Thursday , August 16 2018

Opinion

Morocco: Rif Protests Activists Sentenced to 250 Years in Prison

Hirak

By Siham Tinhinan Byah June 27th, 2018 The Moroccan Judicial system has finally issued its verdict yesterday June 26, 2018, at 7:00. p.m, on the cases of all the Rif Hirak leaders it had been trying over the past few months, handing down unforgiving sentences ranging from 3 to 20 years in length, and totaling over 340 years in all. …

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The Crisis of Identity in Moroccan Society

Amazigh

By Azzeddine Diouani When I was pursuing my studies at the University of Mohammed First in Oujda and the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah in Fez, It bothered me to hear labels such as “we Arabs” used by both teachers and students (I know that you would jump to the conclusion that I am just another chauvinist preaching chauvinism …

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Freedom of Love: Comparing Morocco with USA

By Mbarek OUKHOUYA ALI March, 9, 2018 Which of love or shame is predominantly manifested in these cultures? Several cultures possess common components, but their dissimilarities estrange them. Every culture is special to its people although some cultural lacunas/ flaws should be filled with other cultural aspects. Indeed, this essay expounds love freedom in Morocco and compares it with American …

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Amazigh People of Atlas Mountains Face Fight For Survival in a Bitter Winter

By Amaynu Azayku,  February 14 2018 As of January 2018, the Red Cross and Crescent along with the Moroccan government reported that they were beginning to launch emergency response measures to assist the 70,000+ Amazigh people in the Atlas mountains affected by the significant snowfall and temperatures averaging 18 degrees to 7 degrees Celsius. At the time, the Amazigh population …

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Nasser Zefzafi Has Lost 20lbs And His Health is Deteriorating in Solitary Confinement, Defense Team Says

Nasser Zefzafi

Casablanca | During a court trail January 5, the “Hirak” activists lawyers, told the press media that Nasser Zefzafi, the Rif protests leader, is living in a very critical health after being held in solitary confinement for more than seven months now. The same source added that Nasser has already lost about 20 pounds since his arrests after engaging in several hunger strikes …

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Hicham Alaoui: Morocco’s Future Depends on Rif’s Hirak Protests Movement

“Morocco’s future depends on Rif’s ‘Hirak‘ Protest Movement and Riffian protesters are not separatists” Hicham Alaoui said on Wednesday, October 18th while giving a keynote lecture at Harvard Kennedy School under the topic of “What does Arabness mean in an era of revolution?”. He added: ” This crisis is, of course not new, but had surfaced in Morocco quite strongly in the past months …

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Amnesty International Issues Urgent Action For Rif Protesters Facing Reprisals in Detention

Nasser Zefzafi

Via Amnesty International Protest leader Nasser Zefzafi and journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui remain in prolonged solitary confinement. Hunger-striking detainees are facing reprisals as their health continues to deteriorate. They face trial in Casablanca. Moroccan authorities are keeping the leader of the Hirak popular protest movement Nasser Zefzafi, 37, as well as journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui, 38, in prolonged solitary confinement. Nasser …

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The Paradox of the King Opposing the Makhzen

Makhzen

By Ali Amar  “Le Desk”  July 30 2017 Translated from French by Mustapha Akebdan King Mohammed VI addressed the nation on the occasion of the Feast of the Throne. He describes an executive and elected officials motivated by their personal interests and promises sanctions against those accused of treason. But it is at the heart of the reasoning on the …

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New Evidence Reveals Abuse and Torture of Rif Detainees

Silya

  By Mustapha Akebdan, July 4, 2017 A Moroccan Human Rights Council (CNDH) leaked document outlined the existence of physical evidence the Rif protest detainees have been tortured. In a later statement the CNDH denied the torture conclusion but didn’t deny the existence of such evidence. The CNDH is an advisory government body. The detainees were arrested in the Rif …

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