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    European Commission: Fisheries Agreement, Perfectly Legal

    Brussels  - The European Commission has once again underlined the legality of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement and stressed that it complies with international law.  The partnership agreement between Morocco and the EU in the fisheries sector is perfectly legal and fully respects international law, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, pointed...

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    Japan’s Furukawa To Open Fiber Optic Cable Factory in Tangier

    Rabat - Japanese group Furukawa Electric, the world’s third largest fiberoptic manufacturer, is moving forward with plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Tangier, Morocco. A report by the Swiss news agency Ecofin said the Furukawaassembly line for telecoms will be opened in the near future in Tangier. It aims at “offering cable assemblies to telecommunications...

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    U.S Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage across the country

    Rabat - Same-sex marriage is now legal across the United States after the US Supreme Court has ruled that all states must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was protected under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the US...

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  • Ebola
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    Ebola Threatens Economic Gains in Affected Countries

    By Kingsley Ighobor The economic impact of the Ebola virus outbreak in the most affected countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — is still unravelling. Figures are being collected and it is still unclear when the deadly virus will be contained. Even the most optimistic projections paint an uncertain economic future for those countries....

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    Morocco, Main Recipient of International Climate Aid: Report

    Rabat - A new report released by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) revealed that Morocco has received more than $587 million in aid (mostly in loans) from some of the world’s major climate funds. According to the ODI’s report, Morocco, along with Mexico and Brazil, are the top recipients of climate aid, receiving over $7.6...

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    The Misery of Capitalism and the Necessity of Rethinking the Future

    Rabat - My first encounter with critiques of capitalism was via the works of Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek, suggested to me by a friend whom I often pester with questions on social media. After reading some of the works of Badiou and Zizek, I widened my scope to thinkers including Jacques Ranciere, Michel Gauchet...

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    GES 2014: Marrakech, World Capital Of SME's And Innovating Partnership

    Marrakesh - At least 3,000 entrepreneurs, high-ranking government officials, heads of state and young entrepreneurs from all over the world will get together in Marrakech this November 19-21 for the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GES-2014, a major global platform, held for the first time in an African country, "to empower entrepreneurs with the skills and...

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    YouTube to Charge Users Who Want to Watch Videos without Ads

    Marrakech- YouTube, a subsidiary of Google company since 2006 when it bought it for $1.65 billion, is studying the idea of paid subscriptions for users who want to check their content without ads. YouTube’s CEO, Susan Wojciki, expressed her desire to diversify the revenue sources of the video platform by expanding YouTube’s business model, at...

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    Global Oil Prices Fall Sharply

    Marrakech - With a sharp decline in oil prices globally, differences have developed within OPEC states about how to prevent a further decline, the New York Times reported. Brent crude oil fell 1.5 percent on Monday to $88.89 a barrel and several OPEC countries which include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates have lowered prices as...

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    Traders Borrowing Record Cash to Fund UK Stock Purchases in Rising Market

    Marrakech- Market traders on the London Stock Exchange are borrowing record amounts of cash to invest in the UK’s rising stock markets, according to an article in The Daily Telegraph. A similar borrowing streak caused the big stock market crash in 1929, the article points out. Substantial rises are being seen in world stock markets....

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    Winter Haven, Florida: City of Innovation and Creativity

    Tinejdad, Morocco- With a committed responsibility to create new jobs through business expansion and business enlisting, the Winter Haven Economic Development Council (WHEDC) aims tofoster exhaustive and sustainable development that addresses the needs of the growing economy and population of Winter Haven, Florida area. The organizationis devoted to strengthening and promoting business in Winter Haven,...

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    ISESCO Slams International Community’s Failure to Stop Israeli Crimes in Gaza

    Rabat - The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) on Thursday condemned the inability of the international community, with all its institutions, to stop the latest heinous crimes Israeli forces have been perpetrating in the Gaza Strip for more than 25 days now. “Such a feeble stand by major powers and international organizations, along with...

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    Gendering Agriculture: Women spearhead efforts to feed the continent

    By Nirit Ben-Ari Do land, seeds and crops have a gender? Perhaps they do in sub-Saharan Africa, where women produce up to 80% of foodstuffs for household consumption and sale in local markets, according to a report by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). For crops such as rice, wheat and...

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    When Trust Decline, Democracy is in Danger

    Casablanca - Since the international financial crisis of 2008 erupted, the world has experienced a period of social and political unrest, including developing countries and developed countries. In addition to the damage to the economies of many of these countries, the social and political tensions were the most obvious results of the global economic downturn...

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    Chinese economy grows 7.7 percent in 2013

    SHANGHAI - The GDP of China reaches 9.4 trillion dollars in 2013, states National Bureau of Statistics of China The gross domestic product (GDP) of China was 9.4 trillion dollars in 2013, a year-on-year increase of 7.7 percent compared to 2012. According to the statistics of National Bureau of China, Chinese year-on-year growth was 7.7 percent for the first quarter of 2013, 7.5 percent for...

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    Romanian and Bulgarian Migrants Granted Work within EU

    El Jaddida, Morocco - Being the poorest in the neighborhood, Romania and Bulgaria were given a restricted membership within the European Union in 2007, a membership that restricts migrants from work and claiming benefits for the first 7 years within the union for fear of the huge exodus of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants. Greece’s rotating...

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    General Motors recalls 1.5 million cars

    SHANGHAI – If brackets securing the fuel pumps are not replaced, they might crack and cause a fuel leak. General Motors is recalling 1.45 million vehicles due to potential safety issues. China’s product quality agency said the recall affects Buick and Chevrolet models produced between 2006 and 2011 due to fuel pump issues. With the recall...

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    US budget clears Congress

    WASHINGTON - The plan would fund the government through 2015 while limiting automatic spending cuts by approximately $63 billion, and would set federal spending at just over $1 trillion in 2014. The US Senate voted 64-36 Wednesday to pass a budget framework that, if signed by US President Barack Obama, will avoid a government shutdown and...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...