Why Morocco loves its meteorites   
Why have more space rocks been recovered in Morocco than in other countries of a similar size? It’s a great question for the world’s Asteroid Day  
          Plastic Headgear Market, Trends, Size and Forecasts   

Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, “Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries”

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/25/2014 -- Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, "Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries" which is a useful piece of information for the global players in the plastic headgear market. The report provides a comprehensive analysis on the market trends, size, forecast and growth of the overall plastic headgear market.

Browse complete report at:
http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/global-plastic-headgear-to-2017-size-growth-and-forecasts-in-nearly-70-countries-market

Report provides the market share of plastic headgears in the overall global market and further segments the plastic headgear market on the basis of product. The product segment includes Safety headgear and other headgears of plastic.

Analysis in the report is based on 2006-2012 market data and the report forecasts the global market till the year 2017, which provides insightful market information for the investors, sales, marketing & product managers and analysts in an accessible and well presented format.

The report covers the following topics:

-Global Market size
-Market growth rate
-Market segmentation on the basis of products
-Growth rate of each product segment
-Market forecasts

See similar report: Spirit Markets in the Top 5 European Countries to 2018 - Market Size, Trends, and Forecasts
http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/spirit-in-the-top-5-european-countries-to-2018-size-trends-and-forecasts-market

Report covers the following geographical regions:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

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          Vaccines - Global Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/12/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in different countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators

Get detailed report at: http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/vaccines-global-package-market

These market studies answer to questions such as:
- What is the size of the vaccine markets in different countries around the world?
- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:
Human vaccines
Veterinary vaccines

Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam

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          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          Мечеть Хасана II в Касабланке   

Это цитата сообщения _Sofia-9_ Оригинальное сообщениеМечеть Хасана II в Касабланке

Мечеть Хасана II — огромная мечеть имени короля Хасана в Касабланке на берегу Атлантики.

С полным на то основанием провозглашаемая триумфом веры и художественного мастерства, она была открыта в августе 1993 г., после 6 лет строительства.

Над ее возведением трудились 25 тыс. рабочих, затративших 50 млн чело-веко-часов. Это вторая по размерам мечеть в мире (после мекканской), с самым высоким минаретом (200 м).

Потрясающее расположение мечети — на берегу океана, с разбивающимися у ее подножия волнами, было очевидным образом предопределено словами Корана: «Его трон покоился на воде».

Статистические данные производят впечатление: на строительство пошло 65 тыс. т мрамора, было возведено 2500 колонн и установлено 50 доставленных из Италии венецианских светильников.

Бьющий с минарета луч лазера виден за 50 км. Молельный зал мечети способен вместить 100 тыс. верующих, то есть имеет размер приличного аэропорта. Все сооружение стоит около 400 млн фунтов и построено в основном на пожертвования.

Свой взнос (иногда недобровольный) сделал каждый марокканец, получив взамен соответствующий сертификат; эти сертификаты нередко можно увидеть вывешенными в домах и магазинах.

Беломраморная, крытая зеленой черепицей, мечеть издали кажется висящим над городом миражом.

Вблизи же поражают мастерски выполненная резьба по камню, многоцветие изразцов, кедровые элементы кровли — в ходе строительства были возрождены многие дремавшие в течение столетий ремесленные традиции.

При возведении просторных бань — хаммамов — использовалась древняя техника выполнения штукатурных работ под названием таделакт: устойчивая к влаге штукатурка получается смешиванием черного мыла, яичных желтков и гипса.

Традиции дополнены современными технологиями: крыша, перекрывающая огромный молельный зал, подвижная — в солнечную погоду верующие молятся под открытым небом, а в дождь крыша закрывается. 

 

          Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday   

Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday

Date: June 30, 2017

Many women achieve greatness, but few become “Immortal.” Assia Djebar was the first woman from the Maghreb to be given the "Immortal" title, as a member of the Académie Française.

Born Fatima-Zohra Imalayene on this date in 1936, the Algerian novelist, translator, and filmmaker used the pen name Assia Djebar. She was the first Algerian woman to be admitted to the country’s top literary university, the Ecole Normale Superieure. Djebar published her first book at 21; by the time she was 30, she had written 4 novels in French. She quickly became one of North Africa's most influential writers.

A feminist, Djebar wrote about women's independence and encouraged Algerian women to forge their own paths and find their unique voices. She believed that education was the key to giving women a voice in society, and in 1962 began teaching history at the University of Algiers. Her work inspired many women to express themselves freely.

Today’s Doodle reflects a scene from the first chapter of Djebar’s novel Fantasia, in which she explores the history of Algeria through her experiences as a young girl.  

Location: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates

Tags: Birthday, writer, novelist, Literature


          Mokoena jumps to bronze in ‘crazy’ Catalonia Open   

By Mark Etheridge Beijing Olympics silver medallist Khotso Mokoena picked up bronze in the long jump at the Catalonia Open meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday. One of only two South Africans in action, Mokoena rued windy conditions he rated as totally unsuitable for long jump. He leapt 7.53 behind Morocco’s Yahya Berrabah (7.75) and […]

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          World: Challenges and opportunities across NATO's South: Migration, trafficking, extremism, and instability, Volume 1 I Number 3 I Spring 2017   
Source: OPEN Perspectives Exchange Network (OPEN)
Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

Executive Summary

NATO and its partners, as a part of discussions related to the Alliance’s efforts to promote peace and security in its broader neighbourhood, have increasingly focused on NATOs’ “Southern Flank.” In the following report, the authors argue that this primarily military term is likely to be off-putting to many current or would-be NATO partners, such as foreign ministries, international organisations, and civilian stakeholders, hindering the goals of “projecting stability” and risking a near-exclusive focus on threats and risks. Furthermore, this report demonstrates how the term “Southern Flank” does not fully capture NATO’s challenges. For example, issues like trafficking and migration originate in far-flung areas including West Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia, which may not be part of the Southern Flank as current conceived by NATO. In suggesting the use of a less heavily value-laden and military-centric term like the “Greater South”, the authors point out that challenges emanating from the Greater South also present opportunities to Alliance states that may bolster NATO’s strategic objectives.

The following observations and findings are based on a review of the pertinent literature from academics, research institutions, governments, and various international organisations (IOs) and international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs). They also emerge in part from the authors’ combined twenty years of research experience working on and researching issues ranging from civil-military interaction to post-crisis stabilisation and humanitarian action in contexts as diverse as Afghanistan, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Lebanon, Somalia Syria and Yemen for governments, UN agencies, the World Bank, INGOs, NATO’s former Civil-Military Fusion Centre and others.

Challenges and Opportunities in NATO’s Greater South

Some of the most immediately pressing challenges emanating from the Greater South include migration and trafficking in drugs, guns, persons as well as conflict and violent extremism. These inter-related issues thrive amidst corruption and low state capacity, prevent economic growth, and facilitate instability and extremism. This report explores these challenges and demonstrates (i) their intersecting nature; (ii) how typical approaches to addressing these issues, including increased border control and military responses, can displace the challenge and plant the seeds of future instability elsewhere; and (iii) that the various challenges facing NATO may be reconceptualised as opportunities rather than purely as threats.

With regard to migration, in 2015, 1.2 million people applied for asylum in Europe, 66.2% of whom were male according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This may pose social stability challenges not only in assimilation and cultural differences relating to gender relations but also in the fact that most young, male migrants, many of whom are single, will be jobless for a year or two following arrival. However, with approximately 84% of incoming migrants under 34 years old, the host economy may ultimately benefit economically from migration. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), for instance, estimates annual output to increase by 0.1% in the EU and 0.3% in Germany by the end of 2017.


          Morocco's Renewable Push Spurs Promise of Jobs   
After spending the last several years working to expand its renewable energy industry, Morocco is now faced with the prospect of up to a half a million sector jobs by 2040.
          Unknown, foreign bidder sets $3B sights on Morocco's Only Oil Refiner   
An unnamed bidder has set its sights on Morocco's one and only oil refiner amid growing pressure from creditors, including the North African nation's own government.
          Morocco Continues Renewable Push with 100% Pledge   
Playing host to the COP22 talks in Marrakech this year, Morocco continued its green energy development push by joining in on a pledge to meet 100% of its domestic electricity needs with local renewable energy production as "rapidly as possible."
          U.S. Solar Panel Factory Adds to Morocco's Green Energy Foundation   
Adding to Morocco's renewable foundation, a U.S. solar panel manufacturer has announced plans for a $203 million production facility in the northern port city of Tangiers.
          Morocco, Portugal Team For Energy Development   
Two of the most assertive renewable development countries in their respective continents are teaming up to support further energy development in Africa.
          Election of the Executive Council of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission   

Member States of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO have elected the new members of the IOC Executive Council. The Executive Council consists of up to 40 Member States, including the six Member States represented by the Chairperson and the five Vice-Chairpersons.

The Executive Council meets every year to review issues and items from on-going work plans, and make preparations for the IOC Assembly, which is the principal organ of the Commission. Sessions of the IOC Assembly are held every two years to establish general policy and the main lines of work of the Commission, including the approval of the IOC Biennial Draft Programme and Budget.

Representation in the IOC Executive Council Electoral Group I can consist of up to 10 seats; Group II of up to 3 seats; Group III of up to 9 seats; Group IV of up to 9 seats; and Group V of up to 9 seats.

The results of the elections are as follows.

Chair

  • Professor Peter Haugan (Norway) Group I

Vice-Chairs

  • Dr Monika Breuch-Moritz (Germany) Group I
  • Dr Alexander Postnov (Russian Federation) Group II
  • Mr Ariel Hernan Troisi (Argentina) Group III
  • Dr Somkiat Khokiattiwong (Thailand) Group IV
  • Dr Ashley Johnson (South Africa) Group V

Seats on the Executive Council

  • Group I: Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey
  • Group II: Bulgaria1
  • Group III: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Grenada, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay
  • Group IV:2 Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Palau, Philippines, Republic of Korea
  • Group V: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Senegal, Tanzania

Each term lasts two years, corresponding to the interval between ordinary sessions of the Assembly. IOC Officers can serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

For more information, please contact:

Thorkild Aarup (t.aarup(at)unesco.org)

1 Bulgaria was the only candidate for Group II.
2 Pakistan withdrew its candidacy for a seat in Group IV.


          Watch on BBC World News: eight-part series based on UNESCO’s "General History of Africa" book collection   

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© BBC World News

Zeinab Badawi delves into the history of Africa for a brand new, eight-part series on BBC World News. The continent of Africa has a long, complex history, and its people built civilizations which rivalled those that existed anywhere else in the world. However, much of the continent’s history is not widely known, and what we are presented with often projects a distorted and partial picture. Sudan-born Zeinab travels to all four corners of Africa, interviewing African historians, archaeologists, and citizens whose accounts and stories paint a vivid picture of their continent's past and how it informs their present lives. It is a series that will inform, educate and entertain - Africa’s history told by Africans themselves.

 

Episodes

BBC World TV: Transmission dates (GMT)

   

1) Mother Africa

In the first episode Zeinab Badawi travels across the continent, examining the origins of humankind and how and why we evolved in Africa. During her journey Zeinab is granted rare access to the genuine bones of one of the most iconic discoveries in the field of palaeontology: Lucy in Ethiopia, or as she is known in Amharic ‘Dinkenesh' - which means 'you are marvellous’! Zeinab also spends time with a unique tribe in Tanzania, who provide insight into how we have lived, for most of our history, as hunter-gatherers. She also looks at what distinguishes us from the animal world and makes us human.

Sat 1st July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 2nd July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

2) Cattle, crops and Iron

Zeinab Badawi continues her journey through the history of human development, travelling to meet the Masai of East Africa where she explains how humans began to domesticate animals and become pastoralists; in Zimbabwe, Zeinab visits one lively farming family and examines how we became settled and began to live from farming. She also looks at how the Iron Age transformed life in Africa and paved the way for the development of rich urban civilisations.

Sat 8th July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 9th July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

3) Gift of the Nile

Zeinab Badawi’s quest to uncover the history of Africa takes her to Egypt, where she explores the most famous civilisation on the continent – the ancient Egyptians. Zeinab takes you beyond the usual coverage of the pharaohs and asks first who the ancient Egyptians actually were? What was their ethnicity? What made such a great civilisation possible? How did they order their society, and what were their values?

Sat 15th July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 16th July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

4) The Kingdom of Kush

In the fourth episode, Zeinab Badawi travels to the country of her birth and the very region of her forefathers: northern Sudan, where she sheds light on a little know aspect of ancient African history: the Kingdom of Kush. Its kings ruled for many hundreds of years and indeed in the eighth century BC, they conquered and governed Egypt for the best part of 100 years. Furthermore Kush was an African superpower, its influence extended to the modern day Middle East. Zeinab shows you some of the best preserved of Sudan’s s 1,000 pyramids and explains how some of the customs of Kush have endured to this day.

Sat 22nd July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 23rd July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

5) The Rise of Aksum

Zeinab Badawi travels to the little visited country of Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia, to chart the rise of the Kingdom of Aksum. Described as one of the four greatest civilisations of the ancient world, Zeinab examines archaeological remains in both countries dating from many hundreds of years before Christ. She explains how the Kings of Aksum grew rich and powerful from their control of the Red Sea trade and how they were one of the first civilisations that officially embraced Christianity in the 4th century. Also find out why the Queen of Sheba and the Sacred Ark of the Covenant are so critical to the story of Aksum.

Sat 29th July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 30th July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

6) Kings and Emirs

In the sixth episode, Zeinab Badawi focuses on the fall of the kingdom of Aksum, and how the Christian kings that followed in Aksum’s wake left powerful legacies, especially that of King Lalibela. He is credited with building a complex of rock-hewn churches, which represent amazing feats of engineering. She also charts the arrival of Islam in this part of Africa and how the Christian kings and Muslim emirs co-existed. In the most Muslim of Ethiopia’s cities Harar: she observes the bizarre, long standing tradition of the Hyena Men of Harar.

Sat 5th Aug: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 6th Aug 09:10, 21:10

 

   

7) North Africa

In the penultimate episode, Zeinab Badawi’s exploration of Africa’s rich history focuses on North Africa. She goes to Morocco to find out about the original inhabitants of the region - in particular the Berbers or Amazigh - the best known of the people of North Africa. Zeinab visits Carthage in Tunisia and explains who the Carthaginians were. She looks at the great Berber kings and how they managed to retain their influence when North Africa came under Roman rule. Zeinab shows you some of the most extensive and least visited Roman sites in Algeria.

Sat 12th Aug: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 13th Aug 09:10, 21:10

 

   

8) Pagans and God

In the final episode, Zeinab Badawi examines the role of religion in Africa. To this day tens of millions of Africans are pagans, who worship a pantheon of Gods and venerate their ancestors. And many more millions of Africans incorporate pagan customs into their monotheistic beliefs. Zeinab takes you through the stages of the arrival of monotheism in Africa: first Judaism , then early Christianity and then finally Islam. She charts the rise of the powerful Islamic dynasties of North Africa, that went on to conquer Spain.

Sat 19th Aug: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 20th Aug 09:10, 21:10

 

 


          Wittgenstein and the Comforts of Obscurity   
By Ibn Warraq (July 2017) Ludwig Wittgenstein, artist unknown A friend of mine, Professor Dominique Urvoy, a distinguished scholar and world authority on Islamic Philosophy and Averroes, was invited to a conference in Morocco a few years ago. At a coffee break, an Arab colleague rushed up to Urvoy and showed him several passages from the Koran (in Arabic, of course) which made no sense syntactically and semantically. Professor Urvoy agreed, whereupon, his Arab colleague exclaimed excitedly, this shows it is from God . more>>>...
          Rare Pieces, Reinvigorated Classics, New Works and More Set for Arcola Theatre's 2017 Grimeborn Opera Festival   

See opera differently at Grimeborn. 'East London's ... irreverent and influential festival of new opera' (Time Out) is back for its 11th year with 14 exciting productions at the Arcola Theatre.

Rarely-performed pieces. Reinvigorated classics. Brand new works from some of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming artists and companies.

Tickets range from £7 to £22. Whether it's your first or your latest opera experience, you'll be right at home at Grimeborn 2017.

Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said: "I'm thrilled to announce Arcola's new season, which features the eleventh edition of our Grimeborn Opera Festival.

"Later in the year, Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose comes to Arcola for the first time with a major new English version of Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN."

"This is an exciting time at Arcola. Having just retained our place in Arts Council England's National Portfolio, we are able to produce more new works from raw talent, reimagined classics and ambitious plays from thrilling contemporary voices. I look forward to welcoming you to Arcola again soon."


FULL LISTINGS:

Studio 1

25 July - 29 July 2017
Leoe&Hyde present
The Marriage of Kim K

Music: Stephen Hyde
Words: Leo Mercer
Direction: Stephen Hyde

The Kim Kardashian musical
The Mozart opera
At the same time

In 2011, Kim Kardashian televised her fairytale wedding to NBA basketball star Kris Humphries. 72 days later she filed for divorce.

In this brisk, clever and ambitious take on Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, the iconic Kardashian flop takes centre stage with another marriage on the brink: Mozart's explosive Count and Countess.

Three squabbling couples. Three styles of music. One big problem. Combining pop, electronic and classical music, this bitingly satirical romp is a heartfelt reminder of the power of love in tense times.

Cast: Yasemin Gulumser, James Edge, Nathan Bellis, Emily Burnett, Stephen Hyde, Amelia Gabriel
Lighting Design: Alexander Newton

Tuesday-Saturday at 7.30pm
Tickets £12-£22
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com
@marriageofkimk

31 July - 4 August 2017
The Opera Company and The Asyla Ensemble present
The Cunning Little Vixen

Music & Words: Leos Janacek
Direction: Guido Martin-Brandis

Once upon a time, deep in the woods, a man caught a vixen...

When a forester brings home a baby fox, he doesn't quite realise what he's let himself in for. Discover The Cunning Little Vixen, the story of a young Vixen growing up in the parallel worlds of the animals and the humans.

One of the twentieth century's most beautiful operas, Janá?ek's masterpiece is a humorous, profound, and life-affirming meditation on the wonder of nature, and a celebration of its eternal renewal.

This innovative production brings the animal world to life with dance, masks and puppetry. Sung in English with a brand new chamber arrangement, the superb cast features some of the UK's most talented young artists.

Cast: Alison Rose, Beth Margaret-Taylor, Camilla Farrant, Tim Langston, Oliver Gibbs, Ashley Mercer
Design: Alexander McPherson

Monday - Friday at 7.30pm
Tickets £12-£22
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com

2 August 2017
Pop Up Opera presents
Une Education Manquée

Music: Emmanuel Chabrier
Words: Eugène Leterrier and Albert Vanloo
Direction: Isabelle Kettle
Musical Direction: William Cole

After a sold-out performance at Wilderness Festival 2016, Pop Up Opera present Emmanuel Chabrier's rarely-performed Une Éducation Manquée for one night only.

Set in the time of Louis XVI, Une Éducation Manquée is a deliciously madcap and witty 45-minute French operetta. It is the tale of two teenaged newly-wed aristocrats, flummoxed by the expectations of their wedding night and by what it means to be husband and wife. Follow the would-be "lovers" through useless adult advice and discover the only combination that can truly bring them together: thunder, hormones, and a loose nightgown.

Cast: Susanna Fairbairn, Christine Buras, Oskar McCarthy

Wednesday 2 August at 7.30pm
Tickets £14-£17
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com
@PopupOperaUK

5 August - 6 August 2017
Basement Orchestra presents
Porgy & Bess

Music: George Gershwin
Words: DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Arrangements: Knut Olv Ryngestad, Guy Jones and Tom Mawby
Musical Director: Guy Jones

Singers: Talia Cohen, Masimba Ushe

'Summertime / And the livin' is easy.....'

Porgy and Bess contains some of the most iconic music of the twentieth century, but there is much more to this work than easy livin' and cotton growing high.

The composer George Gershwin sought to do justice to African American music in this maverick creation, but over the years, controversy and accusations of racial stereotyping have dogged his 'folk opera'.

For their latest outing to Grimeborn, Basement Orchestra contront Gershwin's masterpiece, telling the story with key details and extracts, performed with live singers and dazzling musicianship.

Saturday - Sunday at 7.30pm
Tickets £12-£17
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com
@Basement_London

8 August - 12 August 2017
Ensemble OrQuesta presents
Armide

Music: Jean-Baptiste Lully
Words: Philippe Quinault
Direction: Marcio da Silva

All's unfair in love and war

Armide is the original warrior princess: a powerful sorceress who can have her pick of any man. But when she falls for her nemesis, the throes of battle become the throes of passion. Will she pick love, or vengeance?

Armide is a thrilling tale of desire, betrayal and magic. Ensemble OrQuesta brings this 1686 classic from the crusades into the present, with artistic director Márcio da Silva and an ensemble of talented young soloists.

Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
Tickets £12-£22
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com

13 August 2017
Arcola Theatre Creative Engagement presents
V

Music: Jen Waghorn
Words: Bec Martin-Williams and Jen Waghorn
Direction: Bec Martin-Williams

Performed by young people aged 14-25

'I am all the daughters of my father's house, and all the brothers too.'

V wants to escape. Their past, their grief, their life. Everyone else wants to label them. If you don't belong in a box, where do you belong?

Inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night , V is a devised musical by young people aged 14-25 from Arcola's award-winning Creative Engagement department.

Sunday 13 August at 4pm & 8pm
Tickets £9 (£7 concessions)
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com

16 - 26 August 2017
Arcola Theatre presents
Samson and Delilah

Music: Camille Saint-Saëns
Words: Ferdinand Lemaire
Direction: Aylin Bozok

Samson, leader of the Israelites, is a man of superhuman strength. Against the Philistines he seems invincible. With Delilah, his Philistine lover, he is openly infatuated.

The source of Samson's power is a secret - but when Delilah decides to root it out, her discovery threatens to change the course of history forever.

Director Aylin Bozok won the WhatsOnStage Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her production of Pelléas et Mélisande at Grimeborn 2013. Now, following hit shows at Bury Court and Opera Holland Park, she returns to Arcola with a bold new take on Camille Saint-Saëns' extraordinary biblical epic.

Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
Tickets £12-£22
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com

29 August - 2 September 2017
Richard Williamson and CliMar Productions present
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

Music & Words: Stephen Dolginoff
Direction: Guy Retallack
Design: James Turner
Lighting Design: Richard Williamson
Sound Design: Peter Russell

Cast: Harry Downes , Alex Spinney

The Lindbergh Kidnapping. O.J. Simpson. The Great Train Robbery. Many events have been dubbed the crime of the twentieth century, but few surpass the menace of the 'Thrill Killers', Leopold and Loeb.

In Chicago, 1924, two college kids sign a contract in blood. Nietzsche-obsessed Loeb has a serious superiority complex - he's a 'Superman', above the constraints of good and evil. Leopold is a loner and a willing accomplice, craving his partner's time, attention and conditional love. Can they perpetrate the perfect crime?

This multi-award-winning, five-star production returns to London for five performances at Grimeborn, complete with the original UK creative team.

Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
Tickets £12-£22
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com

Studio 2

1 August - 3 August 2017
Opera Alegria presents
The Silken Ladder & The Husband at the Door

Music: Offenbach and Rossini
Words: Lindsay Bramley
Direction: Benjamin Newhouse-Smith

Cast (The Silken Ladder): Jodie Kearns, Alicia Gurney, Robert Jenkins, Alistair Sutherland
Cast (The Husband at the Door): Naomi Kilby, Jodie Kearns, Christopher Killerby, Ian Massa-Harris, Alistair Sutherland, Christopher Faulkner

Mistaken identities, mismatched lovers, narrow escapes and unexpected undergarments.... Opera Alegria bring them all to Grimeborn for their new double bill of Rossini's The Silken Ladder and Offenbach's A Husband at the Door.

Director Benjamin Newhouse-Smith sets both works in the same room, but eighty years apart, with new contemporary translations from Lindsay Bramley.

Tuesday - Thursday 8pm
Tickets £14-£17
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com
@OperaAlegria

4 August - 5 August 2017
Shadwell Opera present
Diary Of One Who Disappeared

Music: Leos Janacek
Words: Ozef Kalda
Direction: Jack Furness
Design: Jack Furness

Cast: Angharad Lyddon, Sam Furness
Pianist: Matthew Fletcher

Herald Angel award-winners Shadwell Opera come to Grimeborn for the first time with a staging of Janacek's dramatic song-cycle, Diary of One Who Disappeared.

Internationally-recognised rising star Sam Furness stars in this tale of a young farmer who falls in love with a 'gypsy girl', and faces an ensuing crisis of identity and indecision.

Updated in Jack Furness' staging as the video-diary of an asylum centre worker, this enigmatic tale of cross-cultural love is rendered more fascinating and pertinent than ever.

Shadwell Opera have a growing reputation as one of the country's leading opera voices, offering performances of dramatic intensity and musical excellence at venues expected and unexpected across the capital. This production marks Sam and Jack Furness's first collaboration in six years, alongside pianist Matthew Fletcher and mezzo-soprano Angharad Lyddon.

Friday - Saturday 8pm
Tickets £12-£15
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com
@shadwellopera

6 August 2017
Melanie Gall Presents, in association with Arcola Creative Engagement present
Opera Mouse

Music: Mozart, Bizet, Puccini
Words: Melanie Gall
Direction: Erik deWaal

Tilly Mouse lives under an opera house, and she just loves to sing! But whenever anyone sees her, they scream and run away. With determination, imagination and help from her friends, Tilly proves that even a mouse can be a star.

Opera Mouse has been performed in venues all around the world, ranging from a theatre in Canada, an orphanage in Morocco, a school in Sudan and a shopping mall in Algeria.

Now it comes to Grimeborn for one day only. Don't miss this Sunday morning spectacular for children and adults alike.

Sunday 11 am
Tickets £8.50
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com
@Melaniegallpresents

17 August - 19 August 2017
Spectra Ensemble presents
Collision

Music: Lewis Coenen-Rowe
Words: Kurt Schwitters
Direction: Cecilia Stinton
Design: Holly Muir
Lighting Design: John Pham

Cast: Barnaby Beer, Olivia Sjöberg, Henry George Page, Juliet Wallace, Bathany Horak-Hallett

A strange Green Globe is on course to collide with Earth, and panic is rife on the streets of Berlin. Citizens flee from the TV station to the church - until finally, at the airport, they await the final curtain...

Part absurdist science-fiction, part sultry cabaret, Collision is the first and only opera work from avant-garde artist Kurt Schwitters. Conceived in 1928 as a Dada-esque piece combining hyperactive farce and nihilistic satire, it was never produced in his lifetime.

Now, 90 years on, Spectra Ensemble recreates Collision as a fully-staged comic opera, set to new cabaret and jazz influenced music by Lewis Coenen-Rowe, and with a design inspired by Schwitters' own brand of collage art.

Thursday - Saturday 8pm
Tickets £14-£17
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com
@SpectraEns

21 - 22 August 2017
Helios Collective presents
Il Letto (The Bed)

Music: Giacomo Puccini
Words: Christopher Hogg
Direction: Ella Marchment
Design: Jefferson Miranda

Cast: Emma Walsh, Raphaela Papadakis, Noah Mosley

For Puccini, the creation of an opera was a love affair. Many of his heroines had strong links to the women in his life: from Corinna, the young prostitute whom he loved while writing Madama Butterfly, to Doria, the maid who committed suicide in his house while he was developing La Fanciulla del West.

In this revealing new 'plaria' (play with music), Helios Collective explore Puccini's real and imagined worlds, his extraordinary music and his tumultuous infidelities.

Told by Puccini's wife Elvira Bonturi, it is a tale about the destructive tensions between real life and opera, heroines and muses.

Monday - Tuesday 8pm
Tickets £17 (£14 concessions)
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com

24 August - 26 August 2017
irrational theatre presents
Fun at the Festival
A fusion of comic opera and fresh new writing

Music: Arthur Sullivan, Gian-Carlo Menotti
Words: F C Burnand, G.C Menotti, J Norland
Direction: Paula Chitty

Following Leoncavallo's Pagliacci at last year's Grimeborn, irrational theatre return with an innovative and quirky fusion of comic opera and new writing.

A wedding proposal seems to be getting hindered by the constant interruption of phonecalls in The Telephone (L'amour a Trois) by Gian Carlo Menotti. In Sullivan's Cox and Box, two men unknowingly share the same room until they discover their landlord's trick. The two operas are matched with a new comic play, Cycle, about a neighbourly dispute over a bicycle.

A real treat for opera and new writing lovers, these three little gems make for a playful and fun-filled evening at the festival.

The Telephone
Music & Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
Arrangement with Chester Music trading as G. Schirmer on behalf of G. Schirmer Inc
Cast: Samantha Green, Ben Sebastian Charlesworth, Katy Bingham Best

Cox and Box
Libretto by F. C Burnand
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Cast: Sebastian Charlesworth, Joseph O'Gorman, Roger Mullis

Cycle
By Joanna Norland
Cast: Joseph O'Gorman, Samantha Green, Katy Bingham Best, Kieran Cummins

Thursday - Saturday 8pm
Tickets £17-£20
Public booking opens Thursday 6 July, 12.30pm at www.arcolatheatre.com
@irrationalandme


Arcola Theatre is one of London's leading off-West End theatres. Locally engaged and internationally minded, Arcola stages a diverse programme of plays, operas and musicals. World-class productions from major artists appear alongside cutting-edge work from the most exciting emerging companies. Arcola delivers one of London's most extensive community engagement programmes, creating over 5000 opportunities every year. By providing research and development space to diverse artists, Arcola champions theatre that's more engaging and representative. Its pioneering environmental initiatives are internationally renowned, and aim to make Arcola the world's first carbon-neutral theatre.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday 6 July. Priority Booking is now open to all Arcola Theatre Supporters. Memberships start from £50. For more information about memberships or to join at any level, call the Individual Giving & Development Team on 0207 503 1645 or email supportus@arcolatheatre.com. Contact the Box Office at 0207 503 1646 (12.30pm - 6pm) or go online at www.arcolatheatre.com.


          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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          Origin of Homo Sapiens is at least 300,000 years ago based on new fossils instead of 200,000 years   
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          Katchie Nzama’s #BreakingBorders Journey Takes Her to Morocco   
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          July 4th event by Muslims for America and Center for Pluralism   
PRESS RELEASE

Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916
President, Center for Pluralism, Washington, D.C.,
email: Mike@Centerforpluralism.com
Web: http://www.Centerforpluraism.com

July 4th event by Muslims for America and Center for Pluralism

Washington, D.C., Jun 30, 2017 - The Center for Pluralism and its Board of Directors have every reason to be jubilant.  Each successive year, they see the vision of the Founding Fathers coming to life, where every American is treated with dignity and respect.  

Mike Ghouse, President of the Center said, “We are not a perfect union yet, but a perfect union we will be, as we can continue our efforts to be an inclusive society. The Fourth of July should not simply come and go; we must make it a remarkable day. It should be a great happening to augment National Integration, where Americans of all faiths, or no faith, races, ethnicities, nationalities, political, sexual and other orientations come together to celebrate the oneness of our nation. “

This year the Muslim contributions to America are highlighted.  Each one of the Board Members is excited. Dr. Karen Hollie-Thibodeuax, Fatima Argun, Sam Madden, Dana Lankford-Russell and the supporting team members OS Modgil and Ali Azhar Fateh have provided extensive support.  The encouragement and long term support for Pluralism came from Ambassador Sada Cumber, Mr. Farooq Wazir Ali and Professor Emeritus Dr. Harbans Lal who are genuinely committed to a cohesive America.






Muslims have been contributors towards the wellbeing of the United States of America from the very beginning; the declaration of independence on July 4th, 1776.  Morocco’s Sultan Muhammad III was the first world leader to recognize the sovereignty of the United States followed by Nederland’s Johannes de Graaf and Tipu Sultan of Mysore (India).  The legend has it that Tipu Sultan had fire crackers going up in Sriranga Patna, his Capital cheering America’s independence. He faced the same enemy that the United States had faced: Lord Cornwallis.



JOIN THE CELEBRATIONS

What: July 4th Celebrations
Time: 2-4 PM
Where: Farragut Square, Washington, D.C. (right across from the Farragut West Metro) 912 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

FIRST 2 OF 3 LEADERS WHO RECOGNIZED OUR SOVEREIGNTY WERE MUSLIMS

American Muslims uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in the U.S. constitution. Their faith reinforces the creed of "One Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all."

“The more integrated we are, the safer it is for every one of the 322 million Americans to feel and live safely.” Mike Ghouse concluded.


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          Marrakesh   

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          Excursion   

Автор: oparysh
Категория: Другие страны Африки
Описание: It was a nice excursion to Tiznit (silver city), Fishman village, Little desert Sahara, and, of course, berber dinner..in berber house. Agadir, Morocco. 28/07/2016.
          Bird's Park   

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Категория: Другие страны Африки
Описание: Park of the bird in the center of Agadir, Morocco. July 2016.
          Agadir, Morocco   

Автор: oparysh
Категория: Другие страны Африки
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          Professor Eric Calderwood wins NEH Fellowship (2016-2017)   
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In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of TaginaeByzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of DorylaeumCrusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. They were Augustinian monks. Others from their monastery had recanted. These refused.  1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in London. 1690, Glorious RevolutionBattle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was tortured and beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in AbbevilleFrance. It sounds excessive, but he was a protestant. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg began. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War IFirst day on the Somme: On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army were killed and 40,000 wounded. 1921, the Communist Party of China was founded. 1922, the Great Railroad Strike of 1922 began in the United States. 1923, the Canadian Parliament suspended all Chinese immigration. 1931, United Airlines began service (as Boeing Air Transport). 1932, Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was formed. 1935, Regina, Saskatchewan police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police ambushed strikers participating in the On-to-Ottawa Trek.

In 1942, World War IIFirst Battle of El Alamein. Also 1942, the Australian Federal Government became the sole collector of income tax in Australia as State Income Tax was abolished. 1943, Tokyo City merged with Tokyo Prefecture and was dissolved. Since this date, no city in Japan has the name "Tokyo" (present-day Tokyo is not officially a city). 1947, the Philippine Air Force was established. 1948, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-i-Azam) inaugurated Pakistan's central bank, the State Bank of Pakistan. 1949, the merger of two princely states of India, Cochin and Travancore, into the state of Thiru-Kochi (later re-organized as Kerala) in the Indian Union ended more than 1,000 years of princely rule by the Cochin Royal Family. 1957, the International Geophysical Year began. 1958, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation linked television broadcasting across Canada via microwave. Also 1958, flooding of Canada's St. Lawrence Seaway began. 1959, the Party of the African Federation held its constitutive conference. Also 1959, specific values for the international yardavoirdupois pound and derived units (e.g. inch, mile and ounce) were adopted after agreement between the U.S.A., the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.

In 1960, independence of Somalia. Also 1960, Ghana became a Republic and Kwame Nkrumah became its first President as Queen Elizabeth II ceased to be its Head of state. 1962, independence of Rwanda. Also 1962, independence of Burundi. 1963, ZIP codes were introduced for United States mail. Also 1963, the British Government admitted that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent. 1966, the first color television transmission in Canada took place from Toronto. 1967, the European Community was formally created out of a merger with the Common Market, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the European Atomic Energy Commission. Also 1967, Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867, which officially made Canada its own federal dominion. 1968, the United States Central Intelligence Agency's Phoenix Program was officially established. Also 1968, the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty was signed in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow by sixty-two countries. Also 1968, formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL–CIO in the United States. 1970, President General Yahya Khan abolished One-Unit of West Pakistan restoring the provinces. 1972, the first Gay Pride march in England took place. 1976, Portugal granted autonomy to Madeira. 1978, the Northern Territory in Australia was granted Self-Government. 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman.

In 1980, "O Canada" officially became the national anthem of Canada. 1981, the Wonderland murders occurred in the early morning hours in Los Angeles, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash. 1983, a North Korean Ilyushin Il-62M jet en route to Conakry Airport in Guinea crashed into the Fouta Djallon mountains in Guinea-Bissau, killing all 23 people on board. 1984, the PG-13 rating was introduced by the MPAA. 1987, the American radio station WFAN in New York, New York was launched as the world's first all-sports radio station. 1990, German reunificationEast Germany accepted the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany. 1991, the Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague. 1997, China resumed sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. 1999, the Scottish Parliament was officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers were officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

In 2002, the International Criminal Court was established to prosecute individuals for genocidecrimes against humanitywar crimes, and the crime of aggression. Also 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collided in mid-air over Überlingen, southern Germany, killing all 71 on board. 2003, over 500,000 people protested against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong. 2004, Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini–Huygens began at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC. 2006, the first operation of Qinghai–Tibet Railway in China. 2007, the Concert for Diana was held at the new Wembley Stadium in London and broadcast in 140 countries. Also 2007, smoking in England was banned in all public indoor spaces. 2008, Rioting erupted in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections. 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. Also 2013, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) began its operative peacekeeping mandate in Mali. Also 2013, Neptune's moon S/2004 N 1 was discovered.

I am very good and don't deserve the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.


Here is a video I made Waltzing Matilda

I was asked to do a Banjo Patterson Poem. I thought I had done this, but I hadn't. This was made so as to tell the story, rather than sing the song.
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"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's most widely known bush ballad. A country folk song, the song has been referred to as "the unofficial national anthem of Australia"
http://conservativeweasel.blogspot.com/2011/12/waltzing-matilda.html

Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabongs,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree;
And he sang as he looked at the old billy boiling
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Up came the jumbuck to drink at the waterhole,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee;
And he sang as he put him away in his tucker-bag,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Up came the squatter a-riding his thoroughbred;
Up came the policeman - one, two, and three.
"Whose is the jumbuck you've got in the tucker-bag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with we."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Up sprang the swagman and jumped into the waterhole,
Drowning himself by the Coolibah tree;
And his voice can be heard as it sings in the billabongs,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Written 1895, first published as sheet music 1903.



=== from 2016 ===
 The political despatch of Boris Johnson, who had led the successful Brexit campaign, was as surprising as the success of the campaign. The Notting Hill set have eaten their own. David Cameron finally fell, having never managed to appear strongly conservative. But his stable mate of Gove had sided with Johnson as the face of Brexit, and then ripped support away from Johnson and denounced Johnson as being too identifiably the face of Brexit, and unable to unite the conservative party. In fairness, Gove could not unite the party either. Gove has ambition and ability, as does Theresa May. There are echoes of the Metherell affair in NSW when two friends, Terry Metherell and Nick Greiner ran afoul of political perfection and Greiner was subsequently unfairly forced to resign as Premier of NSW. One incompetent independent of the time who unfairly attacked Greiner was Tony Windsor. Windsor is still trying to hurt good conservative candidates. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.  
=== from 2015 ===
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation came into being on this day in 1932. It is a bureaucratic mess. But it isn't the worst mess on this day. In 1766, a young French nobleman, Jean-François de la Barre who was tortured and beheaded before his body was burned on a pyre. Also burned, pinned to his body, was a work of Voltaire. The crime the twenty year old man committed was said to be failing to bow to a religious procession, but the unpleasant truth is that he was a protestant in a catholic land. The ABC was created in the hope that the left leaning press in Australia would be balanced by state body which reported facts, not bias. The reality is that the ABC has never been balanced. 

Greece has defaulted on her IMF loan. Soon she will vote to approve or deny the imposition of austerity. But she has already done so, and her government ran on the lie that Greece didn't need austerity. Now the EU has a choice, but it isn't really a choice. Greece needs to be booted from the EU as a lesson in humility. It should never be the case that a nation employs people without paying them. The civilised world abhors slavery. 
From 2014
Today is an extraordinary day. The birthday of Semmelweis (1818) whose work as a physician gave rise to the legal term "Clean Hands". Or Dorothea Mackellar (1885) who beautifully described Australia in poetry. But for all the amazing wonderful things about today that I could point to, my mind is drawn to the infamous act of cowardice and butchery in which the three bodies of children of Israel were unearthed following their abduction. There is a cowardly dismissal of Middle East events involving Israel by those who do not know or care, that there is blood on both sides. But that is not the case. There is no analog for what Israel does that excuses this murder. It is inexcusable, and those who are responsible need to be brought to justice, and those who excuse should be discredited. 

Three boys went to a religious function and were on their way home when they were abducted. They were not warriors. Targeting them was an act of terror. One boy had been able to use his phone to let people know he had been abducted. That call was the last anyone heard him alive. It is not too hard to follow the mindset of the terrorists, but remarkably, one mother of one suspect has claimed she is proud of her son for doing it. I want religious authorities of the perpetrators to denounce the activity. If that mum has excused the activity, I want her discredited. Saddam Hussein had paid money to family of suicide bombers. If her people are serious about wanting peace, perhaps they will meet similar justice as was applied to Saddam. 

One imagines the terrorists alerted to the phone call told the boys that they would have to die and not merely be hostages because of it. They probably did their best to torture the boys, and blame them, before killing them. But the boys had done nothing wrong. Earlier this year, Obama had forced Israel to release terrorists who had killed, from jail for peace. No peace has been forthcoming from those terrorist supporters. One of the boys was a US citizen .. someone Obama has sworn an oath to protect and serve. But instead, the US President has paid US money to support a terrorist administration. Maybe Hamas will deny the activity, they have not yet, instead accusing Israel of overstating the crime. The UN cannot endorse this crime, and if they fail to act on it, they need to be dismantled. 

Three boys kidnapped, tortured and murdered by terrorists. Who dares support that? 

The incident is not isolated in Middle East terrorist history. The second intifada, which began after Bill Clinton embarrassed Arafat over a Monica Special cigar transformed a lynching of two Israeli security detail who had been illegally lured and detained by so called Palestinian authorities. This incident is on a par. A crime against humanity linked by successive Democrat party US Presidents. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegianceto Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of TaginaeByzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of DorylaeumCrusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. 1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbeyin London. 1690, Glorious RevolutionBattle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was torturedand beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in AbbevilleFrance. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburgbegan. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War IFirst day on the Somme: On the first day of the Ba
          Wittgenstein and the Comforts of Obscurity   
By Ibn Warraq (July 2017) Ludwig Wittgenstein, artist unknown A friend of mine, Professor Dominique Urvoy, a distinguished scholar and world authority on Islamic Philosophy and Averroes, was invited to a conference in Morocco a few years ago. At a coffee break, an Arab colleague rushed up to Urvoy and showed him several passages from the Koran (in Arabic, of course) which made no sense syntactically and semantically. Professor Urvoy agreed, whereupon, his Arab colleague exclaimed excitedly, this shows it is from God . more>>>...
             
Egypt Foreign Minister Meets With African Counterparts on Sidelines of AU Preparatory Meetings
Ahram Online
Friday 30 Jun 2017

Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry met on Friday with his counterparts from Morocco, Nigeria, and Algeriaon the sidelines of the preparatory meetings for the annual African Union summit set to be held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on 3-4 July.

Shoukry congratulated Moroccan FM Nasser Bourita for his country's renewed membership in the African Union, stressing that Egypt is keen on coordinating with Morocco on regional issues of common interest, according to Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abo Zeid.

Bourita expressed his country's interest in consolidating bilateral relations with Egypt on all levels, as well as arranging a visit by the Moroccan king to Egypt to discuss cooperation in fields including agriculture and renewable energy, as well as cooperation in accordance with the Aghadir agreement.

The Aghadir agreement, a free trade deal between Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, was signed in the Moroccan city of Rabat in 2004 andwent into force in 2007.

Shoukry and Bourita also discussed the Libyan civil conflict as well as ways to develop multilateral African relations.

Shoukry also met with Algerian foreign minister Adel-Kader Mesahel, where they discussed the outcomes of the latest Nile Basin summit held earlier this month in Uganda.

The Algerian and the Egyptian ministers also discussed cooperation within the framework of the African Union, such as the initiative for the structural reform of the AU, as well as the Libyan civil conflict and the cutting of ties between Qatar and several Arab countries.

Shoukry also met with Nigerian foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama, saying he looks forward to his visit to Nigeria in August to develop bilateral relations, especially in combating terrorism.

The Egyptian and Nigerian ministers also discussed the topics on the African Union's meeting agenda, such as supporting peacekeeping forces on the African continent, with Oneama stressing the importance of having mechanisms of consultation among African countries.

The 29th African Union Heads of State Summit will be held under the slogan “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth,” with member nations sharing their experiences in empowering young people and preparing them for the future, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry.

The headquarters of the African Union is located in Addis Ababa.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/271803.aspx

             
Ethiopia Ready to Host 29th African Union Heads of States Summit
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban   26/06 - 06:00
AfricaNews.com

The Ethiopian government says it is ready to host the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

Leaders from across the presidents are expected to fly into the country for the two-day summit as Addis Ababa hosts the highest decision making organ of the AU.

A joint press conference by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Addis Ababa city authorities disclosed that all the necessary facilities needed for the summit and also security preparations have been completed.

Under the theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth,” the Summit is expected to take place between 3rd – 4th July 2017 at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa.

It will be the first Summit to be chaired by new AU president, Alpha Conde, the Guinean leader was elected earlier this year to replace Idriss Deby Itno of Chad.

At the 28th AU Summit held in January this year, A new Chairperson for the African Union Commission (AUC) in the person of Chadian, Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected, the other major highlight was the readmission of Morocco to the continental bloc after over three decades out.

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          UK dealer charged in US over multimillion-dollar fake Bitcoin site scam   

Renwick Haddow created ‘trendy’ companies and duped investors into thinking they were big successes, authorities in New York allege

US authorities on Friday charged a British businessman with securities fraud, accusing him of deceiving investors over what turned out to be a fake trading platform for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleged “the clandestine” Renwick Haddow, a UK citizen living in New York, diverted funds invested in a phoney Bitcoin site as well as from a flexible workspace firm Bar Works into accounts in Mauritius and Morocco, totalling $5m.

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          ON SALE: Pierre Hardy - Alpha Multi Yellow & Silver Metallic Leather Crossbody Clutch   

Alpha Multi Yellow & Silver Metallic Leather Crossbody Clutch crafted in floral brocade print leather with metallic trim, takes a trip to Morocco in a refined structured design with a skater vibe that goes from free grab-n-go clutch to crossbody with the switch of a strap. Featuring belted front slot pocket, flap top with hidden magnetic snap, single top handle, back slip pocket, detachable strap, internal slip pocket with logo mirror, leather lining and metal hardware. Signature dust bag included.
          Fisherman, Essaouira   

A fisherman prepares his fish for sale at the port of Essaouira, Morocco.

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          Hackers attacked 4 Florida school districts, allegedly hoped to hack voting systems   

We’ve heard a lot about Russians attackers attempting to hack the US election, but another hacking group also allegedly wanted to interfere with the election; they attempted to pivot from compromised school districts to state voting systems.

The Miami Herald reported that MoRo, a group of hackers based in Morocco, penetrated “at least four Florida school district networks” and purportedly searched for a way “to slip into other sensitive government systems, including state voting systems.”

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          Kasbah Telouet in Telouet, Morocco   

Kasbah as can be seen from afar

Although most visitors to the Moroccan Sahara visit the World Heritage Site of Aїt Benhaddou, those looking for a kasbah that’s secluded, off the beaten path, and filled with fascinating history should look no further than Kasbah Telouet, a crumbling yet beautiful village steeped in lavishness, traitorship, and the struggle for Moroccan independence.

