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    Moroccan Flag flying high in Tetouan

    By Hassan Salman

    Orlando -In order to break up the daily hustle and bustle of everyday life here in the United States, Moroccan immigrants do all they can to keep their lives interesting and fulfilling. Moroccan men and women across the country meet online and exchange daily news and events, both about the United States and their home country.

    To better understand how Moroccan immigrants feel about their homeland thousands of miles away, I asked several of them the following question: what would our country have to look like in order for you to return permanently to Morocco?

    Below, I will analyze some of thoughts our fellow countrymen and women living abroad had about this issue. I have removed names for security purposes, and have included direct quotes from those interviewed.

    The first male commenter said that Morocco must offer “opportunities, safety, and justice.” This commenter hopes for the best. Currently, Morocco is a land with few opportunities for youth, which explains why the majority of youth have emigrated to different parts of the world. They leave their homes seeking better opportunities for a sustainable future.

    Regarding many interviewees’ safety concerns, they often find that Morocco "is not a safe place" to live, except for a few small cities and villages around the country. Banditry takes place in both public and private areas at all hours of the day and night. The big question being asked is: “why can’t the government make it safe for the people?” The public wonders if it is a deficiency on the part of the government or if it is willful negligence.

    Justice and equality often appears absent in Morocco. The majority of citizens are deprived of their rights in all aspects of life: employment, housing, hospitalization, and other related areas. Laws are not always implemented, and when they are, it is done very poorly. The worst of all is that only three types of people make up the social hierarchy of the country: the filthy rich, the middle class, and the impoverished lower class. Deplorably, the latter category represents the majority of the country’s citizens.

    One Moroccan woman living in the United States brought attention to another important issue in the country: healthcare. This issue is in need of closer consideration from the Ministry of Health. Health coverage in most, if not all, of Morocco’s public hospitals is disappearing to the point that people, both rich and poor, must resort to private clinics for hospitalization.

    Most public hospitals barely contain the basic necessities for a health facility, including healthcare equipment, medicine, and sustainable rooms for patients. Almost all public hospitals lack a sufficient number of nurses and doctors to help provide for a comfortable visit for the patient. The question is: can a penniless Moroccan man or woman who needs immediate surgery to survive be given a chance at life?

    Four other interviewees shared a concern for the state of education in the country. Morocco is in dire in need of a system of education that guarantees fruitful learning and produces valuable citizens. According to the interviewees, the ideal education system is one that pays attention to quality, not quantity. They seek an education that enables degree-holding graduates to find a job with little-to-no difficulty. Above all, the education they dream of is one with curriculum that does not contradict or misrepresent our beautiful religion, Islam.

    One of the female interviewees also mentioned she wishes she did not have “to offer a bribe to every office” she visits. She also highlighted the lack of respect while driving and human rights. A less-optimistic female said, “nothing really. I know the change won't occur at least a decade from now. For anyone thinking about going back now: do not waste your time waiting for big change to happen yet.”

    Despite all of these attitudes, which perhaps some may view as pessimistic, there are thousands of other Moroccans who want to move back to Morocco permanently. They are eager to do so simply because it is the land where they were born and raised; it is the land where their parents, siblings and relatives live; and it is the land that speaks their mother language. These people dream to lend a hand to make the change they want to see in Morocco.

    One cannot help but wonder: how successful will these Moroccans returning from the US be in changing our kingdom’s future?

    The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy

    © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission

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    Burger King Expands its Presence Across Morocco

    Rabat- The US fast food chain, Burger King, has announced the opening of several new locations throughout Morocco.

    According to HuffPost Maroc, the fast food chain had partnered with Vivo Energy group, who holds the operating license for Shell gas stations in Morocco.

    The new Burger King eateries will be launching at these service stations along Moroccan highways.

    The same report notes that a Burger King location has been recently opened between Rabat and Casablanca, after the Bouznika toll both.

    The US company launched its first eatery in Casablanca in 2014. Nowadays, Burger King has four operating locations across the Moroccan territory.

    On the other hand, Burger King's fast food competitor McDonald's has been in the Kingdom for 20 years with 36 open establishments, reported the HuffPost.

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    Royal Air Maroc

    Rabat - Moroccan carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) plans to launch a new route linking Casablanca to Washington D. C. next year.

    A report by Air Journal  said flights between Mohammed V International Airport  in Casablanca and Washington Dulles Airport, will be officially launched on September 8th, 2016.

    The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, according to the same source.

    Reservation for this new route flights is now open, effective for travel on/after September, 8th, 2016.

    Washington has become the Moroccan company’s second destination in the United States, after New York.

    This new route will be the only non-stop link between North Africa and Washington. In addition to Morocco, the new route will also serve other North African countries and the rest of the Continent thanks to RAM’s network based on its Casablanca hub.

    Statistics say 20,000 passengers a year fly between Morocco and Washington, a market that has grown for the last three consecutive years.

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    38 percent of Moroccans Who Joined ISIS Are Women

    New York - A new study conducted by the Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies revealed that 89 percent of the populations the Arab World hold “negative” or “very negative” views toward the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

    The “2015 Arab Opinion Index”, the largest public opinion poll in the Arab World, interviewed 18,311 people from 12 Arab countries.  The Survey’s results were published on December 21 during a press conference in Doha, Qatar.

    Three percent of all respondents among the 12 countries surveyed held "very positive" views about ISIS and 4 percent were "positive to some extent".

    Jordanians have the worst opinion of ISIS with 96 percent saying their views are "very negative". Tunisians come second with 94 percent holding “very negative” views. Nighty-three percent of Iraqis hold negative views of the terrorist organization. Lebanese and Saudi Arabians expressed “very negative” views with 91 and 89 percent, respectively.

