• Ramadan in Makkah
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    Ramadan Is Here but Muslim World Is Not in Peace with Itself

    Islam, a religion of peace Ramadan is one of the sacred months of the Muslim lunar calendar; ashhor al-Horum but probably the most sacred of all and the most important socially in the sense that it is a month of prayer and celebration during which people pray more, recite the Quran and help out the...

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  • Why Are the Muslims Angry with the Western World
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    Why Are the Muslims Angry with the Western World?

    Rabat - In the last year or so, many countries, either within coalitions, or on a solitary basis have been striking at ISIS where it is supposed to be based. An American strike, even, blasted their money hideout and apparently starved them of the much-needed cash for their world operations. But, the truth of the...

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  • Stop Islamophobia- Weeping Muslims
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    Islamophobia: Genuine Ignorance and Information Terror

    By Jan Dulac Kazakhstan - Entering the XXI century of scientific advancement and astonishing communication between nations and cultures, Homo Informaticus has been infected by Islamophobia, a new form of racism. The diagnosis includes religious illiteracy and cultural amnesia: new specimen, a victim of information terror, bends human principles set in the Quran and the...

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  • spectators at the ifran festival
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    Arab Society and the Dialectic of Modernization

    By Nezha Sadik Rabat - Modernity is an intellectual movement and a vision of the world that co-exists within reason and seeks, in one way or another, enlightenment. This suggests that the term modernity implies far more than the social, political and cultural changes, which definitely make up its core. Modernity is away of life! It...

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  • The Main Gate of Moulsy Idriss Mauseulom in Fez
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    From Rentier Economy to Rentier Mentality in the Arab World

    El Jadida - Ibn Khaldun defines rent in his prolegomena (2005 edition) as revenue cumulated without producing effort not only by leasing property but also by commercializing natural resources or taxing their trade. According to him, rent originated in the Arab world from the economy of conquest and capture of booties in that the masses...

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    Introduction to Religious Diversity in the Middle East and North Africa

    Rabat - In December 2010, the Arabs, sick to death with the corrupt patriarchal and tribal regimes that ruled them since independence, took to the streets to express their discontent and to ask for democracy. Initially, nobody believed that such a movement would topple well-rooted dictatorships. But the anger quickly grew in size and scope and...

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  • Middle Eastern violence is rooted in injustice, inequality, emasculation and lack of democracy
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    Some Ways of Facing Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa

    Rabat - Extremism is being rife in the Middle East and North Africa since the revival of Islamism following the successful Mullah revolution in Iran in 1979 and the toppling of the West-supported dictator Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980) by the Shiite ascetic cleric Khomeini. It will be a gross...

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  • Waging Legal War against Religious Hate Crime
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    Waging Legal War against Religious Hate Crime

    By Barrister M. A. Muid Khan "Hatred directed against any community, race or religion has no place whatsoever in our diverse society and it needs to be kicked to the herb”. (Amber Rudd, Home Secretary of the United Kingdom) London - On 24th July 2016, BBC reported that in England, Wales and Northern Ireland there has...

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  • Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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    Turkey: A War on Multiple Fronts (part II)

    Measures and reactions: Shortly after the news of the coup began spreading, foreign ministers of different countries made statements declaring their denunciation of the coup. The first two countries that made official statements clearly condemning the coup as it was underway, however, are Morocco and Qatar. The reasons for Qatar’s immediate support is both understandable...

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  • Islamic art and calligraphy are true symbols of harmony and sincere love(Photo credit: flicker.com)
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    Education and Dialogue against Religious Radicalism

    Islam, a religion of dialogue and tolerance It is an established fact that Islam is a religion of tolerance, dialogue, coexistence, peace, non-discrimination and respect of the rights of the individual no matter what his colour, background, culture, or belief is. A religion that urges all people to cooperate in the achievement of righteousness and...

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  • Turkey: a War on Multiple Fronts (part I)
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    Turkey: a War on Multiple Fronts (part I)

    Casablanca - The Failed coup d’état in Turkey represents a remarkable event that promises unprecedented alterations in the global political scene. Worldwide reactions have emerged since the Turkish government announced that it completely contained the coup: Governments have declared their support for the democratically elected government, and others have denounced Turkey’s arrest campaign of over...

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  • Protest in Egypt in 2011
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    Some of the Salient Reasons behind Islamic Radicalism

    Rabat - In the last year or so, many countries, either within coalitions, or on a solitary basis have been striking at ISIS where it is supposed to be based. An American strike, even, blasted their money hideout and apparently starved them of the much-needed cash for their world operations. But, the truth of the...

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  • The Chinese Foreign Policy and Cultural Soft Power
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    The Chinese Foreign Policy and Cultural Soft Power

    By Hassan Eziou Beijing - In modern international politics, the state’s foreign policy is highly measured by its ability to maintain its interests within a remarkably complex and challenging international system. To maintain this successfully, states are very much aware of the role power plays in promoting their image and interests around the globe. However,...

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  • Reflections on the Moroccan Educational System. Moroccan students
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    Moroccan Educational System: Problems and Solutions

    By Jawad Garmah Rabat - Education is always considered as the backbone of any society. It contributes significantly in the development of any country at all levels including business, health, law, agriculture, and services, etc. Most of the developed countries put education in the priority when it comes to rank the sectors that help efficiently the...

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  • Moroccan education, Students in calssroom
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    Introducing Critical Thinking to Public Schools

    By Badr Charchaoui Rabat - “Educations is worthless without freedom of expression,” one of my colleagues declared exasperatedly one day. His statement reminded me of the Connecting Classrooms Program, which was initiated by the British Council and the Minister of Education throughout course of this year. The program has so far been introduced in Morocco...

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  • Moroccan education, Students in calssroom
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    Cost-Sharing: A Threat to Higher Education in Morocco

    Fez - Historically speaking, Moroccan universities have a long tradition with the Qarawiyyin University, founded in the 9th century. After the colonial era, a pattern of growth in Moroccan universities began with the duplication of the colonial model (same curricula, same system of evaluation, same language of instruction). This pattern did not last longer after...

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  • The Art of Halqa
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    The Art of Halqa, Site-Specificity, and Moroccan Cultural Identity (Part I)

    By Jaouad Radouani Rabat - This article seeks to discuss the question of culture, art, and identity in Morocco. It aims to do so by analyzing the role art plays in consolidating the notion of nationalism, spreading it, and helping individuals, and the society as a whole, preserve their cultural identity. Amid the modern globalized...

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  • A Moroccan rural school
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    Reflections on the Moroccan Educational System: (Part 1: Pitfalls)

    Rabat - Morocco is undoubtedly one of the few countries in the world that is spending over 25% of its yearly budget[1] on education and employing a true army of educators and functionaries in the sector but not reaching the expected results of equality, equity and quality. The political will is definitely there, but the...

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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...