Posts Tagged ‘AMDI’

Morocco’s New National Service Can Build Generations of Employable Patriots – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader September 18, 2018 National military service for young Moroccan men and women should be part of an integrated youth development strategy less concerned about vague ideals and more about preparing youth for work and dignity in a country that opens doors to opportunities. The commitment must be mutually beneficial. Part 2 of a two-part article sets out how the new law can both promote citizenship and patriotism ...

Morocco’s Move to Reinstitute National Military Service Calls for National Discussion and Clarifications – Why, What, Who, and How Remain Unanswered – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader September 13, 2018 The renewal of national conscription announced by King Mohammed VI in a speech following presentation of a draft bill to the Council of Ministers on August 20 has been greeted with confusion and concern. Although there is a backlog of pending legislation, it appears that this bill became a priority reflecting the king’s dissatisfaction with how many youth are responding to the government’s lack ...

The Courage of King Hassan II in Pursuit of Peace – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) September 12, 2018 Last week, The Clinton Presidential Library made public a number of conversations between Russian President Boris Yeltsin and President Clinton.  One document in particular caught my eye.  On May 7, 1996 during a telephone conversation, the two men discussed a number of issues including the fighting in Chechnya.  President Clinton reported that he had spoken to King Hassan at Yeltsin’s request and “Hassan ...

Morocco mourns the loss with the United States of one of America’s greatest leaders — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) August 26, 2018 America lost a great American patriot and national leader this week.  John McCain, the son and grandson of US admirals, prisoner of war for 5 ½ years during the Vietnam war, died this week at the age of 81.  He will be remembered as one of the greatest Senators of our times, a fiercely independent legislator, who always put country ahead of political expediencies. ...

Pope Francis I goes to Morocco: Historic Encore of St. Francis and Sultan al- Kamal – 1219 AD — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) August 23, 2018 In 1219, St. Francis of Assisi joined the Fifth Crusade, not to go to war with the Muslims, but rather to evangelize with the aim of bringing a senseless conflict to an end. A dialogue ensued between St. Francis and Sultan Malek al-Kamil – the Kurdish ruler and the fourth Ayyubid sultan of Egypt– that lasted nearly a month, and which can be described ...
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