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Said Naciri Calls Malhama Abtal Al Watan Critics Enemies of The

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Rabat- Moroccan actor Said Naciri, who is the director and producer of the ridiculed “Malhama: Abtal Al Watan” music video said Tuesday that the people who mocked his song are enemies of success and enemies of the Moroccan state.In an interview with Moroccan news outlet Ya Biladi, Naciri came to the defense of the Malhama song, describing people who mocked and called it “garbage” and “cringeworthy,” as enemies of their own country, saying that the buzz the music video created signifies its success:“These people who we call reptiles…it should have been enough for them to hear the word ‘king,’ [in the song] it should have been enough that they heard the word nation, and saw a large number of artists. Still, they went and called it garbage. Shame,” Naciri expressed. He added that the “70 percent or 80 percent,” before correcting the latter to “60 percent” of people who encouraged the initiative are the real and original Moroccans.Naciri said that he was not against constructive criticism “because no work can be perfect,” claiming that the celebrities who took part in the music video sang about “depth,” peace, security, and stability, while the ones who mocked them are against national stability: “We should protect our nation from these people who attack similar patriotic works,” he said.Naciri informed the same source that he first presented the music video to the National Society of Radio and Television (SNRT), however SNRT’s CEO Faycal Laaraichi refused to broadcast it. Naciri said he did not know why it was rejected from the first place: “I do not understand why patriotic works done by great artists are not broadcasted on television,” he chastised. Naciri said that there was a press conference about the song that was attended by 150 people: “At first, everyone expressed admiration for the song, but once it was released online, it was attacked,” Naciri said.Malhama financed by FRMF?Naciri told the same source that Malhama had a limited budget, but managed to implement a green screen and new cameras for shooting.In a different statement to the news outlet Medias 24, Naciri informed the interviewer that the Malhama was financed by Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), while refusing to reveal its exact budget. One thing is certain: the costs of the video were not high,  judging by Malhama’s features, as many social media commentators pointed out:#Mal7ama dial lkilo ??#Tfou#Tar9a3 pic.twitter.com/QsUbKrL1oF— K.E (@ANTIJRADA) May 28, 2018Ever since its release on Friday, May 25, the 13-minute-long Malhama music video has attracted more mockery than admiration, contradictory to Naciri’s figures: 70, 80, or 60 percent of people who encouraged the initiative.Malhama is intended to show support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid and to encourage Morocco’s Atlas Lions, who will play their first match in the World Cup June 15.Participants in the clip include singers Abderrahim Souiri, Tahour, Abdelali Anouar, Rachida Talal, and Aicha Tachinouite; rising singer Hamza Labyed; model Leila Haddioui; actor Mohamed El Jem; and actress and former Minister of Culture Touria Jabrane. Previously, Naciri vaguely defended Malhama on a post on his official Facebook page with a statement equivalent to the French saying “Chassez le naturel, il revient au galop,” or the English proverb “What’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh,”describing that which is inherent to a person’s nature. Taking his latest statements into account, Naciri was clearly referring to the people he now calls “enemies of the nation.” read more

New UN report calls for economic inclusivity to drive growth in AsiaPacific

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“To enhance well-being, countries need to go beyond just focusing on ‘inequality of income’ and instead promote ‘equality of opportunities,’” said Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on the launch in Bangkok today of the 2015 economic and social survey of the region, Making Growth More Inclusive for Sustainable Development. In the report’s preface, she notes that as the international community transitions globally from the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to a more ambitious path of sustainable growth and development, inclusiveness must be integrated and mainstreamed in policymaking. Indeed, ESCAP’s 2015 Survey for the region underscores the need for the adoption of policies necessary for inclusive growth, which is both a prerequisite for meeting the outstanding MDG commitments and critical for effective implementation of an ambitious sustainable development agenda in the post-2015 era. Ms. Akhtar stressed the need to promote quality growth and shared prosperity, calling on regional policymakers to integrate and mainstream inclusive growth. Inclusiveness, she said, requires continued stability and sustainable growth. “Adopting ESCAP’s new multidimensional Index will assist policymakers to better review and monitor progress on inclusive growth,” Ms. Akhtar explained, referring to the Commission’s newly introduced Index of Inclusiveness, which provides indicators on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development and seeks to enable a more comprehensive analysis of inclusiveness. According to the report, the Asia-Pacific growth trajectory, while encouraging in some areas, lags behind in others, and is in a process of adjustment in major economies of the region. Augmenting and enhancing inclusiveness will only be achieved if accompanied by a multidimensional strategy that recognizes the need for simultaneous advances in the economic, social and environmental aspects of development. Despite the challenges, the Survey shows developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region will continue to perform well compared to the rest of the world. Growth in the region’s developing economies, at 5.9 per cent, will remain at a similar rate in 2015 compared to 2014, when the figure was 5.8 per cent, while inflation should remain low thanks to low international oil prices. According to the report, the region stands out for its economic growth achievements, albeit in a somewhat uneven manner. Real incomes per capita in developing economies of the region have doubled on average since the early 1990s. Particularly impressive is a seven fold increase in real income per capita in China since 1990, as well as its tripling in Bhutan, Cambodia and Viet Nam over the same period. Besides other policies, this economic growth performance has helped lift millions of people out of extreme poverty– ahead of the 2015 MDG deadline – and reduced by half the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day. The Survey found significant reductions in extreme poverty alongside rising income inequality, particularly in urban areas of developing countries, while growth in the availability of productive and decent employment would remain low. Progress was also needed in boosting equality of opportunity, especially for women and girls, by broadening access to quality education and adequate health care. The report also highlighted some of the critical policy issues for subregions, including excessive dependence on natural resources and worker remittances for economic growth in North and Central Asia, as well as employment and climate-related challenges in Pacific island developing countries. Macroeconomic imbalances and severe power shortages are key concerns in South and South-West Asia, along with weaknesses in infrastructure and skilled labour shortages in South-East Asia. As illustrated by the recent earthquake in Nepal, which provided a fresh reminder of how natural disasters can reverse economic and social gains, with massive loss of life and livelihoods, the region would remain susceptible to risks and uncertainties. As well as the danger posed by natural disasters, fresh bouts of financial market volatility, delays in addressing structural impediments, and political disruptions also posed threats. In pursuit of such inclusive growth, Ms. Akhtar also urged Asia-Pacific Governments to focus on domestic resource mobilization, from national budgets to the private sector. “While traditional sources of finance such as tax revenues and official development assistance are important, in order to bridge the wide financing gap, efforts to deepen the region’s capital markets and engage the private sector must be intensified,” she said. read more

Darfur AUUN mission urges restraint after clashes at camp for displaced persons

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“I call upon everyone involved in this situation to restore calm as soon as possible. A peaceful resolution of differences is the only way forward for the Darfuri people,” said Jeremiah Mamabolo, the Joint Special Representative and head of the AU-UN mission (UNAMID).A medical team from UNAMID is currently at Kalma camp, located in South Darfur, to assist local authorities in treating the injured. The mission is also engaging with the state government and IDP leaders to peacefully resolve the issue.The incident reportedly occurred after Sudanese Government forces dispersed a group of IDPs protesting against President Omar Al-Bashir’s visit to South Darfur. read more

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