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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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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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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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Beyond U.S Borders: Presidential Candidates on Issues of Foreign Policy

By Robert Allen Rabat - While the rhetoric of the American 2016 presidential campaign has caught the attention of readers both at home and abroad, debates over women’s rights on the Republican side and concerns about climate change and fracking among Democratic candidates have largely resonated within U.S. borders. However, given the role of the U.S. as a key player in shaping events worldwide, watchful eye ...

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Panama Papers Panic: The Worldwide Dirty Dealings Tsunami

Rabat - It is an established truth, almost axiomatic, that world leaders are, indeed, world liars that take their people’s trust in them for granted. A sort of a blank check they can use at will and with no scruples, whatsoever. The word “politics” ought to be revisited by linguists and defined as “the art of lying,” instead of “the art of managing the affairs of the city.” People have not waited for langua ...

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Moroccan ‘Mule Women’s’ Suffering Continues Unabated

Rabat - Recently the spotlight of the world news was and still is on the thousands of migrants waiting in Greece or Eastern European countries to be admitted in the European Eldorado. Many of them come from Syria, escaping war and the persecution to which they are subjected from the inhuman Assad regime and ferocious ISIS. Among, them, however, there are thousands of economic refugees from Sub-Saharan Afric ...

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