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  • DCNS launches Moroccan FREMM frigate

    09/14/2011 9:27:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1+ views
    DCNS ^ | September 14, 2011
    DCNS launches Moroccan FREMM frigate 18:57 GMT, September 14, 2011 Lorient | On 14 September 2011, DCNS launched the FREMM multimission frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy. The launch took place at DCNS's Lorient shipyard in the presence of senior Moroccan and French officials and is a major milestone in the construction of the vessel, scheduled for delivery in 2013. DCNS today launched the FREMM multimission frigate for Morocco. The event at the Group's Lorient shipyard was attended by Admiral Laghmari, Inspector General of Royal Moroccan Navy, Admiral Verwaerde of the French Navy and Patrick Boissier, Chairman & CEO of...
  • First SIGMA class frigate transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy

    09/13/2011 11:04:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 1+ views
    defence Web, South Africa ^ | 13 September 2011
    First SIGMA class frigate transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy Written by defenceWeb Tuesday, 13 September 2011 The SIGMA class frigate Tarik ben Ziyad was yesterday transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy after completing sea trials and outfitting. The SIGMA (Ship Integrated Geometrical Modularity Approach) frigate, built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, was handed over to Rear Admiral Mohamed Laghmari, the Commander in Chief of the Royal Moroccan Navy on time and on schedule. After commissioning, the crew will continue with another three weeks of Sail Safety Training in Den Helder and the North Sea....
  • The Hidden Hand (Very good piece on Iran's support of alQaeda)

    08/19/2011 6:43:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | STEPHEN F. HAYES & THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Obama administration finally highlights Iran’s key role in supporting al Qaeda On July 28, the Treasury Department designated six al Qaeda operatives involved in shipping money and men from the Persian Gulf to senior al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The move targets a node of the global terror network that is critical to its overall strength, freezing any of its financial assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting any transactions with the operatives. Of the many conduits for al Qaeda funds and personnel across the world, the U.S. government believes this one is the most important. “This network...
  • Italy Approves Draft Law Banning Burqas

    08/02/2011 3:09:28 PM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Voice of America ^ | JUly 2, 2011 | Staff
    Italy's parliamentary commission has approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. The draft law was sponsored by Souad Sbai, a Moroccan-born member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Freedom People party. The law, which was passed by the constitutional affairs commission Tuesday, would prohibit women from wearing a burqa, niqab or any other garment that covers the face. It would also sentence anyone who forces women to cover their faces in public to up to one year in prison and fine them $43,000. The Italian news agency ANSA reports the opposition voted...
  • Thousands protest on Morocco king's allegiance day

    07/31/2011 9:01:53 PM PDT · by EBH · 2 replies
    yahoo/reuters ^ | 7/31/11 | Souhail Karam
    In the capital Rabat, hundreds of protesters chanted the slogan "May God bless the life of my people" and carried placards demanding a "change that marks a break with the past," according to a Reuters witness. "This protest is not meant to be a response to the allegiance ceremony. It is our response to the overall political climate in the country," said Mohamed al-Aouni, an activist from the February 20 Movement, which has held almost weekly protests demanding reform. "We will continue to press for a parliamentary monarchy, freedom, social justice and dignity," Aouni said. About 4,000 people protested in...
  • All Hail the (Democratic) King

    07/12/2011 12:30:12 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 11, 2011 | AHMED CHARAI and JOSEPH BRAUDE
    IT isn’t news anymore when an Arab ruler facing mass protests pledges sweeping reforms. But Morocco’s July 1 constitutional referendum may be the most significant development in the Arab world all summer. For the first time since the Arab Spring began, a population broadly embraced its leader’s reforms and scaled back antigovernment demonstrations. In the weeks before the referendum, over 100,000 people had taken to the streets; after the vote only about 10,000 did. A sizable majority of Moroccans approved the new Constitution, which calls for King Mohammed VI to cede half his power to a prime minister appointed from...
  • Morocco: 'We want real democracy'

    07/04/2011 3:28:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | 4th of July 2011 | Sarah Lazare
    The February 20th movement, a pro-reform group, had called for a boycott of the vote, denouncing the new constitution as a superficial gesture that would leave the king's power intact and stave off real change. "The numbers the government is using have nothing to do with reality," insisted Amal Albaghdadi, a Rabat native and organiser with the February 20th movement. "I have come out to say enough with poverty, discrimination, and lack of freedoms. We want real democracy." "We were never allowed to express our concerns about the constitution," said protester Lekbari Mohammed, Rabat native. "These are false results because...
  • Suhail Shanti, Suspect in 1983 Murder, Caught at Border...

