Boko Haram Should Be Fought With Education not With Weapons

Boko Haram: A radical, bloody organization Founded in northern Nigeria in 2002, Boko Haram is a radical organization that carried out countless terrorist attacks in the last decade. Due to their opposition to Western education, they are called 'Boko Haram' which means 'Western education is forbidden'. The purpose of the terror organization, which has completed its military structure in 2004 is aiming to bui ...

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Did Moroccan Police Attack Aminatou Haidar’s Home?

By Hicham Reja Brussels - A recent press release from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights accused the Moroccan police of attacking the home of separatist leader Aminatou Haidar. As usual when writing about the Sahara, the RFK Center report contains overstatements and hyperbole not found in other reports of the same events. Local eyewitnesses reported to Le360 violence in the Moulay Rac ...

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We Are Certainly Not on the Same Page

Kenitra - "Makayench m’amen," or what can be translated as "not being on the same page," is not only a comical and ironic expression that makes Moroccans laugh. Beneath its deeper layers it reveals a serious sociological vice, and only alert people can comprehend its meanings. According to Moroccan thinker Abd-Allah al- Aroui, this expression shows on one hand that Moroccans are possessed by a ‘mind your ow ...

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Embezzlement of Humanitarian Aid in Tindouf: High Time the UNSC Acted

New York- The Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, sent a letter last Monday to the Security Council in which he called on the council members to coerce Algeria into respecting its international obligations with regards to the protection of refugees. Omar Hilale stressed that the report confirms "with supporting evidence the fraudulent, systematic, large-scale embezzlement ...

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Cloning Cultural Hyenas in Morocco

El Jadida - Taking our cue from the Frankfurt school’s anti hegemonic political stance against the consumerist de-educating culture of capitalism, we approach these critical times and cultural disorientations in Morocco by inquiring into the reasons behind the shift from previous organic cultural models epitomized in production of knowledge, science, labour and courage to current hybrid cultural idols of le ...

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Bahraini Shiites Should Want Freedom for Everyone

Istanbul - Wherever you look in the Arab world today you see political turmoil, conflict and internal feud. Bahrain is one such country. Readers will remember that the winds of change caused by the Arab Spring affected all of the Middle East and North Africa, and reaching the gulf coast, took hold of Bahrain as well. With the wave of democratization caused by popular uprisings for reasons such as unemployme ...

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Closing the Shrine of Bouya Omar

By Badreddine Khammali Rabat - The shrine of Bouya Omar is what we can call an extreme case of Sufism in the deeper layers of Moroccan society, where social misery is mixed with religious interest, sacred political ground, genies, demons, and mental illness.  The Bouya Omar shrine is often called the ‘Guantanamo of the epileptic and mentally ill’ by human rights organizations who are interested in putting a ...

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Morocco-Algeria Relations: Algeria’s Avalanche of Setbacks

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Algeria will remember the last twelve months as one of its most disappointing years in its history of trying to destabilize and weaken Morocco. Algeria’s hope of seeing Morocco at odds with its strategic ally, France, has been shattered. Soon after Morocco protested France’s judiciary sending police officers to Morocco’s ambassador residence, Algeria rolled the red carpet ou ...

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Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Its Understanding of Jihad

Tokyo - In the last decades, many Islamic movements have claimed Jihad as the basis of their doctrine. This article strives to deal with the issue of Jihad particularly. It focuses specifically on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/Sham (ISIS) and its understanding of Jihad. It moves on to analyze different understandings of the Holy Texts: the Quran and the Traditions of the Prophet (Hadith) that relate t ...

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Child Marriage in Morocco’s Rural Areas

Rabat - Child marriage is a cultural tradition that still exists in Morocco and in many other developing countries in Latin America, Africa, South, East and West Asia. Child marriage is defined as marriage before reaching the age of eighteen, and it is usually practiced among people belonging to a poor socioeconomic background. Islam also allows child marriages. Once the girl begins menstruation, then she h ...

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English in Morocco

Chicago - This article will not go into priorities: Arabic and Tamazight (Berber) are the official languages of Morocco, Tamazight language should be taught to all Moroccans as a national language with multiple dialects. We will devote this article to talk about Morocco’s linguistic future. Should Morocco keep French or adopt English as a second language? Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of talk ...

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Reading Between the Lines of Ban Ki-moon’s Report on Western Sahara

New York- The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, released his annual report on the Western Sahara conflict on Friday. To the dismay of the Polisario, Algeria, and the African Union, this year’s report takes into account some of Morocco’s major longstanding concerns and demands regarding the conflict. Unlike the reports submitted to the Security Council in the past two years, Friday’s repo ...

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