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Algeria-Morocco: Borders of Hate and Shame

Majid Morceli San Francisco- Just as countries around the globe often celebrate their reconciliation and their union, we in North Africa just unceremoniously celebrated the 20th anniversary of the closing of the borders between Morocco and Algeria. It’s an established fact that the closing of the borders impeded economic integration between the Maghreb countries in general, but what you don’t often hear is ...

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Thank you Algeria for Honoring the Maghreb

Majid Morceli San Francisco - I left work early yesterday to go to watch Algeria play against Germany in the World Cup. Before the game, I was silently cheering for Germany, due to the many negative comments about Morocco in the Algerian media. What really did it to me was when one of the Algerian TV anchors specifically dedicated the passage of Algeria to the second round to the Polisario, a slap in the fa ...

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Capello Accuses Algerian Supporters of Using Laser to Blind Russian Goalkeeper

Casablanca- Following Algeria’s victory over Russia in their latest 2014 World Cup match, Russia’s coach, Fabio Capello, accused Algerian supporters of using laser to distract the Russian goalkeeper as he was trying to stop the long ball that eventually tied the score (1-1), granting Algeria qualification to the next round. “He was blinded by the laser beam,” stated Capello, quoted by The Guardian. “There a ...

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Amnesty International Accuses Algerian Authorities of Silencing Election Critics

Rabat- Amnesty International issued a media briefing on Monday accusing the Algerian authorities of silencing critics and curbing freedom of expression as the country prepares for the presidential election. Two days ahead of the Algerian presidential election that will take place on April 17th, NGO Amnesty International called on Algeria to “stop avoiding scrutiny of their human rights record” in the run-up ...

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Thanks to President Bouteflika We Have Potatoes and Tires in Algeria: Cheb Khaled

Taroudant, Morocco- In a new video posted on YouTube, famous Algerian singer Cheb Khaled, renewed his support to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in power since 1999. After he had said that he supports Bouteflika’s bid because he allows him to find whisky in Algeria, the king of Rai comes with another argument to justify his support to his favorite candidate. This time around Cheb Khaled said that th ...

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Algeria Distorts, Inaccurately Translates Kerry’s Speech on Presidential Election

Fez- Two days after US Secretary of State, John Kerry's visit to Algeria, Washington issued a communiqué saying that Kerry’s statement at the opening of the US-Algeria Dialogue during his first visit to Algeria earlier this week was distorted. Following the speech delivered by John Kerry, Algeria’s official news agency released a report in which it stated that the United States “expresses its satisfaction w ...

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Algeria’s six presidential candidates

ALGIERS- Campaigning kicks off on Sunday in Algeria for the April 17 presidential vote, with incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely  expected to clinch a fourth term. Below are short profiles of the six candidates: Abdelaziz Bouteflika Bouteflika, 77, first came to power in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2009 after having amended the constitution to allow him to stand  again. He is credited wit ...

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Algeria’s Bouteflika: health does not ‘disqualify’ re-election

ALGIERS- Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Saturday his ailing health does not "disqualify" his bid to run for a fourth term in polls next month. "The difficulties linked to my health do no appear to disqualify me in your eyes," he said in a message to the Algerian people on the eve of the start of campaigning, carried by national news agency APS. Bouteflika, who is 77 and has been in office sin ...

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Without Morocco, Algeria could not have become independent: Algerian politician

Fez- While Algerian politicians for decades have been oblivious of the pivotal role played by Morocco in their independence, a candidate to the presidential elections, declared in a TV show that without the help of Mohammed V, the former king of Morocco, Algeria could not have achieved its independence from French colonialism. During an interview to the Algerian TV Ennahar, Rachid Nekkaz, a politician candi ...

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Cheb Khaled decides to leave Morocco for good and resettle in France

Fez- Cheb Khaled, the king of Rai, has decided to leave Morocco for good and resettle in France with his wife and his daughters, according to RT Arabic. The singer, who was granted Moroccan citizenship last August, decided to leave the country after allegedly having a dispute with his manager, who runs a number of his project in Morocco, the same source added. Cheb Khaled officially became a Moroccan citize ...

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Closure of Morocco-Algeria borders for 20 years, “totally unacceptable”: Algerian author

Nouakchott- Algerian writer and journalist Yahya Belaaskri said "it is totally unacceptable that Morocco-Algeria borders remain closed for over 20 years for two brother people. In a statement to MAP on the sidelines of a conference on "youth and migration" held in Nouakchott by the Moroccan cultural center, Belaaskri said that this situation "is abnormal and in total contradiction with the ambitions and asp ...

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Two Guantanamo prisoners refuse release to Algeria

WASHINGTON- Two Algerian detainees at Guantanamo Bay are fighting efforts by US President Barack Obama's administration to transfer them to their homeland, fearing abuse, a lawyer said Friday. Attorney Robert Kirsch said he had pressed the Pentagon and State Department, along with the Algerian Embassy in Washington, to avoid the men's "imminent" repatriation set to take place as early as this weekend. Witho ...

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