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This July Fourth: A New Push for Freedom From Terror

Ahmed Charai | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the short term, American security measures should be tightened, to be sure. And the U.S. can more closely cooperate with the security services of its Arab allies, benefiting from the latter's human intelligence while sharing its own technological intelligence.

9 Awesome Honeymoon Trips No One Takes

Oyster | Posted 06.25.2015 | Travel
Oyster

We have searched high and low for some out-of-the-box, unique honeymoon ideas for those of you who are looking to mix it up on their post-wedding romp. After all, the excitement and sense of adventure you'll feel after your dream wedding is the perfect time to try something new.

Seven Myths About Democracy in Morocco

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Judging by media stories and think tank reports, many foreign commentators seem unable--or unwilling--to see beyond the reformist image that the Moroccan leadership seeks to project abroad.

Morocco: Stop Persecuting Individuals based on Claims of Homosexuality

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Hossein Alizadeh

While in the West we celebrate Pride this month, not so throughout the globe. Case in point is Morocco, a North African country where a series of events over the past few weeks has sent shockwaves through the Moroccan LGBT community.

Stop Asking Me How I Afford To Travel

Gloria Atanmo | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Gloria Atanmo

Ask anybody who travels, or travel bloggers in particular, how they feel about this question and I guarantee 99 percent of them will say the same as I'm about to. There is no magic. There is no formula. Just research, will and determination.

CorpsAfrica in Morocco and Beyond

Maïa Venturini | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Maïa Venturini

When I first met CorpsAfrica founder Liz Fanning in Casablanca last fall, CorpsAfrica struck me as an effective model to invest in Moroccan youth capacity-building through development volunteer service.

State Department Clarifies Stance on Western Sahara, USAID Activities

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I asked the State Department to clarify the official U.S. position on the Western Sahara. Below a Q&A conducted via email in May 2015 with an official State Department spokesperson, with answers provided for quotation on background.

Jennifer Lopez Sued Over Too-Sexy Morocco Concert

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment

Apparently Jennifer Lopez has the power to disturb public order. Lopez performed at the Mawazine World Rhythms International Music Festival in Rab...

Je suis Nabil

Youssef Ziraoui | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Youssef Ziraoui

This uncensored plunge into the world of prostitution in Marrakech is realistic for some and shocking for others. The film, several scenes of which have already been leaked online, will undoubtedly leave its mark on the history of Moroccan cinema.

6 Insanely Cheap Summer Trips for 2015

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

This summer, why not go where the prices are unusually cheap and the dollar is unexpectedly strong? By weighing hotel rates and airfare prices alongside industry trends and local currencies, we've come up with six suggestions for fabulous and unquestionably budget-friendly vacations.

Street Art Transforms Morocco's Capital Into A Living Canvas

HuffPost Morocco | Talia Lavin | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts

Graffiti has been called many things: an urban scourge, a sign of civilization's breakdown, a petty crime. But in Rabat, the city's resid...

10 Things That I Loved About Morocco

Kalpana Sunder | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Kalpana Sunder

I have to confess. I left Morocco completely tired. Exhausted by the constant assault on my senses, the relentless touts, the noise and the need to ignore people trying to sell me something... and by its overall overpowering intensity. But what you hate, you usually love, too.

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness Month in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

While on the surface our mental health awareness work in Lebanon looks like an innovation, it's more like a reclamation -- since the first mental hospitals in the world appeared in the Middle East.

Morocco's Role in Supporting Human Development in Africa

Ahmed Charai | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
Ahmed Charai

Sustainable development in the African south is inextricable from social issues. The continent's talented populations and vast youth demographic have the potential to make the continent a global powerhouse -- but not unless present-day ills are healed.

The Islam I Know

Ben Barber | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Ben Barber

I may not be a Muslim, but I know that calls for murder of civilians are not Islamic. For more than 10 years I lived and worked as a reporter in a dozen Islamic countries... Almost everywhere I found a kind and generous welcome.

6 Dreamy Travel Destinations for This Summer

Findery | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Findery

Oops! I did it again. I forgot to make summer travel plans, and it's almost the end of May! Time to come up with a few ideas of where to head this summer.

Spin Fail as Clinton Foundation Keeps Books Firmly Shut

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.21.2015 | Media
Till Bruckner

Earlier this month, I was in Marrakech to cover the Clinton Global Initiative schmoozefest and make up my mind about whether the Clinton Foundation is as sinister as its critics make it out to be.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Progress in the Middle East and North Africa

Neil Ghosh | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Neil Ghosh

While significant development challenges remain in the region, progress is being made in a number of key areas by both governments and local communities.

A Mad Way South: Kite Buggying Across the Sahara

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Stefan Simanowitz

News that a madcap team of British adventurers have used snow kites to break the record for the fastest crossing of Greenland's ice cap reminds me of another record breaking journey by an even madder bunch of Antipodeans who use kite surfs to cross the Sahara.

How Morocco's Islamic Women Preachers Are Leading A Social Revolution

Reuters | Emma Batha | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

CASABLANCA, May 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls are "like a timebomb ready to explode and ruin the family's reputation," the Moroccan jewelr...

Fearless: Dr. Chafik Chraïbi Is Leading The Charge For Safe, Legal Abortion in Morocco

HuffPost Maghreb | Zineb Achraf | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

Chafik Chraïbi is a doctor distinguished by his courage. The 59-year-old, born in Fez, Morocco, has devoted years of his distinguished car...

The Cannes Diaries 2015: Ten Reasons I'm Looking Forward to the Croisette

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.14.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

When a filmmaker knows how to say the right thing, I'm hooked before I even watch a film. Funny thing is, instinctually I almost always get it right, as far as my personal taste is concerned. The Other Side is a must-watch documentary by fellow Italian Roberto Minervini,

One Street Artist Documents The Faces Of Disappearing Tradesmen In Morocco

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

We have been introducing and recounting street art stories for a number of years now online and in front of audiences, and we find that it never fails to surprise people who learn that many of the images they see on the street are of actual people who live in their community.

Moroccan F-16 Jet From Saudi-Led Coalition In Yemen Goes Missing

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

CAIRO, May 11 (Reuters) - A Moroccan F-16 warplane that is part of the Saudi-led force carrying out air strikes in Yemen has gone missing, Morocco's...

Love in Morocco, If You Dare

Dane Steele Green | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

The whole point of a vacation is to go and enjoy yourself. Do that how you will. But however great the temptation (or the thrill of almost getting caught) with this totally hot guy you just met, keep your feet on the ground.