Morocco

Obama and Israel: The Final Year*

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

President Barack Obama will vacate the White House on January 20, 2017, but he is unlikely to do so in the traditional manner. In their eighth and final year of service, American presidents generally behave like “lame ducks.” They don’t initiate new policies or programs, particularly those that might stir... ...

Weekly Briefing – March 16-20, 2015

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

“Anti-Semitism is a Huge Menace” – The Netherlands Chief Rabbi – Emerson Vermaat, Exclusive to ACD – “The growing wave of anti-Semitism in Holland forces Jews  to be careful and hide any symbol that would give away their identity.”  “I don’t think anti-Semitism is growing in the Netherlands. It is... ...

“Anti-Semitism is a Huge Menace” – The Netherlands Chief Rabbi

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

“The growing wave of anti-Semitism in Holland forces Jews  to be careful and hide any symbol that would give away their identity.”  “I don’t think anti-Semitism is growing in the Netherlands. It is just getting more visible now on a daily basis. Twenty or forty years ago it never happened... ...

Old Islamists Never Die: Mohammed Haydar Zammar

Monday, January 19th, 2015

On March 2014, in an Islamic-State-sponsored prisoner swap, Mohammed Haydar Zammar, the al-Qaeda operative jailed in Syria in 2001, was freed in exchange for Syrian army officers held by the IS. News articles that covered the prisoner exchange did not bother to explain why the IS would go to such... ...

Terrorism Financing in North Africa

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Introduction: Financial resources and funding methods of the North African terrorist organizations have been largely influenced by two factors. The first is their longtime strategic and tactical independence. Despite the fact that several of these organizations emerged in the aftermath of the Afghan conflict, including the historical GSPC – Salafist... ...

Don’t Believe Your Eyes!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani openly bragged of shepherding a major expansion of Iran’s uranium enrichment programs a decade ago, when he led Iran’s negotiations with the West that were seeking to limit those programs. He still serves the continuing objectives and policies of Iran’s same supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,... ...

Treize Millions De Marocains Élisent Leurs Conseillers Municipaux

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Quelque 13 millions de Marocains votaient vendredi pour élire près de 28.000 conseillers municipaux avec, pour la première fois, un quota de 12% de sièges réservés aux femmes et une grande inconnue: le taux d’abstention. Les bureaux de vote (environ 38.250) ont ouvert à 08h00 (07h00 GMT) et ferment à... ...

A Muslim Nation's Successful Election

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

In contrast to Iran, Morocco’s recent vote marks a new degree of order, unity and tolerance. It is 131 degrees Fahrenheit in Marrakesh, Morocco, yet a slow but steady stream of voters–many of whom are women–enter the schoolyard to cast their ballots at the polling stations for the municipal elections.... ...

Bonnes Conditions

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Les élections communales de 2009 se sont déroulées dans de “bonnes conditions”, ont affirmé, samedi à Rabat, des observateurs internationaux. “Nous avons été impressionnés car on voyait très clairement que les gens connaissaient bien les règles et qu’ils étaient bien préparés, et que tout se passait très bien”, a dit... ...

International Observers Say Morocco Elections Ran In ‘Good Conditions’

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

The local elections that took place Friday in Morocco took place in “good conditions,” international observers who monitored the polling said on Saturday. “We were impressed because we’ve seen very clearly that people were well acquainted with the rules and were well prepared” for elections, Leslie Lebel, one of the... ...

Près De 7 Millions De Marocains Ont Voté Aux Élections Municipales

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Environ 6,8 millions de Marocains, sur un total de 13.360.000 inscrits, ont voté vendredi aux élections communales, une participation de 51% légèrement inférieure au précédent scrutin de 2003 (54%), selon le ministre de l’Intérieur Chakib Benmoussa. La participation à ces élections a cependant été largement supérieure à celle enregistrée lors... ...