    06/28/2011 12:49:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    SEATTLE WEEKLY.com ^ | June 27, 2011, 4:23 pm | by Jonathan Walczak
    SNIPPET: "Shanti was arrested by u.s. Customs and Border Protection in Blaine, Wash. ..." SNIPPET: "Both were from Morocco. It's unclear why Shanti would need to jump the border so often. But a LinkedIn account listed in Shanti's name lists a string of jobs in Canada, Dubai, and Jordan, so it may have been work-related."
  • NATO on alert for influx of foreign fighters in southern Afghanistan

    05/24/2011 6:44:56 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | May 24, 2011 3:34 p.m. EDT | Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister
    (CNN) -- Coalition forces in Afghanistan say that a recent security operation in the southeast part of the country suggests an influx of foreign fighters may be underway, just as the Taliban begins its "fighting season" against NATO troops. And intelligence analysts say it seems a growing number of Europeans are among them. On the night of May 8, a joint NATO-Afghan force encountered a group of militants in a place called Qalat, a district in Zabul province in southeastern Afghanistan. Ten militants were killed, according to a statement Tuesday from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The combined force...
  • "South Park" Threat Leads to New Charge

    05/16/2011 6:21:12 PM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies
    SNIPPET: “A second man has been charged in connection with threats made last year against the producers of the Comedy Central program “South Park.” Jesse Curtis Morton, (aka Younus Abdullah Mohammad) is charged with communicating threats. Morton helped run a website, RevolutionMuslim, with Zachary Chesser. Chesser is serving a 25-year prison term after pleading guilty to a similar charge and to trying to provide material support to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab.” SNIPPET: “In an interview on CNN before the “South Park” controversy, Morton said Islam commands Muslims to terrorize disbelievers. “The Koran says very clearly in the Arabic language...
  • Regions and territories: Western Sahara

    05/23/2011 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | unattributed
    A mainly desert territory in north-west Africa, Western Sahara is the subject of a decades-long dispute between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front. The territory is phosphate-rich and believed to have offshore oil deposits. Most of it has been under Moroccan control since 1976. Western Sahara fell under Spanish rule in 1884, becoming a Spanish province in 1934. Nationalism emerged in the 1960s, as nomadic Saharans, or Saharawis, settled in the region. Polisario was set up on 10 May 1973 and established itself as the sole representative of the Saharan people. Some 100,000 refugees still live in Polisario's camps in...
  • Two Men To Be Arraigned In Plot To Blow Up [NY] City Synagogue

    05/12/2011 3:00:43 PM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 24 replies
    Two men from East Elmhurst, Queens have been arrested and charged with plotting to blow up a Manhattan synagogue. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was joined by top city law enforcement officials at City Hall earlier today in announcing the arrests of Ahmed Ferhani, 26, and Mohamed Mamdouh, 20. Ferhani, who is from Algeria, and Mamdouh, was is from Morocco, are both charged with engaging in terrorism, weapons possession and hate crimes. An arraignment is expected later today. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the men told undercover officers that they hated Jews and wanted to kill them. He also says they had...
  • Islamophobes Of The World Unite – You Have Nothing To Save But Your Heads!

