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Some of the Salient Reasons behind Islamic Radicalism

Rabat - In the last year or so, many countries, either within coalitions, or on a solitary basis have been striking at ISIS where it is supposed to be based. An American strike, even, blasted their money hideout and apparently starved them of the much-needed cash for their world operations. But, the truth of the matter is that the more you hit ISIS, the stronger it becomes and the more lethal and dangerous ...

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The Chinese Foreign Policy and Cultural Soft Power

By Hassan Eziou Beijing - In modern international politics, the state’s foreign policy is highly measured by its ability to maintain its interests within a remarkably complex and challenging international system. To maintain this successfully, states are very much aware of the role power plays in promoting their image and interests around the globe. However, today’s conventional understanding of power is no ...

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Moroccan Educational System: Problems and Solutions

By Jawad Garmah Rabat - Education is always considered as the backbone of any society. It contributes significantly in the development of any country at all levels including business, health, law, agriculture, and services, etc. Most of the developed countries put education in the priority when it comes to rank the sectors that help efficiently the progression of the country. In Morocco, however, education ...

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Introducing Critical Thinking to Public Schools

By Badr Charchaoui Rabat - “Educations is worthless without freedom of expression,” one of my colleagues declared exasperatedly one day. His statement reminded me of the Connecting Classrooms Program, which was initiated by the British Council and the Minister of Education throughout course of this year. The program has so far been introduced in Morocco as well as other countries, including some North Afric ...

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Cost-Sharing: A Threat to Higher Education in Morocco

Fez - Historically speaking, Moroccan universities have a long tradition with the Qarawiyyin University, founded in the 9th century. After the colonial era, a pattern of growth in Moroccan universities began with the duplication of the colonial model (same curricula, same system of evaluation, same language of instruction). This pattern did not last longer after the colonial era as the state introduced Arab ...

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The Art of Halqa, Site-Specificity, and Moroccan Cultural Identity (Part I)

By Jaouad Radouani Rabat - This article seeks to discuss the question of culture, art, and identity in Morocco. It aims to do so by analyzing the role art plays in consolidating the notion of nationalism, spreading it, and helping individuals, and the society as a whole, preserve their cultural identity. Amid the modern globalized culture which is turning the world into a small village, it is hard to keep o ...

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Reflections on the Moroccan Educational System: (Part 1: Pitfalls)

Rabat - Morocco is undoubtedly one of the few countries in the world that is spending over 25% of its yearly budget[1] on education and employing a true army of educators and functionaries in the sector but not reaching the expected results of equality, equity and quality. The political will is definitely there, but the way, for some unknown reason, is lacking even after the implementation of a ten-year ref ...

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Foreign Language Teaching: French vs. Moroccan Learning System (Part 2)

By Mbarek Ahuilat Orléans, France - Morocco’s latest commitment was launched 5 years ago in an ambitious reform of its education system. This reform takes aim at generalizing the mandatory school on the one hand—especially in rural areas—then adapting and modernizing the programs and teachers’ practice on the second hand. If this reform deals naturally with the linguistic issue, it does not really cast doub ...

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Italy and North Africa in the 21st Century    

Rabat - Italy as a nation and as a civilisation has always been present in the life, destiny and imagination of North Africa and will always be for a long time to come, vivid and omnipresent. For the South Mediterranean people, Italy is more than a country and a culture, it is a sort of an icon. Many times when lay people are asked about Italy, they would say, without thinking, “they are very much like us,” ...

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Aesthetics and Politics of FUNdamentalism: The Controversial Case of Little Mosque on the Prairie

By Jamal Akabli Rabat - Little Mosque on the Prairie, the Muslim Cosby Show, as it has been judiciously christened, has been praised, and dispraised as well, for its heretofore unheard-of capacity to generate and foster intercultural and inter-communal dialogue as well as for its audacity in transgressing common sense and in trespassing a land-mined territory that is likelier to prove provocative and unsett ...

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Approaches to the Teaching of Academic Writing

Rabat - Throughout the history of language teaching and learning, the teaching of writing has been the subject of focus for many teachers and applied linguists. At times the teaching of writing skills has been prioritized, at others neglected. With the rise of the communicative movement came a focus on speaking and communicative skills. But as teachers search for an approach to language teaching which integ ...

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Cross-Cultural Communication Problems among Moroccan EFL Students

Fez - While knowledge of language rules is important in every ESL/EFL context, these language rules remain useless if they do not conform to social norms. Highlighting the importance of the social aspect of language, Hymes (1972) pointed out “There are rules of use without which rules of usage will be useless.” Knowing the rules of language remains just one aspect of language knowledge; however, this knowle ...

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