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Arab Spring Legacy in Tatters, Hopes Pinned on Tunisia

Tunis- With chaos in Libya, military takeover in Egypt and Syria's brutal conflict threatening to extinguish hopes fueled by the Arab Spring, only Tunisia stands out even as its stability hangs in the balance. By the end of 2013, the political forces that emerged from the tumultuous changes in the region nearly three years ago have yet to build the new democratic order or bring about the social transformati ...

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Aeronautical Industry helped Morocco avoid Arab Spring: expert

Bordeaux - The Kingdom's appeal as one of Africa’s top business destinations helps explain its stability when its neighbors were shaken by violent uprisings. The Moroccan aeronautical industry is believed to have played a major role in the country's steadiness, especially thanks to the hundreds of millions of dollars that were invested in the sector., according to British expert Christopher Harress. Since 2 ...

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A Regal Response to an Undue Provocation

Rabat- Two Arab states that weathered the storms of the Arab spring are the military republic of Algeria and the neighboring kingdom of Morocco. The kingdom managed to endure the wave of revolutions in 2011-2012, as I have described previously, thanks to a long track record of incremental reform toward the rule of law, parliamentary constitutional government, human rights, and minority and gender equality - ...

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The Arab World Caught Between Despotism and Chaos

Rabat- Since their first encounters with Western civilization in the 18th and 19th centuries, Arab intellectuals have been preoccupied with trying to explain the causes of the West’s progress and their countries’ own slow development Among the interpretations provided are ones that attributed the region’s malaise to political despotism. Dictatorship has been holding the region back and depriving it from ach ...

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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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The Arab Spring Turning to a Gloomy Fall

By Saad Eddine Lamzouwaq Rabat When a Tunisian fruit seller in the tiny city of Sidi Bouzid set fire to himself as a protest against confiscating his fruit-cart and the ensuing ill-treatment he was victim of at the police station, he surely hadn’t thought he would set the whole region ablaze, besides his body. Mohamed Bouazizi’s self immolation could have been a minor incident that not so many people would ...

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Amina vs Bouaazizi, Femen vs the Arab World

By Younes Radi Morocco World News Rabat, June 15, 2013 The Arab world has been shaken by the latest videos of Amina, and afterwards her three comrades who exhibited bare chests in the Tunisian streets. The outrage has been quasi unanimous and the fatwas have been flowing from every mosque, every religious television program. Editorialists and bloggers have written extensively.. Live TV debaters and pundits ...

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Mubarak wants Egyptians to rally round Morsi: lawyer

CAIRO, March 11, 2013 (AFP) Toppled president Hosni Mubarak, awaiting trial over his role in the deaths of protesters, believes Egyptians should rally around his Islamist successor and end violent protests, his lawyer told  AFP on Monday. President Mohamed Morsi, twice jailed by Mubarak before he himself was  overthrown on February 11, 2011, is the "elected president, people should  rally around him," the f ...

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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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Tunisia in crisis as president’s party rejects govt plan

TUNIS, Feb 12, 2013 (AFP) Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki's secular party said it would stay in the ruling coalition, reversing a previous threat, but maintained its call for key Islamist ministers to resign. The widow of the leftist opposition leader whose assassination last week sparked the political crisis meanwhile called on the government to resign. The centre-left Congress for the Republic (CPR) ha ...

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Islamists lack savvy to rule in Tunisia, Egypt: experts

TUNIS, Feb 11, 2013 (AFP) Islamists who rose to power following the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled veteran leaders in Tunisia and Egypt are facing an uncertain future because they lack the political savvy to rule, analysts say. The murder last week of leftist Tunisian politician and outspoken government critic Chokri Belaid sparked unrest across the country, where despite the optimism of the revolutions ...

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US, Egypt defense chiefs back security ties: Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Feb 6, 2013 (AFP) US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke by phone with his Egyptian counterpart on Tuesday to hear an update on the tense political situation in Cairo and the "role" of the army amid recent street demonstrations, a Pentagon spokesman said. Defence minister and military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, who has warned the state could collapse in the face of political upheaval, ...

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