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Adnane Ben.
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My Interview About The Role of The Internet in The Life of Moroccans in America and Their Relationship with Morocco
10:14:16 PM Wednesday Mar 4, 2009


I recently answered the calling for an interview by an American student. Her name is Hannah Roeyer, a student in her last year at Pomona College near Los Angeles, California and a member of raioo. She is preparing her senior thesis. She had spent last spring in Rabat and Tangier studying Darija and migration, and now she's continuing those studies with a year-long senior project focusing on migration from Morocco to the U.S. She was especially interested in how the internet might help Moroccans in the US connect with each other and with Morocco, and how different members of the Moroccan American community, including myself, see their role in Morocco's future. Judging by the set of questions she had for me, what she really meant by Morocco's future was Morocco's political future. I am publishing parts of the interview that I thought were relevant. I spent the first part, in a nostalgic tone, illustrating how raioo came into form and why. I didn't include that in here. I am sharing with you some of the questions and answers with her permission. Perhaps you have a different way of looking at things and answering the questions differently? please share. Maybe you disagree with me? please share. All in all, I hope it stirs comments or at least be a good read.


Hannah Roeyer: Do you think that the internet is currently an important organizational tool in the Moroccan community in the US? Why or why not? Could this change?
Adnane B.: Moroccans have recently started to use the internet to better organize themselves, but it remains to be seen how much the internet can help them. To keep my answer simple, I believe that Moroccan communities in America should rely on the fundamentals of organization: kind and visionary leadership, volunteering and handshaking. The internet should be used to build a database of community members, broadcast events and share information. Of course websites like raioo and wafin can be utilized by the Moroccan community to channel information to existing and prospective members. From another angle, the internet can be used by the community at large to practice the art of written debate, discussion and the subtleties that come with exposing your mind on the internet in the context of a group discussion. I always believed that raioo offers that training ground. Besides, with the fast emergence of video blogs, aka vlogs, there is a huge potential for Moroccans to introduce themselves to each other using this fantastic medium. I keep a close eye on youtube since that is where the video blogging scene and actors are born. Algerians in Europe knew of the vlog potential and exploded a wonderful community in youtube. I write about that in raioo. There was a case of this good Algerian man by the youtube alias of Elias2033uk, what Americans would call a good Samaritan, who was about to mobilize Algerians in all corners of the world including a minority of Moroccans, myself included, to raise funds for a little ill boy. The boy needed a critical surgery. The youtube campaign of our good Samaritan managed to get Mayo clinic, the best children’s clinic in the US and probably in the world, to fly the boy out of Algiers and treat him in Mayo. This happened without any explicit help from governments or officials. Just regular leaders from among the people understanding the power of the internet and using it to win. Much like Barack Obama’s campaign.


HR: Do you think that face-to-face interaction is currently an important organizational tool in the Moroccan American community? Why or why not? Could this change?

AB: Like I said earlier, handshaking and face-to-face interactions are at the center of a successful community and should be a living practice as a priority. Currently, Moroccans do not meet face-to-face oftentimes, and that hurts the prospects of a sustained mobilization. They might mobilize during Ramadan, during the sudden death of a community member or during another Gaza. But the gatherings and the madding crowd soon disperses until the next crisis. There are important local associations almost in every metropolitan area, and they have great potential to improve the communal life of Moroccans. They can change things from mobilize-only-in-crisis to mobilize-and-sustain. But they lack strong and visionary leadership. Leadership that understands we have to communicate more internally. Most of these associations, in my opinion, seem to be interested more in building bridges with other communities, which is necessary, but that comes at the expense of not putting the most focus on the community they intended to serve in the first place. I dream to see weekly or monthly get-togethers for tea time where families come to relax, network and build internal bonds. I dream to see monthly or quarterly gatherings in the style of town hall meetings. I dream to see some of these meetings be planned as round table debates, discussions, presentations, music or simply a movie and pop corn night. I guess I dream to see a version of raioo, and better, come to life. I dream to see Moroccans in America focus on empowering themselves so that they build American generations that can integrate into the American fabric. Many individual families are not relying on the Moroccan community to help them achieve that. Many are acting alone and that is fine in my opinion. Have you heard of Mr. John Fritchey from Illinois? He is an American running for congress. According to some online reports, his Moroccan mother is originally from my hometown Oujda. John never mentions this and my guess is that John is too entangled in modern American politics that he feels the need to distance himself from anything that links him to a Muslim country. If that is true then I think John does not really represent American Moroccans authentically and the community should not expect much from him. So on the bright side, how can the Moroccan community help build more of Johns who maintain their public support and involvement with Moroccans in America? That is the opportunity and the challenge they have to figure out in steps.