In the makhzen, the pre-1957 feudal system of Morocco, a Sultan ruled the country, while a group of Pashas, the equivalent of dukes, instated local control by imposing taxes and keeping order. One of the most powerful Pashas of 20th Century Morocco was Thami El Glaoui, the "Lord of the Atlas." The El Glaoui family had close ties to the Sultan and had presided over Kasbah Telouet since its construction 1860, and from 1912 to 1956, Thami ruled as the Pasha of Marrakech.

Thami El Glaoui can be easily referred to as the Great Gatsby of Morocco. The El Glaoui family dominated the olive, saffron, and salt trades due to Kasbah Telouet’s optimal placement on the caravan trails, making Thami one of Morocco's richest men. El Glaoui wielded immense political, cultural, and economic clout and was known for throwing ostentatious parties at the kasbah.

But by the mid-20th century, El Glaoui took his political influence one step too far. As the Moroccan independence movement was gaining popularity, El Glaoui teamed up with the French colonialists to oust the current Sultan, Mohammed V, and place Ben Arafa, a Moroccan sympathetic to the French, in power. This served El Glaoui well until 1955, when Mohammed V returned from exile in Madagascar and declared independence for Morocco.

With Mohammed V in charge once again, El Glaoui was declared a traitor and lost all of his political leverage, and Kasbah Telouet has been left to crumble ever since. The El Glaoui family charges an entry fee of 10 Dinah ($1) to the rare visitor in order to preserve the Moorish architecture, ornate windows, painted ceilings, and narrow corridors of the kasbah from decay. Although much of its original beauty is destroyed, the kasbah’s decrepit state has made it the perfect hidden gem for the few the venture out to experience it.


          OBG CFE 33: World's Fair 1893   

Issac and Stephanie return to form as they discuss some recent Kickstarters.

Following that, they bring on Randy Hoyt and Alex Kevern to talk about World's Fair 1893 and retheming games

Lastly, they look at the following Kickstarters of interest:

 

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          Unusual Berber trouble in Moroocco. Al Qaeda suspected. Jacques Neriah, @JerusalemCenter @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres.   
06-29-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Unusual Berber trouble in Moroocco. Al Qaeda suspected. Jacques Neriah, @JerusalemCenter @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres. Domestic tensions in Morocco are brewing; unrest and protests have been noted in the northern part of the Kingdom, and the regime is unable to control the situation and calm the passions. In many ways, events in Morocco since late October are a reminder of those that preceded the ousting of the Tunisian President Zein El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 and launched the “Arab Spring.” The surface calm in Morocco was broken by a harrowing incident on October 28, 2016, in the northern town of Al-Hoceima on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast. The police threw Mouhcine Fikri’s whole fish catch into the bin of a waste truck. The fishmonger tried to save his catch and jumped into the waste bin. He was crushed to death by the grinder. Protests began in the coastal town of Al-Hoceima but very quickly spread to other northern cities such as Nador and even in Morocco’s main cities – Rabat, Casablanca, and Tangier. According to Moroccan authorities, more than 1,600 Moroccans have joined the ranks of the jihadists in Syria, Libya, and Iraq, and 200 to 240 out of that number have returned either to Morocco or European countries. The Kingdom has embarked on a special religious education program aimed at neutralizing all extremist interpretations of the Koran. King Mohammad VI instructed the ministry of education to remove from schoolbooks all references to jihad. The Moroccan press reported that King Mohammed VI decided not to attend the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting in Monrovia on June 4, 2017, because he was reluctant to meet Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu who had been invited by the President of Liberia to address the forum. King Mohammed, it was reported, thought he would be the only speaker at the gathering. However, that is a very dubious explanation for the king’s absence especially since Morocco has been very active during the past year lobbying to regain its position in the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and never missed a forum to recruit African members to support its candidacy. The fact is that the domestic tensions in Morocco are brewing; unrest and protests have been noted in the northern part of the Kingdom, and the regime is unable to control the situation and calm down the passions. In many ways, events in Morocco since late October are a reminder of those that preceded the ousting of the Tunisian President Zein El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. On December 17, 2010, the police of a small, forgotten, and deprived town called Sidi Bouzid in southern Tunisia confiscated the scales of a 26 years-old street vendor, Mohammad Bouazizi, under the false claim he had infringed upon the law by illegally selling vegetables at a mobile stand. In truth, Bouazizi had refused to pay a bribe to the police. Adding insult to injury, it was reported that a policewoman hit him in the face and insulted his deceased father. In the aftermath, Bouazizi was banned from the provincial government building to file a complaint. Outraged by his public humiliation, Bouazizi poured kerosene on himself and set himself ablaze in front of the governor’s house.1 This was the beginning of what was then named “the Arab Spring.” The wave of popular protest ultimately led to the demise of the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia and his escape to Saudi Arabia. The protest wave did not spare other regimes such as Libya, Egypt, Syria, and others. In some countries, the wave transformed into a tsunami and brought down well-established regimes such as Egypt’s Mubarak, Libya’s Qaddafi while in others it became a prelude to civil wars in Syria and Iraq. The shockwave was felt in all Arab countries. Still, most of them survived at the price of ceding power to the opposition and i...
          MERVEILLE, Cesar/CSR feat MALIK - Kosmos EP (Cosmo Morocco) 12"   
Title: Kosmos EP
Artist: MERVEILLE, Cesar/CSR feat MALIK
Label: Cosmo Morocco
Format: 12"

Track listing:
MP3 Sample - Kosmos
MP3 Sample - Kosmos (Burnt Friedman remix)
MP3 Sample - Tales Of Africa
MP3 Sample - Tales Of Africa (Breaky take)

          Morocco Signs Low-Carbon Transition Agreement With International Energy Agency   

The Kingdom of Morocco has this week signed a three-year Joint Programme of Work with the International Energy Agency to help the country in its transition to a low-carbon economy, focusing on energy security, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. 

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          Four More Surveys Join the MICS4 Programme   
Iraq, Sudan, Morocco, and Kazakhstan are now confirmed to conduct surveys as part of the MICS4 programme. All of these surveys are at present scheduled to start data collection in 2010.

The addition of these surveys brings the total number to 24.
          Comment on Decoding the Insanity of Driving in Morocco by Helen   
I love the way you describe your vacation. After reading this I want to go to Morocco too. You drag me into your story. It's so fun to hear someone's opinion about Morocco, because I never thought of going to Morocco. Maybe because I always thought that it was just a dessert and some memorials. But after reading this.. I changed my mind. There is actually a lot more to do! :)
          Comment on Decoding the Insanity of Driving in Morocco by Tony   
Only just come across this while researching some statistics about Morocco's road safety. We took a grand taxi from Sidi Kacem to Fes last year, a mere six passengers crammed into the old Mercedes, and I do believe our driver covered the sixty miles, including the suburbs of both cities, in under sixty minutes. I would probably drive my own vehicle there next time. This article had me laughing. Love it!
          06/30 Links Pt2: Phillips: Denial: the Labour Party's antisemitism; Glick: Who cares about Jewish unity?   
From Ian:

Melanie Phillips: Denial: the Labour Party's antisemitism
David Hirsh’s must-see video, Whitewashed: Antisemitism in the Labour Party (which you can view below) starts with a truly shocking clip of Jeremy Corbyn speaking. Having referred to the profoundly anti-Jewish, murderous terrorist organisations Hezbollah and Hamas as his “friends”, he says (of either or both): “The idea that an organisation that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about long term peace and social justice, and political justice, in the whole region should be labelled a terrorist organisation by the British government is a big, big historical mistake”.
Hirsh’s film not only highlights examples of the antisemitism in the Labour party, but observes the appalling way in which Jews who draw attention to this are dismissed as “lying for Israel”. It states what so many on the left deny: that while in theory it is possible to be anti-Zionist but not anti-Jew, in practice the distinction is meaningless.
As one speaker observes, the Labour Party cannot call itself an anti-racist party if it denies the existence of left-wing antisemitism. Through interviews with Jewish people whose evidence to Baroness Chakrabarti’s vacuous “inquiry” into the issue was ignored, it shows how a report that was supposed to point to solutions to anti-Jewish attitudes in the party ended up as just another manifestation of the problem.

Former Senator Joseph Lieberman Speaks To The Daily Wire About The Left’s Anti-Semitism Problem
On Friday, The Daily Wire spoke with former Democratic vice presidential candidate and former Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman about the rising tide of anti-Semitism on the Left. Acknowledging the political divisions within the Democratic party itself following a contentious primary election battle between the centrist wing of the party, represented by Hillary Clinton, and the left-wing of the party, represented by Bernie Sanders, Lieberman suggested that the anti-Semitism on the Left is inherently intertwined with controversies surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“There are areas where there is a rising opposition [to Israel] but it’s not based on reality,” said Lieberman following a panel discussion in Paris about Iran’s expansionist policies.
But to Lieberman, this anti-Israel sentiment remains confined to the political fringes.
“I think America remains, by every public opinion poll I’ve seen, very pro-Israel,” he said.
When asked directly about the Bernie Sanders movement, and its disturbingly anti-Israel sentiments, Lieberman said he was hopeful about the future of the Democratic party’s relationship with Israel, however, it was impossible to deny that “an element” within the party had moved away from the American political establishment’s traditional bipartisan support for the Jewish State.
“I’m concerned about that,” said the former vice presidential candidate. “When I became active in politics the Democratic party [during the Kennedy era]” was very supportive of Israel.
But things have changed, noted Lieberman.
Caroline Glick: Who cares about Jewish unity?
But what was Netanyahu’s alternative? If the American Jewish community flies off the handle and declares war against the government, threatening to blackball the elected leaders of the Jewish state when they adopt measures that while impolite have little substantive effect on their positions, then why should Israel take their views into account? If everything that the government does is terrible, then dialogue is reduced to recrimination. Sitting with progressive Jewish leaders from America means being subjected to a lecture about how terrible Israel is by people who do not live here and are not interested in having a serious discussion about what is actually on the table.
The fact that they are not interested in having that sort of discussion, and that they have no interest in making Israel their home, is demonstrated by their indifference to the real implications of the draft conversion law. Leaders truly invested in the future of both their communities and of their communities’ ties with Israel would be appalled by the retention of monopoly control over conversions by rabbinic authorities who refuse to recognize the difference between children of intermarriage and non-Jews with no relation to Judaism and the Jewish people.
They would insist that religious-Zionist rabbis be reinstated in the state rabbinate, and work avidly to ensure that conversions once approved cannot be overturned.
The real problem here is that while everyone involved speaks of the need for Jewish unity, no one involved in the conversation seems to be motivated to work toward that goal.
Jewish unity isn’t achieved by mutual recrimination.
And it isn’t achieved by one-upmanship. It is achieved through compromise based on mutual respect and love for fellow Jews. Absent that, nothing good will come from negotiations or laws or agreements. Absent that, nothing good will come at all.



Russia yet to grapple with past crimes, says Knesset speaker, an ex-refusenik
Russia has not engaged in soul-searching about its dark past, Knesset speaker and former refusenik Yuli Edelstein said Thursday, expressing concern over local admiration for the murderous Soviet-era dictator Josef Stalin.
During Edelstein’s three-day official visit to Moscow this week — marking 30 years since his release from Siberian labor camps for the crime of teaching Hebrew — there was no explicit acknowledgment in his high-level meetings of his past personal suffering, he said.
There were, however, some private conversations, including at a courthouse, where local officials expressed sympathy and admiration for his experiences, and a historic speech he delivered in the Russian parliament that provided powerful closure. Ultimately, he said, he didn’t need an apology, and felt he had “won.”
“I don’t think there is soul-searching here. This is one of the problems, because — and this is something that must be said — the ideology of that period is still considered legitimate in this country.” That, Edelstein continued, is exemplified by the active communist political party, and the fact that “recently, you hear voices talking about the need to recognize Stalin as a great leader.”
Wrapping up his trip, Edelstein spoke three days after the annual Levada independent poll showed that Stalin, who is considered the architect of millions of deaths, remains the most popular figure among Russians, ahead of President Vladimir Putin.
'Churches may not sell land to Jews or Zionists'
Islamic Christian Council member and former Gaza Latin Church head Manuel Musallam blamed churches in Judea and Samaria for helping the "Israeli occupation."
In an interview with Hamas newspaper Palestin, Musallem said that there is a large number of unsupervised churches in the Palestinian Authority, and that there is no information on why they were founded.
Before the establishment of the State of Israel, European countries and the Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, as well as other Christian denominations, purchased land in many parts of the country.
After Arutz Sheva exposed a deal in which the Greek Orthodox Church signed 140 year leases basically selling large portions of its land in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Talbieh and Rehavia to the "Nayot" company owned by the Ben David family, Musallam said that selling even one grain of the Church's dirt given to the "Israeli occupation" is "a severe betrayal of the Palestinian nation and of all the Christians in Palestine." (h/t Elder of Lobby)
UK pro-Palestinian event to go ahead despite fears of terrorist links
A pro-Palestine event due to be held in London will go ahead, despite government threats to ban it over alleged links to terror group Hamas.
The Palestine Expo is expected to draw around 10,000 people to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEII) in London, on the weekend of 8 and 9 July.
Earlier in the week, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid wrote a letter to organisers, Friends of Al Aqsa, to express concerns over their links to terror groups.
He is quoted in the Guardian as citing “concerns that your organisation and those connected with it have expressed public support for a proscribed organisation, namely Hamas, and that you have supported events at which Hamas and Hizballah – also proscribed – have been praised”.
Speaking to Jewish News on Tuesday, Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “We have worked with the QEII Centre to carry out checks following concerns raised about the Palestine Expo 2017. Following these checks, we have agreed the event can take place as planned.”
The event is billed as “the biggest social, cultural and entertainment event on Palestine to ever take place in Europe”, and will feature speakers including anti-Zionist Israeli-born speakers Ilan Pappe and Miko Peled, journalists Ben White and Peter Oborne, and controversial former National Union of Students president Malia Bouattia.
Jewish Londoners need their mayor to do his job
‘Will you, Mr. Mayor, look after the interests of the Jewish population of London and write to the home secretary to ask for the clarification of the rules on what is a banned organization?” That is the very simple request that I made of London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, at our meeting last week.
When terrorist flags are being flown openly in your city and antisemitic slogans are being shouted from street corners – as they were during the recent al-Quds Day march in London – any mayor worth his salt should want to do something about it. Whilst freedom of speech is precious, nobody should have to feel intimidated walking around their own city, or put up with racist abuse being hurled at particular groups.
The problem here is that British law is unclear about whether the Hezbollah flag is legal or not – due to a bizarre distinction between the “military” and “political” wings of this terrorist group. Therefore, police were unable to arrest people who openly displayed what is generally agreed to be a terrorist flag.
So I asked our mayor to do something very straightforward, which was to take this up with the government so that this issue can be clarified. This would be helpful to the police – of which the mayor is in charge – in doing their job to protect Londoners and keep public order. And the protection of Londoners is an important part of the mayor’s job description.
Complaint filed against Al-Quds Day speaker
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) has filed a hate speech complaint with the Toronto police against a speaker at this year’s Al-Quds Day rally at Queen’s Park.
In his speech at the June 24 event, Maulana Syed Mohammad Zaki Baqri of the Council of Islamic Guidance and the Al Mahdi Centre said, in English and Arabic, that, “Israel, Zionism, should and must know … it is the law that whoever oppresses, he has to be eliminated. One day or the other,” the FSWC alleges in its complaint.
The organization has provided police with a video of the statements.
In a letter to Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, the FSWC alleges that Baqri’s speech violates Sections 318 and 319 of the Criminal Code, “Advocating Genocide and Public Incitement of Hatred.”
Violations of both sections can lead to imprisonment, the FSWC pointed out in a press release.
“Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is disheartened by the vilification of Jewish Canadians and Israel on Toronto’s streets,” the group’s statement said.
The annual Al-Quds Day march and rally in Toronto made its way from Queen’s Park to the American consulate. Members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) organized a counter-protest directly across from the consulate.
Al Quds Day - Toronto - 2017 - Maulana Syed Mohammad Zaki Baqri


Jewish Student Leadership Calls SJP ‘Hate Group’ After It Supports ‘Dyke March’ Expulsion of LGBTQ Zionists
The leadership of pro-Israel student groups in Illinois and Ohio both called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) a “hate group” after two chapters of the notorious organization supported the expulsion of LGBTQ Zionists from a Chicago pride march last weekend.
Elan Karoll, president of the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign’s (UIUC) IlliniPAC, and Sophia Witt, who recently stepped down as president of Students Supporting Israel (SSI) at Ohio’s Kent State University, spoke with The Algemeiner on Thursday after the SJP groups at their respective colleges applauded the Dyke March’s ejection of two Jewish women who came to the event holding pride flags with Stars of David on them. March organizers said the symbol made Palestinians feel “threatened.”
A couple of hours after IlliniPAC issued a statement on Facebook condemning the Dyke March organizers’ decision, SJP UIUC wrote on social media, “IlliniPAC cannot claim to respect the rights of all races, religions, nationalities, sexualities, and genders while supporting an occupation that systematically targets people of an entire ethnicity by denying them their lands, safety, and dignity.”
SJP UIUC also insisted that it was “committed to the liberation of all oppressed people.” It later added that “groups with an agenda have falsely accused [march organizers] of being motivated by antisemitism.”
Karoll said that SJP’s endorsement of the Dyke March has erased any doubt of the anti-Israel group’s true motives.
EXCLUSIVE - Gay Porn Kingpin Compares Anti-Israel ‘Dyke March’ Organizers to Nazis
The Chicago Dyke March’s decision to boot three women carrying Jewish pride flags from their event last weekend was “deeply ignorant” and “ridiculous,” Michael Lucas, a gay pornographic film actor and director, told Breitbart Jerusalem in an interview.
Lucas is founder and CEO of Lucas Entertainment, New York’s largest gay adult film company and one of the biggest gay porn production companies in the world.
He compared the Dyke March’s actions to anti-Semitic policies carried out by Nazi Germany.
“One of the first things the Nazis did was claim that Jews were a threat, and exclude them from participating in public events and gatherings,” Lucas stated. “Eventually they required Jews to wear the Star of David on their clothing, the ultimate symbol of the persecution of the Jews.”
“And now these women say the Star of David is a ‘trigger,’ is threatening to them? These are deeply ignorant people who are turning history on its head.”
Lucas criticized the lack of significant response on the matter from major LGBT organizations. “What happened in Chicago was despicable, and it certainly does not represent the thinking of all LGBT people, who should be outraged by this hateful moment. All gay organizations talk about diversity and inclusion, so where are the condemnations now from those groups?”
International artists shun exhibition in northern Israel
The third Mediterranean Biennale in the northern Arab town of Sakhnin opened Thursday evening, but missing were several works whose creators asked to have them removed from the exhibition because it is taking place in Israel.
The exhibition, which is also being shown in the nearby Arab and Jewish towns of Misgav, Arrabeh and Deir Hanna until December 15, features works by 60 artists from 25 countries, including some who hail from Arab nations that have no diplomatic relations with Israel, such as Kuwait, Morocco, Algeria and Lebanon.
The artists who asked to have their works removed are of Algerian, Moroccan and Lebanese descent, though they currently reside in France and England. Some said they hadn’t been informed that their pieces were to be shown in Israel.
According to a spokesperson for the Mediterranean Biennale, the works in question are part of the collection of the FRAC Museum in Marseilles, which has been working with the Biennale for the past year and a half.
In adherence with the standard operating protocol, the museum forwarded the Biennale’s loan request to its art committee, which agreed to lend the works from the collection. The Biennale was required to pay a standard fee for the loan.
But the artists didn’t learn their works would be appearing in Israel until earlier this week, and several said they wouldn’t cooperate with an Israeli institution due to their support of the Palestinian cause.
BBC Blasted for Claiming the Holocaust is “Sensitive” for Muslims Because of Israel
The BBC has come under fire for publishing a news article on Wednesday stating that “The Holocaust is a sensitive topic for many Muslims because Jewish survivors settled in British-mandate Palestine, on land which later became the State of Israel.”
The British Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), a volunteer-led charity dedicated to exposing and countering anti-Semitism through education and law-enforcement, demanded on its website that the BBC “immediately and unequivocally apologise” for the line.
“The Holocaust is indeed a sensitive topic for many reasons, not least because six million Jews were systematically massacred. It should not be a sensitive topic to Muslims, or anybody else, because of the foundation of the State of Israel,” CAA stated. “Zionism, the movement to create the modern State of Israel began decades before the Holocaust, and had the country existed at the time of the Holocaust, millions of innocent Jewish civilians may have lived.”
CAA claimed that the line published by the BBC was anti-Semitic in nature: “For the BBC to lend credence to the notion that it is legitimate to be ‘sensitive’ about the Holocaust because of the existence of the State of Israel invokes antisemitic notions that the existence of the State of Israel is in some way racist, and it is offensive to tar ‘many Muslims’ in this way.”
The line appeared in a BBC News article about German Muslim schoolgirls who went to visit concentration camps in Poland and suffered racist abuse from locals. The BBC has since removed the controversial statement.
BBC Continues to Whitewash Hamas, Human Shields and War Crimes in Gaza
The program closes with Bowen opining that Hamas — the terror organization whose activities and abuses he has downplayed throughout the whole report — should be party to negotiations.
Until matters change in Gaza there will be more wars between Hamas and Israel. Change means a new attempt at peace with the participation and consent of all sides. Right now, there is no chance of that happening.
Perhaps one of the more disturbing points emerging from this series of programs by the BBC’s Middle East editor is the fact that the passage of time has done nothing to alter Bowen’s opinions and analysis.
Having publicly claimed that he did not come across human shields in the few days that he was in Gaza in the summer of 2014, three years later Bowen cannot accommodate the ample evidence that shows otherwise. Having promoted his own pseudo-legal interpretations of the Law of Armed Combat in his 2014 reporting from Gaza, he is incapable of subsequently adjusting that view in line with the facts.
That, of course, is what happens when the agenda takes precedence over the actual story.
Expert in Nazi Propaganda Omits James Wall’s Affiliation With Neo-Nazi Publication in Wikipedia Article
It is almost impossible that a historian would miss this controversy (even after a quick Google search), and no responsible historian would omit it from an article, but Bytwerk did. After the controversy broke, National Vanguard, a neo-Nazi publication came to Wall’s defense, as did Veterans Today, another racist publication affiliated with Veterans News Now. (No links.)
What makes Bytwerk’s omission even more astounding is that he is an expert on Nazi propaganda and is the curator of Calvin College’s online archive of German Propaganda. Veterans News Now, where Wall served as associate editor, traffics in many of the antisemitic tropes that the Nazis used and would be familiar to Professor Bytwerk.
Did Randall Bytwerk not know about the controversy surrounding James M. Wall’s affiliation with Veterans News Now and his unwholesome enmity toward Israel and its supporters which manifested itself as his career progressed and came into full bloom in his retirement?
How could he miss it?
In any event, CAMERA supporters can be glad because Wikipedia can be edited by its readers. It may take some effort, but the information about James M. Wall’s transformation from a respected mainline Protestant journalist into a purveyor of hate can be inserted into the Wikipedia article by anyone with a computer and a modem.
It is a sad subject, but the fact is, James M. Wall tarnished his legacy all by himself and no encyclopedia article about his life can legitimately ignore the issue.
Why does the BBC describe the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack as ‘suspected’?
Similar conclusions were reached by additional parties including the US, Turkey and the UK as well as Human Rights Watch – an NGO usually considered by the BBC to be an impeccable source.
Is it possible that the BBC is not aware of those reports and hence is still describing the attack as “suspected” and amplifying Assad’s propaganda on the topic? That possibility is ruled out by the fact that included in the related reading at the bottom of this article is a link to a BBC report from April 26th titled “Syria chemical ‘attack’: What we know” that informs readers of the results of the investigations carried out by the OPCW, Turkey and France.
And yet despite that, visitors to the BBC News website still find plenty of content relating to that story which is presented using language and punctuation which suggests to audiences that there is reason to doubt whether an attack took place, what type of weapon was used and who carried it out.
This is of course far from the only case of false balance in BBC reporting that obstructs audience understanding of a story. The BBC News website, for example, still carries a report amplifying inaccurate Hamas claims concerning a 2014 incident in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza despite the fact that the circumstances have been repeatedly clarified over the last three years. The practice of promoting false balance clearly hampers the BBC’s purpose of providing the public with accurate and impartial reporting that enables understanding of global issues.
Social media to blame for growing antisemitism, German president says
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier denounced growing antisemitism in his country on Wednesday, German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine reported.
Speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Augsburg synagogue, the president noted that while most Germans stand against antisemitism, a growing trend of anti-Jewish hatred is being spread on social media, in part due to some Muslim immigrant groups.
"Social media often propagates the spread of hate messages and antisemitic provocation," he said, noting the trend is growing across Europe.
Despite this, however, Steinmeier noted that, in comparison to France, Germany's Jews are staying put, rather than immigrating to Israel. He affirmed his hope that Germany "can once again be the home of which the Jews were robbed."
Germany gears up to fine social networks for Holocaust denial
German lawmakers are poised to pass a bill designed to enforce the country’s existing limits on free speech — including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial — in social networks. Critics including tech giants and human rights campaigners say the legislation could have drastic consequences for free speech online.
The proposed measure would fine social networking sites up to 50 million euros ($56 million) if they fail to swiftly remove illegal content, including defamatory “fake news.”
It’s scheduled for a vote in parliament Friday, the last session before summer recess and September’s national election, and is widely expected to pass.
The U.N.’s independent expert on freedom of speech, David Kaye, warned the German government earlier this month that the criteria for removing material were “vague and ambiguous,” adding that the prospect of hefty fines could prompt social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to delete questionable content without waiting for a court to rule it’s unlawful.
Thieves exhume Holocaust victims from Crimean killing trench
Police in Russia-annexed Crimea are investigating the desecration of a mass grave of Holocaust victims near the city of Simferopol.
The investigation opened Tuesday following the unauthorized exhumations performed last week at the site of a firing trench where Nazis and their collaborators killed hundreds of Jews, the Russian TASS news agency reported. Russia annexed the territory from Ukraine in 2014.
“A local resident saw at night strangers digging and immediately informed us,” Anatoly Gendin, head of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Crimea, told the news agency. His organization also complained to police about the dig, which he said was likely the work of robbers looking for precious items.
The incident, the second case of its kind in five years in Crimea, came amid preparations for enclosing known burial sites with concrete.
“There is a preliminary decision of the Crimea State Committee and Jewish community organizations on setting up concrete enclosures and establish there a surveillance system,” Grigory Ioffe, a deputy speaker of the parliament of Crimea, one of Russia’s semi-autonomous regions, told TASS.
The Germans captured Simferopol in November 1941 when it had approximately 12,000 Jews, including many Krymchaks — a nearly extinct ethnic group of Jews of Turkmen descent who had lived in Crimea for many centuries before the Holocaust.
Top Catholic cleric in Palermo honored for returning ancient synagogue land to Jews
“This is the first step on a long path,” Archbishop of Palermo Corrado Lorefice said Thursday upon receiving the Raoul Wallenberg Medal for having transferred to the Jewish community a churchowned facility built atop the ruins of the Great Synagogue of Palermo.
Addressing the audience at a celebratory event at his residence, Lorefice was moved to tears as a he delivered a heartfelt speech.
“This is the first step on long path that we are called to together, to reach God on the day when all the people will be together in paradise,” he said.
He described the medal as “a sign of friendship that warms my heart, and warms the heart of all the Christians of Palermo, and particularly this archdiocese.”
Technion, Hong Kong VC Launch $200 Million Fund for Israeli Startups
Students, professors and alumni of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology now have a new way to finance their cutting-edge projects: a $200 million venture capital fund focused on creating companies out of the research conducted at the Haifa-based university.
The new fund is a joint venture between the Technion Research & Development Foundation (TRDF) and UG Capital Management (UGC), a fund management company based in Hong Kong.
The management team for the joint venture will be based in both Israel and Hong Kong. It includes Jonathan Mitchell, CY Lau and Thomas Lau of UGI, and Eddy Shalev, Dr. Eyal Kishon and Gary Gannot, the founders of the Genesis venture capital fund, who are joining the new Technion group.
“The Technion has been increasing its commercialization activities in recent years and we have already noted many successes in this field, including more than doubling the number of startup companies set up at the Technion through the new Technion DRIVE Accelerator,” said Prof. Wayne D. Kaplan, executive vice president for research and director general of TRDF.
UGI’s Jonathan Mitchell praised the new venture and team as a kind of “alchemy.”
A Gas Pipeline Connecting Israel to Italy Could Change the Near East
Since January of last year, Greece, Israel, and Cyprus have been working to create a pipeline that could transport natural gas to Europe from the reserves in Israeli coastal waters; Italy joined the negotiations two months ago. If this initiative, which is technically difficult and expensive to implement, does not pan out, Israel will be forced to choose between the less desirable options of cooperating with either Egypt or Turkey. George Tzogopoulos writes:
Turkey will not be considered a reliable partner by Israel for as long as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dominates the political sphere, despite the rapprochement achieved last summer. Israel also has reservations vis-à-vis Egypt: the growing Russian role in Egypt’s energy sector cannot be ignored.
If the EastMed project, [as the proposal is being called], develops, it will certainly improve Israel’s relationship with the EU. Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete has said construction of this pipeline would contribute to the reduction of Europe’s dependency on Russian energy, a potential result also viewed with favor by the U.S.
The traditional division among EU member states regarding their view of Moscow can work in EastMed’s favor. While Germany is looking favorably toward the Nord Stream 2 [pipeline], which will complement Nord Stream 1 in the transporting of Russian gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea, the EU might well emphasize energy security instead and push (with the support of the U.S.) for the realization of EastMed.
New Israeli Diagnostic System Enables Customized Antibiotic Treatments
A diagnostic system developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology enables rapid and accurate customization of the antibiotic to the patient. The system makes for faster diagnostics, earlier and more effective treatment of infectious bacteria, and improved patient recovery times. The findings were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Antibiotics are one of the most effective ways to treat bacterial infections. However, the widespread use of antibiotics accelerates the development of bacterial strains that are resistant to specific antibiotics. In 2014, infections with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) claimed the lives of more than 700,000 people worldwide, in addition to a cumulative expenditure of $35 billion a year in the US alone.
For patients with threatening infections, urgent treatment is required for their health. According to established estimates, for every hour that effective antibiotic treatment is delayed, survival rates drop by ~7.6% for patients with septic shock. Therefore, in order not to leave the patient without adequate protection while awaiting the results, many doctors will prescribe an antibiotic with a broad spectrum of activity in large doses. This phenomenon facilitates the emergence of AMR and also affects the microbiota - the population of "good bacteria" found in the human body that protects it.
Tom Jones brings his brand of old school charm to Tel Aviv
Sir Tom Jones, in his performance in Tel Aviv, proved to the audience that despite being 77 and gray-haired for several years now, he is still a successful singer who has the endurance to hold a crowd captive for a 90-minute show. Jones is still able to hit the standard of professionalism he’s set for himself for the past five decades.
The consummate performer showed up on time, without delay. He began with a big bow to the huge crowd that greeted him at Tel Aviv’s Menorah Mivtachim Arena. He earned brownie points with the crowd after mentioning that he visited Jerusalem for the first time and enjoyed his visit to the Holy City very much.
He began to sing his songs when the audience joined him in applause, with the third song earning him a standing ovation.
The legendary singer did not forget to mention Leonard Cohen, who recently passed away, and performed one of his songs.
In the middle of the performance, he sang to the audience “Yiddishe Maman” followed by his big hit “Delilah.” With the audience’s average age leaning towards an older crowd, most in attendance were able to follow along easily with these old classics . With his booming voice, which may not even need a microphone at all, and his hips, which were constantly in motion, he made sure the audience got their money’s worth.
'Ariel University's medical school reflects our universal mission'
The cornerstone laying ceremony for Ariel University's new School of Medicine and Health Sciences, named after Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, was held on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Adelsons, who donated $5 million to the project, saying, "You are not only great friends, you are great patriots of the Jewish people and the Jewish state."
Netanyahu said the school reflects Israel's values.
"We will live with our universal mission to provide medical care and relief, but we will simultaneously continue fighting terrorism and lead the global efforts to counter terrorism," he said. "The School of Medicine and Health Sciences will leave a lasting imprint and will serve as a hub for true excellence, and attract great doctors and the sharpest minds. It will train generations of students to come."
Education Minister Naftali Bennett lauded the establishment of a medical school in Ariel. Like Netanyahu, he also thanked the Adelsons.
IsraellyCool: Philip Noel-Baker: I Was Converted to Zionism By Emir Faisal And Lawrence of Arabia
Another absolute pearl from part one of Pillar of Fire (which I posted here): Listen to former British politician and diplomat Philip Noel-Baker explaining how he was converted to Zionism.


Look, but don’t touch: Moscow’s Schneerson Collection goes online
In 1922, a few years before he fled the Soviet Union, the sixth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson petitioned the Russian government to return 35 crates of books they had seized years earlier.
The books had been passed down to his father, Rabbi Shalom DovBer Schneerson, by his grandfather and had belonged collectively to generations of Lubavitch Hasidim going back to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady, who began the collection in the 18th century.
There was an illustrated haggadah, published in 1712 in Amsterdam, its pages stained by wine that was spilled at Passover seders hundreds of years ago. There was a book printed in 1552 in Venice, not long after the printing press was invented, with a handwritten inscription in cursive Hebrew reminiscent of Arabic. There was a Torah from 1631, with comments in Latin, written in pencil by Christian scholars who had studied the Jewish holy book.
The Soviet government did not return the books, and for almost a century they remained on the shelves of the Lenin public library in Moscow. But this month the Russian State Library will finish scanning and putting online the more than 4,500 books in the Schneerson Collection, making them accessible to everyone in the world at the click of a mouse.
“We have about 10 to 20 books left to scan. They’ll be on the site in a month,” said Svetlana Khvostova, the Russian State Library employee in charge of the Schneerson Collection at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.



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          Comment on Morocco: a Champion for advanced Energy and Climate Policy by juliajefferson   
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          International Paper Acquires Europac's Tangier, Morocco Packaging Facility for EUR 40 Million   

The Tangier facility allows IP to further integrate its Kenitra mill as well as realize supply chain and converting synergies with the company's other box plants in Morocco. June 29, 2017 - International Paper announced yesterday that it signed an agreement to acquire Europac's Tangier box plant for 40 million Euros.


          ‘Healthy Living for Summer’: Cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients   
Galia Sotomayor/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Fresh produce, organic ingredients, and seasonal fruits and vegetables are all elements that contribute to a nutritious meal. For the first episode of ABC News’ “Healthy Living for Summer” series, ABC spent an afternoon cooking with Chef Yasmina Ksikes. Ksikes, 41, is a chef with Cozymeal in Los Angeles, and has been cooking since she was 6 years old. Ksikes grew up in Morocco and said her favorite place to spend time as a child was in the kitchen. “We went to the market almost every day before school,” Ksikes said. “We’d shop for everything seasonal, that’s the only way we ate growing up.” Quick tips Shop at a farmers’ market when you can Don’t shop in bulk to keep your food fresh The longer fruits and veggies sit in a fridge, the more they lose nutritional value Pickling and fermenting can be a good option to save food instead of wasting it Try to plan your menu in advance Be adventurous with herbs Use...
          DHS Will Get Rid Of Laptop Ban, Replace It With 'Enhanced Screening' Measures   

The Department of Homeland Security announced enhanced security measures for commercial air travel to the United States on Wednesday. The new policies will replace the electronics ban instituted in March on flights from certain airports.

Every single flight, on both domestic and foreign airlines, coming into the U.S. from more than 280 airports around the world will be subject to new passenger screening and security measures, both in planes and airports, DHS Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday during a news conference. Laptops and other devices larger than cell phones will be allowed back on those flights if airlines follow the new rules.

DHS wouldn't reveal the details of these measures for security reasons, but did hint that there would be more security dogs at airports.

The new policies will be implemented in phases, DHS said, and will affect 180 airlines in 105 countries ― and about 2,000 flights and 325,000 passengers per day.

Some of the measures have already been tested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Boston's Logan International Airport will be the next test site, according to DHS.

Once airlines have implemented these new requirements, the current ban on electronics will be removed. Yet if an airline fails to comply with the new rules, DHS will subject it to "additional security restrictions," including an electronics ban in the cabin and cargo areas.

Individual carriers are expected to communicate any changes in protocol to their passengers, DHS added.

A TSA officer checks a traveler's bag at a screening location at Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah.

Commercial flights remain a major target for terrorists, DHS said. Terror groups have developed innovative methods for hiding explosives in electronic devices and for hijacking planes.

The U.S. electronics ban that's been in effect since March targeted 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The ban applied to nine foreign airlines.Immediately following the U.S. announcement, the U.K. government imposed its own ban, which affected both foreign and domestic carriers.

"There's been repeated [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] and Islamic State attempts to build explosives into electronic devices," Clinton Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, told HuffPost in March. "The threats date to a foiled 2009 plot to fill a printer cartridge with explosives."

"Our enemies are adaptive and we have to be adaptive as well," Kelly said Wednesday. "We are taking prudent steps to to make aircraft more secure, to reduce insider threats and to identify suspicious passengers."

This story has been updated with comment from John Kelly.


          【最新發行/搶先聽】 Sto limani tou Pirea   
【專輯】 Sto limani tou Pirea
【藝人】 Stratos Pagioumtzis
【音樂類型】 世界音樂
【發行日期】 2011-07-18
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1. I psariani (Morocco) | 03:38
2. San Pethano ti tha poune | 03:22
3. To haro ton antamosan | 03:18
4. Kapela kataramene | 02:53
5. Ola edo tha minoune | 03:02
6. Periplanomenos | 03:16
7. Ftohia | 03:13
8. Zoula se mia varka mpika | 02:48
9. To limani tou Pirea | 02:51
10. Xanarhizo ta palia mou | 03:07
11. To sakkaki | 03:18
12. Enas enas fevgi | 02:55
13. Mou fagan to portofoli | 02:54
14. O zitianos | 03:02
15. Ta nea tis Alexandras | 02:53
16. O pasatempos | 02:33
17. I kakavia | 02:53
18. Olympiacos | 03:15

          EN REBAJAS: Pierre Hardy - Alpha Multi Yellow & Silver Metallic Leather Crossbody Clutch   

Alpha Multi Yellow & Silver Metallic Leather Crossbody Clutch crafted in floral brocade print leather with metallic trim, takes a trip to Morocco in a refined structured design with a skater vibe that goes from free grab-n-go clutch to crossbody with the switch of a strap. Featuring belted front slot pocket, flap top with hidden magnetic snap, single top handle, back slip pocket, detachable strap, internal slip pocket with logo mirror, leather lining and metal hardware. Signature dust bag included.
          Henry Raines Show 03/21/10 Hour 2   
Story links: The Petraeus briefing: Biden's embarrassment is not the whole ... Mar 14, 2010 www.mideast.foreignpolicy.com/.../the_petraeus_briefing_biden_s_embarrassment _is_not_the_whole_story - , Final destination Iran?, http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/world-news/final-destination-iran-1.1013151 Guest: Ambassador Edward Peck served as the U.S. Chief of Mission to Iraq in the 1980s and has also served diplomatic functions in Morocco , Algeria , Tunisia , Egypt and Mauritania . In Washington , DC he was the Deputy Director of the Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism at the White House under President Reagan. Since retiring, Ambassador Peck has served as Executive Secretary of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Chairman of Political Tradecraft Programs at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center , and as a lecturer and consultant to businesses, governments and the media in the U.S. and overseas. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and a Distinguished Visitor at the National War College . Known for his clear delivery and touch of humor, Ambassador Peck brings an insiders view and a critical eye to tensions in the Middle East , steeped in decades of governmental experience. A former paratrooper, he holds a B.S. from UCLA and an MBA from George Washington University . In November 2008, with Eugene Bird, he led a delegation of former US diplomats and American citizens on a 16-day tour of the Middle East to meet with Arab political and religious leaders to discuss the future of American-Arab relations in light of Obama’s upcoming presidency. They traveled to Lebanon , Syria , Jordan , Israel , The West Bank, and Egypt , but were denied entrance to Gaza . This tour was part of an ongoing Council for the National Interest Foundation program to increase Public Diplomacy to the region Http://www.cnifoundation.org/. He discusses U.S. policy and Arab politics in the Middle East; covert intelligence; understanding terrorism; how to use diplomacy even in the conflict between Palestine and Israel; significance of Iraq election and whether or not Democracy can thrive in the region, how and when we can bring our troops home; consequences for Israel's announcement to build new settlements in East Jerusalem.
          Facebook's Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men but Not Black Children From Hate Speech   

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Facebook Developer Conference in San Jose, California, April 18, 2017. (Photo: Anthony Quintano)Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Facebook Developer Conference in San Jose, California, April 18, 2017. (Photo: Anthony Quintano)

In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a US congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of "radicalized" Muslims. "Hunt them, identify them, and kill them," declared US Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican. "Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all."

Higgins' plea for violent revenge went untouched by Facebook workers who scour the social network deleting offensive speech.

But a May posting on Facebook by Boston poet and Black Lives Matter activist Didi Delgado drew a different response.

"All white people are racist. Start from this reference point, or you've already failed," Delgado wrote. The post was removed and her Facebook account was disabled for seven days.

A trove of internal documents reviewed by ProPublica sheds new light on the secret guidelines that Facebook's censors use to distinguish between hate speech and legitimate political expression. The documents reveal the rationale behind seemingly inconsistent decisions. For instance, Higgins' incitement to violence passed muster because it targeted a specific sub-group of Muslims -- those that are "radicalized" -- while Delgado's post was deleted for attacking whites in general.

Over the past decade, the company has developed hundreds of rules, drawing elaborate distinctions between what should and shouldn't be allowed, in an effort to make the site a safe place for its nearly 2 billion users. The issue of how Facebook monitors this content has become increasingly prominent in recent months, with the rise of "fake news" -- fabricated stories that circulated on Facebook like "Pope Francis Shocks the World, Endorses Donald Trump For President, Releases Statement" -- and growing concern that terrorists are using social media for recruitment.

While Facebook was credited during the 2010-2011 "Arab Spring" with facilitating uprisings against authoritarian regimes, the documents suggest that, at least in some instances, the company's hate-speech rules tend to favor elites and governments over grassroots activists and racial minorities. In so doing, they serve the business interests of the global company, which relies on national governments not to block its service to their citizens.

One Facebook rule, which is cited in the documents but that the company said is no longer in effect, banned posts that praise the use of "violence to resist occupation of an internationally recognized state." The company's workforce of human censors, known as content reviewers, has deleted posts by activists and journalists in disputed territories such as Palestine, Kashmir, Crimea and Western Sahara.

One document trains content reviewers on how to apply the company's global hate speech algorithm. The slide identifies three groups: female drivers, black children and white men. It asks: Which group is protected from hate speech? The correct answer: white men.

The reason is that Facebook deletes curses, slurs, calls for violence and several other types of attacks only when they are directed at "protected categories" -- based on race, sex, gender identity, religious affiliation, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation and serious disability/disease. It gives users broader latitude when they write about "subsets" of protected categories. White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets, because one of their characteristics is not protected.

Behind this seemingly arcane distinction lies a broader philosophy. Unlike American law, which permits preferences such as affirmative action for racial minorities and women for the sake of diversity or redressing discrimination, Facebook's algorithm is designed to defend all races and genders equally.

"Sadly," the rules are "incorporating this color-blindness idea which is not in the spirit of why we have equal protection," said Danielle Citron, a law professor and expert on information privacy at the University of Maryland. This approach, she added, will "protect the people who least need it and take it away from those who really need it."

But Facebook says its goal is different -- to apply consistent standards worldwide. "The policies do not always lead to perfect outcomes," said Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook. "That is the reality of having policies that apply to a global community where people around the world are going to have very different ideas about what is OK to share."

Facebook's rules constitute a legal world of their own. They stand in sharp contrast to the United States' First Amendment protections of free speech, which courts have interpreted to allow exactly the sort of speech and writing censored by the company's hate speech algorithm. But they also differ -- for example, in permitting postings that deny the Holocaust -- from more restrictive European standards.

The company has long had programs to remove obviously offensive material like child pornography from its stream of images and commentary. Recent articles in the Guardian and Süddeutsche Zeitung have detailed the difficult choices that Facebook faces regarding whether to delete posts containing graphic violence, child abuse, revenge porn and self-mutilation.

The challenge of policing political expression is even more complex. The documents reviewed by ProPublica indicate, for example, that Donald Trump's posts about his campaign proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the United States violated the company's written policies against "calls for exclusion" of a protected group. As The Wall Street Journal reported last year, Facebook exempted Trump's statements from its policies at the order of Mark Zuckerberg, the company's founder and chief executive.

The company recently pledged to nearly double its army of censors to 7,500, up from 4,500, in response to criticism of a video posting of a murder. Their work amounts to what may well be the most far-reaching global censorship operation in history. It is also the least accountable: Facebook does not publish the rules it uses to determine what content to allow and what to delete.

Users whose posts are removed are not usually told what rule they have broken, and they cannot generally appeal Facebook's decision. Appeals are currently only available to people whose profile, group or page is removed.

The company has begun exploring adding an appeals process for people who have individual pieces of content deleted, according to Bickert. "I'll be the first to say that we're not perfect every time," she said.

***

Facebook is not required by US law to censor content. A 1996 federal law gave most tech companies, including Facebook, legal immunity for the content users post on their services. The law, section 230 of the Telecommunications Act, was passed after Prodigy was sued and held liable for defamation for a post written by a user on a computer message board.

The law freed up online publishers to host online forums without having to legally vet each piece of content before posting it, the way that a news outlet would evaluate an article before publishing it. But early tech companies soon realized that they still needed to supervise their chat rooms to prevent bullying and abuse that could drive away users.

America Online convinced thousands of volunteers to police its chat rooms in exchange for free access to its service. But as more of the world connected to the internet, the job of policing became more difficult and companies started hiring workers to focus on it exclusively. Thus the job of content moderator -- now often called content reviewer -- was born.

In 2004, attorney Nicole Wong joined Google and persuaded the company to hire its first-ever team of reviewers, who responded to complaints and reported to the legal department. Google needed "a rational set of policies and people who were trained to handle requests," for its online forum called Groups, she said.

Google's purchase of YouTube in 2006 made deciding what content was appropriate even more urgent. "Because it was visual, it was universal," Wong said.

While Google wanted to be as permissive as possible, she said, it soon had to contend with controversies such as a video mocking the King of Thailand, which violated Thailand's laws against insulting the king. Wong visited Thailand and was impressed by the nation's reverence for its monarch, so she reluctantly agreed to block the video -- but only for computers located in Thailand.

Since then, selectively banning content by geography -- called "geo-blocking" -- has become a more common request from governments. "I don't love traveling this road of geo-blocking," Wong said, but "it's ended up being a decision that allows companies like Google to operate in a lot of different places."

For social networks like Facebook, however, geo-blocking is difficult because of the way posts are shared with friends across national boundaries. If Facebook geo-blocks a user's post, it would only appear in the news feeds of friends who live in countries where the geo-blocking prohibition doesn't apply. That can make international conversations frustrating, with bits of the exchange hidden from some participants.

