• Morocco to switch to summer time on April 28
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    My trial with Time

    “Tick, tick, tick, its time, wake up daughter!!” With a tight throat and closed eyes I replied, “Who is talking here?” A voice answered, “This is the due date, open your eyes and wake up, time is fed up with you and has filed a lawsuit against you.” I opened my eyes and was surprised...

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  • UNSC Unanimously Votes to Adopt Western Sahara Resolution
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    UNSC Resolution on Western Sahara Sets New Course, Positive for Morocco

    New York - The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Friday afternoon to adopt Resolution 2351 regarding the Western Sahara. Originally scheduled to take place Thursday, the vote was postponed for 24 hours due to divisions among the 15 members of the Security Council. As in previous years, the resolution renews the mandate of the UN...

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  • Why some in the Press Should Use the Term 'Western Sahara'
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    Why Some Moroccan Press Should Use "Western Sahara"

    Washington D.C. - Since I started writing about the Sahara conflict, I used the term “Western Sahara” to refer to the disputed territory in question. The reason is simple: In using this expression instead of the Moroccan Sahara, my writings reach Algeria’s sympathizers and attract the most important and large audience of undecided and unfamiliar...

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  • paris book fair
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    Celebrating Moroccan Literature

    By Soufiane Khebbaz Rabat - This year, the Paris Book Fair, held March 24-27, decided to honor Moroccan literature. This is an event we have every reason to celebrate. Because, believe it or not, it is the first time since its creation that the Parisian Salon has given such a platform to a country from...

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  • 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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  • High Commissioner António Guterres meets Saharawi women on his way to a UNHCR-funded project in Tindouf.
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    UN Report: Will Guterres Adopt a New Approach on Western Sahara

    Rabat - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, released the UN's annual report on the situation in the Western Sahara on Monday. Like every year, Moroccans had anxiously awaited the report, eager to see if it would contain recommendations in line with Morocco’s interests. This sense of anxious expectation prompted many Moroccans, both...

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  • US President Donald Trump Speaks about Missile Strikes in Syria
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    Who trusts a U.S. presidential campaign promise?

    Rabat - "America first, no regime change, no policing of the world, no wars." America has never had such an unpredictable president. Only a few weeks after his election, Donald Trump seems to have breached and broken every one of his campaign promises. He has even found ways of criticizing former President Barack Obama for the...

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    The Last Words of a Smoker

    Rabat - When he was on his deathbed, he looked back upon his past 57 years and could not hold a clear picture of exactly what it was. He could not tell whether his life was real or an illusion of a dream. After a moment of silence, he closed his eyes and admitted: I...

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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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  • The Quran, Koran
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    Is the Quran a Book of Science?

    Chicago - Whether the Quran — the Muslim holy book made known to humans via the prophet Muhammed over the course of approximately 23 years beginning in 609 — is a book of science is a question that stirs controversy. To consider this question, one should focus on the central message behind revelation. The Quran describes...

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  • US President Donald Trump Speaks about Missile Strikes in Syria
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    Let’s Give Donald Trump the Credit He Deserves

    By Majid Morceli San Francisco - I never thought that one day I would be praising Donald Trump, even for something he deserves. When he ordered the airstrikes against the butcher of Damascus, however, I could not just act as if nothing had happened and continue my dislike for the man who wants to ban people...

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  • Moroccan Young Women Writing out Their Dreams
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    Moroccan Young Women Writing out Their Dreams

    By Mohammed El Wahabi Rabat - During the month of February, I had the chance to lead a writing workshop at the IRC Center in the U.S. Embassy where young female Moroccan students and dreamers wrote speeches in English inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. There is nothing more heart-warming,...

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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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  • Abdelilah Benkirane Supports Othmani in Managing Ongoing Consultations
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    5 Months of Government "Blockage" – What Was it All For?

    By Ahmed Tarek Rabat - Before the last general elections of October 7th, many observers of Moroccan politics were saying that the Makhzen (what some called the  “deep state”) was not running the whole show anymore. This proved to be partly true when the results of the elections were announced and the Justice and Development...

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  • No Hate
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    Colors of Violence and the Illusion of Identity

    By Mounir Beniche “Violence is fomented by the imposition of singular and belligerent identities on gullible people, championed by proficient artisans of terror.”  -Amartya Sen The confluence of Identity and violence is one of the thorny issues that are baffling the world and generating debates and plenty of studies and researchable questions to decode their...

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  • the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
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    A Moroccan’s Eyes on the EU on its 60th Anniversary

    Rabat - On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Morocco World News publishes the address of one of its contributors, Mohammed Hashas, and his experience of belonging to the first edition of European Studies MA Programme in Rome (MES). This is the original address, delivered to the third edition of...

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    The Scourge of Gender Inequality, Underage Marriage in Yemen

    Pune - In recent times, women have fought through gigantic obstacles to be treated as equals alongside men. Over the last quarter century, widespread inequalities gained more attention at universities and workplaces as well as in the home. Since then, the status of women has significantly improved in many respects throughout the world. In most rich...

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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...