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2/18/2013

FUS wins 1-nil against Real de Banjul

FUS Rabat club won the Gambian club Real de Banjul FC by 1 to 0
 Friday night at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat in
 the CAF Champions League.The Fussistes missed many scoring 
opportunities both in the first and second period. They won after a penalty
 shoot scored by Morad Batna in the additional time (90+4').The
 second leg match will be held in early March in Banjul.The other Moroccan 
representative in this competition, the Maghreb Tetouan (MAT),
 Morocco champion for 2012, will make their opening match on Saturday
 at 18h00 in Saniat Rmel Stadium against the Senegalese club Casa Sports.
This is the first participation of FUS, winner of the seventh edition of the African
 Confederation Cup (CAF) in 2010, as well as MAT in the African Champions League.
FUS Rabat club won the Gambian club Real de Banjul FC by 1 to 0 Friday night at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat in the CAF Champions League.

The Fussistes missed many scoring opportunities both in the first and second period. They won after a penalty shoot scored by Morad Batna in the additional time (90+4').

The second leg match will be held in early March in Banjul.

The other Moroccan representative in this competition, the Maghreb Tetouan (MAT), Morocco champion for 2012, will make their opening match on Saturday at 18h00 in Saniat Rmel Stadium against the Senegalese club Casa Sports.

This is the first participation of FUS, winner of the seventh edition of the African Confederation Cup (CAF) in 2010, as well as MAT in the African Champions League.

Read more about Fussistes by www.moroccomirror.com
FUS Rabat club won the Gambian club Real de Banjul FC by 1 to 0 Friday night at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat in the CAF Champions League.

The Fussistes missed many scoring opportunities both in the first and second period. They won after a penalty shoot scored by Morad Batna in the additional time (90+4').

The second leg match will be held in early March in Banjul.

The other Moroccan representative in this competition, the Maghreb Tetouan (MAT), Morocco champion for 2012, will make their opening match on Saturday at 18h00 in Saniat Rmel Stadium against the Senegalese club Casa Sports.

This is the first participation of FUS, winner of the seventh edition of the African Confederation Cup (CAF) in 2010, as well as MAT in the African Champions League.

Read more about Fussistes by www.moroccomirror.com
FUS Rabat club won the Gambian club Real de Banjul FC by 1 to 0 Friday night at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat in the CAF Champions League.

The Fussistes missed many scoring opportunities both in the first and second period. They won after a penalty shoot scored by Morad Batna in the additional time (90+4').

The second leg match will be held in early March in Banjul.

The other Moroccan representative in this competition, the Maghreb Tetouan (MAT), Morocco champion for 2012, will make their opening match on Saturday at 18h00 in Saniat Rmel Stadium against the Senegalese club Casa Sports.

This is the first participation of FUS, winner of the seventh edition of the African Confederation Cup (CAF) in 2010, as well as MAT in the African Champions League.

Read more about Fussistes by www.moroccomirror.com

US Rabat club won the Gambian club Real de Banjul FC by 1 to 0 Friday night at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat in the CAF Champions League.

The Fussistes missed many scoring opportunities both in the first and second period. They won after a penalty shoot scored by Morad Batna in the additional time (90+4').

The second leg match will be held in early March in Banjul.

The other Moroccan representative in this competition, the Maghreb Tetouan (MAT), Morocco champion for 2012, will make their opening match on Saturday at 18h00 in Saniat Rmel Stadium against the Senegalese club Casa Sports.

This is the first participation of FUS, winner of the seventh edition of the African Confederation Cup (CAF) in 2010, as well as MAT in the African Champions League.

Read more about Fussistes by www.moroccomirror.com

Morocco’s Salafi Jihadists accept Civic State and Individual Freedoms

A number of Salfi Jihadist leaders, detained in the prison, submitted a political chart entitled “The Political Chart of National Committee for Reconciliation and Review.”
The chart adopts a civic state as a political option along with individual freedoms that have been long regarded as a stumbling block before any tangible progress in the dialogue with the Islamists.
The daily Almassae reported to have received the chart which is made up of 16 articles. It stated that the royal regime is the symbol of unity, calling for consolidating the identity of the nation which is embodied in the Islamic religion and a national unity of different aspects under the umbrella of parliamentary monarchy and civic State.
A source from the National Committee for Reconciliation and Review in the prisons said that the aforementioned political chart had been received by the ministry of Interior and various security services which is taking charge of supervising the case of Salafi Jihadists.
The source added that the purpose was to send an encrypted message to the authorities and to the public opinion that those Islamists have got a clear political vision.
The chart accepted the political action on the basis that it brings forth the opportunity for the people to express themselves, to reform the institutions and to ward off corruption.
Furthermore, it regarded Islam as the state’s religion, but stressed on its duty to guarantee the right to plurality in faith, intellectual freedom and justice, emphasizing the sovereignty of judicial system and separation of power.
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Traveling To Israel with Moroccan Passeport