As a result, Facebook has long tried to avoid using geography-specific rules when possible, according to people familiar with the company's thinking. However, it does geo-block in some instances, such as when it complied with a request from France to restrict access within its borders to a photo taken after the Nov. 13, 2015, terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

Bickert said Facebook takes into consideration the laws in countries where it operates, but doesn't always remove content at a government's request. "If there is something that violates a country's law but does not violate our standards," Bickert said, "we look at who is making that request: Is it the appropriate authority? Then we check to see if it actually violates the law. Sometimes we will make that content unavailable in that country only."

Facebook's goal is to create global rules. "We want to make sure that people are able to communicate in a borderless way," Bickert said.

***

Founded in 2004, Facebook began as a social network for college students. As it spread beyond campus, Facebook began to use content moderation as a way to compete with the other leading social network of that era, MySpace.

MySpace had positioned itself as the nightclub of the social networking world, offering profile pages that users could decorate with online glitter, colorful layouts and streaming music. It didn't require members to provide their real names and was home to plenty of nude and scantily clad photographs. And it was being investigated by law-enforcement agents across the country who worried it was being used by sexual predators to prey on children. (In a settlement with 49 state attorneys general, MySpace later agreed to strengthen protections for younger users.)

By comparison, Facebook was the buttoned-down Ivy League social network -- all cool grays and blues. Real names and university affiliations were required. Chris Kelly, who joined Facebook in 2005 and was its first general counsel, said he wanted to make sure Facebook didn't end up in law enforcement's crosshairs, like MySpace.

"We were really aggressive about saying we are a no-nudity platform," he said.

The company also began to tackle hate speech. "We drew some difficult lines while I was there -- Holocaust denial being the most prominent," Kelly said. After an internal debate, the company decided to allow Holocaust denials but reaffirmed its ban on group-based bias, which included anti-Semitism. Since Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism frequently went together, he said, the perpetrators were often suspended regardless.

"I've always been a pragmatist on this stuff," said Kelly, who left Facebook in 2010. "Even if you take the most extreme First Amendment positions, there are still limits on speech."

By 2008, the company had begun expanding internationally but its censorship rulebook was still just a single page with a list of material to be excised, such as images of nudity and Hitler. "At the bottom of the page it said, 'Take down anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable,'" said Dave Willner, who joined Facebook's content team that year.

Willner, who reviewed about 15,000 photos a day, soon found the rules were not rigorous enough. He and some colleagues worked to develop a coherent philosophy underpinning the rules, while refining the rules themselves. Soon he was promoted to head the content policy team.

By the time he left Facebook in 2013, Willner had shepherded a 15,000-word rulebook that remains the basis for many of Facebook's content standards today.

"There is no path that makes people happy," Willner said. "All the rules are mildly upsetting." Because of the volume of decisions -- many millions per day -- the approach is "more utilitarian than we are used to in our justice system," he said. "It's fundamentally not rights-oriented."

Willner's then-boss, Jud Hoffman, who has since left Facebook, said that the rules were based on Facebook's mission of "making the world more open and connected." Openness implies a bias toward allowing people to write or post what they want, he said.

But Hoffman said the team also relied on the principle of harm articulated by John Stuart Mill, a 19th-century English political philosopher. It states "that the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others." That led to the development of Facebook's "credible threat" standard, which bans posts that describe specific actions that could threaten others, but allows threats that are not likely to be carried out.

Eventually, however, Hoffman said "we found that limiting it to physical harm wasn't sufficient, so we started exploring how free expression societies deal with this."

The rules developed considerable nuance. There is a ban against pictures of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character often used by "alt-right" white supremacists to perpetrate racist memes, but swastikas are allowed under a rule that permits the "display [of] hate symbols for political messaging." In the documents examined by ProPublica, which are used to train content reviewers, this rule is illustrated with a picture of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that has been manipulated to apply a swastika to his sleeve.

The documents state that Facebook relies, in part, on the US State Department's list of designated terrorist organizations, which includes groups such as al-Qaida, the Taliban and Boko Haram. But not all groups deemed terrorist by one country or another are included: A recent investigation by the Pakistan newspaper Dawn found that 41 of the 64 terrorist groups banned in Pakistan were operational on Facebook.

There is also a secret list, referred to but not included in the documents, of groups designated as hate organizations that are banned from Facebook. That list apparently doesn't include many Holocaust denial and white supremacist sites that are up on Facebook to this day, such as a group called "Alt-Reich Nation." A member of that group was recently charged with murdering a black college student in Maryland.

As the rules have multiplied, so have exceptions to them. Facebook's decision not to protect subsets of protected groups arose because some subgroups such as "female drivers" didn't seem especially sensitive. The default position was to allow free speech, according to a person familiar with the decision-making.

After the wave of Syrian immigrants began arriving in Europe, Facebook added a special "quasi-protected" category for migrants, according to the documents. They are only protected against calls for violence and dehumanizing generalizations, but not against calls for exclusion and degrading generalizations that are not dehumanizing. So, according to one document, migrants can be referred to as "filthy" but not called "filth." They cannot be likened to filth or disease "when the comparison is in the noun form," the document explains.

Facebook also added an exception to its ban against advocating for anyone to be sent to a concentration camp. "Nazis should be sent to a concentration camp," is allowed, the documents state, because Nazis themselves are a hate group.

***

The rule against posts that support violent resistance against a foreign occupier was developed because "we didn't want to be in a position of deciding who is a freedom fighter," Willner said. Facebook has since dropped the provision and revised its definition of terrorism to include nongovernmental organizations that carry out premeditated violence "to achieve a political, religious or ideological aim," according to a person familiar with the rules.

The Facebook policy appears to have had repercussions in many of the at least two dozen disputed territories around the world. When Russia occupied Crimea in March 2014, many Ukrainians experienced a surge in Facebook banning posts and suspending profiles. Facebook's director of policy for the region, Thomas Myrup Kristensen, acknowledged at the time that it "found a small number of accounts where we had incorrectly removed content. In each case, this was due to language that appeared to be hate speech but was being used in an ironic way. In these cases, we have restored the content."

Katerina Zolotareva, 34, a Kiev-based Ukrainian working in communications, has been blocked so often that she runs four accounts under her name. Although she supported the "Euromaidan" protests in February 2014 that antagonized Russia, spurring its military intervention in Crimea, she doesn't believe that Facebook took sides in the conflict. "There is war in almost every field of Ukrainian life," she says, "and when war starts, it also starts on Facebook."

In Western Sahara, a disputed territory occupied by Morocco, a group of journalists called Equipe Media say their account was disabled by Facebook, their primary way to reach the outside world. They had to open a new account, which remains active.

"We feel we have never posted anything against any law," said Mohammed Mayarah, the group's general coordinator. "We are a group of media activists. We have the aim to break the Moroccan media blockade imposed since it invaded and occupied Western Sahara."

In Israel, which captured territory from its neighbors in a 1967 war and has occupied it since, Palestinian groups are blocked so often that they have their own hashtag, #FbCensorsPalestine, for it. Last year, for instance, Facebook blocked the accounts of several editors for two leading Palestinian media outlets from the West Bank -- Quds News Network and Sheebab News Agency. After a couple of days, Facebook apologized and un-blocked the journalists' accounts. Earlier this year, Facebook blocked the account of Fatah, the Palestinian Authority's ruling party -- then un-blocked it and apologized.

Last year India cracked down on protesters in Kashmir, shooting pellet guns at them and shutting off cellphone service. Local insurgents are seeking autonomy for Kashmir, which is also caught in a territorial tussle between India and Pakistan. Posts of Kashmir activists were being deleted, and members of a group called the Kashmir Solidarity Network found that all of their Facebook accounts had been blocked on the same day.

Ather Zia, a member of the network and a professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado, said that Facebook restored her account without explanation after two weeks. "We do not trust Facebook any more," she said. "I use Facebook, but it's almost this idea that we will be able to create awareness but then we might not be on it for long."

***

The rules are one thing. How they're applied is another. Bickert said Facebook conducts weekly audits of every single content reviewer's work to ensure that its rules are being followed consistently. But critics say that reviewers, who have to decide on each post within seconds, may vary in both interpretation and vigilance.

Facebook users who don't mince words in criticizing racism and police killings of racial minorities say that their posts are often taken down. Two years ago, Stacey Patton, a journalism professor at historically black Morgan State University in Baltimore, posed a provocative question on her Facebook page. She asked why "it's not a crime when White freelance vigilantes and agents of 'the state' are serial killers of unarmed Black people, but when Black people kill each other then we are 'animals' or 'criminals.'"

Although it doesn't appear to violate Facebook's policies against hate speech, her post was immediately removed, and her account was disabled for three days. Facebook didn't tell her why. "My posts get deleted about once a month," said Patton, who often writes about racial issues. She said she also is frequently put in Facebook "jail" -- locked out of her account for a period of time after a posting that breaks the rules.

"It's such emotional violence," Patton said. "Particularly as a black person, we're always having these discussions about mass incarceration, and then here's this fiber-optic space where you can express yourself. Then you say something that some anonymous person doesn't like and then you're in 'jail.'"

Didi Delgado, whose post stating that "white people are racist" was deleted, has been banned from Facebook so often that she has set up an account on another service called Patreon, where she posts the content that Facebook suppressed. In May, she deplored the increasingly common Facebook censorship of black activists in an article for Medium titled "Mark Zuckerberg Hates Black People."

Facebook also locked out Leslie Mac, a Michigan resident who runs a service called SafetyPinBox where subscribers contribute financially to "the fight for black liberation," according to her site. Her offense was writing a post stating "White folks. When racism happens in public -- YOUR SILENCE IS VIOLENCE."

The post does not appear to violate Facebook's policies. Facebook apologized and restored her account after TechCrunch wrote an article about Mac's punishment. Since then, Mac has written many other outspoken posts. But, "I have not had a single peep from Facebook," she said, while "not a single one of my black female friends who write about race or social justice have not been banned."

"My takeaway from the whole thing is: If you get publicity, they clean it right up," Mac said. Even so, like most of her friends, she maintains a separate Facebook account in case her main account gets blocked again.

Negative publicity has spurred other Facebook turnabouts as well. Consider the example of the iconic news photograph of a young naked girl running from a napalm bomb during the Vietnam War. Kate Klonick, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale Law School who has spent two years studying censorship operations at tech companies, said the photo had likely been deleted by Facebook thousands of times for violating its ban on nudity.

But last year, Facebook reversed itself after Norway's leading newspaper published a front-page open letter to Zuckerberg accusing him of "abusing his power" by deleting the photo from the newspaper's Facebook account.

Klonick said that while she admires Facebook's dedication to policing content on its website, she fears it is evolving into a place where celebrities, world leaders and other important people "are disproportionately the people who have the power to update the rules."

***

In December 2015, a month after terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 people, the European Union began pressuring tech companies to work harder to prevent the spread of violent extremism online.

After a year of negotiations, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube agreed to the European Union's hate speech code of conduct, which commits them to review and remove the majority of valid complaints about illegal content within 24 hours and to be audited by European regulators. The first audit, in December, found that the companies were only reviewing 40 percent of hate speech within 24 hours, and only removing 28 percent of it. Since then, the tech companies have shortened their response times to reports of hate speech and increased the amount of content they are deleting, prompting criticism from free-speech advocates that too much is being censored.

Now the German government is considering legislation that would allow social networks such as Facebook to be fined up to 50 million euros if they don't remove hate speech and fake news quickly enough. Facebook recently posted an article assuring German lawmakers that it is deleting about 15,000 hate speech posts a month. Worldwide, over the last two months, Facebook deleted about 66,000 hate speech posts per week, vice president Richard Allan said in a statement Tuesday on the company's site.

Among posts that Facebook didn't delete were Donald Trump's comments on Muslims. Days after the Paris attacks, Trump, then running for president, posted on Facebook "calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Candidate Trump's posting -- which has come back to haunt him in court decisions voiding his proposed travel ban -- appeared to violate Facebook's rules against "calls for exclusion" of a protected religious group. Zuckerberg decided to allow it because it was part of the political discourse, according to people familiar with the situation.

However, one person close to Facebook's decision-making said Trump may also have benefited from the exception for sub-groups. A Muslim ban could be interpreted as being directed against a sub-group, Muslim immigrants, and thus might not qualify as hate speech against a protected category.


          18. Ambient: Carpet Shop by BlancFroid   
Ersatz "world" - Weird memories of Morocco.
          L’OMPIC lance les Morocco-Awards   
Adil El Maliki, président de l'OMPICLe président de L’Office Marocain de la Propriété Industrielle et Commerciale (OMPIC), Adil El Maliki, a annoncé mercredi 26 avril 2017 à Casablanca, le lancement de la 8ème édition des Morocco Awards, un concours annuel qui valorise et récompense les marques marocaines les plus dynamiques et les plus performantes. Il
          Interfaither: Why do Moroccans treat Jews so well?    
There is something disturbing about Yael Eckstein's grovelling paen of praise for Morocco in The Times of Israel. Here is a country whose Jewish population is one percent of what it was in 1948. Yet for interfaither Eckstein, it is a shining example of Jews, Muslims and Christians coexisting in mutual respect! Why do you treat Jews so well? she keeps asking,  ignoring the fact that Jews have been threatened by pogromsmob violence and forced conversions and have abandoned their homes and businesses at times of tension.  Eckstein answers her own question: it is because of the king. The Jews - abetted by starry-eyed interfaithers -  have been instrumentalised as part of Moroccan foreign policy.   The restoration of synagogues and cemeteries is a small price to pay for US support of Morocco. But if the king goes, so do the Jews. What value is coexistence if it is only skin deep ? (With thanks: Boruch, Daniel, Lily, Imre). 

It just didn’t make sense. It seemed too good to be true. But as I quickly learned, it was just another day in mystical Morocco, a country that defies norms, defines tolerance and is home to a dwindling population of 2,500 Jews. Though Morocco is a Muslim country, the bellboy at my hotel told me with a loving smile, Jews were actually in Morocco 600 years before Muslims—when they were sent out of Jerusalem following the destruction of the First Temple. “This is your home,” the bellboy said, while pointing to a picture on the wall of the Atlas Mountains. “Your people were here before mine.”


 This respectful attitude was the prevailing sentiment in my communications with every Muslim I met throughout my stay during the end of Ramadan. Moroccans are genuine in their respect for the Jewish people, love for Moroccan Jews, and awe for the holy rabbis who walked their streets and are buried in the Jewish cemetery. I nearly cried when I saw how well the locals preserve the Jewish cemetery. “Why do you treat the Jews so well?” I asked a Muslim teenager who works for an organization called Mimouna, whose members are Muslim youths passionate about spreading Jewish history. Mimouna made history by starting a Jewish studies program at a Moroccan Arab university, along with the Arab world’s only Holocaust education program.

“Why wouldn’t we treat them well?” he responded. Indeed, it is illogical for local Muslims to suddenly turn on native Jews who have lived in their country for thousands of years. But we live in an illogical world. Morocco is one of the few places where Christians, Muslims and Jews coexist in peace and mutual respect. Why? One night I attended a Ramadan fast-breaking event—organized by the inspiring local Chabad rabbi at an Orthodox synagogue. Dozens of Jews and Muslims gathered to celebrate. King Mohammed VI’s representative for the entire Marrakesh region also attended. He sent blessings from the king to the Jewish community and closed his eyes with intent—and answered “amen”—when the Chabad rabbi said the traditional Jewish prayer for kings. Why are Jews in Morocco treated so well?
Yael Eckstein

Simply put, it’s because of the king. During World War II, when the Nazis asked the king of Morocco to put together a list of Jews in his country, he boldly answered, “We don’t have Jews, we have Moroccans,” and refused to comply (this is debatable - ed).Today’s king, Mohammed VI, is the grandson of King Mohammed V, who protected his country’s 265,000 Jews. Like his grandfather, Mohammed VI believes Jews are just as Moroccan—and just as important—as Muslims, Christians and everyone else. If anyone in Morocco messes with Jews, they are messing with the king.

 Many project that in a decade, there won’t be any Jews left in Morocco. Most of the Moroccan grandmothers who read Psalms all day have moved to Israel. Moroccan Jewish youths have largely moved abroad. The remaining Jews are the gems of ancient times.

What legacy do Jews want to leave in Morocco? What pillars do Jews want to set up in Morocco that will carry on long after there are no Jews left? After my four-day journey representing Christian and Jewish supporters of The Fellowship, I deeply understand why it’s so important that our organization partnered with Chabad and Mimouna to distribute thousands of food parcels from the country’s ancient synagogues to local Muslims for Ramadan.

 It is clear to me why we must set up a Jewish information center in central Marrakesh and make sure the Jewish cemetery will keep being preserved by local Muslims. I realize how critical it is that we also continue to distribute food parcels to poor Jews on a monthly basis, so they aren’t neglected or looked at as beggars, but rather serve as a shining example of the fact that all Jews, Christians and Muslims are responsible to look out for one another.

In a country that lives on ancient spiritual stories of holy men and women who once walked its streets, this is our final opportunity to leave an eternal legacy on behalf of the millions of Moroccan Jews who came before us. What legacy should we leave? That the Jewish people came in peace, left in peace and were only known for peace. This is what it means to live in the vision of God.

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          11 Reasons to Fall in Love with Morocco   

There’s something just a little bit magical about Morocco. Known as the ‘Gateway to Africa’, it’s a mere one-hour ferry ride from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar. The blend of African, Arabic and European influences make Morocco a dazzling destination rich in culture, history and breathtaking scenery.  It’s one of those places that will leave you spell-bound long after you’ve left its rugged shores. Morocco is exotic, chaotic and ridiculously photogenic. Let the love affair begin!      Maze-like Medinas Getting lost in the labyrinthine alleyways of Morocco’s ancient medinas is all part of the experience. Take a wrong turn down a narrow, spice-scented lane and you’ll find yourself stumbling upon an authentic scene from local Moroccan life. Just don’t expect to find your way back to the same spot the next day!   Amazing Architecture Moroccan architecture is truly magnificent. Imagine ornate arches, intricate zellige tiling, geometric patterns, towering minarets and splendid Andalucían gardens. The Imperial cities of Fez, Marrakech, Rabat and Meknes are crammed with grand city gates, opulent palaces, mosques, shrines and tombs. It’s little wonder that Morocco has a reputation for being so Instagrammable.   Colourful Cities If the kaleidoscopic handicrafts, textiles and mosaic tiles […]

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          The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 is coming   
The 2017 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour season will kick off in Tarifa on June 27th. Meanwhile, let’s get a quick recap on the championship’s first season in 2016. Upcoming events: WORLD CUP TARIFA 2017 27th June – 2nd July WORLD CUP DAKHLA / MOROCCO 2017 18th July – 23rd July WORLD CUP SOTAVENTO, FUERTEVENTURA 2017 1st August – 05th August
          Winter in the tropics    
To avert winter blues, only one solution: to escape ! Yes but where? A short flight or several thousand kilometers away : palm trees, fine sandy beach and cocktails by the pool are waiting for you. So pack swimsuits and sunscreen, we take off!
 
 Canary Islands
 
The Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean archipelago off the coast of Morocco is one of the most popular destinations for Europeans in winter. Cheap and enjoying a climate that is defined as "eternal spring", Tenerife, Gran Canarias, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote offer a panorama of a wide variety. Volcanic landscapes, large forests, desert, black sand creeks, the Canaries are a land of contrasts that will never cease to amaze you! Its natural resources allow multiple activities: hiking, idleness on beaches, but also discovering the cultural heritage of the different islands.
 
 
Marrakech, Morocco
 
The one nicknamed the Red City is a destination that will surely enchant you! With its colourful markets, full of flavours, its impressive mosques and mysterious palaces, it is a real sensory journey that awaits you. Between culture, gastronomy, and adventure, let yourself be driven by the unique atmosphere that surrounds this place.Explore the Sahara Desert on the back of a camel and experience the rhythm of an oriental life. You can only succumb to the charms of the so-called "Pearl of the South", its welcoming Riads , its relaxing hammams and its irresistible mint tea.
 
 
Dominican Republic
 
We escape a little further and we put our suitcases in the Dominican Republic. The first tourist destination of the Caribbean, the island is appreciated for its natural treasures and especially its long white beaches lined with coconut palms. Sun always shining, and small fishing villages make this place an authentic heaven! Charmed by the warm and festive exotic atmosphere, leave your sunbed to explore the marvels of the underwater depths where you can meet humpback whales, the mountainous terrain or the capital Santo Domingo and its fabulous colonial zone, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
 
Miami, Florida - USA
 
Not so far from Caribbean we flight to the USA and especially in Miami, Florida. True melting pot, communities and cultures mix together creating a pleasant and captivating atmosphere. The metropolis of the "Sunshine State" enjoys a glamorous, artistic and colourful image. Day and night lively city full of surprises, activities are diverse and varied: shopping session in the most luxurious shops on Lincoln road, sunbathing afternoon on South Beach, eating a tasty burger in a dinner on the mythical Ocean Drive, and for the more adventurous ones an exceptional ride in the Everglades National Park to meet alligators.
 
 
 Thailand
 
Let's cross the globe now and leave for Thailand, ideal destination in winter! This country with a strong identity is a guarantee of total change of scenery! With very favourable temperatures in this time, you will have the opportunity to discover the cultural and natural richness of a country full of history. Rich with its fauna and flora, Thailand offers a range of unique landscapes: jungle, reefs, wide rice fields, sandy beaches or secret islands. An opportunity to meet original wild animals. This trip is also and above all spiritual, there are many Buddhist temples that you can visit and experience the rites. Concerning the gastronomy, you will taste atypical and spicy foods!
 

 

 The Maldives

In the centre of the Atlantic Ocean, the Maldives is a dream destination, literally. Turquoise lagoon, warm and crystalline waters, immaculate sandy beaches: an amazing spot. A stay in the Maldives is often reserved for idleness but it is also an opportunity to explore the seabed populated by thousands of multicolour fish. You will also have the opportunity to discover the Maldives capital, Male, where you will enjoy traditional markets, colourful houses and many tea houses where you can taste the local cooking.

 

 

 


          The most beautiful beaches in the world   

Embark on a wonderful trip with the ten best beaches in the world.

The beach is the symbol of summer , holidays and especially the sun.

Sandy , pebbly , rocky and surrounded by palm trees and crystal clear sea , I specifically for a selection that makes you want .

Put on your swimsuits , it takes you from Bora Bora to New Caledonia , via Brazil, Morocco , Corsica , Greece , Seychelles and Thailand.

Escape discovering the images ... (for now)

 

 


          New Social Programs in Morocco Target Youth   

54% of Moroccan youth reported increased access to socioeconomic services, according to a 2009 study. Here's what some of those new connections look like:
 


          Camelot_Club: Мечеть Хасана II в Касабланке   

Мечеть Хасана II — огромная мечеть имени короля Хасана в Касабланке на берегу Атлантики.

С полным на то основанием провозглашаемая триумфом веры и художественного мастерства, она была открыта в августе 1993 г., после 6 лет строительства.

Над ее возведением трудились 25 тыс. рабочих, затративших 50 млн чело-веко-часов. Это вторая по размерам мечеть в мире (после мекканской), с самым высоким минаретом (200 м).

Потрясающее расположение мечети — на берегу океана, с разбивающимися у ее подножия волнами, было очевидным образом предопределено словами Корана: «Его трон покоился на воде».

Статистические данные производят впечатление: на строительство пошло 65 тыс. т мрамора, было возведено 2500 колонн и установлено 50 доставленных из Италии венецианских светильников.

Бьющий с минарета луч лазера виден за 50 км. Молельный зал мечети способен вместить 100 тыс. верующих, то есть имеет размер приличного аэропорта. Все сооружение стоит около 400 млн фунтов и построено в основном на пожертвования.

Свой взнос (иногда недобровольный) сделал каждый марокканец, получив взамен соответствующий сертификат; эти сертификаты нередко можно увидеть вывешенными в домах и магазинах.

Беломраморная, крытая зеленой черепицей, мечеть издали кажется висящим над городом миражом.

Вблизи же поражают мастерски выполненная резьба по камню, многоцветие изразцов, кедровые элементы кровли — в ходе строительства были возрождены многие дремавшие в течение столетий ремесленные традиции.

При возведении просторных бань — хаммамов — использовалась древняя техника выполнения штукатурных работ под названием таделакт: устойчивая к влаге штукатурка получается смешиванием черного мыла, яичных желтков и гипса.

Традиции дополнены современными технологиями: крыша, перекрывающая огромный молельный зал, подвижная — в солнечную погоду верующие молятся под открытым небом, а в дождь крыша закрывается. 

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          On JMG Le Clezio's Desert   

A glimpse at the list of winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature in the last decade shows that the Swedish committee that adjudicates the prize is often willing to honour highly feted, widely read, and hotly tipped writers who for years have had “Nobel Prize” tagged to their names. VS Naipaul is one such case, and so are JM Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk and Mario Vargas Llosa.

But just as often the committee throws up a name that the vast majority of readers have never heard of, and to my mind this is the more interesting, exploratory side of its work. Who had heard of the Hungarian writer Imre Kertesz or the Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek before they won the award in 2002 and 2004 respectively? Who indeed, at least in the Anglophone world, could claim at the time of announcement to have read anything by the 2008 winner, the Frenchman Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
What the committee is saying, in effect, is that great literature, always being the work of an individual mind, can come from all kinds of unlikely places. Prizes like the Nobel can be a way of equalizing the iniquities of the literary market and the entrenched power of certain languages and cultures in the world today.

Le Clézio (many of whose works are now available once again in English translation after being out of print for some three decades), is an especially difficult writer to slot because, in addition to the difficulty and often wilful obscurity of his work, there is the difficulty and obscurity of his biography. Although he was born in France, and writes in French, he also claims allegiance to Mauritius, where one side of his family comes from, and where he still lives part of the year. 

A restless wanderer from the days of his youth, he seems not to have needed a “home” for his work, not to have cultivated a relationship with a single place or culture as most novelists do. Indeed, his itinerancy – he has spent time in and written books set in Mauritius, France, Mexico, Panama, and Africa, a world writer if there ever was one – might seem to resemble that of Naipaul, except that he mostly writes fiction, and his work is much more sympathetic to the marginalised people and cultures who are his subjects than Naipaul, with his glowering eye, is.

Among the distinctive emphases of Le Clézio’s writing is his engagement with what he has called cultures “broken by the modern world” – all the tribes and peoples thrown out of joint by the encounter with colonialism, Western rationalism, and the power of the nation-state (a good parallel in an Indian context might be someone like Mahasweta Devi or Gopinath Mohanty, both of whom have written extensively about the problems of Indian tribals). This willingness to move across a boundary, to invert a dominant power relationship, and to imagine the life of the “other” sympathetically from within is best seen in Le Clézio’s work in his novel Desert (1980), one the central novels in his oeuvre and now translated into English for the first time by C. Dickson.

Set in Morocco and in France, and spanning a century in time, Desert is the story of a warrior tribe of the desert, called “the blue men”, and their flight from French occupying forces in the early part of the twentieth century. Le Clézio depicts a group of people ceaselessly making their way forward like ants in the vast, arid and spirit-breaking desert, seeking a place of refuge where they can consolidate their resources and turn once again towards the lost homeland. In counterpoint, Le Clézio also tells the story, set in the present day, of a girl from the same tribe, Lalla, who flees the desert to escape a marriage she does not want and arrives in France, a vulnerable immigrant.

A great traveller himself, Le Clézio here produces a very close and painstaking description of human beings on the move across a landscape. His attention to the constantly shifting and turning shapes of the universe – no other novelist spends as much time detailing the changing colours of the sky, or the particularities of the light – turns his story into a cosmic drama. Le Clézio is also one of those writers who work absolutely on their own terms. His book is slow-moving and often difficult going, but the writing is frequently beautiful and alert, as when he speaks of the wind that “draws the yellow grasses aside like a hand passing over them”, or hears “the faint swish of sand running down the grooves in the rocks” on a cliff. If you consider yourself an ambitious reader, there’s no reason to deny yourself an encounter with this very independent-minded and distinctive sensibility.

          Sex In The Hotel On Our Vacation In Morocco   
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          Comment on Only have 7 days in Morocco? It’s short. But we can try! by Elena   
Fantastic photos! Honestly, I skipped reading and looked through them over and over again :). The bluish sheen of black goats, those long shadows on desert sands, colorful buildings - I can’t even choose one favorite; all are great.
          SAMSUNG - RED BULL "SAMSUNG SEETHEUNEXPECTED"   

Underwater images shot with Gates Housing RED HELIUM 8K for the commercial SAMSUNG - RED BULL
Commissioned by: Samsung & Red Bull Media House
Directed by: Daniel Benmayor
DoP : Juanmi Azpiroz
Underwater Camera Operator: Txema Vega
Talent: Robbie Maddison, Jason Paul & Felix Georgii
Production Company: Munderbar Ltd
Filmed in: Morocco

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Agencia: Samsung & Red Bull Media House
Director: Daniel Benmayor
DoP: Juanmi Azpiroz
Operador de Cámara Submarina: Txema Vega
Compañia de Produccion: Munderbar Ltd
Rodado en : Marruecos

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          Ambient: Carpet Shop by BlancFroid   
Ersatz "world" - Weird memories of Morocco.
          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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          Table Tennis: Al Ahly women crowned African champions   

Al Ahly women’s table tennis team have won the 2017 Africa Club Championships in Morocco after beating Nigerian side Canaan Queens in the final. The Red Devils earned a 3-1 victory over the Nigerian team in the game that was held in Agadir on Friday to retain the African title, which they had won in […]

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          A review of the healthy properties of green and white teas.   
PMID:  Food Funct. 2017 Jun 22. Epub 2017 Jun 22. PMID: 28640307 Abstract Title:  Healthy properties of green and white teas: an update. Abstract:  Green tea has been consumed for centuries in Japan, China and Morocco. White tea, which is considered a variety of green tea, is mostly consumed in China and is very appreciated for its flavor. Currently the consumption of both types of tea has been extended to the western countries even as a functional ingredient. A group of polyphenols called catechins stands out among their bioactive components, the most abundant being the (-) epigallocatechin gallate, with high antioxidant power. Teas also contain other phenolic compounds such as gallic, caffeic, chlorogenic or cinnamic acids, quercetin and proanthocyanidols, caffeine, theophylline, l-theanine and minerals such as fluorine, manganese or chromium. Investigations have mainly been focused on their antioxidant potential and their implication in the prevention and treatment of degenerative diseases. Several studies have evaluated their role in cardiovascular diseases, body weight control, bone mass increase, protection against neurodegenerative diseases and improvement of type 2 diabetes, among other pathologies. The main points of controversy are the design and interpretation of epidemiological and human intervention studies and the lack of information on catechins availability, metabolism and biotransformation. This review compiles and analyzes the latest peer-reviewed papers published from 2002 up to February 2017, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

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          By: Coral and Mint   
Google's translations are sometimes a little wrong... Beldi in moroccan arabic means traditionnal, it's the opposite of "rumi" which means modern. I said a little wrong :p because "bledi" or "bladi" means "my country", it's a tiny difference that changes all the word. Fadwa, a fan of design sponge who lives in Morocco :)
          By: Katie Truelove   
I love Morocco too:) And, like Casey, was not able to bring back almost any of the beautiful things I wanted to! Always fun to find a source like this:)
          By: Casey G.   
I love Morocco. I have been there six times! Thank you for the website tip!
          Multiple Cradles of Humanity   

Story of human evolution needs tweaking: http://www.history.com/news/how-homo-sapiens-fossils-found-in-morocco-may-rewrite-the-human-story

Paleoanthropologists announced this week that fossils discovered in a cave in Morocco are the oldest known specimens of Homo sapiens, predating fossils found in Ethiopia by more than 100,000 years. The new findings challenge the idea of a single “cradle of humankind” in East Africa, and suggest the traditionally accepted story of human evolution may have to be revised.

Really fascinating. Anthropological discoveries this big haven’t happened in a long time, afaik.


          Election of the Executive Council of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission   

Member States of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO have elected the new members of the IOC Executive Council. The Executive Council consists of up to 40 Member States, including the six Member States represented by the Chairperson and the five Vice-Chairpersons.

The Executive Council meets every year to review issues and items from on-going work plans, and make preparations for the IOC Assembly, which is the principal organ of the Commission. Sessions of the IOC Assembly are held every two years to establish general policy and the main lines of work of the Commission, including the approval of the IOC Biennial Draft Programme and Budget.

Representation in the IOC Executive Council Electoral Group I can consist of up to 10 seats; Group II of up to 3 seats; Group III of up to 9 seats; Group IV of up to 9 seats; and Group V of up to 9 seats.

The results of the elections are as follows.

Chair

  • Professor Peter Haugan (Norway) Group I

Vice-Chairs

  • Dr Monika Breuch-Moritz (Germany) Group I
  • Dr Alexander Postnov (Russian Federation) Group II
  • Mr Ariel Hernan Troisi (Argentina) Group III
  • Dr Somkiat Khokiattiwong (Thailand) Group IV
  • Dr Ashley Johnson (South Africa) Group V

Seats on the Executive Council

  • Group I: Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey
  • Group II: Bulgaria1
  • Group III: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Grenada, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay
  • Group IV:2 Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Palau, Philippines, Republic of Korea
  • Group V: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Senegal, Tanzania

Each term lasts two years, corresponding to the interval between ordinary sessions of the Assembly. IOC Officers can serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

For more information, please contact:

Thorkild Aarup (t.aarup(at)unesco.org)

1 Bulgaria was the only candidate for Group II.
2 Pakistan withdrew its candidacy for a seat in Group IV.


          Watch on BBC World News: eight-part series based on UNESCO’s "General History of Africa" book collection   

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Zeinab Badawi delves into the history of Africa for a brand new, eight-part series on BBC World News. The continent of Africa has a long, complex history, and its people built civilizations which rivalled those that existed anywhere else in the world. However, much of the continent’s history is not widely known, and what we are presented with often projects a distorted and partial picture. Sudan-born Zeinab travels to all four corners of Africa, interviewing African historians, archaeologists, and citizens whose accounts and stories paint a vivid picture of their continent's past and how it informs their present lives. It is a series that will inform, educate and entertain - Africa’s history told by Africans themselves.

 

Episodes

BBC World TV: Transmission dates (GMT)

   

1) Mother Africa

In the first episode Zeinab Badawi travels across the continent, examining the origins of humankind and how and why we evolved in Africa. During her journey Zeinab is granted rare access to the genuine bones of one of the most iconic discoveries in the field of palaeontology: Lucy in Ethiopia, or as she is known in Amharic ‘Dinkenesh' - which means 'you are marvellous’! Zeinab also spends time with a unique tribe in Tanzania, who provide insight into how we have lived, for most of our history, as hunter-gatherers. She also looks at what distinguishes us from the animal world and makes us human.

Sat 1st July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 2nd July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

2) Cattle, crops and Iron

Zeinab Badawi continues her journey through the history of human development, travelling to meet the Masai of East Africa where she explains how humans began to domesticate animals and become pastoralists; in Zimbabwe, Zeinab visits one lively farming family and examines how we became settled and began to live from farming. She also looks at how the Iron Age transformed life in Africa and paved the way for the development of rich urban civilisations.

Sat 8th July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 9th July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

3) Gift of the Nile

Zeinab Badawi’s quest to uncover the history of Africa takes her to Egypt, where she explores the most famous civilisation on the continent – the ancient Egyptians. Zeinab takes you beyond the usual coverage of the pharaohs and asks first who the ancient Egyptians actually were? What was their ethnicity? What made such a great civilisation possible? How did they order their society, and what were their values?

Sat 15th July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 16th July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

4) The Kingdom of Kush

In the fourth episode, Zeinab Badawi travels to the country of her birth and the very region of her forefathers: northern Sudan, where she sheds light on a little know aspect of ancient African history: the Kingdom of Kush. Its kings ruled for many hundreds of years and indeed in the eighth century BC, they conquered and governed Egypt for the best part of 100 years. Furthermore Kush was an African superpower, its influence extended to the modern day Middle East. Zeinab shows you some of the best preserved of Sudan’s s 1,000 pyramids and explains how some of the customs of Kush have endured to this day.

Sat 22nd July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 23rd July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

5) The Rise of Aksum

Zeinab Badawi travels to the little visited country of Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia, to chart the rise of the Kingdom of Aksum. Described as one of the four greatest civilisations of the ancient world, Zeinab examines archaeological remains in both countries dating from many hundreds of years before Christ. She explains how the Kings of Aksum grew rich and powerful from their control of the Red Sea trade and how they were one of the first civilisations that officially embraced Christianity in the 4th century. Also find out why the Queen of Sheba and the Sacred Ark of the Covenant are so critical to the story of Aksum.

Sat 29th July: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 30th July 09:10, 21:10

 

   

6) Kings and Emirs

In the sixth episode, Zeinab Badawi focuses on the fall of the kingdom of Aksum, and how the Christian kings that followed in Aksum’s wake left powerful legacies, especially that of King Lalibela. He is credited with building a complex of rock-hewn churches, which represent amazing feats of engineering. She also charts the arrival of Islam in this part of Africa and how the Christian kings and Muslim emirs co-existed. In the most Muslim of Ethiopia’s cities Harar: she observes the bizarre, long standing tradition of the Hyena Men of Harar.

Sat 5th Aug: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 6th Aug 09:10, 21:10

 

   

7) North Africa

In the penultimate episode, Zeinab Badawi’s exploration of Africa’s rich history focuses on North Africa. She goes to Morocco to find out about the original inhabitants of the region - in particular the Berbers or Amazigh - the best known of the people of North Africa. Zeinab visits Carthage in Tunisia and explains who the Carthaginians were. She looks at the great Berber kings and how they managed to retain their influence when North Africa came under Roman rule. Zeinab shows you some of the most extensive and least visited Roman sites in Algeria.

Sat 12th Aug: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 13th Aug 09:10, 21:10

 

   

8) Pagans and God

In the final episode, Zeinab Badawi examines the role of religion in Africa. To this day tens of millions of Africans are pagans, who worship a pantheon of Gods and venerate their ancestors. And many more millions of Africans incorporate pagan customs into their monotheistic beliefs. Zeinab takes you through the stages of the arrival of monotheism in Africa: first Judaism , then early Christianity and then finally Islam. She charts the rise of the powerful Islamic dynasties of North Africa, that went on to conquer Spain.

Sat 19th Aug: 02:10 (Except North and Latin America, 15:10)

Sun 20th Aug 09:10, 21:10

 

 


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          You are (most likely) a descendant of the Prophet Muḥammad   
NJ Bridgewater
4 January 2015

Introduction

The Mosque of the Prophet in Medina, Arabia

















Mecca with the Kaaba in centre












If you a Western European, or a North American or, perhaps, from the Western world in some way, shape or form, you are most likely a descendant of the Prophet Muḥammad ibn‘Abdu’llāh (c. 570 – 632 AD), the Revealer of the Qur’ān, the Messenger of God and Seal of the Prophets (peace and prayers be upon Him and His family and companions). In my case, He is my 45th-great-grandfather (or, in other words, my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-Grandfather, with a capital ‘G’), through a rather circuitous line via New England settlers, the Plantagenets and the Spanish royal family). In fact, anyone with any connection to Edward III of England or to the Spanish Royal Family is also descended through the same European route to antiquity, including Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.[i] Cole, a Middle East scholar, even goes so far as to call it ‘common knowledge to anyone interested in genealogy’.[ii] In an article published in the Guardianon 24 May 2015 (Sunday), Adam Rutherford  argues that every living European is a descendant of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor.[iii]While this claim might appear astonishing to the layman, to the enthusiastic genealogist, it is a matter of common sense. Every human being has two parents—that is clear enough—and four grandparents. Very few of us, with the exception of genealogists, consider the generations which must inevitably precede these forebears. You probably know your parents and most, if not all, of your grandparents, and most or all of them will still be alive. In my case, both my parents and one grandparent (my maternal grandmother) are still alive. I knew three of my grandparents but never knew my paternal grandfather, even though he did sit me on his lap when I was a toddler. Nevertheless, I know the names, birth dates and marriage dates of all my grandparents and, for those that have died, their death dates. Furthermore, I know the names of all of my great-grandparents—there are 8 of these. It is fairly easy to get that far back in one’s family tree, at least in countries such as Britain and America where records of births, marriages and deaths, as well as census records, exist for the last century.

The Genealogy of the Prophet Muhammadin calligraphic form (Arabic) by İsmaʿil 
b. İbrahim Bosnavi (d. 1748)

























When you get beyond that generation, it gets trickier, and parish records, historical records and other sources must be consulted. We each have 16 great-great-grandparents, excluding repetitions where inbreeding has occurred. We then have 32 great-great-great-grandparents, 64 great-great-great-great-grandparents and 128 great-great-great-great-great-grandparents. If we assume that each generation is roughly 30 years apart and my parents were born in the 1940s/1950s (I was born 30 – 40 years later), then my grandparents were born in the 1910s, great-grandparents in the 1880s, great-great-grandparents in the 1850s, and so on. The 128 5xgreat-grandparents were born around the 1760s, or the middle of the 18th century. In other words, there were 128 people born in that era who were my ancestors. Each one of them lived an individual life, had hopes and aspirations, challenges and suffering and found a partner or spouse and had children, passing on their genetic legacy to today. If even one of these people had not lived, I would also not have been born. Imagine the amazing coincidences and/or destiny which brought each one of us into being. Let’s extend this further:

Chart 1: The Number of Ancestors by Generations
















According to the chart above, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), being in the 48thgeneration (and being my 45th great-grandfather), He would have been one of 140 trillion, 737 billion, 488 million, 355 thousand, 328 potential ancestors who lived in the 570s of the Common Era. The total population of the world in 670 AD was roughly 277 million, 700 thousand—far less than one billion.[iv]That’s not the population for one continent but for the entire inhabited world. Of course, people didn’t marry very widely or diversely in the past and usually within a specific geographical area. As such, there are a huge, absolutely immense, number of repetitions in genealogy. 

Samuel Lincoln House, Hingham, Massachusetts


















For example, a lot of my New England ancestors came from Hingham, Massachusetts, and many of the inhabitants of this town intermarried with their cousins, resulting in significant inbreeding. It was from this same town that Abraham Lincoln’s ancestors emerged, including our common ancestors, Samuel Lincoln (1622 – 1690) and Martha Lyford. Due to inbreeding, however, President Abraham Lincoln is both my 5th cousin, five times removed, a 7th cousin, five times removed and an 8th cousin, four and five times removed. Such was the nature of human relations in the past. In fact, in many villages in rural areas across the world, including many Arab tribes, cousin marriage is still a common practice. It has been a common practice throughout history. Nevertheless, the common consensus is that, if anyone was alive during the 9th century in Europe and you have any European ancestry, you are a descendant of that person.[v] In other words, if you are a European or North American of European descent, any famous king, ruler, duke, or any common peasant and farmer, any beggar on the street or, indeed, any priest or pope, who left a line of descendants continuing to the present day, is your ancestor—and that’s a fact.

The Link to Europe: The Umayyad Conquest of Spain (711 – 718 AD)

Expansion of the Islamic Caliphate











The question then, remains, how does the Prophet Muḥammad’s progeny relate to the above? The simple answer is, through the Umayyad conquest of Spain in the 8thcentury (711 – 718). If you are descendant of every European who left a line of descendants continuing to the modern day, you are also a descendant of every Arab and North African Muslim settler of Spain who left descendants. But let’s go back to the beginning. The Prophet Muhammad (c. 570 – 632 AD) (pbuh) was the son of ‘Abdu’llāh, a merchant and senior member of the clan of Hāshim, and Āminah daughter of Wahb ibn ‘Abd-Manāf. ‘Abdu’llāh, who died two months before Muhammad’s birth, was the son of ‘Abdu’l-Muṭṭalib, son of Hāshim (the ancestor of the Hāshimite Clan, including the Abbasid caliphs, the twelve Imāms and the modern-day ruling dynasties of Morocco and Jordan). Hāshim was the son of ‘Abd-Manāf (Āminah’s grandfather), son of Quṣayy, son of Kilāb, son of Murrah, son of Ka‘ab, son of Lu’ay, son of Ghālib, son of Fihr, son of Mālik, son of An-Naḍr (also known as Quraysh, the ancestor of the Quraysh Tribe), son of Kinānah (ancestor of the Banū Kinānah, the largest Mudhari Adnanite tribe), son of Mudrikah, son of ’Ilyās, son of Muḍar, son of Nizār, son of Ma‘ad, the son of ‘Adnān.[vi]The famous Orientalist, Richard Francis Burton, quoted the well-known saying of the Prophet Muhammad: “Beyond Adnan none save Allah wotteth and the genealogists lie”.[vii]According to Burton, ‘Adnān is sometimes reckoned as being in the eighth generation from the Prophet Ishmael (pbuh), son of Abraham (upon whom be peace), through his son, Kedar, though Aṭ-Ṭabarī holds that He is in the fortieth generation from Ishmael.[viii]

An Arabic tree tracing the ancestry of Muhammad (pbuh)
back to Adam (pbuh)
, the Father of Mankind


























That gives a bit of background on the ancestry of the Prophet and His tribe; this is essential as the descendants of the Prophet, as well as the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphs, are all from this tribe. In the year 595 AD, the Prophet Muhammad’s virtuous character and trustworthiness as a merchant had attracted the attention of a wealthy widow named Khadījah, the daughter of Khuwaylid ibn Asad (of the Asad clan of the Quraysh tribe), who was 40 years’ old at the time. Again, we see that the numerous intermarriages within a tribe, who are all close relatives, eliminate many of the millions or billions of potential ancestors who existed in the 48th generation of our ancestors. This marriage, like every other union in history, was essential to the existence of His progeny. Had Muhammad chosen to marry someone else, we simply would not exist—at least I and the millions of other descendants of Muḥammad would not exist. They had two sons together—Qāsim and ‘Abdu’llāh, who both died in childhood, and a daughter, Fāṭimah. According to Sunni sources, they had three other daughters together: Zaynab, Ruqayyah, and Umm Kulthūm. Shī‘ī scholars, such as Abu’l-Qāsim al-Kūfī, argue that these were either Khadījah’s daughters by a previous marriage or her sister’s (Halah’s) daughters who were raised by Muhammad and treated as His own daughters. In any case, the only universally-agreed descendants of the Prophet are through His daughter, Fāṭimah (605 – 632 AD), known as Az-Zahrā’ (the ‘Shining One’) and Ummu’l-Ḥasanayn (the ‘Mother of the Two Ḥasans’, i.e. Ḥasan and Ḥusayn). She married ‘Alī, the son of Abū-Ṭālib, the son of ‘Abdu’l-Muṭṭalib (the grandfather of the Prophet). ‘Alī was thus a member of the Hāshimite Clan and a first cousin of the Prophet, who was his father-in-law. ‘Alī, who later became the Fourth of the first First Caliphs of Islam (and the first Imām by Shī‘ī reckoning), married Fāṭimah circa 622/623 AD, and they had two sons: Ḥasan and Ḥusayn, and two daughters: Zaynab and Umm-Kulthūm (who were named after the aforementioned aunts of the same name). Zaynab married her cousin, ‘Abdu’llāh ibn Ja‘far, ‘Alī’s nephew, and had four sons: ‘Alī, Muhammad, ‘Awn and ‘Abbās. Umm-Kulthūm initially married the second of the first Four Caliphs, ‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb, with whom she had a son named Zayd and a daughter named Ruqayyah. After his death, she married ‘Awn ibn Ja‘far, brother of ‘Abdu’llāh ibn Ja‘far and, after his death, his brother Muḥammad.