HR: In your opinion, is there a unified “Moroccan American community” in the US as a whole? How so/why not?
AB: No there isn’t yet. I don’t believe this is the right time for it. Some members of the Moroccan community in DC somehow feel they represent better the Moroccan community in America simply because they happen to be in DC, a district of government, policies and decisions. They are championing an association called the Moroccan American Coalition (MAC), which was discussed in raioo. My feeling is that these people are trying to cut corners, take shortcuts, and put on sugar icing on an empty cake. I believe, local communities need to focus on becoming strong first. Maybe one day, a national association could make sense to help glue the efforts of the local ones. I may be wrong. In fact, nothing has been reported yet from MAC and I'm not sure what is the value-add.

HR: How about in your city?
AB: I know of four associations where I live. The first one is religious in nature. It's always good to have an association grounded in spirituality. The second is civic in nature but mysteriously dropped its Moroccan identity and replaced it with a religious one, so I personally got confused. The third is a one-man show who was able to build bridges among NGOs and a School in America and NGOs in Morocco. His team's mission is to help the lower classes in Morocco in the short term by providing for families and kids, and in the long term by planting trees that encourage farming and produce benefit. The fourth one is a Berber small association and probably one of my favorites. I attended for the first time a cultural party on the berber new year's day Yennayer. It was fantastic and it brought me good memories of how we used to celebrate Yennayer at home. Currently there is a void in the arts and cultural space.

HR: How could these communities become stronger? What might make these communities weaker?
AB: Stronger? Leadership that understands what the community wants and what it needs. Leadership that listens. Leadership that is professional and always researching ways to become more professional and effective. These communities will be strong not only with such leadership, but also with devout volunteers who generate energy, fun and content.
Weaker? Leadership that is sloppy and volunteers who lose interest. Leadership that is more concerned about the limelight and members who are uninspired. Leadership that is too extreme in its lifestyle or views and members who look for alternatives. Some could be too religious, others could be too liberal. People who are too religious belong in worship places. People, who are too liberal, by definition of moderately conservative Moroccans, are those who tolerate Moroccan values to be overridden. Leadership which speaks badly of its community and its members, and members who do not feel encouraged.

HR: In your personal opinion, how can Moroccans Living Abroad participate in politics in Morocco?
AB: I feel uninspired by Moroccan politics for some strange reason I cannot explain. There is an effort from Rabat to get to the bottom of this very question, and raioo has a discussion about that. I feel that Moroccan Americans (or American Moroccans whichever is politically correct) should focus on their life in America as a priority. In addition, they should always be on the lookout for ways to participate in strengthening Morocco’s lower class by working with Moroccan NGOs and more importantly match making American NGOs with Moroccan NGOs.

HR: In your personal opinion, how can Moroccans in the US participate in US politics? Do you participate in any of these ways?
AB: Of course, I follow mainly the presidential elections. But there is more to politics than presidential elections. There are elections at the town, city and sometimes neighborhood or school level. Moroccans in general have not explored this area yet. Perhaps they should. I’m positive, one of these days out of future generations; the community will feel American enough to join Americans in voicing their issues. But currently in this first generation, I do not see a solid potential that is cultured enough in the American fabric to pop up and break ethnic barriers. Particularly, English language is still a handicap for many. Low self-esteem and minds little trained in critical thinking, the liberal arts and humanities, are areas that need development. It’ll get resolved eventually through knowledge exchange, living within such a diverse society and strengthening personal character without losing the Moroccan fundamental values.

HR: Do you feel that Moroccans in the US have a responsibility to stay connected to Morocco (politically, socially, etc.) Why or why not?
AB: Socially yes for reasons I stated above. Help the lower classes. It’s ok if this is done collectively.
Politically no, unless someone believes they really can contribute to Moroccan politics in a novel way. It’s subjective and personal.

HR: In your experience, in what ways does the Moroccan government reach out to Moroccan Americans? Are you satisfied with the level of interaction? How could it improve?
AB:Again, there is some sort of a natural barrier between Moroccan officials and myself. I feel that the Moroccan embassy in the US does not do an average job, let alone a job with high standards. They are there to consume the Moroccan taxpayer’s money, enjoy the luxurious residences and all the perks that come with living in the US as a diplomat. They do not care about the real authentic Moroccan community in America wlad sha3b (the people). They operate like a clique, and cliques do not work for wlad sha3b. We do not need them in their current form and function.
I wrote to the Moroccan ambassador in DC three times a letter suggesting a novel idea to help build a career path bridge between Moroccan students in America and Morocco. An attempt to help these students cross to the Moroccan professional fabric as soon as possible after graduation without lingering in the US, spending many years in companies which can make the return to Morocco harder and harder. Harder, because the more you practice your field of study in this country, the more you grow and become encouraged and inspired to achieve more in this country. The work environment is nurturing most of the time. The idea I suggested to the current Ambassador in essence was to help organize at least yearly career fairs in America where Moroccan companies, or companies invested in Morocco come to connect with the new graduates. I thought it was very much in line with one of the threads in his mission, correct me if I am wrong. He never replied. I used all possible means of communication:
- Facebook since he had an account there for the embassy.
- His personal Email since he made that public.
- Printed letter
- Sent the printed letter to a messenger in DC who met him during an event and handed him the letter in person.
It became clear to me then that the internet does not fully enable communication if the other party has shut-off reception. I learned that communication between Moroccans is fluid and better handled by a handshake. I was not in a mood to spend the airfare to DC.



