Cultural Diversity in the Electoral Programs

Rabat - There is hardly any "program" that does not include an entry about culture. For some reason, however, most give the impression that culture is limited to "spaces" in which youth can express themselves through a limited number of performance art forms, specifically, theatre, singing and the plastic arts. None talks of dancing, for instance. Very few addressed museums, archeology and the conservation ...

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Morocco’s Communal Elections: Inside The Campaign

Rabat - In the talks of the canvassing regiments, contenders are vilified and rarely criticized. They are corrupt, embezzlers, traitors, incompetent, dishonest and have vested interests in running for public office. Servicing the community is the least of their priorities. Rarely has the discourse of opponents been analyzed methodically and systematically. At best, impressionistic and passionate accounts of ...

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Aspects of an Electoral Campaign

Rabat - Political parties in Morocco have been analyzed thoroughly by many a specialist. Every new political situation, internal to the party or of a national, regional or local character, is a new opportunity to verify the validity of these analyses. The election of the leadership of youth and women's organizations of these parties as well as appointing candidates to various constituencies confirm, for exa ...

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Regional and Municipal Elections in Morocco: To Boycott or Not to Boycott?

Fez - With municipal and regional elections in Morocco coming up imminently, Moroccans are hoping for change – changes to improve their financial situation and their standard of living. However, the Moroccan citizenry is marked by a divide between enthusiastic activists who praise the role of current elected officials in steadily leading the country toward stability and prosperity, and opponents who are cyn ...

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A Provisional Profile of the September 4, 2015 Elections Campaign

Rabat - Scrutinizing the language of several parties campaigning for the September 4, 2015 local and regional elections, one wonders whether it is the political register that has shrunk to a dramatically shallow scope or it is imagination and innovation that have thinned to a severe tragic deficit. One also wonders whether words still refer to the same concepts and hold the same meanings for everyone or the ...

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What about Fundamentalism?

Rabat - A frequently asked question raised in our discussions is related to fundamentalism. Participants want to know what it is, its origins, its various manifestations, what people here (in Morocco) think about it, how to eradicate it, etc. In many of our discussions, it appeared that the concept "fundamentalism" did not mean the same thing to everyone. In all cases, however, the concept seemed to refer t ...

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The Ritualization of Time in Moroccan Popular Culture

El Jadida - Why do Moroccans consume an incredible amount of time in religious activities? Apart from an infinitude of minor performances (circumcisions, marriages, funerals, birthdays, sha'banas (ritual trance dances in sha'ban), zyaras (visiting saints), ma'ruf (ceremonial charity), divinations, cures, etc), there is a fixed calendar of religious rituals observed throughout the year. What an Average Moroc ...

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Security, Rule of Law, and Energy: Three Eggs in the Same Basket

Luxembourg - On March 2, 2015, Kosmos Energy released a statement that its CB-1 exploration well, located in Cap Boujdour offshore of the Moroccan desert, tapped 46 feet of gas and condensate reservoirs. The discovery, however, did not amount to commercial and quality levels, and therefore the oil operator decided to plug and abandon the well. That was, by no means, surprising news. It was just the latest i ...

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Let Us Not Waste Islam

New York - When I became a Muslim two and a half years ago, my primary reasons for embracing Islam were the light, strength, and guidance I felt this path would give me. The fragments of knowledge I had been acquiring over the years suddenly merged, forming a full picture of Islam that was impossible to reject. Without conscious effort, at some point, everything I had been reading and learning came together ...

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Isgar and Ritual Domination in the High Atlas

El Jadida - Rachik (1990) has focused on sacrifice rituals known in the High Atlas as ma?ruf (sadaqa/ charity), sacrificial banquet offered to God in mosques, to saints in shrines or to spirits nearby stones. Ma?ruf mediates between the dead and the living. It also implicates the collective that takes part in the sacrificial offering. Rachik has distinguished between private and collective sacrificial offer ...

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Myanmar Buddhists and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

Rabat - A few months ago, I wrote a note on the savagery with which minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are treated at the hands of their countrymen and countrywomen. What I did not address at the time was the manipulation of the Buddhist religious institution and its monks as part of the cleansing operation so as not to jeopardize ongoing peaceful but ineffective attempts to ameliorate the situation Durin ...

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Categorizing Islamic Extremism

Warning: For the purposes of this report, which is pedagogical in essence and which is addressed to readers who do not necessarily need to go into historical details, the issue of categorizing what is commonly referred to as Islamic extremism has been oversimplified. Although it is not the purpose of this report to situate what is referred to as Islamic extremism within the global and international revival ...

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