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Business Brief: Tangier-Med Port Leader in the Region; Chinese Electric Cars are Coming; Portugal and Morocco Ink New Agreements; Mixed Economic News on Equitable Growth

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC December 14, 2017 Tangier-Med Port remains leader in the region despite competition. The strategic vision behind the port, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has always been firmly fixed on its becoming the best and largest Mediterranean port as it expands to meet growing demand. Despite somewhat limited attempts by its neighbors to duplicate Morocco’s success, they are hampered by key advantages that support Tangier-Med, ...

Morocco Energy Update – David S. Bloom

David S. Bloom December 14, 2017 Morocco has made several headlines this week, not surprising given its longstanding push towards energy independence and its global leadership in renewable energy development. First up is US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) chief Scott Pruitt, who is in Morocco this week to discuss several energy issues with his Moroccan counterparts. The visit is officially to follow up on the Environmental Work Plan that was ...

[The Hill] President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem is an upset to years of US policy

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on the impact of the Trump Administration’s recent actions on the Middle East and North Africa: The Hill (December 12, 2017) — President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has likely erased any foreseeable potential for a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians, and undermined the prospects of the United States continuing to be seen ...

From Russia to the Sahara, The Latest in Moroccan Sports News – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott December 11, 2017 The World Cup groupings are official and after a tough road to qualify for the World Cup, Morocco has an even tougher draw in the main event, being placed in Group B with Portugal and Spain, ranked 3rd and 6th respectively in the FIFA Rankings, as well as Iran, ranked 32nd. Morocco, which is ranked 40th, will face off first again Iran on June ...

Western Sahara – Who Should Vote, Part II – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley December 11, 2017 The United Nations established “right” of “distinct peoples” to “self-determination” following the end of colonial rule is the basis of the Polisario and Algerian demand for the conduct of a referendum on independence for what is today commonly referred to in the international community as “Western Sahara.” Despite the seeming simplicity of that “right” there is, in fact, nothing simple about it. As promised ...
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