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1:37 am    March 10, 2009

hudhud message
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I agree Adnane, for older immigrants it is much harder to pursue that ladder of education and skills to better their career opportunities in this country. and I think it's true that the younger generation can take advantage of that more quickly, espcially if not already burdened with financial responsibilities of caring for a family.
For me, it goes back to the question - why did they come here to begin with? are they really doing better off here than if they had stayed put in their home country?
And I have to say, in many of the cases I have personally witnessed firsthand, no they are not. I've seen it with two of my own cousins who came here and really struggled, and I honestly think that yes in their home country maybe their income would've been lower, but their expenses would have been lower too, and they could've had successful businesses there and cared for their families better back home, ironically.

many young North Africans think they would do better financially and strike it rich in America or Europe, but the sad reality is that without an educational degree from this country, your skills and past education are not recognized, and most of the time you have to start from the bottom up, from scratch, which is especially frustrating for those who already have good professional degrees and work experience from le bled, be it engineer, doctor, nurse, teacher, etc.
An even greater irony is that many of these immigrants when applying to come to USA or Europe are granted extra "points" for this education/skill set, which they then must struggle to equivalate or start over in a university or college or technical institute in their new country, if not start over in a new field or job unfamiliar to them in their past life.

It would be great if we could have better educational equivalency programs set up so that the new host country could actually benefit from these immigrants' skills, and the immigrants themselves would be able to acclimatize and adjust more quickly to their new professional life.
(so how do we do that? who do we talk to?? :o)

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1:29 am    March 10, 2009

hudhud message
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"So there be no rich, and there be no poor"
kifache? you def lost me there. sounds like a different planet than the one I live in :o)
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2:34 pm    March 9, 2009

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Salam Adnane, DrissImages had the change to be in washinton DC, documenting the event. Click on Moroccan American second annual convention to see the photo gallery of the event.
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10:17 pm    March 8, 2009

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Do you think that the Moroccans who have the potential to improve their careers through education whether degrees or certificates, what I referred to as jumping from blue collar to white collar jobs - and this is just an expression - do you think they should not pursue it? that they should accept their reality? That they should stagnate, remain relatively poor and wait for the rich to look after them? I know at least 3 people who are struggling financially, and this struggle pours over to their family and their happiness and health. They would love to have more income to pay the bills. Maybe in old times people didn't have to pay as many bills as we do today: electric bill, heat, water, hot water, rent, car insurance, car gas, metro card, kid school, kid transport, food and most importantly buy the periodic family airfare to go visit Morocco. The career change or income increase becomes difficult if the person is in their 40s or 50s. For the younger folks, it is less thorny. On the positive side, I know a Moroccan who came in to Boston with a high school degree, bounced between gas station jobs to dunkin'donuts, but he always knew that he had to get out of that cycle. He just finished an associate degree from Bunker Hill community college part-time, and added a CICSO certification. He immediately got an IT job that doubled what he used to earn before. Right now he is working on his second certification, and in the fall will join Framingham college to earn his bachelor. When he does, he would be earning most likely double what he is earning today, around 80K. I believe many Moroccans can do it, step by step like that.

I can't disagree with your citation of Al Manfalouti, yet don't you think that short story is an utopian ideal society over time?

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3:42 pm    March 8, 2009

Rasta Gnawi message
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ok. I think we disagree on some fundamentals. I don't see what allows me to state: "Moroccans are generally followers of what the higher-ups tell them to do." It's an area of behavioural and collective psychology that I can speak to. It also establishes a stereotype, one that I am not familiar with.

"...so they can jump into white collar jobs." Again a stereotype that I can't agree with. White collar jobs are not a reliable measure of success, or happiness.

Mustafa almanfalouti writes in a short story (with edit): the unwise among the rich walks the land with an air of arrogance believing their money earned them respect. They forget it is the poor man's generosity that allows them that respect. Without the laborer at the farm lowering their head to the landowner, the rich would walk afraid, surrounded by his protectors. The wise among the rich walks among the poor and lowers their head to them, knowing that each is just an agent in a system of endowment, and understanding the system would be happier if each looked after the other. So there be no rich, and there be no poor.

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2:00 pm    March 8, 2009

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Thanks for being critical, I need that. I agree with you that my statement is offensive. I did not know how to put it differently. Let me pull the context and re-examine it again.

HR: In your personal opinion, how can Moroccans in the US participate in US politics? Do you participate in any of these ways?
AB: Of course, I follow mainly the presidential elections. But there is more to politics than presidential elections. There are elections at the town, city and sometimes neighborhood or school level. Moroccans in general have not explored this area yet. Perhaps they should. I’m positive, one of these days out of future generations; the community will feel American enough to join Americans in voicing their issues. But currently in this first generation, I do not see a solid potential that is cultured enough in the American fabric to pop up and break ethnic barriers. Particularly, English language is still a handicap for many. Low self-esteem and minds little trained in critical thinking, the liberal arts and humanities, are areas that need development. It’ll get resolved eventually through knowledge exchange, living within such a diverse society and strengthening personal character without losing the Moroccan fundamental values.

