

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