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LETTER FROM MAGHREB. Western Sahara, Israel, cannabis, Oscars: the kingdom multiplies tough decisions both for its society and internationally.

By Benoit Delmas

Behind this photo of the exchange of gifts in Rabat, on July 19, 2022, between the chief of staff of the Israeli army Aviv Kohavi (left) and his counterpart of the royal armed forces (FAR) of Morocco Belkhir El- Farouk (in the center), all the symbolism of a Morocco on a new diplomatic, economic and geopolitical parable in its management of strategic files.
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Fin September, it is the harvest of world cinema. Each country wishing to win the prestigious statuette of the Oscar for best foreign film (the assurance of being distributed and seen throughout the world) must choose its candidate. Morocco has decided: The blue of the caftan will represent it at the 2023 Oscars. According to Academy regulations, each country must choose a film released before September 30. The work of Maryam Touzani, twice awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, in the section “Un certain regard”, leaves for Hollywood in pre-selection. Five films will be chosen to compete there. The story ? A couple that gives the appearance of happiness lives with a secret: that of the husband’s homosexuality. Homosexuality is criminally punishable: three years in prison. Paradox: Morocco sends…

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