Tag Archives: Morocco

Child marriage in North Africa: still a lot to be done

Morocco reformed its family law in 2004 to increase the legal age of marriage to 18. Shutterstock

Morocco reformed its family law in 2004 to increase the legal age of marriage to 18. Shutterstock Moha Ennaji, Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah This year about 12 million of the world’s children will be married before they turn 18. UNICEF figures suggest about 18% of them will be boys and about 82% girls. Child marriage is widespread across developing …

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Why Western Sahara remains one of Africa’s most divisive political issues

A Sahrawi refugee carries a flag of the Democratic Arab Republic of Sahara. MOHAMED MESSARA/EPA

A Sahrawi refugee carries a flag of the Democratic Arab Republic of Sahara. MOHAMED MESSARA/EPA Frank Mattheis, University of Pretoria South Africa and Namibia hosted a “solidarity conference with Western Sahara”, convened by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 25 and 26 March 2019 in Pretoria. The summit opened with a call for unity in “ensuring the right to …

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Morocco and Western Sahara: a decades-long war of attrition

The flag of Western Sahara is displayed during a march outside the Moroccan embassy in Madrid, Spain. EPA-EFE/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI

The flag of Western Sahara is displayed during a march outside the Moroccan embassy in Madrid, Spain. EPA-EFE/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI Flora Pidoux, Université de Montréal It’s been more than 40 years since Morocco claimed sovereignty over Western Sahara, setting off a conflict that seems no closer to resolution. In 1975 Spain abandoned its colonies in North Africa, with the exception of …

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The Moroccan American Dr. Moncef Slaoui to head America’s plan against COVID-19

Susan Walsh, AP Elizabeth Weise USA TODAY Published 2:19 PM EDT May 14, 2020 President Trump on Wednesday tapped venture capitalist and former pharmaceutical head Moncef Slaoui to head Operation Warp Speed, a White House initiative meant to quickly develop and distribute coronavirus vaccines. Slaoui was named Wednesday, according to a senior administration official. He was chair of the vaccines …

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