So the question relates to Moroccans' participation in US politics. I mentioned areas of development that I think can help increase this participation in the long term. 1) Critical thinking so the community can digest news from all angles, be alert and make informed decisions. Moroccans are generally followers of what the higher-ups tell them to do. There was not much ground in our upbringing to stand up and criticize and actually have ears that are receptive and maybe even praising. Am I wrong? did I misuse this to qualify little exposure to critical thinking? 2) Arts and humanities to sharpen the minds of the community and develop tongues and bodies that speak more smoothly with Americans even with an accent. 3) Low self-esteem based on a small sample I know. I probably made a mistake in generalizing that.

This small sample has a common theme: they embarked from day 1 on blue collar jobs and low wages and did not plan time to attend school to achieve a higher degree so they can jump into white collar jobs. As a result years passed by. I still suggest they join a community college, get an associate degree and take it from there. Their answer is surprisingly similar: we do not have the mind power anymore to go to school, we feel old, we feel our English is bad, our Math skills are rusty, we do not even know what we would study and we are afraid of wasting time. Some of these people had high school degrees from Morocco, others had bachelor degrees. In some cases, i can understand their decision and it might be a valid one. In those cases, it might not be low self-esteem necessarily but I believe there are marks of it there. For the rest, I could only qualify that answer as low self-esteem. I think most of us have some low self-esteem lurking inside of us at some points in our lives, I am not claiming to have the greatest self-esteem. But it helps to identify that one is suffering some type of low self-esteem and to do something about it. Education may not be the only answer. But I believe it helps train the person that they really can exist in a competitive environment (classrooms), achieve good grades which can put him/her back into the social game in no time. It's a natural counter-attack to low self-esteem. There are several factors for low self-esteem I think: continuous unemployment due to an economic crisis, lack of academic education, talent or a specialized skill set; it could be ethnic minority member, religious minority member, family name or origin, neighborhood, car you drive, the people you hang out with, and the list can be long.

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12:36 pm    March 8, 2009

Rasta Gnawi message
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Good interview, but I have one criticism that I hope you will read with an open mind.

In your interview, you make some broad sweeping statements and generalizations. Some might be valid, but I think others could use some qualifications. I will pick one statement that offended me the most. My comments on it are not meant to take away logic from the interview. "Low self-esteem and minds little trained in critical thinking, the liberal arts and humanities, are areas that need development." It carries negative connotations, can be misconstrued as insulting, and in my opinion is detached from reality. On what sample size has this statement been founded? How is one making the determination that this behaviour or that behaviour spells low self-esteem?

I think the Moroccan person is a very rational individual. It takes more than will and determination to travel as far as Moroccans have in pursuit of a better life. It takes serious thinking and constant re-adjusting of the equation that is life now and life in the future.

I agree that some if these "head" organizations are empty. But I also believe they should not exist, and so their lack of substance will not be mourned. An effective Moroccan organization is borne out of necessity. I happen to think that its backbone ought to be economic. This is a young community and receives a continuous stream of people. The purpose should be to have a process that can take a new-comer into the US and turn him or her into a functioning economic system. There exists networks or people here and there that fulfill this purpose. The aim would be to formalize the process a little and make it more effective. It should include some serious language and cultural education, which you refer to.

Maybe there should be a cultural leg to this too. Now that you have economic units that function normally, providing avenues for them to express themselves is good balance. This is tricky, though, because Morocco is a very diverse country, and different people like to do different things. Some people would like to spend their time at a cafe nursing a cafe noire sec, others would rather be in the company of friends at a mosq, while others would rather make use of the local pub. Away from the lime lights, some networks are doing amazing things, and they will continue to not because they are trying to build a network, but because their work was borne out of necessity. I have a lot of respect for the Boston organizations you mentioned. I hope they don't dilute themselves by chasing the grandiose dreams of fame.

As for the Algerian lady in the video, it is sad, but I would not place all the blame on her. If you listen to what she says: "Ils sont fous!" She is providing good reason for why she took the hard line. Anyone who's followed the massacres in Algeria would agree that things got crazy. She chose to emancipate herself from it all. I would fault those that pushed her into that corner.

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4:05 am    March 8, 2009

Salem message
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Chabba Zina Daoudya Salutes Moroccans abroad! Her Music has often a Rai flavor for she has spent sometime in Algeria and performed there, in Ouahran I think.

