Archive for December, 2014
Religion | 2014-12-31
Maghreb marks Mouled, New Year
From Morocco to Mauritania, many households are celebrating two major events that coincide this year. (more…)
The Washington Post
By Dominic Basulto
A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong claims that 420 million people are addicted to the Internet, about 6 percent of the world’s population. That 6 percent number may not sound high but it is – it’s actually more than three times the rates of pathological gambling observed in even the most gambling-obsessed nations around the world. Taken at face value, this study supports the notion that the rapid rate of technological adoption around the world is being taken way out of control, and that we’re awash in gadgets, phones and digital devices. (more…)
Anna Borshchevskaya, Contributor
This month, US Congress passed the 2015 Appropriations Bill. Among other provisions, the new law strengthens US mandate for assistance to Morocco to be used in Western Sahara. The law says, “Funds appropriated under Title III of this Act shall be made available for assistance for the Western Sahara.”
Western Sahara generally gets little attention. Between nuclear talks with Iran, ISIS advances in Syria and Iraq, and Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea, it is understandable that Morocco and Western Sahara go largely unnoticed. They shouldn’t be. I travelled to Morocco last month, (more…)
About 70 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have scaled the fence along the border of Morocco and Spain to enter the Spanish territory of Melilla, EFE news agency reported Tuesday, citing local police.
According to police estimates, a total of 150 to 200 people, who are mostly from Mali, attempted to cross the border of Melilla, Spain’s North African enclave. Those who successfully scaled the 7-meter (23 foot) triple-layer fence and managed to reach Spain were brought to a temporary holding center for migrants. (more…)
By Mohammed Saadouni in Casablanca
Five criminal suspects picked up last week in Tangier were arraigned on terrorism charges, MAP reported on Monday (December 29th).
The interior ministry on December 23rd reported that police had dismantled an extremist network that attacked citizens with knives and sticks.
The cell used religion to justify their actions, security analyst Mohammed Okdad told Magharebia. (more…)
Security | 2014-12-30
Northern Mali refugees fear reprisals
Refugees from northern Mali say they are worried about returning home, given the lingering threat from armed Islamists. (more…)
Channel News Asia
Morocco has indicted five people on charges of plotting “terrorist acts” and belonging to an illegal religious group, the official MAP news agency said on Monday (Dec 29). The suspects were referred to the prosecutor who levelled the charges against them ahead of their trial, it said without adding when the first hearing will be held. (more…)
The election of veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi as Tunisia’s first ever democratically elected president is a vital milestone on the road to the establishment of a true Arab democracy, says Loay Mudhoon.
There can be no doubt whatsoever: the election of Beji Caid Essebsi as the first democratically elected president in Tunisia’s history is truly historic in a number of ways – not only for the North African country, but also for all Arab nations currently in transition. (more…)