The Descendants of ‘Alī and Fāṭimah

The name of Imam 'Ali (may God be pleased with him)




















The principal descendants of ‘Alī and Fāṭimah, however, are those via their two sons Ḥasanand Ḥusayn, whose tragic lives inspired the formation of Shī‘ism, and who are the ancestors (in the direct male line) of the Idrisid and Alaouite dynasties of Morocco, the Hashemite Royal Family of Jordan (1921 – present) and, formerly, Iraq (1920 – 1958), the Al Qassimi dynasties of Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates (18th century – present), as well as the Fatimid Caliphate of Egypt (909 – 1171 AD), the Twelve Imāms of Twelver Shī‘ism (632 – 872), the Sharīfs of Mecca (1201 – 1923), the Nizari Ismaili Imams (799 AD – present), and numerous families of Sayyids, Sharīfs and Ashrafs scattered throughout the world.

The name Muhammad, repeated 4 times, in Kufic script














Chart 2:
THE PROPHET MUḤAMMAD [45x Great-Grandfather) to ZAIDA [28x great-grandmother]:
49. The Prophet Muḥammadibn ‘Abdu'llāh (570-632) = Khadījah bint Khuwaylid
48. Fāṭimah bint Muḥammad(c. 605 – 632) = ‘Alī ib Abī-Ṭālib (601 – 661), 1st Imām, 4thCaliph
47. Ḥasan ibn ‘Alīib Abī-Ṭālib (625 – 670), 2nd Imām of Shī‘ī Islam = Umm-Isḥāq bint Ṭalḥah
44. Zahrā’ (Zohra) = Abū-Fārisī al-Lakhmī, descendant of the Lakhmid Dynasty
43. Na‘īm al-Lakhmī (or ‘Aṭṭāf)
42. Na‘īm al-Lakhmī
41. ‘Aṭṭāf al-Lakhmī
40. ‘Amr al-Lakhmī
39. ’Aslam al-Lakhmī
38. ‘Umar al-Lakhmī
37. ‘Abbād al-Lakhmī
36. Quraysh al-‘Abbādī
35. Ismā‘īl al-‘Abbādī
34. ’Abu’l-Qāsim Muḥammadibn Ismā‘īl (984 – 1042), Ruler of Seville, first Abbadid ruler
33. ‘Abbād IIal-Mu‘taḍid (1042 – 1069), Ruler of Seville
32. Muḥammadal-Mu‘tamid (1069 – 1095), Ruler of Seville, Ruler of Cordoba (from 1071 – 1081)

Notable descendants of ‘Alī and Fāṭimah include Imām Ja‘far Aṣ-Ṣādiq (c. 700 – 765), the Sixth Shī‘ī Imām and Founder of the school of Ja‘fari jurisprudence, Al-Ḥākim bi-’Amri’llāh(985 – 1021), the Fāṭimid Caliph referred to in Western literature as the “Mad Caliph” (as he ordered the destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 1009 AD), the Sufi saint ‘Abdu’l-Qādir al-Jīlānī (c. 1077 – 1166 AD), the founder of the Qadiriyya Order, Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahdi (1844 – 1885), who proclaimed himself the Mahdi on 29 June 1881 and became the Ruler of Sudan in 1885, Mirza Sayyid Mohammad Tabatabai (1842 – 1920), a leader of the Iranian Constitutional movement, King Idris I of Libya (r. 1951 – 1969), Aga Khan IV(b. 1936), who is the current Nizari Ismaili Imam, Sayyid Kāẓim Rashtī (1793 – 1843) (the second leader of the Shaykhi School), Sayyid ‘Alī-Muḥammad Shīrāzī(known as ‘the Bāb’) (1819 – 1850), who was the Founder of the Bābī Faith, SayyidYaḥyā Dārābī (known as ‘Vaḥīd’) (1811 – 1850), a famous Bābī and their military leader during the battles of Nayriz, Mīrzā Muhammad-Husayn and MīrzāMuhammad-Hasan (d. 1879), collectively known as the Nūrayn-i-Nayyirayn (‘Twin Shining Lights’), who were famous Bahā’ī martyrs from Esfahan martyred in 1879, and Shoghi Effendi Rabbānī (1897 – 1957), the Guardian of the Bahā’ī Faith, as well as the other members of the Afnān Family who descend from the Bāb’s maternal uncles. The Safavid dynasty of Persia (r. 1501 – 1736) also claimed descent from Imām Ḥusayn, though the veracity of their claim is disputed by historians. A dynasty of sayyids did hold power for a time in northern Iran, the Zaydids of Tabaristan, who ruled over the northern regions of Tabaristan, Daylam and Gilan along the Caspian Sea from 864 – 900 and 914 – 928 AD while, in Arabia, the Ukhaydhirites ruled Najd from 862 until the mid-11th century and the Sulaymanids of Yemenheld power from 1063 – 1174.

The Lakhmids and the Abbadid Dynasty in Spain

Now, let’s take the line from ‘Alī and Fāṭimah to Europe. The eldest of their two sons, Ḥasan (also transliterated as Hassan) (625 – 670 AD), is regarded by Shī‘īs as the second of the Twelve Imāms, in succession to ‘Alī, whom Shī‘īs believe to be the appointed successor and infallible heir to the Prophet Muḥammad (pbuh).  Along with ‘Alī, Fāṭimah and Ḥusayn, he is regarded as being a member of the Ahl al-Bayt(the ‘People of the House’), referred to in Qur’ān 33:33. He is known to have married multiple times and may have had 15 sons and 9 daughters from 6 wives. His brother, Ḥusayn, is known to have had 6 sons and 4 daughters, though other sources say 4 sons and 2 daughters. One of Ḥasan’s numerous sons was known as al-Ḥusayn al-Athram, who only had descendants through his daughters.[ix]One of these, Fāṭimah, married the aforementioned Imām Ja‘far Aṣ-Ṣādiq, giving birth to Isma‘īl ibn Ja‘far, the 6th Imām according to the Nizari Ismailis,[x]while other daughters include (according to the article on Arabic Wikipedia), Umm-Salmah bint al-Ḥusayn and Umm-Kulthūm bint al-Ḥusayn the latter of whom married Ismā‘īl ibn ‘Abdu’l-Malik ibn al-Ḥarb ibn al-Ḥakam and they had four children: Muslimah, Isḥāq, Muḥammad, and al-Ḥusayn.[xi] According to several pedigrees floating around the internet, al-Ḥusayn al-Athram had a daughter called Zahrā’ (usually spelled as Zohra) who married one Abū-Fārisī, though the source of that information is unclear. It appears, for instance, in Lineage of the Saints by Brian Starr, p. 277, as well as in Roderick W. Stuart’s Royalty for Commoners, published in 1998.[xii]  According to several of the pedigrees, Zahrā’ has a son named Na‘īm al-Lakhmī (i.e. ‘the Lakhmid’) who has also has son named Na‘īm al-Lakhmī. In Starr’s book, the first Na‘īm is listed as ‘Itaf, the son of Abu Farisi, son of Abu Abed, son of Qabus, son of Numan, son of Mundhir, son of Imrulcays, son of Numen, son of Imrulcays, son of Numan, son of Amr (b. c. 338), son of Imrulcays (d. c. 288), son of Amr (d. c. 268).[xiii]

The Lakhmids were descendants of An-Nu‘mān III ibn al-Mundhir, known as ’Abū-Qābūs, a Nestorian Christian ruler and the last Lakhmid King of Al-Ḥīrah, who succeeded his father in 580 AD.[xiv]He traced his line to ‘Amr ibn ‘Adī ibn Naṣr ibn Rabī‘ah ibn al-Ḥārith ibnMas‘ūd ibn Mālik ibn Ghanam ibn Namārah ibn Lakhm (d. 295), who reigned as the first Lakhmid king from 268 – 295 AD.  ‘Amr inherited his kingdom from Jadhīmah, his maternal uncle, the Tanukhid king, who was killed by Zenobia (240 – c. 275 AD), the Queen of Palmyra.

Muḥammad ibn ’Abbád al-Mu‘tamid





















Congress may ban tourism to North Korea next month, so if you want to visit Pyongyang on holiday, you’d better hurry.

Actually, don’t. The Kim family regime has been kidnapping American citizens and using them as leverage against the United States government—what Korean experts call “hostage diplomacy”—for years. And on the off chance you haven’t heard, earlier this month it sent University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier home with a fatal brain injury after first sentencing him to fifteen years of slave labor.

The United States lifted most of the travel restrictions to Cuba last year, finally ending its absurd curtailment of Americans’ freedom of movement. Until then, it was okay to visit Iran, North Korea, Russia and Syria as a tourist. Cuba alone was off limits. There was only one way to resolve that anachronistic contradiction—lift the Cuban travel ban or prohibit tourism to every hostile state in the world. The latter would have been both pointless and draconian, and Congress eased up on the Cuban ban last year shortly before the seemingly immortal Fidel Castro finally keeled over.

Prohibiting American tourism in Cuba was part of the long-standing sanctions package imposed after Castro nationalized American property in the 1950s. The proposed ban to North Korea is being considered for an entirely different reason—because North Korea is dangerous.

Vacationing in Havana has never been dangerous. Depending on where exactly you live, it’s probably less dangerous than staying home. The Castros don’t snatch random tourists out of hotels. And while the island nation has a host of debilitating problems, crime, at least, is not one of them. Cuba is poor and oppressive, but it’s one of the safest countries on earth.  

North Korea is actually dangerous, at least for Americans. “It does sound exotic to go to a Hermit Kingdom,” says one of the bill’s co-sponsor Representative Joe Wilson, (R-SC), “but it's not exotic, it's dangerous and you're dealing with a maniacal society."

Lots of countries are dangerous. Mexico is flooded with American tourists at all times, yet it’s the second-most violent country in the world after Syria. You can go to Syria, though, if you really want to. (Don’t.) You are also free to visit crime-ridden Venezuela. You can go to Iraq. (I went seven times.) You can go to Somalia. You can climb Mount Everest, which is even more likely to kill you. Earlier this month, Alex Honnold free climbed the near-vertical face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. If you want to put your ass on the line for adventure and kicks, have at it. It’s not the government’s business.

At least it usually isn’t. Congress could argue that it is the government’s business if North Korean authorities yank you off your plane at the airport so they can use you as a bargaining chip. The Israeli government bans its citizens from travel to Lebanon for a similar reason. Hezbollah likes to kidnap Israelis and swap them. In 2008, Israel released five Lebanese prisoners, including the convicted child-murderer Samir Kuntar. In exchange, Hezbollah returned the mutilated bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Israelis can and do visit other Arab countries like Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt and Oman, but heading to Lebanon puts the entire country at risk, so it’s outlawed.

But that’s not why Congress is mulling a travel ban to North Korea. No, this is about keeping us safe. It’s more like the seatbelt law than Israel’s travel ban to Hezbollahland. It won’t even have the unintended side effect of preventing the Kim regime from using American hostages as weapons against the rest of us because the bill has a loophole. If you want to go there for a reason other than tourism, the Treasury Department will give you a permit. So when—not not if—Kim Jong-Un wants more hostages, he’ll just grab permitted travelers rather than tourists.

Unless the government thinks it’s right and proper to ban tourism in countries just because they are dangerous (which would logically begin with Syria and move directly to Mexico), Congress would be wise to drop this.

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          IDLO and MENA: Regional Consultation on HIV   
17 Feb 2012

Cairo, Egypt - IDLO hosted the Third Regional Consultation on HIV-related Legal Services and Rights, which brought together lawyers and community activists from five countries in the Middle East & North Africa: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. 

“Now is the time for the legal profession in the MENA region to show leadership in addressing the challenges of HIV and AIDS,” declared David Patterson, Head of IDLO’s Social Development Programs Unit. “IDLO is committed to helping minorities who are especially vulnerable right now and need lawyers to speak out on health and rights.” 

“This Consultation has provided an opportunity to share the results achieved across the region thanks to grants from IDLO to strengthen and expand HIV-related legal services and rights.” 

IDLO is training lawyers and providing legal advice and representation for people living with HIV and vulnerable communities in the MENA region, which rates poorly on access to treatment for HIV, including anti-retroviral medicines. This conference provided a platform for lawyers and activists to share lessons learned and identify collaborative ways to address future challenges. 

‘We work together like the fingers of a hand,’ said one lawyer from Egypt, describing how the legal teams cooperate with community-based organizations providing HIV counseling and information. 

IDLO support for HIV-related legal services and rights began in Egypt in 2010.

Subprogram: 

          Empowering People with HIV in Egypt & MENA   

Tolerance of minorities (religious, sexual or otherwise) remains low in Egypt and other Middle Eastern and North African countries. People living with HIV are among the groups facing most discrimination. The virus is associated with stigmatized behaviors, such as sex between men and drug use. Many people with HIV are thus forced into the shadows, denied treatment, at risk of abuse and imprisonment. IDLO has been working with UNAIDS and local partners to help hundreds of people living with, and affected by, HIV in Egypt to access health and legal services. On a smaller scale, similar work has taken place in Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco.

Beyond the direct benefit to individuals, addressing HIV-related discrimination will help keep HIV prevalence low in the region by encouraging people at risk of infection to access prevention and care services.


          Why Morocco loves its meteorites   

In Morocco's High Atlas mountains, the twin lakes of Isli and Tislit have an unusual origin. Abderrahmane Ibhi from Ibn Zohr University in Agadir found strong evidence in 2013 that they were impact craters, formed when an asteroid hurtling towards Earth split in two about 40,000 years ago.


          Gnaoua Music Festival kicks off in Morocco   

The 20th edition of the Gnaoua and World Music Festival kicked off on Thursday in the southern Moroccan city of Essaouira. The Moroccan Maalem Mohamed Kouyou opened the festival before sharing the statge with the Brazilian artist Carlinhos Brown to produce a mixture of musical style blending Gnaoua with traditional Brazilian percussion.


          .com | Wanted Dutch-Moroccan held in extradition row: report   

A Dutch-Moroccan national at the centre of a diplomatic row between the two countries was arrested on Thursday as Rabat pushes for his extradition, Dutch media reported. Morocco said late on Saturday it had been in talks with Dutch officials in the past two days urging them to extradite "a notorious drug trafficker" who allegedly funds "some groups in northern Morocco".


          Moga Festival Announces 2017 Edition at Game of Thrones Filming Location in Morocco   

MOGA Festival is all set to return for a second edition from October 13th -15th in the stunning setting of Essaouira in Morocco, the filming location of Astapor aka The Red City in the Game of Thrones TV series. MOGA is an electronic music and digital arts festival with a view to shining a light on Moroccan, Maghrebian and African national scenes; alongside a host of quality underground international artists.


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          2012 Marathon Des Sables: This Is What It’s Like   
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          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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          Mapper of the Month: Philippe Verdy (France)   

English translated by P. Verdy himself

Texte Français par P. Verdy

Niort Jeffdelonge (Own Work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) undefined CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Who are you?

I currently live near Niort (central-western France) since some years, but I have lived in other places: Rennes (birth place) and its northern surburbs, Paris and its north-western suburbs, and worked temporarily in various places around Europe (notably London, Hamburg, or Milano), and the near Middle-East. I'm a professional computer engineer, more specialized in relational database applications development and maintenance, computer language designs, compilation and algorithmics (but working with a lot of technologies and computer languages), and I am very interested in localisation/internationalization with participation since many years in Unicode development and web standards. I've worked mostly in domains related to telecommunications, image/video encoding, platforms security, press/medias, advertizing, billing, commercial management and planning, and logistics. My native language is French, and I'm fluent in English, but I can read and work with most current languages of the world (only with more difficulties only for Arabic, however I know how to work with it)... and a few dead languages (latin, classical greek). Despite their apparent script complexity, Chinese or Japanese are extremely easy to work with, and even being able to produce some simple texts (European languages are in fact much more complex, including English !). My nickname on the OSM website/database and in the OSM wiki is just an abbreviated form of my real name.

When and how did you discover OpenStreetMap?

I can't remember when, years ago. I think I may have seen some links or talks on Wikipedia or in searches for maps on the web. I still work sometimes on Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource, (MediaWiki wiki, Metawiki, Commons, mostly for structuring and indexing their contents and help internationializing them), and now also in Wikidata.

What do you map? Is there any difference with your early days?

I've regularly been interested in mapping complex projects over large areas, sometimes focusing more when I saw serious anomalies on the OSM map. I've no really dedicated places to map. Sometimes I will make very local adjustments (fixing or adding missing names, increasing the precision, but I also look for areas that really need work. I've participated to the mapping of the many boundaries in France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and some African countries (Morocco, and Burkina Faso since several months), by looking for various sources and compiling/comparing them.

Burkina Faso in OSM BoundariesBurkina Faso in OSM Boundaries

How do you map?

I rarely do on-street surveys with tools. I'll map some local areas just based on local knowledge and recent experience. Most of the time I'm working on OSM from home. I've found GPS to be not needed at all in my area in France where there are more accurate sources (and more extensive by their coverage) with more uniform quality (I do think that the world map on OSM should treat all areas with the same (growing) level of quality and completeness, but I also think that less populated and less developed areas need more external help. There are many less experimented users spread around the world that will focus on very local areas only if the general structure is already present and already useful for them. Unfortunately in my current region (mostly rural) there's not a lot of participants to meet regularly (and sometimes temporary conflicts are unavoidable when working from remote locations). For the quality assurance, I frequently use Osmose and the JOSM Validator.

How do you conduct your surveys?

No method really applicable. This would require local meetings.

Where do you map? Locally, HOT?

Everywhere where it is needed and likely more urgent (not difficult to dig on the map!) or when there are recent important changes to do.

What is your biggest achievement as mapper?

As my work is spread in lot of areas, there's no specific personal achievement that can be easily identified to my work. In fact I've always seen other mappers participating around the same zones. I won't bring the cover on me alone when in fact what I do is to allow more participant to start working better and find their way on OSM, and continue the work (I will not consider my work finished). Documentation is very important, but my best achievement is on the OSM wiki where I've patiently made it really really international, with many more languages supported correctly indexed and navigatable, and facilitating the work of translators (that won't need to fix tricky technical details), allowing more people around the world to contribute usefully to OSM map data in their area using the language they are more confident with, and better learn how to use OSM and its tools, or simply finding more local cooperations and supports for their activities.

Why do yo map? What motivates you?

I map and help mappers because I'm fed up of seeing old outdated proprietary maps and of seeing Google Maps taking the lead on everything on this field, and filtering its results based on user profiling (or its own commercial strategies) just to promote things that only the largest and most influent companies will accept to pay to Google to be seen on its map. And outside of this, many areas in the world (and even in rural areas that are left over in more developed countries) need accurate maps for their local development and better/more efficient planification and organization of work and cultural activities.

What is the most difficult part of mapping?

The most difficult parts are those about large areas. They require tools that are not accessible to online editors (Potlatch, and now iD). Learning to use another editor (like JOSM) was not difficult for me, but it's true that I've a large technical background and I'm never scared about some technical details. Staying motivated may be sometimes more difficult and quite frustrating when other people do not understand the huge work that represent fixing technical details and they see a lot of very minor changes which do not seem useful from their local perspective.

What are your mapping plans for the near future?

I hope terminating completing all the communes in Burkina Faso (I've delimited almost all of them, basically based on listes of villages as there's currently no data available with more precision, but by following some natural features when they are visible, such as rivers ; these data remain approximative but with a precision that should not exceed the kilometre : local contributeurs may still refine these borders, but there are still missing villages to geolocalize, that I've listed as much as possible in their commune), and finishing the job of listing and geolocating more accurately all their villages (many of them were massively imported with lots of errors or confusions from outdated and incomplete old databases that were actually never checked and compared with other sources). Adding some important natural features (notably rivers) will also really help improve the accuracy. I'll continue working on larger administrative reforms. France as whole will still remain a favorite area (but now that France has many accurate/extensive free opendata sources more of this work will be performed with specific tools). Improving the documentation seems to be more important for organizing how work will be performed locally and globally, and explain why some past decisions were made or know which ones could be phased out.

Do you have contact with other mappers?

On the wiki, on the French OSM mailing list, on the OSM website discussions.

Do you use OpenStreetMap yourself? How?

Yes for various projects (I can't speak about private projects), including to help some local associations integrate a map on their website (without paying Google, or depending on Google decision to hide them!).

Do you do anything else than mapping that is related to OpenStreetMap?

Wikidata, geographic classification and some images on Commons or Wikipedia.

To conclude, is there anything else you want to mention?

Let's just talk together when we have problems or don't understand things. And let's give more power and means to local contributors to add what they want to see and promote. This OSM map is for everyone et not intended only for some officials.


           Using an integrated land use and transport planning approach for urban road design    
Maarseveen, M.F.A.M. van and Beukes, E.A. and Vanderschuren, M.J.W.A. and Brussel, M.J.G. and Zuidgeest, M.H.P. (2012) Using an integrated land use and transport planning approach for urban road design. In: 12th PRI World Congress : Mobility and Safety in urban Areas : What can be done to improve both simultaneously?, 7-8 June 2012, Marrakech, Morocco (pp. pp. 1-16).
          Netizen Report: Venezuela’s Conflict Moves From the Streets to the Internet   

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world. It originally appears each week on Global Voices Advocacy. Afef Abrougui, Ellery Roberts Biddle, Marianne Diaz, Don Le, Elizabeth Rivera, Laura Vidal, and Sarah Myers West contributed to this report.

On the night of June 28, internet users across Venezuela reported that multiple major web and social media sites had gone dark. According to the digital rights organization Venezuela Inteligente:

DNS servers of the State’s Internet Service Provider CANTV were not responding to the DNS requests on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Periscope, preventing users to access these platforms.

An hour later, users were able to access those sites again. This wave of censorship comes in a moment when Venezuela’s government is facing record levels of public opposition and unrest, and a rapidly escalating economic crisis that has led to widespread hunger and threats to public health countrywide. Internet access has significantly deteriorated since May 2016, when the government declared a (still ongoing) state of emergency and officially authorized online content filtering. In May 2017, the Index on Censorship published evidence of 41 websites being blocked in the country.

While authorities may see social media censorship as a useful short-term mechanism for limiting speech that sparks public unrest, they too rely on internet access to communicate with their citizens.

Just last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered officials to investigate Twitter employees in Venezuela for suspending the accounts of 180 government employees and chavistas, as supporters of former president Hugo Chávez are known. Maduro vowed to “unmask” the identities of the Twitter officials responsible and to create thousands of new accounts to continue the “battle on social media.”

One Vietnamese blogger jailed, another forced into exile
On June 29, well-known Vietnamese human rights blogger and community leader Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (who blogged under the name Mother Mushroom) was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a Khanh Hoa district court convicted her of distorting government policies and defaming the Communist regime both on Facebook and in interviews with foreign media outlets.

Vietnamese authorities also forced professor Pham Minh Hoang into exile on June 24. Hoang was stripped of his nationality in May and forcibly removed from his house on June 23. He said he was detained for 24 hours before authorities forced him onto a plane to Paris. He is now separated from his wife and young daughter and unable to take care of his disabled older brother. A blogger and member of Viet Tan, the Vietnamese democratic political movement, Hoang was detained for 17 months beginning xin 2010. He has conducted trainings on cybersecurity, human rights, and leadership skills since his release. “I still have a little hope, one day, to come back to live and die in Vietnam,” he told Associated Press.

Independent Cuban journalist arrested, accused of spreading “false news”
Cuban journalist Manuel Alejandro León Velázquez was arrested by Cuban state security officers in Guantánamo province and detained for two days. Police also confiscated electronic equipment; mobile phone;, several hundred dollars worth of U.S., EU, and Cuban currency; and his passport and press card. León Velázquez is a reporter for the independent news website Diario de Cuba and has covered hurricane relief efforts and infrastructure challenges in eastern Cuba. He has been summoned for a meeting with police on July 3, who charge that he has been distributing “false news.”

Moroccan web editor detained, awaiting trial
A video journalist and the director of the news website Rif24 was arrested on June 6 in the Rif region of Morocco, where protests focused on the declining economy, poor infrastructure, and government corruption have been taking place since October 2016. Mohamed al-Asrihi is currently in pre-trial detention on charges including practicing journalism without official accreditation and receiving foreign funding from “separatists” abroad. He is reportedly being held in solitary confinement in Casablanca’s Oukacha Prison.

At Thailand’s behest, YouTube censors Charlie Chaplin’s Great Dictator
A video clip of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator has been blocked on YouTube at the behest of the military-backed government of Thailand. Internet users reported on June 24 that the video clip with Thai subtitles was inaccessible on YouTube. The page for the video instead displayed the standard message: “This content is not available on this country domain due to a legal complaint from the government.”

The 1940 film The Great Dictator parodied the rise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. June 24 is the day when Thailand commemorates the 1932 revolution, which ended the country’s absolute monarchy.

Chinese netizens’ days using VPNs may be numbered
Internet users are anticipating that the majority of virtual private network apps for individual use will be inaccessible in mainland China by July 1. Whisperings of a state ban on unauthorized VPNs spread widely on Twitter and Weibo after the popular VPN service provider Green announced that the company would cease operations by July 1. That date is sensitive because it marks the 20th anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong from British to Chinese power. However, there is not yet conclusive evidence that there is a direct connection. The move may also indicate a forthcoming ban has been expedited. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had announced that it will ban “illegal services,” including unauthorized VPNs, in March 2018.

Kenyan officials promise not to shut down the internet on election day
After Gabon and the Gambia shut down networks during recent elections, inquiring minds want to know whether Kenya will follow in their footsteps during upcoming elections on Aug. 8. In a press statement, Kenyan Information and Communications Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru affirmed, “We are a digital country and that is not our intention. It is not even a remote fall back position.”

Netizen activism
The U.N. special rapporteur on violence against women is soliciting input for a report on online violence against women and girls. Submissions should be sent by Sept. 30, 2017.


          Companies still hobbled from fearsome cyberattack   
Many businesses still struggled to recover hopelessly scrambled computer networks, collateral damage from a massive cyberattack that targeted Ukraine three days ago.

The Heritage Valley Health System couldnt offer lab and diagnostic imaging services at 14 community and neighborhood offices in western Pennsylvania. DLA Piper, a London-based law firm with offices in 40 countries, said on its website that email systems were down; a receptionist said email hadnt been restored by the close of business day.

Dave Kennedy, a former Marine cyberwarrior who is now CEO of the security company TrustedSec, said one U.S. company he is helping is rebuilding its entire network of more than 5,000 computers.

"It hit everything, their backups, servers, their workstations, everything," he said. "Everything was just nuked and wiped."

Kennedy added, "Some of these companies are actually using pieces of paper to write down credit card numbers. Its crazy."

The cyberattack that began Tuesday brought even some Fortune 1000 companies to their knees, experts say. Kennedy said a lot more "isnt being reported by companies who dont want to say that they are hit."

The malware, which security experts are calling NotPetya, was unleashed through Ukraine tax software, called MeDoc. Customers networks became infected downloading automatic updates from its makers website. Many customers are multinationals with offices in the eastern European nation.

The malware spread so quickly, worming its way automatically through interconnected private networks, as to be nearly unstoppable. What saved the world from digital mayhem, experts say, was its limited business-to-business connectivity with Ukrainian enterprises, the intended target.

Had those direct connections been extensive on the level of a major industrial nation "you are talking about a catastrophic failure of all of our systems and environments across the globe. I mean it could have been absolutely terrifying," Kennedy said.

Microsoft said NotPetya hit companies in at least 64 nations, including Russia, Germany and the United States. Victims include drug giant Merck & Co. and the shipping company FedExs TNT subsidiary. Trade in FedEx stock was temporarily halted Wednesday.

One major victim, Danish shipping giant A.P. Maersk- Moller, said Friday that its cargo terminals and port operations were "now running close to normal again."

It said operations had been restored in Spain, Morocco, India, Brazil, Argentina and Lima, Peru, but problems lingered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Elizabeth, New Jersey; and Los Angeles.

An employee at an international transit company at Limas port of Callao told The Associated Press that Maersk employees telephone system and email had been knocked out by the virus so they were "stuck using their personal cellphones."
          Morocco’s Government Delays Currency Liberalization   

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          Africa: There Is Nothing to Learn From Morocco On Regional Integration   
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Zifa announced on their website that Norman Matemera, a Zimbabwe Republic Police officer, will officiate a Caf Confederation Cup match between Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda and Faith Union Sport of Morocco in east Africa on Sunday. He will be assisted by Brighton Nyika and award-winning Salani Ncube while Nomore Musundire will be the fourth official. […]

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          Instability, Quagmire, and Peace    
Political stability in the United States dropped, while many countries in the Middle East and North Africa became more peaceful, including Morocco and Iran according to this year's Peace Index.
          Как ухаживать за волосами летом и что купить для отпуска?   
Всем доброго времени суток!

Как я спасаю волосы от сухости и выгорания? Как ухаживаю за локонами летом? Чем пополнить свой уход в жаркие дни? Обо всем этом я поведаю в этом посте.


Этим летом передо мной стоит двойная задача по защите волос от солнца:
1. Более легкий уход в городской среде с мягким летом
2. Бронебойное спасение волос на солнечном острове Закинф, где уже завтра я вместе со своими длинными волосами буду нежиться под жаркими лучами и вместе с ними же бессовестно нырять в волны Ионического моря)

В первую очередь, на лето нужно запастись головным убором. Это также спасет от выгорания волос. Меня эта проблема особенно волнует, так как мои локоны приобретают не очень приятный медный оттенок, если я пренебрегаю защитой. К счастью, сегодня модные дома работают над тем, чтобы предоставить нам намного больше выбора, нежели во времена молодости моей мамы. И уже сложно сказать «мне не идут головные уборы»!

В этом году я первый раз приобрела шляпу, никогда не думала, что решусь на это, но вот этот экземпляр мне по вкусу!

Во-вторых, летом нужно увлажнять волосы гораздо интенсивнее, чем в другие времена года. Особенно это касается жительниц засушливых регионов, где лето — это бесконечная борьба с жаждой, а также сухостью волос и кожи. Поэтому лучше отдать предпочтение средствам для волос, предназначенных для увлажнения. Таковыми могут являться шампунь, бальзам, маска, спрей и крем. Нужно обращать внимание на состав средств, отлично наполняют влагой глицерин, гиалуроновая кислота, пантенол, алоэ, коллаген, эластин, бетаин.

Ну и конечно, лето без солнцезащитных средств с УФ-фильтрами весьма опасно для наших локонов. Как правило, косметика для окрашенных волос всегда содержит их, дабы защитить цвет от выгорания, но это скучно! Для меня, как для самого настоящего волосоманьяка, лето — прекрасный повод для приобретения красивого пляжного набора косметики! Историю покупки я расскажу в конце, там вы и поймете, почему)

А вот и главные герои в борьбе за защиту волос от солнца! Летняя лимитированная коллекция TIGI BED HEAD BEACHIN

Расскажу о каждом поподробнее:

TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin' Shampoo Увлажняющий шампунь-желе с защитой от солнца

От производителя:
Инновационный шампунь-желе TIGI Bead Hed Totally Beachin' Shampoo равномерно распределяется по волосам благодаря нежной тающей текстуре, а эффективная формула с витамином B и УФ-фильтрами надежно держит солнечный удар. Максимальный эффект достигается при использовании с летним кондиционером TIGI Bead Hed Totally Beachin' Conditioner.
Сокращает повреждение до 99% даже на микроскопическом уровне, сохраняя волосы здоровыми и cильными;
ВИТАМИН Е Мощный антиоксидант;
ЭКСТРАКТ ОГУРЦА И АЛОЭ ВЕРА увлажняет и оказывает успокающее действие на кожу головы после солнца;
Надежная защита от УФ лучей и потери цвета окрашенных волос.

Состав:
Water
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Пенообразующее вещество, эмульгирующий компонент, ПАВ — очищение. Производное этоксилированного лаурилового спирта.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Мягкое ПАВ, очищающий, моющий компонент, антистатик, стабилизирует пену.
Sodium Chloride: Загуститель, стабилизатор вязкости, антисептик.
Glycerin: Влагоудерживающий компонент, растворитель, денатурат. Смягчающее, защитное, увлажняющее действие. Растворитель, регулятор вязкости, эмульгатор.
Dimethiconol: Силиконовый полимер. Применяют в средствах для волос для придания блеска, облегчения расчесывания, улучшает внешний вид волос. Противопенный компонент.
Sodium Benzoate: Консервирующий компонент, противогрибковое,, антисептик.
Parfum
Сок огурца: Омолаживающее, противовоспалительное, увлажняющее, осветляющее, охлаждающее, антиаллергенное свойства. Защита от УФ-излучения.
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: Загуститель, кондиционер, антистатик, пленкообразователь, усиливает вязкость и стабильность состава.
Экстракт алоэ вера: Заживляющее, увлажняющее, лечащее ожоги, ранозаживлюящее, противомикробное, противовоспалительное.
Citric Acid(цитрусовая кислота): Очищение кожи и пилинг, антиоксидант, консервант, стабилизирует кислотность, отбеливание кожи, улучшает рост волос, противовоспалительное действие, лифтинг.
TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate: ПАВ — очищающее действие, пенообразователь.
Laureth-23: Поверхностно-активное вещество, моющее вещество, эмульгатор.
Disodium EDTA: Антиоксидант, хелатирующее вещество, увеличивает пенообразование, усиливает действие консервантов.
Phenoxyethanol: Консервант.
Benzophenone-4: Является лецитиноподобным эмульгатором, часто используется в солнцезащитной косметике.
Tocopheryl Acetate (Витамин Е): Антиоксидант, питание кожи, смягчает кожу, защита от ультрафиолета, противовоспалительное, увлажнитель.
Isopropyl Myristate: Смазывающее средство, смягчающий компонент, фиксирует аромат.
Propylene Glycol: Растворитель, консервирующий компонент, смягчитель, ароматизатор, регулятор вязкости, стабилизирует эмульсию, увлажнитель.
PPG-9: Эмульсионные компоненты, растворители, стабилизаторы, смягчители. Увлажнитель, питает кожу, эмульгатор.
Limonene: Ароматизатор, консервирующий компонент с антибактериальной активностью.
Linalool: Компонент эфирных масел. Ароматизатор, отдушка.
Blue 1: Бриллиантовый синий краситель.
CI 19140: Косметический краситель желтого цвета.

Внешний вид, упаковка.

Глянцевая туба мятного цвета с белыми надписями и солнышком. Крышка легко откидывается вверх. Такие упаковки очень удобны в использовании, их не надо переворачивать перед использованием. Материал не самый прочный, чем больше пользуешься — больше образуются впадины на упаковке.

Объем 250 мл

Цена 12,5 фунтов

Консистенция

Прозрачное желе со слегка бирюзовым оттенком. Наверное впервые сталкиваюсь с такой необычной консистенцией. Густота средняя.

Аромат

Производитель обещает мандариновую отдушку. На деле же апельсиновые леденцы, аромат очень приторный, на любителя. Вспоминается детство и чупа-чупсы.

Нанесение
Выдавливаю необходимое количество шампуня на ладони, растираю, в процессе прозрачное желе становится белой слешка пенящейся субстанцией, которую я наношу на корни и затылочную часть волос, эмульгирую и смываю. Пенится не очень сильно, думаю, дело в консистенции. Промывает волосы до скрипа. Во время смывания локоны спутаны до нельзя, и кажется что они сухие-пресухие.

Результат
Чистые блестящие волосы. Этот шампунь — один из немногих придает объем моим длинным локонам. Корни выглядят свежими до трех дней! Прекрасно справляется с очищением кожи головы и волос от укладочных средств. Но все-таки, это абсолютно не мягкий шампунь, и моя чувствительная кожа головы его не особо жалует. На второй-третий день появляется шелушение. Но на каждый день в самый раз, особенно если его чередовать с более питательным шампунем, дабы избежать сухости волос.

Моя оценка 4 из 5, в жару прекрасно освежает, советую девушкам с тонкими волосами и нормальной, жирной нечувствительной кожей головы. Для отпуска отличный вариант, после моря отлично справится с солеными волосами и песком в них! Для ухода в городской среде так же отличный вариант! Очень порадовали сок огурца и алоэ вера в составе, и так же два УФ-фильтра, при разборе состава я их выделила жирным шрифтом.

TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin' Conditioner Летний кондиционер с защитой от солнца


От производителя:
Кондиционер с легкой, тающей текстурой обеспечит волосам увлажнение, урепляя их и устраняя проблему секущехся концов. Волосы под надежной защитой и выглядят идеально даже после двух недель активного пляжного отдыха.

Сокращает повреждение до 99% даже на микроскопическом уровне, сохраняя волосы здоровыми и сильными;

ВИТАМИН Е Мощный антиоксидант;

ЭКСТРАКТ ОГУРЦА И АЛОЭ ВЕРА увлажняет и оказывает успокающее действие на кожу головы после солнца;

UV КОМПЛЕКС Надежная защита от УФ лучей и потери цвета окрашенных волос.

Состав:
Water
Cetearyl Alcohol: Стабилизатор, связующее вещество, растворитель, эмульгатор, структурообразователь.
Dimethicone: Силиконовый полимер, придает шелковистость и блеск, волосы не электризуются, придает объем, защищает волосы. Является пленкообразователем и пеногасителем
Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine: ПАВ, эмульгатор, очищающее средство, кондиционирование волос, увлажнитель, эмолент, антистатическое действие, придает блеск волосам.
Behentrimonium Chloride: Кондиционер для кожи и волос, смягчающий компонент, антистатик
Glycerin: Влагоудерживающий компонент, растворитель, денатурат. Смягчающее, защитное, увлажняющее действие. Растворитель, регулятор вязкости, эмульгатор.
Parfum
Сок огурца: Омолаживающее, противовоспалительное, увлажняющее, осветляющее, охлаждающее, антиаллергенное свойства. Защита от УФ-излучения.
Dipropylene Glycol: Растворитель, регулирует вязкость, ароматизатор.
Lactic Acid (молочная кислота): Консервант, буферное вещество. Очищение, увлажнение, заживление, омолаживающее, регулятор кислотности, снимает воспаление, осветляет кожу, восстанавливает волосы.
Amodimethicone: Силикон, кондиционер для волос и кожи, термозащита для волос, придает им блеск, сохраняет цвет окрашенных волос.
Potassium Chloride: Структурообразователь, регулятор кислотности, регулятор вязкости.
Disodium EDTA: Антиоксидант, хелатирующее вещество, увеличивает пенообразование, усиливает действие консервантов.
Cetrimonium Chloride: Используется в кондиционерах для волос и шампунях. Антистатическое действие. Эмульсионный стабилизатор. Консервант. Антисептик.
Peg-7 propylheptyl ether: не нашла информацию об этом компоненте
Phenoxyethanol: Консервант.
Magnesium Nitrate: Влагоудерживающий компонент, окислитель, краситель.
Benzophenone-4: Является лецитиноподобным эмульгатором, часто используется в солнцезащитной косметике.
Tocopheryl Acetate (Витамин Е): Антиоксидант, питание кожи, смягчает кожу, защита от ультрафиолета, противовоспалительное, увлажнитель.
Isopropyl Myristate: Смазывающее средство, смягчающий компонент, фиксирует аромат.
Isopropyl Myristate: Смазывающее средство, смягчающий компонент, фиксирует аромат.
Propylene Glycol: Растворитель, консервирующий компонент, смягчитель, ароматизатор, регулятор вязкости, стабилизирует эмульсию, увлажнитель.
Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate: Снимает воспаление, регенерирующее средство, омолаживает. Отвердитель, регулятор вязкости, вяжущий компонент.
Methylisothiazolinone: Консервирующий компонент.
Limonene: Ароматизатор, консервирующий компонент с антибактериальной активностью.
Linalool: Компонент эфирных масел. Ароматизатор, отдушка.
Blue 1: Бриллиантовый синий краситель.
CI 19140: Косметический краситель желтого цвета.

Объем 200 мл

Цена 14,5 фунтов

Внешний вид, упаковка.

Идентичная шампуню глянцевая туба мятного цвета с белыми надписями и солнышком, только размером поменьше. Все-таки так радуют глаз такие бутылочки!

Консистенция

Стандартная для кондиционера. Напоминает обезжиренный йогурт бирюзового цвета. Необычное сочетание, да?

Аромат

Все тот же апельсиновый чупа-чупс в наибольшей концентрации. Остается на волосах до следующего мытья. Вообще TIGI молодцы в отношении отдущек, они всегда яркие и запоминающиеся.

Нанесение
Распределяю кондиционер на чистые, подсушенные полотенцем волосы на пару минут, смываю. Все спутанные во время мытья шампунем пряди моментально развязываются под струей воды и волосы разглаживаются. Очень нравится к ним прикасаться. Кондиционер можно смело назвать экономичным, распределяется очень легко, во время смывания волосы очень скользкие, приходится долго стоять под душем. После высыхания волосы радуют блеском, как после ламинирования. А рассыпчатость просто необыкновенная. А вы знаете, что рассыпчатость — самый главный признак того, что волосы достаточно увлажнены?

Результат
После высыхания волосы радуют блеском, как после ламинирования. А рассыпчатость просто необыкновенная. А вы знаете, что рассыпчатость — самый главный признак того, что волосы достаточно увлажнены? Никаких сбитых в сосульки прядей, никакого утяжеления. Легкие, блестящие, рассыпчатые волосы. Для тонких негустых волос, лишенных объема — просто находка!

Моя оценка 5 из 5, легкий кондиционер, справляется с увлажнением волос в жаркую погоду и предотвращает выгорание волос, что немаловажно! Проверено! Кстати, состав в плане полезных компонентов и УФ-фильтров идентичен с шампунем.

Шампунь и кондиционер — это здорово и жизненно необходимо, но не стоит забывать о том, что средства с УФ-фильтрами необходимо обновлять каждые 2 часа на волосах. Обычно я доверяла это дело спрею, но не всегда и не в каждый клатч он помещается, поэтому в борьбе за женственность и красоту я выбираю миниатюру несмываемого масла.

CHI Гель восстанавливающий шёлковая инфузия

От производителя:
Восстанавливающее средство без содержания спирта, не требующее смывания. Обогащено чистым шелком. Обеспечивает невероятное качество волос, делая их мягкими, послушными и блестящими.
Содержит 17 аминокислот из 19 присутствующих в волосе — не отторгается живой тканью, легко проникает в волос и естественным образом фиксируется в нем. Великолепно увлажняет волосы, благодаря способности удерживать влагу в 3 раза превосходящую собственный вес.
Действие. Гель восстанавливающий Шелковая инфузия Silk Infusion — для всех типов волос, создан на основе натурального шёлка, входит в состав системы, предназначенной для ежедневного применения и используется в уходе за нормальными и склонными к сухости волосами, а также за волосами, подвергавшимися осветлению или другим химическим процедурам. Гель имеет в качестве основного компонента натуральный шёлк, как самый близкий по составу материал, к человеческому волосу. Гель восстанавливающий Шелковая Инфузия Silk Infusion CHI, это насыщенное средство, обладающее невероятными восстанавливающими свойствами, не требующее смывания. Обогащено натуральным шелком, протеинами сои и пшеницы, обеспечивает органичное взаимодействие с тканью волоса. Подходит для ежедневного применения, обладает
способностью придавать волосам ухоженный и здоровый внешний вид, ослепительный блеск.
Результат. Гель восстанавливающий Шелковая Инфузия проникает в волос, укрепляя его. Делает волосы невероятно мягкими, послушными и блестящими, не «перегружая» их.
Состав. Этиловый эфир гидролизованного шелка, протеины сои, пшеницы.
Способ применения. Нанести небольшое количество на ладони и равномерно распределить по волосам.
Страна-производитель: США.

Объем 15 мл

Стоимость 4,5 фунта

Состав:
Cyclomethicone Силикон. Придает блеск и улучшает структуру волос. Смягчает кожу, антистатик.
Dimethicone: Силиконовый полимер. Для кожи: придает мягкость, предотвращает раздражение и покраснение, создает защитную пленку. Для волос: придает шелковистость и блеск, волосы не электризуются, придает объем, защищает волосы. Является пленкообразователем и пеногасителем
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate Антимикробное, очищающее, дезинфицирующее действия. Загуститель эмульсии. Увлажняет и питает кожу. Растворитель. Фиксатор ароматов.
Пантенол: Увлажнитель, кондиционирование волос, регенерация и заживление кожи, укрепляет волосы, противовоспалительное, антиакне, влагоудержатель, смягчающий компонент.
Гидролизованный шелк: ПАВ, эмульсионный компонент, растворитель, ароматизатор, смягчает кожу, регулятор вязкости.
Phenoxyethanol Этиленгликолевый эфир, феноксиэтиловый спирт
Парфюм
Косметический краситель желтого цвета.
Косметический краситель красного цвета.
Zinc Oxide УФ-фильтр. Антисептик. Вяжущее действие. Нормализует работу сальных желез жирной кожи.

Titanium Dioxide Красящее вещество, наполнитель, УФ-фильтр, белый пигмент.
Слюда: Наполнитель, красящее вещество.
Boron Nitride Усиливает эффект цвета, защита от УФ-лучей, отбеливающий эффект

Хочу обратить внимание, что в интернете я встречала два разных состава этого продукта, причем абсолютно разных! Мой состав идентичен с теми, которые были куплены в России и Европе. А вот девушки, купившие инфузию в США, публикуют другой состав. Вот так вот)

Внешний вид, упаковка.

Маленький стильный флакон серебряного цвета с красной крышкой и красно-черными надписями. Был упакован в картонную коробочку, которая успела помяться по дороге. Бутылек очень милый и удобный. Поместится даже в кошелек! Под крышкой находилась защитная мембрана, удалить которую — задача не из легких. С краев это сделать не представлялось возможным, поэтому я просто проткнула сверху и удалила от середины по всей площади.

Консистенция

Прозрачный маслянистый гель, по густоте напоминает оливковое масло.

Аромат


Мужской парфюм со свежей основой. Очень специфический выбор производителя женской косметики. Не остается на волосах, и это радует.

Нанесение
На влажные волосы наношу растертый между ладонями гель почти на все полотно, за исключением 15 см от корней. И бегу мыть руки, они неприятно липкие после использования геля.

Результат
Ни одного узелка на волосах, легкое расчесывание и безупречная мягкость волос. Иногда я забываю; что гель содержит в составе силиконы, для меня он просто невесомый. Добавляет блеска и эластичности волосам, сокращает ломкость. Могу наносить несколько раз в день, волосы не утяжеляются от этого. Единственное, что немного смущает — это липкость. Визуально ее сложно идентифицировать. А это самое главное. Считаю этот продукт уходовым, с ним волосы стали намного подвижнее и про проблему расчесывания я вообще забыла.

