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Mohamed Chtatou

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Dr. Mohamed Chtatou is a Professor at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat. He is currently a political analyst with Moroccan, Saudi and British media on politics and culture in the Middle East and Islam and teaching Community Based Learning and Amazigh studies to American students at Amideast/Morocco in Rabat. He was born in the Amazigh village of Ajdir north of Taza, in a French colonial prison in 1952 because his parents were Liberation Army officers fighting for Moroccan Independence. He graduated from Mohammed V University in English studies with honors in 1976 then went to England where he did a General Diploma in 1977 in theoretical linguistics at University College London. In 1980 he got an MPhil from the School of Oriental and African Studies –SOAS- of the University of London in Amazigh Studies, and in 1982 a PhD in Amazigh language and anthropology. From 1983 to 1987 he worked for Peace Corps Morocco as Language and Cross-Culture Coordinator and Project Director. He served several times as inter-port lecturer in Middle East politics and culture with the Semester at Sea program of Pittsburgh University. In 1987, he joined the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization –ISESCO- where he worked until 2013 as a program specialist and later as a director in the Directorate of Education (worked on functional literacy, women empowerment, education planning, curriculum design, teacher training, education of rural women and girls, special education, higher education, etc,), the Directorate of Culture (worked on dialogue of cultures, inter-faith dialogue, women in development, cultural production, etc.) and the Directorate of External Relations and Cooperation (worked on cooperation with UN agencies, UNESCO, Alliance of Civilizations, WHO, FAO, UNFPA, etc.). He lectured in education at Mohammed V University since 1984. He has conducted over 200 trainings in education, literacy, empowerment, culture and development in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has published several books on language and culture and over 60 articles in Arabic, French, English and Spanish in his areas of specialization.

Morocco, Magnificent Land of Contrasts

Rabat - To know a land requires one to understand the nuances within it: how natives interact with their locale, how natives interact with...

Implications of Saudi Crown Prince’s Unprecedented Shakes up

Rabat - The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmane (MBS) is shaking up the ultraconservative Al-Saud Kingdom to its roots. The failed Arab Spring has...

Accountability, Mon Amour

Rabat - Traditionally speaking, Moroccan officials embezzled money, took bribes, practiced nepotism and favoritism and abused power in total impunity. Worse many of these...

Moroccans and the Notion of Time

Rabat - Over 10 million tourists visited Morocco in 2013, the Minister of Tourism—then Lahcen Haddad—officially announced to the international media. This came as...

Will the “cold alliance” of the Mideast last long?

GCC: out Qatar, in Israel The alliances of the Middle East, since the end of the Ottoman Caliphate in the beginning of the last century...

The Radicalization of Young Moroccans of Diaspora: Fiction and Reality

Rabat - In recent years, young Moroccan people from the diaspora, the second and third generations, have been involved in acts of violence and...

The Quiet Cultural Revolution of Moroccan Millennials

Rabat - The digital revolution has brought the dream of democracy and personal freedom to the Arab world. Despite the strong pull of religious...

The Linguistic and Cultural Schizophrenia of Morocco

Rabat - For a foreigner who visits Morocco for the first time, listening to Moroccans converse and talk to each other and trying to understand...

To Defuse the Rif Crisis, Save the Region from Petty Politics...

Rabat - To end unrest in the Rif, a victim of a century of state marginalization and oppression, the government must adopt an inclusive,...

Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression...

Ramadan Is Here but Muslim World Is Not in Peace with...

Islam, a religion of peace Ramadan is one of the sacred months of the Muslim lunar calendar; ashhor al-Horum but probably the most sacred of...

Why Are the Muslims Angry with the Western World?

Rabat - In the last year or so, many countries, either within coalitions, or on a solitary basis have been striking at ISIS where...

Sorry Manchester, but…

Sorry Manchester! Sorry beautiful Manchester for the blast. Sorry for the innocent lives taken by violent death. Sorry for the grief and the drama. Sorry for the suffering Sorry...

Libyan to Libyan Dialogue in Libya

Rabat - The Libyans, in their everlasting costly civil war, seem to act as underage youths more inclined to settle their juvenile disputes and...

Macron gives Le Pen a historical bash

Rabat - The election of the young centrist Emmanuel Macron is a global victory and a success for all mankind eager for democracy, justice,...

Mohammed VI: the African Jet-Set Monarch

Rabat - In response to a question of a journalist about the personality of the crown prince Sidi Mohammed, the late King Hassan II...

Morocco’s PJD Abandons Its Principles to Stay in Power

Rabat - On his return from a long African journey, Mohammed VI, disturbed by then-Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane’s inability – or unwillingness –...

Goodbye to a Jester, Hello to a Shrink: Benkirane Gives Way...

Rabat - A short communiqué from the royal cabinet put an end, in a way, to the political career of the volatile and unpredictable...

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