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How Moroccan Health System Killed My Father

Rabat - My recent experience with the tragic death of my father has enlightened me on the subject of the many Moroccan health issues that I had formerly only heard of, but with which I had no personal experience. These highly problematic issues range from ambulance delays to unsterilized emergency rooms (within even the most urban areas in Morocco), the lack of competent doctors to disorganized medical staf ...

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The Maghreb Union: The Unattainable Dream

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - The 32nd session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Maghreb Arab union will take place in Rabat on May 9, 2014. Under normal circumstances the goal of such a meeting would be to come up with a precise road map on how to proceed for the benefit of the people of the region until the next meeting, when they will discuss their progress made and how to proceed with furthe ...

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Morocco’s new migration policy: A gift for Europe?

Marrakech - For decades, Morocco has been a gateway for sub-Saharan migrants to Spain. The country’s location at the crossroads between Africa and Europe makes it an important thoroughfare for global trade as well as migration. However, not all  migrants make it to the northern side of the Mediterranean due to strict control over Gibraltar and other passageways to Spain, Morocco’s northern neighbor. On Sept ...

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Sahara Autonomy Plan: Let’s Do it Now

By Majid Morcelli San Francisco- There are many suggestions floating around on how to win the cold war between Morocco and Algeria and consequently defeat the Polisario, the separatists supported by the Algerians. Some say that we are losing the battle in the online world and that Morocco is left behind in that front. A simple skirmish between a police officer and few separatists in the city of Layoone gets ...

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Why do Moroccans underestimate their mother tongue?

Sidi Ifni, Morocco A mother tongue is the language that we first uttered and spoke when we were children. It is so blessed and much cherished that we continue to cling to it throughout our lives. It is the first language we became acquainted with and learned to speak at home with our parents. Hence, no one should say that one’s mother tongue is not worth speaking or using no matter what the reason or excuse ...

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Moroccan Minister’s Botched interview on Fox News

By Said Leghlid, Bouano- Ohio In light of the King of Morocco’s visit to America, Mbaka Bouaida, Moroccan deputy Foreign Minister, was interviewed by Fox News with intent to make sense of why the King was visiting America and to help Americans learn more about Morocco’s issue of the Sahara, and the bilateral relations with the US. The lack of depth of reasoning and political savvy by the Moroccan Minister-D ...

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Morocco and the Orientalist Fever

Casablanca- Morocco was no exception to the Orientalist fever that sprawled Europe in the 19 century. Europe’s legacy of the romanticized East is replete with mystic representations of the “mysterious” other, the East. Since Morocco was part of the monolithic “Orient,” it wasn’t immune from those European literary and artistic depictions of it. These representations subsequently served colonial ends, thus m ...

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Dear America, here is my first hand experience of Morocco

Marrakesh- My third week in Morocco has come to an end and it is hard to put my experiences into words. Every morning I still find myself waking up and being surprised that I am actually here. I tried not to come to Morocco with any preconceived ideas of what it will be like, because the last thing I wanted was to be disappointed when things were not as I expected. Nonetheless, the thoughts, worries, and ex ...

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Rape in Morocco: Let’s be mobilized to stop impunity

By Aziza Zio Morocco World News Casablanca, July 31, 2013 Aziza Ziou Ziou Aziza Ziou Ziou My title is violent and it is imperative: All future rapists, whether they rape a virgin, a married woman, minor, or single mother, seem to not have to worry about punishment for their actions. There is no law that will put a rapist in jail. No judge deems that the abuse and imposition of sexual intercourse without con ...

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Ahmed Assid in the eye of the salafist storm

 By Anouar Majid Morocco World News Portland, Maine, June 11, 2013 I wrote before about Ahmed Assid and his tireless and almost quixotic struggle to challenge his Moroccan compatriots to accept diversity in all its forms and champion a true culture of human rights. Because of his position, he gets vilified by extremist religious leaders, especially the Salafi types, and dismissed by so-called “moderates” as ...

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My experience as MWN’s correspondent in Morocco

By Omar Bihmidine Morocco World News Sidi Ifni, Morocco, June 1, 2013 On the occasion of Morocco World News' second anniversary, I would like to share with my friends, readers, fellow writers, journalists, teachers and all readers of MWN my experience as a contributor and correspondent for this great Moroccan English-language website.  Since I became acquainted with MWN a year and a half ago, I have written ...

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Is it really bad timing or she is just not that into you?

Montreal- "I'm sorry, I'm not ready for a relationship." How many of you have used this line with someone who clearly was ready to bend over backwards to be your boyfriend? "I just got out of an exhausting relationship, I have a lot of problems in my life right now and I don't want to affect anyone with me, I don't feel stable and comfortable being in a relationship while I'm looking for a job, and I don't ...

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