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Congratulating Bouteflika, a necessary evil

By Majid Morcelli San Francisco - Moroccan King Mohammed VI was the first world leader to congratulate President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who, despite his poor health, won a fourth term with 81.53 percent of the Algerian vote.  The king said that Bouteflika’s re-election“is a recognition by the Algerian people of the many accomplishments of your presidency, and an appreciation of your efforts to achieve securi ...

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King Mohammed VI and Ban Ki-moon’s Report on the Sahara

New York- The latest diplomatic bout over the issue of Sahara involving the United Nations Secretary-General and King Mohammed VI himself proves that when the country's leadership and government is proactive concerning the Sahara, things can move in accordance with Morocco's interests. One case in point is what happened last year when the United States circulated a draft Security Council resolution on the S ...

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The Sectarian War in Syria (Part 2)

Vancouver - The fall of the Syrian regime can mark the dissolution of Iranian-Syrian relations, and perhaps the Shiite bloc. The Alawite ruling bloc in the Syrian regime is a minority within the majority Sunni population. This can come with great damage to Iran’s geopolitical sectarian agenda of the survival of the Shiite bloc extending from the Mediterranean Sea (Lebanon) all the way to the Persian Gulf th ...

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Opinion: President Bouteflika’s Election Win, a Defeat to the Algerian People

By Mohammed Said Rabat - Algerians will remember April 17, 2014, not by the Algerian presidential elections, but rather by the image of their re-elected President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, being pushed in a wheelchair to cast a vote for himself despite his extremely fragile state of health.  The 77-year-old president, who has been in office already for 15 years, is so adamant on dying in office that apparently ...

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Algerian presidential elections: Who’s the boss?

By Mohammed Said Rabat - As predicted by many analysts, Bouteflika will win the presidential elections in Algeria, some may even say “fair and square.” The relatively high turnout number of voters and the results that will be presented to the public on Friday April 18 will certainly raise many questions. Yet, even if the elections have been flawless and the high turnout is true, Bouteflika will still win. H ...

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Petty Crime Rules Ok in Morocco

Rabat - In spite of denials from the Ministry of the Interior, crime rules ok in Morocco. For many citizens it seems that the police, the Forces Auxiliaires, or the gendarmes, are more interested in quelling demonstrations and fighting terrorism than stopping criminals and securing the streets. As a result, all kinds of criminals are out in the open, mugging people, snatching telephones, and threatening the ...

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Gender in Morocco: a stream of inconsistencies and misconceptions

Kenitra - It goes without saying that men and women are different in ways that make them complete each other.It is also logical to believe that men and women are assigned different roles and tasks that mean to attain the same objective in life. However, in Morocco gender seems to be a subject of countless misconceptions, some of which are socio-cultural in essence but the rest is just make-believe.  Ever si ...

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Procrastination versus Delay of Gratification

Agadir - Some people resort to the “Last minute strategy” to do what they have to do or decide on critical matters that may seriously affect their lives. In that manner they put off today’s work till some other undetermined point in the future. Procrastination can be looked at as some sort of mind set; according to the popular Moroccan saying ” There is enough time in a year for he who wants to do well.” Ti ...

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Language Policy in Morocco: Real crisis or Potential Transformation?

Marrakech - Morocco has lately witnessed a profound change in various policies, and attention has focused on Morocco’s policy on language which has been questioned in debates in recent years. However, the policy of language implementation is quite problematic, given the nature of Morocco’s many cultural and linguistic influences as well as its local identity, while at the same time also being driven by the ...

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Sahara Conflict: Is the UN Deviating from Its Core Mandate?

New York- The UN Secretary General released his annual report on the “Situation in the Western Sahara” on Thursday. The much-anticipated report, which will constitute the main reference for Security Council members in drafting their annual resolution on the Sahara, was somehow balanced. Unlike last year’s report, Ban Ki-moon did not make a clear recommendation on the need to extend the mandate of the United ...

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Op-ed: Cohabitation in Morocco Is a Crime, Will Never Be a Fundamental Right

New Jersey - In a recent article by Zouhir Chbakou, he argues that cohabition is a fundamental right of any human being. However, much of his article lacked a solid foundation and his arguments lacked evidence. As a progressive Moroccan (and one who supports the idea of more freedom), I would like to argue that sometimes a line is drawn, and cohabitation is one of those cases. It is not a fundamental right ...

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The Sectarian War in Syria (Part 1)

Vancouver - Huntington’s analysis of the International system dubs the world a uni-multipolar system, with one hegemony and numerous superpowers. It is fundamental to understand the mechanism of the international system and the roles of the actors with regards to powers in order to understand the policy approaches of these actors towards the Syrian crisis. The crisis in Syria in its third year, has hit the ...

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