Washington / Morocco News  Board --Given the ambiguous nature of the relations between Morocco and Israel, given that about half a million Moroccan Israeli jews live and in Israel and that a fair percentage of them are still attached to their Moroccan origins and an active flow of Israeli citizens visiting Morocco for religious or tourism every year, add to to this,
the official stance of the Moroccan government relating to the palestinian conflict and you have a fogey stew that keep private citizens of both countries unsure of what to do in matters practical matters concerning travel, residence, currencies and other issues.Lost in this whole situation are practical issues concerning private citizens from both countries relating to practical matters concerning travel, residence, currencies and other issues.

The example bellow listed at yahoo answers, by a Moroccan lady ,Shaimae, reflects the luck of precise official informations.
I'm planning to visit Israel sometime on July, i'm a female who is 18 y.o Moroccan but who lives in Switzerland. I have few questions
1. Given the fact that I have a Moroccan passport would it be difficult for me to get a visa ? And is it true what they say about the inceptions of arab muslim passport holders ? (like holding you for hours for questions)
2. Would it be a problem if I enter Morocco with an Israeli stamp on my passport ?
3. Compared to Switzerland, how expensive is Israel ? (I'm not really that rich so if you could give me an idea about how much the trip would cost)

There were a couple of answers so far to this issue.
One from Shay P. "
1. There shouldn't be a problem, matter of fact our Center of Statistics, reported that Moroccan tourists make more than 60% of the total arrivals from Africa. 
NO, you will not be detained for hrs..... UNLESS there is a "hidden" reason, one that is probably known to you.

2.Israeli authorities will NOT stamp your passport if you ask them not to. I have two acquaintances who live in Morocco, they visit Israel rather regularly. 

3. Accommodations, food, clothing, shoes are all cheaper in Israel.. (been there done that).
The cost of your trip depends on your style of living, a hotel room can cost 75$ per night at a 3* or 500$ (or more) at a 5*. eating out can cost 7-10 $ for breakfast 15-20 $ for lunch, 7-10$ for dinner, public transportation is very cheap, car rental is about the same as it is in Europe (booking online will lower the cost considerably), clothing are much cheaper than in Switzerland, unless you go to an exclusive boutique, but items will still be cheaper than Switzerland."
And the other from "Dean": "
1. As far as I'm aware, Israel doesn't forbid Moroccan passports, especially since Morocco isn't that hostile a nation to Israel. Yes, ties are not what they used to be, but all in all Israel and Israelis don't have much beef with the nation. If anything, you can at least talk to the Israeli embassy in Switzerland, and let them know if there is a special protocol or something. 

Unfortunately, there is some truth to having that kind of passport. Some. It's not a rule, and it's certainly not something to worry about even if they do ask you some questions. If you have nothing to hide, then what I've heard is that it's not a big deal. The reason behind this is that air travel has been used quite extensively against Israel and Israelis in the past, so they've had to evolve methods to protect themselves. They are considered some of, if not the, best, so really, they should realize that you are good, especially if you talk to the Israeli embassy beforehand. You aren't the first Muslim female from a nation not Egypt or Jordan to come to Israel, and you won't be the last, and they'll probably not bother you. 

read more here:moroccoboard

Morocco-Russia sign new fisheries agreement

Morocco and Russia signed, Thursday in Agadir, a new fisheries cooperation agreement for a period of four years, the sixth of its kind since 1992.
The agreement was signed by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch and representative of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries, Constantine Dikin, on the sidelines of the second edition of Halieutis, held February 13-17 in Agadir.
This new agreement, which replaces the one signed on June 3, 2010 in Moscow (expired June 2, 2012), is the culmination of several rounds of discussions this year.
The agreement provides for allowing a fleet of 10 Russian ships to resume fishing in Moroccan waters, while Russian ship-owners pay a financial compensation as access fees.
Morocco and Russia have enjoyed long-standing cooperation relations in the field of fisheries. The first agreement was signed in 1992. The agreement signed on Thursday and is the sixth fisheries agreement linking the two countries. A joint research program has been in place since then, and several Moroccans have been trained in Russian maritime institutions

