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A Radical Rethink: Aligning People’s and Donors’ Priorities

New York - With the enormous diversity of social contexts where development interventions take place, one might imagine it would be extremely difficult to identify a single rule of thumb that enables the best possibility for project success, or sustainability.  However, global experiences since the aftermath of WWII and the implementation of the Marshall Plan do in fact point to an identifiable quality – as ...

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Changing Status of Morocco and the Migrants it Guards

San Francisco - While Africa's passageways of migration are more varied and numbered than any in Europe or North America could dream of, there's an aspect to migration to which Morocco and other African countries are yet unaccustomed - legalization of illegal immigrants. While attempting to garner a higher status in both European and African regional politics, there are other crucial effects of the 2014 leg ...

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King Mohammed VI to friend and foe: You cannot have your cake and eat it too

Rabat - For the last 39 years, the late King Hassan II and his successor Mohammed VI have traditionally made speeches on the anniversary of the Green March on November 6th, to inform the Moroccan people of the latest developments on the issue and establish future policies and roadmaps. However, this year, there was a total departure from this tradition. The king’s speech appeared to be for Moroccans, but it ...

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What Comes First Bread or Democracy?

Rabat - Many people from the Arab Spring countries are regretting loudly the dictatorships they have euphorically booted out of power few years ago, because since, neither democracy has occurred, as they were told, nor their living standards have improved. Worse, they are facing daily instability and all the dangers it entails, for themselves and their families, and have, likewise, lost their jobs and, as a ...

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Morocco: Coleman the Hacker Is Wasting His Time

Washington, DC -- The publication of “stolen” classified Moroccan Government diplomatic and military documents by a hacker calling himself chris_coleman24 shows that Morocco has “very few secrets.” Most of the revelations made through this hacking are “known facts” and prove that the Kingdom is using all methods to get its message across to the world. However, the problem is the effectiveness of these activ ...

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Gender Equality: Bad News for Moroccan Women

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - If you are a Moroccan woman, The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 will make you want to sob. According to the report, Moroccan women are ranked 133 out of 142 countries in terms of equality. To put it into perspective, Moroccan women are doing a little better than women from Chad (140), but worse than women from Guinea (132). What is more upsetting is that the status of Morocca ...

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Soccer Coach Ali Fergani: A One-of-a-Kind Algerian

By Majid Morcili San Francisco - We have grown accustomed to expecting that anytime an Algerian speaks out about Morocco that it is most likely to be something negative and in line with the Algerian regime. Ali Fergani, former captain of Algeria’s soccer team, has spoken out with a refreshing positive view in an article in Jeune Afrique in which the magazine interviewed well known soccer personalities as to ...

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Royal Air Maroc CEO still in Denial over Company Public Relations Woes

Washington DC -- Two days after Morocco World News (MWN) published an article summarizing the feelings of the Moroccan community in North America toward Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the CEO of Morocco’s national carrier made an appearance at the National Parliament to discuss his company’s performance. Ironically, Mr. Driss Benhima complained about RAM’s unjust treatment at the hands of the government and claimed ...

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Morocco-Algeria: Keep the Borders Closed

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Moroccans decision-makers have recently been asking Algeria to reopen its borders, but the Algerian government has declined, even going so far as to impose impossible conditions to even start discussing normalization with Morocco, much less opening the borders. Algeria’s reasons for keeping its borders closed are outdated and based on a vendetta and cold war mentality. Among ...

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The Arab Spring tsunami engulfing China

Rabat - In 2010, the Arab democracy spring came to life in Tunisia, this tiny North African nation that courageously rejected patriarchy, nepotism and tribalism and opted for democracy. Sooner than soon, this romantic call for overthrowing absolutism engulfed the Arab world, ushering in the premises of a new beginning. However, this movement was in many cases swamped by blood and abject atrocities, but yet ...

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Morocco: New Education Year, Old Problems

Fez - The Moroccan Department of Education in Morocco set the 2014-2015 education program schedules specifying September 10 and 11 to be the actual start of the school year for primary and secondary schools, respectively. However, classes didn’t really begin until October 13, as class attendance reached its peak. This evident discrepancy between official statements and actual proceedings is common in the st ...

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Morocco-France: The French President Remorse Syndrome

San Francisco - In his speech at the inauguration of the exhibition “Contemporary Morocco,” French President Francois Hollande stated that “Morocco and France remain not only exceptional partners, but also deepen their cooperation in all areas.” He added, “I want to maintain the trust and overcome the difficulties that sometimes arise because we need each other.” Is the French president having second though ...

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