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    Veil and Muslim Women: Between Feminist Deaf Ears and Western Media

    Casablanca - There exists a plurality of approaches to the veil worn by Muslim women. For some Western feminists, the veil is emblematic of Muslim women’s oppression and marginalization. It symbolizes inequality, subservience and backwardness, characteristics that are for those feminists typical of all Muslim societies. The feminists who hold this view are usually misinformed or...

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    Morocco: myths debunked and facts confirmed

    By Erin Geneve Morocco World News Rabat, June 9, 2013 As any traveler to a strange new land, I had my pre-conceptions and ideas about what Morocco would be like before arriving, especially as I had never met anyone from Morocco prior to arrival. I had scant and unreliable information on what to expect. After...

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    Time that Moroccan Americans made their voice heard on the Sahara

    By Ahmed Yanouri Morocco World News Dallas, Texas, April 20, 2013 Like all Moroccans and especially Moroccan Americans, I was shocked and dismayed to learn about the latest American position concerning the Moroccan Sahara issue. The State Department proposed amendment to the United Nations (U.N.) Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) is very wrong...

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    Sahara: a letter From a Moroccan to her friends the Americans

    By Zineb Louh Morocco World News Rabat, April 16, 2013 The United States is in an urgent need to understand the real significance of Human Rights. No, human rights do not mean a way to control the others. No, human rights do not mean a lie to deviate people from reality. No, human rights do...

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    Letter to the Editor: Truths and misconceptions about the Party of Justice and Development

    Teaneck,  New Jersey, April 14, 2013 Dear editor, I am writing to you in response to an article I read on your news outlet last week: Truths and misconceptions about the Party of Justice and Development If you will publish this response, then I thank you in advance for allowing a factual answer to allegations...

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    The conflict between Islamists and the Amazigh movement

    By Elhoussaine Naaim Morocco World News Rabat, March 23, 2013 Don’t Islamic people say that Alikhtilaf Rahma Difference is mercy, and Secular people say that to believe in differences is one of the principles of secularism? Tying this analogy to the rising conflicts between Islamists and the Amazigh Movement, I can’t help but ask this...

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    Morocco: silent cries for our lost innocent brothers and sisters

    By Youssef Sourgo Morocco World News Casablanca, February 27, 2013  Astounded I was this morning, as I scrolled down the home pages of my favorite Moroccan news blogs and outlets in search of news articles featuring the sort of news one would cheer up whilst reading. To my dismay, crime scenes, pictures of arrested outlaws,...

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    Sexual Harassment in Moroccan Streets, Who Is to Blame?

    By Nidal Chebbak Fez - Sexual harassment has been a controversial issue in Morocco for a very long time and it still is. Different people have different opinions about the issue; some blame women for being too loose and others blame men for being unable to control and behave themselves. As a Moroccan girl, I can...

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    Morocco: Starting a New Year with Old Problems

    Taroudant - Today marks the beginning of a new year. People all over the world were exchanging gifts, phone calls, sms and mails wishing one another a happy new year full of joy and prosperity. Candy shops were very busy several days before the New Year’s Eve. “Let bygones be bygones,” some say! Unfortunately, the saying...

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  • An employee at a money changer counts $100 bills on October 25, 2012 (AFP:File, Noel Celis)
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    Money vs. Intellect: A Sempiternal Battle

    Casablanca - In a time wherein money has become the locomotive engine of almost every aspect of our lives, the importance of intellect is gradually wearing thin. Humans’ intellects can never attain their summits as long as money remains their womb-to-tomb aim. Ironically, also deplorably, our intellect’s growth and refinement has now developed an unfathomed dependency...

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  • Ideology and the Pursuit of Truth
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    Ideology and the Pursuit of Truth

    All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth. Friedrich Nietzsche Casablanca - Ideology is sometimes delineated as a system of beliefs and orientations that guide an individual or a group of people and influence their attitudes and actions. It is also ubiquitous in almost...

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  • A fountain inside a riad in Fez Medina, Morocco. photo by Morocco World News
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    Spiritual Vacuum and Ignorance Turn People into Fools

    By Brahime Koulila Kenitra - Man has always behaved foolishly because of ignorance and a spiritual vacuum. People have worshipped cows, serpents, the moon, the sun and so forth because of this. Others – before the coming of Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) — buried their daughters alive only because of their sex, thinking that a female child...

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  • Moulay Driss Mosque in Fez
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    The Western Illusion of a Monochrome Islam

     By Loubna Flah Casablanca - The western media has been contriving and transmitting a plethora of images that portray Muslims as backward, violent and irrational. Muslim women on the other hand are no longer tainted with orientalist eroticism. The New image that is propagating in western media is that of destitute  women suffering under the weight...

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    Can Moroccans Still Take Benkirane Seriously?

    Sidi Ifni - Every time an event occurs in Morocco, the question that comes to mind is: "Is Abdelilah Benkirane serious?" We Moroccans have the inalienable right to ask and wonder about the seriousness of Benkirane in taking action against the aberrations happening in this country. Now that no corrupt official has been brought to justice,...

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    Men’s three life stages: a lion, a donkey then a dog

    Smara, Morocco - One of the reasons that will never let Arabs develop is the way they view themselves. We think of ourselves as animals all the time. We compare our children and students to dogs, monkeys and donkeys. We describe our neighbors and friends as scorpions, serpents and cobras. Our leaders are treated as lions,...

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  • Eid Al Adha. Slaughtering the sheep Photo by MWN
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    Eid Al Adha in Muslim Countries: A Religious Practice or a Mere Festival?

    Sidi Ifni - With the coming of Eid Al Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, it appears that many Muslims misunderstand this purely religious practice, especially when they make a mountain out of a molehill over the act of buying and slaughtering sheep. Nowadays, all that matters to many Muslim families is that they must slaughter...

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  • Moroccans in Fez Medina. Attarine Street
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    Is Morocco the Most Beautiful Country in the World?

    Sidi Ifni - "Is Morocco the Most Beautiful Country in the World?" For some of us, it is. While for the rest, it is not. For instance, if you happen to be a tourist from any corner of the world and you come to visit tourist attractions in Marrakech, Fez, or Tangiers, you may conclude that...

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    The Smurfette: A Popular Media Phenomenon with Negative Impact on Women

    Casablanca - You have certainly had the opportunity to read or watch The Smurfs. The Smurfs was “a Belgium comic and television franchise centered on a group of small blue creatures.” In order to understand the “Smurfette Principle," it's necessary to watch at least one episode of The Smurfs which features Smurfette. Smurfette, the only female...

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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...