    05/17/2011 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    GrasstopsUSA.com ^ | May 17, 2011 | Don Feder
    We Islamaphobes are truly a loathsome lot – sowing dissention and hatred wherever we go. But Peter Burr, M.D., recently elected chair of the Williamson County, TN. Democratic Party, is on our case. Last week, Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament and a trenchant critic of Islam, spoke at two events in Nashville. In a commentary in the Tennessean (“Outside Agitators Should Not Define American Values”) Burr excoriated Wilders in language Democrats usually reserve for the Tea Parties and the Boy Scouts of America. Anyway, I thought “outside agitators” became passé with Spiro Agnew’s departure from the national...
  • Two Men Arrested Over Alleged Synagogue Plot in New York

    05/12/2011 9:31:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/12/11 | Associated Press
    Two Americans have been arrested by New York City police for allegedly plotting to attack a synagogue in the New York area, Fox News has learned. One source described the case as the latest example of “homegrown” radicalization. The two men were identified as Mohammad Mamdouh, of Moroccan descent, and Ahmed Serhani, of Algerian descent. Serhani allegedly made a general statement about wanting to attack a synagogue –- though no specific synagogue was mentioned, according to initial information obtained by Fox News. With a history of drug dealing, Serhani was hoping to make enough money to purchase weapons and possibly...
  • World Bank President to Visit Tunisia, Morocco (Sustainable Development on the march)

    04/29/2011 10:15:40 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 2 replies
    worldbank.org ^ | 4/29/2011 | Press Release
    Washington, April 29, 2011 – World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick is visiting Tunisia and Morocco from May 2 – 6 with a special focus on how to support Tunisia during its political transition and to find out how economic and governance reforms can create jobs and opportunity in both countries. Zoellick will meet civil society representatives in both countries to learn about the new importance of social accountability and how civil society can play a role in helping citizens influence what they can get from economic development and gain better access to opportunities. Zoellick’s visit to Tunisia follows...
  • Bomb attack in Morocco tourist cafe kills 14

    04/28/2011 11:43:47 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 4/28/2011 | Youssef Boudlal Youssef Boudlal
    MARRAKESH – A bomb killed 14 people including foreigners in Morocco's bustling tourist destination of Marrakesh, officials said on Thursday, in an attack that bore the hallmark of Islamist militants. The blast ripped through a cafe overlooking Marrakesh's Jamaa el-Fnaa square, a spot that is often packed with foreign tourists. A Reuters photographer said he saw rescuers pulling dismembered bodies from the wreckage. If the bombing is the work of Islamist militants, it will be the first time they have carried out a major attack in Morocco since 2003, when a series of suicide bombings in the commercial capital, Casablanca,...
  • DHS Taking War on Weed to Morocco

    04/21/2011 11:12:59 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    What struck me most about this contract is that we are going to teach the Moroccans "critical thinking skills."
  • Stolen: A Story of Modern-day Slavery

    03/26/2011 10:46:38 PM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies · 1+ views
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 27, 2011 | Marion D.S. Dreyfus
    In an excellent documentary called Stolen, which sets out to document a family reunion in the sole region in Africa where Spanish is spoken, filmmakers Ayala and Fallshaw uncover a bigger story than they had originally planned. What they find is a pocket of slavery still practiced in Western Sahara, Morocco, Mauritania, and elsewhere in Arab-African societies. The initial impetus for the film is the re-union of a generational family under UN auspices, a service the UN provides if the correct paperwork is filled out; family members long separated are brought together for a joyous 5-day reunion. What the documentarians...
  • What's Good About There Being A Genuine American Al-Qaida Movement?

    04/06/2010 3:08:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 64 replies · 585+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | April 6, 2010 | n/a
    06 April 2010 "WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT THERE BEING A GENUINE AMERICAN AL-QAIDA MOVEMENT?[1]" SNIPPET: "They write in English and their websites have RSS feeds, that's what. Reduces our overhead, improves our cash flow - thanks guys!"
  • Moroccan king says constitution to be revised

    03/09/2011 3:56:26 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | MARCH 7, 2011 | By HASSAN ALAOUI
    RABAT, Morocco – King Mohammed VI said Wednesday that Morocco will revise its constitution for the first time in 15 years, aiming to strengthen democracy in the face of a push across the Arab world. In a rare TV and radio speech to the nation, the popular monarch said a new commission would suggest constitutional revisions to him by June, and the overall project would be put to Moroccan voters in a referendum. "By launching today the work of constitutional reform, we embark on a major phase in the process of consolidation of our model of democracy and development," said...