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Journals of a Moroccan Fulbrighter in America (1): ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’

Austin - My journey to America was rather twisted. I had to fly from Casablanca airport via Madrid and Dallas, before reaching Austin. Throughout these points, my mind couldn’t stop making comparisons. I don’t know if this way of thinking is normal since this is my first trip abroad, but I suspect that in my case, as well as the case of many of my generation and the generations before mine, the old issue of ...

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The Changing Face of the United Kingdom

Marrakech - The flag of the United Kingdom may be in danger of disappearing, according to the BBC. The British news outlet recently aired a program on Scottish independence with presenter Andrew Neil. The consequence of a ‘yes’ vote for Scottish independence in a referendum to be held on 18 September would be far reaching. It would open the question of the British nuclear deterrent of four Vanguard submarin ...

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Algeria-Morocco: Peace it Up Now!

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Thank God It’s Friday. It’s time to take a deep breath and unwind. I don’t feel like doing anything tonight, I just want to stay home and do some “Chromecasting”: streaming content from YouTube to an LCD TV using a $35 basic device, which I consider one of the many great inventions of Google in the last few years. I was not sure what I wanted to stream, but one thing I did k ...

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Who wants to be an accomplice?

Rabat- "Like people, like ruler" is a tradition that could be translated as "People only have the governments they deserve." The phrase can be traced back to an original Arabic hadith attributed to the Prophet of Islam. Ayat 129 of Surat al-an'am, "And thus will We make some of the wrongdoers allies of others for what they used to earn" 6:129. This stipulates that God entrusts wrongdoers to other wrongdoers ...

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Lakhdar Ibrahimi: The Next President of Algeria?

Rabat - The unexpected resignation of the UN envoy for Syria, the seasoned Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Ibrahim from his lucrative and high –level diplomatic position has baffled more than one person. The man is certainly quite senior but he is in good health and definitely at the apogee of his diplomatic career. So why on earth would he leave his job? To stay in New York and enjoy his retirement with his fami ...

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Algeria: Firing Abdelaziz Belkhadem Should Be a Wake up Call for Morocco

By Majid Morceli San Francisco – Algerian authorities have been working very hard to eradicate the notion that Algeria has a system of corrupt governance. They have tried very hard to convince the world that the old regime is either dead or has gracefully retired. Many Algerians actually believe the government propaganda that they now live in a “new Algeria” ruled by folks who are capable and deserving. We ...

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A Lesson Israel and Hamas Should Remember

By Alon Ben-Meir New York - The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas is only reinforcing the notion that unlike previous ceasefire agreements, preventing repeated violent confrontations requires a fundamental change in the status quo. Hamas’ demand for the complete lifting of the blockade and Israel’s insistence on the demilitarization of Gaza suggests that small incremental steps, including easing the bloc ...

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Morocco Should Deepen South-South Cooperation with Africa

By El Mostafa Jamea Casablanca - I participated recently, along with colleagues serving in academia, governmental agencies, presidents’ offices, banks and parliaments in Sub Saharan Africa, in a workshop organized by the University of Pretoria. During the workshop, we had the chance to discuss and deliberate on economic and environmental governances, and also had the opportunity to meet senior managers from ...

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Gaza between War and Peace

Rabat - This summer, the poor and embattled inhabitants of Gaza have to endure hardships and heat from three factors: fasting Ramadan in the oppressive heat of the summer, to comply with one of the five pillars of Islam, the sweltering and humid heat of a Mediterranean summer and the fire and molten led showered onto them by the warplanes of the Tsahal. However, sadly, unlike in the past, where the whole wo ...

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Algeria’s Bouteflika: Hypocrisy at its Best

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Let’s assume that Mr. Bouteflika, the four-term Algerian president, still has the capacity to preside over a country that is closed to the outside world in terms of how the country is governed. He made the following statement on the 20th of August, the Day of Mujahid. It was read on his behalf by one of his ministers. Also note that August 20 is also the King and the people' ...

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Just a Spark: Morocco’s Unaddressed Social Ills

Los Angeles - Today, much of the Arab world is rocked by revolution, war, famine, terrorism and horror. But in Morocco, hamdulilla, life passes peacefully, expect of course those first weeks of Ramadan, when tramdin hits the country like a plague! Magically, it seems, Morocco has been spared the disruption, violence and instability afflicting Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, and to a certain extent Tunisia. To ...

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Did Darwin Die Muslim?

Fez - Dr. Imad Hassan Babiker authored a revolutionary book in Sudan. It was first written in Arabic then published in Cairo (late December, 2011). This book, which was released early in 2013, in the edition of Dar Al-Watan in Rabat, has raised, since its release various readings and multiple comments in the media as the notoriety of its content formed a controversial issue. “Shajara code Decoded” brings ne ...

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