Renewable Energy Taking Off

Morocco, being the largest energy importer in North Africa, is making concerted efforts to reduce its reliance on imported fossil fuels. Renewable energy is an attractive proposition as Morocco has almost complete dependence on imported energy carriers. Morocco is already spending over US$3 billion a year on fuel and electricity imports and is experiencing power demand growth of 6.5 per cent a year.
According to the Moroccan Ministry of Energy and Mining, the total installed capacity of renewable energy (excluding hydropower) was approximately 300MW in 2011. The Moroccan Government has already achieved its target of supplying around 8% of total primary energy from renewables by 2012 which includes energy generation, conversion and distribution. Morocco is planning USD13 billion expansion of wind, solar and hydroelectric power generation capacity which would catapult the share of renewables in the energy mix to 42% by the year 2020, with solar, wind and hydro each contributing 14%.
Morocco Solar Program
Morocco has launched one of the world's largest and most ambitious solar energy plans with investment of USD 9billion. The Moroccan Solar Plan is regarded as a milestone on the country's path towards a secure and sustainable energy supply which is clean, green and affordable. The aim of the plan is to generate 2,000 megawatts (or 2 gigawatts) of solar power by the year 2020 by building mega-scale solar power projects at five location -- Laayoune (Sahara), Boujdour (Western Sahara), Tarfaya (south of Agadir), Ain Beni Mathar (center) and Ouarzazate -- with modern solar thermal, photovoltaic and concentrated solar power mechanisms.
The first plant, under the Moroccan Solar Plan, will be commissioned in 2014, and the entire project is expected to be complete in 2019. Once completed, the solar project is expected to provide almost one-fifth of Morocco's annual electricity generation. Morocco, the only African country to have a power cable link to Europe, is also a key player in Mediterranean Solar Plan and Desertec Industrial Initiative. The Desertec Concept aims to build CSP plants to supply renewable energy from MENA region to European countries by using high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission lines.
The 500MW Phase-One Solar Power Complex at Ouarzazate is the world's largest solar thermal power plant. To be built with investment of an estimated Euros 2.3 billion, the project is the first one to be implemented under the Moroccan Solar Plan. The Ouarzazate Solar Complex, with a total capacity of 500 MW, will come on-stream in 2015 and produce an estimated output of 1.2 TWh/year to meet local demand. The first phase will be a 160-MW parabolic trough facility while photovoltaic modules and CSP towers will be used in later phases.
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Morocco jails 24 over Western Sahara clash in 2010

RABAT - A Moroccan military court on Sunday jailed 24 defendants accused of killing members of the security forces who stormed a protest camp in the disputed Western Sahara in 2010, state news agency MAP said.

The Rabat court jailed eight of the 24 for life and four dependents received 30-year prison terms. Another eight were given 25 years and two others were handed 20-year sentences.

Two of the accused who received the lightest sentences, two years in jail, have already served their terms in custody. One defendant was tried in absentia and given a life sentence.

Moroccan authorities say 13 people were killed - including 10 security officers, a firefighter and two civilians - and dozens injured on Nov. 8, 2010 when authorities dismantled a camp where thousands of Western Saharans, known as Sahrawis, were living.


By REUTERS

The lure of Indian soaps

At 7 in the evening in Casablanca, Morocco's fabled city, the streets become empty as everyone is watching their favourite Indian soap on television. It is a sign of the influence of India's soft power on a country and region with which it has enjoyed civilisational links.
Moroccan envoy Larbi Reffouh said the Maghreb countries of Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia "know India very well".
"There is a lot of affection for India. Indian music and civilisation is present in the whole of the Maghreb."
In Morocco, there is a lot of interest in Indian television serials, said Reffouh. "At 7 p.m. in Casablanca you will find nobody on the road, everyone is watching an Indian serial," said the envoy, who was speaking at a recent conference on "Maghreb and India".
He said many people in the Maghreb region are fond of Hindi film songs. "Many people will be singing Hindi film songs without knowing the language," said Reffouh, adding that "Indian culture and civilisation is present in the whole of Maghreb".
The Marrakech international film festival held recently celebrated the first century of Bollywood films even before the Hindi film industry has done so, said the envoy.
Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan as well as other leading lights of the industry had been honoured at the Marrakech festival.
Emphasising the "civilisational interaction" between India and the North African region, Sheel Kant Sharma, a former Indian diplomat who has served in the region, said: "Before the advent of the video recorders, cinema halls in Maghreb used to run dubbed versions of hit films from Mumbai and the film music very popular with the townsfolk. Genres of the Maghrebian music and the Berber folk have also made their way into the pop scene in India."
--Indo-Asain News service
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