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    How the New US Appropriations Bill Supports Morocco in Western Sahara

    Rabat - United States president Donald Trump signed a fiscal law on Friday, approved by the US Congress, which allows Morocco to use funds allocated to the kingdom in the Western Sahara. The Appropriations Bill passed by Congress and signed Friday by the American president requires that "funds appropriated under title III of this Act”...

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  • Jacob Zuma President of South Africa, Abdelaziz Bouteflika the president of Algeria and Brahim Ghali head of Polisario Mlitia
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    Moroccan Phosphates: Why South Africa’s Move Violates International Law

    Rabat - A South African court has issued an order on Wednesday to hold a vessel carrying 50,000 tons of Moroccan phosphates. The court justified its decision by citing a complaint from the Polisario that the ship was carrying phosphates originally from the Western Saharan city of Laayoune in southern Morocco. While the Polisario has...

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  • UNSC Unanimously Votes to Adopt Western Sahara Resolution
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    UNSC Resolution on Western Sahara Sets New Course, Positive for Morocco

    New York - The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Friday afternoon to adopt Resolution 2351 regarding the Western Sahara. Originally scheduled to take place Thursday, the vote was postponed for 24 hours due to divisions among the 15 members of the Security Council. As in previous years, the resolution renews the mandate of the UN...

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  • High Commissioner António Guterres meets Saharawi women on his way to a UNHCR-funded project in Tindouf.
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    UN Report: Will Guterres Adopt a New Approach on Western Sahara

    Rabat - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, released the UN's annual report on the situation in the Western Sahara on Monday. Like every year, Moroccans had anxiously awaited the report, eager to see if it would contain recommendations in line with Morocco’s interests. This sense of anxious expectation prompted many Moroccans, both...

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  • President Salva Kiir Says There is no Parallel Between Western Sahara ad South Sudan 
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    South Sudan and King Mohammed VI 's Strong Message to Algeria and South Africa

    Rabat - King Mohammed VI's new African policy reflects the Moroccan monarch's pragmatism and realism. While in the past, Morocco had adopted a disastrous "empty chair" policy, the new policy is proactive and positive for the outlook of Morocco's territorial integrity and the controversy it is facing over the Western Sahara. Owing to Morocco's absence...

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  • King Mohammed VI at the African Union Summit
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    With Morocco, AU Will No Longer Be Hijacked by Algeria and South Africa

    Rabat - Monday, January 30th was a big day for Morocco. It will go down in history as the day when Morocco made its comeback to the African Union, 33 years after its withdrawal from the Organization of African Unity, the predecessor to the AU. Morocco’s diplomatic breakthrough  Morocco achieved a big diplomatic success despite all attempts...

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    Can Antonio Guterres Do a Better Job Than Ban Ki-moon?

    New York - Portuguese diplomat Antonio Guterres has been officially inaugurated as the United Nations Secretary-General. From the start, Guterres will have to address many pressing issues, chief of which are the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the worrisome spread of terrorism, the crisis of refugees in Europe, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the reform of the...

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  • A young woman leaves flowers outside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul which was attacked by a gunman during new year celbrations on January 1, 2017. Emrah Gurel / AP Photo
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    Muslims Who Criticize Istanbul Victims on Equal Footing With ISIS

    New York - Hours after the Istanbul terrorist attack that killed 39 people and injured more than 65, Moroccans and internationals alike began sharing their opinions on the incident. The level of reaction in Morocco skyrocketed when media reported that several Moroccans were among the victims of the attack, with the death of two Moroccan...

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  • Morocco Ejects Polisario From a Meeting in Dakar
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    EU Court Ruling: Why Morocco Should Put More Pressure on the Polisario

    New York - After the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected the Polisario’s appeal against the agricultural agreement signed between Morocco and the European Union in 2012, reactions varied in Morocco and Algeria and in the ranks of the Polisario leadership. While Morocco took note of the ruling and many analysts said it is a...

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  • Worrying Signs- Tensions between Morocco and Mauritania Bad for North Africa
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    Why Morocco Must Mend Fences with Mauritania 

    New York - Tension between Morocco and Mauritania has reached unprecedented levels. Although the relations between the two countries have been strained since the Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz came to power in 2008, the two countries maintained the status quo without further deterioration. However, a turning point was reached in December 2015 when Mauritanian authorities...

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    What the Appointment of Rex Tillerson Means for Morocco

    New York - Contrary to the expectations of American and international observers, US President-elect, Donald Trump, appointed Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. According to insider reports in American media, the appointment was made based on a recommendation from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. While the appointment of Rex Tillerson has been applauded by...

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  • Refugees from Western Sahara walk through a school in a refugee camp in the Tindouf reigon of south-western Algeria on October 18, 2005 (AFP Photo/Fayez Nureldine)
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    Western Sahara: ‘Democracy Now’ Ignores Facts, History to Criticize Morocco

    New York - American NGO “Democracy Now” released a podcast on November 24 that purports to provide coverage of the Western Sahara issue.  While its perspective in this podcast is faithful to its editorial line which has sided in the past with the Polisario Front, an Algerian-backed effort that seeks to destabilize North Africa by...

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  • Why Donald Trump’s Victory is the Best News for Morocco
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    Trump Election: Why Morocco Should Be Optimistic But Cautious

    New York - The election of American billionaire Donald Trump came as surprise for American and foreign observers. As in other countries, Moroccans have followed the election with great interest because any change in White House leadership may bring a change to US foreign policy toward Morocco. After Trump’s election, Moroccans wonder to what extent...

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  • King Mohammed VI from Dakar, Senegal
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    The Significance of King Mohammed VI’s Historic Speech in Dakar 

    New York - King Mohammed VI delivered a landmark speech on Sunday, November 6 on the 41th anniversary of the Green March. That is historic and unprecedented in Moroccan history. For the first time, a Moroccan monarch has addressed the kingdom from outside of Morocco, and articulated Morocco’s African policy, calling upon on the newly...

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    Fishmonger’s Death & Foreign Media Frenzy to Draw Hasty Parallels

    New York - Moroccan public opinion was shaken by the news of the tragic death of Mouhcine Fikri, a 31-year-old fishmonger on Friday in Al Houceima, in northern Morocco. The shocking circumstances under which he was killed were captured in photographs and video that went viral on social media in a matter of minutes and stirred a...

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  • Morocco-Tanzania Open ‘New Chapter’ of Bilateral Cooperation
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    Political Ramifications of King Mohammed VI’s East Africa Tour

    New York - Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has begun a tour to the East African countries of Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, marking the king’s first tour to the region since his coronation in 1999. Since he came to power, King Mohammed VI has made no secret of his long-term strategy to reunite Morocco with its...

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  • Egypt Denies Extending Invitation Polisario Delegation
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    Western Sahara: Why Morocco Should Not Trust Sisi’s Regime

    New York - Moroccans were taken aback over the weekend by news that Egypt welcomed a Polisario delegation and allowed it to take part in the Arab-African Parliamentary Congress, held on the 150th anniversary of the Egyptian parliament. Rabat has not yet issued a statement regarding Cairo’s move, but the news elicited the disapproval of...

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  • Secretary Generals of Moroccan Parties. Moroccan Elections of 2016
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    Why Moroccans Have Lost Trust in Their Politicians 

    New York - On October 7, Morocco held its second parliamentary elections since the adoption of a new constitution in 2011. The elections confirmed the status of the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) as Morocco's leading political party. The outcome of the elections and the way in which the polls were conducted confirms Morocco's...

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Editorial

Opinions

  • 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...