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Skills and Qualifications Decide the Best English Language Teachers

By El Mehdi Oussellim Marrakech - The following is a reader reaction to the original article “The Hurdle of Native Speaker Requirement for English Language Teachers” by Abdelmounim Ait Hammou. Critical Analysis In his article, Ait Hammou addresses the issue of English native speakers being favoured to teach English in foreign countries. This issue has become more obvious especially in online vacancies. Many ...

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Morocco’s New Ambassador to Washington: Tough Challenges and New Opportunities

Washington D.C - Morocco’s new ambassador, Lalla Joumala Alaoui, lands in Washington at a critical time for the Moroccan diplomacy, especially in light of Rabat’s recent setbacks in Brussels and the U.S. Administration's lack of clear support to Morocco's position on the “Western Sahara.” Since Morocco’s new chief diplomat in Washington happens to also be a Princess and a cousin of Morocco’s current King Mo ...

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Teacher Trainees Crisis: No Justification for Use of Force Against Protestors

By Dina Touiss Marrakech - The following is a reader reaction to the original article “Morocco: The Crisis in the House of Education’’ by Abdellatif Zaki. Critical Analysis In this article, Abdellatif Zaki addresses the issue of the still-escalating teacher trainees’ crisis. On September 2015, Morocco’s ministry of Education passed two decrees. The first decree reduces the scholarship of teacher trainees by ...

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Birmingham Koran: Scientists Should Put Emphasis on the Study of the Koran

By Amine El Kounti Marrakech - The following is a reader reaction to the original article “Birmingham Koran May Have Belonged to Prophet Muhammad’s Friend Abu Bakr” by Morocco World News. Critical Analysis In his article, the author addresses the issue of the discovery of an ancient copy of the Koran at the University of Birmingham last year and claims that evidence suggests that this copy of the Holy Koran ...

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Beating a Moroccan Man in Philadelphia: The Story Has Two Sides

By Abdelali Elbouhssini Marrakech - The following is a reader reaction to the original article “Moroccan Man Beaten in Philadelphia for Speaking in Arabic,” by Morocco World News. Critical analysis In this article, Morocco World News addresses the issue of a man who has been attacked by a white, American man for speaking to an American woman in the Arabic language. The newspaper narrates the incident in det ...

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Reflections on the Moroccan Educational System: (Part 2: Challenges Overcome)

Challenges and pitfalls overcome As a follow-up to the World Conference on Education for All (Jomtien, Thailand, 1990), the world community convened in Dakar, in 2000, in a world conference on the theme of “Education For All” (EFA), to review the achievements of Jomtien and launch an ambitious program for the period 2000-2015, centering on the following lofty goals: Goal 1: Expand early childhood care and e ...

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From Rant to Reason in What It Means and Does Not Mean to Be Arab and Muslim

Rabat - To begin, I must make a few warning remarks. I would like to invite anyone who is reading this text with the specific purpose of finding evidence that I reject Islam or that I hate Arabs or that I have been alienated by Western ideologies to stop the exercise here as, one, they will not, and two, I will not let them get away with it. Also, with no false humility, I would extend the same invitation t ...

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Morocco’s Inauguration of Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex is a Great Model for Africa

New Delhi - A significant development took place this week in Morocco when King Mohammed VI inaugurated the first phase of the Noor Ouarzazate concentrated solar power complex – the largest in the world – and launched construction works for Noor II and Noor III. When completed the multi-technology Noor Ouarzazate complex spread over 3,000 hectares will have an overall installed capacity of 580 MW. This will ...

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What Lies Ahead for France?

Istanbul - In the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 extreme nationalism in the form of terrorist attacks rose in France just like in the rest of Europe. Followed by the 2008 economic crisis that caused unemployment and a fall in the general level of prosperity, social fears triggered by refugees fleeing from the war zones also added to the increase in protectionist tendencies. Thus France became suitabl ...

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Reading Between the Lines of King Mohammed VI’s New Ambassador Appointments

New York - For several weeks, Moroccans have been awaiting the changes in ambassadors announced by the Foreign Ministry a couple of months ago. Few Moroccans could have anticipated the significance of the new appointments. For the first time in Morocco’s diplomatic history, King Mohammed VI appointed 78 ambassadors. While some have been appointed for the first time, others were simply transferred from one c ...

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When Scientific Knowledge is not the Final Authority in Morocco

El Jadida - To respond to the strong comments made by the imam Yahya al-Mdaghri affiliated to Hamza mosque in Salé during a recent Friday sermon when he blamed the inhabitants of the Rif for the last earthquake that shook the region and scared the population, we would like to highlight the fact that what the sermonizer attested to his audience either regarding the earthquake or the drought as being divine f ...

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Moroccan Teachers: Where is Democracy?

By Abdelhak Belffkih Tangier - Nowadays, most of Moroccans assume that they live in a democracy only by having the right to vote in elections. By this, they feel that they can express themselves freely on the issues of the day, holding whatever opinions they wish on the political leadership of their country without fearing negative reprisals for disagreeing with or criticizing those in power. But in reality ...

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