Club World Cup: Moroccans Sing About Moroccaness of Sahara During Algeria Match

Marrakech- Thousands of Moroccans attended the quarter-final match between the Algerian team Wifaq Stif and New Zealand’s Auckland City at Club World Cup 2014 in Rabat on Saturday. During the match, the crowd sang Moroccan national songs from the stands. Moroccan spectators sang famous Moroccan national songs, including “Niadae Alhassan” and “A’yun Einiya,” as well as the Moroccan national anthem during the ...

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Samir Bennis’ Lecture About ‘Western Sahara’ in New Jersey

New York - In a lecture on Saturday December 6 in New Jersey, MWN co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Samir Bennis shed light on the questions of the so-called Western Sahara. At the outset of his lecture, Mr. Bennis stated that the three elements that support Morocco’s legitimate claims over the Sahara. In this regard, he said that Morocco’s position is based on three factors: 1-  The historical ties of sovere ...

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Algeria’s Losing Strategy: Provoking Morocco

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - According to the latest issue of le Monde, the current oil price crises highlights the Algerian economy’s failure to diversify its exports, perpetually trapped in an oil windfall. The dip in oil prices could hit the country’s petroleum revenues hard, which have always allowed the Algerian regime to ensure social unrest. During the Arab Spring in Algiers in 2011, the regime g ...

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Algeria: Is it the End of Oil Bonanza?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- An estimate from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that Algeria needs to sell its oil at $113/barrel in order to balance its budget. Right now, oil is trading at around $66/barrel, and some analysts are predicting, given the right conditions, it could tumble to as low as $60/barrel. This is a disaster for Algeria. Oil and gas export earnings make up more than 97% of ...

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Western Sahara: GCC Countries, Jordan Support Morocco’s Autonomy Plan

Rabat - The states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Jordan reiterated Tuesday in Doha, their support for the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco to resolve the conflict of the ‘Western Sahara.’ In a communique released at the end of the 4th Ministerial meeting of the GCC, Jordan and Morocco, the foreign ministers of these countries reiterated their "support for the serious and credible autonom ...

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‘Western Sahara': The Non-negotiable Road Map

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Algiers and Tindouf never expected King Mohamed VI’s speech to be bluntly forthcoming. They were convinced that in light of Morocco’s latest skirmishes with UN envoy to Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, were sufficient enough to corner Moroccan authorities to a place where they could no longer maneuver their way out of the trap they have set. The king’s speech came as a shoc ...

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Morocco vs. the United Nations & the United States

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Einstein once said that if he had one hour to save the world, he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. When the late King Hassan II agreed in 1991 to a cease-fire and to UN involvement in finding a solution to the so-called Western Sahara problem, he was under the impression that the UN would first try to define the p ...

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1 Million Signatures to Support Morocco’s Autonomy Plan

Taliouine, Morocco - The “Arrahman” Association for Community and Cultural Work and Sovereignty, in collaboration with the International Coordination for the Moroccan Sahara Autonomy Support (CISASM), led a campaign today in Taliouine, about 190 kilometers from Agadir, to collect one million signatures in support of the support of the Autonomy Plan. After a meeting between the region’s community activists o ...

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Ibtissam: The New Icon of Moroccan Patriotism

New York - The supporters of the Algerian government are not happy these days with the Lebanese people, especially with the Beirut-based TV channel CBS, and they have every reason not to be. While their government has been striving, for four decades now, to thwart every Moroccan effort to reaffirm Morocco’s sovereignty over the so-called Western Sahara, some Algerians received a slap in the face on the 39th ...

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‘Western Sahara': King Mohammed VI’s Clear Message to the United Nations

New York - On the 39th anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI delivered a landmark speech that will be remembered for years to come. The speech both ended Morocco’s passivity and inertia in dealing with “Western Sahara” conflict and set the tone for Moroccan diplomacy in the coming years. Unlike his speeches in previous years, the Moroccan monarch was strong in his assessment of the current situat ...

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Western Sahara: As Rabouni Erupts in Violence, Rabat Remains Silent

Washington DC-- The release of  Mahjouba Hamdidaf , a  young Spanish woman of Saharan descent who was held against her own will in the Tindouf camps but returned to Spain few days ago, seems to have ignited further protest against the Polisario leadership and the Algerian authorities. Several Sahrawi sources in the refugee camps indicate that demonstrations continue in Rabouni. The Polisario militias have r ...

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King Mohammed VI: A Speech Unlike Any Other

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- Today’s speech is truly a speech for the ages. The king was honest with Moroccans and their enemies alike. He laid everything on the table, without any ambiguity. Everything that needed to be said was said. He has not left out anyone from Algeria and the Polisario to the UN and the US. There is, however, a question that needs to be answered: what will Moroccans do to make sur ...

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