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    Is Morocco an Exception to the Arab Spring?

    By Laura Dimon Morocco World News New York, January 26, 2013 The death of Tunisian vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire in protest of the Tunisian government, was widely reported in the Western media, and there is a fairly extensive Wikipedia page for him. But there is no Wikipedia page for Abdelwahab...

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    Islamism: The challenge of Pluralism and Political Opposition

    By Loubna Flah Morocco World News Casablanca, January 22, 2013 As the Muslim world lives today an unprecedented ascendency of Islamism, the dialectical wrangling between the secular claim and the Islamist advocacy is propelled once again to the forefront of the burgeoning Arab democracies. Under the general binary of secularism and Islamism, a miscellany of...

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    ESL/EFL: Updating the Updated

    By Mohamed Chakir Morocco World News Edwardsville, Illinois, January 17, 2013 A historical overview of teaching methods reveals that there have always been changes in perspectives regarding which methods or/and approaches work better in learning languages. A perusal in H.D Brown’s book “Teaching by Principles,” and Richards and Rogers’ book “Approaches and Methods in Language...

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    Do Moroccans Speak Arabic?

    By Matt Schumann Fez - After my Fulbright grant ended last July I traveled to America to visit family and friends for about two months before returning to Morocco to study Arabic. Of all the people I saw, I looked forward the most to reuniting with my undergraduate advisor, a professor in the Religious Studies department...

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  • The PJD captured 107 seats in the 395-seat assembly (AFP, Abdelhak Senna)
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    The Process of the Islamization of Morocco

    Fez - Since the 1970s Morocco watched as the Arab world witnessed the rise of Islamism. Islamism, or political Islam, is the term used in political sciences for what is more popularly known as Islamic Fundamentalism[1].Islamism refers to Islamic systems of thought and political movements that emerged in the Muslim World during the twentieth century. According to...

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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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  • Mustapha Khalfi
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    Open Letter From America to Morocco’s Minister of Communication

    New York - In the wake of the protests that rocked Moroccan cities, and the subsequent elections held last November, most Moroccans were thrilled by the election of your party at the helm of Morocco’s government and hopeful it will deliver on its promises to bring about real and tangible improvements in the daily life of...

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  • The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Photo by Kimberly Avalos/Morocco World News
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    The Monopolization of the Religious Discourse (Part 1)

    Fez - Three distinct centers until the early sixties were enjoying the power of the religious field in Morocco: the Monarch, the Oulama (Scholars) and the Zawaya (the Sufi sanctuaries)[1]. These three institutions together constituted the basis for religious organization in Morocco and no single centre was to claim or to gain total domination over the...

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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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  • The Hassan Tower in Rabat
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    Four Reasons Why Morocco Is An Exception

    By Anouar Majid Portland, Maine - So many people (including Moroccans themselves) are confused about the case of Morocco that we need to explain why we have every reason to celebrate our unique place in Africa and, indeed, the whole world.  Many people make the mistake of thinking of Morocco as a Middle Eastern nation—we are...

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    Love and Hypocrisy in Moroccan society

    By Moundir Al Amrani Rabat - It is not unusual to see people in Morocco express their disdain and resentment at teenagers’ and adolescents’ public display of affection, like holding hands and hugging. However, this has done little to put an end to this practice or limit it. The phenomenon of public display of affection did...

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    Why we should stop saying "Islam is a religion of peace"

    By Yassine El Karyani Morocco World News Teaneck, New Jersey, March 4, 2012 I am not a linguistics specialist. In fact, I am a specialist in nothing. But I can tell that Muslims around the world are forced to claim that Islam is a religion of peace, and have a burden to prove it. But,...

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    Amine El Khalifi, the black sheep

    By Mourad Anouar Morocco World News Oklahoma City, February 22, 2012 Thank God and Federal security for nabbing Mr. Amine El Khalifi before he was able to carry out his monstrous plan. If the latter happened to succeed, the damage would be irreparable. But along with such alleged terrorist plans that target innocent people comes...

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  • Anthony Shadid
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    Anthony Shadid: An American Story

    By Anouar Majid Rabat - The sudden and tragic death of Anthony Shadid affected me in ways I had not anticipated. As a childhood asthma sufferer, I always pay attention when I hear about such death-causing attacks, but Mr. Shadid’s untimely death in Syria left me wondering about how a man who had endangered his...

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    Gum Arabic

    By Anouar Majid Morocco World News June 17, 2011 We tend to think that the only natural resource that matters for the industrial world and for the economy of the United States is oil, but the global economy can’t really do without countless minerals excavated from Africa and other continents. One product that is indispensable...

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    Regime Change That Works?

    By Anouar Majid May 31, 2011 Does the United States have a hand in the uprisings sweeping across the Arab world? And if so, what are we to make of it? Would we call it a form of intervention and condemn it as most people did the policy of regime change in Iraq? Or is...

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    Words Can Be Deadly: ‘African’ is no synonym for ‘Mercenary’

    By Younes Abouyoub New York - Shortly after the popular uprising started in Libya, the situation quickly turned violent. At first rumors, then confirmed reports talked about mercenaries wreaking havoc in different cities in Libya.  Eyewitnesses report that ‘African’ mercenaries have been killing unarmed civilians. Media outlets showed passports of alleged mercenaries coming from neighboring African countries....

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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...