How Islam Healed My Alcohol Addiction

New York – I was raised in a culture (and a family) where drinking is normal and encouraged. It is simply what people do and never questioned. Drinking is also viewed as a measure of one’s courage and strength, a sort of drinking machismo. The more alcohol you can ingest and the better you are at “holding your liquor,” the braver you are. I quickly internalized this message and felt proud when, at the age o ...

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Moroccans and Algerians: Let’s Hear Your Input

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - The so-called Western Sahara conflict, imposed on Morocco by the Algerian regime, has been going on for more than 40 years, and oddly enough, many Moroccans do not grasp the magnitude of the Algerian regime’s scheme: to destroy everything Morocco has been able to achieve since its independence. Many Moroccans, and Algerians, for that matter, naively believe that Algeria and ...

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Religious holidays in America: Money and the Moral Collapse of a Nation

Kenitra - The newest world we all call America is unique in many of its attributes, cultural ways, ideologies and patriotic slogans. Americans stand in huge admiration of the spirit of their nation, and for many others around the world, America is seen as a land of hope, opportunity, pride and glory. Many of America’s early traditions were built on religion, morality and freedom, including some holidays. Bu ...

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Should Morocco Be Involved in Yemen?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Morocco is assisting Saudi Arabia in its air campaign against rebel forces in Yemen by providing jets and pilots, and said that its commitment to the defense and security of its sister kingdom Saudi Arabia, the Holy Mosques, and other countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is of paramount importance. Morocco’s joining of “Operation Decisive Storm” sent a clear signa ...

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“The Bus Runs From Me”: Scapegoating the Other in Moroccan Culture

El Jadida, Morocco - The social representation of the other in the Moroccan popular culture of Islam is mainly grounded in the culturally embedded conception of possession popularized by a maraboutic cultural worldview. The concept of the other may be regarded as positional constituting whatever is radically different from the social categories of the same and whatever represents an urgent threat by virtue ...

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The Day A Royal Air Maroc Pilot Saved My Life

Fez - Yesterday was a day I will never forget. On Thursday, March 26, I lived through an experience I hope I will never go through again, an experience I wish upon no other human being. As we prepared for departure from New York’s JFK airport for Casablanca, it did not occur to me that I would undergo a terrible experience during my flight. I was just looking forward to arriving in Morocco and seeing my fam ...

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Morocco’s Minister of Education and the Onslaught on Teachers

Fez - After Mr Rachid Belmokhtar was appointed Minister of National Education and Vocational Training we sighed in relief, thinking the burden we have been carrying would be finally off our shoulders. The saviour had come to put the train back on its track after years of deviation and snail’s pace travel in the age of speed and high-tech. We thought the right man was finally placed in the right position sin ...

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Algeria Unfit to Mediate in Libyan Crisis

Washington DC- Finding a peaceful resolution to the Libyan crisis is a daunting task that requires partial mediators without hidden agendas. The Libyans need help from nations that have good relations with the two rival camps and with regional powers that are pulling the strings behind the scene. While a solution will not be simple, biased and self-serving mediations aggravate the problem and set back inter ...

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Chaos in MENA: The West Is Also Responsible

Rabat - There is no doubt that local populations, various elites, intellectuals, military institutions, law enforcement, education systems, religious establishments, and MENA governments all share responsibility for the current political, social, economic and cultural mess that defines their region. In this text, however, I focus on how other parties also share some of these responsibilities. The following ...

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An Oil War in Libya, Not a War of Liberation

Istanbul - There has been no peace in Libya since 2010. The main reason for the conflict is oil revenues. Libya saw the bloodiest revolution of the Arab Spring. It also has Africa’s largest crude oil reserves, at 48 billion barrels. Oil production, which stood at approximately 1.6 million barrels a day before the 2011 revolution, is today far below that. Natural gas and oil make up 96% of the country’s tota ...

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Happy Tears: Human Connection Leading to Human Development

Marrakech - We may know - perhaps even at first hand - of a gap in society whose presence causes pain for countless individuals.  Here in Morocco, such a void - that of unrelenting poverty - exists, particularly in rural places (where poverty is typically most concentrated worldwide) and most of all in mountainous areas of the Kingdom. At the same time the people identify clear opportunities for prosperity ...

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Morocco at the Crossroads: The Arab Spring and Beyond

By Mohammed Maarouf and Paul Willis El Jadida, Morocco - The popular insurrections that have taken place in the Arab World ever since the overthrow of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 emerged as a response to the ‘unsettled times’ of massive demographic shifts and multiple failures in the economic sphere. They started as political revolutions that sought to establish new political systems, ...

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