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8:34 pm    March 7, 2009

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interesting interview Adnane. one cannot compare northafrican immigrant communities here in the usa to those of the irish americans, italian americans, etc. Totally different dynamics, histories, backgrounds, and time contexts. so I feel some of the criticism is a bit harsh, given how young our communities are here, and that many of them indeed do not come with the intention of settling, establishing a new home and roots here, but most often in recent decades have come as students. my own family's story is the classic example, and i grew up here with many family friends with similar scenarios, where the parents come to pursue education, try repeatedly over the years to return "home" but never quite succeed.

it is definitely a confusing thing to grow up with as a child, with this idea of "back home" being a place you don't know, and a sense of im-permanence, if you will, in your current "home".. but one cannot criticize such immigrants either, no one can convince another person to come here and establish themselves rather than follow (or attempt to follow) their dream of going "back home" and establishing their businesses, raising a family within the community and values they believe in, and having a "real home" if you will, rather than being a stranger in another's land.


the "pas un mot d'arabe' vid makes me feel a bit sad, but more so pity for those people. I have encountered several immigrant families like that here in the usa, where the parents choose not to teach their kids their native language (be it arabic, urdu, spanish, whatever) or simply refuse to speak it at all, as the woman so vehemently describes in the video. but I honestly think that it stems out of ignorance. An intelligent person would learn as much language as they could and only they themselves benefit (or lose) in the end from such an endeavor (or lack thereof).

but the truly sad thing is when you see ppl like this in our own home countries fel bled, born and raised in their own country but don't speak their own language. I have some cousins like that. they speak nothing but french 24/7. it's not like they ever lived or even visited france. I never quite understood such a mentality..

and I kind of want to tell that woman with her little mhirma fouq rass'ha, you can take an algerian out of algeria, but you cant take the algeria out of an algerian, foulard, mnagesh, accent, brown-ness, and all ;o))

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9:54 am    March 7, 2009

Adnane Ben. message
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Que du vide.


My favorite part is @ 7:23 I think it almost sheds the only positive light of this 2-year old event.


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10:37 pm    March 6, 2009

Adnane Ben. message
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Cross posting a note on several websites is powerful because it exposes the note to a larger audience, but is flawed because you end up with cylo discussions. I cross referenced this discussion on facebook, and here some of the comments there:

Zakaria Ibrahimi at 22:13 on 06 March
nice job , bro but I gotta a question ? don't you think that educated moroccan people should take the lead in their community and be creative, instead of just being critical? another thing that I find disapointing is most of our graduate is the wait for jobs to come :) instead of creating one, I think that unfortunately most of our educated diaspora lacks the courage to engage in a entrepreneurial adventure. like we say in darija : kidiha z3eem, oula kreem , oula merdi alwaldeen. allah irhem men kalha :)

salam zak

Adnane Benali at 23:36 on 06 March
Being critical is in itself both being creative and leading. As for your disappointment, you're probably being too hard. Entrepreneurial adventure is a luxury bound by risk. Not everyone is willing to take risks and not everyone has a swiss account.

Imad Amekras at 23:48 on 06 March
Nice point Adnane and Zakaria, and I have to remind you that Moroccans are not strong enough to be a force to be reckoned with. Instead they fall into two cathegories: 1 the arabo-islamic crowd, 2 and the western crowd.
The first one is fatalist, superstitious and always hangs out at the mosque. This group is destined to work at gas stations, restaurants and lowly office jobs.
The second group even if ambitious and willing to take on new risks and challenges unfortunately has to compete with more established groups in America like the Jews, the Anglo-Saxons, the Polish and the Italians, as well as new-commers like the Indians and Chinese.

All of this goes back to the way we were brought up in school: at the same time brainwashed in islam and shown the marvels of the modern world. Ruled by a man who at the same time claims to be a descendant of mohamed and who calls jacques chirac "tonton".
We are a confused and schizophrenic nation with a weak and superficial identity.

Mahjoub Labyad at 00:15 on 07 March
We have not been raised to take risk, and we have no capital to finance our adventure, as well as we have no colateral no family to use to get a bank loan to start a business wordy of the title. very few of us are courageous enough to do so. We are probably confused but I wouldn't go as far as calling Moroccan schizophrenic.. we have an identity which by the way is not weak, and I am not sure what is a weak identity? We cannot compare ourselves to the Irish, the Italians, our the aglosaxons.. Those groups are well established here and their cultural background is the same as that of their host country.. in fact their host country's culture is the same or made up of a collection of their respective countries.. and that make al the difference.

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10:30 pm    March 6, 2009

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Samir thanks for your kind words. As for Moroccan politics, it is so true that "le pouvoir en place" always wins, like in a casino.

On another thread, I hope there isn't and won't be any Moroccan family in the US like this family in France :) enjoy

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12:41 pm    March 6, 2009

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Hello Adnane,

I appreciate your insight and thinking... some very valid points! Since I "virtually" know you (voila maintenant plus de 10 ans, but never meet the man!), you were/are always a strong advocate of a strong Moroccan community! Bravo.

I interpret (I'm sure I'm wrong though!) of your 'somehow" reluctance to engage discussion in Moroccan politic as a victory to the "pouvoir en place". Deep inside each one of us, there is that little voice telling us, sorry, ordering us to shut up! Discussing politic is somehow, and indirectly. discussing the king prerogative. Politic and King prerogative are so inter-waved and anyone who dares to discuss/argue the king prerogative will be doing that at his own risk... few are willing to take that risk!

