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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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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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Techermil Movement: Morocco’s Ticking bomb

Fez - Many countries, both developing and developed, have made history by conducting unprecedented research, inventing new technologies, and participating in the advancement of humanity thanks to their high quality researchers whose names have since become attached to their historic discoveries. They have added new names — verbs, in fact — to world dictionaries. The countries of the Arab Spring have invente ...

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Algeria: Western Indifference to an Election “Masquerade”

Washington DC -- As the Algerian presidential elections near, the front runner, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has yet to make an electoral speech or a rally appearance. It is a presidential campaign by proxy in every sense of the word. While the United States and the European Union persist in overlooking reports of voters’ intimidation, civil rights abuses and press bullying, the current ruling clan in Al ...

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Spirituality and the Human Entity

By Abdellah Rhazi - Rabat Looking at history: As it shall later be seen, belief is a powerful tool that has been the leading light for some people and the deadening doom for others for many centuries. Humans seem to have the habit of overlooking history’s lessons. The phrase “history repeats itself” is profoundly valid in many ways. We see events of our present occur in ways that are strangely similar to pa ...

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Rabat’s Missed Opportunities: Nominations of Clumsy Ambassadors Harm Morocco’s interests (Part 2)

Washington DC -- The nomination of Moha Ali Takma as Morocco’s ambassador to Ethiopia, as reported by the website goud.ma, raises the delicate subject of ambassadorial selection and its impact on Morocco’s diplomatic performance especially in Anglo-Africa and Latin America. Considering Rabat meager political showing in some key African and Latino countries, it may be time to find a better way to insure that ...

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Disagreeing without being disagreeable

Agadir - It is strange how youngsters learning foreign languages seek to break the “ban” on the use of taboo words and expressions. They know they are there but nobody would introduce them to the realm of the forbidden so they resort to their own ingenuity to find out. At this stage in life they may think the more foul and obscene language they have in their repertoire the better they are equipped with “ver ...

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