Моя оценка 5 из 5. Знаю, это один из самых спорных продуктов для волос. Сколько сердец покорил этот гель, столько же он и разбил. Поэтому очень сложно советовать, точнее сложно понять, кому его советовать. Наверное, кудрявым девушкам, как я, должно понравится. Я очень довольна им. В составе целых 3 УФ-фильтра! И не забываем, что масляные продукты плохо смываются водой, поэтому для отдыха на море шелковая инфузия отличный вариант!

На протяжении двух недель использования этих средств мои волосы не выгорели. Сухость существенно сократилась. Фото после использования всех трех средств и термозащиты Kerastase Discipline, о которой я совсем скоро вам поведую в отдельном посте. Выпрямлены утюжком.

А теперь та самая «история».

Перед покупкой набора TIGI я озадачилась вопросом «А у каких марок есть солнцезащитные коллекции?» хотелось приобрести дуэт шампунь+бальзам, или шампунь+маска, но обязательно одного производителя. Удивительно, но в интернет магазинах как правило нет такого фильтра, а если и есть, там зачастую отбираются все средства для окрашенных волос. Не спорю, многие из них содержат в составе UV-фильтры, но девчачье хочулетниебутылочки пересилило меня! Я решила докопаться до сути и облегчить работу читателям нашего любимого HAIRMANIAC. Вот что я нашла — солнцезащитные линейки самых популярных и любимых брендов.

Estel, коллекция для волос и тела Otium Sun Time
Пришла на смену всеми уважаемой оранжевой линейки Sun Flower

Включает в себя следующие средства:
Охлаждающий шампунь для волос Otium Sun Time
Бальзам утоление жажды волос Otium Sun Time
Солнцезащитный спрей для волос Otium Sun Time
Охлаждающий гель для душа otium sun time
Увлажняющий спрей для тела после загара otium sun time

Ollin, вкусная коллекция для волос и тела Pina Colada Sun Kit

Это оптимальный комплект продуктов, для максимального ухода и надежной защиты волос и кожи в теплый период. Представленные в наборе продукты уберегут от пагубного влияния UV-излучения, морской и хлорированной воды, резких перепадов температуры.
Набор Ollin Pina Colada Sun Kit — это оптимальный комплект продуктов, для максимального ухода и надежной защиты волос и кожи в теплый период. Представленные в наборе продукты уберегут от пагубного влияния UV-излучения, морской и хлорированной воды, резких перепадов температуры.
В состав «летнего» набора Ollin Pina Colada Sun Kit входят:
Шампунь 2 в 1 для волос и тела Ollin Pina Colada Sun shampoo hair and body, содержащий пантенол, протеины пшеницы и рисовое масло. Комплексное воздействие этих компонентов помогает предотвратить пересыхание и ломкость волос, обеспечить им необходимый уровень увлажнения, снять нагрузку после длительного пребывания на солнце, удалить с их поверхности остатки морской соли или хлора.
Бальзам для волос Ollin Pina Colada Sun hair balsam с высоким содержанием природный антиоксидантов, UV-фильтров и растительных протеинов. Прекрасно защищает волосы от выгорания и старения, кондиционирует и увлажняет. Придает приятный блеск и шелковистость.
Молочко для загара Ollin Pina Colada Sun tan oil balsam – залог идеального ровного бронзового загара без солнечных ожогов и сухости кожных покровов. Содержит аллантоин, драгоценное масло арганы, UV-фильтры и масло люффы.

BONACURE, популярная по соотношению цена-качество коллекция Sun Protect
Выдержанный в фирменном стиле Bonacure, набор средств по 100 мл, а также все они есть в полном объеме.

Салонный профессиональный уход за волосами во время летнего отпуска — это мечта каждой женщины, осуществить которую способен дорожный набор с солнцезащитными средствами BC Sun
BC Sun – это:
Уникальная технология Sun Guardian позволяющая защитить локоны от негативного UVA и UVB излучения.
Комплекс Solar-Care, основанный на сочетании аминокислот, витаминов и растительных экстрактов для глубокого восстановления и питания волос.
Система защиты цвета, препятствующая выгоранию локонов под воздействием ультрафиолета.
Увлажняющий комплекс, направленный на восстановление природного уровня влаги в структуре волос и предупреждение ее потери.
В коллекцию с солнцезащитными средствами BC Sun входят:
Шампунь для волос и тела BC Sun Shampoo прекрасно подходящий для ежедневного мягкого очищения волос, подвергающихся солнечному воздействию. Средство помогает нормализовать гидробаланс, увлажнить и успокоить волосы и кожу после длительных солнечных ванн. Содержит аллантоноин, экстракт алоэ, витаминный комплекс.
Спрей-кондиционер для эффективного ухода и защиты от UVA и UVB-излучения. В основе его активного действия лежат природные растительные экстракты, комплекс аминокислот, витамин Е и специальные UVA и UVB-фильтры. Средство сделает волосы более послушными, красивыми и ухоженными.
Масло-блеск BC Sun Protect, благодаря которому волосы не потускнеют от ярких солнечных лучей, восстановят свою структуру и наполнятся живым сияющим блеском.
Также в этой коллекции представлена прекрасная маска, о которой я писала здесь www.hairmaniac.ru/bezopasnoe-leto-obzor-solncezaschitnyh-sredstv.html
Солнцезащитные средства BC Sun позаботятся о красоте ваших волос пока вы отдыхаете!

У одного из самых популярных брендов волосоманьяков Kaaral также есть красивая и позитивная коллекция Happy Sun

Happy Sun Bamboo Mask — Крем-маска для волос
Happy Sun Bamboo oil — Несмываемый двухфазный спрей для волос
Happy Sun Bamboo Cream — Крем после пребывания на солнце
Happy Sun Bamboo Bronze — Солнцезащитный спрей-масло SPF 15
И шампунь Happy Sun Bamboo Shower, которым я пользовалась прошлым летом. Оставил о себе наилучшие впечатления.
Happy Sun hair protection — Средства для ухода и защиты от солнца. Линия профессиональных средств Happy Sun для защиты Ваших волос от палящего солнца, соленой воды и ветра, в состав которых входят UV-фильтры, экстракт алоэ вера и витамины А, Е, С, экстракт бамбука, масло сладкого миндаля, масло моркови, кокосовое, оливковое масло, какао-масло. Благодаря идеальным защитным формулам теперь возможно сохранить здоровый и ухоженный вид

Марка, с которой я еще не успела познакомиться LAKME также выпустила солнцезащитную коллекцию Sun Care

В состав продуктов серии SUN CARE входят фильтры с высокой совместимостью с волокнами волос, которые обеспечивают длительную защиту от утльтрафиолетовых лучей спектров А и В. Их формула обогащена витамином Е, который является мощным антиоксидантом и защищает липиды и протеины волоса от повреждений и свободных радикалов. Таитянское масло монои восстанавливает сухие и поврежденные волосы, придает им блеск и мягкость, делает их послушными. Результат заметен немедленно и сохраняется длительное время.
В коллекции представлены:
Lakme Teknia Sun Care Treatment — Интенсивное восстанавливающее средство для волос после пребывания на солнце
Lakme Teknia Sun Care Protection Spray — Спрей для волос солнцезащитный
Lakme Teknia Sun Care Shampoo — Шампунь восстанавливающий для волос после пребывания на солнце
Lakme Teknia Sun Care Serum — Сыворотка для восстановления поврежденных солнцем кончиков волос

Защищающая от солнца коллекция BIOLAGE Sunsorials от Matrix

Продукты этой серии:
Защищающий от солнца несмываемый спрей BIOLAGE Sunsorials
Маска после солнца BIOLAGE Sunsorials
А так же шампунь, о котором я рассказывала здесь www.hairmaniac.ru/bezopasnoe-leto-obzor-solncezaschitnyh-sredstv.html

Косметика Matrix Biolage Solarials yвлажняет и восстанавливает волосы, а также успокаивает кожу головы. Защищает волосы от вредного воздействия солнечных лучей, морской воды и хлора бассейна. Благодаря антиоксидантному ботаническому комплексу на основе экстракта семян подсолнечника, витамина Е и восстанавливающих керамидов обеспечивает надежную защиту от УФ-лучей, увлажняет и питает волосы. Придаёт волосам здоровый вид, мягкость и естественный блеск, совершенно не утяжеляя их. Идеально подходит всех типов волос, в том числе для окрашенных.

Сравнительно бюджетная коcметическая линия Sun Spark с УФ-фильтрами есть и у обновленной марки Londa

В нее входит:
Солнцезащитный шампунь Londa Sun Spark с экстрактом мандарина и маслом макадамии
Солнцезащитный лосьон-кондиционер Londa Sun Spark с экстрактом мандарина и маслом макадамии.

А вот компания Wella Professional в сегменте своего ассортимента создала сразу две летних коллекции

WELLA PROFESSIONAL SUN

Представлены:
Wella sun экспресс-бальзам
Wella sun шампунь для волос и тела
Wella sun увлажняющий крем бальзам для волос и кожи
Wella sun солнцезащитный спрей
Wella sun солнцезащитный крем для жестких волос

Косметические средства защищают и восстанавливают волосы в течение всего лета и дарят блеск, затмевающий солнце. • Надежная защита от UV-лучей до и во время пребывания на солнце • Питание и восстановление после пребывания на солнце • Специальные игредиенты: витамин Е и аллантоин

А так же солнечная серия линии SP System professional

В нее вошли:
Wella sp sun шампунь для волос и тела после солнца
Wella SP SUN увлажняющий флюид для волос и тела после пребывания на солнце
Wella sp sun спрей для защиты цвета волос от uv-лучей
Wella sp sun концентрат для ежедневной защиты волос от солнца
Wella sp sun кондиционер после пребывания на солнце

Специальная серия професииональной косметики Wella SP System professional Sun для защиты волос от негативного воздействия солнечных лучей и окружающей среды. Продукты данной серии в своём составе содержаи УФ-фильтры и увлажняющие компоненты для защиты волос от выгорания и пересушивания при длительном нахождении на активном солнце

Средства для защиты волос от негативного влияния солнца есть и у Barex Olioseta Oro Del Morocco

Яркое соблазнительное оформление флаконов, кажется, что внутри мандариновый джем
Продукты коллекции:
Защитное масло для волос с микро-глиттером
Крем-шампунь после загара
Масло-спрей для тела
Защитное масло для окрашенных волос
Восстанавливающая маска для волос после загара

В предыдущем марафоне призом для победителей были средства от L'oreal из серии Professionnel Serie Expert Solar Sublime

Приобрести эти средства сложно, но возможно:
L'oreal Solar Sublime Маска питательная защита от солнца
L'oreal Solar Sublime смываемый регенерирующий уход
L'oreal Solar Sublime солнцезащитный спрей
L'oreal Solar Sublime Shampoo Шампунь восстанавливающий после солнца
L'oreal Ультралегкий восстанавливающий мусс после солнца / SOlar SUBLIME Muss
L'oreal Солнцезащитное желе для блеска с фактором фиксации 2 / SOlar SUBLIME Jele
L'oreal Гель-флюид для блеска — увлажнение и защита / SOlar SUBLIME Gel
L'oreal Соляр Сублим масло-сияние шелка / SOlar SUBLIME
L'oreal Соляр Сублим осветляющее желе

Профессиональная серия средств Loreal Professionnel Serie Expert Solar Sublime разработана специально для надежной защиты волос от неблагоприятного воздействия ультрафиолетовых солнечных лучей. В основе всех средств этой серии Solar Sublime впервые используется инновационная технология — система MEXORYL S.O UV-PROTECT — надежный УФ-фильтр, защищающий все зоны волоса плюс производная витамина Е и глицерол плюс накапливаемый защитный эффект

А в этом марафоне победетельницы будут удостоены небезызвестного набора Angel Professional

О его наполнении в своем после подробно писала Mariya_Nechaeva
Такое классное оформление этого набора! И как по мне, очень удачные объемы средств, на лето должно хватить!

Ну и последней в моем посте будет шикарная гамма солнцезащитных средств Soleil от Kerastase

Продукты гаммы:
ШАМПУНЬ-ВАННА ПОСЛЕ СОЛНЦА APRÈS-SOLEIL
МАСКА АКТИВНАЯ УФ-ЗАЩИТА UV DÉFENSE ACTIVE
МНОГОФУНКЦИОНАЛЬНЫЙ КРЕМ-УХОД СС CRÈME
ЗАЩИТНАЯ ВУАЛЬ Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur
СМЫВАЕМЫЙ БАЛЬЗАМ FONDANT SOLEIL
При уходе за волосами в летнее время должно быть правило 3-х этапов: подготовка, защита и восстановление. Летняя серия Soleil, состоит из 4 продуктов для самых взыскательных клиенток. Входящие в состав серии УФ фильтры нейтрализуют воздействие солнечных лучей на внешнюю и внутреннюю структуры волоса. Керамиды и полимеры восстанавливают пустоты внутри волоса.
А минеральные масла повышают сопротивляемость волоса к внешним агрессивным факторам, дисциплинируют и создают великолепный косметический эффект. Подготовьте свои волосы к жаркому свиданию с солнцем, и пусть они радуют вас своим сиянием и блеском в его теплых лучах!

О шампуне и маске этой гаммы я подробно писала здесь



Надеюсь, каждая из вас найдет здесь что-то подходящее для летнего ухода. Я могла что-то забыть или не найти, прошу не судить строго! А если у вас есть, чем поделиться по этому поводу, оставляйте в комментариях свои идеи! А может вы бы что-то хотели попробовать из собранного мною списка?

Всем солнца, тепла и шикарных волос! Спасибо за внимание!

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MAO MORTA -  Miguel Pedro (bateria), Joaquim Pinto (baixo), Carlos Fortes (guitarra), AdolfoLuxúria Canibal (voz) e Zé dos Eclipses (guitarra) arquivo Blitz

Adolfo Luxúria Canibal (born in Luanda, December 25, 1959), baptized Adolfo Augusto Martins da Cruz Morais de Macedo, is a lawyer, musician, and Portuguese poet.

In October of 1984, Joaquim Pinto watches in Berlin to a performance of the Swans. At the end of the concert is Harry Crosby, a bassist from the New York band, who tells him that he has a bass player. Pinto returns to Braga, buys a bass and, in November of that year, forms the MAO MORTA, with Miguel Pedro on guitar and Adolfo Luxúria Canibal in the voice.

The MAO MORTA premieres live, in January 1985, in Porto, in Orfeão da Foz. Ze of the Eclipses enters for guitarist Miguel Pedro passing to the drums.

In November 1985, Zé dos Eclipses debuted live at the concert held at Fábrica, Braga. They participate in the 1st New Rock Music Contest, in the Infante Pavilion of Sagres, where they are in 4th place.
They are compiled for the III Rendez-Vous Rock Modern Music Contest where they would win the Originality Prize, which was the most appealing and prestigious award after their submission in the previous year to Pop Dell'Arte.

In September, Carlos Fortes joined the group on the 2nd guitar, and in October 1986, performed their international debut with a concert in Vigo (Spain), El Kremlin, integrated in the Rock Vigo-Oporto 86 In the course of this participation would come to frutify a friendship between the Mao Morta and Pop Dell'Arte, who were also part of the poster.

The first edition of the band, the cassette Mao Morta (1987).
The year of 1987 was marked by the devastation of Cinema Império, in Lisbon, when the Mao Morta integrated in the poster of the Days of the Empire, there acted in October together with the American Gun Club.

 In October of 1988 they made the first part of the British Wire, in the Pavilion Infante de Sagres, in Porto, when the LP was launched, a new music journal that was more focused on the independent scene than the Blitz.
In December they make the first two parts, at the Carlos Lopes Pavilion in Lisbon and at the Rivoli Theater in Porto, the Australian Nick Cave with his Bad Seeds.

They participate in the compilation À Sombra de Deus, with the subtitle Braga 88 that had a great impact media, not only for being the first time in Portugal, a City Council supported the youth culture and edited a disc of local bands, but above all .For finally being available a record of what was known as the bracarense movement, of which much was said but a few, outside Braga, knew, taking away their most notorious representatives Mao Morta, Rongwrong and Bateau Lavoir.

In spite of being a year of great musical activity, 1989 would end up in the history as the one in which Adolph Luxúria Canibal inflicted itself several blows on a leg in a concert realized in Rock Rendez-Vous completely crowded.

Months later, in a television interview, it was justified by saying that Rock Rendez-Vous was too full, with a very heavy, "knife-cutting" environment, and before it could happen any misfortune decided to show blood, "because blood calms the moods, "but with the heat of the installment had not realized the severity of the injuries ...

They began to prepare a new disc but Joaquim Pinto leaves the band after the concert that the Mao Morta gave in January of 1990 in Rock Rendez-Vous. It would be replaced by José Pedro Moura, until then in Pop Dell'Arte, and that it would debut like bassist of the band in a concert in Aveiro.

But before, in May, in a year in which live performances were rare, Mao Morta in a crowded Cinema Alvalade, make another great concert in Lisbon, in the first part of the Swiss Young Gods, where they present the fullness of Felt Hearts and Featured the live debut of Antonio Rafael on the keys.

  

António Rafael had already participated in the recordings of the disc, as a guest musician, but with this concert it became official his entrance in the group. Corações Felpudos was to be released only in September 1990 through the brand Fungui, the bags and wallets factory of Vítor Silva, 'manager' of the band since the days of Malucos da Pátria.

RUT - Radio Tejo University elected in February 1987 the Mao Morta, as "the best national band without registration on vinyl", with the offer of professional studio time for the recording of two tracks, which would be released in August , Along with 4 other songs recorded in K7 format by Malucos da Pátria. In November, they premiere live on television, in the Fisga youth program, broadcast on Channel 1 of RTP - Radiotelevisão Portuguesa.

At the end of 1990 they are in studio to record what would be their 3rd album: O.D., Queen of Rock & Crawl. The independent publisher Área Total, Guarda, had shown interest in editing Felt Hearts, but having no financial means to pay its cost, it convinced the band to edit a new record, recorded in a cheaper studio. And in January 1991, while the 1990 balance sheets of the cultural weekly Se7e and the Public General newspaper included Felt Hearts as one of the best albums of the year, Dead Hands had a new album ready.

 Its edition was scheduled for February, when the band performed for two sold out concerts in the new Lisbon room Johnny Guitar, but due to several delays in the making of the covers, which eventually came out with adulterated colors and the labels of the vinyl ring for paste , Its edition would only happen in June, in a concert in Covilhã, in the discotheque Fábrica.

This would also be Ze's last concert of the Eclipses with the band, since he was leaving for Santa Bárbara, USA, the first stage of a career as a Portuguese reader and cultural attaché that would take him to Santiago de Chile, in the Chile, Fez in Morocco, and Paris in France.

Two days earlier, at a concert in Santo Tirso, Sapo, previously the guitarist of Pop Dell'Arte, had been released, which would replace him on guitar.
1991 had a lot more concerts than the previous year, although without reaching the number that the band had habituated until 1989, but mainly returned to be media interest by the work of the group, with the newspaper Blitz giving cover to the Hand Dead in February , On the occasion of the postponed edition of OD, Queen of Rock & Crawl, and Se7E to do the same in June, such as the regional weekly Minho.

 In turn, in December, in its annual balance sheet, the Public newspaper includes O.D., Queen of the Rock & Crawl in its list of the ten best editions of the year.

Nevertheless, with the problems that occurred in the editions of Felting Hearts and OD, Queen of Rock & Crawl and with a new rare of concerts, the morale of the band was in the tracks - in 1992 they made a single concert in April in First part of the British Jesus & Mary Chain, at the Carlos Lopes Pavilion in Lisbon, and even the one with a bitter taste with José Pedro Moura - held back by a police raid in the neighborhood of Casal Ventoso, where his dependence on heroin forced him to move - has to be replaced at the last minute by Antonio Rafael ...

Facing the inertia that was installed, Adolfo Luxúria Canibal convinces Vítor Silva to bet on a new disc and in May the Dead Hand enter again in recordings. They choose the best Portuguese studio of the time, the Angel, where they stay until July and where they meet the producer and sound technician José Fortes, with whom they come into perfect harmony.

Despite the absence of José Pedro Moura, who appears a single day in the studio, the band gains confidence and surrenders heart and soul to the production of what would become his most celebrated album: Mutantes S.21.

Edited in early December, again by the brand Fungui, the disc, which is a backstage tour of nine cities, is still in time to be counted in the annual press reports, being "the best national record of the year" for the Diário de Notícias And included in the list of the best ten of the year of Público and Se7e, while the group is cover of Blitz and Se7e.

The Pop-Off youth culture magazine, broadcast by RTP2, featured weekly video clips by independent bands, and once again, as happened with the edition of Felt Hearts and OD, Queen of Rock & Crawl, invites the Dead Hand to make a video of Mutants S.21.

The chosen theme is Budapest and to realize it was highlighted Nuno Tudela, with whom from that the group maintains a relation of lasting complicity.

The Budapest clip turns out to be the most sought after on another daily program on public television channel 1, Vira o Vídeo, where it stays for weeks on top of its Top Video, dragging with it an unexpected radio airplay that would do with That on February 11, 1993 Mutantes S.21 entered the 28th place of the National Top of Sales. Still this month the Mao Morta make the cover of Académica magazine.


MAO MORTA TMN  live foto Rui Leal

The success of Budapest and Mutantes S.21 could not fail to be reflected in the request for concerts, especially as the group contracted with a new entertainment agency (by Mario Dimas, an experienced agent), and 1993 is a year of touring Triumphant, with several mythical performances.

Beginning in March, with the first parts of the Tubes, the Carlos Lopes Pavilion in Lisbon and the Coliseu do Porto, the tour of Mutantes S.21 also leads the Dead Hand, as heads of posters, to Queima das Fitas of the University of Porto Or the Burial Week of the University of Aveiro, where the debauchery on stage is worth an interdiction of the academy for several years.

 Other concerts of this year would be recorded in memory, as in March the clashes that provoked with the police in Mirandela or in June the invasion of the stage by a fan with naked breasts in a crowded Incredible Almadense, in Almada, but none is approaching that in May Starred in the Teatro-Circo, in Braga.

The assistance, in a more than exhausted room, surrendered to the group and it was as if levitating, completely unconscious of its acts, in a collective hysteria of difficult explanation, only to land in the end, in a Theater-Circus destroyed, that almost the only ones Centennial walls resisted.

In the middle there had been everything from dives to the crowd to an attempt at oral sex with Adolfo Luxúria Canibal by a more uncontrolled fan.

This concert had as a pretext the launch of a special edition of Mutantes S.21, with a book of cartoons to illustrate the diverse subjects of the disc, in a kind of farewell to the old vinyl: Mutantes S.21 was also the first edition In the new CD media.

The album also had a nomination for the Golden Se7e of 1993 in the category "best record" (the Golden Se7e was a prestigious annual award instituted by the weekly Se7e, which rewarded the various manifestations within the entertainment area - music, theater, Cinema - that had most distinguished themselves in the year), and in November it would be included in the selection The Best Discs of Portuguese Music, the first balance sheet on the Portuguese musical edition, organized by Diário de Notícias.

Still in November they perform with the British Inspiral Carpets, in the Great Nave of the Exhibition Park in Braga, in the presentation of the second volume of the series À Sombra de Deus, whose idea of ​​a portrait of the state of creativity of Bra- carian music had been taken up again by Miguel Pedro, still always with the sponsorship of the local authority, and give the first interview for a foreign television, in the case to Lemon TV, of Scotland.

But before that they had already aroused the interest of the multinational BMG: its managers were present in Portugal Ao Vivo, a show that in July filled the Estádio de Alvalade with the live presentation of the main names that dominated the Portuguese top of disc sold and in whose Giant screens, in the intervals of performances, passed the music videos made by the television program Pop-Off, and had been very impressed to see that huge crowd chant Budapest every time the clip passed on the screen.

 Immediately they contacted the group and at the end of the month the Dead Hand signed with BMG a contract for a disc, at the option of the band that did not want to compromise any longer, entering in December in studio for the recording of the fifth disc.

In a year of many concerts, with a new performance in May as headliners in the Queima das Fitas of the University of Porto or in the Academic Week of the Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, 1994 would be marked by the participation of the Dead Hand in a new stadium event, the Children of the Live Madrugada, which took place in June at the Estádio de Alvalade, in the framework of Lisbon 94 - European Capital of Culture, and which brought together the various players in the album to pay tribute to José Afonso.
Also in 1994, in September, the collection À Sombra de Deus (Volume 2) and the first maxi single from the group, in a return to the vinyl, with variations on the theme Dogs of Chromium included in Venus in Flames are finally published.

The Blitz, with the disappearance of the weekly Se7e, decides to institute for music an award that would occupy the space left vacant by the Golden Se7e, and launches the Blitz Music Awards. In March 1995 the Dead Hand are nominated in the categories "national group of the year" and "best male national singer", through Adolfo Luxúria Canibal.

1995 was again a year full of concerts, with the Dead Hands in May to be headlines in the Academic Weeks of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, to participate for the first time in the biggest Portuguese student event, Queima das Fitas Of the University of Coimbra, where they share the stage with the English The Fall, and in June to integrate the alignment of their first summer festival, the Imperial Live in Lisbon.

The band receives from the director Jorge Silva Melo an invitation, on behalf of the Cultural Center of Belém (CCB), to play poems of the late German playwright Heiner Müller, about the posthumous presentation of the play Germania 3.

 The band, with the collaboration of the costume designer Ana Rita and the director Mariana Otero, transforms the invitation into the design of a multimedia show, Müller at the Hotel Hessischer Hof, which premiered in January 1997 in an exhausted and euphoric CCB.

The show has two more sold-out dates in the small room of the Centro Cultural de Belém and three others, always sold out, at the Garcia de Resende Theater in Évora, at the Teatro-Circo in Braga and at the Gil Vicente Theater in Coimbra. The recording of the premiere show would still be released on disc in May, with direct entry to the 20th place of Top National Sales, where it stayed for four weeks, and on video in February 1998.

In May 1997, they won a Blitz Music Prize - 1996 in the category of "best video clip" - the only year in which this category existed - with the Chabala video, performed in May of the previous year by Nuno Tudela to accompany Edition of the homonymous single by BMG. In June, Adolfo Luxúria Canibal receives the "A Nossa Terra" regional award in the "music" category, in its first edition.

Live, also highlights the participation in the 5th international festival of Paredes de Coura, which ended, acting after the Rollins Band Americans. 1997 would end with the inclusion of Müller in the Hotel Hessischer Hof in the best lists of the year of several publications, being "2º best national disc of the year" for the weekly Expresso and "5º best national disc of the year" for the newspaper Diário de News. 

In March of 1998 through Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, they are nominated for a Blitz Music Award - 1997, in the category "best male national singer".

 The following month they cover the weeklies Blitz and X-Ray and edit Long Time ago that In this Latrine the Air Became Irresistible, a conceptual work based on the artistic-political theories of the Situationist International, that has direct entrance to the 12th place of the Top National Sales.

 In the tour that followed, in May they run the student events.
They would also perform at the Dive in the Future festival in August at the Abel Pereira da Fonseca Warehouses, held at Expo 98, the Lisbon World Exhibition, together with the Americans Blonde Redhead and Unwound, in a selection of Arto Lindsay, and at the Reception at Caloiro of the Higher Institute of Engineering of Lisbon, in October.

Still in 1998, during May, the Dead Hand had 24 hours of radio broadcast dedicated to the group, in the RUM - Radio University of Minho, in an event entitled 24 Horas du Mano Morta, are highlighted in the report that the French magazine L ' Express makes about Lisbon and some of his videos, as well as an interview with Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, are broadcast by the Brazilian television station TV Globo.

In July, FNAC published the book The Best Discs of Portuguese Popular Music (1960-1997), which includes the albums Still Life and Mutants S.21, this being included in October in the selection of Great Albums of the weekly X-ray .

Also in December of 1998 are reedited in CD the first three albums of the group, Dead Hand, Hearts Felt and O.D., Queen of the Rock & Crawl.

The following month, Mao Morta filled the Coliseum dos Recreios, Lisbon's mythical theater, closing the presentation of A Long Time ago that In this Latrine the Air became unbreakable with a dazzling concert, where they resort to video manipulation to build on stage The media mystification that the album was about.

In addition to the January edition of the Xutos & Pontapés - XX Anos XX Bandas - award, platinum album in March, and in which the Dead Hand participate with a version of the theme Mother, the year 1999 was devoted to shows , With the group again recording their record of annual concerts, most notably their participation in the Burial Week at the University of Aveiro, a return to the academy after they were banned in 1993, and at various summer festivals, such as Carviçais Rock in Torre de Moncorvo, Cellos Rock in Barcelos, Rock Feira in Santa Maria da Feira and Noites Ritual Rock in Oporto.

MAO MORTA CONCERTO RIVOLI PORTO 1988

But the shows still take the group out of the country, with concerts in Paris (France), where in June the Dead Hands are headlines in the show PluxshshshFeira - Musiques Nouvelles du Portugal, and in Olmo and Arezzo (Italy), where in July perform a fantastic performance at the biggest Italian festival, the Arezzo Wave Love Festival.

The year ends with a memorable concert in Lisbon, Lux, the new cult area of ​​the capital, which is completely sold out to celebrate the band's 15th anniversary.

The transition to the new millennium also brings changes in the formation of the band: José Pedro Moura makes his last concert with the Dead Hands in June 2000 in Braga, a show integrated in the festivities of the 2000 years of the city, because, to the general amazement , When the Dead Hand ascend to the stage of the 8th international festival of Paredes de Coura in August, is Gonçalo Budda, from the bracarense group Big Fat Mamma, who takes his place ... José Pedro Moura is replaced by Marta Abreu, previously in the female group Of Coimbra Voodoo Dolls.

Marta Abreu participates in the recording sessions of the album that the Dead Hand have been working since April in the studio of the Escola de Jazz do Porto, and meanwhile are taking place at the AreaMaster in Vigo, Spain.

His live debut with the band takes place only in November, in his hometown, at the Festival of Cans of the University of Coimbra, but it would be just another concert with the group - at the Reception to Caloiros of the University of Beira Interior, in the Covilhã - because shortly afterwards, she vacated the place for Joana Longobardi, who had previously replaced her in the Voodoo Dolls, and which premiered with Mano Morta at the New Year concert in Braga.
With the spring edition of Wrecks the Dead Hand are awarded the contract of two albums signed with NorteSul and Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, Miguel Pedro and António Rafael decide to create their own record label.

Although the purpose was not to edit Dead Hand, but rather the active intervention in the Portuguese publishing market by the availability of names that are not normally signed by the major publishers, Cobra's first artifact, released in May 2003, is Carícias Malícias, a live record Of touring by small spaces that the Dead Hand had assembled, with a profuse selection of photographs taken by the fans to witness the enthusiasm that surrounded her.

The desire to share with the fans would still make the video of promotion to the disc was composed only with images captured by them in the most diverse concerts of the tour.
In 2003, the Dead Hand returned to the big concerts.

Nus was edited by Cobra in April 2004, after its edition was removed from the Zona Music publisher, due to disagreements regarding compliance with the agreement, and to have been rejected by the publishers Música Alternativa, EMI and Universal on the grounds that it would not be Sufficiently commercial.

The album, after an initial distribution by the kiosks with the weekly Blitz, quickly sold out, is distributed in May by record stores and proves to be ironically the most successful record of the group, having in a few weeks reached the equivalent number of sales (A certification that is not officially attributed to him because the Cobra label is not part of the Portuguese Phonographic Association - for the same reason, his sales are not counted in the Top Sales Officer).


The album is a trip for the memory of a generation, the "lyrical generation bracarense" as the Dead Hand identify it, with its utopias of freedom and revolution and its descent into the hells of drugs, prison and death, and begins With the theme Gumes, an epic of 22 minutes that works as distributor of the remaining themes. Its presentation is made in April in an exhausted Auditorium of the Palace of Exhibitions, in Braga. 
Rock in Rio

In April is published the book Narradores da Decadência, the first biography of the Dead Hand [2], where the journalist Vítor Junqueira approaches the band's career. The third volume of the series "À Sombra de Deus" ("The Sombra de Deus"), again collected by Miguel Pedro and edited by the autarchy, is released. The Dead Hand includes the theme Sobe, Querida, Desce.

In October, they began a new round of small spaces, similar to what they had done with the Malice Caresses Tour, which this time called Autumn Sessions. Following are the Winter Sessions, which began in January 2005, which takes the Nus presentation shows to various theaters and auditoriums throughout Portugal.

In the first quarter of 2005, they dedicate themselves to the Winter Sessions, taking the Nus disc, and an organized and fan-mounted photographic exhibition, to sites such as the Gil Vicente Theater in Coimbra, Lisbon Forum, Vila Real Theater, Casa das Artes, in Arcos de Valdevez, the Cine-Teatro Paraíso in Tomar, Cine-Teatro São João in Palmela, or the Castle of Sines, closing with an unforgettable concert exhausted in the Aula Magna in Lisbon.

The two Lisbon concerts are recorded and filmed for a later DVD edition, which has not yet happened.

After the Winter Sessions, the Dead Hand is dedicated to the preparation of a show based on the book The Songs of Maldoror, written by Isidore Ducasse under the pseudonym of The Count of Lautréamont.

It does not prevent the recording of 4 songs for Henrique Amaro's 3 Pistas radio program in April (two of which were released on the disc in the following month in a collection with the best songs presented), broadcast by Antena 3, The 1st Festival of the Serra da Estrela, or at the end of the year organize another mini tour through small spaces, now in Galicia, called Xira Galega, which passes through A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo.

 Adolfo Luxúria Canibal intensifies its surroundings in Mécanosphère and creates Shards with António Rafael, a spoken word show that presents throughout the country and still in Budapest, Hungary (and later edits in disc in 2006);

Antonio Rafael, in addition to Shards, composes for several plays; Miguel Pedro founded new groups, such as Jazz Iguanas with António Rafael, a trio of improvised electronics (with a disc released in 2006), or Mundo Cão, a classic rock quintet with Vasco Vaz and also the collaboration in the lyrics of Adolfo Luxúria Canibal First album released in 2007).

After an incursion to Paris, where in March of 2007 they act like heads of posters in the festival Tarola Rock, the Dead Hand finally inaugurate Maldoror in May of 2007.

The premiere is in Braga, in the new Theatro Circo. The show, with staging by António Durães, scenography by Pedro Tudela, costumes by Cláudia Ribeiro, video images by Nuno Tudela and light drawing by Manuel Antunes. Is a success, with enthusiastic reviews.
They participated in the 2007 Paredes de Coura Festival, where they were the main band of the day, and where, at the end of the performance, Adolfo Luxúria Canibal announces the end of the group, after 23 years of career, in a "farewell to rock 'n roll ", Which turned out to be a joke of the singer.

In October, a tribute album to Hand Morta - Tributo a Mano Morta - And Se Later ... was published by the independent publisher Raging Planet, with the participation of some of the main names of the new generation of Portuguese musicians from the alternative area.

In the first half of 2008 they take the show Maldoror on a tour around the country. It ends in May at Theatro Circo de Braga where it had premiered a year earlier.

The double disc Maldoror is edited. In July they make a concert film integrated in the 16th Short of Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, in which they play, and play live accompanying the projection, the films A Study In Choreography For Camera, At Land, Meshes Of The Afternoon and Ritual In Transfigured Time by the American director Maya Deren.

The recording of this concert is edited in July 2009, with the title Rituals Transfigured, edition that besides the CD with the soundtracks includes a DVD with the short films sonorized.

The recording of the debut concert is released on DVD by Cobra Records which also includes an extra documentary on the tour.

In August 2008 they played for the first time in the Azores, in the city of Horta (Faial) and participated, in a partnership with José Mário Branco, for the movement of solidarity with mental illness, composing the theme Madness, published in November of that year.  

 They begin a long tour through auditoriums, called Ventos Animais, where they revisit all of their discography, namely themes not long played live, which would last until August 2009, with tickets in March at Teatro Sá da Bandeira in Oporto and April by the Cinema São Jorge, in Lisbon, completely exhausted, coming to an end in apotheosis at the Noites Ritual festival in Porto.

In November 2009 they became the first Portuguese group with an application for iPod Touch and iPhone, allowing its fans to remix an expressly composed theme for this purpose.

In April of 2010 is published Nightmare in Plush, whose composition was inspired in the book The Atrocity Exhibition, of the English writer J.G. Ballard.

The album was performed in Lisbon at a crowded Coliseu dos Recreios, and the following tour took the group to student parties and some of the biggest summer festivals, such as Alive in Algés or the 18th international festival of Paredes Of Coura, coming to an end with two stunning performances at Theatro Circo in Braga and the new Hard Club in Oporto.

In 2011 they began a work with various populations of the city and municipality of Guimarães, within the framework of the European Capital of Culture - Guimarães 2012, with a view to presenting a Community show in December 2012, at the end of the event.

In February they perform at the Rivoli Theater in Porto, at the Rivoli Nights, where they appear incarnate mythical figures from the horror movies, such as Freddy Krueger or Hannibal the Canibal, in honor of Fantasporto, whose 2011 edition includes the Rivoli Nights .

During October they make a tour called Pelux In Motion Tour, started in Lisbon, in the TMN Ao Vivo room, and finished in Ílhavo, in the Cultural Center.
The alignment reviewed the more obscure themes of the band, chosen due to the questioning of real appearances in a society shaken by the financial and economic crisis, accompanied by the projection of cuddly images with partially bony skull structure and, in some places, During the interpretation of November 1, by a belly dance performed by the dancer Catarina Ribeiro.

They participate with the theme "See the Sea" in the collection À Sombra de Deus IV - Braga 2012 and with the theme Brother of Solitude in the commemorative collection of the 15 years of the Indiegente program of radio Antena 3, Indiegente 15 Anos.
In May, the documentary Fado Canibal, made by Timóteo Azevedo on Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, and the CAAA - Center for Art and Architecture Affairs, in Guimarães, will be premiered at the Ilídio Pinho Auditorium of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in Porto. Festival FrameArt integrated in the European Capital of Culture - Guimarães 2012, Adolfo Luxúria Canibal and Miguel Pedro, in collaboration with the digital artist João Martinho Moura, present the neuro-audio-visual performance Neuronal Camera.

Finally, on December 21, with a live broadcast by RTP2 and RTPi, it will be presented at the Multiusos de Guimarães, completely crowded for the closing ceremony of the European Capital of Culture - Guimarães 2012, the musical. The previous day had its premiere, also with sold out, for the population of the city.

Composed by 21 songs by Mano Morta, José Mário Branco, Fernando Lapa, Amélia Muge and Pacman (Da Weasel), So Estamos ... is a collective creation, with staging by António Durães, who, in addition to its creators, Brings to the scene more than 600 participants, among the inhabitants of the municipality of Guimarães, the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, under the direction of the English conductor Peter Bergamin, the Choir of Letters of the University of Porto, Orfeão Coelima or the choir group Otra Voz.

In 2013 they travel to Brazil where they participate in the São João Stage of the 9th Cultural Revolution of São Paulo in the early hours of 18 to 19 May.

They also played at Primavera Sound do Porto, which was unanimously considered one of the best performances of the entire festival.

In April, Adolfo Luxúria Canibal and Antonio Rafael debuted in New York, performing live in the Rooster Gallery of the Lower East Side, the soundtrack they composed for the Wall of Pleasure installation by the artist Tiago Estrada.

In September, the site Meifilmado at Adelina Caravana containing the audio and video recording, under the responsibility of Zé Nando Pimenta and Alexandre Azinheira, was held in July 2010 at the Adelina Caravana Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatory in Braga for the Themes Speed ​​Sizzling, Barcelona (I found it in the Plaza Real), Blood Knives, Passion Novels, The Left Breast of PR and Captain James.

The album For My Watch São Horas de Matar is edited in May 2014. It is expected to commemorate 30 years of career and whose title was taken from a poem by the Portuguese surrealist poet António José Forte.

 The video clip of the theme Horas de Matar, made by Rodrigo Areias, became viral, generating more than 33,000 views in just 24 hours. The enormous controversy that provoked in the social networks, with the band and Adolfo Luxúria Canibal to be accused of antidemocrats and to foment the violence, it surpassed to the pages of the press and the newspaper Público gave prominence of front page in its edition of 22 of May.

In July 2014, the Chão musical starring 70 women from Paredes de Coura parishes and staged by João Pedro Vaz, who Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, Miguel Pedro and António Rafael created for the 10 .community of the theater company Comédias do Minho. 

The musical would also have another performance in Paredes de Coura, with the room again exhausted, before leaving for a very applauded micro tour that passed through the São João National Theater in Porto and the São Luiz Theater in Lisbon before returning again To the Cultural Center of Paredes de Coura, already in August, integrated in the pre-opening of the 22nd Festival of Paredes de Coura.

They participate in the third volume of the trilogy T (h) ree, a set of collections where Portuguese artists collaborate with Asian artists. The album contains the theme One Last Kiss, the result of the cooperation of the Dead Hand with South Korean Soo Jung-Kae and the Japanese Sachiko Fukuoka.

It is released with the magazine Blitz Ventos Animals, a set of songs recorded live during the long tour with the same name that the band performed between 2008 and 2009.
In February of 2015 the concert of the 30th anniversary that takes place in the Lux, in Lisbon, is completely crowded to receive the band 15 years after there gave a memorable concert of 15 anniversary.

The Electronic Music Show, Second Hand, held in March by the German electro-acoustic musician Stephan Mathieu in the Chapter Room of the Monastery of Tibães, which used sounds and samplers extracted from the recorded work of the Dead Hand as exclusive material for sound manipulation. In April is published the book Adolfo Luxúria Canibal - Pirata Petulante by Daniel Catarino Lobo.

2016 begins with the publication by Abysmo of the book Press Review - The Dead Hand in Medieval Narrative (1985-2015), a luxurious hard cover volume that, from a set of newspaper clippings left over the last 30 years - more than 200 articles by more than 100 authors - including a photographic portfolio by José Pedro Santa-Bárbara and three leaflets with diverse memorabilia, traces a very peculiar portrait not only of the band but also of the musical panorama over the years, With its fashions, stages and publications, and of the country itself.

In April of this year they are invited by Theatro Circo to create a special show for the closing of the year celebrating their 100th anniversary. The Dead Hand perform with Remix Ensemble, directed by maestro Pedro Neves, for a contemporary approach of 14 themes of his repertoire, arranged and orchestrated by Telmo Marques.

The show was presented in Coimbra, in Lisbon, in the Aula Magna and in the Sala Suggia of the Casa da Música in Oporto. It is released on vinyl, by the independent publisher Garagem Records, the first studio recording of Mano Morta, previously only edited in K7 format (1987) and in 1998 as extra tracks, in the CD reissue of its first album.

          Pakistan is the 7th Largest Source of Foreign-Born Citizens of Rich OECD Nations   
Nearly 100,000 Pakistanis migrated to and another 50,000 acquired citizenship of the rich industrialized nations of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2015, according to International Migration Outlook 2017 released by the Organization.

OECD Migration Report 2017: 

Nearly 50,000 Pakistani immigrants became citizens of the rich industrialized countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2015, according to International Migration Outlook 2017 recently published by the Organization.

Source: International Migration Outlook 2017

India topped the list with 130,000 Indians acquiring citizenship of OECD nations in 2015, followed by Mexico (112,000) ranked 2nd, the Philippines (94,000) ranked 3rd, Morocco (94,000) ranked 4th, China (78,000) ranked 5th, Albania (52,000) ranked 6th and Pakistan (50,000) ranked 7th.

In addition, Pakistan was the 18th largest source of immigrants with 99,000 Pakistanis migrating to OECD nations in 2015. India is 5th on this list with 268,000 Indians migrating to OECD countries.

Source: International Migration Outlook 2017

Humanitarian migration of refugees, rather than migration for better economic prospects, dominated OECD inflows during 2015. War-torn Syria was the second largest source with 430,000 migrants in 2015, the report said.

Pew Research Data: 

India is the world's largest exporter of labor with 15.8 million Indians working in other countries. Bangladesh ranks 5th with 7.2 million Bangladeshis working overseas while Pakistan ranks 6th with 5.9 million Pakistanis working overseas, according to Pew Research report released ahead of International Migrants Day observance on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

International Migration: 

Countries of Origin of Migrants to the United States Source: Pew Research




Pew Research reports that nearly 3.5 million Indians lived in the UAE, the world’s second-largest migration corridor in 2015. While most of the migration is from low and middle income countries to high-income countries, the top 20 list of migrants' origins also includes rich countries like the United States (ranked 20), United Kingdom (11), Germany (14), Italy (21) and South Korea (25).

Top 25 Sources of Migrants:

Here is the list of top 20 countries of origin for international migrants:


1. India 15.9 million

2. Mexico 12.3 million

3. Russia 10.6 million

4. China 9.5 million

5. Bangladesh 7.2 million

6. Pakistan 5.9 million

7. Ukraine 5.83 million

8.  Philippines 5.32 million

9.  Syria 5.01 million

10. Afghanistan 4.84 million

11. United Kingdom 4.92 million

12. Poland 4.45 million

13. Kazakstan 4.08 million

14. Germany 4.0 million

15. Indonesia 3.88 million

16. Palestine 3.55 million

17. Romania 3.41 million

18. Egypt 3.27 million

19. Turkey 3.11 million

20. United States 3.02 million

21. Italy 2.9 million

22. Burma (Myanmar) 2.88 million

23. Colombia 2.64 million

24. Vietnam 2.56 million

25. South Korea 2.35 million

Declining Labor Pool in Developed Economies: 

The world population is aging with slowing labor force growth. It is particularly true of the more developed nations with aging populations and declining birth rates.  In an recent report titled "Asian Economic Integration Report", the Asian Development argued that migration within Asia can help deal with regional labor imbalances. It said as follows:

"In Asia and the Pacific, many economies could expand their role as the source or host economy for migrant workers.

Labor supply is still growing in developing economies—such as Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines—and they could export labor across the region. In contrast, developed but aging economies such as Hong Kong, China; the Republic of Korea; Japan; and Singapore are unable to meet labor demand with their dwindling workforce.

Hence, these economies would benefit from immigrant labor. Kang and Magoncia (2016) further discuss the potential for migration to reallocate labor from surplus to deficit economies and offer a glimpse of how the demographic shift will frame Asia’s future population structure, particularly the future working age population. Among the issues explored is the magnitude of labor force surpluses and deficits within different economies in Asia."

Pakistan's Growing Labor Force:

Pakistan has the world’s sixth largest population, sixth largest diaspora and the ninth largest labor force with growing human capital. With rapidly declining fertility and aging populations in the industrialized world, Pakistan's growing talent pool is likely to play a much bigger role to satisfy global demand for workers in the 21st century and contribute to the well-being of Pakistan as well as other parts of the world.



With half the population below 20 years and 60 per cent below 30 years, Pakistan is well-positioned to reap what is often described as "demographic dividend", with its workforce growing at a faster rate than total population. This trend is estimated to accelerate over several decades. Contrary to the oft-repeated talk of doom and gloom, average Pakistanis are now taking education more seriously than ever. Youth literacy is about 70% and growing, and young people are spending more time in schools and colleges to graduate at higher rates than their Indian counterparts in 15+ age group, according to a report on educational achievement by Harvard University researchers Robert Barro and Jong-Wha Lee. Vocational training is also getting increased focus since 2006 under National Vocational Training Commission (NAVTEC) with help from Germany, Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands.



