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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2008, 08:44:43 PM »

Morocco's king launches offensive against radical Islam - Feature
Rabat, Morocco - Islamic law allows men to wed girls as young as nine years, because marriages to younger women often work out better - or so claims Moroccan theologist Mohammed Maghraoui. The fatwa (opinion on religious law) issued by Maghraoui in Marrakesh in early September confirmed what King Mohammed VI already knew: that Islamist fundamentalism was on the rise in the traditionally relatively liberal north African country.

The Superior Council of Ulemas (Islamic scholars) condemned the fatwa, and Maghraoui's website as well as dozens of Koranic schools linked to him were closed.

Some weeks later, just as Moroccans were marking the revelation of the Koran to Prophet Mohammed at the close of the holy month of Ramadan, King Mohammed launched his second religious reform.

The faith of Moroccans needed to be preserved from "extremist impulses," the monarch said in the northern city of Tetouan, announcing a string of measures towards that end.

As the Amir al-Mu'amin or Commander of the Faithful, the 45-year-old king, who is believed to descend from Prophet Mohammed, is the official leader of Moroccan Muslims.

The new reform followed an initial one carried out after Islamist militants killed 45 people, including 12 suicide bombers, in Casablanca in 2003.

That reform restructured the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in an attempt to place preachers at the country's 40,000 mosques under tighter control.

Other measures have included revising Islamic textbooks and placing female instructors at mosques.

The new reform establishes 69 regional or provincial councils of ulemas to guarantee "spiritual security" and to preserve the "tolerant Sunni Islam" that is part of the "Moroccan identity," as King Mohammed said.

The councils are to update the training of imams, whose medical benefits and living standards will also be improved, alongside those of other mosque personnel.

A separate council of ulemas will watch over the more than 3 million Moroccans living abroad, whose situation as immigrants is seen as making them particularly vulnerable to extremism.

Morocco is trying to stem radicalism with a two-track approach, combining attempts to promote a tolerant brand of Islam with the detentions of thousands of extremist suspects.

The arrests have elicited criticism from human rights groups, which say that the secret service has abducted dozens of suspects illegally, taking them to detention centres such as the ill-famed Temara near the capital Rabat.

Police have also cracked down on non-violent Islamist movements, such as the non-parliamentary al-Adl w'al-Ihsan (Justice and Spirituality), which many analysts regard as Morocco's biggest de-facto political party.

Through the new reform, King Mohammed was emphasizing his position as the country's religious leader against "self-proclaimed religious authorities," Rachid Benzine, an expert based at the Aix-en-Province Institute of Political Studies, told the French daily Le Monde.

It was difficult, however, for the palace to curb the spread of Islamic radicalism through the internet and some Gulf-based television stations, Benzine observed.

Some radical preachers "operate like Protestant tele-preachers," he explained.

"In these conditions, nothing guarantees that the answers given (by the political authorities) have chances of being heard," Benzine concluded.
Source: http://www.earthtimes.org...dical-islam--feature.html
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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2008, 10:56:42 PM »

I guess it could have been any woman and Lalla Meryem would have been jealous. I`m glad to hear that at least they found a way to get along.
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« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2008, 11:57:21 PM »

Morocco's King Mohammed VI gives a speech at the opening of the parliamentary session in Rabat on October 10, 2008.
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« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2008, 02:56:52 AM »

I think Moulay Rachid is a great support to his brother and not the jealous type like Joachim is not.  Also, I wonder why Moulay has not gotten married yet?
What did Salma's mom died of?  Was it cancer?  I think Salma is a natural beauty.  I hope she doesn't change her hair because it is beautiful.  Why does everyone have to have the same straight hair?  I think Lalla Salma and Mrs. Assad trump Rania in the fashion department. 
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« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2008, 04:00:22 PM »

I think Moulay Rachid is a great support to his brother and not the jealous type like Joachim is not.  Also, I wonder why Moulay has not gotten married yet?  
yes you're right Charlotte,the king and his brother are colose to each other and they are very good friends i like their relationship ,i belive that Moulay Rachid is playboy like was her brother the king so i guess he enjoy being single so doesn't surprise me he don't have any plans for marriage

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What did Salma's mom died of?  Was it cancer?  I think Salma is a natural beauty.  I hope she doesn't change her hair because it is beautiful.  Why does everyone have to have the same straight hair?  I think Lalla Salma and Mrs. Assad trump Rania in the fashion department.
true Lalla Salma mum died from breast cancer ,this is why she is very involved with this cause. 
i hope too she keep her hair as he is,i love her hair
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« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2008, 04:55:23 PM »

King inaugurates first phase of technopol in salé
Sale, Oct. 11 (MAP) - King Mohammed VI inaugurated on Saturday the first phase of the new 300ha ha-technopolis for a global sum of MAD 3.314 bln ($ 397 mln) in Sale (Rabat twin city).
 