Cheers!

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La7kaam Game Japanese Style..
Nedjim Bouizoul: The Gypsy Maghrabi Genre is Born..
Follow raioo's twittering zawej..
Mostapha Skandrani: The Mozart Chaabi Virtuoso..
USAID Opportunity in Morocco..
Urban Road Biking: America Takes On a New Passion!..
Michael Jackson: May God Bless You Brother..
Kesang Marstrand and Khobz Sh3ir..
Lesson of Respect..
تـلـمسـا..
Will Morocco's Saidia Beach Survive? Fadesa = Fade7a ~..
The First Moroccan Parliament Representative of Moroccans in..
How To Cook Bibi ..
Nouria El Yacoubi From Figuig: Moroccan Champion of Karate C..
Akhir Phenomene Maghribi F Miricane..
Moroccan Behavior Towards Law Enforcement: A Car Boot Case S..
I Play Soccer (El'Foot) Like a Binocular-Equipped Japanese ..
Moroccan Weddings Under One Roof..
Government Motors Propaganda, But Still Better Than McCain..
BAC 2009..
My Dream Gadget..
The Future Of Cigarettes Looks Brightly Blue..
Dialogue with a Moroccan Farmer Faqir (1975 Kevin Dwyer)..
Nador and Hashish..
Please Complete Survey about Language Code-switch..
Moussier Tombola: Dédicasse au Maroc..
Become Who You Are ~ Nietzsche..
ABDERRAHMANE PACO: THE LEGEND..
From Torino to Morocco..
Morocco Therapy..
Sourate Arrahmane in Kabyl Berber..
Deux Zach C'est La Guerre, Attention Le Loup Est Revenu.. FO..
Bird-Men ~ Any Moroccans Dare?..
From The Treasures Of Arabic Morphology: Min Kounouzi Assarf..
Words of Advice From A Moroccan Sheikh..
Sheikh Party? Sadaqa? Entertainment? Serious Worship? What i..
Boston 5K Race/Walk To Send Medical Equipment To Morocco..
Muslim in SLAMI ~ MY RESPECT!..
What is Saved of My Old Animation Archive: Sheikh Wins!..
Sala Morocco's Cha3bana et La Tradition Du Malhoun..
WOW! The Most Beautiful Moroccan Song of 2009 by Malhoun X..
Great American Public Entertainment in Paris: Street Dancers..
My Interview About The Role of The Internet in The Life of M..
Tai Chi Semlalia: Classic Moroccan-dubbed Martial Arts Film..
Nice Songs About Henna Tradition in North African Weddings..
Oujdawood is Whipping Some Film Ass!..
Houari Manar: A Rising Star, A Gloomy Rainbow For Others..
Why Did Boston's MACCA Drop The Moroccan in MACCA?..
Moroccan Mobile Consulate: Boston March 21-22, 2009..
Why Mother Damia Has a Moroccan Tatoo and a Jewish Innoculat..
Do you love me? do you, do you?..
James Brown's Cape Finale (Boston, MA '68)..
James Brown: Please, Please, Pleeeease.. and Nomore Trivial ..
Obaid Karki: British Depravity in Dubai Sex-On-Beach..
حلاقة الم..
Raioo Speaks Arabic: Type in Arabic Without A Sweat!..
How To Type in Arabic Using Your Keyboard for Windows..
ATMAN: Algerian Batman Spoof..
Is Hollywood Abusing Morocco?..
Abdelkader Secteur: L3id Lekbir..
Abdelkader Secteur: Kelb wel 7mar 7ashakoum!..
Pro-Israel Rally Features Low IQ..
How is the economy crisis in the west affecting Morocco?..
Nice Programming from elmuhajer.com: The Culture of Immigrat..
Libyan Soccer Video Game Star in the Making..
Obama's Stimulus Package Already in Effect in Morocco..
Bush and the Mysterious Handshakes..
Never Get a Police Ticket Again!..
Middle East, USA and Israel As seen By Michel Collon..
 
