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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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Morocco slams Algeria’s ‘sterile’ rhetoric on Western Sahara

Geneva- Morocco denounced Monday in Geneva, Algeria's "sterile" rhetoric on human rights in the Western Sahara and called Algiers to be concerned about human rights violations committed on its own territory. "I call on the Algerian Ambassador to avoid sterile and embarrassing discussions for the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, the President of the Human Rights Council and all delegations," Morocco's ...

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Algeria-Morocco: Peace it Up Now!

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Thank God It’s Friday. It’s time to take a deep breath and unwind. I don’t feel like doing anything tonight, I just want to stay home and do some “Chromecasting”: streaming content from YouTube to an LCD TV using a $35 basic device, which I consider one of the many great inventions of Google in the last few years. I was not sure what I wanted to stream, but one thing I did k ...

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Sahrawi Community Celebrates divorced Woman

By Yassine Makhou Guelmime - In the south of Morocco, some Sahrawi tribes celebrate the divorced woman after the end of her marriage, acknowledging her honor and prestige. The tradition aims at preserving the woman’s dignity and reviving her chances to get married again, since in the Hassani community there is no difference between the deflowered and the virgin in terms of her dowry. Contrary to the stereot ...

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Algerians & Moroccans to Play Volleyball Using International Border Fence as Net

Rabat - Moroccan and Algerian citizens are to face off in a volleyball game over the international border fence that separates the two countries on October 31. Fed up with the closed borders, despite the deeply rooted ties in the common Moroccan-Algerian history, Moroccan and Algerian youngsters have decided to take action, through sports. Moroccan and Algerian activists have created an event on FaceBook, c ...

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Some Algerian Press Lead Provocative Media War Against Morocco: Minister

Rabat - Some Algerian media outlets are conducting a "provocative media war" against Morocco, said Wednesday in Rabat minister of Communication, Government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi, saying that 1,605 news articles hostile to the Kingdom have been published during one year, including 600 on the Moroccan Sahara issue. "We have counted between June 2013 and June 2014 a total of almost 1,605 news article ...

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Western Sahara: Morocco Reiterates ‘Firm Commitment’ to Political Process, Urges ‘Neutrality’ of UN Secretariat

New York, United Nations - Morocco's ambassador to the United Nations Omar Hilale reiterated Tuesday in New York the Kingdom's "firm commitment" to the political process which "inevitably requires neutrality of the UN Secretariat," warning that any attempt to alter the mandate of the MINURSO "could even jeopardize its very existence". "I would like to reiterate our firm commitment to the political process w ...

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Morocco-Algeria: The Unbalanced Friendship

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- For several decades Morocco was able to form solid relationships with countries that can be considered good friends, because they could undoubtedly help tip the balance in our favor when it comes to our country’s sacred cause. Morocco has been a big help to many of these so-called friends. France considers Morocco a lucrative business partner and the balance of their trade ob ...

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Western Sahara: FM Says 2015 Will Be an Important Year for National Cause

Rabat - Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar said on Thursday that the year 2015 will be important for the Moroccan national cause. Talking about the latest developments of the cause of the Western Sahara during a joint meeting of the committee of foreign affairs, national defense, endowment and Islamic affairs, and Moroccan expatriates at the lower house, and the committee of foreign affairs, borders, occu ...

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Morocco Rejects African Union Decision to Appoint a Special Envoy for Western Sahara

Rabat - Morocco rejected this Tuesday the African Union's decision to appoint what it called a special envoy for the Western Sahara issue, says a release of the ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation.  The release said Morocco "does not, in any way, feel concerned by this unilateral decision", and denied to the AU any "legal ground nor a political base or moral legitimacy to intervene, in any way, in t ...

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Morocco Denounces Algeria’s ‘Biased’ Discourse on Human Rights in Western Sahara

Geneva - Morocco denounced in Geneva on Tuesday, Algeria's "biased and implausible discourse" on human rights in the the Wesetrn Sahara, stressing that the neighboring country "cannot be both the judge and the party" in this dispute. "Algeria continues to wrongly mention human rights in the Moroccan Sahara, as it has no credibility to do so since it systematically violates them back home," said Hassane Bouk ...

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Moroccan Delegate Minister Meets With Speaker of National Assembly of Burkina Faso

Rabat - Minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida, met Tuesday in Rabat, with speaker of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso, Soungala Apollinaire Ouattara, who is on a current visit to Morocco, on ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation. At a press briefing after the meeting, the Burkinabe official praised the exemplary and dynamic bilateral cooperation, welcoming Morocco's s ...

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