Three years on: Is it an Arab Spring or Islamist Fall?

Jakarta, Indonesia- Three years ago, one policewoman insulted a small Tunisian vegetable seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, by slapping him in public and seizing his vegetable cart in the town of Sidi Bouzid. With the humiliation and injustice, the helpless Bouazizi on Dec. 17, 2010, set himself on fire in protest. His self-immolation ignited a much bigger fire in North Africa and the Mideast, which became popularly ...

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Jennifer Grout, an American phenomenon stuns the Arab World with her voice

Casabanca- Music has always allowed different cultures to interact, open up and learn about one another, exchange and get inspired. Music is an artistic form through which cultural differences blend to generate beautiful outcomes. One of the recent fruits of this cultural symbiosis through music is the twenty three year old Jennifer Grout. She is a young, talented American who was unknown to the world until ...

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Saudi Arabia grants license to first female lawyer

Ryad- Saudi Arabia’s Bayan Alzahran is the country’s first female lawyer to be granted an official license from the Ministry of Justice on Sunday. Earlier this week, four female lawyers were informed that they will receive their license on Sunday, al Watan quoted ministry sources as saying. “The license is one of our rights and we did not get it until the systemic conditions were applied as set in Article 3 ...

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Is the map of the Middle East drastically changing?

London- New York Times Op-ed writer Robin Wright published a chart highlighting the potential for the Syrian conflict to act as a catalyst for sectarian divides throughout the region. The opinion piece, entitled, “How Five Countries Could Become 14,” illustrates how the instability in the region may be leading to the disintegration of the current Middle East and North Africa map. The author claims that ther ...

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The Arab World is damned, unless…

Rabat- In the wake of the multiple Arab uprisings since the Bouazizi heroic act of self-immolation with fire, the Arab people are enduring insecurity, lack of stability, joblessness, bankruptcy and hard times, rather than basking in democracy and welfare. Many Arabs are even regretting the good old dictatorships that secured them daily bread, safety and stability. In Meidan Tahrir, during the second Egyptia ...

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People of Aleppo Under The Rebel Siege

BY: Omar AL-muqdad Morocco World News Washington, July 15, 2013 Another level of the fight has emerged from the rebel side this time and here is the story: On Thursday, Syria’s main opposition coalition condemned a rebel blockade of government-held districts in the contested northern city of Aleppo, issuing a rare statement of criticism against fighters who reportedly caused severe food shortages at the sta ...

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Has the Arab Spring brought any change?

by Said Temsamani Morocco World News Washington, June 7, 2013 Change the guard, but the world goes on. Obama rescues two Vietnam veterans of the worst military and moral defeat the U.S. has ever witnessed, to conduct foreign policy and security of the only world superpower that actually exists: John Kerry, at the State Department, and Chuck Hagel, a controversial former senator, at the Pentagon. Hillary Cli ...

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Egypt ex-presidential candidate party to contest polls

CAIRO, March 5, 2013 (AFP) Former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh said Tuesday his party will contest Egypt's next parliamentary elections, boycotted by the main opposition coalition. The Strong Egypt Party is to field candidates in the staggered legislative polls which start on April 22. Abul Fotouh told reporters in Cairo he believed parties had to "stand up to authority" in order to avoid ...

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The Arab Spring: revolt, war and transition

TUNIS, Dec 14, 2012 (AFP) Several Arab countries have undergone major upheavals since December 2010, with the fall of regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, an aborted revolt in Bahrain, a change of leadership in Yemen and acivil war in Syria that was still continuing as 2012 came to a close. Key developments:  TUNISIA The self-immolation in 2010 in the central town of Sidi Bouzid of Mohamed Bouazizi, a young ...

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Obama expresses concern over Egypt deaths to Morsi

WASHINGTON, Dec 6, 2012 (AFP) US President Barack Obama expressed "deep concern" Thursday over the recent deadly political protests in Egypt, in a  call to his counterpart Mohamed Morsi, the White House said. Obama also told Morsi that it was "essential for Egyptian leaders across the political spectrum to put aside their differences and come together to  agree on a path that will move Egypt forward," the W ...

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Dubai plans new ‘city’, world’s largest mall

Dubai, Nov 24, 2012 (AFP) Dubai, famed for its mega-projects before it was hit by the global financial crisis, on Saturday announced a new development to open the world's biggest mall and a park larger than London's Hyde Park. The ruler of the Gulf desert city state, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, announced the plan for a "new city within Dubai," according to an official statement, naming it after h ...

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Moroccan humanitarian aid operation for Gaza continues

El Arish (Egypt), November 23, 2012 (MAP) The Moroccan humanitarian aid operation for Palestinian people in Gaza, launched upon the orders of King Mohammed VI, continued on Friday with the arrival of two planes to El Arish (380 km east of Cairo). Three plans carrying the first batch of Moroccan humanitarian aid arrived on Thursday in the El Arich airport. This aid, dispatched on Friday to Gaza through the R ...

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