Pakistan's work force is over 60 million strong, according to the Federal Bureau of Statistics. With increasing female participation, the country's labor pool is rising at a rate of 3.5% a year, according to International Labor Organization.

With rising urban middle class, there is substantial and growing demand in Pakistan from students, parents and employers for private quality higher education along with a willingness and capacity to pay relatively high tuition and fees, according to the findings of Austrade, an Australian government agency promoting trade. Private institutions are seeking affiliations with universities abroad to ensure they offer information and training that is of international standards.


Trans-national education (TNE) is a growing market in Pakistan and recent data shows evidence of over 40 such programs running successfully in affiliation with British universities at undergraduate and graduate level, according to The British Council. Overall, the UK takes about 65 per cent of the TNE market in Pakistan.

It is extremely important for Pakistan's public policy makers and the nation's private sector to fully appreciate the expected demographic dividend as a great opportunity. The best way for them to demonstrate it is to push a pro-youth agenda of education, skills developmenthealth and fitness to take full advantage of this tremendous opportunity. Failure to do so would be a missed opportunity that could be extremely costly for Pakistan and the rest of the world.

Growth Forecast 2014-2050. Source: EIU


In the high fertility countries of Africa and Asia family sizes are continuing to decline. And in low fertility countries family sizes will continue to remain below replacement levels. Why? Because the same juggernaut forces are operating: increasing urbanization, smaller and costly housing, expanding higher education and career opportunities for women, high financial costs and time pressures for childrearing and changing attitudes and life styles.

Source: BBC



Countries With Declining Populations:

115 countries, including China (1.55), Hong Kong (1.17),  Taiwan (1.11) and Singapore (0.8) are well below the replacement level of 2.1 TFR.  Their populations will sharply decline in later part of the 21st century.

 United States is currently at 2.01 TFR, slightly below the replacement rate.  "We don't take a stance one way or the other on whether it's good or bad," said Mark Mather, demographer with the Population Reference Bureau. Small year-to-year changes like those experienced by the United States don't make much difference, he noted. But a sharp or sustained drop over a decade or more "will certainly have long-term consequences for society," he told Utah-based Desert News National.

Japan (1.4 TFR) and Russia (1.6 TFR) are experiencing among the sharpest population declines in the world. One manifestation in Japan is the data on diaper sales: Unicharm Corp., a major diaper maker, has seen sales of adult diapers outpace infant diapers since 2013, according to New York Times.

Median Age Map: Africa in teens, Pakistan in 20s, China, South America and US in 30s, Europe, Canada and Japan in 40s.


The Russian population grew from about 100 million in 1950 to almost149 million by the early 1990s. Since then, the Russian population has declined, and official reports put it at around 144 million, according to Yale Global Online.

Reversing Trends:

Countries, most recently China, are finding that it is far more difficult to raise low fertility than it is reduce high fertility. The countries in the European Union are offering a variety of incentives, including birth starter kits to assist new parents in Finland, cheap childcare centers and liberal parental leave in France and a year of paid maternity leave in Germany, according to Desert News. But the fertility rates in these countries remain below replacement levels.

Summary:

Overzealous Pakistani birth control advocates need to understand what countries with sub-replacement fertility rates are now seeing: Low birth rates lead to diminished economic growth. "Fewer kids mean fewer tax-paying workers to support public pension programs. An "older society", noted the late Nobel laureate economist Gary Becker, is "less dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial." Growing labor force n Pakistan can not only contribute to Pakistan's prosperity but also help alleviate the effects of aging populations and declining labor pools in more developed economies. I believe that Pakistan's growing population and young demographics should be seen as a blessing, not a curse.

Related Links:

Haq's Musings

Pakistan's Expected Demographic Dividend

Pakistan's Growing Human Capital

Upwardly Mobile Pakistan

Pakistan Most Urbanized in South Asia

Hindu Population Growth Rate in Pakistan

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          Morocco > Literature : Malika OUFKIR   
Extract : Malika Oufkir born April 2, 1953, is a Moroccan writer and the eldest daughter of General Mohammed Oufkir, the second most important person in the kingdom having been minister of the Interior and a close friend of the defunct King Hassan II during the 1960's. At the age of five, Malika Oufkir was adopted by the then king Mohammed V (the fathe rof Hassan II)....
          [UPDATE] AS Roma | Daftar Pemain | Transfer | Musim 2017/18   
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A.S. ROMA | SQUAD LIST


GOALKEEPER
#18 | Bogdan LOBONT | Jan 18, 1978 | Romania
#19 | ALISSON Becker | Oct 2, 1992 | Brazil
- | Lukasz SKORUPSKI | May 5, 1991 | Poland


DEFENDER
#2 | Antonio RUDIGER | Mar 3, 1993 | Germany
#26 | Rick KARSDORP | Feb 11, 1995 | Netherlands
#33 | EMERSON Palmieri dos Santos | Aug 3, 1994 | Brazil
#44 | Konstantinos MANOLAS | Jun 14, 1991 | Greece
#99 | Abdullahi NURA | Aug 17, 1997 | Nigeria
- | JUAN Jesus | Jun 10, 1991 | Brazil
- | Federico FAZIO | Mar 17, 1987 | Argentina
- | Mário RUI | May 27, 1991 | Portugal
- | Héctor MORENO | Jan 17, 1988 | Mexico
- | Leandro CASTAN | Nov 5, 1986 | Brazil
- | Ervin ZUKANOVIC | Feb 11, 1987 | Bosnia-Herzegovina
- | Norbert GYOMBER | Jul 3, 1992 | Slovakia
- | Arturo CALABRESI | Mar 17, 1996 | Italy
- | Elio CAPRADOSSI | Mar 11, 1996 | Italy
- | Tiago CASASOLA | Aug 11, 1995 | Argentina
- | Bruno PERES | Mar 1, 1990 | Brazil
- | Moustapha SECK | Feb 23, 1996 | Senegal


MIDFIELDER
#4 | Radja NAINGGOLAN | May 4, 1988 | Belgium
#5 | Leandro PAREDES | Jun 29, 1994 | Argentina
#6 | Kevin STROOTMAN | Feb 13, 1990 | Netherlands
#7 | Lorenzo PELLEGRINI | Jun 19, 1996 | Italy
#16 | Daniele DE ROSSI | Jul 24, 1983 | Italy
#24 | Alessandro FLORENZI | Mar 11, 1991 | Italy
#30 | GERSON | May 20, 1997 | Brazil
- | William VAINQUEUR | Nov 19, 1988 | France
- | Matteo RICCI | May 27, 1994 | Italy
- | Ismail H'MAIDAT | Jun 16, 1995 | Morocco


STRIKER
#8 | Diego PEROTTI | Jul 26, 1988 | Argentina
#9 | Edin DZEKO | Mar 17, 1986 | Bosnia-Herzegovina
#92 | Stephan EL SHAARAWY | Oct 27, 1992 | Italy
- | Juan ITURBE | Jun 4, 1993 | Paraguay
- | Daniele VERDE | Jun 20, 1996 | Italy
- | Ezequiel PONCE | Mar 29, 1997 | Argentina
- | UMAR Sadiq | Feb 2, 1997 | Nigeria
- | Kevin MENDEZ | Jan 10, 1996 | Uruguay


MANAGER/COACH
Eusebio DI FRANCESCO | Sep 8, 1969 | Italy


A.S. ROMA | TRANSFERS

TRANSFER MUSIM PANAS 2017/18 (JULI-AGUSTUS 2017)

PLAYERS IN / ARRIVALS

- Rick Karsdorp | Feyenoord Rotterdam | €14,00M
- Bruno Peres | Torino FC | €12,50M
- Lorenzo Pellegrini | US Sassuolo | €10,0M
- Juan Jesus | Inter Milan | €8,00M
- Mário Rui | FC Empoli | €6,00M
- Héctor Moreno | PSV Eindhoven | €5,70M
- Maxime Gonalons | Olympique Lyon | €5,00M
- Federico Fazio | Tottenham Hotspur | €3,20M
- Elio Capradossi | FC Bari 1908 | End of loan
- Arturo Calabresi | Brescia Calcio | End of loan
- Massimo Sammartino | US Pistoiese 1921 | End of loan
- Tomas Svedkauskas | US Catanzaro | End of loan
- Seydou Doumbia | FC Basel 1893 | End of loan
- Federico Ricci | US Sassuolo | End of loan
- Jacopo Ferri | ACR Messina | End of loan
- Giammario Piscitella | AC Prato | End of loan
- Ervin Zukanovic | Atalanta BC | End of loan
- Ismail H'Maidat | SC Olhanense | End of loan
- Ezequiel Ponce | Granada CF | End of loan
- Franck Cedric | US Catanzaro | End of loan
- Petar Golubović | AC Pisa 1909 | End of loan
- Marco Frediani | US Ancona | End of loan
- Lorenzo Di Livio | Ternana Calcio | End of loan
- Paolo Frascatore | FC Lausanne-Sport | End of loan
- Umar Sadiq | Bologna FC 1909 | End of loan
- Leandro Castán | UC Sampdoria | End of loan
- Juan Iturbe | Torino FC | End of loan
- Ionut Pop | Fidelis Andria | End of loan
- Pepín | FC Lugano | End of loan
- Simone Battaglia | AS Melfi | End of loan
- Christian D'Urso | Carpi FC 1909 | End of loan
- Lukasz Skorupski | FC Empoli | End of loan
- Norbert Gyömber | Terek Grozny | End of loan
- Kevin Méndez | FC Lausanne-Sport | End of loan
- Matteo Ricci | AC Perugia Calcio | End of loan
- William Vainqueur | Olympique Marseille | End of loan
- Daniele Verde | US Avellino 1912 | End of loan
- Lorenzo Vasco | Fidelis Andria | End of loan
- Andrea Paolelli | A.D.C. Viterbese Castrense | End of loan
- Moustapha Seck | Carpi FC 1909 | End of loan
- Tiago Casasola | Trapani Calcio | End of loan
- Nemanja Radonjic | FK Cukaricki | End of loan
- Nicola Falasco | AC Cesena | End of loan
- Mattia Rosato | Lupa Roma FC | End of loan


PLAYERS OUT / DEPARTURES

- Mohamed Salah | Liverpool FC | €42,00M
- Federico Ricci | US Sassuolo | €4,50M
- Seydou Doumbia | Sporting CP | Loan
- Pepín | Brescia Calcio | Loan
- Nicola Falasco | US Avellino 1912 | Loan
- Marco Frediani | Parma Calcio 1913 | Free
- Franck Cedric | Free agent
- Tomas Svedkauskas | Free agent
- Federico Fazio | Tottenham Hotspur | End of loan
- Bruno Peres | Torino FC | End of loan
- Juan Jesus | Inter Milan | End of loan
- Thomas Vermaelen | FC Barcelona | End of loan
- Mário Rui | FC Empoli | End of loan
- Wojciech Szczesny | Arsenal FC | End of loan
- Clément Grenier | Olympique Lyon | End of loan
- Francesco Totti | Retire (?)

Diperbaharui: 1 Juli 2017


          The top 10 new restaurant openings in Toronto for June   

Restaurant openings in Toronto this June included brand new concepts from tried and true local powerhouses as well as plenty of novel spots incomers with offerings like dry ice cocktails and seal tartare. 

Here are my picks for the top new restaurant openings in Toronto this June.

Drake Commissary

Pick up all your favourite Drake products, such as cured meats and prepared meals. If you’ve got time to sit, have a classic G & T or sangria along with some smorrebrod at this new Drake outpost on Sterling Road.

Ku-kum

This brand new Indigenous restaurant uses ingredients a such as sweetgrass, juniper, cedar, elk and even raw seal to create elegant dishes in the Mount Pleasant area.

Cafe Cancan

Chef Victor Barry's newest spot on Harbord Street has lots of French flair and serves up crudites, cocktails, eclairs and much more.

Tennessee Tavern

This kitchsy bar, from the Grant van Gameren team along with Alex Colyer and Max Rimaldi, fuses Eastern European dishes like perogies, smoked fish and schnitzel with a rock-and-roll vibe and a bangin’ back patio to boot.

Caribbean Sunset

This new addition to Riverside dishes up combos of island classics, like jerk shrimp, roti, festival dumplings and much more. It also has fun bar offerings, such as coconuts spiked with rum served with dry ice.

Tabriz Persian Cookhouse

This new spot on Bay St. serves up an elegant Persian menu of dishes like saffron rice with berberis and chicken and saffron ice cream, stuffed eggplant and a strong spirit selection.

The Goodman

Head to Queens Quay for this restaurant that combines waterfront views with a diverse local beer and cider selection as well as hearty pub grub.

Chop Chop

The folks behind Fresh Off The Boat opened this new Dundas West joint with a menu of dumplings, mapo tofu, fried vermicelli and Taiwanese braised beef noodle soup.

Saigon Hustle

Vermicelli bowls are the order of the day here, but you can also get rice platters or banh mi with your choice of proteins at this new Queen West casual spot.

Morocco House

This new Etobicoke spot is serving up a menu of Moroccan tagine, kebabs, and even subs with beef tikka, falafel and merguez options.


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          European Inventor Awards 2017   

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Jane Lambert

Every year the European Patent Office recognizes outstanding inventors from around the world who have made exceptional contributions to social development, technological progress and economic growth with the European Inventors Awards.

Nominations are sought in the following categories:
  • Industry: for outstanding and successful technologies patented by large European companies
  • Research: for pioneering inventors working at universities or research institutes
  • SMEs: for exceptional inventions at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Non-European countries: for all inventors who are not European nationals but have been granted a European patent
  • Lifetime achievement: honouring the long-term contribution of an individual European inventor.
The most recent award ceremony took place in Venice on 15 June 2017 and this year's winners were 
The above film shows the presentations. The winners were chosen from 15 finalists one of whom was Steve Lindsey from the UK who invented an energy-saving rotary air compressor.

Nominations are open for next year's awards. Anybody can propose any inventor including him or herself (see the Nominations page on the EPO's website).

Anybody who wishes to discuss this article or the legal protection and commercialization of innovation generally should call me on +44 (0)20 7404 5252 during office hours or send me a message through my contact form.

          What was the last vacation you took? And when?   

Ireland for a week in September.
Marrakech, Morocco for a week in late November.

Usually leave on a wed return on a wed. Shift work around so I don't fall too far behind. I'm mostly storefront so it's a juggling act.


          Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity   

The following are excerpts from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report  that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The report, released in January 2017, documented events of 2016. In some cases, we have added updates from the first half of 2017.

The countries are all listed below in alphabetical order. This compilation is not comprehensive. If a country is not listed, that means there was no mention of LGBTI/SOGI issues for that country in the 2017 World Report. For example, many of the smaller Caribbean countries and some African countries are omitted due to research limitations, but most have anti-LGBT laws on the books and pervasive homophobia and transphobia. On the other hand, several countries that are not included here made progress in the 2016-2017 period: Belize, Nauru and the Seychelles all decriminalized consensual same-sex conduct, for example. Human Rights Watch has only recently begun investigating the rights of intersex people, so there are few references to intersex rights.

This is a living document which will be updated regularly to reflect new events and further Human Rights Watch research.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Argentina

In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Civil Marriage Law allows same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages and affords them the legal protections of marriage enjoyed by opposite sex couples, including adoption rights and pension benefits. Since 2010, nearly 15,000 same-sex couples have married nationwide. In 2012, the landmark Gender Identity Law established the right of individuals over the age of 18 to choose their gender identity, undergo gender reassignment, and revise official documents without any prior judicial or medical approval.

Armenia

Activists reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) people face discrimination, harassment, and violence. The government has not addressed hate speech or discrimination against LGBTI people. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not included as protected grounds in anti-discrimination or hate speech laws, limiting legal recourse for many crimes against LGBTI people. Following the October 2015 Rainbow forum, organized by Armenian LGBTI-friendly groups to discuss protection and promotion of minority rights, anonymous people targeted some participants with intimidation and threats, mostly on social media, including to burn and kill them. Authorities refused to launch a criminal investigation into the threats, citing lack of evidence. In June 2016, the LGBT rights group, PINK Armenia, published a survey revealing that 90 percent of the population is hostile to LGBTI people and support limits on their rights. In July 2016, PINK Armenia released a report documenting 46 cases of violence and discrimination against LGBTI people in 2015. The government has not taken meaningful steps to combat stereotypes and discrimination against LGBTI people.

Australia

Australia does not recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Australian government announced a plebiscite on the right of same-sex couples to marry, but political opponents blocked it, arguing a plebiscite is expensive and wasteful and that the issue should be determined by a parliamentary free vote.

Australia continued its policy of intercepting asylum seekers and forcibly transferring them to Nauru and, until 2016, to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Asylum seekers or refugees perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) face harassment and abuse despite the recent decriminalization of same-sex conduct in Nauru. In Papua New Guinea, such conduct remains criminalized.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a spate of violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners, and members of religious minorities in 2016. Prominent gay activists Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) magazine, and Mahbub Rabby Tonoy, the general secretary of the group, were  murdered in April. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the killings. Fearing for their lives, many LGBT activists sought temporary refuge outside the country.

“Carnal intercourse against the order of nature” carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In May 2017, police raided a private gathering of gay and bisexual men, and allegedly paraded them in front of media, exposing them to their families and the public. Authorities said they declined to press charges under the colonial-era sodomy law because they did not catch the men in the act of sexual intercourse. The government has twice rejected recommendations to repeal the colonial-era law during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. The Bangladesh cabinet in 2014 declared legal recognition of a third gender category for hijras—a traditional cultural identity for transgender people who, assigned male at birth, do not identify as men—but the absence of a definition of the term or procedure for gaining recognition of third gender status led to abuses in implementation of the legal change. In June and July 2015, a group of hijras were subjected to harassment and invasive and abusive physical examinations at a government hospital as a requirement to join a government employment program. The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission in 2017 agreed with LGBT civil society groups to establish a desk at the commission for reporting SOGI-related issues.

Belarus

Parliament adopted a vaguely worded bill in May 2016 on “protecting children from information harmful for their health and development.” These provisions may be used to restrict dissemination of neutral or positive information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as “discrediting the institution of the family.”

Bolivia

In May 2016, the Plurinational Assembly passed a bill that allows people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. Same-sex couples in Bolivia are not allowed to marry or engage in civil unions. The 2009 constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Open Centre, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights organization, documented 23 cases of hate speech and incitement of violence and hate and two crimes and incidents motivated by prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the first three months of 2016. The reaction of authorities to these incidents is generally inadequate. There was no progress in police investigations into the 2014 attack on a film festival that Sarajevo Open Centre organized.

In its annual progress on Bosnia and Herzegovina published in November, the European Commission highlighted the failure of authorities to amend the constitution, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and to implement rulings by the Constitutional Court. The report also identified inadequate legal protection for LGBTI persons and the failure of authorities to protect adequately the rights of minorities and to ensure media freedom.

Brazil

Brazil’s Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage in 2011 and it upheld the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in 2015. But the Chamber of Deputies was, at time of writing, debating a bill that would define a family as a union between a man and a woman. The national Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office received 1,983 complaints of violence, discrimination, and other abuses experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in 2015. In the first half of 2016 the ombudsman received 879 such complaints.

Burma

Burma’s national penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex behavior between adult men. In recent years police have arrested gay men and transgender women assembling in public places, and politicians have called for the “education” of gay people.

Cameroon

Cameroon’s penal code punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison. The law is regularly enforced, and in previous years, the Cameroonian authorities have subjected men arrested under this law to forced anal examinations. Although the number of arrests appeared to decrease for several years, activists reported a new uptick in arrests and prosecutions in 2016.

Chile

A “civil union” bill presented by former President Sebastián Piñera in 2011 that provides legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples became law in April 2015 and went into effect in October 2015. In September 2016, the Senate Human Rights Commission approved a bill to recognize the gender identity of transgender people, with a Senate vote expected in December.

China

China has no law protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no legal recognition of same-sex partnership. Possibly because their activism is not considered threatening to the state, LGBT individuals enjoyed some success advancing legal cases in 2016. In January, a Hunan court heard a case filed by Sun Wenlin against the local Bureau of Civil Affairs, which had refused to marry Sun and his male partner. Though the court ruled against Sun in April, his case—the first gay marriage lawsuit accepted by Chinese courts—attracted wide media attention. In June, a Henan court accepted a case filed by Yu Hu against a mental health hospital that had subjected him to 19 days of involuntary “therapy” to “cure” his homosexuality. Also in June, a Guangdong university student, Qiu Bai, sued the provincial education department over textbooks that depict homosexuality as an illness. Qiu filed a similar suit in 2015, though she withdrew it later because the department had promised to look into the matter. She decided to sue again after the authorities’ pledge failed to materialize. In June, China voted against a UN resolution creating an expert post dedicated to addressing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colombia

In September 2016, the Council of the State—one of Colombia’s high courts—annulled the 2012 re-election of Alejandro Ordoñez as the country’s inspector general and dismissed him from office. Under Colombian law, the inspector general is charged with protecting human rights, but during his seven years in office, Ordoñez repeatedly sought to undermine the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

In recent years, authorities in Colombia have taken several steps to recognize the rights of LGBT people. In June 2015, the Justice Ministry issued a decree allowing people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. In November 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that sexual orientation could not be used to prohibit someone from adopting a child, although a legislative proposal to hold a referendum on this issue remained pending at time of writing. In April 2016, the Constitutional Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry. In October 2016, FARC leaders met with conservative politicians and agreed to promote a definition of the family as formed by a man and a woman. The FARC backtracked after meeting with LGBT representatives days later. Conservative politicians and evangelist leaders had attacked the peace agreement claiming that it would “destroy families.” Between January and June 2016, the Ombudsman’s Office received 89 reports of cases of violence against LGBTI people.

Cote d’Ivoire

No law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status. Côte d’Ivoire does not criminalize same-sex conduct, but the criminal code establishes higher penalties for same-sex couples convicted of public acts of indecency. Two men were in November convicted of public indecency and sentenced to three-month prison terms after being accused of same-sex sexual acts. Two gay men were assaulted in June 2016 after a photo was published of them signing a book of condolences to the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, US.

Croatia

In February, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that Croatia discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation against a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, by denying her the right to a residence permit in Croatia to join her female partner.

Ecuador

In 2016, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Ecuador in a case determining that it is discriminatory to punish officers who allegedly have homosexual sex on military installations.

Egypt

Sexual relations outside marriage are criminalized. Since 2013, authorities have pursued a campaign to intimidate, track, and arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including entrapment using social media applications. Police regularly used forced anal examinations in prosecutions of those suspected of homosexual sex. Solidarity With Egypt LGBTQ+, an advocacy group, said it had recorded 114 criminal investigations involving 274 LGBT individuals launched between the end of 2013 and November 2016, 66 of which involved the authorities’ use of social media.

Estonia

The government failed to adopt amendments that would allow the Co-Habitation Act to fully enter into force in 2016. The act is progressive legislation that extends the rights of marriage to unmarried—including same-sex—couples, encompassing, among other things, child adoption and property rights.

Gambia

The government continued to resist calls to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality, including an October 2014 law that introduced a series of new “aggravated homosexuality” offenses that impose sentences of up to life in prison. The criminalization of same-sex conduct leaves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Gambians at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention, although fewer arrests and physical abuse of LGBT Gambians were reported in 2016.

Georgia

In August, President Giorgi Margvelashvili blocked a referendum bid on defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman, saying that the issue is already covered in the civil code. Kvirikashvili vowed to pursue a constitutional definition of marriage after the October elections, arguing that this would help counter alleged Western efforts to spread same-sex marriage “propaganda” in Georgia. Local rights groups feared this effort would further marginalize the LGBT community and intensify anti-LGBT prejudice. Authorities declined a request by LGBT activists to hold an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, stating it was already booked for a procession by Orthodox groups to mark Family Day, an annual event established by the Orthodox Church in 2014. Activists refused to celebrate IDAHO in the alternative venue offered. The Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG), a local LGBTI rights group, said it documented almost 20 cases of attacks against transgender people in 2016. In October, a transgender woman was beaten and stabbed in what rights groups suspected was a hate crime. Police arrested a suspect on attempted murder charges, and the public defender urged authorities to examine a possible hate motive.

Honduras

Rampant crime and impunity for human rights abuses remain the norm in Honduras. Despite a downward trend in recent years, the murder rate is among the highest in the world. Journalists, peasant activists, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are among those most vulnerable to violence.

In June 2016, several United Nations agencies working in Honduras urged the government to investigate killings of LGBTI activists and noted that sexual violence against LGBTI individuals forces them into “internal displacement” or to flee the country in search of international protection.

Hungary

In August 2016, a lower court sentenced a right-wing extremist to 10 years’ imprisonment for violent attacks between 2007 and 2009, including throwing Molotov cocktails at the homes of socialist MPs and an attack on a gay bar in Budapest.

In July, the ECtHR ruled that Hungary had arbitrarily detained an Iranian gay man and failed to take into account his vulnerability in detention arising from his sexual orientation.

India

In February 2016, the Supreme Court of India allowed a challenge to section 377 of the penal code to proceed, referring the case to a five-judge bench. The colonial-era provision, which the court had upheld in 2013, criminalizes same-sex relations between adults. In June, several well-known LGBT professionals filed a petition in Supreme Court arguing that section 377 violates the right to life and personal liberty, but the Supreme Court deferred the petition to the Chief Justice. In August, the government introduced a new bill in parliament on the rights of transgender persons. The bill was flawed, however, by provisions that were inconsistent with the 2014 Supreme Court ruling that recognized transgender individuals as a third gender and found them eligible for quotas in jobs and education.

India’s voting record on rights issues at the UN was disappointing. In July, the government abstained on a resolution that created a UN expert post to address discrimination against LGBT persons and voted in favor of amendments to weaken the mandate, saying India’s Supreme Court was still to decide on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Indonesia

Starting in January 2016, high-ranking Indonesian officials made a series of vitriolic anti-LGBT statements and policy pronouncements, fueling increased threats and at times violent attacks on LGBT activists and individuals. In some cases, the threats and violence occurred in the presence, and with the tacit support, of government officials or security forces. State institutions, including the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Child Protection Commission, issued censorship directives banning information and broadcasts that portrayed the lives of LGBT people as “normal” as well as so-called propaganda about LGBT lives. Ministries proposed discriminatory and regressive anti-LGBT laws. An ongoing case in the Constitutional Court is considering a petition that proposed amending the criminal code to criminalize sex outside of marriage and same-sex sexual relations. During the initial hearings, the petitioners—led by a group called the Family Love Alliance—put forward ill-informed and bigoted testimony similar to the anti-LGBT rhetoric espoused by Indonesian officials and politicians earlier that year. The government, the respondent in the case, said criminalizing sex out of wedlock would make “the sinner a criminal, and the government authoritarian,” a view echoed in testimony by the National Commission on Violence Against Women and other groups opposed to the petition. At time of writing the court had not yet ruled on the petition. While president Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi” in October 2016 declared that police must protect LGBT people and not discriminate against them, he failed to uphold that principle in action. In 2017, police raided at least two private gatherings of gay and bisexual men on the pretense of the discriminatory anti-pornography law, which construes gay sex as “deviant” and prescribes increased punishments for it, and Sharia police publicly flogged two gay men for private, consensual sex in Aceh province.

Iran

Under Iranian law, many nonviolent crimes, such as “insulting the Prophet,” apostasy, same-sex relations, adultery, and drug-related offenses, are punishable by death.

In March, the United Nations Children’s Rights Committee noted that flogging was still a lawful punishment for boys and girls convicted of certain crimes. The committee noted reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) children had been subjected to electric shocks to “cure” them.

Iraq

ISIS’s Diwan al-Hisba (Moral Policing Administration) and online media apparatuses have publicly announced 27 executions of allegedly gay men, at least nine of them in Iraq. The main method ISIS used to execute these men has been to throw them off the roofs of high-rise buildings.

Iraq’s penal code does not prohibit same-sex intimacy, although article 394 makes it illegal to engage in extra-marital sexual relations. Due to the fact that the law does not expressly allow same-sex marriage, it effectively prohibits all same-sex relations. In July 2016 Moqtada al-Sadr, the prominent Shia opposition cleric, stated that although same-sex relationships are not acceptable, individuals who do not conform to gender norms suffer from “psychological problems,” and should not be attacked.

Israel/Palestine

There are different legal systems in occupied Palestinian Territory. The British Mandate Criminal Code Ordinance, No. 74 of 1936 is in force in Gaza. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Jordanian Penal Code of 1960 applies, and does not contain provisions prohibiting adult consensual same-sex conduct. In Gaza, having “unnatural intercourse” of a sexual nature, understood to include same-sex relationships, is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In February 2016, Hamas’s armed wing executed one of its fighters ostensibly for “behavioral and moral violations,” which Hamas officials acknowledged meant same-sex relations.

Italy

As of May 2016, same-sex couples may have their relationships legally recognized as civil unions, though they do not have the right to adopt.

Japan

A bipartisan parliamentary group established in March 2015 continued to discuss legislation to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but at time of writing it had yet to come up with an agreed draft bill. Japanese law treats those requesting legal recognition as transgender as having a “Gender Identity Disorder” and requires obtaining such medical diagnosis. It also requires forced sterilization, compulsory single status, not having any underage children, and being 20 years or older. While same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan, Tokyo’s Shibuya ward in April 2015 became the first municipality to pass a regulation recognizing same-sex partnerships, with more municipalities recognizing such partnerships in 2016 and 2017. Bullying is a problem in Japanese schools generally, and particularly so against LGBT students. In April 2016, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the first time released a guidebook for teachers regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. And in 2017, MEXT announced amendments to the national bullying prevention policy to include specific mention of LGBT students for the first time.

Jamaica

Jamaica is moving toward a revision of its rape law, which currently defines rape as the penetration of the vagina with the penis without consent. A proposal has been floated for a new law that is gender neutral. The absence of a gender-neutral rape law has been put forth in the past by politicians as justification for retaining Jamaica’s colonial-era “buggery” law, which criminalizes both consensual and non-consensual sex between men. The possible promulgation of a gender-neutral law on rape or sexual assault may therefore be a first step toward decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct.

Kazakhstan

Surveys of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people reveal that many hide their sexual orientation or gender identity—including to healthcare providers—out of fear of reprisals or discrimination. When LGBT people report abuse, they often face indifference and hostility from authorities. Transgender people must undergo humiliating and invasive procedures—including coerced sterilization—to change gender on official documents. Without identity documents, transgender people struggle to access employment, healthcare, and education. The UN Human Rights Committee called on the government to end discrimination and violence against LGBT people and review gender-reassignment surgery procedures.

Kenya

Kenya’s penal code prohibits “carnal knowledge against the order of nature,” generally understood as consensual sex between men, and “indecent practices between males.” Civil society organizations and activists filed two landmark constitutional petitions against these sections in April and June 2016, arguing that the laws violate constitutional rights, including the rights to equality and nondiscrimination, human dignity, freedom and security of the person, privacy, and health. Kenya continued the prosecution of two men on charges of “carnal knowledge” after police arbitrarily arrested them in Kwale County in February 2015. The case remained open but was suspended pending the ruling of a constitutional petition filed by the two men, asserting that state officials had violated their rights by subjecting them to a forced anal examination. The High Court rejected the petition on the grounds that the men consented to the examination, ignoring that the men were in police custody and not able to provide free and informed consent. The men have appealed the ruling. The government appealed a 2015 High Court decision ordering the Non-Governmental Organizations Board to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), a civil society group. Parties were awaiting a hearing date at time of writing. The Kenya Film Classification Board overstepped its jurisdiction in asking YouTube to remove a locally produced video addressing same-sex relationships, prohibiting an alleged lesbian speed-dating event, and attempting to ban a podcast with alleged lesbian content.

In May 2017, the Attorney General established a “Taskforce on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms Regarding Intersex Persons in Kenya.” Its mandate includes to “recommend comprehensive reforms to safeguard the interests of intersex persons.” The secretariat of the task force is based at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The task force will be open to receiving submissions on best practices from around the world, and there is a strong possibility that it will result in the establishment of policies that protect the rights of intersex people. While it will not directly address SOGI related rights, the task force may produce a rights-based framework around intersex people with aspects that will be transferrable to the advancement of LGBT rights.

Kyrgyzstan

LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan experience ill-treatment, extortion, and discrimination by both state and non-state actors. There is widespread impunity for these abuses. On May 24, 2016, the law, order and fighting crime parliamentary committee returned Kyrgyzstan’s anti-LGBT bill, which would ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” for a repeat second reading, where it then stalled. The bill appears aimed at silencing anyone seeking to openly share information about same-sex relations in Kyrgyzstan. Following a live debate on LGBT rights on national television, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee on National Security on June 14 summoned the editor-in-chief of Kloop.kg, an online media portal, for questioning about its coverage of the show. The television’s supervisory board also formally reprimanded its general director for airing the content. Also in June, Kyrgyzstan voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council establishing the mandate of an independent expert to address violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

Latvia

According to Latvian LGBT activists, the authorities used a 2015 law on “constitutional morality education” to censor discussion about LGBT people in at least two schools in 2016.

Lebanon

Sexual relations outside of marriage—adultery and fornication—are criminalized under Lebanon’s penal code. Furthermore, article 534 of the penal code punishes “any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature” with up to one year in prison. In recent years, authorities conducted raids to arrest persons allegedly involved in same-sex conduct, some of whom were subjected to torture including forced anal examinations. In February 2016, a Syrian refugee, arrested by Lebanese Military Intelligence officers apparently on suspicion he was gay, was allegedly tortured while detained at Military Intelligence, Ministry of Defense, Military Police, and Jounieh police centers. In January 2017, a judge in Metn challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct, declaring that homosexuality is “not a criminal offence,” although under Lebanon’s legal system, the ruling does not create a binding precedent.

Malaysia

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia. Article 377A of the penal code criminalizes same-sex activity between men with punishments of up to 20 years in prison and whipping. Numerous Sharia-based laws and regulations prohibiting a “man posing as a woman,” sexual relations between women, and sexual relations between men effectively criminalize LGBT people.

Both government and private actors attempted to limit expression in support of LGBT rights. In February 2017, JAKIM (the Ministry for Islamic Development) endorsed so-called “conversion therapy,” claiming that gays should seek guidance from God, “repent,” and enter into heterosexual marriages. In March, the Film Censorship Board demanded that Disney edit out four minutes of the children’s film “Beauty and the Beast” because of a “gay moment.” Disney refused to make any cuts to the film, and the board eventually backed down and allowed the unedited film to be screened in Malaysia. In May, Taylor’s University in Subang Jaya canceled a three-day Pride celebration organized by Pelangi, an LGBT rights organization. In June, the Ministry of Health, in response to strident criticism from activists and the general public, reframed the terms of a youth video competition on sexual and reproductive health, removing language and criteria that stigmatized LGBT identities in favor of language that appears to affirm them.

In February 2017 Sameera, a transgender woman, was murdered in Kuantan. In June, an 18-year-old in Penang, T. Nhaveen, died after a group of teenagers allegedly beat and raped him while taunting him with insults such as “pondan,” a derogatory Malay term for an effeminate male, a gay male, or a transgender woman.

Mexico

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City since 2010. Since then, nine states have legalized it; in 2015, the Supreme Court opened the door to recognition in all states by ruling that the definition of marriage as a union only between a man and a woman constitutes discrimination and thus violates Mexico’s Constitution. In May 2016, President Peña Nieto introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, to remove sexual orientation and gender identity as barriers to adoption, and to recognize gender identity through the reissuance of birth notices, without a doctor’s involvement. Two committees in the Chamber of Deputies voted against the initiative in November.

Morocco/Western Sahara

Moroccan courts continued to jail persons for same-sex conduct under article 489 of the penal code, which prohibits “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” A Beni Mellal court convicted two men of homosexuality after a group of youths on March 9 burst into the home of one and pushed the two men naked into the street, filming the assault and later posting the clip online. The two men were freed after spending one month in prison; in April, a court imposed prison terms on two of their attackers. On October 27, police in Marrakesh arrested two girls aged 16 and 17 who were reported for cuddling in a private home. They were jailed for one week and charged under article 489, then provisionally released. In December, they were acquitted.

Authorities require but often refuse to issue permits for foreign broadcast media to film in Morocco. On April 3, police detained and then expelled a crew of the French news program “Le Petit Journal” as it tried to film in a neighborhood of Beni Mellal where the abovementioned gay-bashing assault had taken place.

Nepal

In line with a 2007 Supreme Court decision and a subsequent court order, the government in 2015 began issuing passports in three genders: “male,” “female,” and “other.” Some with “other” passports have successfully traveled abroad with their travel documents recognized by foreign governments. The new constitution recognizes that citizenship is available in three genders, and protects “gender and sexual minorities” in clauses related to equality before the law and social justice. Activists remain frustrated with the lack of implementation of a Supreme Court-mandated committee recommendation that the government recognize same-sex relationships.

Netherlands

At the start of 2016, NGOs reported threats and discrimination against LGBT asylum seekers at asylum facilities, and a Dutch independent monitoring body, the Dutch Board for Protection of Human Rights, found in February that LGBT asylum seekers at a large facility face discrimination.

Nigeria

The passage of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, SSMPA in January 2014, has far reaching effects on members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The law is used to legitimize abuses against LGBT people, including mob violence, sexual abuse, unlawful arrests, torture and extortion by police. On February 13, the police arrested a homosexual couple in the federal capital for allegedly attempting to conduct a wedding. The wedding sponsors and the hotel venue owner were also arrested. The penalty for entering into a gay marriage under the SSMPA is 14 years. Ironically, former President Jonathan who defied global pressure before signing the bill into law, said belatedly in June 2016 that “with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may, at the appropriate time, revisit the law.”

In November 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged the Nigerian government to review the SSMPA in order to prohibit violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and ensure access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for LGBT individuals.

Pakistan

In 2009, Pakistan’s Supreme Court called for improved police response to cases involving transgender people, and to ensure the rights of transgender people to basic education, employment, and protection. However, despite the court order, violent attacks on transgender and intersex women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province surged in 2016, with unknown assailants frequently targeting those involved in activism. Official responses have been inadequate. Human rights groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recorded dozens of threats to, and attacks on, people and property, including abuses while in police custody. In September 2016, the National Commission for Human Rights called on the government to investigate the attacks, and in 2016 and 2017 local governments and parliament hearings reflected an increased amount of attention to the plight of transgender women—including a unanimous resolution in the Khyber Pakhdunkhwa assembly calling for voting rights for transgender people.

Papua New Guinea

The PNG criminal code outlaws sex “against the order of nature,” which has been interpreted to apply to consensual same-sex acts, and is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being shunned, sexually abused, or assaulted by other asylum seekers.

In May, during the periodic review of PNG’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, countries made more than 150 recommendations on sues including ratification of international treaties, establishing a national human rights commission, promoting gender equality, addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence, decriminalizing consensual same-sex relations, and abolishing or placing a moratorium on the death penalty. In September, PNG responded that it would ratify all core human rights treaties “on the basis of priorities” and that, while there are challenges to implementing reforms, it is committed to establishing a human rights commission, improving gender equality, and addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence. It also noted, however, that “LGBT is currently not a priority of the Government” and that the “death penalty is in our national law, however despite this, the current government directive is not to implement until further directions are issued.”

Peru

In March 2015, Congress rejected a bill to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. In September 2016, a Congressional supporter of President Kuczynski announced that he would introduce a new legislative proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions.

People in Peru are required to appear before a judge in order to revise the gender noted on their identification documents. In an August 2016 report, the human rights ombudsman noted that courts had rejected most of these requests, often applying inconsistent criteria.

Philippines

The House of Representatives began consideration of House Bill 267, the “Anti SOGI (Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity) Discrimination Act” in June 2016. If approved, it will criminalize discrimination in the employment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and prohibit schools from refusing to register or expelling students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate has introduced companion legislation, Senate Bill No. 935, otherwise known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB), which had its first hearing in August. House Bill 267 will also sensitize police and law enforcement officers on LGBT issues and train them to attend to complaints. These initiatives are essential given that LGBT rights advocacy groups have warned that hate crimes against LGBT people are on the rise and that the Philippines has recorded the highest number of murders of transgender individuals in Southeast Asia since 2008. The bill would also prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in access to health care.

Russia

Authorities continued to implement discriminatory policies and laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In March, police found journalist and theater critic Dmitry Tsilikin dead in his St. Petersburg apartment from stab wounds. The perpetrator, arrested a week later, confessed that he planned to blackmail Tsilikin about his homosexuality, but killed him during a confrontation. The police did not categorize the killing as a hate crime. In January, a court in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, found LGBT activist Sergei Alekseenko guilty of violating the discriminatory “gay propaganda” law which prohibits allowing children access to positive information about LGBT relationships. The court called several publications on the website of an LGBT organization formerly run by Alekseenko “gay propaganda” and fined him 100,000 rubles (US$1,300). Authorities continued legal action against Deti-404, an online support group for LGBT children. In April, a court in the Siberian town of Barnaul ruled to ban the website. As of November, Deti 404’s website remained blocked. In September, a court in Siberia ruled to block BlueSystem.ru, a highly popular LGBT news site. As of November, the site was blocked.

In February 2017 and stretching through at least the first week in April, law enforcement and security officials in Russia’s Chechen Republic launched an unprecedented anti-gay purge. They rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, held them in unofficial detention facilities for days, humiliated, starved, and tortured them. They forcibly disappeared some of the men. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. Their captors exposed them to their families as gay and encouraged their relatives to carry out so-called “honor killings.” Although Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov has denied the round-ups, there is evidence that high-level officials in Chechnya sanctioned them. Russia’s federal government pledged to investigate, but intense and well-founded fear of official retaliation and honor killings, and overwhelming stigma will prevent many victims from coming forward.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of uncodified Islamic law to sanction people suspected of committing sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery, extramarital and homosexual sex, or other “immoral” acts. If such activity occurs online, judges and prosecutors utilize vague provisions of the country’s anti-cybercrime law that criminalize online activity impinging on “public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy.” In February 2016, the Saudi Gazette reported that the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution is considering requesting the death penalty for anyone “using social media to solicit homosexual acts.”

In February 2017, Saudi police arrested 35 Pakistani citizens, some of whom were transgender women. One of them died in detention. Her family said her body bore signs of torture, while the Saudi authorities said she had died of a heart attack.

Serbia (Kosovo)

Attacks and harassment of human rights defenders continued. According to local LGBT and human rights organizations, the majority of attacks and threats against members of the LGBT community go unreported with only known LGBT activists filing complaints. In June, in Vojvodina in Northeast Serbia, an LGBT activist was attacked and kicked in the head by four unidentified perpetrators. No one had been prosecuted at time of writing. In August, LGBT activist Boban Stojanovic, one of the Belgrade Pride organizers, was punched and called a “fag” in downtown Belgrade by two unidentified men. Police were investigating at time of writing. Hundreds of police officers deployed in Belgrade to protect the LGBT Pride march in September, which occurred without violence. This was a marked improvement from previous years when protesters attacked the parade, or the government had cancelled the event citing security concerns instead of providing adequate security.

The Kosovo Constitution protects against sexual orientation-based discrimination and a 2015 anti-discrimination law enumerates protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity; however, implementation remains weak.

Singapore

The rights of Singapore’s LGBT community are severely restricted. Sexual relations between two male persons remains a criminal offense, and there are no legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Media Development Authority effectively prohibits all positive depictions of LGBT lives on television or radio. The annual Pink Dot Festival in support of LGBT rights celebrated its eighth year in Hong Lim Park in June 2016, supported by the sponsorship of corporations including Google, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, Bloomberg, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook. A few days after the event, the Ministry of Home Affairs warned multinational companies to stop funding the event, saying such support constitutes “foreign interference” with domestic affairs. In October, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that, under newly promulgated rules, any entity that is not incorporated in Singapore and does not have a majority of Singapore citizens on its board is now required to apply for a permit to sponsor an event in Hong Lim Park.

Associations of more than 10 people are required to register with the government, and the Registrar of Societies has broad authority to deny registration if he determines the group could be “prejudicial to public peace, welfare or good order.” The Registrar of Societies has refused to allow any lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual (LGBT) organization to register as a society on the ground that “it is contrary to the public interest to grant legitimacy to the promotion of homosexual activities or viewpoints.”

All films and videos shown in Singapore must be pre-approved by the Board of Film Censors. Theater productions must also obtain a license under the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, and to do so must submit their scripts for approval. In June 2016, a production of “Les Miserables” was forced to delete a scene containing a same-sex kiss.

South Africa

South Africa has a progressive constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and protects the human rights of LGBTI people. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has taken significant steps to improve coordination between government and civil society in combatting violence (including rape and murder) against lesbians and transgender men. On September 6, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that due to widespread homophobic attitudes within South African society, and to protect the rights of LGBTI people, homophobic US pastor Steven Anderson and members of his church were banned from entering the country because they promote hate speech and advocate social violence. He said constitutional and legislative guarantees, including the rights of LGBTI persons, must be respected by all. Domestic LGBTI groups lauded the decision. In June 2017, at the 8th South African AIDS Conference, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched the national HIV framework for LGBTI people. South Africa is the first country in the world to launch an HIV framework specifically for LGBT people as part of its national strategic plan. The objective is to “reverse the burden of disease from HIV, STIs and TB and to promote a rights and evidence-based environment for LGBTI people in South Africa.”

Some of South Africa’s votes at the United Nations were contrary to the country’s stated human rights principles. For example, in July, South Africa voted against a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the protection of human rights on the internet and abstained on a key HRC vote to appoint an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. The abstention went against the country’s strong constitutional protections and domestic laws around sexual orientation and gender identity. But on November 21, in the UN General Assembly committee, South Africa voted to allow Vitit Muntabhorn, the newly appointed UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, to continue his work. The vote was taken after the African Group put forward a resolution to stop the operations of the UN expert who was appointed in September by the Human Rights Council.

Sri Lanka

State and non-state discrimination and abuses against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) population persist. Sections 365 and 365A of the Sri Lankan Penal Code prohibit “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and “gross indecency,” commonly understood in Sri Lanka to criminalize all same-sex relations between consenting adults. Sri Lankan law does not specifically criminalize transgender or intersex people. But no laws ensure that their rights are protected, and police have used several criminal offenses and regulations to target LGBTI people, particularly transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM) involved in sex work. These include a law against “cheat[ing] by personation,” and the vaguely worded Vagrants’ Ordinance, which prohibits soliciting or committing acts of “gross indecency,” or being “incorrigible rogues” procuring “illicit or unnatural intercourse.” Some trans women and MSM said that repeated harassment by police, including instances of arbitrary detention and mistreatment, had eroded their trust in Sri Lankan authorities, and made it unlikely that they would report a crime. Several people also reported discriminatory treatment at the hands of medical authorities, leading many transgender people to self-medicate rather than seeking professional assistance.

