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Understanding the Victories of ISIS

Rabat - The military prowess of ISIS is a mystery to Western observers.Nations with elite militaries fail to understand how the armies they have trained and equipped lose ground so fast to what they take to be small, unorganized, poorly equipped and trained commandos of uneducated and uncultured bigots. Their initial conviction that ISIS will be defeated by the support of air strikes and financial blockades ...

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What Political Solution for Libya?

Rabat - Libya today has become quite a persistent headache for the world community, in gneral, and Europe, in particular. NATO is surely regretting bitterly it has not finished the work it started in 2011 to oust the dictator Qhaddafi. The help extended generously to the revoutionaries, then, by NATO certainly destroyed the Qhaddafi system, but with it went, to date, the Libyan state. Today it is merely a c ...

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The Cultural Representation of the Labour Contract in Morocco

By Paul Willis and Mohammed Maarouf  El Jadida - Moroccan popular Islamic practices, including pagan survivals, the continuing potency of maraboutic popular beliefs in the occult and magical understandings of fate, all provide fertile soil within which capitalist forms of exploitation can find easy groundings. The social link between the religious and economic domains is channeled through the transference o ...

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Ashura in Mainstream Islam

El Jadida - Historically, Ashura does not belong to the solar agrarian calendar. It is held on the tenth of Muharram in the lunar calendar which commenced to be used in 638 CE when Umar b. al-Khattab conferred with his advisors on the starting date of the Islamic Year and it was agreed that the date of the migration (hijra) of the Prophet to Medina would be taken as the big event and appropriate reference p ...

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Implementing the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

New York - After fifteen years of nations pursuing the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations, representatives of the member states, along with experts and private citizens, have defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help set the course for the next fifteen years. All told seventeen goals have been developed which together aim to end poverty and hunger; ensure access to hea ...

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The Undeclared Roads War in Morocco

Rabat - Driving on Moroccan roads is a big risk and quite a challenge. In some foreign advisories made available to travelers, it is stated clearly: "Think twice before deciding to drive in Morocco: it is risky and dangerous, local drivers take unnecessary risks, cyclists and pedestrians are careless and the roads in some parts of the back country are atrocious." Nobody is going to argue against this statem ...

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The Islamic Principles that Changed My Life

New York – Mainstream culture relentlessly attempts to persuade us that the ultimate aspirations in life are leisure, pleasure and consumption; ideally, a combination of the three while eschewing deep thought and reflection and ignoring ethical and moral issues. The pursuit of these pseudo-values leads us to spend the majority of our waking hours chasing wealth, which we then heedlessly spend on goods and e ...

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Why English is of Paramount Importance to Morocco

By Ambassador Theodore Kattouf Marrakech - Language in Morocco is a vibrant resource and an economic imperative. Arabic, Tamazight, French and Spanish are spoken from the souks of Tangier, across the Atlas Mountains, to the desert gardens of Marrakech and beyond. While as a result, millions of Moroccans are fluent in multiple languages, young people in particular have inherited a linguistic jigsaw puzzle th ...

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Ashura and the Ritual Emancipation of Women in Morocco

El Jadida - Anthropologically speaking, the popular Islamic ritual of Ashura has been approached as a pagan survival in Morocco. There is a traditional thesis on Ashura that it is an Islamic ceremony incorporated by the newly Islamized Berbers as early natives to substitute the ancient practice of burial and resurrection of the vegetation deity. Westermarck refutes the thesis of a primeval God burial on the ...

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Thank You God, I Am Moroccan

By Majid Morcelli San Francisco - When I was in growing up in Morocco, my mother has always insisted that I should think about others before thinking about myself. I remember the days when I came home for late lunch or dinner after spending time hanging out with friends, and my mother would hand few dirhams to go get me a sandwich, my favorite bread and tuna “Sevillana”. The reason I could not eat at home w ...

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The Spectrum of Language Choice for Moroccan Education

Rabat - Two or three years ago, a colleague with whom I was hardly acquainted called and asked me to join what he referred to as an elite group of Moroccan Anglophone intellectuals and activists interested in the linguistic situation of Morocco and eager to replace French with English as the country’s second language. He said, not without some pride, that many leading intellectuals and influential political ...

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Boko Haram Should Be Fought With Education Not With Weapons

Istanbul - 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 ai ...

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