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Kobani: The Dirty Work of Politics

Kenitra - In Kobani, a tiny city at the border of Syria and Turkey, everyone is looking for a perverted truth, a blatant fallacy and a false victory over an alleged enemy. In this isolated Kurdish town, chaos reins over order while hatred and sectarian violence prevail over love and unity. This tragedy illustrates our present state of existence and what we are forced to confront: chaos, confusion and murder ...

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Understanding Salafism: Background & Development (Part I)

Casablanca - Amid the state turbulence and chaos in the Middle East and beyond, the dimension of religion and particularly the question of Islam has become essential to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The controversy that groups such as ISIS stir; the horrific terroristic attacks here and there that are executed in the name of Islam; the accusatory fingers directed toward Muslims worldwide; the suspicion, th ...

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Toward a Wealthy and Tranquil Africa for World Peace

Istanbul - With its 248 million Muslims, Africa has the third highest Muslim population after the Asian-Pacific region and the Middle East. It is home to strategic and valuable underground resources such as oil, natural gas, gold and diamonds. The continent possesses the world’s most productive agricultural lands. In terms of its means, the people of the continent should be wealthy and prosperous. Yet that ...

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The Islam-bashing season is officially open in the West

Rabat – There is no shadow of doubt hat the terrible acts of terrorism of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015 are condemnable, by any cultural or religious standards of any human civilization. Violence wrecks the lives of individuals, families and societies and sows fear and hatred for years to come, if not to say for decades.  Terrorism must, definitely, be checked, fought and, most importantly, stif ...

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Prophet Mohammed Cartoons: Respect or Inflammation

Marrakech - As an American artist, lifelong liberal, firm advocate of the First Amendment and believer that in America, freedom of religion implicitly includes freedom from religion, I find myself in a curious position. I read today about the anonymous American cartoonist  who has pledged to draw a daily cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammed. His/her stated purpose is to promote respect of all ideas and be ...

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The Power of Islam to Radically Transform Lives: My Road to Peace

New York - I recently finished reading the autobiography of Malcolm X. I believe it should be required reading for all Muslims, and for that matter, for all people. His life is a testament to the power of Islam to transform a human being to the core, bringing him from the lowest, most miserable of conditions to becoming one of the most influential figures in history and a shining light for humanity. I was s ...

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Individual, Social and political echolalia

Agadir - When it comes to extended families, almost everyone can state or recall some funny or colorful character from his own. A friend once told me he happened to have one of the weirdest, funniest and most “entertaining” cousins in the world. This friend went on to say that his relative was the type of person with whom you would sit and talk for a while and soon would realize that the fellow quickly enou ...

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Can the EU be a role model for the Islamic world?

Istanbul - The world’s economic and sociological structure is changing, and each region has its own propulsive forces shaping this. Although there may sometimes be elements beyond our control, such as natural disasters or underground resources, it is usually trade routes, laws and new economic integration packages jointly agreed to by nation-states that lead the way in these changes. For example, the main r ...

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Media Coverage of Paris Attacks: Nationality Matters in Human Value

Nador - While the world’s news agencies were broadcasting the armed attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, dozens of lives were being taken in dispersed parts of Muslim and Arab countries with bomb attacks and snowstorms. Television and radio stations were transmitting panel audiovisual discussions of ‘terrorist group’s experts, analysts, and researchers’ to discuss any possible point that might ...

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Moroccan Decentralization: Step by Step

New York - There is a growing move around the world on the part of national governments to decentralize decision-making authority relating to human service delivery and development from central to sub-national levels.  The impetus for this is provided by a range of interests and needs. For Arab Spring countries the motivation is essentially twofold: the urgent need to promote human development is accompanie ...

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Open letter to Morocco’s Ministers of Education: French is Obsolete

By Mohamed  Belkhayat New York – I recently attended a meeting in Rabat for Moroccans living abroad. The objective was to share success stories of Moroccan associations living abroad. There were associations from the U.S., Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, The UAE and others. Although most of the people there spoke English because they were in technical and medical fields, the meeting was conducted entirely ...

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Charlie Is Dead, Islamophobia Is Alive and Kicking More Than Ever

Rabat - Islamophobia is on the rise, the season of witch-hunting is open, for the extreme right to stigmatize Muslims and by spreading fear push them, maybe, to leave. They are not wanted in Europe anymore. The racist and extreme right, Le Pen, now, has all the ingredients necessary to be elected, to do the dirty job expected of her. She could always say that she was elected democratically to do that and th ...

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