Archive for May, 2015

Western Sahara: Algiers Distraught By Morocco’s Comeback To Africa

Polisario confidential
by Khalid Ibrahim Khaled

Algiers

The latest reshuffle at the Algerian foreign ministry, become a two-headed machine, has been accelerated by the Algerian diplomacy’s failures in the Western Sahara issue and also by Morocco’s breakthrough in Africa, as Algeria dreads more than anything else a strong comeback of its neighbor on the continent, according to informed sources in Algiers. (more…)

Climate Change Threatens Morocco’s Majestic Cedars

Business Day
by Agency Staff

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Picture: THINKSTOCK

National treasure of North African nation is coming under attack from drought, greedy humans indulging in illegal logging, monkeys.

The cedar tree, considered by many to be Morocco’s national treasure, is coming under attack from climate change, greedy humans who indulge in illegal logging and monkeys. (more…)

Ford Expands Presence In Morocco

Associated Press
By Paul Schemm

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Ford Motor Company is expanding its presence in North Africa with a new Moroccan sales office and plans to double the amount of car parts purchased in the country, it announced Tuesday.

The expansion is the latest boost to the country’s automotive industry, which has grown substantially in the last few years with investments by foreign companies like Renault. (more…)

Moroccan-Senegalese Economic Impetus Group Set Up In Dakar

EIN News

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HM King Mohammed VI and Senegalese president Macky Sall chaired, on Monday, May 25, in the presidential palace in Dakar, the ceremony to set up the Moroccan-Senegalese economic impetus group.

The Moroccan-Senegalese economic impetus group is a body established by the two countries to structure and spur their economic partnership relations, promote co-emergence, encourage partnership between the two countries’ private sectors and monitor the implementation of private-private and public-private agreements between the two countries. (more…)

Algeria, Egypt, Morocco Ripest North African Markets For U.S. Dairy

Dairy Herd Management
By Ross Christieson

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By the United Nations’ definition, seven countries comprise North Africa. By U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) research conclusions, three offer the best opportunities for U.S. dairy suppliers.

Algeria, Egypt and Morocco have a combined population of nearly 160 million—about half the size of the United States. With limited arable land but a growing population increasingly interested in dairy, demand exceeds domestic milk production capacity and is rising. (more…)

Morocco Jails Three For Homosexuality

AFP

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Three Moroccan men accused of homosexuality have been sentenced to three years in jail each by a court in northeastern Morocco, a rights group said on Monday.
Homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden in the conservative North African nation.

Hassan Ammari of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) told AFP the sentence was handed down on Friday by a court in the city of Taourirt, confirming media reports. (more…)

Middle East And North Africa: Forcing China To Revisit Long-Standing Policies

Eurasia Review
James M. Dorsey

China

A scan of white papers on multiple foreign policy issues published by the Chinese government is glaring for one thing: the absence of a formulated, conceptual approach towards the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This is a part of the world that is crucial not only to Chinese strategic and economic interests but also to how tensions in the restless Muslim province of Xinjiang will develop. (more…)

Africa Shines At The 164th World Expo

News24
By: Garreth van Niekerk, City Press

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At least 140 countries unveiled their ambitious visions for the future at last week’s official opening of Expo 2015 – the 164th Universal Exposition being held in Milan, Italy, under this year’s theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

The expo, which happens every second year, takes the form of bold architectural pavilions across more than 2 million square metres of showground, with each country battling it out for the most innovative showcase. (more…)

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