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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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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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Why Morocco is Disappointed With the US Position on Western Sahara

New York - Moroccan authorities have voiced their disappointment with the position the United States has adopted regarding the Western Sahara. In a communique made public following the adoption of Resolution 2285, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said: "The Kingdom of Morocco regrets that the member of the Security Council that is responsible for the drafting and presentation of the ...

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London Says NO to Trump’s Bigotry by Electing a Muslim Mayor

Rabat - The people of Britain are setting up, yet again, a good example of brotherhood of men and dialogue of cultures and religions and telling the world that bigotry has no place in the modern world. Indeed, the election of Sadiq Khan, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, by a clear majority to the mayorship of London is a strong signal that the British people are sending, exclusively, to Donald Trump, who ...

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Do Morocco and Algeria Need the Superpowers?

Majid Morceli San Francisco - There are several reasons Morocco has been unable to make any tangible progress in its perpetual fight against the Algerian backed rebels in the Sahara. First and foremost is the near impossibility for Morocco to make itself worthier than Algeria to the United States. Algeria is one of the world’s top ten producers of both oil and natural gas. Algeria is a lucrative market for ...

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Where Does Morocco Stand in The Global Tourism Market

Fez - Spain, Morocco’s northern neighbor, is experiencing tourism boom. After years of crisis that have led to a 20 percent unemployment rate, tourists flock to Spain in high numbers. In 2015, the rise in touristic arrivals was over seven percent. The beaches of Barcelona teamed with visitors from mostly landlocked European countries and Great Britain. The season of 2016 looks even more promising, and accor ...

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Western Sahara: We Must Make Saharaouis Stakeholders

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - The latest UN resolution has vividly shown who are Morocco’s friends and enemies, as well as who is interested in keeping the conflict alive for eternity. Moroccan observers have been stunned by the Russians’ decision to vote for the UN resolution, assuming that the latest visit by the Moroccan king to Russia assured Russian backing on the North African kingdom’s sacred caus ...

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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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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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