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Justice for the French Monks is Justice for All Victims of Algeria’s Dirty War

Washington DC- The 1996 barbaric killing of seven French Trappist monks in Tibhirine (60 miles south of Algiers) is only one of the many tragic events that shaped the bloody civil war in Algeria. If the death of these seven European individuals, sometimes, overshadows the suffering and the agony of thousands of Algerian civilians who died at the hands of armed groups and the security forces, solving the mys ...

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Royal Air Maroc CEO still in Denial over Company Public Relations Woes

Washington DC -- Two days after Morocco World News (MWN) published an article summarizing the feelings of the Moroccan community in North America toward Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the CEO of Morocco’s national carrier made an appearance at the National Parliament to discuss his company’s performance. Ironically, Mr. Driss Benhima complained about RAM’s unjust treatment at the hands of the government and claimed ...

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Morocco-Algeria: Keep the Borders Closed

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Moroccans decision-makers have recently been asking Algeria to reopen its borders, but the Algerian government has declined, even going so far as to impose impossible conditions to even start discussing normalization with Morocco, much less opening the borders. Algeria’s reasons for keeping its borders closed are outdated and based on a vendetta and cold war mentality. Among ...

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Borders Shooting: Algerian Wickedness vs. Moroccan Passivity

By Majid Morceli Sand Francisco- On Saturday, the Moroccan government said that an Algerian soldier had fired on Moroccan civilians on the northeast at the border with Algeria, badly wounding one of them. The Algerians quickly called the accusations “misleading”, and said that Morocco is fabricating the story. Their version of the events says that “A group of Moroccan smugglers hurled stones at Algerian bor ...

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The Case of a Woman Held in Tindouf: Deafening Silence of International Media

New York- Since last August, the family of Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Saharawi woman with Spanish citizenship, has held her hostage in the Polisario-controlled Tindouf camps in Algeria. Mahjouba is a 23-year-old young woman who became a Spanish national in 2002 after being adopted by a Spanish family in 1999. As soon as she arrived in the Tindouf camps last August, her biological parents confiscated ...

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Algeria going mad on the border with Morocco

Rabat - According to the latest news, the Algerian military shot two Moroccan citizens across the border, one of whom is seriously injured. This is undoubtedly the most serious breach of border sovereignty in a long time. The Algerian authorities will fabricate a poor excuse, as usual, of contraband activity across the border. The Algerians have always argued that contraband from Morocco harms their economy ...

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The Arab Spring tsunami engulfing China

Rabat - In 2010, the Arab democracy spring came to life in Tunisia, this tiny North African nation that courageously rejected patriarchy, nepotism and tribalism and opted for democracy. Sooner than soon, this romantic call for overthrowing absolutism engulfed the Arab world, ushering in the premises of a new beginning. However, this movement was in many cases swamped by blood and abject atrocities, but yet ...

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Morocco: New Education Year, Old Problems

Fez - The Moroccan Department of Education in Morocco set the 2014-2015 education program schedules specifying September 10 and 11 to be the actual start of the school year for primary and secondary schools, respectively. However, classes didn’t really begin until October 13, as class attendance reached its peak. This evident discrepancy between official statements and actual proceedings is common in the st ...

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Moroccans of North America Abandoned in Struggle with Royal Air Maroc

Washington DC - Moroccans of North America love to hate “Royal Air Maroc”. RAM is Morocco’s national carrier that doesn’t serve “Morocco’s national interests”. The airline has been the Moroccan community’s nightmare in terms of pricing. If the quality of its services onboard varies, RAM ticket prices have been consistently high. Immigrants and potential tourists have been sounding the alarm about the negati ...

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Algeria: Today the Police, Who’s Next?

Majid Morceli San Francisco- While Algerian President Bouteflika was hosting his guest Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who arrived Thursday morning for a very short visit of only a few hours, his police force continued to protest outside the presidential palace, demanding a pay raise, free housing, better working conditions, and compensation when injured on the job. The police have also demanded that t ...

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Morocco-France: The French President Remorse Syndrome

San Francisco - In his speech at the inauguration of the exhibition “Contemporary Morocco,” French President Francois Hollande stated that “Morocco and France remain not only exceptional partners, but also deepen their cooperation in all areas.” He added, “I want to maintain the trust and overcome the difficulties that sometimes arise because we need each other.” Is the French president having second though ...

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Sahrawi Children in Spain Exploited by Polisario, Ignored by Morocco

Washington DC - The case of the Mahyuba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Spanish national of Saharan descent, being held against her will in the Algeria controlled camps for Sahrawi refugees in Tindouf raises serious questions about the legitimacy and ethics of Polisario’ s practice of sending young kids to Cuba and Spain. It brings to the forefront the tragedy of thousands of Sahrawi kids forcibly sent by the Pol ...

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