Photo Credit: DGSN (General Directorate of National Security)
Source: Morocco World News
Lead: The Judiciary Police of Guelmim, southern Morocco, have arrested eight individuals for their alleged involvement in an international drug trafficking network. Police also seized more than 7.5 tons of cannabis resin.
Key Background: “The arrests took place on Tuesday, February 11, based on precise information provided by the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), according to a press release from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).”
“Authorities seized the drugs from several warehouses in the rural commune of Taghjijt, about 80 kilometers east of Guelmim, and an all-terrain vehicle near the town of Assa, around 60 kilometers southeast of Guelmim.”
Why this is newsworthy: This event is newsworthy because of its significance. This event is also illustrative of the larger problem of drug trafficking, and its occurrence throughout the world. The article fits into the bigger issue of drug trafficking, especially in second and third world countries.
Source: Jewish News Syndicate
Lead: Qatar’s former prime minister said on Monday that Israel and the Persian Gulf States would soon sign a non-aggression pact that could also include Morocco.
Key Background: “Now it (Trump’s peace plan) will be followed by a non-aggression agreement between Israel and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in addition Egypt, Jordan and possibly Morocco,” wrote Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani on Twitter, according to i24News.
Why this is newsworthy: This non-aggression pact is significant because it’s a direct response to Trump’s peace plan. This article also illustrates how important maintaining diplomatic relations is. It can be gleaned that these countries take peaceful relations very seriously.
Source: Morocco World News
Lead: The Special Commission on the Development Model (CSDM) met with representatives of the Moroccan employers’ association (CGEM) on Tuesday in Rabat to listen to their vision for the new development model.
Key Background: “The meeting is part of the CSMD’s sessions with various Moroccan institutions to hear feedback on and receive contributions to the new development model.”
“The development model commission includes 35 experts with diverse academic and professional backgrounds. The members possess important knowledge of Moroccan society in addition to political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental expertise.”
Why this is newsworthy: This meeting is significant, mainly because it shows the connection between the Moroccan government and the people. It also demonstrates a governmental effort to further develop certain aspects of the country.