ISIS: Anti-Islamic Criminal Organization That Has Misappropriated Islam

Paola Garcia New York- There is absolutely nothing Islamic about ISIS other than its name, which this criminal organization has wrongfully misappropriated. ISIS is an association of gangsters that is more akin to a drug cartel in its use of terror and violence than to anything reflecting, even tenuously, the teachings of Islam. Nihad Awad, the director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), th ...

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Are Moroccan Human Rights Groups Missing Out?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- The Kingdom of Morocco will host the second annual World Human Rights Forum (WHRF) in Marrakesh from November 27 to 30. Although a few Moroccan news media outlets are covering the conference, the international media is eerily absent. Instead, many international media outlets have decided to cover the boycott of two prominent Moroccan human rights groups, which are staying awa ...

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Let’s Learn from the Floods and Improve Our Country’s Infrastructure

Fez- Morocco‘s infrastructure is specifically designed to serve its citizens only in mild weather conditions. This became clear during a rainstorm that engulfed several different regions in the country. Take, for example, the situation in southern Morocco. It only took three days of heavy rain to reveal the fragile state of the region’s infrastructure, to which great sums of state money have been allocated. ...

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A Radical Rethink: Aligning People’s and Donors’ Priorities

New York - With the enormous diversity of social contexts where development interventions take place, one might imagine it would be extremely difficult to identify a single rule of thumb that enables the best possibility for project success, or sustainability.  However, global experiences since the aftermath of WWII and the implementation of the Marshall Plan do in fact point to an identifiable quality – as ...

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‘Western Sahara': The Non-negotiable Road Map

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Algiers and Tindouf never expected King Mohamed VI’s speech to be bluntly forthcoming. They were convinced that in light of Morocco’s latest skirmishes with UN envoy to Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, were sufficient enough to corner Moroccan authorities to a place where they could no longer maneuver their way out of the trap they have set. The king’s speech came as a shoc ...

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Does Morocco Have a Drinking Problem?

By Jawad Azzouggagh Toronto- Does Morocco have a drinking problem? I seem to be asking that question more and more these days.  In reality, it is something we should discuss as a nation. It is healthy to discuss it. Sadly, we all know that our bars are full of locals. Rich and poor, men and women. One place brings them all together, under flashing disco lights and the melodies of exotic music.  Even if the ...

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Bouteflika: Honor Algeria and Step Down with Dignity

San Francisco- Bouteflika’s reign over Algeria is undoubtedly coming to an end. But instead of leaving on his own term and do the honorable thing, to simply call for an early free and fair presidential election, he chose to defy nature and stay in office for life. At 77 years old, ill, frail, and absent minded, the right thing for him to do is to think about those Algerians who put their trust on him to lea ...

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Changing Status of Morocco and the Migrants it Guards

San Francisco - While Africa's passageways of migration are more varied and numbered than any in Europe or North America could dream of, there's an aspect to migration to which Morocco and other African countries are yet unaccustomed - legalization of illegal immigrants. While attempting to garner a higher status in both European and African regional politics, there are other crucial effects of the 2014 leg ...

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Algerian Media and Its Disrespect for Algerians

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Japan and China’s relationship is strikingly similar to the one between Morocco and Algeria. However, on Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan and China have taken a major step towards reconciling their differences, adding that moving forward there should be frequent dialogue between them. He added that for the sake of the Asia-Pacific region, the respo ...

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France and Algeria: United Against Morocco For Now?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- No one can beat the French when it comes to doing business for the good of the French people. This is exactly what happened when France Renault inaugurated an automobile assembly line in Algeria today. Usually, Algerian President Bouteflika does not miss this sort of event. Unfortunately for him and due to his known health issues, he was forced to send his Prime Minister to d ...

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Morocco vs. the United Nations & the United States

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Einstein once said that if he had one hour to save the world, he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. When the late King Hassan II agreed in 1991 to a cease-fire and to UN involvement in finding a solution to the so-called Western Sahara problem, he was under the impression that the UN would first try to define the p ...

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King Mohammed VI to friend and foe: You cannot have your cake and eat it too

Rabat - For the last 39 years, the late King Hassan II and his successor Mohammed VI have traditionally made speeches on the anniversary of the Green March on November 6th, to inform the Moroccan people of the latest developments on the issue and establish future policies and roadmaps. However, this year, there was a total departure from this tradition. The king’s speech appeared to be for Moroccans, but it ...

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