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    Algeria: HRW Report Condemns Treatment of Sub-Saharan Refugees

    Casablanca — The Human Rights Watch released a report on Friday demanding that Algeria halt summary deportations of Sub-Saharan refugees.  “Algerian authorities since December 1, 2016,” says the report, “have rounded up more than 1,400 sub-Saharan migrants and reportedly deported at least several hundred across the border into Niger.” According to the HRW, migrants were rounded up...

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  • Bouteflika Transferred to Switzerland for ‘Medical Tests’
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    Algeria’s Decaying Influence in Africa

    Rabat - Algeria’s influence in Africa is decaying while its internal institutional power struggles and social problems threaten dire prospective consequences. At a time when Morocco is deploying its multifaceted projects in Africa, that leave little room for any sort of geographic distinction, the Algerian regime is suffering a doctrinal bankruptcy that is placing it...

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    Right to Assembly Regularly Violated in Algeria: European ONG

    Brussels - The right to assembly is regularly violated in Algeria by the often violent dispersal of demonstrations by the forces of order, European ONG EuroMed Rights said. “On Sunday November 27th 2016, a demonstration organized by the trade union federation – bringing together different independent trade unions – notably from the public sector –...

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  • Bouteflika Makes First Public Appearance Since Weeklong Medical Trip to France
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    Bouteflika Makes First Public Appearance Since Weeklong Medical Trip to France

    Rabat - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made a rare public appearance on Tuesday, following a weeklong trip to France for medical reasons. The North African leader sat with Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, the Deputy Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates (UAE), during the Gulf leader’s one-day trip to Algiers. The government-run Algerian news channel showed...

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  • Algeria's Bouteflika
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    Algeria’s Trade Deficit Widens Due to Decline of Oil Prices

    Rabat - Algeria’s trade deficit continues to widen with the drop in oil prices, heralding  major economic problems for Morocco’s eastern neighbor. The drop in oil prices on the international market over the last two years continues to worsen Algeria’s commercial deficit. The country relies heavily on petroleum, which makes up 95 percent of Algeria’s...

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    IMF Urges Algeria to Reduce Public Spending, Reform Private Sector

    Rabat - The Algerian government needs to implement further economic reforms to deal with the budgetary effects of two years of low oil prices, according to Jean Francois Dauphin, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). After meeting with Algerian Minister of Industry and Mines Abdessalem Bouchouareb earlier this week, Dauphin recommended that the...

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  • Three People Killed in Fake Checkpoint Near Algiers
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    Algeria: Three People Killed in Fake Checkpoint Near Algiers

    Casablanca — Three people, two of whom were soldiers, had their throats cut early Monday morning in a fake road block in Ain Defla, 145 kilometers away from Algiers, reports Le360. The two soldiers were headed back to their barrack late on Sunday night aboard a taxi when they stopped at what they initially thought...

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  • Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) Secretary General, Amar Saadani
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    Leader of Algeria’s FLN Dismissed for His Position on Western Sahara 

    Casablanca - Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) Secretary General, Amar Saadani, known for his stance against Algeria’s support for the Polisario, was  dismissed from his position. Officially, the former FLN leader resigned for health reasons. But analysts say he was dismissed by the Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for his statement against the former head of...

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  • Algeria to Fly Drones Near Moroccan Border to ‘Capture’ Drug Traffickers
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    Algeria to Fly Drones Near Moroccan Border to ‘Capture’ Drug Traffickers

    Rabat - Algerian forces will fly drones near its southwestern borders – which includes the southern portion of the Moroccan-Algerian border - for the first time in order to monitor border activities and capture drug smugglers, according to a source who spoke to the Algerian Press Service. The official from the Ministry of Justice made...

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    Algeria: Violent Clash Between Police and Kabylie Protesters

    Casablanca - Violent clashes between Algerian police and protesters in a small village near Tizi-Ouzou in Kabylie took place on Friday November 4 after several days of discontent surrounding the lack of social housing. Protesters rallied to protest and asking for social housing in front of the local police station, as reported by Le360. Police...

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    Algeria Forbids EuroMed Rights from Entering Tindouf Camps

     Rabat - The Algerian government has forbidden EuroMed Rights from conducting a mission on the state of rights and freedoms in Tindouf camps, southwestern Algeria. After conducting a mission on the state of rights and freedoms in Moroccan Sahara in September 2014 whose outcomes were detailed in a report, EuroMed Rights wished to conduct another...

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  • Video Algerian Thief Lynched by Mob
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    Video: Algerian Thief Lynched by Mob

    Rabat - A suspected Algerian thief has been publicly lynched in a souk in Akbou in Kbaylie, north of Algeria, following his attempt to steal an elder. In a video circulating widely on social media, the suspect appears stripped and handcuffed, hung upside down on a wall surrounded by a large crowd of people. He can...

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  • Social Crisis Ensues in Algeria as Oil Prices Drop
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    Social Crisis Ensues in Algeria as Oil Prices Drop: French Newspaper

    Casablanca — In an article published on Monday, the French daily “Libération" tackled the topic of Algeria’s current social crisis, which comes as a result of the drop in oil prices and the government’s efforts to control its impact.  According to the article, titled “Algérie: au pays de l’heure noire,” which roughly translates into “Algeria:...

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    Efforts Underway to Normalize Morocco-Algeria Relations

    Rabat - Moroccan and Algerian politicians work “together and separately” to go beyond Sahara conflict and to normalize bilateral relations between the the two countries. The Moroccan-Algerian bilateral relations have been stagnant due to the tension between the two countries over the Western Sahara conflict. Because of the financial and political support Algeria has been...

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    European Commission: Algeria Imposes Taxes on Humanitarian Aid Sent to Tindouf Camps 

    Brussels - Algeria continues to impose taxes on European humanitarian aid sent to population held in captivity in Tindouf camps, the European Commission said. "Until the beginning of 2016, purchases intended for distribution in the form of donations to the Sahrawi refugees in the Algerian territory were still subject to local tax, which varies depending...

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    Algerian Psychologists Open Clinic to Treat 'Facebook addiction'

    Rabat - Following in the footsteps of doctors in China and South Korea, Algerian psychologists have opened a private clinic to help addicts suffering from "Facebook dependency." The private facility, the first of its kind in North Africa, was opened in May in Constantine, a city in eastern Algeria. It offers programs specifically designed to help...

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    Algeria Investigates Moroccan Worker Over Spying Allegations

    Rabat - Algerian news website Echorouk Online has reported that Algerian security services in the Wilaya of El Oued and other regions of the country, have launched an in-depth investigation into Moroccan laborers working in the construction sector in Algeria as to whether they are “spying on Algeria’s interests.” The same source said that most workers...

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    Algerian Officer Trespasses Moroccan Border to Seek Asylum

    Rabat - An Algerian police officer slipped across the Moroccan border through a major crossing point, known as Zouj Bghal, in order to seek asylum in Morocco, according to the Alyaoum24 news site. The same source also stated that immediately after setting foot on Moroccan soil, on Saturday, the interloper took a taxi to the...

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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...