Algeria-Morocco: The Media Is The Obstacle to Peace

By Majid Morcili San Francisco - Algerian and Moroccan media outlets of all orientations, official and the so-called independent, have one thing in common: they hate the other country to death. They have been fueling the conflict between the two nations for decades, and there is no sign of this stopping any time soon. In fact, the two countries’ medias are so desperate for news that they will disparage one ...

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A Soft Marxism: Does Capitalism Cause Social Inequality?

By Mustapha Ait Kharouach Marrakech - Thomas Picketty’s recently most debated book, Capital In the Twenty First Century, is again highlighting one of the most challenging questions after the 2008 global financial crisis: is capitalism a globally safe ideology? Many anti-capitalists scholars and pundits from different academic and ideological disciplines found the GFC an appropriate cue to attack capitalism ...

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A Close-up on the Failure of the Marrakech Film Festival

By Samira Athmani Rabat - Are we really celebrating the fourteenth edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival? Given the deterioration of this edition that is marred by bad organization, improvisation, chaos, and recklessness, this festival failed to step up to the plate and marked a disastrous regress. What happened is a sign for all the festival organizers to reconsider their preparation plans f ...

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Islam, Peshawar and Religious Interpretation

New York- The recent tragedy in Peshawar has saddened, angered and confused me beyond what can be expressed in words. I am unable to comprehend the process through which human minds can become distorted to the point of mustering the capacity to murder hundreds of children, and, as if this were not monstrous enough, managing to convince themselves that this was done for the sake of God. The atrocities commit ...

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Algeria & Morocco: Lessons from America and Cuba

By Majid Morcili San Francisco - Reading the news this morning that Cuba and the United States will reestablish their diplomatic relations after 50 years of hate on both sides, I immediately started to think about our relationship with our Algerian neighbor, and came to realize that if they can do it, we can do it.  I am not a big fan of Obama after his refusal to help the Syrian people in the face of the m ...

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Are There Fine Days Ahead for Algeria?

Istanbul - Africa and Asia have had painful experiences of colonization. Countries in these continents have had to fight many times for their independence. One such country is Algeria.  After 130 years of French occupation, Algeria gained its independence with the War of Independence of 1954-1962. According to Algerian sources, 1.5 million people were martyred in that war, more than 1 million Algerians were ...

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Towards Moroccanism: Royal Aspirations

Tangier - When I introduced the word Moroccanism to academia, I was thinking of a unifying cultural concept that can bring all the Moroccans together whether they consider themselves African, Amazigh, Arab, Hebrew, Mediterranean or Andalusian. Opposition to this notion argues Moroccanism can be part of Arabism or Amazighism if viewed from an ethnic-nationalistic perspective. This argument should be taken in ...

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Why the Claim that Hijab is Not Required in Islam is Baseless

By Abd ur-Raheem Murphy The following article is a response to an article previously published by MWN. The universality of the call to surrender to the command of God is undisputed by all who call themselves Muslim. This universality, however, is not a universality in terms of acceptance or inclusion, but rather of application and rule. The general principle regarding the laws of Islam is that if something ...

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Algeria-Morocco: Can We All Just Get Along?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- Moroccans and Algerians have been at it for more than 50 years and none of them was able to come out ahead of the other. Both countries are stuck in this infinite cycle of hate and no one seems to be willing to let out. But we the people can change this malediction if each and every one of us gather our courage and start asking for the end of this war.  This war is not of our ...

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The First People

Kenitra - “Why should we be so arrogant as to assume that we're the first homo-sapiens to walk the earth?” (J.J. Abrams et al., 2010) No one remembers one’s moment of birth and neither does humanity. The beginning of man is a scientific mystery. This article, however, is not about how man came to be, but about shortly after that; it is about the dawn of humanity, a missing chapter in human history. People, ...

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Journals of a Moroccan Fulbrighter in America (Last): Home, sweet home!

Rabat - Finally, my stay in America came to an end and here I am in my country again, among my people. In this last episode, I’d like to share with my readers a few lessons that I’ve learnt. I don’t expect them all to agree with me, nor do I want them to, but I do wish them to stop and consider the points I’ll be trying to make here. My first point concerns authenticity and alienation. We may be dissatisfie ...

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The Morocco We Want: Delayed Hopes (Part 2)

Nador, Morocco - We are born Moroccans, whether we like or not. We feel the desire to live freely in our country. No matter how far we may travel, we hope our bodies are buried back in our homeland. The pride of being a Moroccan should make our hearts beat every time we see our flag, every time the anthem is played, every time our monarchs give a speech, every time our nation grieves misfortune, undergoes c ...

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