King Mohammed VI Calls for National Development Strategy Restart in Morocco

Jul 31, 2019

On July 30, the 20th anniversary of his accession to the throne, King Mohammed VI honored his country’s past achievements and projected the need for Morocco to push forward its efforts. His message summarized his pride in having moved the country progressively while regretting that too much still...

Why Peacekeeping Fails
Jul 30, 2019

Why Peacekeeping Fails

Morocco Is Not the Next Algeria or Sudan
Jul 19, 2019

Morocco Is Not the Next Algeria or Sudan

The Hidden Gems of Morocco
Jul 19, 2019

The Hidden Gems of Morocco

There Is No End in Sight for Turmoil in the Middle East

There Is No End in Sight for Turmoil in the Middle East

Apr 18, 2019

In this edition of the Interview, Fair Observer talks to Gilbert Achcar, professor of international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The Middle East and North Africa continues to reverberate from the 2011 Arab Spring protests that rocked the region...

The Invisible Women of the Middle East

The Invisible Women of the Middle East

Dec 03, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Sana Afouaiz, an award-winning women’s rights advocate. Invisible Women of the Middle East: True Stories is a 2018 book by Moroccan author Sana Afouaiz, exploring the deepest layers of women’s lives across the Middle East and North...

The Challenge to Spirituality in Ramadan

The Challenge to Spirituality in Ramadan

Jun 01, 2018

Through the long summer days, fasting and embracing spirituality in Ramadan is becoming more difficult. It is now the half-way point in Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. The festival commemorates the moment that the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad. For either 29...

20 Years of Development in Morocco

20 Years of Development in Morocco

Mar 09, 2018

Morocco has undergone an incredible transformation to support its intentions of becoming a commercial crossroads between Africa and the West, says former US Ambassador to Morocco Edward M. Gabriel. In January 1998, I arrived in Morocco as the new US ambassador. Arriving at the end of Ramadan, I...

Morocco Is Giving South Africa a Run for Its Money

Morocco Is Giving South Africa a Run for Its Money

Jan 08, 2018

What made 15 African Union members vote against Morocco’s admission? Nearing the one-year anniversary of Morocco’s admission into the African Union (AU), further interpretations can be made concerning the implications of the AU’s majority 39-15 vote. Following Morocco’s historic...

The Catwoman of Rabat

The Catwoman of Rabat

Oct 01, 2017

The stray cats of Rabat are alone and hungry. This young woman is doing something about it. Hajar Benallal is a modern-day hero. This young Moroccan woman takes care of some of the many street cats of Rabat. Each week, she feeds hundreds of cats. Stray cats in the Moroccan capital usually...

Music With the Gnaoua in Morocco

Music With the Gnaoua in Morocco

Jul 20, 2017

In Morocco, an annual music festival brings with it a cultural experience that lifts people’s spirits. At the end of June, the winds of the old port city of Essaouira move to the rhythm of Gnaoua music when the annual festival takes place. At this time, the small Moroccan city on the Atlantic...

Women and Water in Morocco: Foggy Prospects

Women and Water in Morocco: Foggy Prospects

May 02, 2017

Fog harvesting provides an alternative source of drinking water in places that are cloud abundant and infrastructure poor. In 2006, the Dar Si Hmad Foundation and the University of La Laguna began investigating the viability of obtaining drinking water from fog in southwest Morocco. Researchers...

Lifting Moroccans Out of Poverty

Lifting Moroccans Out of Poverty

Apr 05, 2017

To solve the issue of poverty, policymakers in Morocco need to go back to the drawing board. Poverty eradication is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Eliminating relative and extreme poverty is an essential requirement for the sustainable growth of any nation as well as to ensure basic...

The Key to Addressing Poverty in Morocco

The Key to Addressing Poverty in Morocco

Apr 01, 2017

Stimulating the private sector through education and small businesses is critical to alleviating poverty in Morocco. Poverty has always been a serious obstacle to the growth of developing countries, and Morocco is no exception. Stymied in part through several decades of colonialization by two...

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