Algeria, France, Egypt Scheming Against Morocco, Who is next?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- Until recently, the Algerian regime was riding on cloud nine, enjoying the fact that unforeseeable events had damaged the relationship between Morocco and its allies. It watched the deterioration of the once-excellent relationship between France and Morocco; two solid allies who, until Francois Hollande and Laurent Fabius took office, saw eye to eye on many areas. Many in Fra ...

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American Sniper: A Dehumanizing Propaganda Machine Fueled by Idiocy

New York - Utilizing the American invasion of Iraq as a source of entertainment, with US propaganda and profit as its primary underlying reasons for existing, is morally and ethically condemnable on every level. American Sniper celebrates the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of defenseless civilians by the most powerful nation in the world. It glorifies a killer who repeatedly stated in his memoir that he ...

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Why France Understood Nothing from the Holocaust

By Sahar Amarir Paris - Today the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp from the Nazis. It is a strange and cynical spectacle to watch how so many people talk about this tragedy on this day, but it speaks volumes about our ongoing delusional mindsets and our tragic ignorance as Westerners. But it shouldn't come as a surprise, most people speak as they ...

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Kobani: The Dirty Work of Politics

Kenitra - In Kobani, a tiny city at the border of Syria and Turkey, everyone is looking for a perverted truth, a blatant fallacy and a false victory over an alleged enemy. In this isolated Kurdish town, chaos reins over order while hatred and sectarian violence prevail over love and unity. This tragedy illustrates our present state of existence and what we are forced to confront: chaos, confusion and murder ...

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Understanding Salafism: Background & Development (Part I)

Casablanca - Amid the state turbulence and chaos in the Middle East and beyond, the dimension of religion and particularly the question of Islam has become essential to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The controversy that groups such as ISIS stir; the horrific terroristic attacks here and there that are executed in the name of Islam; the accusatory fingers directed toward Muslims worldwide; the suspicion, th ...

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Toward a Wealthy and Tranquil Africa for World Peace

Istanbul - With its 248 million Muslims, Africa has the third highest Muslim population after the Asian-Pacific region and the Middle East. It is home to strategic and valuable underground resources such as oil, natural gas, gold and diamonds. The continent possesses the world’s most productive agricultural lands. In terms of its means, the people of the continent should be wealthy and prosperous. Yet that ...

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The Islam-bashing season is officially open in the West

Rabat – There is no shadow of doubt hat the terrible acts of terrorism of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015 are condemnable, by any cultural or religious standards of any human civilization. Violence wrecks the lives of individuals, families and societies and sows fear and hatred for years to come, if not to say for decades.  Terrorism must, definitely, be checked, fought and, most importantly, stif ...

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Prophet Mohammed Cartoons: Respect or Inflammation

Marrakech - As an American artist, lifelong liberal, firm advocate of the First Amendment and believer that in America, freedom of religion implicitly includes freedom from religion, I find myself in a curious position. I read today about the anonymous American cartoonist  who has pledged to draw a daily cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammed. His/her stated purpose is to promote respect of all ideas and be ...

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The Power of Islam to Radically Transform Lives: My Road to Peace

New York - I recently finished reading the autobiography of Malcolm X. I believe it should be required reading for all Muslims, and for that matter, for all people. His life is a testament to the power of Islam to transform a human being to the core, bringing him from the lowest, most miserable of conditions to becoming one of the most influential figures in history and a shining light for humanity. I was s ...

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Individual, Social and political echolalia

Agadir - When it comes to extended families, almost everyone can state or recall some funny or colorful character from his own. A friend once told me he happened to have one of the weirdest, funniest and most “entertaining” cousins in the world. This friend went on to say that his relative was the type of person with whom you would sit and talk for a while and soon would realize that the fellow quickly enou ...

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Can the EU be a role model for the Islamic world?

Istanbul - The world’s economic and sociological structure is changing, and each region has its own propulsive forces shaping this. Although there may sometimes be elements beyond our control, such as natural disasters or underground resources, it is usually trade routes, laws and new economic integration packages jointly agreed to by nation-states that lead the way in these changes. For example, the main r ...

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Media Coverage of Paris Attacks: Nationality Matters in Human Value

Nador - While the world’s news agencies were broadcasting the armed attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, dozens of lives were being taken in dispersed parts of Muslim and Arab countries with bomb attacks and snowstorms. Television and radio stations were transmitting panel audiovisual discussions of ‘terrorist group’s experts, analysts, and researchers’ to discuss any possible point that might ...

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