    This technology project was created through a partnership including the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and New Technologies, and the Caisse de dépôt et de gestion (CDG), aims to confirm Morocco's position in the sectors of industries, and new technologies, part of the Government program to upgrade the different economy sectors "Emergence".

      It also aspires to be the first "intelligent" village of the Kingdom, maximize the productivity of technological sectors, and provide the appropriate conditions for the creation of innovative and high value-added projects.

      This new project will promote major sectors, such as "the soft center" which will serve as a basis for software maintenance, engineering, network management, and software development; as well as off-shoring professions with less red tape, and more equipment and skilled manpower.

     This facility benefits from an innovative perception and first class infrastructure and management, with the aim to make this major project a hub drawing investment and new technology-related sectors.

      It is to offer a number of services to investors, notably a business center, a multimedia bank, a conference center, a recruitment office, a sports center, a residential area, and others (accounting, banks, insurance, hotelse...tc.)

     Thechnopolis, which is expected to provide 30,000 new job opportunities by 2013, will benefit from a complex network of Rabat’s universities and major schools, and is located 5 km from the Rabat-Sale airport and 60 minutes away from the Mohammed VI airport with 300 daily connections to Europe,  the United States, and the Middle East.
source: http://www.map.ma/eng/sec...king_inaugurates_fir/view
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« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2008, 04:57:24 PM »

King inaugurates sports club, enquires about development projects in Salé
Salé (Rabat twin city), Oct. 11 (MAP) - King Mohammed VI inaugurated, on Saturday, an indoor sports club in Bab Bab Lamrissa in the city of Salé for an amount of $ 719k, and enquired about several development programs.


    The 1,730-sqm facility is endowed with 250 seats, locker rooms, and administrative premises, and includes a basketball school to be managed by the Salé Sports Association.

     This project is part of an overall program to upgrade the city of Salé, which envisages the creation of similar centers in other neighborhoods for a budget of $ 3.5  mln, which reflects the will to promote sports in the city, and basketball in particular.

     The sovereign enquired about several projects worth some $ 18.8 mln, part the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), meant to benefit some 75,000 people for 2006-2010.

     The monarch also enquired about other programs, relating to promoting schooling, social inclusion, and revenue generating activities.

      Information were given to the king regarding a $ 1.5 mln social and educational complex in Sala Al-Jadida, part of the INDH.

      Spanning on 12,1 ha, the facility includes multi-disciplinary rooms, reading halls, a library, and sports and recreational spaces.
Source: http://www.map.ma/eng/sec...ng_inaugurates_spo_1/view
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« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2008, 10:42:15 PM »

King Mohammed VI inaugurates craft center in Sidi Taibi
Sidi Taibi (Kenitra Province), Oct. 13 (MAP)- King Mohammed VI on Monday inaugurated a handicraft center in the rural commune of Sidi Taibi in the Kenitra province and enquired about the progress made in the implementation of the program to upgrade the commune and its places of worship.
 
    Built over a 2,000 sq meter area, the center will provide some 50 skilled craftsmen with appropriate working conditions that are likely to promote the production of these craftsmen, refine their creativity and improve their income.

    The $ 270,000 facility, which can host up to 120 full-time apprentices, includes 14 workshops, an exhibition room and an administrative block.

    The sovereign was also briefed on the progress made in the first phase of the urban upgrading program of Sidi Taibi center (2005-2015), which covers 700 hectares.

    The $ 110 million project, which will benefit 2,087 families, is devised to fight unhealthy housing and provide the population with decent housing and adequate infrastructure.

