Morocco again closes border at Ceuta

More than 1,800 Moroccans gathered at the border crossing to the Spanish enclave at Ceuta on Tuesday, forcing authorities to again close the crossing because of the demonstrations. The border was closed for a week following the April 24 death of a woman who was crushed in a stampede at…

Morocco: New wave of protests, vandalism in Al Hoceima

Moroccan authorities have arrested 14 people in connection with vandalism and arson attacks at an Imzouren police station in the troubled Al Hoceima province, the official Moroccan press agency said. The youths attended a rally on Sunday before stoning the police building and burning four police cars, a public bus…

Morocco announces withdrawal from Western Sahara border region

Morocco announced it will withdrawal forces from the Guerguerat region of Western Sahara, a move expected to reduce tensions between the government and armed elements of the Polisario Front maintaining their decades-long call for an independent state. Reuters reports the decision came just days after a phone call between King…

Brahimi’s appeal on Algeria-Morocco ties gets the cold shoulder

Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has called for a reopening of the border between Morocco and Algeria in the context of regional cooperation, but that overture was quickly rebuffed by some in the latter country’s media outlets. Brahimi, a well-regarded elder statesman with close ties to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, suggested…

Gabon, Equatorial Guinea agree to end territorial dispute over islands

At COP22, the optimism of a sustainable future collided with a trepidation of shifting political dynamics that cast a shadow on Marrakech. Yet there was another positive development that captured less dramatic headlines: Gabon and Equatorial Guinea ended their 30-year dispute over oil-rich territories that both countries claim. The Gabon-Guinea…

The stars align again for Morocco’s film industry

Morocco’s well-established film industry is in the spotlight again, now that the official trailer is available for the new “Army of One,” a movie set to release on November 4. The satirical film, directed by Larry Charles of “Borat” fame, stars American film actor Nic Cage as the real-life Gary Faulkner, an…