    According to the report, 68 percent of Moroccans hold “very negative” views, 15 percent regards as “negative to some extent”, while only 3 percent have “very positive” opinion of the terrorist organization.

    The Arab country with the highest numbers of ISIS sympathizers is Mauritania, where 10 percent of respondents said they had “very positive” views, while 62 percent hold “very negative” view of the terror group.

    Results of the poll showed no significant correlation between having a favorable view of ISIS and religiosity. Supportive views of ISIS were equal among respondents self-described as “very religious” and those “not religious”.

    Conversely, support for extremist organizations in the Arab world is correlated to political conflicts within the Arab region and not to faith. There was a direct correlation between countries with deep-rooted political grievances and those who viewed the extremist group as positive.

    The 12 countries surveyed in the “2015 Arab Opinion Index” were: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.  Together these countries represent 90 percent of the world’s Arab population, the study noted.

    Negative views toward ISIS have increased since last year’s poll results in which 85 of Arabs stood against the terror group, compared to 89 per cent this year. The poll also surveyed the most pressing current issues in the Arab World, including the Iranian nuclear deal, radical extremism and the Syrian revolution.

    In addition, respondents’ answers provided information on Arabs’ attitudes toward democracy, religion and state, and the implications of the Arab Spring.

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    Rabat – Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Dong-Sil Park expressed, Monday in Rabat, his country’s willingness to agree on a successful program of cultural cooperation with Morocco for the 2016-2020 period. Speaking at the opening session of the 6th Moroccan-Korean Joint Cultural Commission, Park praised the quality of cooperation relations linking the Kingdom of

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    Madrid – The cooperation with Morocco will continue to be a major focus of Spain’s foreign policy, said outgoing Spanish Premier and Popular Party (PP) leader, Mariano Rajoy. “Cooperation with (countries) of the southern shore of the Mediterranean, especially Morocco, on such crucial issues such as security and migration” has been and will continue to

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    Rabat – Investigations led by the Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ) with ISIS extremist supporters extradited to Morocco from France on August 28, 2016, revealed their complete adherence to ISIS’s strategy and terrorist ideology, the Interior Ministry said Thursday. One of those arrested was recruited by an ISIS’s leader on the Syrian-Iraqi scene, who

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    Buenos Aires  – President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) and of the Scientific Committee of COP22, Nizar Baraka, highlighted in Buenos Aires, the importance of common values in raising climate awareness and encouraging responsible commitment to the environment and future generations. “Notwithstanding our differences and our origins, we must seek in our

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    Rabat  – Mosques across Morocco will be fitted with solar energy systems in government scheme to boost clean energy awareness, The Guardian said Monday. Six hundred “green mosques” are to be created in Morocco by March 2019 in a national consciousness-raising initiative that aims to speed the country’s journey to clean energy, the publication went

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    Vientiane – Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, is paying a working visit to Laos to attend the 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits, which is being held in September 6-8 in Vientiane. During this visit, Morocco, which is the first African and Arab country

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    Brussels – Vice-president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), in charge of EIB activities in the Maghreb, Román Escolano, will visit Morocco on September 7-9 to participate in the EIB-MED International Conference: Climate Action in the Mediterranean. Organized by the EIB in cooperation with the Union for the Mediterranean, this Conference will bring together key

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    Vientiane (Laos) – Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, signed, Tuesday in Vientiane, the instruments of Morocco’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).  This came on the sidelines of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits, which is being

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    Rabat – All arrangements have been made and preparations are underway to host the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change, slated for November in Marrakech, said, Tuesday in Rabat, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Interior, Cherki Drais. Speaking at a meeting

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    Rabat – Thirteen people were killed and 1,499 were injured, including 62 seriously, in the 1,118 road accidents in urban areas last week, the Moroccan police said. These accidents were mainly ascribed to non-control of vehicles, non-respect of priority, excessive speeding, pedestrian and driver errors and driving under the influence of alcohol, the Moroccan police

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    Zurich – Morocco dropped five places to 58th in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. With a total of 570 points, Morocco ranks tenth in Africa. Argentina ranks first ahead of Belgium, Germany, Colombia and Brazil. With MAP

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    By Johanna Meyer Rabat – When talking about Morocco with westerners one often hears of the beautiful Sahara Desert at night with its clarity of stars, of the souks in Marrakech, tagines and Friday couscous, but one seldom hears of the sheer diversity of Moroccans themselves. The first aspects of Morocco that struck me, upon

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    Geneva – Morocco has climbed two positions in the ICT Development Index ranking 96th out of a total of 175 countries, according to a new report released Tuesday by International Telecommunications Union (ITU). “Advancing countries such as Egypt (100) and Algeria (103), the Kingdom is among the middle-income States that have recorded the most dynamic

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    Casablanca — The high profile wedding between famous Turkish actor Murat Yildrim and former Miss Morocco Imane El-Bani has prompted some Turkish onlookers to deem the wedding ‘too Moroccan.’ The various clips from the wedding circulated online and showed that the celebration was mostly a Moroccan one: Moroccan music and Moroccan clothing. El-Bani is seen

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    Rabat – Morocco is the number one tourist destination in Africa, according to French-speaking Belgian Radio and Television (RTBF). RTBF reported that in late November, Morocco recorded $5.8 billion in tourism, making the Kingdom the country most visited in Africa. It also recalled that Marrakech, one of the most popular cities in the country, had been

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    Rabat – The European Union (EU) must ensure the requisite framework and the best conditions for the application of its agricultural agreement with Morocco, says the Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries. Early on Monday, February 6, Morocco sent a barely veiled warning to the European Union in the form of a communiqué from the

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