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Morocco, Polisario Standoff Escalates Western Sahara Tensions

By Patrick Markey and Michelle Nichols ALGIERS/NEW YORK, Sept 1 – U.N. peacekeepers have deployed to monitor a standoff between Moroccan forces and Western Sahara’s Polisario Front that risks escalating into one of the worst flare-ups in the disputed region since a 1991 ceasefire. Polisario, which declared an independent republic in the desert land in the

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MENA Soft Power

Meet the region’s leading female politicians BY Leila Hatoum and Bilal Aziz  Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if

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Spanish Police Arrest Two Moroccans Accused of Funding Daesh

MADRID, July 27 – Spanish police arrested two brothers in the northern city of Girona accused of helping to fund Daesh operations in Syria and Iraq, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. The two Moroccans, aged 22 and 32, diverted funds from Europe to pay for the transfer of members of the militant group into conflict

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Morocco: Souk Up The Rays

Morocco’s most exciting city even has some peaceful hideaways BY Graham Boynton An hour after my plane lands at Marrakech’s gleaming, modern international airport, I find myself stuck in a huge traffic jam. My taxi inches forward, navigating donkey carts, pedestrians with towering bundles on their shoulders, battered saloon cars from the 1950s, camels, horse-drawn

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A Feast for the Faithful

Ramadan may be a time of introspection for most, but it’s also a time of delicious treats worldwide BY Arfa Shahid Indulging in gourmet meals and heavy desserts especially prepared for Ramadan may be ironic during this sacred month, which is about foregoing worldly pleasures and commemorating the struggles of the needy. The fact that the

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For Art’s Sake

An art exhibit in Sharjah reflects the course of a short century BY Leila Hatoum Different art appeals to different people. Many are attracted by colors and techniques used to create an art piece while for some, an artist’s name is enough of an appeal. I am charmed by the story behind the painting; the

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The Music and the Medina

A letter from the Fes Festival of Sacred Music BY Bilal Qureshi On a grand stage in front of Bab Al Makina, one of the gateways near the entrance to the ancient Medina (city) of Fes, an ensemble of musicians from India gathered for an evening of sacred music. The arched gateway and its adjacent

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Gulf Arabs Back Morocco in Western Sahara Rift with U.N.

RIYADH, April 21 – Gulf Arab rulers back fellow monarchy Morocco in its row with the United Nations over the disputed region of Western Sahara, Saudi Arabia’s SPA news agency reported, one of the worst diplomatic crises over the territory since a 1991 ceasefire. Morocco expelled dozens of U.N. staff from the mission in Western

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Morocco Expels Eight Europeans Supporting Western Sahara Prisoners

By Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT, April 7 – Moroccan authorities have expelled eight European activists they said were in the country to undermine public order by supporting prisoners from Western Sahara protests in 2010, the interior ministry said on Thursday. A Moroccan military court jailed 24 Western Saharan activists accused of killing members of the

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