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Gender inequality and the recent reforms of Moudawana in Morocco

Fez - After many years of struggle by women’s organizations, the situation of women in Morocco has improved, thanks to the adoption of several reforms. During the last two decades, Moroccan women have been calling for equal rights between men and women. Their efforts have given birth to many triumphs and contributed to the improvement of the status of women in Morocco. Theoretically, Morocco has some of the ...

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The Five Habits of Highly Effective Teachers

By Abdelouahed Oulgout Tinejdad, Morocco - Growing professionally as a highly effective teacher is not that easy. It is a matter of struggle, patience, and commitment to improve one’s potentials and capacities. When young teachers embark on teaching, they usually feel excited and internally motivated. Yet, as time passes, those boiling feelings of passion and fondness start getting colder and colder, draggi ...

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Cultural Clash: The Islam-West Conflict (Part I)

Casablanca- Between the West and Islam there has been a history of tension and enmity that  dates back to the emergence of the first Arab, Muslim political state under the leadership of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him). There have been continuous wars to gain, maintain, and regain power that culminated in the colonial occupation of the entire Arab and Muslim world. In parallel to the military confro ...

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Teaching-Learning Culture: between Past and Present (Part 1)

By Dr. Azize Kour - Sale Culture teaching has been known by different names in various places (Byram,1994,cited in Thai TESOL Bulletin, vol 11 N°1 Feb 1998). ‘Landeskunde’, in German literally means ‘knowledge of the country’, merely centres on teaching of facts that vindicate that it is teaching of ‘civilization’ not ‘culture’. In the 1950s-60s there was an emphasis on teaching geography and history as par ...

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The Role of ICT in the Tourism Industry

Ifran, Morocco - Responsible for 10% of the global gross domestic product (GDP) and for 8.7% of the world’s jobs, tourism is today considered an important economic booster and the world’s largest economic activity. Moreover, a strong tourism industry can be viewed as a sign of a country’s social development, evolution, and progression. Furthermore, because of the impact of globalization, more people are now ...

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Urgent solutions for urgent needs in the Muslim World

Rabat Preserving and strengthening identity The impact of the globalization process, which has brought unprecedented changes in societies and accelerated the pace of scientific and technological development, has caught human beings unprepared, and there is still a number of issues at the macro and micro levels which need to be examined with great care to protect the ethical and human values as well as the u ...

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The Linguistic Situation in Morocco: Chaos or Richness?

Casablanca- The strategic location of Morocco has meant that throughout history it has been open to a variety of linguistic influences including Greeks, Phoenicians, Arabs and Western Europeans. This has immensely influenced and contributed to the linguistic situation of the indigenous people, resulting in a more complex multilingual country. It is due to the variety of the languages spoken in the region th ...

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Morocco and the Orientalist Fever

Casablanca- Morocco was no exception to the Orientalist fever that sprawled Europe in the 19 century. Europe’s legacy of the romanticized East is replete with mystic representations of the “mysterious” other, the East. Since Morocco was part of the monolithic “Orient,” it wasn’t immune from those European literary and artistic depictions of it. These representations subsequently served colonial ends, thus m ...

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Education Reform Underway in Morocco

Washington- Morocco’s path to reform and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 requires a comprehensive strategy that addresses development in all aspects of political life, society, and the economy.The objective of the MDGs is to prepare developing countries, like Morocco, for a prosperous and sustainable future by encouraging them to identify and measure progress based on indicato ...

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Moroccan University Students’ Online Reputation Management

By  Zoulal Mansouri and Youssef Mrabet Abstract Online reputation management (ORM), a component of e-marketing, has grown so fast over the past few years and has become increasingly significant to internet users. The permanence of the content generated on the net, mainly on social networks, has become a huge issue to consider. Because they live in this digital age, digital natives have a major responsibilit ...

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Civil-Military relationships in North Africa and Middle East

By Abdelkader Filali Morocco World News Toronto, July 8, 2013 Military-led regimes rose in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and Libya, after the army became involved in series of coups. When the army intervened in politics in the sixties, they did not take power because of the large guns they have or their arsenal, but they came as they knew that civilian political institutions were weak. The stepping down of p ...

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The Ideal Language

Kenitra - Is there an ideal language? Descartes would say ‘yes’ if one follows his line of thinking. His argument for God’s existence is the presence of the perfect-being idea in our mind; it follows that a perfect or ideal language must also exist or else it would not exist in an imperfect being’s mind. Because we are finite beings, we can’t conceive of the idea of an infinite being unless the latter cause ...

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