2008
Gaza 2008 Crisis: Is Winning the Heart of the Eagle The Answ..
Islam and The Current Economic Crisis..
If Only Obama Picks Peter Schiff As Special Advisor..
Beat Box Man From Doukala..
I Don't Trust Moroccan Officials: Why?..
So You Think You Can Dance Like a Moroccan Gypsy?..
My First Moroccan Almond Truffles!..
Cooking with Alia..
Town Hall Meeting in DC Regarding MAC (Moroccan American Coa..
Highlights of a Meeting: El Yazami President of the Council ..
Please Donate For Mariam: A Cancer Child in Boston from Iraq..
Congratulations Barack Obama!..
American 401k and Moroccans..
Mounib Feeling Well and on TV..
A Beautiful Moroccan Quran Recitation by Abdel Hamid Hssayn..
Tzawaj Magalha Liya Grows Wings!..
How to eat a watermelon..
Looking for US-based Travel Agent to book a flight or tour t..
Drop Down Pants! ..
Muslims in America: An Experiment...
Buy From Your Local Farmers Market !..
Yassir Chadly: An Inspiring Multi-dimensional Moroccan in Am..
Moroccan Club Dance Night: 30+ Proper Attire Brown Camel-ski..
Conversations About La7rig (Illegal Immigration)..
Shakira Wa Akhawatouha..
Moul Taxi: A Trip to the Airport..
Morocco on Bizzare Foods with Andrew Zimmern..
Hanane Fadili Strikes Again..
Freedom of Expression According to Raouf Ben Yaglane..
Cheikha Djennia & Cheikh Djilali Tiarti..
My Taste of a Christian Moroccan Interfaith Dialogue..
Angels singing Allah Ya Moulana by Nass Elghiwane..
A Call From Algeria to Help Suffering Little Boy Mounib!..
La Secheresse... de l'internet et de ezzehar..
Parents and Family from the perspective of an immigrant..
Do you want to Volunteer Abroad? VOLUNTEER in Morocco ~ Sign..
Moroccan Playing Cards Game ronda v1.0..
Sid El-Miloud 2008: Koul 3am Wentouma Bkhir..
NEW: Raioo Groups..
Call to Moroccans in Greater Boston: Help Provide Meals For ..
Moroccan American Television Program..
A promotional video for the Al Huda Summer Camp in Maine..
Une compo intitulée Alger..
Sidi Mohamed Ouali (Ou3li): Berber..
Moroccan Amazigh girl name "illy": DENIED...
What's That Song in the Kia Spectra Commercial?..
A Beautiful Burda Recitation!..
 
2007
In Memory of My Father-in-law, Si La7bib..
Al-Qaeda Freak Show in North Africa..
The Girl Who Picked Up A Moroccan Rose..
Les Oiseaux De Figuig!..
Paul Bowles: A Witness of Moroccan Traditional Storytelling..
Mick Jagger of Algeria!!..
ZOGO: Rock Fusion Hailing from Algeria Lalaland!..
Cheb Mami, The Fugitive Prince!..
Local Moroccan Businesses, freelancers and services Deserve ..
From Los Angeles to Casablanca!..
Halloween SPECIAL 2007: La Mort D'une Souri!..
Looking for a Moroccan folkloric harvest hymn....
Allah Made Me Funny @ Boston..
MPK20: Sun's Virtual Workplace..
Morocco Mall 2010: Largest Shopping Mall of North Africa..
U.S. House Passes Historic Ramadan Resolution..
Looking for Arabic or French to English Translator..
Dr. Hassan Al-Turabi..
My Top 5 List of Quran Recitors 2007..
Samurai Jack of Algeria..
This Moroccan Barry! and his Baraka Men La3yaqa..
Doodling: Sheikh L7ouma..
How Moroccans Put Together a Government..
Hillareous Cat Wrestles Mouse claymation!..
ABSOLUTE RAIOO Summer 2007 Rai vol.2..
ABSOLUTE RAIOO SUMMER 2007 RAI Vol 1..
Oujda Folkloric Musicians after a long day....
Iwighd Adar by Amarg Fusion !!!!..
Alalla Yallali ft. Nabila..
Jews Support the Boston Mosque..
The a la Menthe: Maghreb French RAP..
Ya Ghrib !..... ft. Khaled, Lamine, Rai NB..
Hazzou Bina La3lam: Hajja Hamdaouia!..
Ha Elkass 7loo: Hajja Hamdaouia ft. Hamid..
Boston Moroccan Tennis Club: Mini Tournament 2..
Sidi Hbibi by Mano Negra - the unexpected :)..
Le Bachir ..
Cheb Mami.. L'ancien :) Pas Le Nouveau :(..
Summer Hidden Stress..
Fanfaraï - Rai Cuivre !..
Darouha Biya Mchaw L'Mekka w'Khallawni..
CHEB ANOUAR!..
Zoo Event Organized by Al Huda..
Navigating post-divorce..
Just what is Civic Engagement?..
To Fly Boston <-> Morocco or Not..
Meetings with Moroccan Consultative Council on Human Rights..
J'irais dormir chez vous au Maroc..
Support Morocco Autonomy Initiative to solve the Sahara issu..
Les Frères Zergui..
On the Word "Plethora"..
When The Moors Ruled In Europe..
Ya Rassoul..
BARRAKA duet Cheb Khaled & Chebba Zahouania..
Cheba Zohra & Mahadattes de Rilizane..
SKyouz Me While I Light My Spliff!..
HAMIDOU, Algeria's Playboy!..
First mnanauk. Then mahdisean!..
Karima Skalli, Nassima et Leila Hejaiej..
Rym Hakiki: Matsalni Ma Ansalek..
The Road To Guantanamo..
Matejebdoulich by Djenet..
Cuban Chaabi! Guantanamera!!..
Hadj Menouer: El Batoul !..
Parske Ana Nebghi Wahran Bezzaf!..
I declare Moe a Star!..
Ahl Zin El Fassi!..
Morocco on current TV..
My South Park Character!..
Ummah Films on current.tv !! HELP NEEDED..
Ana Smayti Sa3id!..
 