    The monarch was also briefed on a $ 4.8 million worth program to upgrade the places of worship in the commune. The program provides for building large mosques and shops to ensure their sustainability. One of these mosques to be built on 2,025 sq meters for a total cost of  $ 1 million will accommodate 1,130 people.
Source: http://www.map.ma/eng/sec...ng_mohammed_vi_ina_1/view
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« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2008, 10:43:37 PM »

King lays foundation stone of Applied Science school, Commerce and Management School
Kenitra (40km north of Rabat), Oct. 13 (MAP) - King Mohammed VI laid, here Monday, the foundation stone of "the National School of Applied Sciences" and "the National School of Commerce and Management," at a global cost of $ 1,8 mln.



    Built on an area of 3,600 square meters, the National School of Applied Sciences is part of the "10,000 engineers Initiative", and will provide training in professions related to offshoring and other emerging industry sectors.

   The project includes, inter alia, 14 classrooms, a lecture hall, maintenance workshops, a library and a cafeteria.

    The number of students enrolled in the school is expected to reach 557 by 2012-2013.

     As regards the Commerce and Management School, it will be built on 1,533 square meters and will be ready within six months.

    The school's students, whose number will reach 489 next year, will receive a five-year scientific training composed of a three-year core curriculum and a two-year specialization cycle, covering the professions of management control and audit, financial and accounting management, management of human resources, of marketing, of international commerce and of advertisement.
Source: http://www.map.ma/eng/sec...ng_lays_foundation_6/view
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« Reply #24 on: October 15, 2008, 06:20:53 PM »

King inaugurates youth club, enquires about INDH programs in Kenitra
Kenitra, Oct. 14 (MAP) - King Mohammed VI on Tuesday inaugurated a youth club and enquired about the 2005-2008 anti-social exclusion program in rural areas, part of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) in the city of Kenitra (40km north of Rabat).
 
    The club, whose renovation cost some $ 714k, spans on an area of 28,708 sqm, and includes administrative buildings, a multi-disciplinary room, an exhibition hall, a conference room, and several sports halls.

    The project is part of efforts to develop social, educational, and sports infrastructure, and improve the youth contribution in various fields.

     The king also enquired about the INDH program for 2005-2008, which benefits 8 neighborhoods, that is a population of 64,000.

     A total of 73 projects have been envisaged to this end for an amount of $ 41.3mln, to promote income-generating activities and reinforce access to basic infrastructure.

    Details were provided to the monarch concerning a project to build $ 976,000 sports and cultural centers in the Souk Sebt neighborhood, part of the program to fight social exclusion. Built on 2,124 sqm, this project is expected to benefit 32,000 people in four neighborhoods.

     The king also enquired about another 2089 sqm sports center worth some $ 976,000 which is meant to cover three other neighborhoods.
Source: http://www.map.ma/eng/sec...king_inaugurates_you/view
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« Reply #25 on: October 15, 2008, 06:24:44 PM »

King inaugurates health center, enquires about development projects in Kenitra
Kenitra (west), Oct. 14 (MAP) - King Mohammed VI inaugurated, Tuesday in the western city of Kenitra, a health center, part of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), and enquired about rural upgrade programs of different centers and cities of the province.
 
    The health center, whose works cost some $ 78k, is built on an area of 250sqm, and includes a medical care room, a consultation room, a waiting room, a pharmacy, and administrative buildings.

    The center is expected to strengthen health infrastructure in the city of Kenitra, and promote closeness medical services benefiting 33,000 people.

     The monarch chaired the ceremony of the distribution of four $ 183,00 mobile medical care units benefiting the population of four neighborhoods.

      The monarch received details on the rural upgrade program of the cities and centers of the Kenitra province for 2006-2009, worth some $ 102 mln.

     This program provides for the rehabilitation of Kenitra's urban fabric with the aim of meeting the population's needs, providing infrastructure with equipment and services in Kenitra and surrounding centers.

     The INDH programs in this region envisages art and tarring works, road equipment, improving the public lighting network, developing green spaces and public squares, and building sports, cultural and administrative infrastructure.

     The monarch enquired about projects worth some $51mln to strengthen basic infrastructure, public services, and  provide income-generating equipment, and cultural and sports facilities.

