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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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Sahrawi Children in Spain Exploited by Polisario, Ignored by Morocco

Washington DC - The case of the Mahyuba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Spanish national of Saharan descent, being held against her will in the Algeria controlled camps for Sahrawi refugees in Tindouf raises serious questions about the legitimacy and ethics of Polisario’ s practice of sending young kids to Cuba and Spain. It brings to the forefront the tragedy of thousands of Sahrawi kids forcibly sent by the Pol ...

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Morocco & the 2105 Nations Cup: The choice Between Ebola & Football

By Majid Morcili San Francisco- Due to Ebola outbreak, Morocco's government requested that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delay the 2015 Nations Cup event scheduled to take place in Morocco on January 17 to February 8. The swift answer from the CAF is “NO”. The question on every Moroccan’s mind is should the Moroccan government do the right thing to protect the Moroccan people, or should it ris ...

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Has the Arab Spring Failed?

Rabat -When Mohamed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian street vendor, was harshly molested by the police force of his country for doing business without a license, he felt his manhood and citizenship was being humiliated by a repressive regime and, as a result, poured kerosene over his body and lit a match to put an end to his miserable living conditions. The same match that put an end to his life prompted a larger ...

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Morocco-Algeria: The King’s speech

San Francisco - In king Mohammed VI’s speech to the Parliament, it was not what the king of Morocco said, it was more on what he hasn't said. It was a very clever speech or as some like to say “a’ la Hassan II”. The Algerians, and frankly many of us, expected the king to discuss the Sahara issue at length. None of that happened. He briefly touched on the subject when he said: “MPs have made significant effo ...

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