Algerian author Yasmina Khadra: “I don’t have the right to be Charlie”

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In this week’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, award-winning Algerian author and former military officer Yasmina Khadra discusses the Charlie Hebdoattack with Jacky Rowland. The Kouachi brothers - the gunmen - were born in France to Algerian immigrant parents, but Khadra says discussions of the terrorist’s nationality are irrelevant. “For me, the murder doesn’t have an identity. ...

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African-Americans “have it good,” compared to Africans, Akon

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In this Saturday’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera to be premiered on Saturday, five-time Grammy nominee Akon tells Folly Bah Thibault that African-Americans should acknowledge “the rights… and the blessing they do, you know, have actual access to.”  Last year, the killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson led to protests against police brutality targeting ...

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Ebola disruption could spark fresh food crisis

By Franck Kuwonu As Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone battle the deadly Ebola virus outbreak and the world mobilizes to contain it, high food prices have been reported as farmers abandon their fields in the affected countries. The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), a UN body that finances agriculture in poor countries, has warned that this could lead to a food crisis if adequate measures ...

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Liberians say ‘no’ to big hugs and handshakes to keep Ebola at bay

By Franck  Kuwonu and Lisa White* At the entrances to private and public buildings in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, a new custom has emerged since the outbreak of the Ebola virus: visitors wash their hands upon entering and exiting. Tap buckets conveniently placed in hallways dispense a mixture of water and chlorine or bleach from which people wash their hands. Gone are some of Liberians’ endearing social ri ...

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Seven Moroccan women in Jeune Afrique’s 50 most powerful women in Africa

Rabat - Seven Moroccan women were selected among Jeune Afrique's 50 most powerful women in the African continent. The first Moroccan woman on the list is Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida, who ranked 7th, followed by Fatiha Mejatti, the "black widow of Jihad" and a member of the Islamic State's (IS) media committee, who ranked 13th. Saida Karim Lamrani, v ...

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Morocco to Train 108 New Malian Imams

Marrakech - As part of its leading role in the fight against the extremist religious ideology that has emerged in Africa, Morocco has established a religious center in its capital city of Rabat to train imams in the teachings of tolerant Islam. A group of about 108 Malian imams arrived in Rabat on Monday as part of a royal initiative to train500 Muslim religious leaders in the country. The first group of Ma ...

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RAM Passengers to African Destinations up 16% in 2014

Rabat - Nearly 1.3 million passengers travelled to African destinations with Morocco’s flag carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), during the period spanning from November 2013 and October 2014, that is a 16% year-on-year increase. During the same period, RAM operated 16,285 flights on 32 air routes towards African destinations, RAM said on Tuesday in a statement. The bulk of this increase is ascribed to nine air ...

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Ebola: A wake-up call for leaders

By: MasimbaTafirenyika Rabat- The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has exposed the underbelly of many of Africa’s healthcare systems. They are often poorly funded, severely neglected and in some cases virtually nonexistent. The disease’s virulence has overwhelmed health systems that even before Ebola lacked basic equipment and facilities, medical staff and supp ...

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Ebola: Fighting a deadly virus

By Sulaiman Momodu The sight of an Ebola patient is frightening. Sharon Washington, an employee of Liberia’s foreign ministry, got married in January this year at a colourful ceremony in the capital Monrovia. This writer attended the wedding. Later on, Mrs. Washington nursed her sister who was ill with what started as a mild fever until she got weak and started having severe muscle pain, chronic headache an ...

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Morocco Reinforces its Leadership in Africa in 2014: US Expert

Washington - In 2014, Morocco has reinforced its position as a leader and a key hub in the African continent thanks to the strategic vision of King Mohammed VI, Peter Pham Director of the Africa Center of the US Atlantic Council said. "The US-Africa summit, held last August in Washington, was an occasion to highlight the strong US-Moroccan partnership as well as the role of the Kingdom as a gate of business ...

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Two Moroccan Referees Selected for CAN 2015

Rabat - Two Moroccan referees have been designated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to participate in the upcoming African Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Equatorial Guinea. The Moroccan referees are Bouchaib El Ahrach and assistant Redouane Achik. They have been selected to participate in the 20th edition of CAN which will take place from January 17th until February 10th. 44 referee ...

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Mali Grateful to Morocco for Its ‘Efficient, Discreet’ Support: Malian Minister

Rabat - Mali is "very grateful" to Morocco for its "efficient" and "discreet" support, Malian Minister of Labour and Public Service, Bocar Moussa Diarra, said. This is a "welcome support that meets the basic expectations of the people, such as health centers", the Malian Minister said in an interview with the French-speaking daily "L'Opinion", adding that this is "a sign of brotherhood" and "genuine solidar ...

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