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Why Ban Ki-moon Is No Longer a Trusted Broker in Western Sahara

New York - As is typical of the speeches he has delivered in recent years, King Mohammed VI delivered a strongly-worded address at the first Morocco- GCC-Summit held on Wednesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital. Most Moroccan and foreign observers were taken aback, however, by the scathing tone of the Moroccan King’s speech.  The monarch’s message took on greater significance in light of its timing and it ...

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Arab World Churning: India must smartly build a strategic partnership with Morocco

New Delhi - The unveiling of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious plan, christened Saudi Vision 2030 – to wean the Islamic Kingdom away from oil, needs to be seen in the right perspective. On the economic front, three things have forced Riyadh to take this bold step – the prolonged period of cheap oil, advances in shale oil and gas technology, and growing concerns about global warming. These factors have convinced the ...

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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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Road Accidents: We Are Registering Sad Records

Rabat - “Many times have the permanent circulation dangers in Morocco been condemned… and just lately, many voices rose, during the government council, to demand insistently –and urgently-new measures that limit the number of accidents. It seems, however, that the adopted sanctions are characterized by slowness and lack of relative moderation. No law, of course, shall replace the prudence and proficiency of ...

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Moroccan Schools: No Child Should Be Left on the Bench

Kenitra - In his book The Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy, a New York Times best-selling novelist and a leading figure of late-20th century American literature wrote:  “Great teachers had great personalities and that the greatest teachers had outrageous personalities […] Teaching is the art of theft: of knowing what to steal and from whom. Bad teachers do not touch me; the great ones never leave me. They ri ...

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Morocco-GCC Countries: A Genuine Strategic Alliance

New York - King Mohammed VI traveled to Saudi Arabia to participate in the first Morocco-GCC summit on Wednesday. Ever since Morocco’s independence over six decades ago, the Moroccan royal family has striven to build privileged personal relations with its Gulf counterparts. Over the years, the bonds of brotherhood built between Morocco and the six Gulf monarchies have born their fruit and immunized the mona ...

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Algerian Official Uses a Washington DC Event to Bash Morocco

By Joshua Kohen Washington D.C. - A panel about unity does not connote words that represent division, rivalry, and conflict. However, Malek Djaoud, the Algerian Embassy Minister-Counselor, was recently invited to speak at a panel on African Unity at a university in Washington DC, and seized the opportunity to speak against the only unified and stable country in the North African region: the Kingdom of Moroc ...

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U.S. Elections: What You Need to Know About Nomination Process

By Robbert Allen Rabat - Before Americans can vote for the next President of the United States, they must first choose who they want to represent their party in the general election. While it may be easier to simply look at the results of recent contests to see who won, to better understand the endless column inches and countless hours of television coverage of the primary season, it’s important to understa ...

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King Mohammed VI’s Speech at Morocco-GCC Summit Sets the Record Straight

Rabat - King Mohammed VI delivered a speech as strong, straightforward and clear as the historical moment calls for. The language leaves no room to the ambiguity that usually marks the discourse of high politics and diplomacy. Relevance is the key word. Morocco is a sovereign country. It can and will make all its strategic decisions in full independence. When it establishes relations or alliances with other ...

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Does Ban Ki-moon’s Report Herald a Shift in UN’s Approach on Western Sahara

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has submitted the advanced copy of his annual report on the “Situation Concerning the Western Sahara” to the Security Council. The 25-page report, which is expected to be officially released later this week, has been eagerly anticipated as it comes against the backdrop of an unprecedented friction between the UN chief and Morocco following the former’s ...

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Morocco’s Rif Region Is Not an Outlaw Country and Certainly Not the Heartland of Global Terrorism

Rabat - Yet again, Western journalism goes sensational and culturally insensitive when dealing with the Muslim world. One wonders whether it is out of sheer ignorance or the calculated aim to inflict pain and cause panic. Being a native son of the Rif region of northern Morocco and a cultural anthropologist and linguist, who has worked on the culture of the area for over 40 years, I was truly flabbergasted ...

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Western Sahara: Why the Referendum Has Been Impossible Since Day One

Rabat - The ongoing friction between Morocco and Ban Ki-moon following the UN chief’s controversial statement, in which he described Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupation” has brought to the surface the lingering question of why the United Nations has failed to put an end to the conflict. Though this territorial dispute has been on its agenda for the past six decades, the UN has not succee ...

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