Column: Not all Muslim nations restrict women’s rights | Des Moines Register

Morocco’s women’s rights development profiled in the Des Moines Register: “This idea that there is one unified Islamic world is wrong,” says the man who heads Morocco’s independent human rights commission. There is the Saudi version, in which women are not allowed to drive. There are North African, Indonesian, Malaysian, Turkish and sub-Saharan versions. I had the opportunity Monday to talk by phone with Driss El-Yazami, president of the Moroccan National ...

Libya unity deal: How Morocco is promoting peace and stability in Africa | Times of India

Morocco is playing an increasingly assertive role in promoting peace and development in North Africa: [...] Notwithstanding the complications, the deal signed in Morocco is a step in the right direction for it pushes the principal Libyan actors down the desirable path of unification. Once implemented on the ground, the unification will also pave the way for Libya to become a crucial player in the fight against IS. In fact, ...

Africa could unleash billions of dollars if North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa worked together | Quartz Africa

North Africa is often considered as separate and distinct from the African continent–to bridge that gap, “Morocco has a real African strategy”: [...] Regional integration has been a dream in Africa since the days of Kwame Nkrumah and more recently Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. Now, says Abdou Diop, a Senegalese national who has lived in Morocco for decades, “Business will perhaps facilitate the political issue.” It may also accelerate the development ...

Libya conflict: Rival lawmakers sign deal in Morocco | BBC

Morocco set the scene for an agreement between rival Libya lawmakers that aims to set the country on the path towards peace: Libya’s rival lawmakers have signed a UN-brokered deal to form a unity government in a nation split by more than four years of conflict. UN envoy Martin Kobler described the deal as historic, saying Libya had “turned a page” in efforts to achieve reconciliation and stability. However, the ...

Time to resolve the Western Sahara dispute | The Hill

More calls to finally end the Western Sahara dispute: Love and patriotism are difficult emotions to fake. Last week, Moroccans around the world commemorated a peaceful march that 40 years ago declared Morocco’s historical claim to its beloved Saharan lands. King Mohamed VI, who is devoted to the cause of the nation’s claim to its southern provinces, continues to draw crowds and support. With its diverse regions, dialects, ethnicities and ...
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