‘Morocco rejects its comparison with any other country that doesn’t respect human rights,’ Middle East Online (London), 14 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Morocco’s official government spokesman has denied Amnesty International’s recent accusations of torture in the kingdom, stating that a previous UN report proved that torture is not practiced and actually praised the country for its commitment to protecting and advancing a culture of human rights. – – المغرب يرفض…

‘Toufiq: Muslims who do not fight illiteracy do not have a sense of religion,’ Al-Hadate (Morocco), 13 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, highlighted the need for Muslims to fight illiteracy as a part of their religious duty. The comments were made by the Moroccan minister during his speech on the issue of extremism.– – – التوفيق: المسلمون الذين لا يحاربون الأمية ليس…

‘King Mohammed VI speaks to Emir of Qatar by telephone,’ Hespress (Morocco), 5 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad of Qatar spoke on the phone Sunday night. The two discussed bilateral relations between their countries, as well as the latest developments in the region.– – – الملك محمّد السادس يتصل هاتفيا بأمير قطر ٥ مايو ٢٠١٤ بحث…

‘Morocco expecting significant decline in grain harvest,’ Al-Jazeera (Qatar), 24 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Low levels of rainfall is causing the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture to prepare for a significant decline in this year’s grain harvest, which could hurt growth prospects for the kingdom. Rising global cereal prices, and alterations to EU conditions on imports have hurt Morocco’s economy.– – – المغرب…

‘Morocco and Libya sign cooperation agreement on maritime transportation and ports,’ Maroc.ma (Morocco), 24 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Morocco and Libya signed a maritime transportation and ports cooperation agreement on Thursday in Rabat with the intention of strengthening cooperation and coordination between the two North African countries. Both sides expect the agreement to lead to others in the future, and hope that it can serve as…

‘Violent confrontations in Laayoune and Morocco considers UN report biased towards Polisario,’ Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), 16 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Protesters and security forces clashed in the Western Saharan capital of Laayoune following peaceful protests by supporters of the Polisario Front who were calling for self-determination and the expansion of the UN mission in the disputed territory. This comes at a time when Morocco has been moving towards …

‘Moroccan official calls for reconsideration of policies related to the Western Sahara conflict,’ Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), 8 April 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Nabil Benabdallah, Secretary General of the Party of Progress and Socialism (Morocco’s former communist party) and Minister of Housing and Urbanism, has called for a reexamination of the kingdom’s policies regarding the Western Sahara issue. Benabdallah sees the conflict in its current state as divisive and hopes to…