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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • King Mohammed VI, President Macky Sall Launch Octopus Development Plan for Senegal
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    Investing in Morocco is Investing in Africa

    Rabat - The Kingdom of Morocco’s latest soft power initiative towards Arab and African nations will undoubtedly empower its regional and international role in economic and political affairs. Along with its growing influence in the region, the recent return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) will be a leading step in encouraging many international...

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  • cultural intelligence in business
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    What are the Advantages of Cultural Intelligence in Business?

    By Naziha Cherradi Amsterdam - These are the thoughts that emerged while reflecting on an assignment completed while working in an international contact center as an inside account manager. There were around 250 employees with over 25 different nationalities serving and supporting clients from more than a hundred countries, and that was only the beginning. Cultural...

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  • International Women’s Day – Why Should Boys Have all The Fun?
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    International Women’s Day – Why Should Boys Have all The Fun?

    KASHMIR, India - Our society claims to be developing at a rapid pace, but it is still patriarchal in attitude and sometimes misogynistic in nature. Women are not given the space to express or present their opinions like men are. They are confined their roles to the chores of the house. The few exceptional cases...

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    History: The Viking Adventure In Morocco

    By Nasser Bouzboune Marrakech - There are many facts and myths concerning the Vikings and their glorious expeditions and marks in history. In old Norse, the word “Vikingr”, is a term used to characterize the famous Scandinavian civilization that existed between the 8th and 12th centuries. While there are many theories explaining why the Vikings decided...

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  • Lashkar e Taiba in Kashmir
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    ISIS Takes on Lashkar e Taiba in Kashmir

    New Delhi - The genesis of ISIS is entirely based on the rejection of the Jihadist supremacy of Al Qaeda and the doctrinal difference on the establishment of a Global Caliphate. Lashkar e Taiba always maintained close ties with Al Qaeda which recognized it as an important faction on the Global Jihadist Front. Both groups...

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  • Accelerating Sustainable Development Toward 2030
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    Accelerating Sustainable Development Toward 2030

    Marrakech - Taken together, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – contained in U.N. Resolution 70/1 involving the 194 member states and civil society in its deliberation – seek an encouraging level of development of humanity’s social and environmental existence. They establish a framework through 2030 that can assist nations and communities of the world...

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  • What Would the Wish List of a Traffic Light Begging Boy Look Like?
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    What Would the Wish List of a Traffic Light Begging Boy Look Like?

    Rabat - How intensely he asked for money at the traffic lights attracted my attention and compassion. He wasn't wearing any heavy clothes, but he didn't seem to mind the freezing cold weather, so focused he was on making his requests before the traffic lights turned green. Even during the coldest days of the year, this...

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  • Where Are You Headed With Your Life
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    Where Are You Headed With Your Life?

    By Naziha Cherradi Amsterdam - Inspired by the principles of the vision or dream board as a coaching tool, we will explore how to assess your process of personal development by examining all the areas of your personal and professional life. You can use this method of examination as an empowering and transformative experience with the...

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  • Africa: A Continent of Hope
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    Africa: A Continent of Hope

    By António Guterres New York - Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems. When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential. I am committed to building on those strengths and establishing a higher platform of cooperation between the United Nations and the leaders...

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    Donald Trump's Vetting Order or the Clumsy Art of Primary Discrimination

    Rabat - Let me begin asking what would Mr. Trump think of this adaptation of this section of his order: "To protect Muslims, Muslim countries must ensure that those U.S. Citizens admitted to their countries do not bear hostile attitudes toward them and their founding principles. Muslim countries cannot, and should not, admit those U.S....

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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...