• King Mohammed VI in Ghana
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    Mohammed VI: the African Jet-Set Monarch

    Rabat - In response to a question of a journalist about the personality of the crown prince Sidi Mohammed, the late King Hassan II retorted: "He is he and I is me" and he was, indeed, fully right. Hassan II was a good speaker, eloquent, smooth talker but loved to stay at home. On the...

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  • Noted Nations
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    The Right to Self-Determination: From Legal Framework to Flagrant Politicization

    Agadir - The right to self-determination is one of the core principles in the international law. At its inception, the principle was associated with the principles of founding the modern state, such as popular sovereignty and state nationalism. The first instances of use of the self-determination principle involved the building of powerful European States like...

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  • King Mohammed VI Appoints Saadeddine Othmani New Head of Government
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    Morocco's PJD Abandons Its Principles to Stay in Power

    Rabat - On his return from a long African journey, Mohammed VI, disturbed by then-Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane’s inability – or unwillingness – to show suppleness in the formation of the coalition, fired him and replaced him with Saad Eddine El Othmani. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), realizing the seriousness of the...

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  • King Mohammed VI with Indian President
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    Power Ahead: India Needs to Shed Lethargy in Ties with Morocco and Catch up with China

    Rabat - It is pertinent to note that India and the north African nation of Morocco will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year. In fact, the two countries have been witnessing a steady upswing in bilateral ties in recent times. A major milestone towards this end was the...

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  • Guerguerate: Algeria Encourages Escalation of Polisario Provocations
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    Sahrawis of Tindouf to the Polisario: Either Put up or Shut up

    Washington, DC - Recent articles published in social media sites close to the Polisario capture a growing level of despair and demoralization among a new generation of Sahrawis born and raised in refugee camps in Algeria. The return of Morocco to the African Union was a big blow to the secessionist militia and a sound...

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  • Trump to Sign Executive Order to Block Muslim Immigration to US
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    Beyond 'America First' Some Overseas Solutions to Domestic Challenges

    America will start winning again, winning like never before.”                                             -President Donald Trump, January 20th, 2017 Rabat - It’s admirable and expected for a nation’s chief executive to declare the nation’s economic and security interests to be paramount. One of former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill’s dictates is still relevant in 2017: “All politics is local.”...

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  • Morocco's New Head of Government, Saadeddine Othmani
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    Goodbye to a Jester, Hello to a Shrink: Benkirane Gives Way to Othmani

    Rabat - A short communiqué from the royal cabinet put an end, in a way, to the political career of the volatile and unpredictable head of government-designate Benkirane of the PJD (Parti de la Justice et du Développement.) He had five months to form a government but he was unable to do so for two...

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  • The Party of Justice and Development (PJD)
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    The Uncertain Odyssey of the PJD

    Rabat - Saad Eddine Othmani seems determined to break the political deadlock of the last five months. Even if he is "open to consult with all political parties," the PJD remains attached to what gives it both power and weakness: the legitimacy of the ballot box. The arm-wrestling is likely to continue. The decision of King...

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  • qaddafi' son Seif al-Islam
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    Is Seif al-Islam Going to Be the Savior of Libya and Its New “Guide”?

    Rabat - While a feud is raging between General Khalifa Haftar representing the parliament of Tobrouk, in the east, which is militarily and diplomatically supported by Egypt and Fayez al-Serraj, head of the government of Tripoli, recognized by the international community, the population of Libya is regretting the “peaceful” era of Qaddafi. True he was...

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  • Moroccan King Mohammed VI. Photographer: Fadel Senna. AFP/Getty Images
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    Strategy for New Approach to Moroccan Diplomacy in Mexico and Latin America

    Washington D.C. - My work in Mexico and with El Salvador during the 1990s gave me a front-row seat to the inworkings of the Algeria-Polisario diplomatic machine in Latin America.   In addition, this experience also opened up my eyes to the limitations, errors and shortcomings of the Moroccan foreign policy in that region. Luckily,...

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  • EU Commends Morocco's Unilateral Withdrawal from Guerguarat Zone
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    Only France Can Prevent a Morocco-Algeria War from Erupting

    Washington DC - While most North Africans and Europeans observers concur that a Morocco-Algeria War is highly unlikely, Moroccan and Algerian troops keep amassing on the borders. News report in the Moroccan press talk of the Royal armed forces being in high alert and ready to interpose and of the Algeria backed Polisario remaining in...

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  • The Sahel in Dakar
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    Algerian Ineptitude Leads to Resurgence of Al-Qaeda Across the Sahel and Sahara

    Washington D.C. - While Europe remains distracted with the upcoming elections in France and Germany, extremist and terrorist groups are regrouping and expanding in the Sahara and the Sahel region. News of the creation of a new Al-Qaeda inspired alliance is troubling and alarming. After years of Algerian political and security mismanagement in the region,...

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    Mohammed VI: The Very Cool Monarch

    Rabat - Mohammed VI is a monarch that does not fit into the traditional mould of world monarchs. He does not spend his time in his palace meeting politicians and high society people. He is not that type at all; he is an outdoorsy person at the difference of his late father, who was very...

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  • Trump Presidency and Vigilant Civil Society in the US
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    Trump Presidency and Vigilant Civil Society in the US

    Washington DC - As the world has been closely following on classic and social media platforms, many expert analysts and civil society activists in the US have considered that the election of Donald Trump is very concerning as it has raised many questions that relate to the future of democracy and the role of the country...

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  • Trump Blames Sweden Gaffe on FOX News
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    How Does the Media Combat the Trump Effect?

    Toronto - Most who watched US President Donald Trump’s first full press conference on Thursday since taking office were left feeling bruised and their normal sense of acumen sorely challenged, no group more than the media. According to a CBC op/ed, however, there is a logic behind the assaults and an effective way for mainstream...

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  • King Mohammed VI and president of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo chaired
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    Moroccan Economic Leadership: Bonanza for Africa, Morocco and the West

    Rabat - Albeit the nemesis Algerian government and its traditional cronies in the African continent i.e. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, etc., the whole world is applauding king Mohammed VI relentless efforts to set a purely African south-south cooperation scheme with the honest intent of creating wealth and sharing it equally within the African continent. The...

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  • Tensions Grow as Nouakchott Grants Polisario Entrance Into Lagouira
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    Morocco vs. Algeria: Making the Polisario Africa’s Burden

    By Majid Morceli San Fransisco - By rejoining the African Union (AU), Morocco’s ultimate goal is to get the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) thrown out of the same institution. Moroccan Deputy Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said in an interview, “We will redouble our efforts so the small minority of countries, particularly African, which...

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  • Ghana: An African Success Story Facing Renewed Challenges
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    Ghana: An African Success Story Facing Renewed Challenges

     Rabat - The King of Morocco is visiting Ghana for the first time since he rose on the throne of the North African Kingdom more than seventeen years ago. Although Ghana and Morocco have had different histories based on different choices and specific imposed colonial destinies, the two countries have quite a few similarities :...

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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...