     The king also enquired about the program to upgrade the road and public lighting networks for a sum of $ 7.4mln, and launched a $ 10.2mln project to rehabilitate the Lamkhalif Ain Sbaa neighborhood in Kenitra, which is expected to benefit 16,000 people.
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« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2008, 06:29:37 PM »

King reiterates Morocco's commitment to Euro-Mediterranean zone
Rabat, Oct. 15 (MAP)- King Mohammed VI reiterated Morocco's support for "sincere and promising Euro-Mediterranean initiatives", and its commitment to "strengthen this cultural zone and enable it to enjoy peace, stability, solidarity and shared prosperity."

    "This is an ambition that Morocco has nurtured since the convening of the Barcelona Summit in 1995," said the sovereign in a message to the participants at the 2008 Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions, which kicked off here Wednesday.

    In this message, read out by Foreign minister Taeib Fassi Fihri, the monarch underlined that "our common views are strengthened by our determination to further enhance the wide-ranging partnership between my country and the European Union, within the framework of the advanced status that we have legitimately been seeking and which has naturally been endorsed and supported by EU bodies and our European partners."

    The sovereign commended the remarkable and wide-ranging efforts made by the participants “within this Euro-Mediterranean forum as national institutions whose advice is heeded and who voice the views of the various actors and key economic and social players representing civil society in the countries of the Euro-Mediterranean zone.”

    This approach “reflects our shared determination to upgrade the economic, social and human dimension as a priority objective in our partnership”, the sovereign said, adding that “a strong partnership should be supported by a far-reaching network of exchange and co-operation between actors from our respective civil societies who are involved in economic, social, cultural, environmental and human development activities.”

    Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions should be “key players in this dynamic process,” he said, stressing the importance of this meeting which is “perfectly in line with this vision” and addresses “key issues such as freedom of association, social dialogue, consolidation of participatory institutions in partner countries, role of women in economic and social life, free trade and the social dimension in North-South relations.”

    Organized by the Ministry of Foreign affairs and the European Economic and social committee (EESC), this summit will address various themes, such as “the social dimension of relations between the EU and its southern partners”, “ a free trade zone by 2010?” and “women’s access to social and economic life”
Source: http://www.map.ma/eng/sec...ng_reiterates_moro_1/view
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« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2008, 02:45:51 PM »

King launches construction works of new zoological gardens in Rabat
Rabat, Oct. 15 (MAP) - King Mohammed VI launched, Wednesday, the construction works of the new zoological gardens of Rabat, that will accommodate various African, Saharan and Moroccan species, along with nocturnal animals.

    Stretching over 50 ha, the new zoological gardens that will cost about $ 52 mln, will also include a leisure park for youth that will focus on educational and recreational activities.

    The project will include other facilities such as a reception center, a catering hall and several infrastructures likely to enhance the gardens' appeal.

    Given the scope of this project, which is scheduled to be completed by late 2010, it has been resorted to the international expertise with regard to the design of the gardens which will meet international standards in terms of environment conservation and educational scientific research.
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King inaugurates National Library in Rabat
Rabat, Oct. 15 (MAP) - King Mohammed VI inaugurated, here Wednesday, the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco.
 
    Built over an area of 20,832 sqm at a cost of about $ 36 mln, the National Library is meant to preserve the national cultural heritage documents, to disseminate knowledge and to promote scientific research.

      This National edifice is endowed with various facilities using state-of-the-art technologies, such as a 300-seat auditorium, an exhibition gallery, a reading space, as well as spaces devoted to manuscripts and rare books.
     
      Other spaces open to the public are devoted to magazines, posters, stamps, postal cards, digital documents, microforms, and printed papers in addition to a multimedia space. 
 
    The national library, which is also entrusted with elaborating the national bibliography and acquiring national and foreign documents, will provide bibliographic information by making use of new technologies in order to facilitate access to other national and foreign libraries and promote distance documentation.

     The new building provides adapted services to people with special needs like the visually impaired or people with physical disabilities.

     During the dedication ceremony, King Mohammed VI decorated a number of renowned men of letters, artists, actors, painters and singers with royal wissams.
Source: http://www.map.ma/eng/sec...king_inaugurates_nat/view
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« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2008, 04:07:42 PM »

Has any member of the Danish Royal family met with King Mohammed VI or his beautiful wife Lalla Salma ??
What about other Royals -- Sweeden, Netherlands,Norway, etc ??

I know that Jordan has met with them several different times----but who else???
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