• King Mohammed VI of Morocco meeting with American President Barack Obama
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    Sahara: Morocco back on track, a lot remains to get done

    New York- As expected by a number of Moroccan and American observers, King Mohammed VI’s visit to the United States of America was fruitful for Morocco at many levels, whether the deepening of its cooperation with its American partner on matters of security, military and counter-terrorism in the Sahel or the promotion of trade and...

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    King Mohammed VI’s Historic Visit to Washington Kindles Great Expectations

    New York- King Mohammed VI’s visit to Washington comes at a critical time for Morocco as well as the United States, lending it an important historical dimension. The visit comes less than six months after tension erupted between the two countries last April when the United States attempted to include a human rights monitoring mechanism...

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    Sahara conflict: Open Letter to President Barack Obama

    The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Mr. President, Today the Moroccan people celebrate the 58th anniversary of the their country’s independence. But this independence is still not complete yet, as an the undisputable sovereignty of Morocco over an integral part of its...

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    Polisario: an artificial entity created by Morocco’s rivals

    New York - Whether you read an essay or news story written by people who sympathize with the Polisario or you discuss with someone who supports its narrative, you will always come across the same arguments: Morocco is illegally occupying the Sahara since 1975 and is, thus, depriving the Saharawi people of the right to...

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    Facts about the Sahara conflict that you should know

    New York - Today the Moroccan people are celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Green March, which took place on November 6, 1975 and saw the participation of 350,000 Moroccans from all walks of life, who marched into the Sahara to free the territory from Spanish rule. This peaceful march constituted a watershed event in...

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  • Moroccan King, Mohammed VI AND US President Barack Obama
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    Morocco and the United States: overview of a very special relationship

    New York- The history between Morocco and the United States goes farther back than this decade, or even this century. Morocco was the first nation to recognize the United States as an independent country in 1777. From then on, Morocco maintained relations with the United States as one of their oldest and closest allies in...

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    This is why King Juan Carlos' visit to Morocco is historic

    New York- Spanish King Juan Carlos’ official visit to Morocco from Monday until Thursday is historic by all standards. This is the first time that the Spanish monarch comes accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes the most influential ministers in the Spanish government. This is also the first time that the Spanish monarch is accompanied...

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  • Susan Rice
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    How Does Susan Rice’s New Position Affect Morocco?

    New York - Moroccans woke up on Wednesday morning to the news that U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed Susan Rice as national security adviser to replace Tom Donilon, who had resigned from his post. This could be considered as a set back for Morocco. Moreover, what could be perceived as yet another setback is...

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    Sahara: time that Morocco rethought its communication and outreach strategies

    New York - Following the recent attempt by the American administration to push for the inclusion of a human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara, Moroccans held their breath for almost two weeks awaiting the result of the intensive diplomatic efforts made by Morocco to prevent the broadening of MINURSO’s mandate. On Tuesday, Moroccans received...

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  • Saudi King Invites Mohammed VI, Donald Trump to Arab Islamic-American Summit
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    Sahara: What if Morocco used the solidarity of Gulf countries?

    New York - Moroccans have been puzzled and taken aback by the unprecedented decision made by the US administration to present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council to push for the inclusion of a human rights monitoring system in the Sahara. Following this announcement, laymen, experts and analysts in Morocco and elsewhere started...

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    Sahara issue: Why the US should adopt a more realistic approach

    New York- On April 8th the United Nations Secretary General made public his annual report on the situation in the Sahara. While many find the report balanced, others are of the view that it makes a formal recommendation on the need to monitor human rights both in the Sahara and the Polisario-run Tindouf camps in...

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    Sahara: Will the Security Council broaden MINURSO’s mandate?

    New York- Following the uproar caused by the United States’ decision to propose a Security Council draft resolution that would include the establishment of human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara, laymen, experts and analysts in Morocco and elsewhere, are asking many questions: will the US go forward with this proposal and formally present this draft...

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    UN Human Development Report's Lessons for US and Europe

    By Benjamin Villanti Morocco World News New York, March 31, 2013 Earlier this month the United Nations Development Program released its 2013 Human Development Report. This year’s report focused on what it calls the “unprecedented” progress achieved among more than 40 developing countries over the last decade while identifying the common features to these impressive...

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  • Moroccan national coach Rachid Taoussi
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    Mr. Taoussi it is time to step down

    By Samir Bennis Morocco World News New York, March 24, 2013 For over five months since he was appointed coach of the Moroccan national team, Mr. Rachid Taoussi did not stop to promise Moroccan fans that he will redress its situation and enable it to recover its erstwhile pride.  Most news outlets praised personality and...

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    A Conversation with Christopher Ross, UN Special Envoy to the Sahara

    New York - Before the start of the lecture organized on Tuesday, March 5 by the Permanent Mission of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe featuring Spanish actor Javier Bardem and Kerry Kennedy at the United Nations, I talked for a few minutes with Mr. Christopher Ross, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to...

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    Moroccans, the Sahara and social media

    New York- Social media is at our disposal and we need to make the best use of it. We should not be just followers of what others do, or simply just share our pictures, our moments of joy or sorrow, or make new virtual friends. We should also use social media to serve a purpose....

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    Trouble Ahead for the UN in Mali?

    By Benjamin Villanti Morocco World News New York, February 25, 2013 A strong international consensus has taken shape, a month removed from France’s military intervention, to turn over Mali to a UN peacekeeping operation. Yet, what doesn’t seem so clear is where the Islamist extremist fighters, who managed to take over the northern half of...

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    Participation of Moroccans in the Spanish Civil War (Part II)

    New York- The Moroccan nationalists and the advent of the Republic In Spanish literature on the relations between Morocco and Spain, there is one aspect that is more often than not overlooked when trying to understand the reasons why Moroccan nationalists rallied to the cause of the franquistas. Often some commentators dwell on the pivotal...

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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...