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Algeria-Morocco: have we missed the bridge?

Nottingham, UK - It was a strange feeling traveling to the northeast of Morocco last summer. I drove my family on the new motorway linking the west of Morocco to the far northeast for the first time. Nature changed from green to arid along the way and from mountainous landscapes to vast plains and non-inhabited terrains. The big surprise was reaching Saidia: a tourist resort and Morocco's promising la Côte ...

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Morocco: Coleman the Hacker Is Wasting His Time

Washington, DC -- The publication of “stolen” classified Moroccan Government diplomatic and military documents by a hacker calling himself chris_coleman24 shows that Morocco has “very few secrets.” Most of the revelations made through this hacking are “known facts” and prove that the Kingdom is using all methods to get its message across to the world. However, the problem is the effectiveness of these activ ...

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Gender Equality: Bad News for Moroccan Women

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - If you are a Moroccan woman, The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 will make you want to sob. According to the report, Moroccan women are ranked 133 out of 142 countries in terms of equality. To put it into perspective, Moroccan women are doing a little better than women from Chad (140), but worse than women from Guinea (132). What is more upsetting is that the status of Morocca ...

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Moroccan Diplomacy Hacked: A blessing in Disguise

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- Although it is unfortunate that communications between Morocco’s diplomats have been hacked, it’s not all bad news. As of now we have not seen or heard something the public is not aware of. The leaks actually show clearly the vigilance of Mr. Omar Hilale, Morocco's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and the difficulty of his job defending the national cause. He h ...

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‘Western Sahara’, El Sisi and Bouteflika: A New Conniving Axis

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- Since coming to power after overthrowing a democratically elected president, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is out for Moroccan blood. His first trip abroad after he illegally took office in May was to visit Morocco’s archenemy, Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who helped Egypt get back into the African Union. He himself amended the Algerian constitution to r ...

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The Slanderous Effects of Media: the Case of Ottawa’s Terrorist Attack

Toronto - I am grateful and proud every day to have been born a Canadian. Friendships with immigrants and refugees, as well as travel to nearly 20 countries has deepened my gratitude particularly to have been born into a country that is safe, and generally respected. Responses to my Canadian background among people I have met all over the world have been unanimously and overwhelmingly positive, and my passp ...

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Soccer Coach Ali Fergani: A One-of-a-Kind Algerian

By Majid Morcili San Francisco - We have grown accustomed to expecting that anytime an Algerian speaks out about Morocco that it is most likely to be something negative and in line with the Algerian regime. Ali Fergani, former captain of Algeria’s soccer team, has spoken out with a refreshing positive view in an article in Jeune Afrique in which the magazine interviewed well known soccer personalities as to ...

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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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