Archive for July, 2014
Decentralizing to municipalities in Arab spring countries by Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir
Posted By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir | Sunday, July 20, 2014
DECENTRALIZATION – as a way of structuring public administration, in order to give local people and communities more control over their own affairs and to promote human development – is being closely considered for adoption by some Arab Spring countries.
Historically, there is no left- or right-wing political outlook that is more inclined toward decentralizing power to sub-national levels. Right-leaning political proponents seek decentralization because of its efficiency and ability to promote self-management. (more…)
US endorses Morocco’s plan on Sahara
US President Barack Obama has extended support to Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Sahara in line with the policy adopted by the last three US administrations.
This “explicit support” is a recognition by Washington of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s regional leadership and stabilising force in Africa, according to Peter Pham, director of the Africa Centre at the Atlantic Council. (more…)
Can Morocco Become A Global Aeronautics Player?
In 2005, McKinsey & Co, the global consulting company, conducted at the request of the Moroccan Government a report on the country’s economic strategy and drafted a comprehensive industrial program known as “Emergence”. The program listed several promising sectors likely to grow in which the country had to focus in order to achieve rapid development.
Oddly enough, this strategy plan did not identify Aeronautics as a possible key sector for the Kingdom. At the time, McKinsey’s believed that Morocco simply didn’t have “what it takes” to invest in this field.
Too much technology involved, not enough infrastructures, and lack of skilled workers were amongst the main challenges identified by the consulting firm.
Terrorism | 2014-07-18
ISIS caliphate splits AQIM
Senior leaders in al-Qaeda’s Maghreb branch are openly arguing over how to deal with the “Islamic State”.
Terrorism | 2014-07-18
Jebel Chaambi attacks kill 14 soldiers
The Tunisian army just suffered the bloodiest terrorist attack in its history. (more…)
BRIEF-Jiaozuo Wanfang Aluminum to acquire oil & gas related assets in Mongolia, Morocco
Wed Jul 16, 2014
July 16 (Reuters) – Jiaozuo Wanfang Aluminum Manufacturing Co Ltd
* Says signs framework agreement to acquire oil & gas related assets in Mongolia and Morocco for 1.5-2.0 billion yuan ($241.80-$322.40 million)
Source text in Chinese: bit.ly/1qGxBut
Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.2035 Chinese Yuan) (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms)
Morocco weathers stormy Arab Spring
BY BEN BARBER, MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
July 17, 2014
As riots, rebellion and conflict spread across Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Tunisia, the calm at the edge of the Arab world appears to be Morocco.
On a recent summer evening I saw perhaps 50,000 people thronging through Marrakech’s famous plaza, Jemaa el-Fnaa, to buy their children orange juice, eat snails, see the snake charmers, watch belly dancers, listen to poets and hear Berber tribal musicians from the Atlas Mountains.
Not a single police uniform or weapon was visible in the roiling chaos. (more…)
Morocco: Thousands of Moroccan Jihadists in Syria, Iraq
17 July 2014 , By Siham Ali, Source: Magharebia
As many as 3,000 jihadists of Moroccan origin could be fighting in Syria and Iraq, Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad told MPs on Tuesday (July 15th).
“A total of 1,122 Moroccans are affiliated with terrorist organisations in Iraq and Syria, alongside other European nationals of Moroccan origin whose number is estimated at 2, 000,” AFP quoted the interior minister as saying.
Of the 1,122 jihadists, 200 have died, including 20 in suicide attacks. The 128 who returned to Morocco have been arrested and interrogated. (more…)
Terrorism | 2014-07-17
Tunisian Islamists reject caliphate
“ISIS didn’t speak with anyone; rather, the so-called caliph imposed himself on the people,” Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Ridha Belhadj says.
Security | 2014-07-17
Algeria hosts Mali peace talks
Touareg rebels and Bamako leaders are meeting in Algiers to hash out a fresh peace plan for northern Mali. (more…)