• 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,...

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  • 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...

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  • The Modern Gladiators
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    The Modern Gladiators

    Rabat - Since the beginning of time, the world has never been a quiet place, there were always backstage battles. History has revealed that human beings used to fight nature, beasts and wild animals in order to survive. After that, they started fighting each other for the same reason, but with ethnic, revengeful or egotistic...

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  • Trump’s European Tour An American Embarrassment
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    Trump’s European Tour: An American Embarrassment

    By Lery Hiciano Rabat - Donald Trump met with NATO allies in Brussels, Belgium for the first time yesterday. By all measurements, the meeting with the organization he had called “obsolete” on the campaign trailer went poorly for the American president, serving as another stage from which to embarrass his country. The first faux pas occurred during...

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  • Manchester city, England
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    Sorry Manchester, but…

    Sorry Manchester! Sorry beautiful Manchester for the blast. Sorry for the innocent lives taken by violent death. Sorry for the grief and the drama. Sorry for the suffering Sorry to the whole of Britain for the trauma. Sincere condolences to the grieved families. Terrorism is awful Terrorism is blind. Those who call themselves Muslims and...

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  • Rif Protestors Come Out Against Separatism Claims 'Morocco Is Our Home, Rif Is Our Pride'
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    Back to Order: A New Account of the Rif Social Protests

    Tetouan - The recent social agitations in Al Hoceima and the nearby areas, following the tragic death of Mohcine Fikri last October, have taken an unnecessary toll on Morocco’s political landscape. The Rifian protests have been mostly met with support from different segments of Morocco’s civil society, but these protests have also triggered outrage and suspicion on...

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  • Emmanuel Macron and Manuel Valls
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    French Legislative Race: Valls Denied Candidacy Under Macron’s Party

    By Rachid Mouzouni Rabat - Former French PM Manuel Valls will go it alone in the June legislative elections after having been denied candidature under Macron’s Republic on the En Marche party banner. Valls expressed his desire to join the new government under En Marche, but his name did not appear on Macron’s candidate slate...

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  • Again An Attack On Halal Kosher Food
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    Again An Attack On Halal/Kosher Food in Belgium

    By Rabbi Allen S. Maller Rabat - On May 18, 2017 the parliament in Belgium’s French-speaking Wallonia region, with 66 votes for and three abstentions, banned the slaughter of animals without first stunning them, despite opposition from Jewish and Muslim communities defending their rituals. The ban that will take effect in June 2018, though ritual slaughter will be...

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  • Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Trogneux
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    Emmanuel Macron: The student who brought his teacher to the Élysée Palace

    By Mounir Beniche Rabat - Emmanuel Macron is the youngest president-elect in the history of French history and will be the youngest head of state since Napoleon III when he takes office on May 14. Macron won the second round of the presidential election on May 7 over Marine Le Pen, the National Front’s right-wing...

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  • critical thinking
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    The Need for Effective Critical Thinking

    By Aziz Achibane Rabat - In the modern information age, we are targets of a tremendous number of ceaseless messages coming at us from all directions. They shape our reactions and behaviour because our way of thinking isn’t independent or static. We seem to be deprived of a noble freedom, which is the freedom to...

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  • Moroccan Government lead by Saad Eddine Othmani Endorses Its Program Draft for Parliament Approval
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    The Formation of New Moroccan Government: Muzzled Elites and Civil Society

    By Mounir Beniche Meknes - Both the creation of the new government after the deadlock and the belatedness of its formation clearly displays that the people’s voices are meaningless and have no power in the political scene. An ideologically confused coalition government emerged despite the hopes of the Moroccan citizen who naively believed the propaganda in the...

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  • Egypt’s Secular Political Parties: A Struggle for Identity and Independence
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    Egypt’s Secular Political Parties: A Struggle for Identity and Independence

    By Michele Dunne and Amr Hamzawy Beirut -  Secular political parties in Egypt have always been caught between an overbearing state and a largely Islamist opposition. The brief, chaotic political opening from 2011 to 2013 offered them unprecedented opportunities, but the violence and intense polarization that followed the military coup have put them under more...

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  • multiculturalism
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    Coexistence: the Pact of Humanity

    Canada - Pluralism and interculturalism in developed societies, especially in the West, create challenges to be met and managed on a daily basis. Peaceful coexistence is a widespread value in societies that think of themselves as lands of immigration, but the political and socio-economic ideologies that would favor such a societal philosophy are not always in...

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  • Neither Fear Nor Greed 14 Year Old Speaks about Tomorrow's French Elections
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    Neither Fear Nor Greed :14 Year Old Speaks about Tomorrow's French Elections

    By Marius Bordat Rabat - Emanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will face off tomorrow in the second and final round of the French Presidential elections. As a 14 year old French-American who has lived my entire life in Morocco, I followed the first round of the elections actively, by watching the news and reading all...

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  • Vice Chancellor Prof. S. Ramachandram presents mementos to President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Governor of Telangana E.S. L Narasimhan and Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrasekhar Rao at the inaugural ceremony of Osmania University Centenary celebrations on the campus in Hyderabad, India, on Wednesday. Pic: Sakshi
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    Osmania University Centenary: Indian President Mukherjee Stresses Quality in Education, Research, Innovation

    By Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui Hyderabad - The Indian President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Osmania University at a mammoth gathering in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern Indian state Telangana on Wednesday. In his inaugural address, President Mukherjee stressed on the enhancement of quality in education and research. He urged the industry...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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...