• Abdelilah Benkirane
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    Insights on Morocco's Actual Governmental Crisis

    By Aimane Cherragui Casablanca - As an independent political observer, I think that the recent end of the governmental negotiations is the biggest political crisis since the 2011 Arab Spring protests. After the recent parliamentary elections in October 2016, the Justice and Development Party (PJD) came first. As stipulated in the Moroccan constitution, King Mohamed VI had...

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  • The Political Frame of Reference of the September 4, 2015 Elections Campaign
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    From Party Crisis to Political Crisis

    By Hassan Zouaoui El Jadida - The Moroccan experience of political alternation has occurred in a political context marked by a struggle for power between the monarchy and the opposition. The vote of the “Koutla” bloc parties in favor of constitutional revision in 1996 and the formation of an alternating government led by the Socialist Union of Popular...

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  • King Mohammed VI from Dakar, Senegal
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    Morocco, the New Gateway to Africa?

    By Khalid Baddou Rabat - The expansion of Morocco’s political and economic footprint in Africa deserves attention. It constitutes an opportunity for all countries with a strong interest in Africa to solidify their relationships with the Kingdom and to accelerate access to a continent of more than 1.2 billion potential customers with substantially increasing income. Since...

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  • In Pictures- Moroccans Organize New Green March to Defend the Sahara
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    A Call to Conscient Minds in Morocco

    Fez - It is time to direct attention to deep scrutiny of the layman’s daily concerns before he bursts with impatience. Like the average Moroccan, I lived out my childhood in the early 90s with great passion for the future. I knew the national anthem by heart very early on and often times felt like chanting...

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  • The light at the end of the tunnel.
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    My Goodbye to 2016

    By Lara Dahhan Casablanca - With 2016 coming to an end FINALLY, I start my first day of 2017 with an official goodbye letter to this year. I commence this year trying to forget about the fact that 2016 has shaped us all to understand how we definitely DO not have a choice in the matters...

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  • Street Mural, Brussels, Belgium. Photo by Mohamed Zefzaf
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    A Very Brief Proposal For A Universal Education

    By Mohamed Zefzaf Cambridge, Massachusetts - What is reality? The answer to this old-age question depends largely on the eye of the beholder. Reality is not universal. If it were so, we would all regard things and events in similar ways. What our eyes and minds tell us are but projections of our own perceptions....

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    Why the United States Cannot Ban Burqas and Niqabs

    Washington D.C. - There has been discussion since the election about the possibility of a ban on burqas and niqabs, but as the religious freedom laws in the United States stand now, this cannot happen. There have been alarming rollbacks of religious freedom in Europe, especially with Angela Merkel’s recent comments about banning burqas in...

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  • The Hassan Tower, built in 1195, Rabat. Photo by Robin Zefzaf
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    Kindness In Morocco

    By Mohamed Zefzaf Rabat - The famous Dr. Johnson said that, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Therefore, the following words are not a about patriotism. Rather, they are about the amazing kindness of the Moroccan people. My wife and I have recently travelled to Rabat, with a small detour in Casablanca. From...

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  • 18 People Killed in Urban Road Accidents in Morocco Last Week
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    Is There a Link Between Traffic Accidents and Corruption?

    Rabat - Sadly, it is coming commonplace that we are setting new records for traffic accidents, resulting in fatalities and casualties. Each time I hear the news, I get seized with uncontrollable feelings of bitterness, confusion, and anger. Every year, the tragedy worsens compared to the previous year.  I ask myself, are we trying to...

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  • Abdeladim Lhafi
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    Questions About COP22 We Need Answers To

    Rabat - A whole year now lies ahead of the Moroccan presidency of COP22; a year in which to make the best of the decisions that have been made in Marrakech. It is also a year to sort out the decisions relegated to pending status from previous years. Optimism should abound. It would seem, however,...

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  • President Obama visited the Islamic Center of Baltimore,
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    No, The United States Cannot Ban Hijab or Niqab

    Washington D.C. - There has been some hysteria surrounding the recent election of Donald Trump and the future of Muslims in the United States. One of the questions being asked is if the United States can ban Muslims from wearing religious garb and more specifically if women can be banned from wearing hijabs, niqabs, and...

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  • Donald Trump
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    Could Donald Trump be Good News for Moroccans?

    By Abbas Al Khayati Rabat - There is a new President in the United States named Donald Trump. Many young Moroccans who might want to continue their education in the United States are asking themselves, now what? They are uncertain what Trump policies, at least those promoted during the election campaign, will mean for their future....

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  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Protest Suicides and Theatralization of Power in Morocco (I)

    El Jadida - It is a critical chapter in the history of resistance on the North African political scene when the awakening of the subalterns and their search for social justice breed self-inflicted and sado-masochistic violence. Most of the martyrizing operations and self-sacrifices including the recent suicides that ignited the revolt in Tunisia and Egypt...

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  • Donald Trump
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    Why You Should Worry About Trump Even If You're Not American

    Casablanca - I still can’t believe  that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. The Donald Trump who called a deaf actress “retarded.” The Donald Trump who was accused of sexual assault and then said the accuser was not attractive enough to assault. The Donald Trump who said: “You have to treat ‘em like shit”...

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  • Fascist Trump: Make America Stupid Again
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    Trump Wins: The Sky Will Not Fall

    By Mohamed Zefzaf Rabat - This morning the world is in shock. Financial centers are in turmoil.  Half of America is in disbelief, half is jubilant. What exactly happened? What accounts for trump’s win? Historians will study the 2016 election for generations to come, trying to decipher exactly how such an unexpected result came to...

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    A Different Morning in America

    By Génesis Román Melgar New York - I woke up this morning to the news that Donald Trump had won the elections. I felt a heavy weight on my heart as images of minority groups crossed my mind. Deeply disturbed by the news, I started to think of the implications this would have on lives of...

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    Abortion: Why I’m Pro-Choice

    Casablanca — When the issue of abortion was brought up in the third and final U.S. presidential debate, I sighed. “Here we go again,” I said to myself, because it was 2 A.M. in Morocco and I was adamant about having to live stream the debate. I knew what Donald Trump had to say was going to...

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    Why are we Addicted to unhappiness?

    Rabat - With a peculiar mixed sensation of confusion, uncertainty, and fear, I embraced my 31st birthday. It was quite different this time as I looked back on my life. I could see nothing but a mere dream, a short one at that. All intense feelings, hardships, good times, and bad times were nothing but...

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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...