Syria

News reports in 2016 indicate that ISIS continues to execute men accused of homosexuality. In one reported case from Deir al-Zour governorate, a 15-year-old boy was thrown from a building in January 2016 after he was accused of being gay. At least 25 men have been murdered by ISIS in Syria on suspicion of homosexuality or for sodomy, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Tanzania

Tanzanian law criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adult males, with a penalty of 30 years to life in prison, one of the most severe punishments for same-sex intimacy in the world. Zanzibar has slightly different laws but criminalizes both male homosexual conduct and lesbianism. The laws are rarely applied, but police and other authorities use them as a pretext to extort, abuse and marginalize LGBTI people. 

Under the government of John Magufuli, Tanzania has seen an unprecedented crackdown on LGBT people. The government has shut down HIV outreach services and drop-in centers targeting men who have sex with men (MSM); banned the import of water-based lubricants, an important HIV prevention tool; and threatened to shut down LGBT organizations. Police in Zanzibar arrested nine young men, charged them with homosexual conduct, and subjected them to forced anal examinations at a government hospital in December 2016. They were released on bail, but the cases remain open. Another young man was arrested in Dar es Salaam in March 2017, and was also subjected to a forced anal exam. In June 2017, President Magufuli publicly condemned same-sex relationships.

Tunisia

The penal code punishes consensual same-sex conduct with up to three years in prison. Anal testing is used as the main evidence in order to convict men for homosexuality. In two high-profile cases in 2015, at least seven young men were arrested and subjected to anal examinations by forensic doctors, whose reports were used as evidence to convict them of sodomy and imprison them, even though it is well-documented that such exams lack medical value. On appeal, their sentences were reduced to two months in the first case, and one month in the second.

Tunisia has thus far been unwilling to consider decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct but, in its 2017 UPR review, accepted a recommendation to end forced anal examinations. This positive development followed months of advocacy from Tunisian and international human rights groups. The United Nations Committee against Torture, in its 2016 evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of anal examinations as to prove homosexual conduct. Shortly before the UPR review, the national medical council issued a circular calling on medical personnel to stop conducting anal examinations without consent.

Turkey

Authorities frequently impose arbitrary bans on public assemblies and violently disperse peaceful demonstrations. For the second year running, the Istanbul governor’s office banned the annual Istanbul Gay and Trans Pride marches in June 2016, citing concerns about security threats and public order.

Turkmenistan

Under Turkmen law homosexual conduct is punishable by up to two years in prison. Widespread prejudice leads to homosexuality being treated as a disease, including by medical institutions and judicial authorities. Law enforcement officials and medical personnel subject persons detained and charged with sodomy to forced anal examinations, with the purported objective of finding “proof” of homosexual conduct.

Uganda

After nine years, the Constitutional Court finally ruled in November on a challenge to a limitation on the mandate of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which barred it from investigating any matter involving behavior “considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or unacceptable by the majority of the cultural and social communities in Uganda.” The judges determined the limitation was unconstitutional and violated the right to a fair hearing. Perversely, this provision had meant that the very mechanism designed to protect people from discrimination could blatantly discriminate against women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, sex workers, and anyone else who might not have been perceived to reflect the views of the majority.

Same-sex conduct remains criminalized under Uganda’s colonial-era law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge” among people of the same sex. The new NGO law raises concerns about the criminalization of legitimate advocacy on the rights of LGBTI people. In August, police unlawfully raided a peaceful pageant that was part of Gay Pride celebrations in Kampala. Police locked the venue’s gates, arrested activists, and beat and humiliated hundreds of people, violating rights to association and assembly. Police continue to carry out forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture.

Ukraine

Since 2014, the government has introduced several progressive policies supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, but anti-LGBT sentiment remains strong among high-level government officials and the public. In March 2016, about 200 anti-gay, far-right supporters attacked a venue in Lviv hosting a LGBT equality festival, eventually causing the event to be cancelled. The Kyiv LGBT Pride march held in June took place without the violence against participants that had marred it in previous years. Ultra-nationalist groups had threatened to make the march a “bloody mess.” Around 6,000 police officers protected the 1,500 march participants. The first LGBT Pride march took place in Odesa in August. Local authorities initially attempted to ban it, but relented when organizers changed the route. Police arrested four ultra-nationalists who attempted to disrupt the event. A new draft of the amended labor code does not include an anti-discrimination provision that would protect LGBT people in the workplace.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality. However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provid

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          3 Days Merzouga from Marrakech   
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          Comment on Amazon pulls blank ‘History of Palestinian People’ — which aims to dehumanize in order to subjugate by Misterioso   
@Emet Sigh Au contraire. To state the obvious, my previous posting attests that the Muslims were entirely "worthy." Let's consult a real expert, renowned Professor David J. Wasserstein, who also happens to be Jewish. Audio of his lecture delivered in May, 2012: https://www.soas.ac.uk/religions-and-philosophies/events/jordan-lectures-in-comparative-religion/14may2012-opening-lecture-how-islam-saved-the-jews.html "So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews? - How Islam Saved the Jews." David J Wasserstein is the Eugene Greener Jr. Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. Excerpt: "Islam saved Jewry. This is an unpopular, discomforting claim in the modern world. But it is a historical truth. The argument for it is double. First, in 570 CE, when the Prophet Mohammad was born, the Jews and Judaism were on the way to oblivion. And second, the coming of Islam saved them, providing a new context in which they not only survived, but flourished, laying foundations for subsequent Jewish cultural prosperity - also in Christendom - through the medieval period into the modern world." An uncomfortable truth for a Zionist zealot like you obsessed with demonizing Muslims, I'm sure!! To quote Dr. Ella Habiba Shohat, Professor of Cultural Studies and Women's Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY), a self described "Arab Jew" born in Israel of Iraqi ancestry now living in the United States: "Our history simply cannot be discussed in European Jewish terminology. As Iraqi Jews, while retaining a communal identity, we were generally well integrated and indigenous to the country, forming an inseparable part of its social and cultural life. Thoroughly Arabized, we used Arabic even in hymns and religious ceremonies. The liberal and secular trends of the 20th century engendered an even stronger association of Iraqi Jews and Arab culture, which brought Jews into an extremely active arena in public and cultural life. Prominent Jewish writers, poets and scholars played a vital role in Arab culture, distinguishing themselves in Arabic speaking theatre, in music, as singers, composers, and players of traditional instruments. "In Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Tunisia, Jews became members of legislatures, of municipal councils, of the judiciary, and even occupied high economic positions. (The finance minister of Iraq in the '40s was Ishak Sasson, and in Egypt, Jamas Sanua--higher positions, ironically, than those our community had generally achieved within the Jewish state until the 1990s!)" ("Reflections by an Arab Jew" - http://www.bintjbeil. com/E/occupatio n/arab_jew.html ) Needless to say, when Zionism, a 19th century European racist, colonialist ideology infected the entire region in the 20th century and led to the dispossession and expulsion of well over one million native Palestinian Muslims and Christians between late 1947 and 1967, relations between Arabs and Jews deteriorated and led to conflict. No surprise!! Also, bearing in mind the fact that both Caliph Omar, in 637, and Saladin, in 1187, liberated Jerusalem from brutal oppressors (i.e., Byzantine Christian zealots and the Crusaders) and invited the exiled Jews to return and practice their faith freely, it is easy to understand why Palestine’s indigenous Arab Jews were among Zionism’s most ardent opponents. To quote Rabbi Menachem Froman, chief rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, a champion of inter-religious reconciliation: "[E]very Jew who learns the writings of the great sages - who, at the head of them all stands Maimonides - knows that our great thinkers wrote in the Arabic language, lived in Islamic states and participated with the great Muslim thinkers in the effort to explain the words of God, according to the paths of the sages and amidst the difficult bloody battles that we have had since the beginning of Zionism with the Muslims." "We know... that the war between the Jews and the Muslims is the work of the cursed devil. We know that Islam is named after peace." (Haaretz, September 18, 2006) GET EDUCATED!! YOU'RE DROWNING IN HASBARA!! BYE BYE
              
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          Final choice green photo — Fes, Morocco, United States   
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          Zamiennik Tranzystora morocco p36ne   
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          Jaimie Monahan Experiencing Life Extremely   
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An Ice Zero Swim is the toughest standard physiologically, psychologically, operationally and generally logistically in the ice swimming community. An Ice Zero Swim is an Ice Mile that must be completed entirely in water temperature below 1°C (33.8°F).

There have been 10 athletes who have completed this unique ice swimming challenge with several more ice swimmers slated to make their own attempts somewhere in the Arctic Circle, down in the Southern Ocean of Antarctica, or other open bodies of water with extreme temperatures and conditions:

Ice Zero Swimmers:
1. Ram Barkai (South Africa) - 10 Ice Zero Miles
2. Jaimie Monahan (USA) - 6 Ice Zero Miles
2. Ger Kennedy (Ireland) - 6 Ice Zero Miles
4. Ryan Stramrood (South Africa) - 5 Ice Zero Miles
5. Kieron Palframan (South Africa) - 4 Ice Zero Miles
6. Toks Viviers (South Africa) - 3 Ice Zero Miles
6. Henri Kaarma (Estonia) - 3 Ice Zero Miles
8. Aleksandr Brylin (Russia) - 1 Ice Zero Mile
8. Andrey Sychyovv (Russia) - 1 Ice Zero Mile
8. Gavin Pike (South Africa) - 1 Ice Zero Mile

Monahan is the only women in the top 5 ice swimming zero community. She has completed the following International Ice Swimming Association-certified one-mile Ice Zero Swims:

Jaimie Monahan's Ice Zero Career:
1. 1 mile on April 2nd 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland in 3.70°C water (3°C wind chill + 5.6°C air) in 35:00 in the sea with 12 km/hr wind speed
2. 1.03 miles on December 18th 2016 in Tyumen, Russia in -0.03°C water (-31°C wind chill + air) in 30:20 in a pool in a lake with 4 km/hr wind speed
3. 1.02 miles on February 13th 2017 in Aguelmame Sidi Ali Lake, Morocco in 4.9°C water (-0.5°C wind chill + 3°C air) in 32:18 in a mountain lake with 14 km/hr wind speed
4. 1.11 miles on March 4th 2017 in Mikkelvik Brygge, Karlsøy, Norway in 2.37°C water (-3.5°C wind chill + -3.5°C air) in 32:09 in the sea with 4 km/hr wind speed
5. 1.01 miles on March 9th 2017 at M Street Beach, Boston, USA in 4.63°C water (6.1°C wind chill + 9°C air) in 26:16 in the sea with 20 km/hr wind speed
6. 1.14 miles on May 15th 2017 in Tasman Lake, Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand in 2.37°C water (14°C wind chill + air) in 26:44 in a glacier lake [shown above]

For more details, visit the International Ice Swimming Association website here.

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          Men's Jr. Team Picks up 2nd Win at Worlds   
Dylan Missry and Austin Matautia lead the way for the U.S. as it beats Morocco
          Comment on Preview – Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure by J. Nali   
Arabian? if you base your book on secular Morocco, then you should know that Morocco back then was a purely Berber ethnicity country. the "arab" ethnicity comes as part of belonging to a religious entity, we are just not Arabs despite what the arab rulers says
          24 hours in Casablanca(Morocco)   
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          In Essaouira’s Gnaoua Festival, Music Transcends History   
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          315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens   
A team of European and Moroccan scientists has found the fossil remains of five individuals who they believe are the most ancient modern humans (Homo sapiens) ever found. In a remote area of Morocco called Jebel Irhoud, in what was once a cave, the team found a skull, bones and teeth of five individuals who lived about 315,000 years ago. The scientists also found fairly sophisticated stone tools and charcoal, indicating the use of fire by this group. The researchers' claim is controversial, however, because anthropologists are still debating exactly what physical features distinguish modern humans from our more primitive ancestors. Archaic forms of humans — other, earlier species of Homo — emerged more than a million years ago. Exactly how and when our species — Homo sapiens — evolved is a mystery. Up to now, the oldest known bones widely recognized as Homo sapiens were from people who lived in East Africa about 200,000 years ago. The new discovery in Morocco would push the date for
          Morocco's Belhanda completes move to Galatasaray   
Moroccan international Younes Belhanda joins Turkish giants Galatasaray from Ukranian side Dynamo Kiev on a four-year deal.
          Bull Sharks   
The bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, also known as the bull whaler, Zambezi shark or informally Zambi in Africa and Nicaragua shark in Nicaragua, is common worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and in rivers. The bull shark is well known for its unpredictable, often aggressive behavior. Many scientists agree that since bull sharks often dwell in shallow waters, they may be more dangerous to humans than any other species. Unlike most other marine sharks, bull sharks tolerate fresh water. They can travel far up rivers. As a result, they are probably responsible for the majority of attacks on humans that take place near the shore, including many attacks attributed to other species. However, bull sharks are not true freshwater sharks (unlike the river sharks of the genus Glyphis). The name, "bull shark", comes from the shark`s stocky shape, broad, flat snout and aggressive unpredictable behavior. In India, the bull shark is often called the Sundarbans or Ganges shark and is considered a delicacy for Bengali fish curries. In Africa it is also commonly called the Zambezi River shark or just Zambi. Its wide range and diverse habitats result in many other local names, for example Lake Nicaragua shark, Fitzroy Creek Whaler, Van Rooyen`s Shark, cub shark, shovelnose shark, freshwater whaler. The bull shark is found all over the world in many different areas. The bull shark has been known to travel long distances. The bull shark is common in the coastal areas of warm oceans, in rivers and lakes, and in both salt and fresh water. They are found to a depth of 150 m, but does not usually swim deeper than 30 m.In the Atlantic it is found from Massachusetts, to Southern Brazil and from Morocco to Angola. In the Indian Ocean it is found from South Africa to Kenya, India, Vietnam to Australia. It is estimated that there are more than 500 bull sharks in the Brisbane River and greater numbers still in the canals of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. In the Pacific Ocean, it can be found from Baja California to Ecuador. The shark is found in the central Amazon River, and has been recorded as far up the Mississippi River as Illinois. It is also found in the fresh water Lake Nicaragua and the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers of West Bengal and Assam in eastern India and adjoining Bangladesh. It can live in almost any water including water with a high salt content as in St. Lucia Lake in South Africa. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, a large number of bull sharks were sighted in Lake Ponchartrain.Although rare, bull sharks have made their way through the Great Lakes as far as Lake Michigan. The Lake Michigan encounter occurred off the coast of Chicago, Illinois in 1955. Only 43 species of elasmobranch in ten genera and four families have been reported to enter fresh water, of which the bull shark is the best known. Other species that enter rivers include the stingrays (Dasyatidae, Potamotygonidae and others) and sawfishes (Pristidae). Some skates (Rajidae), smooth dogfishes (Triakidae), pajama catsharks (Poroderma spp.), and sandbar sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus) regularly enter estuaries. The ability of elasmobranchs to enter fresh water is limited because their blood is normally at least as salty (in terms of osmotic strength) as seawater, through the accumulation of urea and trimethylamine oxide, but bull sharks living in fresh water reduce the concentration of these solutes by up to 50%. Even so, bull sharks living in fresh water need to produce twenty times more urine than those in salt water.Until very recently, researchers thought the sharks in Lake Nicaragua were a separate species because there was no way for the sharks to move in or out. It was discovered that they were jumping along the rapids just like salmon. Bull sharks tagged inside the lake were later caught in the open ocean. Bull sharks are large and stout. Males can reach 2.1 meters (6.9 ft) and weigh 90 kilograms (198.4 lbs). Females can be much larger:up to 3.49 metres (11.5 ft) and 318 kg (700 lb). Bull sharks are wider than other sharks of comparable length, and are grey on top and white below. The second dorsal fin is smaller than the first. The diet of a bull shark includes fish, other sharks, rays, dolphins, turtles, birds, molluscs, echinoderms, crustaceans, and even terrestrial mammals. Bull sharks have been known to use the bump-and-bite technique when attacking their prey. This type of hunting behaviour has been observed when researchers entered the water with relatively calm bull sharks, and the sharks suddenly became violent and began to bump the researchers. This behaviour was seen in the documentary Anatomy of a Sharkbite, which aired on the Discovery Channel in 2003, during Shark WeekDiscovery.com/sharkweek. Dr. Erich Ritter was severely wounded by a bull shark using this attack technique. This attack was not listed as being a case of mistaken identity, because the waters during the time of the attack were clear, and no noticeable weather patterns were affecting the sharks. This attack may have been a case of territoriality, in which the bull sharks were very fierce toward intruders. Recently, Dr. Ritter concluded that the attack was provoked by a piece of chum that had been thrown away from him, but was taken by a Remora and brought back in his direction. The remora caused the bull sharks to get excited and swirl up the sand. In the resulting cloud of sand, one of the sharks bit him. Bull sharks are solitary hunters. They often cruise through shallow waters. Bull sharks may appear docile, but they can suddenly burst into speed. They can be highly aggressive, even attacking a racehorse in the Brisbane River in the Australian state of Queensland. They are extremely territorial and will attack other animals – including humans – that enter their territory. Along with the great white, tiger and oceanic whitetip sharks, bull sharks are among the four species considered the most dangerous to humans. One or more bull sharks are most likely responsible for the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 that were originally attributed to a great white, and which inspired the movie Jaws. Many experts think the bull shark is responsible for most of the deaths around the Sydney Harbour inlets in the past. Most of these attacks were previously thought to be great whites. In India the bull shark cruises up the Ganges River where it has killed and attacked a large number of people. It also eats the corpses that the Indians float on the river. Many of these attacks have been wrongly blamed on the Ganges Shark Glyphis gangeticus, a fairly rare species that is probably the only other shark that can live comfortably in both saltwater and freshwater. The grey nurse shark was also blamed in the sixties and seventies. Bull sharks breed in the summer, often in the brackish water of river mouths. After gestating for about a year, a bull shark may give birth to as many as 13 live young (they are viviparous). The young are about 70 centimetres (28 in) at birth and take 10 years to reach maturity.
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          Last Days in Tétouan   

After my opening the final days in Tétouan went by at lightening speed.


With slaughtered chickens hanging from hooks and cats and kittens literally lurking around every corner and always under foot, my youngest daughter, Naomi was deeply affected by the plight of the animals of Morocco.  She decided that last week to get some footage to make her own documentary about the cats. I went with her hiking around the city to help her find as many cats as possible. The people there really do help the cats. The guys in the fish market give them fish heads all day long, and different people have set up little shelters, but there's just so many of them!

Anyway she's going to bring the footage to film camp later this summer to see if she can put the film together then.


During the final week, Mike and Chloe and Phoebe all took a ceramics class to learn some of the traditional tile making we observed over at the artisan school.


Learning about design.


This is the instructor, Ali, working on a complicated looking pattern.


Pieces drying in the studio.


Phoebe and Chloe cutting the clay.


Cut clay pieces.


The pieces fitting together.


Phoebe, Mike, Ali and Chloe on the final day of class.


They also finished up their language class. Here they are with Jamal their Darija (Moroccan Arabic) teacher.


In the mean time my installation had some more visitors and they told me it would be on view for a couple more months.


On our last night in town we had our own little celebration with this ice cream, chocolate fondue.

Just outside our house in the medina
Leaving Tétouan was harder than I'd imagined. On the one hand we were off to explore Tangier for a couple days, but Tétouan was Morocco for us and where we connected with this country. Two days before I left I made this list:

Things I will miss....
1 the call to prayer echoing into my window and on out on the streets.
2 The neighbor children who give me hugs and kisses just for stepping out my door.
3 The kindness of strangers, over and over almost every day.
4 The talented and friendly artists I have met in this country and from abroad.
5 The stunning and intricate art and design that surrounds daily life here.
6. Vendors who make sure I have chosen the best of their products, be it a melon or a carton of milk, they will not let me leave with sub standard product.
7 The storks flying over head and the cats literally everywhere (though not their poo)
8 Feeling like I could buy nearly everything because I have $20 US in my pocket.
9 Sitting on my rooftop in the evening breeze and looking out over this bustling city.

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          16 Chrissy Teigen Swimsuit Photos That Are So Hot, You May Need to Call the Fire Department   

As a Sports Illustrated model, Chrissy Teigen knows a thing or two about working a swimsuit. Whether she's doing a photo shoot or enjoying a vacation with husband John Legend or simply hanging out poolside, the 31-year-old never misses the opportunity to show off her incredible body (can you blame her?). Sit down, grab a cold drink, and take a look at Chrissy's sexiest swimsuit moments.


          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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          Naqvi, Rishi Kapoor inaugurate '8th Jagran Film Festival'   

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor here on Saturday inaugurated the "8th Jagran Film Festival", which will travel to 16 cities across India and showcase over 400 films.

The festival will feature a retrospective on Rishi's acclaimed films including "Do Dooni Char", "Chandni", "Bobby", "Kapoor & Sons" and a part of "Mera Naam Joker".

"I am thankful that they are showing my films. I have been working in the industry for last 45 years, but nobody has showcased a retrospective of my work. I am very humbled by this. They are showing my eight-and-a-half films. This includes eight full films and one part of 'Mera Naam Joker'," Rishi said.

Also present at the inaugural ceremony were actresses Divya Dutta and Tannishtha Chatterjee.

The eighth edition of the festival kick-started with the screening of Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor-starrer "The Fakir of Venice".

The Anand Surapur directorial tells the story of an Indian conman, who is hired to find a fakir who can bury himself in sand for an installation art project in Venice. He passes off a poor slum-dweller from Mumbai as the real thing, conning the European art world successfully.

The festival will pay a homage to late actors Vinod Khanna and Om Puri with the screenings of their films "Achanak" and "Mr. Kabaadi".

Speaking on the occasion, Naqvi said: "This is a memorable occasion as people who have taken art and films to each and every house are associated with this festival. I am happy that through this festival, social messages are being transmitted to small places across India via films."

While Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and the starcast of upcoming film "Mom", including Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, were supposed to attend the opening ceremony, they were not able to make it to the event.

This year the festival will have Morocco as its country focus.

"We are pleased to showcase Moroccan films here. Bollywood is the oldest known cinema. Surprisingly, in Morocco, there are a few cinemas that are completely dedicated to the Indian movies. People there speak Indian languages just by watching Indian films," Moroccan Ambassador Mohamed Maliki told IANS.

The five-day Delhi leg of the film festival, which is talking place here at the Sri Fort Auditorium, will showcase Indian films like "Hindi Medium", "Pink", "Agneepath", "Shivaay", "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story", "Phillauri", "Sachin: A Billion Dreams", "Neerja", "Jolly LLB 2" and "Trapped".

Some films from different countries across the world that will be showcased this year include "Black Cat" (US), "Last Christmas" (Italy), "The Letterbox" (Turkey), "Adios Carmen" (Morocco), "The Bench" (Iran), "Inner Court" (Brazil) and "Letter to the Night" (France), among others.

After its Delhi leg, which will conclude on July 5, the festival will travel to cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Indore, Hisar, Meerut and Raipur. The final leg of the festival will take place in Mumbai.

--IANS

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  • - IMPORTACION MARITIMA, PUERTO DEL CALLAO

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    FECHA: 06 JUNIO 2017(CALLAO)
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ANTERIOR
   
SIGUIENTE


          East Coast Morocco   

East Coast Morocco

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          10 - Experience It - Morocco   
Explore the ancient walled cities, the Sahara Desert, the High Atlas Mountains, and Imperial cities. Morocco offers a wide variety of options for all travellers, budgets, and interests.
          Morocco comes alive for 2017 ITTF Africa Cup   

The beach city of Morocco, Agadir will today come alive as the best table tennis players in Africa converge for the 2017 ITTF Africa Cup. Being the only biggest table tennis tournament in Africa this year, the championships serve as qualifications for the ITTF Men and Women World Cups with participants eyeing Africa’s slots inRead More

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          Declaration of the 7th ANEC   
The Seventh Biennial Nutritional Epidemiology Conference (ANEC VII) of the African Nutrition Society was held in Marrakesh, Morocco from 9th to 14th October 2016 at the Palm Plaza Hotel. Discussions and debates treated the theme: Nutrition Dynamics in Africa: Opportunities and challenges for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. The participants of the conference declare: Notes […]
           Resale Chalet In Marassi Marina Sea View    
Overlooking the mesmerising turquoise blue waters of El Alamein is Marassi, a 6.5 million square meter gated, master-planned year-round destination resort. Set against a backdrop of pristine beaches, lush greenery and meandering waterways, Marassi is an exclusive premier resort community, home to the first signature 18-hole golf course along Egypt’s Mediterranean, a marina and a bustling town centre. Marassi is peppered with breathtaking homes designed by world-renowned architects. The neighborhoods are inspired by six Mediterranean lifestyles including Morocco, Tunisia, Greece, Spain, Italy & Egypt to form a mosaic of charm and culture, offering a tranquil escape and refined indulgence
          The Year in Review: 2012   
Happy New Year, friends!! 

I almost didn't write this post.  It was too difficult to remember what we did last year.  When we were living in Luxembourg our year was marked by various trips - Rome, Paris, Morocco!!  Back here in The States our life looks veeerrry different.  But, when I actually sat down and thought the year through I came up with enough to fill a year and make a post.  Riding on camels?  Throwing coins in the Trevi fountain?  No.  But we had some neat experiences. Actually, 2012 was a great year! 

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 ~~JANUARY~~
Skiing on Saturdays, snowpocolypse in Seattle and making macarons.

Tapas

~~FEBRUARY~~
Worldly dinner with friends.  We shared tapas from Spain.

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~~MARCH~~
Annual Quilt Club retreat.  I was a work horse.  Bettas, Josie and Cutie, join our family.  They are still alive, btw, much to my surprise.

Bagels and Lox

~~APRIL~~
Themed dinner with friends, this time from The States.  We shared some bites from New York.

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~~MAY~~
My little niecelette, Ruby, was born.  I went to Hawaii to see her and help my sister.  Bryce and I took a weekend trip to Portlandia.

Salema

~~JUNE~~
Trip to Luxembourg to visit friends.  A week in Portugal to relax at the beach. A day in Amsterdam and a tour of the Anne Frank House.

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~~AUGUST~~
Family hike at Mt. Rainier National Park.  Lots of Pinterest recipe testing and a baby shower for a dear friend. 

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 ~~SEPTEMBER~~
Back to school for the girls - 1st and 3rd grades.  And for me!  I started a 5 credit class at the local community college to reinstate my teaching certificate.  Someone is ready to re-join the work force.  I'll have my teaching certificate reinstated by the end of spring quarter, 15 credits later.

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~~OCTOBER~~
Somehow Eva convinced us to have a Halloween party.  We did.  This was really the culmination of 2 months of thinking/talking/preparing for Halloween. 

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~~NOVEMBER~~
We host Thanksgiving.  I turn the big 4-0.  Or 21 as it is known to my kids.  We cut down our Christmas tree at my in-laws. 

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~~DECEMBER~~
Bryce and I host a huge 40th birthday party.  I vow never to drink red wine again.  My mom spends Christmas with us.  We take a weekend trip to Pacific Beach after the holidays.

          MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL PRESENTS: "Punk From The Middle East And Asia"   

Last year Maximum Rocknroll had a fundraiser of sorts for their record archive. It passed a "collection" many years ago, and has evolved into one of the most comprehensive archives of punk vinyl in the world, well over 50,000 records (and growing). The funds were raised to help create a database (that will include original reviews, and will be free and searchable) and curate the existing archive - it was (is) a shitload of work, and shitloads ain't free, you know? Various incentives were offered to encourage donations, including mix tapes....giver's choice. Some enterprising (and brilliant) fukkr asked for the following tape: "one side Asia (non-Japan), one side Middle East." Well played, punk rocker. Archive coordinator Shivaun crushed this mixtape, and I hope that you will be as thrilled as I was digging on the gems she uncovered from all over the damned place. Not surprisingly, Tian An Men 89 Records makes several contributions (I mean, come on - of course that's the first place you look, right?), but Pakistani grindcore? OK....I'm sold. Bands from: Syria, India, Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkey, Singapore, Armenia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Algeria, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Sound Korea, Lebanon, Morocco and United Arab Emirates. 



          New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016   

Oribe Hair Care was in the hands of dozens of hairdressers during the most recent New York Fashion Week, and our Oribe educators and network of stylists created an array of looks—from stunningly editorial to sweetly simplistic—to complement the designers’ Fall/Winter 2016 collections. Discover each show and style below.

NICOLE MILLER 
Hair by Tomo Jidai

Nicole Miller’s Fall 2016 collection draws inspiration from Nordic influences, from the topography and folklore of the region to knits and ceramics. The icy essence of the designs, balanced by a spirit of coziness and whimsy, is beautifully reflected by lead hairstylist Tomo Jidai’s simple, effortlessly Scandi-chic hair.

Get the Look:

  1. Start with damp-to-wet hair.
  2. Part the hair so that it falls naturally, then take the parting ear to ear and spritz Foundation Mist section by section. 
  3. Apply Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil from mid-lengths to ends.
  4. For thinner hair, apply Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse to add volume. 
  5. Finish by blow drying in sections and smoothing out with a brush.

 

ADAM LIPPES
Hair by Ramona Eschbach

Inspired by British building designers Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll who combined formal and informal to modernize English estates while keeping their authentic beauty intact, Adam Lippes’ Fall/Winter 2016 collection presents with silk jacquards, velvet burnouts, Japanese denim and metallic lames—all of which stand the true test of time. Lead stylist Ramona Eschbach creates a classic shape with a slightly imperfect finger wave style and encouraged texture to complement the timeless sophistication of the line.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep hair with Foundation Mist.
  2. Apply Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse on the roots and Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream on the ends. 
  3. Allow to air dry while using hands to encourage waves.
  4. Use a curling iron to define flat waves around the face. Spray each section with Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray.
  5. Set the remaining hair with a large curling iron and smooth into loose waves. Brush out and finish with Dry Texturizing Spray throughout.

 

JILL STUART
Hair by James Pecis

Inspired by the ’80s and female icons like Paloma Picasso and Tina Chow, Jill Stuart’s Fall 2016 collection embraces a moody but feminine opulence with textured fabrics in jewel-toned hues. Enhanced by rich embellishments, ruffles, and luxurious fabrics that are quintessential to Jill Stuart’s design DNA, the line is perfectly complemented by the edgy ’70s-goth waves created by lead hairstylist James Pecis.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep hair with Maximista Thickening Spray and blow dry straight. 
  2. Spray Dry Texturizing Spray over the top of the hair and brush through, making sure that the top is blown down flat. 
  3. Hold a large curling iron vertically to create an “S” shaped wave.

 

EDUN
Hair by James Pecis

Staying true to the brand heritage, EDUN’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection celebrated organic fabrics and artisanal craftsmanship. Inspired by Morocco, diversity and taking handmade artisanal items and incorporating them into fashion, lead hairstylist James Pecis created a beautifully textured ponytail that was light and airy to complement the collection. On some of the models he incorporated reworked buttons as hair accessories to reflect the theme of the show.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep the hair with The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo and Essential Antidote Replenishing Conditioner to create a clean, soft base.
  2. Spray Maximista Thickening Spray section by section from roots to ends, focusing more on the mid-shaft to ends to start creating texture. 
  3. Create a soft center part. 
  4. Using a mid-sized iron, create natural looking waves, alternating directions towards the face and away from the face. Once you’ve completed the whole head, gently break up the waves with your hands. 
  5. Work Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse from mid-shaft to ends to create even more grit and lived-in texture. 
  6. Create a low ponytail and secure with an elastic the same shade as the hair. When in doubt, go a shade darker.

 

VERONICA BEARD
Hair by Kien Hoang

Presenting a fresh take on the bohemian gypsy, Veronica Beard’s Fall 2016 collection embraces a free-flowing, unstructured aesthetic with a light romantic ease. Lead hairstylist Kien Hoang explored a similar effortless femininity for the hair, creating a natural texture that is characterized by a light wave bend on the lengths and softly gathered at the nape of the neck.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep hair with Foundation Mist
  2. Apply Matte Waves Texture Lotion (launching April 2016) and use fingers to roughly blow dry and enhance the natural wave.
  3. Use a mid-size curling iron to fold the hair alternately through an iron to create soft bends. 
  4. Spray Dry Texturizing Spray at the base to add texture to the roots. 
  5. Rake AirStyle Flexible Finish Cream (launching April 2016) through the ends to enhance texture and add separation. 
  6. Finish by sewing a hemstitch with an elastic to direct hair together toward the nape.

 

BRANDON MAXWELL
Hair by James Pecis

Brandon Maxwell’s sophomore collection is a feminine and unapologetic love letter to the city of New York. Lead stylist James Pecis intensified the designer’s homage to the city’s greatness by drawing inspiration from the sexy uptown girl venturing downtown. To further strengthen the presentation of Maxwell’s art-deco-infused, modern take on power suiting and evening wear, each model walked down the runway with a unique hair look.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep hair with Maximista Thickening Spray and a dime-size amount of Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream
  2. Cornrow the hair back beginning one inch from the center part and finishing below the crown. 
  3. Apply Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse from mid-lengths to ends on hair that is not already braided and use a wide-tooth comb to scrape hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. 
  4. Use Dry Texturizing Spray and Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste to create a super rough, smashed-in twist in the ponytail. 
  5. Finish with Superfine Hair Spray.

 

THE BLONDS
Hair by Kien Hoang

This season The Blonds Fall/Winter 2016 collection tells the story of twisted self-discovery through glamorous rose-tinted lenses in The Blonds Wonderland. Inspired by a Gregg Araki-Quentin Tarantino reinvention of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, lead stylist Kien Hoang creates an anarchic art piece that complements the showstopping line. Each ultra-high ballerina ponytail explodes with whipped strands and wild shades of pink.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep hair with a combination of Foundation Mist and Maximista Thickening Spray.
  2. Pull hair into a high ponytail on top of the head and pull out random sections. 
  3. Apply Sculpting Cream to each section and use a Wind Spin Hair Dryer Curl Diffuser to twist and spin the sections into twisted knots. Hold the ends of the twist together with Original Pomade
  4. Wrap sections around the ponytail to create a messy bun that will serve as the anchor for the extension piece. 
  5. While each extension pieces are still individual, spray with Soft Dry Conditioner Spray and use the Wind Spin to spin and twist the extension. Apply Original Pomade to the ends as done previously to the natural hair. 
  6. Anchor each extension into the bun and expand each spiral to achieve a fuller twist. Begin to shape: The front pieces of the ponytail should drape over one eye with a few tendrils cascading while the rest should hang slightly off to the side. 
  7. Spray pink hair spray into the natural hair to create a seamless look with the extension pieces.
  8. Fashion the veil into the base of the ponytail using pins to secure. The veil should be tight on the sides to accentuate cheekbone structure. 
  9. Finish with Superfine Strong Hair Spray to set the style.

          Oribe at New York Men's Day   

Our Oribe Educators and talented network of stylists created the hair looks for all 12 of the designers presenting their Spring/Summer 2016 collections at New York Men's Day, the kick-off to the first-ever New York Fashion Week: Men's. Scroll down to discover every look.

David Hart
Hair by Kien Hoang

Excitement was high to see what designer David Hart would unveil this season after being named GQ’s Best New Menswear Designer in America for New York’s first ever Men’s Day sponsored by Cadillac. For Spring/Summer 2016, David drew inspiration from the German Bauhaus movement, so the pieces are infused with strong geometric shapes and color blocking. Lead hairstylist Kien Hoang, who has been working with the designer for six seasons, created an extremely sleek and graphic hairstyle to complement the tailored garments.

Get the Look:

  1. To create this look, start by cleaning up the hair with square sideburns and a square neckline.
  2. Prep with Foundation Mist and blow-dry.
  3. Create a very low side part. Spray a generous amount of Dry Texturizing Spray section by section for grip until it hardens.
  4. Use Sculpting Cream to create a sculpted look that’s clean, and precise and flattened against the head.  

 

CADET 
Hair by Nathan Nguyen

Brooklyn-based menswear brand CADET stayed true to their post-war military academy heritage and debuted a Spring/Summer 2016 collection inspired by the ’50s Normandy military boys on vacation. Lead hairstylist Nathan Nguyen created an artfully lived-in ‘do that still held traces of an extreme military cut.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep the hair with Foundation Mist and Crème for Style. Using a vent brush, blow-dry the hair back so it looks intentional, but slightly disheveled.
  2. Spray Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray for shine.
  3. Finish with Fiber Groom Elastic Texture Paste for pieceyness and separation at the ends.

 

Boyswear
Hair by Joey George

Boyswear designer Jackson McKeehan debuted a Spring/Summer 2016 collection titled “The Manson Family Singers” and inspired by serial killer Charles Manson and The Sound of Music. To complement the brightly colored clothes in bold prints, lead hairstylist Joey George created sleek Dutch braids for the models—a look that was as whimsical as their outfits.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep the hair with Foundation Mist and Sculpting Cream. Blow-dry the hair straight.
  2. Part the hair down the middle into two sections and flatiron the hair section by section.
  3. Using Original Pomade for longer tresses and Rock Hard Gel for shorter, finer hair, braid the two sections of hair and secure each with an elastic.
  4. Pin the tail of the braid behind where the braid starts, creating a loop to finish.

 

CWST
Hair by Dan Nguyen

West Coast label CWST presented a Spring/Summer 2016 collection inspired by a Californian sensibility with an East Coast edge. Designer Joe Sadler worked with lead hairstylist Dan Nguyen to create a natural and laidback look to round out the carefree vibe from the long-haired models. 

Get the Look:

  1. Prep the hair with Foundation Mist and Sculpting Cream from roots to ends. Blow-dry with your hands.
  2. Apply Rough Luxury Molding Wax. Use a flatiron to create waves on random sections of the hair for multidimensional texture and movement.
  3. Finish with a mist of Thick Dry Finishing Spray at the roots and Soft Dry Conditioner Spray from midshaft to ends for touchable softness.

 

GARCIAVELEZ
Hair by Christian Ceja-Compin

Behind fluorescent lights modeled after the works of artists Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, designer Carlos Garciavelez unveiled a Spring/Summer 2016 of highly wearable separates in navy blue contrasted with shocks of neon yellows and greens. Garciavelez was inspired by the idea of light and the ephemerality of light captured on clothing. For the hair, lead hairstylist Christian Ceja-Compin created a lived-in, organic style that worked with and accentuated hair texture and personality of each model.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep the hair with Foundation Mist.
  2. Apply Crème for Style from midshaft to ends. Blow-dry while working with your natural part and hair texture.
  3. Finish with Dry Texturizing Spray for lived-in texture and pieceyness.

 

PLAC
Hair by Marcos Diaz

Korean designer Sang-Hyun Lee debuted a Spring/Summer 2016 collection of effortlessly cool separates in muted colors for PLAC. Lead hairstylist Marcos Diaz was inspired by a nighttime beach look for the presentation. “This guy’s been at the beach all day, and he’s ready to go out in the evening,” said Diaz, who used Dry Texturizing Spray to create an effortless and approachable look that works with all hair types. “This look is easy-breezy and quick to create, and is the perfect canvas for whatever else you might be wearing.”

Get the Look:

  1. Spray Dry Texturizing Spray liberally all over the hair for grip. Use your hands to mold the hair to your desired silhouette and shape.
  2. Finish with a generous misting of Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray to set the hair and to keep tresses protected from summer humidity.

 

Kenneth Ning
Hair by Nathan Nguyen 

Minimalist menswear brand Kenneth Ning drew inspiration from Morocco and floral tapestries for Spring/Summer 2016, which translated into a collection of graphic black-and-white pieces interspersed with pops of yellows and blues in tapestry-like prints. Lead hairstylist Nathan Nguyen created an almost-wet hairstyle to complete the look. “It’s as if the models just took a dip in the pool and are getting ready to go out,” said Nguyen. “The hair is wet and the skin is dewy and organic.”

Get the Look:

  1. Prep the hair with Foundation Mist and Sculpting Cream.
  2. Use your hands to sculpt the hair close to the head, misting each section with Superfine Strong Hair Spray as you go.
  3. Put a wig cap over the sculpted hair and mist with Superfine Strong Hair Spray.
  4. Blow-dry until the hair is completely dry, then carefully take the cap off. 

 

Matiere 
Hair by Marcos Diaz

Lead hairstylist Marcos Diaz created a groomed yet approachable look to complement Matiere’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection of sportswear-inspired pieces. “The inspiration behind the look was New York summer hair,” explained Diaz. “I wanted the hair to be polished and regal.”

Get the Look:

  1. Prep with Foundation Mist to awaken the hair.
  2. Apply Crème for Style for slight hold and comb the hair back.
  3. Finish with a generous misting of Superfine Hair Spray.

 

Fingers Crossed
Hair by Dan Nguyen 

Designer Ryu Hayama of Fingers Crossed was inspired by sunsets and Thai boxers for his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, which was filled with color blocked outfits in reds, yellows and black. Lead hairstylist Dan Nguyen created an airy, lived-in look with a matte finish and fluffy texture. 

Get the Short Look:

  1. Prep the hair with Foundation Mist, Crème for Style and Rough Luxury Soft Molding Paste.
  2. Blow-dry the hair with a flat brush to smooth out any dramatic waves in the hair, while still keeping a natural bend.
  3. Spray Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots and from mid-shaft to ends.
  4. Spritz Foundation Mist into the hair to reawaken the hair.
  5. Finish by piecing out the ends.

 

Get the Long Look:

  1. Create an irregular part and spray Foundation Mist from roots to ends.
  2. Apply a generous amount of Supershine Moisturizing Cream from mid-shaft to ends, making sure that the hair is saturated. Follow with Crème for Style, making sure to really work the product through the hair.
  3. Apply Rough Luxury Molding Wax from the roots to mid-shaft. Use a flatiron to create a flat S-wave.
  4. Starting three inches below the roots, set the front with clips to open up the face.
  5. Finish with Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray

 

HVRMINN 
Hair by Joey George

The elegant and highly tailored looks from HVRMINN’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection were heavily inspired by the British mob, so lead hairstylist Joey George created a sleek, graphic hairstyle to complete the look.

Get the Look:

  1. Prep the hair with Foundation Mist and Sculpting Cream.
  2. Blow-dry the hair straight and back.
  3. Once the hair is completely dry, apply Original Pomade and slick back the hair for high shine and a clean, sculpted look.

 

Carlos Campos 
Hair by Kien Hoang  

Designer Carlos Campos drew inspiration from his Honduran roots for his Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The rich green hues of the country’s forests comprised the color palette for his beautifully tailored pieces, and its humidity served as the inspiration for the hair. Lead hairstylist Kien Hoang used various amounts of Foundation Mist, Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray and Crème for Style depending on each model’s hair texture to create a finger-dried look that’s natural and effortless.

 

Photos by Anthony Deeying for Oribe Hair Care


          7/1/2017: Saturday Extra: THE BIG ONE   
Across 1 High body temperature 4 Spectacles 8 Capital of Morocco 11 Nanny 12 Exciting stories 13 Period in history (4,3) 14 Defrosts 16 Ointment 17 Stint 18 Summit 21 Stink 22 Sails collectively 25 Was able to 26 To roll along 28 Church offering 29...
          Even losing is important - Mohammed Abdellaoui Maan   
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, July 1, 2017 – The coaches and captains of USA and Morocco commented on the classification match for the 13-16th place between the two teams at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship. 


