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By Defending Muslims, Hillary Clinton Will Lose to Donald Trump

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Is Hillary Clinton harming her chance to be nominated for the highest office in the land by standing up for Muslims? The answer is, sadly, a resounding yes. Americans in general, Republicans or Democrats (and surprisingly Independents), have a very unfavorable opinion of Islam, and as Hillary Clinton continues to oppose Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US ...

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Combating Violence against Women Draft Law, a Constitutional Test in Morocco

Washington D.C. - After more than three decades of advocacy, the women’s movement in Morocco, supported by a large segment of civil society, has had high expectations that the long awaited Combating Violence against Women bill will finally provide a comprehensive legal and institutional framework that would protect women’s rights. These expectations are in the context of the 2011 Constitution, which women a ...

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What Impact of Morocco-China Strategic Partnership on Western Sahara?

New York - Following his visit to Russia in March, King Mohammed VI visited China on May 11 and 12, his second visit to the country, his first having been in 2012.  During the visit, he and Xi Jinping, China’s head of state, signed a strategic partnership between the two countries, and chaired the signing of 15 agreements and memoranda of understanding aimed at strengthening their economic partnership and t ...

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Morocco and US: The Price of Friendship

By Karim Bejjit Casablanca - Is Morocco overreacting to the Human Rights Report 2015 issued by the US State Department? The 40 page report posted on the official State Department website contains numerous references to alleged abuses of human rights committed by the Moroccan authorities in various parts of the country including the southern provinces. On Tuesday 17 May, the Moroccan interior ministry issued ...

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Postcard from Moroccan Bureaucracy

Casablanca - I recently went home to Morocco after my grandmother’s death. During my trip, I experienced unexpected efficiency and kindness by government employees. But I also experienced the utter indifference and inefficiency that our bureaucracies have perfected. This is my story. I worried as my plane landed in Casablanca that I would have a hard time at passport check. In my scatterbrained state, I had ...

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Mohammed VI Imam Academy: Another Success Story in Faith Management in Morocco

Rabat - Mohammed VI is quite a taciturn monarch in comparison to his late father Hassan II, an eloquent speaker, keen on public speaking and giving interviews to foreign press. The son unlike the father believes more in deeds than words and, indeed, since his accession to the throne, he hardly gave any interviews to the media, be it national or foreign. However, Mohammed VI, very much like his forefather Ha ...

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Taxpayer Money Should Be Utilized to Promote American Mosques

By Yassine Elkaryani Teaneck, New Jersey - For a year now, I have had conversations with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of State, and Congress, and they all seemed to agree that American mosques are a shield against extremism. Yet to my disappointment, none of the officials I spoke with could (wanted to?) offer any concrete as ...

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Promoting Inclusive and Diverse cooperation between Morocco and China

Fez - As part of Morocco’s new policy of diversifying its economic and political partners, the royal visit to China comes at a time when Morocco is witnessing a sustained human development. The major objective of this visit is the promotion of investment and trade between the two countries. After the consolidation of economic, social, and political relations with Africa, India, Europe, Russia and the Gulf S ...

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Moroccan Young People Create New Ways to Participate in Politics

Rabat - Youth and political science studies have both produced extensive research on youth participation in politics. The classical approach to youth participation arises from the socialization theories of the 1950s and 1960s, namely those of Eisenstadt (1956), Coleman (1961) and Parsons (1952). These authors define the political participation of young people as the process of their assimilation into the st ...

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Why Morocco Should Have Its “Own” Break Free Campaign

By Abdelmohsine El Hallouati Rabat - In the context of the global fight against the fossil fuel industry, Morocco should not pretend that it does not have a role in the ongoing campaign. As it demonstrated in the face of the “Arab Spring,” the country is well poised to play its own effective and peaceful part in the ongoing collective effort against oil barons and their malicious practices. Through engaging ...

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Story of Insidious Enemy Called Corruption and the Blatant Hypocrisy of the West

Rabat - A high-profile event took place in London on May 12, 2016, entitled “The Anti-Corruption Summit,” with important international figures attending from all over the world representing governments, civil society and NGOs. David Cameron, the British Prime Minister and the host of this function, mentioned, in camera, that Afghanistan and Nigeria, two Muslim countries; one poor and in the throes of extrem ...

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Under Age Housemaids: Government and Parliament Fail Moroccans

Rabat - By approving the law on the labor of minor girls, the Moroccan government and parliament consecrate the loathsome status of "little maids" that has for a long time made it possible to extract little girls from their families and place them, usually far away from their environment, in the homes of others as housemaids. Not only is this law too short of the spirit and the underlying rational of the 20 ...

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