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    Understanding the U.S “Imperial Presidency”

    By Abdelkader Filali Toronto - In 1973 Arthur Schlesinger a historian characterized Richard Nixon's administration as an "Imperial Presidency”. This term was also incorporated with later administrations. Political scientists and constitutionalists argue about the nature of Imperial Presidency. Is the formal role of the president changed drastically such that the president that we have now is...

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  • Abdelaziz Boutaflika, Algerian President
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    Algeria: The Poverty of Politics

    By Abdelkader Filali Toronto - Analyzing Lowi, Miriam (2009). Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics in Algeria. Miriam Lowi puts forth a compelling argument regarding the process of state-formation and political stability in “high growth, development-oriented, oil-exporting countries” (p. 147) in Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics. Lowi contends the more mainstream theoretical framework...

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    George Orwell’s Animal Farm: Prophesying “the Arab Spring”- (Part 3)

    By Omar Bihimidine Morocco World World News Sidi Ifni, Morocco, August 7, 2012 To read part 1, part 2 The Political Dimension The Abuse of Power: Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, is the most notorious for the abuse of power through the history of the Arab world. Out of malice, he took advantage of his absolute...

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    George Orwell’s Animal Farm: Prophesying “the Arab Spring”- (Part 2)

    By Omar Bihimidine Morocco World World News Sidi Ifni, Morocco, August 3, 2012 The Social Dimension The social dimension is clearly omnipresent in the sparked uprisings in the long-oppressed countries. Throughout history, any revolt and protest have stemmed from common social ills, such as social injustice, slavery, oppression, poverty, ill treatment, and repression of freedoms....

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    George Orwell’s Animal Farm: Prophesying “the Arab Spring”- (Part 1)

    By Omar Bihmidine Morocco World News Sidi Ifni, Morocco, August 1, 2012 A number of recent protests and demonstrations across the Arab world have now been referred to and known as 'the Arab Spring' even though some of the participants are not originally Arabs. It was brought about by the first protests in Tunisia on...

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    Fukuyama and a Tunisian Street Vendor

    By Abdelkader Filali Toronto, Canada - * All characters appearing in this work are fictitious.  “The thrill is gone… You know I'm free, free now...” Yahya chanted B.B. King famous song so loudly. When I asked him to summarize the current situation in just one sentence, he replied “Yes it is true, we are finally free...

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    Identity and Sexual Politics: Female Genital Mutilation

    By Meryem Fati Laurence, Kansas - Nowadays there is a great debate around the construction of identity. Many theorists attempt to see how nations tend to agree upon certain principles that serve as the major components of identity construction. Basically, there are some universal ethics but still there are some nations that tend to include some...

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    Laissez faire democracy

    By Abdelkader Filali Toronto, “The city is like one person” Where the whole cities population collectively feels pain, feels anything… happiness or sadness, so if the city suffers or does well, we all do” Words of a wise man …After all we have to agree on some universal conclusions; our societies are in crisis. We...

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    Morocco has never annexed the Sahara (Part I)

    New York - This past Sunday, Moroccans celebrated the 36th 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 Morocco’s...

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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...