News of the Day: October 23, 2019

A counter-petition launched to denounce «sexual freedoms» in Morocco

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Lede: Amid a debate on individual freedoms in Morocco, initiated by the arrest of Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni and the signing of a manifesto against punishing extramarital relations and abortions, a counter-petition emerged last week.

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Newsworthy: This represents a development in an opposing side of a debate that has been going on in Morocco since early September. The creation of this petition reveals that people in Morocco do not agree with some of the backlash that has come from Hajar Raissouni’s arrest, trail, and release.

 

Trump Administration Expresses Satisfaction with US Investments in Morocco

Morocco World News

Lede: Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Tuesday, October 22, in Washington as part of the fourth session of the US-Morocco Strategic Dialogue.

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Newsworthy: The meeting revealed that the United States government supports King Mohammed VI, even amongst calls for various reforms in the country. The meeting also supported the trade agreement between the U.S. and Morocco singed in 2004.

 

LONELY PLANET BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL 2020: THE FULL LIST FROM BHUTAN TO SALZBURG

Lede: Bhutan, the landlocked Himalayan nation, has topped Lonely Planet’s list of best places to travel in 2020.

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Newsworthy: Morocco is in Lonely Planet’s top ten places to travel. In a country that relies heavily on tourism, this ranking might affect the number of tourists coming to Morocco for vacation. Lonely Planet is a recognizable name in the tourism industry and carries weight with its rankings.