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FROM A STRANGER TO A FRIEND

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Walking in the medina is an incredible blend of colors, fragrances, and sounds… So much that it feels like my eyes aren’t big enough to capture it all. I must have looked like I was overwhelmed or confused because an older man gently told me: “You don’t need to understand it all, just enjoy the simple moments with a smiling heart” as he handed me a rose from his stand. He was so right and made me smile right away! This man’s eyes were sensitive enough to see me in the dense crowd and his heart sensitive enough to teach me how simple it can be to be someone’s friend. One minute a stranger, the next minute a friend.

– Miss Isabel

MLK Day

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In the wake of the recent statements hovering between nations, we notice once more how much power words have, either to build or to destroy, to unite or to divide, to affirm or to discourage.

And on this day honoring a man that left a living legacy through his words and actions confessing hope, may we be the ones pursuing the fulfillment of this dream. Let us remember and honor the march of a man who risked his life for a dream, where “one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” – MLK

May we be the ones standing up in our own ways, making this world a better place to commune all together.

FROM A STRANGER TO A FRIEND

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As we were enjoying a coffee at the world-renowned Gran Café de Paris in Tangier, this gentleman named Ahmed who was sitting beside us offered us something to eat as a simple welcoming gesture! As he then joined our table, we started exchanging about music, faith, and the people of Tangier, on a very deep, soulful, and open-minded level, as we really like our discussions to be!

At the very end, he told us he’d like to bring this discussion a little further, and invited us for dinner next Friday around a couscous cooked by his wife, so that we could meet his family! I love how welcoming some people are in this amazing city! From a stranger to a friend, here’s another story that truly touches me deeply!

– Jeff

FROM A STRANGER TO A FRIEND

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Because human rights are more than a date on a calendar, and that we believe it starts within us and around us, we decided to introduce you to a few people we’ve met since we’re in Tangier, and who make a difference around themselves…

About the picture of Sef & Rachid:
“Being in the crazy circus of Your Favorite Enemies has brought me to discover so many powerful and beautiful things in life. For me, the most significant journey is outside yourself, where you have the opportunity to connect and bond with people. The man with me on the picture is Rachid. He’s the one taking care of everything related to the house we live in! I’m blessed to be able to connect with this humble and generous heart. And for me, human rights start with this… Differences give us the opportunity to redefine our perspectives and conceptions, to open our eyes to what we can offer to the ones around us!”

– Sef

Human Rights Day

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What are human rights to you?

From Strangers To Friends

Ever since we gave birth to Your Favorite Enemies, human rights have always been part of the band’s core values. It has always been a matter of heart, not some “good conscience” promotional campaign. So for us, Human Rights Day doesn’t have much to do with December 10th; it’s a daily invitation to go beyond fear of differences and incomprehensions. Living in Tangier teaches us the importance of those little moments of human wonders, of blessed day-to-day connections. So we decided to present you some of our neighbourhood friends, those with whom we laugh and commune for the pure reasons of a smile and a hug. We believe that human rights start within ourselves…

– Alex

About the picture: Farid is a greengrocer who lives right in front of our studio. He’s never short of a smile and always laughing, Farid is well known in our neighbourhood for being a man who takes care of others and who offers food to those who can’t afford any. We are proud to be considered Farid’s friends.

After the Manchester Bombing…

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A text by Alex in answer to the Manchester events:

Every morning following such a horrifying display of disasters, might they be perpetuated in familiar places or far away, reminds us how fragile gathering peace and communal empathy look like before the implacable nature of hatred… How the price for forgiveness and love seem to be more and more difficult to pay for people of good will… as we are to be facing the most horrible fears and dreads there is, which is to become the same monsters we are now so deeply despising… At least that’s always my personal decision to make.

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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

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To deny anyone’s rights is to deprave everyone from their rights. We might not understand, we might not be comfortable, we might not even agree, but one thing is for sure; the moment we deny equality based on our beliefs or on other people’s differences, we become accomplice of the hatred that each and everyone of us had to face, are facing or will face one day for simply being who we are. By acknowledging who we are, whatever it might be or not, it is to assume what others might be or not as well. Want it or not, we’re all strange, weird or wrong for at least another one. And this is what makes the world a far more captivating place to evolve in than any homogenized dictature created by our fears and what we rebuke. At least, true or not, that’s where I stand… Human rights for all… no exception!!!

– Alex

Love sees no color…

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That’s the type of world we want to live in. Let’s end racism. 

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination highlights the issue every year, though it’s an every day battle that needs to be fought with eyes wide open, acknowledging the different colors of this world and allowing the diversity to empower us and unite us. Difference is not the enemy, fear is. 

#InternationalDayAgainstRacism #EndRacism

International Women’s Day

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When some of the most important things feel broken,
when fundamental rights and human values are torn apart,
let’s remember that we have the power to restore everything.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Hope in Dark Days

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“Even the most fragile of all lights has the power
to redefine the true nature of darkness…
Hope is the acknowledgment of its bright radiance,
guiding our sorrowful blindness home.”

From March 1 to April 9, inclusively, the members of Your Favorite Enemies have decided to offer a free “Hope in Dark Days” pocket square with every order on the YFE Store, with the exception of digital orders and SFCC fan club memberships. 

From the conception to the design, the print, and the sewing, every step of the “Hope in Dark Days” pocket square is made in Your Favorite Enemies’ own creative atelier, The Fabrik. Every pocket square also features a handwritten quote by Alex. 

Get your free pocket square