Posts Tagged ‘AP’

Contradictions continue to plague Morocco’s development goals – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader January 12, 2019 Unrest in many regions of Morocco during 2018 and the ongoing strikes in 2019, called by the labor unions and joined by Moroccans of all classes, are emblematic of the contradictions at the core of the country’s uneven development. Among issues raised by the unions are the need to restart the country’s national social dialogue, the government’s alleged failure to exercise sufficient efforts to ...

Christmas 2000, when Peace in the Middle East Seemed Possible – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) December 25, 2018 The Christmas season is a time to be filled with joy and hope for peace in the world. Christmas 2000 was also a time when peace between the Israelis and Palestinians was front and center on the world stage, and the US was the predominant key player in this effort. It was also a time when King Mohammed VI played a vital ...

Where Would You Prefer to Live? Give me Morocco!! – Dave Christian

Dave Christian  December 23, 2018 A recent article in Morocco on the Move caught my eye and inspired me to respond.  The article reviewed the Legatum Prosperity Index for 2018 in which Morocco was placed at #103 in the entire index of 149 countries.  Are there really 102 countries better than Morocco? As part of Kerr-McGee’s oil exploration program in Morocco during the early 2000s, I find this statistic hard ...

Western Sahara: “Frustration?” – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley December 21, 2018 National Security Advisor John Bolton recently delivered an address to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank, outlining the Trump Administration’s policies, concerns, and ambitions for Africa.  In doing so, he expressed his “frustration” that the Western Sahara issue remains unresolved and his “preference” that the Parties to the dispute over the future of the territory find a way to settle on a ...

The 40-year struggle between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario for control of the Western Sahara: The United States has Two Choices – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) December 17, 2018 As someone who has closely followed the Western Sahara conflict for the past twenty years, it is apparent to me that the United States has only two choices to address the issue. Either it can maintain the status quo, as it has pretty much done since 2008 (i.e. do nothing), or it can use its clout to push for a compromise political ...
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