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Boko Haram Should Be Fought With Education not With Weapons

Boko Haram: A radical, bloody organization Founded in northern Nigeria in 2002, Boko Haram is a radical organization that carried out countless terrorist attacks in the last decade. Due to their opposition to Western education, they are called 'Boko Haram' which means 'Western education is forbidden'. The purpose of the terror organization, which has completed its military structure in 2004 is aiming to bui ...

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We Are Certainly Not on the Same Page

Kenitra - "Makayench m’amen," or what can be translated as "not being on the same page," is not only a comical and ironic expression that makes Moroccans laugh. Beneath its deeper layers it reveals a serious sociological vice, and only alert people can comprehend its meanings. According to Moroccan thinker Abd-Allah al- Aroui, this expression shows on one hand that Moroccans are possessed by a ‘mind your ow ...

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Cloning Cultural Hyenas in Morocco

El Jadida - Taking our cue from the Frankfurt school’s anti hegemonic political stance against the consumerist de-educating culture of capitalism, we approach these critical times and cultural disorientations in Morocco by inquiring into the reasons behind the shift from previous organic cultural models epitomized in production of knowledge, science, labour and courage to current hybrid cultural idols of le ...

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Bahraini Shiites Should Want Freedom for Everyone

Istanbul - Wherever you look in the Arab world today you see political turmoil, conflict and internal feud. Bahrain is one such country. Readers will remember that the winds of change caused by the Arab Spring affected all of the Middle East and North Africa, and reaching the gulf coast, took hold of Bahrain as well. With the wave of democratization caused by popular uprisings for reasons such as unemployme ...

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Closing the Shrine of Bouya Omar

By Badreddine Khammali Rabat - The shrine of Bouya Omar is what we can call an extreme case of Sufism in the deeper layers of Moroccan society, where social misery is mixed with religious interest, sacred political ground, genies, demons, and mental illness.  The Bouya Omar shrine is often called the ‘Guantanamo of the epileptic and mentally ill’ by human rights organizations who are interested in putting a ...

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Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Its Understanding of Jihad

Tokyo - In the last decades, many Islamic movements have claimed Jihad as the basis of their doctrine. This article strives to deal with the issue of Jihad particularly. It focuses specifically on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/Sham (ISIS) and its understanding of Jihad. It moves on to analyze different understandings of the Holy Texts: the Quran and the Traditions of the Prophet (Hadith) that relate t ...

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Child Marriage in Morocco’s Rural Areas

Rabat - Child marriage is a cultural tradition that still exists in Morocco and in many other developing countries in Latin America, Africa, South, East and West Asia. Child marriage is defined as marriage before reaching the age of eighteen, and it is usually practiced among people belonging to a poor socioeconomic background. Islam also allows child marriages. Once the girl begins menstruation, then she h ...

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English in Morocco

Chicago - This article will not go into priorities: Arabic and Tamazight (Berber) are the official languages of Morocco, Tamazight language should be taught to all Moroccans as a national language with multiple dialects. We will devote this article to talk about Morocco’s linguistic future. Should Morocco keep French or adopt English as a second language? Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of talk ...

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Jinn Possession as a Form of Cultural Resistance in Morocco

By Mohammed Maarouf & Paul Willis El Jadida - The maraboutic scene continues today across the Moroccan countryside with many holy maraboutic shrines still dotting the landscape with their white exterior walls, domed shapes, and inside imbued with saintly chants, dances and perfumes. Maraboutic rituals from jinn evictions to trance dances appear to fulfill individual needs, especially psychological and e ...

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Illegal Immigrants: Only a Statistic in Europe

Istanbul - ‘Many of these people cannot or do not want to be identified – they are a potential security threat to the whole of Europe in terms of terrorist and criminal infiltration, besides the economic concerns.’ These words belong to Italian ambassador Alessandro de Pedys and ‘these people’ are the illegal immigrants who are fleeing to Europe hoping to get away from the immediate danger to their lives. A ...

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Morocco’s Education of the Future

Kenitra - Morocco is in the throes of revolutionary educational change at a pivotal point in the nation’s history. With high market demand and an ever-increasing need for students to develop English language skills, the time to act is now. The government has toyed with the notion for a long time, but the need to provide the upcoming generation with a platform to improve the quality of education and access t ...

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Racial Reconciliation Leads to Prosperity

Marrakech - Much of my professional life involves applying democratic, participatory decision-making methods in order to catalyze and bring to fruition human development initiatives. We are fortunate that these enjoy a high success rate, leading to shared socioeconomic and environmental benefits. Interestingly, when we come to study such experiences, a fairly consistent common factor emerges – that of confl ...

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