2006
Al-Hawli Jokes..
Zawiya Qadiriya Boudchichiya Open Air Speech..
US Patent by Sa Majeste H. Roi du Maroc..
Jahh Bless Mon! Feeling down to earth tonight!..
Cannot Believe These Idiots!..
NESS LA CITY: All?e Sans Retour! LOL..
When Lotfi Attar Rides Matabkish wave! You Lissann mon!..
KUDOS TO Cheikh Sidi Bemol & Band!!..
No Comment! DARRITOUNI.....
Mortality Meets Online Status..
Michael Richard Busted and Sorry!..
The UMMA Clinic..
Hanane Fadili Take on Shouaffa(tt)..
Hijab: Strict Code or Fashion Barcode ..
To The Fasting Darling..
Rimitti: Ana Li Ghrasset aNakhla....
Reminiscing Tex Avery Cartoons!..
Happiest Guy in Morocco!..
The Super-cool Hanane Fadili..
Cette Affaire d'Avions ? Londres..
Watch 2M Television..
American Muslim Fun Video Blogging!..
Open War in the Middle East?..
Touche Po a Mon Zidane!..
Ronaldinho Joined Zawya....
Marock!..
Draw Live!..
Zoo Animals Need e'space..
Les ABRANIS: Prodigy of Rockabyl..
Sofiane Saidi: Cet Algerien Trip-rai Hopper..
Lemchaheb Legacy ..
Zahra Hindi, Beautiful You!..
Jajouka's Winds of Moroccana..
Google Language Translation: English to/from Arabic..
Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the US..
Google Shoots Microsoft.. One.. More.... Time!..
Monsieux Mehdi Ben Barka: Un Marocain Assassiné Qui Visait P..
Yale, Taliban and Weld L'Hashemi....
Near-eastern Muslim Scholars..
Three Algerians on Highway =]..
Moroccan Riverdance!..
Moroccan Candle-toe Dance..
Moroccan Qassida: Vraie Poesie!..
LA3MARNA Legacy..
Chilling Like a Mqedem in Morocco..
Alone in the Wilderness..
Are Iranians and Americans Blowing it Up?..
Are we a virus..?..
How come Morocco is silent to Dalfour, Sudan?..
Barreling Towards an Iraqi Civil War..
Pomme and Kelly ..
Intelligent Design and Evolution in not so American lands..
The Prophets animated by Steve Whitehouse..
More with Claudio Bravo..
Muslim Texans..
Hajj Stampede Gone Ugly!..
Self-portraits 001-002..
Why Faith?..
Online 7awli Souk!..
2006 !..
 
2005
Derbouka Bled Attack..
Adopted HIV kids from Romania..
Operation Mapping Raioo Love!..
They burnt themselves.. Come'on!..
My Winamp Skin: The New Beetle..
The Forbidden Zone film that electrified me!..
Cousins skyblogging..
Chilean artist in Morocco..
Moroccan Blue tops colors!..
Osama in FAMILY GUY..
Baraka Art..
Itsy Bitsy knowledge..
The most misunderstood [and growing..] world religion, Islam..
Moroccan Christians..
Polygamy in USA..
Architecturing to joy!..
This Moorish cult in America..
The Magnificient King Vulture..
Al-Rashid and the Fart..
On the subject of Evil Eye..
Anecdote on Life and 3ibada..
Anecdote on Giving in Time of Need..
T-shirt design: L'Amoureux!..
Craig Thompson art..
The Real Origin of Smileys :)..
T-shirt design: Happy Sailor!..
T-shirt design: threadless in Kufi..
T-shirt design: Magic e-lamp..
My August '05 T-shirt Designs ..
Your Living Space..
The Raioo Story: 2. in the garden..
The Raioo Story: 1. intro..
Arabic Beat and Instrument Music Wanted!..
 
2004
RA?NA RAI Legacy..
Algerian Chaabi..
Nour L'Koufi (Gharnati)..
Hidalgo in Morocco..
Le Secret d'Elissa Rhais..
Imam Shafii. Soni N'nafssa..
Feqqas (Moroccan Biscuiti)..
Casablanca Connect..
 
2003
ZEBDA! Un Groupe Genial!..
Al Moutanabbi. Idha Ghamarta..
Imam Shafii. sa'fir tajid 3iwada..
boston.food.Tangierino..
Long Distance Honey ..
The Working Wife and Husband..
The Hammam Public Bath: Do you still go there?..
Hip Hop Classic Favorites!..
Down With Love..
Lord Of The Rings..
How To create a Moroccan remix of a video clip ? ..
 
2002
Why we don't eat Porc?..
Do You Play Music?..
Hidoura: Your Moroccan Natural Carpet..
Khaddouj Slam-dunking From Marrakesh To New York..


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