          Forbes Middle East announce its 2017 Ranking of Top 100 Companies in the Arab World   


·         Saudi Arabia dominates the list with 36 companies
·         The total market value of the top 100 companies in the Arab world reached $772 billion
·         49% of the top 100 companies are from the banking and financial services sector
·         Global Telecom Holding (#33) was the top gainer
·         10 new companies joined the top 100 list
Dubai, U.A.E. June 20, 2017: In its June issue, Forbes Middle East unveiled its 2017 ranking of the Top 100 Companies in the Arab World
Saudi Arabia continues to dominate the list with 36 companies. SABIC, which is from the kingdom, emerged at the top. With the rise in oil prices, the total market value of the top 100 companies in the Arab world reached $772 billion in April 2017, gaining 12% compared to the previous year. Although aggregate net profits decreased by 9.7% to $52.9 billion, sales and total assets increased by 2.4% and 3.8% to reach $288.3 billion and $2.7 trillion respectively as companies’ operational performance was relatively stable.
Following a wave of mergers and acquisitions across the region, banks and financial services take the largest share in terms of sector. The industrial sector and telecommunications came in second and third with Etisalat (#5) being the biggest telecommunications company across all metrics and Industries Qatar (#31) as the biggest industrial company in the list.
Global Telecom Holding (#33) was the top gainer in the list. Breaking the ranks this year are 10 new entrants: Omantel (#71), National Bank of Bahrain (#83), LafargeHolcim Maroc (#89), Elsewedy Electric (#92), Emaar The Economic City (#94), Saudi Ground Services (#94), Advanced Petrochemical Company (#97), BBK (#98), National Bank of Oman (#99) and Mannai Corporation (#100).
Khuloud Al Omian, Editor in Chief of Forbes Middle East said, “Although oil prices drive the Arab region’s economy, the share of banking and financial services followed by telecommunication and industrial sector is a positive sign towards more vibrant growth for companies in the region.”
Methodology:
A total of 1,300 listed companies were selected across the Arab stock markets from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, U.A.E. (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. Those suspended from trading or who didn’t disclose their 2016 financial statements were excluded. Four metrics were measured: market value, sales, net profit and total assets. Market value and currency conversions are as of April 6, 2017. The cut-off was $1.9 billion for market value, $849 million for sales, $133 million for net profit and $5 billion for total assets. Each company received four separate scores based on its ranking on each metric within the list. To qualify, a company had to meet the minimum for at least one metric. 154 listed companies qualified at minimum one metric. All four scores were added (equally weighted) to reach a composite score and rank the companies.
The complete list can be viewed at: 
About Forbes Middle East
Forbes Middle East is a licensee of Forbes Media, and extends the Forbes brand of journalism across the Arab world. Forbes Middle East's distinctive editorial style attracts a readership of Arab leaders, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, government officials and investors united by a belief in the spirit of free enterprise and entrepreneurial values. 
Across the region, Forbes Middle East sets the pace for preemptive business journalism. By uncovering trends and anticipating opportunities in the regional marketplace, each monthly issue brings top executives the information critical to their success – in both Arabic and English language editions.
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فوربس الشرق الأوسط تلعن عن
 أقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي لعام 2017
-         المملكة العربية السعودية تتصدر القائمة بـ 36 شركة
-         772 مليار دولار القيمة السوقية الإجمالية لأقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي
-         قطاع البنوك والخدمات المالية يهيمن على القائمة بـ 49%
-         غلوبال تيلكوم القابضة أكبر الرابحين
-         10 شركات جديدة في قائمة أقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي

دبي، 20 يونيو 2017:
كشفت مجلة "فوربس الشرق الأوسط" في عددها الصادر في شهر يونيو/حزيران عن قائمتها لأقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي. أظهرت القائمة تحسنا في أداء الشركات في المنطقة العربية خلال عام 2016، بسبب ارتفاع أسعار النفط مقارنة بالعام الذي سبقه.
واستطاعت الشركات التي أوردتها القائمة أن تحقق زيادة في المبيعات وإجمالي الأصول بنسبة 2.4 % و3.8 % لتصل إلى 288.3 مليار دولار و2.7 ترليون دولار على التوالي، حيث شهد الأداء التشغيلي للشركات استقرارًا نسبياً، على الرغم من أن صافي الأرباح الإجمالية انخفض بنسبة 9.7% ليصل إلى 52.9 مليار دولار. وبلغت القيمة السوقية الإجمالية لأقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي 772 مليار دولار في أبريل/ نيسان2017، بزيادة نسبتها 12% عن العام السابق.
وقد فرضت الشركات السعودية وجودها على القائمة بشكل كبير، ممثلة بـ 36 شركة، بمجموع أصول قدرت بنحو 944.7 مليار دولار ومجموع مبيعات تقدر بـ 135.6 مليار دولار، واحتلت الشركة السعودية للصناعات الأساسية (سابك) المركز الأول بوصفها أكبر شركة في السعودية والعالم العربي. فيما حلّت قطر والإمارات في المركز الثاني والثالث بـ 19 و 17 شركة على التوالي.
وبالنظر إلى القطاعات، جاء قطاع البنوك والخدمات المالية الذي يشهد موجة من عمليات الدمج والاستحواذ في الإمارات والسعودية وقطر والمغرب ومصر صدارة القائمة بـ 49 %، ولا يزال (بنك قطر الوطني) الذي حاز المركز الثاني، يحتفظ بمكانته كأكبر بنك مدرج للتداول في المنطقة، يليه (بنك أبوظبي الأول) في المركز الـ 3، وهو ثمرة الاندماج بين (بنك أبو ظبي الوطني) و(بنك الخليج الأول).
فيما جاء قطاعا الاتصالات والصناعة في المرتبتين الثانية والثالثة على التوالي، فقد برزت (اتصالات) في المركز الـ 5، بوصفها أكبر شركة اتصالات في العالم العربي بالمقاييس كلها، و(صناعات قطر) في المركز الـ31 بوصفها أكبر شركة صناعية في القائمة.
وكانت (غلوبال تيلكوم القابضة) بالمركز 33 أكبر الرابحين، وعدت الشركة الأكثر تقدما في قائمة هذا العام إذ استطاعت أن تقفز من المركز 85 إلى 52. وقد زادت الشركة إجمالي أصولها بنسبة 18% لتصل إلى 5.6 مليار دولار.
وشهدت قائمة هذا العام إضافة 10 شركات جديدة وهي: (عمانتل) في المركز (71) و(بنك البحرين الوطني) في المركز 83، و(لافارج هولسيم المغرب) في المركز 89 و(السويدي الكتريك) في المركز 92، و(اعمار المدينة الاقتصادية) في المركز 94، و(الشركة السعودية للخدمات الارضية) في المركز 94، و(الشركة المتقدمة للبتروكيماويات) في المركز 97 و(بنك البحرين والكويت) في المركز 98، و(البنك الوطني العماني) في المركز 99، (مجمع شركات المناعي التجارية) في المركز 100.
وصرحت خلود العميان، رئيس تحرير فوربس الشرق الأوسط: "على الرغم من أن أسعار النفط تدفع باقتصاد المنطقة العربية، إلا أن قطاع البنوك والخدمات المالية، يليه قطاعا الاتصالات والصناعة، يسهم ويعد كعلامة إيجابية نحو نمو أكثر حيوية لشركات المنطقة".
المنهجية
بدأنا ب 1300 شركة مدرجة في أسواق الأسهم العربية من السعودية وقطر وعُمان والأردن ومصر والكويت والبحرين والإمارات (أبوظبي ودبي) ولبنان والمغرب وتونس. كما استثنينا الشركات المساهمة العامة التابعة للشركات المدرجة، وتلك الموقوفة عن التداول، بالإضافة إلى الشركات التي لم تكشف عن بياناتها المالية المدققة لعام 2016 . ولإنشاء قائمة أقوى الشركات في العالم العربي، استخدمنا 4 معايير: القيمة السوقية والمبيعات وصافي الأرباح وإجمالي الأصول. واعتمدت القيمة السوقية وتحويلات العملات في 6 أبريل/ نيسان 2017 . فيما كان الحد الأدنى لدخول القائمة 1.9 مليار دولار للقيمة السوقية، و 849 مليون دولار للمبيعات، و 133 مليون دولار لصافي الأرباح و 5 مليارات دولار لإجمالي الأصول. وحصلت كل شركة على 4 تقييمات بناءً على مرتبتها في كل معيار ضمن القائمة.
ويشترط على الشركة أن تلبي الحد الأدنى في معيار واحد على الأقل لضمان التأهل، فيما تحصل على درجة صفر في حال كانت دون الحد الأدنى المعتمد. وتأهلت 154 شركة مدرجة في معيار واحد على الاقل.
ثم قمنا بجمع المعايير ال 4 (بأوزان نسبية متساوية) لبلوغ درجة مجمعة لتصنيف الشركات. فكانت (سابك) الأعلى درجة بينها، و(مجمع شركات المناعي التجارية) في المركز 100.
للإطلاع على القائمة كاملة: قائمة 100 شركة في العالم العربي 2017    
                            

          Morocco delays currency announcement, no reason given   

Morocco's central bank has postponed for "a few days" its announcement of the first phase of liberalising its dirham currency, a key International Monetary Fund-backed reform for the North African kingdom. The central bank sent an invitation to reporters this week to say the much-anticipated announcement would take place on Thursday at a news conference with the central bank governor and finance minister.


          Asia Meets Africa - Tuareg & Nepal by SilkRoadJewelry   

185.00 USD

The elements in this necklace are truly amazing. Each one is handmade. The pendant was crafted by a Tuareg artisan in Morocco, and features copper, brass, Tibetan silver and beautiful geometric engraving.

The necklace combines handmade Copal amber resin beads and Tibetan silver, each one unique. Fantastic! The necklace measures about 24" long and the pendant is 2-3/4" in length.


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          ALARMING FACTS   


 


Subject: FW: ALARMING FACTS

Mr Geert Wilders is a Member of the Dutch Parliament.
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> In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: "Who lost Europe ?" Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom the Netherlands , at the Four Seasons in New York , introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem ..
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> Dear friends,
> Thank you very much for inviting me.
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> I come to America with a mission.  All is not well in the old world.  There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic.  We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe.  This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West.  The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.
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> First, I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe .  Then, I will say a few things about Islam.  To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem .
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> The Europe you know is changing.
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> You have probably seen the landmarks.  But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world.  It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.
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> All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen.  And if they are, they might regret it.  This goes for the police as well.  It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners.  The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe . These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe , street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.
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> There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe .  With larger congregations than there are in churches.  And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region.  Clearly, the signal is: we rule.
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> Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo in Sweden .  In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim.   Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.
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> In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.
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> Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils.  In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims.  Non-Muslim women routinely hear 'whore, whore'.  Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.
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> In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin   The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.
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> In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves.  Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.
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> Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II.  French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya , Israel ..  I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.
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> A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live.   San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now.  Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.
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> Now these are just numbers.  And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate.  But there are few signs of that.  The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France ..  One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call 'respect'.  And this is how we give them respect.  We have Muslim official state holidays.
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> The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority.  We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey ..
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> Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots.   Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus.  I call the perpetrators 'settlers'.  Because that is what they are.  They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam.  Therefore, they are settlers.
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> Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries.  Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.
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> The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet.  His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized.  Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem.  But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages - at the same time.  Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed.  Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.  If it is good for Islam, it is good.  If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.
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> Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion.  Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins.  But in its essence Islam is a political ideology.  It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person.  Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life.  Islam means 'submission'.  Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia.  If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.
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> Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam 'the most retrograde force in the world', and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.  The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor.  I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times.  I support Israel .  First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz; second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.
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> This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance.   Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines , Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia ..   Israel is simply in the way.  The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.
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> The war against Israel is not a war against Israel .  It is a war against the West.  It is jihad.   Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us.  If there would have been no Israel , Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest.  Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.
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> Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities.  But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values.  On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam.  They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed.  The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning.  It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination.  If they can get Israel , they can get everything.  So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'.  In my country, the Netherlands , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II.  And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat.  Yet there is a greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing.  The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine.  An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs.  With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome , Athens and Jerusalem ....
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Karyalay Pramukh

Motibag, pune.








          Morocco's Counterterrorism Moment   
The summit on countering violent extremism convened by the Obama administration last month was a lavish affair, full of pomp and circumstance and awash in foreign dignitaries. But substantive strategies for combatting radical ideologies, particularly those of Islamist groups, were far less in evidence. That’s surprising, given the efforts that some [...]
           Resale Chalet In Marassi Marina Sea View    
Overlooking the mesmerising turquoise blue waters of El Alamein is Marassi, a 6.5 million square meter gated, master-planned year-round destination resort. Set against a backdrop of pristine beaches, lush greenery and meandering waterways, Marassi is an exclusive premier resort community, home to the first signature 18-hole golf course along Egypt’s Mediterranean, a marina and a bustling town centre. Marassi is peppered with breathtaking homes designed by world-renowned architects. The neighborhoods are inspired by six Mediterranean lifestyles including Morocco, Tunisia, Greece, Spain, Italy & Egypt to form a mosaic of charm and culture, offering a tranquil escape and refined indulgence
          Our second day in Morocco   
Geo 35.1716 5.27069We awoke this morning to the quotcall to prayerquot such a characteristic element of the Muslim world. We enjoyed a nice breakfast of bread cheese olives jams honey crepes and coffee prepared by our Riad host. We then m
          Off to Morocco   
Geo 35.7728 5.8235Over the past few days we exchanged emails with a private tour guide in Morocco hoping that we might put together a brief customized tour to Tangier and Chefchaouen. Our cooperative guide has been able to make the arrangements so
          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: On the Brink of WWIII - Why the U.S. is in Syria and How it Dominates Militarily with Space Technology   
EpisodeWorld War III is building up in the Middle East as 20 countries participate in a military “exercise” dubbed “Northern Thunder”. The exercise includes 350,000 soldiers, 20 thousand tanks, 2450 warplanes, and 460 military helicopters supplied by Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Senegal, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kuwait, the Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Mauritius. While this is occurring, Turkey has been bom ...
          DOWNLOAD MP3: Boogey ft. Tay – Liquor Nights   

“Highly rated Nigerian rap artiste, Boogey, releases his first official single of 2017. “Liquor Nights” tells a tale of moral conflict and internal battle with addiction, within the mind of an alcoholic. He narrates an experience (In Marrakech, Morocco) of a fun night that might have gotten out of hand and provides details with the […]

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          Table Tennis: Al Ahly men crowned African champions   

Al Ahly men’s table tennis team have been crowned champions of 2017 Africa Club Championships in Morocco after beating ENPPI in the final on Friday. The all-Egyptian final was held in Agadir, Morocco and the Red Devils managed to come out on top, beating the Petroleum club 3-1. The African Champions were represented in the continental final by El-Sayed Lashin, Omar […]

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          Morocco’s Younes Belhanda joins Galatasaray   

Moroccan attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda has joined Turkish giants Galatasaray from Ukranian side Dynamo Kiev on a four-year deal. Belhanda spent last season on loan at Nice from Dynamo Kiev and successfully helped the club snatch a UEFA Champions League spot after finishing third in the French top tier Ligue 1. However, Nice turned down an option […]

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          Special Presentation: The Road That has no End by Tim Travis   
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In this episode, we present for your consideration Chapter 1 of Tim Travis's The Road that has no End audio Book. This is a preview to the upcoming interview with Tim and his wife Cindy, who changed their normal life to a life on the road travelling around the world. After you listen to this, send in your questions to for the Travis, if you have any. Visit the Travis website: http://downtheroad.org/Australia As a side note, and answering request for easier to download shows, I am resampling the older shows, specially the long ones, so they are easier to download. Thanks Friedel & Andrew, who are touring Morocco for the suggestion! Also, if it is imposible for you to download the shows, because you are using dial up, know that I can provide you with a CD with all the shows for $4 U.S. plus shipping. just send me an e-mail to make arrangements. The procedings will go exclusively to cover Bike Tourist Podcast expenses. Enjoy!
          The Hirak – How the Movement and Uprisings in Morocco Keep Inspiring   

When the young fish vendor Mohcine Fikri was brutally murdered by the corrupt Moroccan police in Al Hoceima, a town in the Rif region of Northern Morocco, people understandably reacted with outrage and took to the streets. Unexpectedly it ignited the now already eight month peaceful uprising against the broader underlying socio-economic problems and with […] More

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          U.S., Britain Restrict Electronics On Flights From Mideast Countries   
Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET Airline passengers coming to the U.S. and Britain on direct flights from a number of majority-Muslim nations must now place most electronic devices, including laptops, tablets and cameras, in checked baggage under stepped-up security measures, the Trump administration and the British government said. Passengers can still carry smartphones into the plane's cabin, but nothing larger, officials from the two countries added. The measures took effect Tuesday morning, and in the U.S. they cover about 50 incoming flights a day from the eight countries on the list — Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. All are traditional U.S. allies and none is among the six majority-Muslim nations on President Trump's controversial executive order that seeks to temporarily suspend immigration. The president issued a revised executive order on March 6, and that one, like the original in January, has been halted by the courts . The
          Weekend open thread   
June 30, 2017 The Blues The city of Chefchaouen, in northwest Morocco, features many buildings painted blue. According to legend, the practice of blue buildings dates back to the 15th century, when Jews fled the Spanish Inquisition and settled in Chefchaouen. In the Jewish faith, blue reminds worshippers of the sky, and therefore, God. If […]
          On This Day in Math - July 2   

OOPS...
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning,
or of the expectation of good results from any of the trials we hear of. 1895
And in a Letter to Baden-Powell (1896) Radio has no future.
William Thomson, Lord Kelvin


The 183rd day of the year; the concatenation of 183 and 184, 183184 is a perfect square. There are no smaller numbers for which the concatenation of two consecutive numbers is square. (Students might seek the next such pair of numbers. They are small enough to be year dates)

The sum of the first 183 primes minus 183 is prime.

183 is the eighth of the 12 year-days which are perfect totient numbers.  (There are only 57 such numbers under 102). [a perfect totient number is a number that is the sum of it's iterated totients, that is, the number of integers smaller than, and relatively prime to 183 + the number smaller than and less than that result, + ... down to one, "For example, start with 327. Then φ(327) = 216, φ(216) = 72, φ(72) = 24, φ(24) = 8, φ(8) = 4, φ(4) = 2, φ(2) = 1, and 216 + 72 + 24 + 8 + 4 + 2 + 1 = 327 " *Wik


EVENTS

1133 First trade security agreement between Pisans and Alibibn Yusof of Morocco.Under such an agreement, Guilielmo, father of Leonardo brought his young son (who would much later be called Fibonacci) to Bugia, where he would learn of the Arabic calculation system that he would introduce to his  homeland in his Liber Abbaci in 1202. *Devlin, The Man of Numbers

In 1698 Thomas Savery was issued British Letters Patent No.356 for what he called "The Miner's Friend; or an engine to raise water by fire" which was the first application of steam power for pumping water. The steam powered pump had no piston. Two years earlier Savery was issued British Letters Patent No.347 for his invention for "Navigation improved; or the art of rowing ships of all rates in calms with a more easy, swift, and steady motion than oars can." ( which involved paddle-wheels driven by a capstan and which was dismissed by the Admiralty following a negative report by the Surveyor of the Navy,Edmund Dummer.)*TIS*Wik

1779 One of the earliest mentions of blackboards in Colonial America was in a letter from John Taylor, a tutor at Queens College (to become Rutgers University)to a graduate student, John Bogart, that he was asking to take over his classes while Taylor was away on military duties. "I have spoken to Mr. Briton to make a blackboard.." *Kidwell, Hastings, & Roberts; Tools of American Mathematics Teaching.

1832 Legendre writes to Nathanial Bowditch regarding his translation of LaPlace's "Mecanique Celeste" ,"Your work is not merely a translation with a commentary; I regard it as a new edition, augmented and improved, and such a one as might have come from the hands of the author himself, ... if he had been solicitously studious of being clear."   LaPlace's classic is a very difficult book, and Biot, who helped him prepare it for printing said that Laplace himself would frequently get lost in following his own line of reasoning  and insert, "il est aise a voir" (It is easy to see). *The Teaching and History of Mathematics in the United States, F. Cajori

1850 Stokes’s theorem made its first appearance as a postscript to a letter from Sir William Thompson (Lord Kelvin) to Stokes. It first appeared publicly as question 8 on the Smith’s Prize exam for 1854. Stokes drew up this competitive exam, which was taken by the best mathematics students at Cambridge University. By the time Stokes died the theorem was universally known as “Stokes’s theorem.” [Spivak, Calculus on Manifolds, p. viii].

1866 Alfred Russell Wallace writes to Darwin with to suggest a name change for his basic principal of Evolution:
I wish.. to suggest ... adopting Spencer's term, (which he generally uses in preference to Natural Selection, viz, "Survival of the Fittest"
*Mario Livio, Brilliant Blunders, pg 29

1883 Helmholtz writes to Heinrich Hertz to congratulate him on his investigations. "I have read with the greatest interest your investigation on the cathode ray discharge, and cannot refrain from writing to say Bravo!" Hemholtz was not given to token praise, and was the opinion that was most valued by Hertz. *Hertz Miscellaneous Papers

1897 – Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.*Wik

1982 Science (p. 39) reported that Steven Smale had proved that the average-case behavior of the simplex algorithm for linear programming is far better than the worse-case behavior, which is exponential. [Mathematics Magazine 56 (1983), p. 55]. *VFR

1944 Grace Hopper meets Howard Aiken for the first time. Here is her description of the meeting:
Until 1944, I had been a thoroughly respectable mathematician. I had never met a digit, and I wanted nothing to do with digits. I came into the computer business in a unique fashion. I was ordered to the Navy Liaison Officer at Harvard. I left Midshipmen School on Friday, and on Monday morning, 2nd July 1944, I reported to the Navy Liaison Officer, Harvard. He took me by the hand, and led me over to an underground laboratory. I had just acquired one-and-a-half stripes. There stood a large object, with three stripes, who took one look at me and said: "Where the hell have you been?" I spluttered, and said that I had had two days' travel time. He said: "For the last three months." I said: "Midshipmen's School", and he said he had told them it was not necessary. By this time I was practically cowering, of course, but with one-and-a-half stripes, I would stand up straight and listen to three stripes. He waved his hand and said: "That's a computing machine." I said, "Yes, Sir." What else could I say? He said he would like to have me compute the coefficients of the arc tangent series, for Thursday. Again, what could I say? "Yes, Sir." I did not know what on earth was happening, but that was my meeting with Howard Hathaway Aiken. In the long run, he taught me one very important thing. One can always make a mistake once, but it must not be made a second time. That was a very good thing to learn. He also flatly informed me that he had told the Bureau of Naval Personnel not to send him a female. At this point, and over the next few months, I learned another lesson. I could have taken the attitude of showing him, and making him take that back. Instead, I decided it would be far better to learn to work with him. This is a lesson we all need to learn: of not showing people, but learning to work with people. It certainly made a difference in getting things done in the computer field.
*SAU

1992 On July 2, fearing for the impact that a park service removal of homeowners around Elkmont, Tennessee in the Great Smokey Mountain Natl Park would have on a variety of local fireflys, Lynn Faust wrote a letter to Professor Steven Stogratz, who had recently written a paper in Science Magazine about synchronized flashing of the firelies (lightning bugs) known to exist in Southeast Asia. Ms. Faust's letter would, in Strogatz's words, "shatter a (scientific) myth that had lasted for decades."
The letter, in Ms. Faust's own hand, can be read here. (My thanks to both Professor Strogatz and Ms. Faust for their cooperation in sharing this letter.)

2011 Simon Chua, 58, received Australia's B. H. Neumann Award for pioneering efforts in training and honing the talent of young Filipino mathematicians for the past 15 years.
The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) bestowed the award to Chua on July 2, 2011. The B. H. Neumann Awards are presented annually for "important contributions over many years to the enrichment of mathematics learning in Australia and its region," according to the AMT.
The award is named in honor of Bernhard H. Neumann, the so-called father of Australian mathematics, who “provided outstanding leadership, support and encouragement for mathematics and the teaching of mathematics at all levels."
Chua, who is president and co-founder of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG), is the first Asian to receive the award.
Through the MTG, Filipino students have won numerous medals in math competitions abroad including in China, United States, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Indonesia.
In 2006, Chua became the first Filipino to win the Paul Erdos Award from the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions. *MathDL




BIRTHS

1622 Rene-Francoise de Sluse (2 July 1622 – 19 March 1685) born. 1830 “It is true that Fourier is of the opinion that the principle object of mathematics is the public utility and the explanation of natural phenomena; but a scientist like him ought to know that the unique object of science is the honor of the human spirit and on this basis a question of [the theory of] numbers is worth as much as a question about the planetary system.” Jacobi to Legendre. Big Kline, p. 1037. VFR


1842 George Thom (2 July 1842 in Forgue near Huntly, Scotland - 20 Dec 1916 in Aberdeen, Scotland) graduated from Aberdeen and then became Principal of Doveton College in Madras, India. He returned to Scotland as Vice-Principal of Chanonry School Aberdeen and then became Rector of Dollar Institution (later to become Dollar Academy). He held this post for 24 years. He was a founder member of the EMS and became the fifth President in 1886. *SAU


1847 Andrew Gray graduated from Glasgow University and was appointed assistant and secretary to Lord Kelvin. He became Professor of Physics at University College Bangor and then returned to Glasgow as Kelvin's successor. He produced many books and papers in both mathematics and physics.*SAU


1852 Birthdate of William Burnside, whose Theory of Groups (1897, 1911) is now a classic. His suspicion that every group of odd order is solvable was proved in 1962 by Walter Feit and John G. Thompson. *VFR He is known mostly as an early contributor to the theory of finite groups. In 1897 Burnside's classic work Theory of Groups of Finite Order was published. The second edition (published in 1911) was for many decades the standard work in the field. A major difference between the editions was the inclusion of character theory in the second.
Burnside is also remembered for the formulation of Burnside's problem (which concerns the question of bounding the size of a group if there are fixed bounds both on the order of all of its elements and the number of elements needed to generate it) and for Burnside's lemma (a formula relating the number of orbits of a permutation group acting on a set with the number of fixed points of each of its elements) though the latter had been discovered earlier and independently by Frobenius and Cauchy.



1862 Sir William Henry Bragg (2 July 1862 – 10 March 1942) was a pioneer British scientist in solid-state physics who was a joint winner (with his son Sir Lawrence Bragg) of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915 for research on the determination of crystal structures. During the WW I, Bragg was put in charge of research on the detection and measurement of underwater sounds in connection with the location of submarines. He also constructed an X-ray spectrometer for measuring the wavelengths of X-rays. In the 1920s, while director of the Royal Institution in London, he initiated X-ray diffraction studies of organic molecules. Bragg was knighted in 1920. *TIS

1885 Émile Henriot (2 July 1885 - 1 February 1961) was a French chemist notable for being the first to show definitely that potassium and rubidium are naturally radioactive.
He investigated methods to generate extremely high angular velocities, and found that suitably placed air-jets can be used to spin tops at very high speeds - this technique was later used to construct ultracentrifuges.
He was a pioneer in the study of the electron microscope. He also studied birefringence and molecular vibrations.
He obtained his DSc in physics in 1912 the Sorbonne, Paris, under Marie Curie. *Wik


1906 Hans Bethe, (July 2, 1906 – March 6, 2005) German-born American theoretical physicist who helped to shape classical physics into quantum physics and increased the understanding of the atomic processes responsible for the properties of matter and of the forces governing the structures of atomic nuclei. Bethe did work relating to armour penetration and the theory of shock waves of a projectile moving through air. He studied nuclear reactions and reaction cross sections (1935-38). In 1943, Oppenheimer asked Bethe to be the head of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project. After returning to Cornell University in 1946, Bethe became a leader promoting the social responsibility of science. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics (1967) for his work on the production of energy in stars. *TIS



DEATHS

1566 Nostradamus, French astrologer died on this day (b. 1503). I wonder if he predicted THIS in his prophacies.


1591 Vincenzo Galilei ( c. 1520 – 2 July 1591) Italian, music theorist, lutenist and composer, who as the father of Galileo Galilei, adopted experimentation to prove aspects of acoustics, and may thus have influenced his son, Galileo, away from pure, abstract mathematics and towards making experiments and investigation. Vincenzo's discoveries in acoustics included some of the physics of vibrating strings and columns of air. In particular he was the first to show that the ratio of an interval was proportional to string lengths but varied as the square of the tension applied to the strings and as the cubes of volumes of air. He recognized the superiority of equal tempered tuning and compiled a codex of pieces illustrating the use of all 24 major and minor keys as early as 1584.*TIS


1613 Bartholomeo Pitiscus (August 24, 1561 – July 2, 1613) was a Polish theologian who first coined the word Trigonometry. *SAU Pitiscus achieved fame with his influential work written in Latin, called Trigonometria: sive de solutione triangulorum tractatus brevis et perspicuus (1595, first edition printed in Heidelberg), which introduced the word "trigonometry" to the English and French languages, translations of which had appeared in 1614 and 1619, respectively. It consists of five books on plane and spherical trigonometry. Pitiscus is sometimes credited with inventing the decimal point, the symbol separating integers from decimal fractions, which appears in his trigonometrical tables and was subsequently accepted by John Napier in his logarithmic papers (1614 and 1619).*Wik

1621 Thomas Harriot (Oxford, c. 1560 – London, 2 July 1621) died of a cancerous ulcer on his left nostril. While in America in 1586 he learned to “drink” tobacco smoke from the Indians. This probably makes him the earliest recorded tobacco fatality. He is best known for his contributions to algebra, including the invention of the symbol for less than, \( \lt \) and greater than, \( \gt \) . He might have adopted this symbol from a decoration on an Indian’s back. See C. L. Smith, “On the origin of ‘<’ and ‘>’,” The Mathematics Teacher, 57(1964), 479–481 for a picture of this Indian.*VFR
He also is credited with the mathematical symbol for "therefore" \(\therefore \) His executors posthumously published his Artis Analyticae Praxis on algebra in 1631; Nathaniel Torporley was the intended executor of Harriot's wishes, but Walter Warner in the end pulled the book into shape. It may be a compendium of some of his works but does not represent all that he left unpublished (more than 400 sheets of annotated writing). It isn't directed in a way that follows the manuscripts and it fails to give the full significance of Harriot's writings.*Wik He introduced a simplified notation for algebra and his fundamental research on the theory of equations was far ahead of its time. He was able to solve equations, even with negative or complex roots. However, he published no mathematical work in his lifetime. (Artes analyticae praxis, posthumous, 1631). Especially early in his career, he worked on navigation for his patron Walter Raleigh. Harriot carried out extensive telescopic observations of the satellites of Jupiter and of sunspots. When investigating optics, he discovered the sine law and measured the refractive indices of 13 different substances. He investigated free motion and motion resisted in air, and ballistic curves.*TIS Thomas Harriot was an English mathematician who did outstanding work on the solution of equations, recognising negative roots and complex roots in a way that makes his solutions look almost like a present day solution.*SAU
The solution of quadratic equations by the method of factoring was often referred to as Harriot's method because of his introduction of the method in his writing.
It is not possible today to find Harriot's grave. Although he was buried near the altar of St Christopher le Stocks in London,the church was destroyed in the great fire of 1666. There is a plaque in the entrance hall of the Bank of England, which is close to the site of Harriot's grave. It reproduces the original Latin wording of his epitaph.(p474) An English translation would read:
Stay, traveler, lightly tread;
Near this spot lies all that was mortal
Of that most celebrated man Thomas Harriot.
He was that most learned Harriot . . .
Who cultivated all the sciences and excelled in all . . .
A most studious searcher after truth . . .

1644 William Gascoigne (1612 – 2 July 1644) was an English astronomer, mathematician and maker of scientific instruments from Middleton, Leeds who invented the micrometer. He was one of "nos Keplari" a group of astronomers in the north of England who followed the astronomy of Johannes Kepler which included, Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree. Gascoigne's micrometer is shown at right from a drawing by Hooke. Gascoigne, was working on a Keplerian optical arrangement when a thread from a spider’s web happened to become caught at exactly the combined optical focal points of the two lenses. When he looked through the arrangement Gascoigne saw the web bright and sharp within the field of view. He realized that he could more accurately point the telescope using the line as a guide, and went on to invent the telescopic sight by placing crossed wires at the focal point to define the centre of the field of view. Gascoigne died at the Battle of Marston Moor, Yorkshire, *Wik

1874 Gouverneur Emerson American physician, statistician and agriculturalist who prepared a series of tables of deaths and causes in Philadelphia, during thirty years from 1807. These showed, for example, the excessive mortality of males during childhood. He began practice in Philadelphia on 4 Aug 1820, where yellow fever broke out a few weeks later, with 73 deaths by that fall. Emerson recorded cases, dates, locations, and outcomes. He concluded no current medical treatments was especially effective. When smallpox reappeared there, with 325 deaths in 1824, Emerson drafted a bill for control measures. There were only 6 cases of smallpox in the city in 1825, and 3 in 1826. In retirement, he turned to peach culture, and studied phosphate and guano fertilizers. *TIS

1947 Nikolai Grigorievich Chebotaryov (15 June [O.S. 3 June] 1894 – 2 July 1947) proved his density theorem generalising Dirichlet's theorem on primes in an arithmetical progression*SAU

1963 Seth Barnes Nicholson (November 12, 1891 – July 2, 1963) was an American astronomer best known for discovering four satellites of Jupiter. As a graduate student at the University of California, while photographing the recently- discovered 8th moon of Jupiter with the 36-inch Crossley reflector, he discovered a 9th (1914). During his life career at Mt.Wilson Observatory, he discovered two more Jovian satellites (1938) and the 12th (1951), as well as a Trojan asteroid, and computed orbits of several comets and of Pluto. His main assignment at Mt. Wilson was observing the sun with the 150-foot solar tower telescope, and he produced annual reports on sunspot activity and magnetism for decades. With Edison Pettit, he measured the temperatures of the moon, planets, sunspots, and stars in the early 1920s. *TIS

2002 Daniel Chonghan Hong (3 Mar 1956; 2 Jul 2002 at age 46) Korean theoretical physicist specializing in statistical physics and nonlinear dynamic physics, who with colleague Hugo Caram, originated the void diffusing-void model of granular flow, which is recognized as an effective theoretical treatment for a broad range of dynamical phenomena in granular media. In general, his work ranged from percolation network, viscous fingering, granular flows to traffic equations. He studied and taught in America from 1981, and wrote articles for popular magazines on various topics. He died at the young age of 46 of cardiac arrest. *TIS



Credits :
*CHM=Computer History Museum
*FFF=Kane, Famous First Facts
*NSEC= NASA Solar Eclipse Calendar
*RMAT= The Renaissance Mathematicus, Thony Christie
*SAU=St Andrews Univ. Math History
*TIA = Today in Astronomy
*TIS= Today in Science History
*VFR = V Frederick Rickey, USMA
*Wik = Wikipedia
*WM = Women of Mathematics, Grinstein & Campbell
          Effects of Tree Shelters on the Survival and Growth of Argania spinosa Seedlings in Mediterranean Arid Environment   
The argan tree is endemic species of Morocco. It occupies an area of more than 8700 km2 and plays essential ecological and economical roles. In spite of their value, the argan woodlands are subject to rapid and uncontrolled degradation during the last decades, mainly due to overgrazing and systematic collection of argan nuts. The present study was carried out to investigate the effects of two types of tree shelters on survival and growth of Argania spinosa seedlings planted in the southwest of Morocco in order to improve the results of reforestation programs which usually end by repeated failures. The experiment was conducted in the Mesguina forest for two growing seasons after transplantation in the field. After two years, the use of tree shelters significantly increased tree survival and allowed a gain of 20%. Height growth was positively affected by tree shelters. The use of tree shelters showed no significant decrease in basal diameter. In contrast, the height to diameter ratios of sheltered trees were much higher compared to the control. Thus, the use of the tree shelters could aid the early establishment and growth of Argania spinosa under conditions similar to those of the experiment.
           Resale Chalet In Marassi Marina Sea View    
Overlooking the mesmerising turquoise blue waters of El Alamein is Marassi, a 6.5 million square meter gated, master-planned year-round destination resort. Set against a backdrop of pristine beaches, lush greenery and meandering waterways, Marassi is an exclusive premier resort community, home to the first signature 18-hole golf course along Egypt’s Mediterranean, a marina and a bustling town centre. Marassi is peppered with breathtaking homes designed by world-renowned architects. The neighborhoods are inspired by six Mediterranean lifestyles including Morocco, Tunisia, Greece, Spain, Italy & Egypt to form a mosaic of charm and culture, offering a tranquil escape and refined indulgence
          Football Stars Converged For Ndip Tambe’s Gala Match   
By Basil K Mbuye Ndip Tambe Gala match was a one to remember for the local fans who had turned out to watch pure footballing spectacle as Friends of Robert Ndip Tambe took on Southwest Selection at the Middle Farm Stadium on Friday, June 30. The two Indomitable Lions players, Sebastien Siani and Robert Ndip Tambe were on target as the Friends of Robert Ndip Tambe outplayed Southwest selection at the Limbe Middle Farm Field, on Friday June 30. The encounter that pulled out a huge crowd of the Limbe football lovers in particular and around the region, was full of fire and steam and also entertainment from both ends of the field. Picking the ball back from their net after some 20 minutes of play, Friends of Ndip Tambe made up of professional players like Sebastien Siani (K.V. Oostende, Belgium), Ketu Jih kalvin (Rayo Vallecano de Madrid),Joseph Yanki Agbor (MAS Fez, Morocco), Ernesten Rubis Lavsamba(Elche CF Ilicitano, Spain), Pierre Kunde Malong (Atlético de Madrid ), Otia Keukang Nombo (Atlético de Madrid), Marcus Mokake among others, had to come from behind to win the game 2-1. With just some few minutes into the end of the first segment, it was Sebastian Siani who leveled tally after converting a superb cross from Ndip Tambe from the left flank to make it 1-1 before both size go on recess. Just like the first segment, play will resume with the local players showing some determination to carry the day. However, their will to win the game was subdued when indomitable Lions’ striker, Robert Ndip Tambe gave his side the lead after scoring from a close range. His goal eventually gave his side a 2-1 victory over the local selection. Speaking after the game, Ndip Tambe expressed his gratitude to the Limbe population and lovers of football who came from far to be part of the gala match. “The purpose of this game was to bring my friends together and also the population of Limbe. Seeing the turnout today for the encounter, I am very happy and satisfied. It was also so much joy playing alongside other professionals who started their career in the Southwest Region just like I did,” Ndip said.
          Mastic    
Narcissus and Mastic

Place a piece of brittle mastic resin in your mouth. Notice how the dusty, powdery coating that happened during the commute overseas in a jar turns pliable as it comes into contact with the moisture in your mouth... Start to chew and feel the resinous, slightly smoky, piney aroma fill your palate and nasal cavity... A nostalgic aroma, like tasting "glida mastic" for the first time in Jaffa some late summer night, or like sipping warm sahleb in midwinter - cooked from a packet that your mom sent especially from Israel all the way to Canada, just because you asked her to... The tinctured resin, although smells heavenly like these old fashioned ice creams and above mentioned sahleb (it is also used to flavour malabi, by the way), is very tricky tow work with as it is not 100% soluble in alcohol and leaves blobs of chewing-cum consistency at the bottom of beakers and vials, and sticks to all the utensil one tries to desperately stir it with. Mastic resinoid are also possible to produce, although I've never encountered ones (in those products, greater amount will be alcohol-soluble).

Mastic essential oil, on the other hand, is easy to dissolve but does not smell all that exciting. It comes from the mastic bush leaves and twigs, which are an inseparable part of my childhood's daily aromatic landscape. Those bushes grew everywhere, and we played among them, crushing some leaves along the way and scratching a branch here or there - which also releases a wonderful green, fresh scent. The essential oil, however, does not smell quite so similar to this experience, and is rather more like the rhododendron leaf oil. There is a resinous and slightly funky aspect to it, and hardly any remnants at all to the utter freshness of the living plant.

Mastic Resin

Mastic (Pistacia lentiscus), AKA Mastic lentiscus is from the same genus as the edible pistachio nut, and the other native that is commonly found here - Pistacia atlantica (P. atlantica is often used as a base for grafting pistachio trees). This is a very common evergreen bush that rarely exceeds the size of a bush, but is capable of becoming a small tree (up to 7m tall) if it escapes bush fires, logging and is not continuously consumed by grazing wildlife and goats.

The word mastic derives from the Latin word "Masticare" (to chew), in Greek: μαστιχάω verb mastichein ("to gnash the teeth", the English word comes from the Latin masticate) or massein ("to chew").

Although mastic bushes are in abundance all around the Mediterranean basin, the gum is only produced in a handful of countries - Algeria, Morocco and the Canary Islands. But Greece is the only place where it is grown commercially especially for production of its fragrant gum-resin - especially in the southern part of the island of Chios (close to Izmir, Turkey). The gum is obtained by making incisions in the bush's trunk, and they drip tears which harden over time and become the translucent-yellowish-white "tears" that one can find in Greek stores to be used as a "spice", and can also be used as incense.

Basket from #mastic
Medicinal and Cosmetic Uses:
Mastic is most commonly chewed as a breath freshener, and that's the main thing it is famous for. Mastic resin was used in the original recipe for Egyptian Kyphi - a perfume that was also chewed as a remedy. Mastic is generally used for stomach complaints, especially diorama in young children. Due to the gum's properties, it is used in many cosmetic preparations such as toothpastes, hair and skin lotions, etc.

Culinary Uses:
Mastic was used first and foremost as a chewing gum and breath freshener - before there was any chewing gum. Try it! It really works - nature's own original sugar-free chewing gum.  In the heat of the Middle East, it was a key ingredient in ice creams, to which is added not only a distinctively fresh-resinous flavour, but also a plasticity that helped it resist instant melting.
Mastic is used in several pudding-like and spoon desserts, including the above mentioned sahleb and malabia.
In Greece, it is used in festive pastries such as the challah-like tsoureki and vasilopita (in which a coin is hidden for New Year's Eve).

Flavouring Beverages: 
Smoke from mastic resin is also used to flavour water in Morocco. Finally, in the Levant mastic resin is used as a spice (to a lesser extent) also to flavour poultry and fish dishes, giving them a very peculiar flavour. There are several liquors prepared with mastic resin, such as Mastiha which is native to Chios, as well as a fizzy beverage called Mast.

Role in Perfumery:
Mastic resin is a great fixative, and makes a great addition to mimosa fragrances. The leaf oil is useful in green florals, Chypres, Fougères, etc. Mastic is not a very common ingredient in perfume, yielding only 39 items on Basenotes directory - two of them produced by yours truly (although they are not the only mastic fragrances by Ayala Moriel Parfums). Sahleb is a smooth, buttery orris fragrance; while Virgo zodiac parfum oil is more of a balsamic-woody floral with accessory notes of spicy-green aspects (cardamom and fennel among them).
Other perfumes I perceive as having a mastic note, are Nature Millénaire pour Homme (Yves Rocher, 2000), Kyoto (Commes de Garçon), both having the mastic resin note. As for the mastic leaf and twigs and branches - an allusion to them can be found in green, crisp Chypres (the likes of Eau de Sisley 2).

Religious Uses:
The Greek use mastic in preparation of Myron, an anointing oil used in the Greek Orthodox churches' chrismation ceremony.

Traditional & Practical Uses: 
Oil of mastic is used much like turpentine is in the West, in paint Freshly picked branches of P. lentiscus are a traditional raw material for Mediterranean-style basket-weaving. The abundance of available material and the ease of use (aside from removing the leaves, there is no need for pre-soaking or any other kind of processing prior to weaving).



          GeekList Item: Item for Geeklist "July '17 US Math Trade"    

by dwayman

An item Board Game: Morocco has been added to the geeklist July '17 US Math Trade
          A weekend in Tangier and leaving Morocco   
     Before we left Tétouan, Green Olive Arts helped us make a departure plan. It's tricky to get a family of five with 10 pieces of luggage out of the medina through a busy morning market. No cars enter the tiny alleys where the riad is, so we felt pretty rooted in. They helped us arrange a taxi with a large trunk for luggage to meet us in the plaza, and they found a man with a cart.

There was about an hour of agonized waiting, I was so worried the man with the cart wouldn't find our door so we stood with the door open peering down the alley. At exactly 10:30am I was flooded with relief when I saw the cart man and with Rachel from the Arthouse, strolling beside him! I wish I had a photo of all our luggage on the cart as we left the medina for the last time, as it was quite a sight! He tied it all on with a thick ancient rope to a giant wheel barrow like cart, lifted the front with all our luggage and headed thru the market to the plaza at breakneck speeds. I couldn't believe after so much work he only asked for 40 dryhams ($4 USD), I think I said "Shokran" (thank you) about a million times.



This is the taxi leaving Tétouan.


The ride to Tangier was only about an hour.


There's always a lot of donkeys around once you get out of the cities.


For some reason there are also a lot of flags on this route as well.


Tangier is a much bigger city than Tétouan. This is our view from the 7th floor apartment where we stayed. The beach and boardwalk were just around the corner and THIS place had a/c in the bedrooms! We hadn't had much a/c in Morocco since we'd arrived.


This is the hawk that kept coming to the window and watching us. I think because we were close to the top floor it must have had a nest on the roof and was keeping an eye on us. It kept coming back to watch us the whole time we were there.


After we settled we took a walk around and found the beach and boardwalk.


It seemed like we were in a nice area of the city.


As usual Naomi headed straight for the water.


Going wading in the Mediterranean.


This is the view from our bedroom. As you can see the building is covered in wires. This is how it is all over Morocco.


Mike and I took some time to draw in Tangier. 


Sitting down to draw seemed to help us adjust wherever we were.


I feel I have to share this picture of a crazy wedding limo parked around the corner. 


That evening we went in search of an open restaurant, but most of the close ones were very packed with people breaking their fast with the Ifthar meal. So we went for a walk at dusk to wait for the crowds to clear up.


Sunset on the boardwalk.


Mike waiting patiently. 


Naomi reading and trying to ignore me taking her picture.


And another picture of the boardwalk at dusk... Can you tell I just took photos to kill time while we waited?


The next morning I took Chloe and Naomi to the beach to go swimming. I also went because I really wanted to swim in the Mediterranean Sea. It was awkward though. Women aren't allowed to go swimming during Ramadan, so we were the only women there who went swimming. There were little girls swimming, and women covered from head to toe not swimming, but we attracted a lot of attention in our swim suits. Chloe and Naomi are the white specks in the water in this picture.


This is one of the horses on the beach. There were also camels you could ride, but after swimming for a while we just wanted to leave.


Later that day we headed over to the mall to meet up with our friend Amira. We knew her from Tétouan, but after her school ended she moved to Tangier to stay with her brother and work in the mall.


I'm so glad we saw her before we left. 


It was also very interesting to go to a mall in Tangier. Seeing local fashions on display, and checking out the sushi in the food court seemed very normal.


The "Tanja Got a Talent" sign. :)


Before we knew it our weekend in Tangier was over and we were heading south on the train to Casablanca.


One stop on the train had several wagons like this lined up instead of taxis.


These are some of our bags on the train (before they were checked in to Air Canada and misplaced, but that's a different story)


The girls resting on the 6 hour train ride in our compartment.


The train ride back was more comfortable because Ramadan was finally over and the train was bringing around a food cart we could buy from. Also we could openly eat and drink in front of Moroccans without offense which is a huge relief.


We all managed to wrangle our bags off the train in Casablanca and into the station. Finding a taxi was also no trouble, but as we drove to the airbnb, the tai driver called the host for us and she apparently thought we were coming an hour later, so we had some more waiting to do.


Eventually, though, we got inside, and up three flights of steps with all our bags.


The apartment was pretty huge .


With many rooms and many couches and almost enough beds.


But it was just for one night, well almost one night. We had to get to the airport by 5am so we had a 4:30am pickup.


We went out in search of dinner, and found this wire with an amazing amount of shoes!


We walked around and noticed most places were closed.


Palm tree by an open restaurant. We finally found a place and went in.


When the waiter came over we remembered that while Ramadan was over there was a new holiday called Eid-al Fitr which means that all stores close and people are home having a big feast. This restaurant was only serving drinks and ice cream. So Mike glanced at the menu and picked the banana split for us to try while we pondered what to do for dinner. Then the waiter said quickly in French, "You want four banana splits?"  Mike said "Oui." (he doesn't speak French).  As the waiter walked away my brain caught up with what the waiter just said (Have I mentioned that I'm awful at French?). So here we are (above) waiting for our many banana splits.


They were pretty good banana splits, except for one flavor of ice cream that none of us could stand. I think it's a sent used in sanitizers in public restrooms in the USA, but here the flavor doesn't have that association. (I recently read that root beer causes the same reaction for Europeans, for the same reason).

Anyway we went back down our street and found an overlooked pizza restaurant that was open.


Success, our efforts yielded the best pizza in Morocco! This pizza was fantastic. We even grabbed some pizza to go as Naomi crashed out in the apartment and was missing dinner. So we needed some for her when she woke up.


3:30am was when we rolled out of bed. 4:30am was when our airport van arrived and before we knew it we were checked into our flight at Casablanca airport. We were officially leaving Morocco....



          PRNigeria Wins Best African PR Platform In South-Africa   

A leading public relations firm in the country, PRNigeria has won the African Excellence Award 2017 for the best PR Platform at a ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa. The public relations outfit had previously received SABRE African Public Affairs Award hosted by African Public Relations Association (APRA) in Casablanca, Morocco and Golden World Award (GWA) on Crisis Management from International Public Relations Association (IPRA) in Doha, Qatar. Receiving the latest award including a Finalist Certificate of Excellence in West Africa region, the founder of PRNigeria, Yushau A. Shuaib commended the organisers for recognising the Press Release platform for the honours. Shuaib said: “We feel honoured and humbled by yet another International Award for best PR practice. This recognition will further motivate us to always put in our best in satisfying our clients and the public with creative and innovative communication strategies.” In a citation for the award, the organiser described PRNigeria as the most reliable and credible sources of official information from public institutions in the Nigeria. The citation reads: “PRNigeria has devoted its platforms for syndication, publishing and sharing official press releases from critical institutions, especially Military, Security, Intelligence and Response Agencies and other government organisations in Nigeria.” The Executive Secretary of a Nigerian based Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC), Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (Rtd) also received a Finalist Certificate on behalf of his organisation for its unique contribution to crisis communication and Public Affairs. Other recipients of the African Excellence Award are global public relations and communication giants. They include Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy & Mather, FleishmanHillard, Marco de Comunicación, Edelman, Djembe Communications, Burson-Marsteller, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Ogilvy Public Relations, Image Merchants Promotion Ltd, Stratcomm Africa, Clockwork Media and Magna Carta Reputation Management Consultants The African Excellence Awards honour outstanding performance in a wide range of categories. With in-depth categories which cover everything from internal communications to public relations, as well as a wide scope of industries from all across Africa, the awards explore the full range of the profession and provide a comprehensive look at the most exceptional examples of communications. The Global Excellence Awards are organised by German-based Quadriga Media, the publishers of Communication Director magazine for corporate communications and public relations, which is distributed worldwide.

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