Archive for March, 2015

Western Sahara: Algeria’s Blunders

Polisario Confidential
by Khalid Ibrahim Khaled


Algeria’s frantic feverishness is growing as the Security Council meeting on the Western Sahara issue slated for the end of April is nearing, entailing not only media and diplomatic blunders on the part of Algerian authorities but also blackmail and intimidation attempts.

The latest gaffes were committed by the Algerian military intelligence services (DRS) when members of the Algerian delegation to the World Social Forum, held last week in Tunis, created disorder. (more…)

European Projects Boosting Innovation Potential Of Morocco

Cordis News

EU Projects

‘The hardest thing is to get a match between offers and demands in terms of research and innovation partnership, but when our Moroccan researchers integrate European projects, exchange and cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean often results in great projects’.

These words, were pronounced by Mrs Loudyi, former National Contact Point of Morocco for EU environmental projects, during the Innovation Week, held in Casablanca from 3-5 March 2015. (more…)

Morocco Eyes Mediterranean Oil & Gas With Offshore Deal

Christopher Coats, Contributor

Med Oil

Continuing their push for more energy diversity, Morocco inked an agreement with an Abu Dhabi firm to explore offshore oil and gas potential in the Mediterranean.

According to local media reports, Morocco’s Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) completed an deal with UAE’s Mubadala Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Mubadala Development Company, to pursue possible exploration and production efforts off the country’s northern coast. (more…)

Rabat Serious About Solar Power

By Philippa Wilkinson

Rabat serious about solar power

Rabat serious about solar power

Latest progress shows Morocco is focusing on its aim to reach 42 per cent renewable generation

The fourth phase of the Noor Ouarzazate solar complex and proposed projects elsewhere in Morocco show Rabat is serious about solar power and is working towards its goal of 42 per cent renewable energy by 2020, which includes 2,000MW of solar. (more…)

Kasbah Tamadot At Marrakesh In Morocco



A magical walled complex near Asni, in the High Atlas, Kasbah Tamadot is all peaceful courtyards, intriguing staircases, landscaped gardens and breathtaking views. The master suite is a miniature replica of the Kasbah, with 360-degree views of the mountain scenery. (more…)

Morocco Confronts Abortion Taboo With Proposed Reform

The Associated Press
by Paul Schemm

Morocco abortion

It was just 7 a.m. and Hoda was walking alone to a clinic in the Moroccan coastal city of Agadir. She skipped breakfast: the Senegalese doctor had told her that the abortion would be better done on an empty stomach.

Four months pregnant by a man who didn’t want to marry, she felt she couldn’t have the child in a society that sees unwed mothers as little better than prostitutes. But as she approached the illegal clinic, something was clearly wrong.

Police escorted a handcuffed doctor out of the clinic as a crowd gathered outside. Inside, a woman had just died from a botched abortion. (more…)

Morocco To Host Twenty-Seventh Session Arab Summit 2016

WAM (Emirates News Agency)

27th summit

The twenty-seventh session of the Arab summit next March will be held in Morocco, announced the Moroccan Prime Minister, Abdulilah Benkiran, during this years summit which concluded today.

In a speech addressing Arab leaders and Presidents during the twenty-sixth session of the summit, the Prime Minister said that his country welcomes the opportunity to host the event, and praised Egyptian President,Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, (more…)

5-Arab Summit Agrees On Unified Military Force For Crises

By Mahmoud Mourad and Yara Bayoumy

Egypt's Foreign Minister Shoukry and Secretary General of the Arab League Arabi answer questions from journalists during a news conference in Sharm El-Sheikh

* Arab leaders announce formation of unified regional force

* Region faces growing security challenges

* Arab summit call on Houthis to withdraw after gains in Yemen (Adds Egyptian foreign minister comments para 3) (more…)

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