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    A Letter to My First Niece Myriam

    Dear Myriam, Copenhagen - You may be born at any moment of today or tomorrow, and we are just very happy to receive you to this world which we would like to share with you. It is an elevating feeling to be an uncle, and I can just imagine how great it is to be...

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  • Failure of French Secularism to Achieve Real Liberation
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    Failure of French Secularism to Guarantee Genuine Individual Freedoms

    By Imane Abou-Said Agadir - Pictures of a woman surrounded by policemen forcing her to take down her long sleeved dress, also known as a “burkini,” have surfaced the net and people are not happy about it. On Tuesday August 23, 2016, a woman was forced to strip down of her "Islamic outfit" by French policemen...

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  • Omran Daqneesh With Obama and Vladimir Putin
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    Not All That Glitters is Gold: A Review of Today's News

    Rabat - The return of Peter and Elliot! A happy change from the brutality of war and the tragedies of natural disasters. It had to be an imaginary world invited back from the past. Is it nostalgia for a wasted possibility of coexistence, the recovery of lost courage, the fascination of magic reborn or the...

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  • Dr. Ruth E. Petzold, at a teaching class in Morocco
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    Skills and Qualifications Decide the Best English Language Teachers

    By El Mehdi Oussellim Marrakech - The following is a reader reaction to the original article “The Hurdle of Native Speaker Requirement for English Language Teachers” by Abdelmounim Ait Hammou. Critical Analysis In his article, Ait Hammou addresses the issue of English native speakers being favoured to teach English in foreign countries. This issue has become more...

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  • Teacher Trainees in Rabat
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    Teacher Trainees Crisis: No Justification for Use of Force Against Protestors

    By Dina Touiss Marrakech - The following is a reader reaction to the original article “Morocco: The Crisis in the House of Education’’ by Abdellatif Zaki. Critical Analysis In this article, Abdellatif Zaki addresses the issue of the still-escalating teacher trainees’ crisis. On September 2015, Morocco’s ministry of Education passed two decrees. The first decree reduces...

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  • Birmingham Koran
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    Birmingham Koran: Scientists Should Put Emphasis on the Study of the Koran

    By Amine El Kounti Marrakech - The following is a reader reaction to the original article “Birmingham Koran May Have Belonged to Prophet Muhammad’s Friend Abu Bakr” by Morocco World News. Critical Analysis In his article, the author addresses the issue of the discovery of an ancient copy of the Koran at the University of Birmingham...

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  • A car of Philadelphia police department
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    Beating a Moroccan Man in Philadelphia: The Story Has Two Sides

    By Abdelali Elbouhssini Marrakech - The following is a reader reaction to the original article “Moroccan Man Beaten in Philadelphia for Speaking in Arabic,” by Morocco World News. Critical analysis In this article, Morocco World News addresses the issue of a man who has been attacked by a white, American man for speaking to an American...

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    Opinion: A Call for Animal Protection in Morocco

    By Zineb Sbai Rabat - It is high time to pass a law strengthening animal protection in Morocco. While Morocco is a Muslim society that is undergoing crucial changes and considerable developments with respect to human rights, animals are experiencing all kind of abuses at the hands of Moroccans. Unlike humans, these creatures are suffering...

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    Is Algeria Really "Satisfied" with the UN Resolution on the Sahara?

    By Majid Morcelli San Francisco- The UN Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Moroccan Sahara for another year without a mandate to monitor human rights. Following the vote, Morocco and Algeria delivered their usual statements, but this time both Morocco and Algeria were delighted with the UN resolution....

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    I Can’t Succeed in Morocco: Dispelling the Myth

    Casablanca - Innumerable are the reasons why success appears unattainable for many Moroccans. Most of these reasons are myths, and the belief that living in Morocco makes success impossible tops the list of myths.  “I live in Morocco. I can’t succeed!”—many Moroccans believe that their country is somehow antagonistic to success. One would easily draw...

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  • King Mohammed VI addressing the Parliament
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    Sahara and King’s speech: time has come to chart a new, more efficient strategy

    New York- King Mohammed VI delivered last Friday, on the occasion of the opening of the two houses of parliament, an unprecedented speech, in which for the first time he blamed Morocco’s officials for their inefficiency in defending the Sahara, as well elected MP’s for lack of action in this regard. The Moroccan monarch urged...

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    The new government: the same faces changing seats

    Smara, Morocco- A simple skimming of the list of the new government is enough to tell us that nothing has changed and that nothing will change in the country. We find the same names and political leaders and consequently the same mentalities. The only things that have changed are their seats and titles. Benkirane's move...

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    Conversion of Mr. Bean to Islam: between Journalism ethics and Islam morals

    RABAT- A lot of people follow news about celebrities converting to Islam, especially in the Arab world. But mostly, we find out that they were rumors. In such cases, deceptive news negatively affects the image of Islam, since Islamophobes exploit the opportunity to vilify Muslims. Most news sites and Islamic pages publish these false news stories...

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    The powerful message of King Mohammed VI’s visit to Mali

    Zineb Louh- Rabat - Tomorrow King Mohammed VI will be in Mali in order to participate in the inauguration of the new Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, according to a statement released by the royal house protocol and chancellery on Sunday. Mr. Keita, a former prime minister, won the election last month and has been...

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    The Proposed Maghreb Union: Is it Viable?

    Washington Following King Mohammed VI’s address to his ambassadors calling for greater action in diplomatic relations and economic development worldwide, the ambassadors get to work on the king’s agenda—starting with strengthening Maghreb relations. Calling for Maghreb unity that transcends conflict, disagreements, and petty politics requires a strategic agenda that integrates an inclusive political and diplomatic...

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    An open letter to Racist Moroccans

    By Ranya Sosse Alaoui Casablanca- MWN Dear Moroccan racist, yes it’s who I am talking to. You who, disgusted by Black Africans, is yet curiously fascinated by Obama, 2chainz, Lil’ Wayne or Denzel Washington, You, who qualifies blacks as a “dirty race,” “a race that stinks,” you say “they give off a strange, disgusting smell.”...

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    Morocco is working toward solving the Sahara dispute

    By Rachad Bouhlal Washington DC, August 9, 2013 The July 8 news article “In Western Sahara’s forgotten struggle, women lead the way” noted that women were playing a major role in helping to chart the future of the Sahara but excluded the critical point that this activism has been made possible largely because of reforms...

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    King expresses solidarity with the Victims, confirms his resolve to protect children and human rights

    By Moha Ennaji* Morocco World News Fez, August 7, 2013 The royal pardon is a constitutional right authorized by the Moroccan constitution. However, King Mohammed VI, voluntarily and at the request of the Moroccan people, and for the protection of the rights of victims, decided to revoke his pardon to the Spanish pedophile Daniel Galfan,...

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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...