Engineering lack of Ingenuity

Casablanca - Being at the centre of our wellbeing as well as the development of future generations, engineering is continuously fascinating, rationalizing and transforming our existence. Engineers occupy, in fact, a major role in the achievements of mankind. That said, don’t we need more ingenuity in the engineering approaches or, at best, don’t we need more ingenious engineering instead of the widely promi ...

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The Psychology Behind what We “Like” on Facebook

Meknes - Evidently, you cannot just ask people on the street please ‘Like me’. But when it comes to the virtual world, your value could be measured on the number of ‘Likes’ on your media posts. Some Facebook users enjoy seeing many ‘likes’ on their walls. For them, it is more interesting to see 300 people ‘like’ their posts than 300 others who really read or watch their content without ‘liking’ it. Several ...

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Killing for Any Reason by Any Means Is a Crime against Humanity

By Abdelghani Bouchouar Agadir - Although there have been calls for the abolishment of capital punishment in human societies from time immemorial, several societies are still practicing the execution of human beings as a punishment and a deterrent for all sorts of wrongs. Loud and wise voices calling for an end of this legal and religious murder are alive today struggling to get world public opinion pay att ...

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Fasting Six Days of Shawwal Disputed

Fez - Imam Muslim narrates a Hadith via Ismael Ibn Jaafar, via Saad ibn Said ibn Qays, via Omar Ibn Thabet Ibn Alhareth Alkhazraji, via Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows that with six Days from Shawwal, it is like fasting perpetually.” The authenticity of this Hadith as well as its implementation are annually raised to be questioned at the en ...

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Massacre of Muslims in Yugoslavia, Twenty Years on

By Tom Pollitt Belgrade - When the Serbs have been made to remember, the Bosnians will be allowed to forget. Too much of history is about remembering. Never is this truer than when discussing war and tragedy and genocide. Each November across Europe we are reminded of how much remembering we have forgotten to remember, ‘lest we forget.’ This remembering is not true remembrance, but more like a nervous remin ...

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Royal Air Maroc: A National Disgrace On The International Scene

Washington D.C. - Examples of Royal Air Maroc (Morocco’s national airline known as RAM) bad service and management incompetence have been in stark display at New York’s JFK airport. Videos of desperate and angry travelers stranded in the American airport continue to surface on social media hurting not only the image of RAM, but the reputation of Morocco as a tourist destination. Yet, neither the pleas of fr ...

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Socialization to the Cultural Schema of Charity in Islam

El Jadida - Among Muslims, charity is not a matter of courtesy. It is a religious injunction. God enjoins all believers to help each other and his Prophet appears in different hadiths urging Muslims to be generous and kind to the poor. Historically, and to some extent at present, the religious obligation of charity has been implemented not only by individual Muslims but also by institutions. What reinforces ...

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Visiting the Dead during Ashura in Morocco

El Jadida - On the tenth of Muharram, the custom goes that women like men are on course for cemeteries to visit their deceased relatives. Most passageways are lined with seated beggars stretching their hands for charitable gifts. Alms-givers are likely to offer a piece of bread and one or two handfuls of figs for each beggar. There are visitors who prefer to take coins with them to the cemetery and tip in c ...

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Prerequisites to Reading the Koran: Knowledge and Internal Coherence 

Rabat - Those readers not using the original Arabic text of the Koran, I recommend that they consult more than one translation and, when possible, translations into different languages. One way to read the Koran is from within its own perceived coherence, logic and legitimacy, which all call for deference, but also for true tolerance for the kind of difference that results from the evolution of the real liv ...

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Driss Lashgar’s Failure to Defend Morocco’s Interests on Western Sahara

New York - Last week, many Moroccan media outlets reported the “news” that Driss Lashgar, Secretary General of Morocco’s opposition party, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (known by its French acronym USFP), was “unanimously elected in New York as Vice President of the Socialist International,” an organization that brings together social democratic, socialist and labor parties. The news was shared wide ...

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The “Moroccan Exception”: How to Survive the Islamist Undertow?

Predator political Islam The strength of political Islam in the Arab-Muslim world, since the success of the Iranian revolution in 1978, is its ability to stalk the regimes in place, identify their weaknesses and ultimately supplant them in areas such as social services, employment and alleviation of poverty. A good exemple of that is the ikhwane in Egypt, who have succeeded in creating a state within a stat ...

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Legitimacy Cannot Be Dictated, It Should Be Harvested

Casablanca - We may dictate authority, but we cannot impose legitimacy. The latter can only be won by convincing the hearts and minds. While authority is a matter of titles and organizational structures, the art of mobilizing your teams around your goals is a question of legitimacy. It may apply not only to individuals in relation to the positions they occupy, but also to departments with regards to the ass ...

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