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General “Toufik” Mediene Masterstroke in Algeria

 Washington DC--Algerians, along with political analysts following events in North Africa, are confused about President Bouteflika’s latest Cabinet appointments and the apparent in-cohesiveness within his government. After the spectacular dismissal of his close aid and confident Abdelaziz Belkhadem, the Algerian leader appointed a once disgraced intelligence chief as a special adviser on Defense. The arriva ...

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The Environment of Peace

By Abdul Khan and David Nostbakken Toronto - We accept the importance of biodiversity in nature as an aspect of ecological and environmental conservation and protection. Our future depends on it. We may at times be guilty of not acknowledging that humans are part of that nature, and that we humans are also diverse, socially and culturally. Our conservation and protective impulse should logically apply also ...

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Emma Watson’s Watershed Speech on Gender Equality

Cairo - Addressing United Nations Women with her magical abilities, British actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson presented a brave and one of a kind speech not only to the attendees, (most of whom were men) but also to the whole world. Emma Watson, a recent Brown University graduate of 24 years advocates feminism that is not based on criticizing and hating men, but on shared efforts by both ...

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Journals of a Moroccan Fulbrighter in America (5): Homesickness

Austin - Why do humans feel homesick? And what is home after all? Why should I feel unsatisfied, socially speaking, by all the nice people surrounding me? Why do I need to fetch for this Moroccan by the name of Abdou, who, I was told, owns a small restaurant in South Austin? To be sure, this feeling is not caused by any uneasiness about the social environment. Rudeness is a rare commodity in Austin, at leas ...

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Algeria-Morocco: The New Kid on the Block

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- There is no denial that since naming Salaheddine Mezouar the head of Moroccan diplomacy, we are now witnessing a different ball game with regards to the Western Sahara issue. He is a shrewd public servant. His first major mission was to plug the holes that the Polisario was using to undermine Morocco, and so far he done a magnificent job. We no longer see Polisario sympathize ...

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Morocco-Algeria: The New Strategy, is it Good Enough?

Majid Morcelli San Francisco- Morocco is not helping its sacred cause by asking Algeria to be part of the solution. Just as Morocco will never accept losing one inch of its Sahara, Algeria too will never allow itself to lose the fight against Morocco. The Moroccan Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs Mbarka Bouaida said that “Algeria is a direct party to the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara and should inv ...

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How Al Qaeda Differs from ISIS

Marrakech - Experts say that ISIS (or ISIL) is not as serious a threat to the United States as Al Qaeda. “Certainly al Qaeda, no question” is a greater threat to the US, stated Will McCants, a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution. As quoted by the congressional new site The Hill, McCants notes that ISIS ...

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Building World Peace to Advance Local Development

Marrakech - The condition of mutually enforcing bottom-up social development movements and enabling top-down laws, policies and treaties, assist ever more people and groups in coming-together to achieve the change they seek. It should be clear that if peace is to exist among humanity it is reflected in local circumstances and local conditions. After all, we as people directly experience the degrees of peace ...

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Spilling the Beans: It is not about what you know but who you know

Rabat - Though Morocco is technically in the 21st century, yet in reality it is in the middle ages because some of the common practices of today are, alas, tribal. Individuals are not recognized for their merit, their knowledge, their experience, their contribution, etc. but for their tribal identity: to which big and influential family they belong. Indeed, when you meet people for the first time, in many i ...

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The Myth of Reform: Why is Moroccan Education Deteriorating?

Fez - The alarming degradation of the Moroccan education system has caused considerable controversy while the situation remains dismal according to NGOs’ reports. After decades of continuous downturns on diverse fronts such as economics, employment, social justice, and even sports, Moroccan education has also reached its crisis peak. UNESCO has unmasked the continued miserable state of Moroccan public schoo ...

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Analysis: Scotland to Stay Part of the United Kingdom

Marrakech - Ever since Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Stuart pretender to the English throne, led the 1745 Jacobite rebellion which was brutally suppressed by the Duke of Cumberland with Hanoverian troops at the battle of Culloden, there has always been an historical edge to the relationship between Scotland and England. After the death of James I who occupied both the English and Scottish thrones and sealed th ...

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Is Dictatorship the Destiny of North Africa and Middle East Region?

Mohammadia, Morocco - With the U.S. having just commemorated the victims of the 9/11 attacks, a new terrorist danger is looming over the Middle East. While the U.S. managed to gather an international coalition against Al Qaida in Afghanistan in retaliation for the attacks, its unilateral approach regarding regime change in Iraq was largely challenged by its closest allies in NATO, notably France and Germany ...

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