• Marriage

    Marriage in Morocco: "Who Is the Best Woman in Your view?"

    By Rachid Acim Beni Mellal - Upon reading my article “Difficult to Find a Spouse in Morocco,” a Moroccan teacher from the suburbs of Casablanca came to me to talk in private. He was in a state of feeling complete wretchedness and melancholy. He had read the article and seemed to share the same viewpoint to...

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    "Sexual Freedom" in Morocco is Dangerous

    New York - There were few activists at the Moroccan Association for Human Rights in Rabat to call publicly for the deletion of Penal Code Article 490, which prohibits sexual relations outside of marriage. They called for “sexual freedom,” or the legal recognition of these legal and illegitimate sexual relations that occur outside of marriage. Such...

  • Two Moroccan girls in Imlchil. Remote Berber Villages Struggle with Infrastructure and Poverty

    Fez Hosts Symposium on the Marriage of Minor Girls

    Fez - The ISIS Centre for Women and Development and South-North Centre organize the International Symposium on “The Marriage of Minor Girls: Legal and Socio-cultural Perspectives” on May 5-6 at Palais des Congès, in Fez. The international Symposium, which is organized in partnership with the National Union of Women’s Organizations and Vital Voices Organization, intends...

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    Morocco: Apprehensive Women Rights Activists Send an Open Letter to Mr. Benkirane

    Casablanca - In the aftermath of the government nomination, civil associations working for gender equality have expressed their discontent over the underrepresentation of women in the current governmental configuration, which includes solely one female minister. A day before the official appointment ceremony, the vice president of the Democratic Association for Moroccan Women (DAMW), Ms Amina Lotfi,...

  • Benkirane

    Underrepresentation of women in Benkirane Government: A Gender or Competence issue

    Casablanca - While waiting for the government formation, Moroccans were rather optimistic about its harmonious make up. The coalition parties’ members remained vigilant regarding their level of representation.  Those aligned in the opposition ranks waited for the government configuration to sketch their new roadmap. But nobody expected that the major unpleasant surprise would be the under-representation...

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    American Women and Media

    By Kaouthar Elouahabi Idaho - "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.’’ Alice Walker. It is a very expressive and true statement from which we can understand that power is meant to be possessed by every human being, male or female. However, nowadays, there are many factors,...

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    When breastfeeding brings you separation from your child

    New York - Habiba a mother on anguish was separated from her 15 month’s baby, because she refused to stop breastfeeding her child. On May 30, 2011 (IMMF - Instituto Madrileño del Menor y la Familia), the Minor and Family Institute in Spain, separated a child from her mother because the latter refused to comply with...




  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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...