Understanding the Victories of ISIS

Rabat - The military prowess of ISIS is a mystery to Western observers.Nations with elite militaries fail to understand how the armies they have trained and equipped lose ground so fast to what they take to be small, unorganized, poorly equipped and trained commandos of uneducated and uncultured bigots. Their initial conviction that ISIS will be defeated by the support of air strikes and financial blockades ...

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What Political Solution for Libya?

Rabat - Libya today has become quite a persistent headache for the world community, in gneral, and Europe, in particular. NATO is surely regretting bitterly it has not finished the work it started in 2011 to oust the dictator Qhaddafi. The help extended generously to the revoutionaries, then, by NATO certainly destroyed the Qhaddafi system, but with it went, to date, the Libyan state. Today it is merely a c ...

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The Cultural Representation of the Labour Contract in Morocco

By Paul Willis and Mohammed Maarouf  El Jadida - Moroccan popular Islamic practices, including pagan survivals, the continuing potency of maraboutic popular beliefs in the occult and magical understandings of fate, all provide fertile soil within which capitalist forms of exploitation can find easy groundings. The social link between the religious and economic domains is channeled through the transference o ...

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Street Harassment: A Sign of Gender Inequality in Morocco?

Rabat - Street harassment is a worldwide phenomenon that many women experience daily although the number of victims differs from country to another. A video recently went viral on social media sharing the experience of a girl facing street harassment while walking the streets of New York. The same idea was applied in a video filming a Moroccan girl walking in Casablanca, showing the world the terrifying dai ...

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Algiers’ Peace Plan in Mali: A Tale of Confusion and Manipulation

Washington D.C - As fighting rages on in the North between Tuareg groups and the Malian Army, Algerian diplomats continue to claim that the two warring factions are “ready” to sign a peace agreement. Algeria’s military intelligence agency’s (known as DRS) hidden agenda and its disdain of key Tuareg leaders are creating a dangerous situation in Mali pushing the country toward an all-out civil war. The DRS ef ...

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How the Quran Helped Me Defeat Codependency

New York Sura 114 In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, I seek refuge in the Lord of people, The King of people, The God of people, From the evil whisperings of the sneaking whisperer; Who whispers into the hearts of people, From among jinn and people. The last chapter of the Quran, Surat An-Nas, is a protection sura that I love very much. It is seven verses long and each of them is enormousl ...

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Ashura in Mainstream Islam

El Jadida - Historically, Ashura does not belong to the solar agrarian calendar. It is held on the tenth of Muharram in the lunar calendar which commenced to be used in 638 CE when Umar b. al-Khattab conferred with his advisors on the starting date of the Islamic Year and it was agreed that the date of the migration (hijra) of the Prophet to Medina would be taken as the big event and appropriate reference p ...

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Implementing the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

New York - After fifteen years of nations pursuing the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations, representatives of the member states, along with experts and private citizens, have defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help set the course for the next fifteen years. All told seventeen goals have been developed which together aim to end poverty and hunger; ensure access to hea ...

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Tindouf: Time for a Forceful Defense of Morocco’s Territorial Claim in Eastern Sahara

Washington DC - With the Western Sahara conflict in a stalemate at the United Nations, It is time for Morocco and Algeria to resolve their long standing territorial dispute over the Eastern Sahara. The regions of Bechar and Tindouf where the source of 1963 Sand War and are still at the heart of the current “cold” war between the two nations. Since the Algerian military establishment will never agree to a se ...

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The Undeclared Roads War in Morocco

Rabat - Driving on Moroccan roads is a big risk and quite a challenge. In some foreign advisories made available to travelers, it is stated clearly: "Think twice before deciding to drive in Morocco: it is risky and dangerous, local drivers take unnecessary risks, cyclists and pedestrians are careless and the roads in some parts of the back country are atrocious." Nobody is going to argue against this statem ...

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Do Moroccan Parties Represent a Political Elite?

By Halima El Joundi Stockholm - Here is an amusing idea: the “Political Elites” in our country, think that they are doing politics for real. Now, here is an even more entertaining thought: they really think we do think that they are doing politics for real. How naïve is that? One of the recurrent – almost favorite- terms of the political discourse in Morocco – one I personally find despicably outdated - is ...

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The Islamic Principles that Changed My Life

New York – Mainstream culture relentlessly attempts to persuade us that the ultimate aspirations in life are leisure, pleasure and consumption; ideally, a combination of the three while eschewing deep thought and reflection and ignoring ethical and moral issues. The pursuit of these pseudo-values leads us to spend the majority of our waking hours chasing wealth, which we then heedlessly spend on goods and e ...

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