Editor Parker Fo
Introduction to Morocco
Casablanca has the largest population because it is a very important port and is considered to be one of the largest ports in the world. Because this port is so large, many people come here because of the large business.
Note: Population as of 2004.
Transportation through Morocco is mainly on roads. They are also making a high speed train called the Trangier-Casablanca high -speed rail that will be able to carry over eight million people a year.
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Government and Foreign Policy
Morocco is part of the United Nations and recieves financial support from the United States and other countries because they resemble a democracy and have helped in military conflicts. Note: Morocco claims the Western Sahara as the "Southern Provinces" but is not internationally recognized.
Morocco exports mainly manufactured goods and agricultural goods. Morocco does import fuel and if there is a drought in the country, more food may be imported. The European Union is the main trade agreement, followed by the Gulf region, France, U.S and China
The GDP for the United States as of 2012 by the International Banking Fund was 16,244 and Morocco's GDP is 171. Based on the low currency rate and low GDP, Morocco would be considered weaker than the United States.
Social and Ethnic Groups
The education system is mandatory and is available in mose cities and towns. The call their levels, pre-school, 4-6 years old, primary, 6-12 years old, secondary is refered to as "college" and tertiary is a major university. The government pays for education up to age 15.
Women and children have less rights then those in the United States. Little girls at the age of 8 are used as home workers and are treated badly. Women have limited access to government position. The literacy rate among men and women is between 72-87%
Comparing Morocco to the United States, education is similar because children have to go to school. Women do not seem to have the same rights because they are limited in position in the government.
Religion, Language, Country Flag
Most of Morocco's language is Moroccan Arabic and Berber at 65% of the population. Up to 89% of the population can communicate in Arabic on a limited basis. As many as 10 million people can speak French.
The flag of Morocco consists of a red field and a green pentagram at the center of the flag. This flag was created and put to use in 1917. The red color respresents Hardiness, bravery, strength and valor. The pentagram respresents Solomons Seal which is a magical ring of legend that gives power to command demons, genies or to speak with animals.
Holidays, Festivals, Clothing and Food
Men and women have a similar traditional style of clothing call djellaba. The djellaba is a lone robe like dress. They both wear shoes called balghas. These are like slippers that do not have heels.
Couscous is the traditional Berber dish. Couscous is granules of durum wheat that is cooked by steaming. It is normally served with meat and or vegetables spooned on top. Couscous is normally found throughout the African countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya.
Couscous with seven vegetables
Couscous with seven vegetables
- on the bone (or 1 whole chicken)
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 3 tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 1 teaspoon turmeric, or 1/4 teaspoon Moroccan yellow colorant
- 1 handful of parsley and cilantro sprigs, tied into a bouquet
- 1/2 of a small cabbage, cut into 2 or 3 sections
- 3 or 4 turnips, peeled and halved
- 10 carrots, peeled and halved
- 1 or 2 tomatoes, peeled and quartered
- 1 or 2 small onions, whole or halved
- 1 small acorn squash, quartered (or a small section of pumpkin, cut into 3" pieces)
- 4 or 5 small zucchini (long or 8-ball round), ends removed and halved
- 2 or 3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and halved (optional)
- 1/4 cup dry chickpeas, soaked overnight (optional)
- 1/2 cup fresh fava beans (optional)
- 1 or 2 jalapeño or chili peppers (optional)*
- 2 tablespoons butter (for the couscous)
- 1 tablespoon salt (for the couscous)
- 1 teaspoon smen (Moroccan preserved butter - optional)