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By Marwan Muasher When the Arab awakening began in 2011, its primary goal should have been to advance pluralism and democracy – causes that were neglected in the Arab world’s first, anti-colonial awakening in the 20th century. But, after three years of struggle, the process has only just begun. Will the second Arab awakening finally …
Reuters – Morocco’s economic growth slowed sharply to 2.5% in the first quarter from a year earlier, and is likely to ease slightly again this quarter as agricultural output shrinks, the country’s planning agency said on Tuesday. Agriculture, which accounts for about 15% of Morocco’s gross domestic product, fell 3.4% in the first three months …
Relations have been strained since the US suspended the delivery of military aid pending “credible progress” toward democracy
Reuters – Abu Dhabi National Energy Co (TAQA) posted a net loss of AED 2.52bn ($687m) for 2013 as it marked down the value of its oil and gas holdings in North America, the company said on Tuesday. The state-controlled energy investment giant swung from a profit after minority interests of AED 649m in 2012. …
Obama has made improving nuclear safety one of the figurehead foreign policies of his presidency and said in 2009 that nuclear terrorism was “the most immediate and extreme threat to global security”.
Morocco congratulates Egypt on the results of the referendum and seeks economic and political cooperation
Morocco is the most advanced among North African countries in its reform of public subsidies and already started last year to partially index energy prices to international market levels.
Foreign minister calls for international resolutions on Jerusalem to be implemented
Morocco is under heavy pressure from international lenders to reduce its budget deficit after spending heavily on food and energy subsidies and higher public sector salaries in 2011 and 2012 to help defuse social tensions.
Human Rights Watch urged Obama to press the king to keep moving forward on reforms, including stronger legal protections for rights
Red Devils clinch record 8th African Champions League title
Vivendi said that the agreement was final, although it was subject to some conditions and notably approval from regulatory authorities in countries in which Maroc Telecom operates.
The government is scrambling to limit the impact of oil price fluctuations on Morocco’s ailing public finances, with fuel subsidies weighing heavily on the budget of the North African country, which imports almost all its energy needs.
FM Nabil Fahmy to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry and French FM Laurent Fabius to discuss Palestine, Syria and Egypt
Human Rights Watch says Arabs fought for freedom, yet have so far failed to protect freedom of speech
11 sub-Saharan migrants die after boat capsizes off Morocco
The name in Arabic means the Berbers’ Area and from the 19th century on the area was inhabited by Algerians, Moroccans and Africans who are all called Barabra by Egyptians
Ribab Fusion’s goal is to shed light on the Ribab as a traditional Moroccan musical instrument and to restore its importance in the musical scene
Key questions about the bomber’s identity, the bomb and the organisation of the attack still remain unanswered, reported the Presa newspaper.
The official members’ meeting on 4 March supported achieving the objectives of the Agadir agreement
Morocco has witnessed sporadic social unrest since early last year, spearheaded by the February 20 movement
Among rapid updates on the violent protests in the Muslim world, peaceful protesters head to online forums as mainstream media neglect their coverage
UN mission in Western Sahara will remain unchanged
12 Activists enter a 48-hour hunger strike, in response to their detention condition
Activists are upset at government subsidy cuts
The Algerian border guards were killed in an ambush
Moroccan court terms February 20 movement as illegal
Protests in Morocco on Sunday were met with violence by police.
Protesters took aim at the wealthy clique of Moroccans known as the Makhzen, the governing elite centered around monarch King Mohammed VI