What course for Morocco in the face of a torn America?

Democratic candidate in the 59th presidential election, Joe Biden, is ahead of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, the Western mainstream media has repeatedly told the Western mainstream media, in the barely concealed hope that this is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The figures for the past week do put Biden in the lead, with some 50% of the voting intentions. But Trump is not far off, at 42%, and the first of three debates to oppose the two men is for September 29. Old Joe and the terrible Harris.

In the Democratic camp, we are already trembling at the idea of ​​a face-to-face between a Joe Biden physically diminished by age, 78, who is also said to be a little bit senile, and the beast of the stage who is Trump, despite his 74 years.

In the Republican camp, we made hot throats of a slip (revealing?) Of Joe Biden’s running mate, the Afro-Indo-American Kamala Harris, when, during a meeting, she spoke of a “Harris Administration”, before subsequently making up for it by referring to a “Biden-Harris Administration”.

Although the Democrats’ “Black Lives Matter” maneuver in choosing Harris as the vice-presidential candidate may seem most appropriate given the current “racial” crisis in the United States, the former attorney general of California, known for its “Republican” severity, has sent so many African-Americans to prison that it is surely not in this state that it will massively attract the votes of the black community.

The mail bomb envelope

All this would only be a political spectacle, in the pure American tradition, if it were not for the SARS-Cov2 virus which invited itself to the party to wreak even more havoc in a country already plagued by race riots, since the African-American offender Georges Floyd dies under pressure on his neck from the knee of a Minneapolis police officer (a technique learned from the Israelis).

In addition to the explosion of unemployment and poverty, which now politically benefits sovereignist conservatives more than globalist liberals, the Covid-19 pandemic will lead some 40% of voters, according to estimates, to vote by post, opening the gate of hell.

This formula, defended by the Democrats and rejected by the Republicans, poses as much the question of the credibility of the vote as of the time necessary for the counting of the votes thus expressed. It would take weeks, or even months, to open all the envelopes.

While the Trumpists, who do not seem to fear the Covid-19 as we can see during the electoral meetings, will not fail to go en masse to the polls on polling day to vote for “law and order” . Given their political culture, it will be difficult to explain to them that their favorite candidate could not proclaim his victory on election night, because there are still all the postal ballots to consider.

Preparation for contesting the results

The weapons are also sharpened in the democratic camp, where one prepares to deny to the outgoing president the right to proclaim himself winner before the final count of the postal votes. To do this, around 100 former senior federal officials, academics and journalists created the “Transition Integrity Project”. They are worried about Trump’s possible refusal to transfer power, on the assumption (which remains to be verified) that he will lose the election. Hillary Clinton was even very clear on this subject: “Joe Biden must not concede”! It feels like a republic in Eastern Europe.

Obviously, the riots and destruction suffered by cities across the United States during this hot summer of 2020 are just a taste of what awaits Americans. Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists are specialists in the strategy of chaos. The supporters of Trump are rather adept at guns and direct confrontation …

The best thing is that after the suspicions of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, there is a hint of Chinese interference. One of the founders of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, heads a group, “Black Futures Lab”, which would receive funding from a Chinese company linked to the Communist Party in Beijing … The Chinese would therefore have succeeded in exporting to the United States even their cultural revolution. Mao Tse-tung must be laughing in his grave.

That Rome burns because Nero set it on fire is the Romans’ problem, but when the American Empire begins to falter because of its flawed foundations, the earthquakes thus caused will not spare any place on the planet. let alone the allied countries.

Anticipate the unpredictable

Since that famous December 20, 1777, the date on which Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdellah recognized the independence of the United States, Morocco has always maintained special relations with this country. It was first of all the kingdom which ensured the protection of the American fleet in the eastern waters of the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean, before it was the Americans who brought their support to Morocco in the defense of its territorial integrity. And during the last decades, the main concern of Rabat was to see in Washington a president who will not procrastinate on his support for the first cause of the Moroccans. By emphasizing that the United States has not formally recognized the Moroccan character of the Sahara.

What does contested American executive power and the loss of power that such a situation would inevitably result in on the international scene mean for Morocco? Morocco is located in the geopolitical zone of influence of Europe, which itself depends on the American superpower. However, the European elites, stunned by Brexit, seem totally helpless in the face of the prospect of disunited States of America. No one expected the Soviet Union to implode either, even if all the ingredients were there.

What is certain is that as long as the United States has other fish to fry, no special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the Sahara is ready to be appointed. A respite that Morocco must make the best use of to promote and advance its project of advanced autonomy.

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Luis Rubiales re-elected head of the Spanish football federation

Sole candidate, Luis Rubiales was reelected on Monday as president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for a four-year term.
Rubiales received 95 votes in favor, no votes against, and ten blank votes.
Rubiales took over the Spanish Football Federation in May 2018, replacing Angel Villar.
He will be at the head of the Spanish federation for the Euro and the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to the summer of 2021, as well as for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
It will also aim to obtain the organization of the World-2030 in collaboration with Portugal, for which Spain is a candidate.
Rubiales has benefited from the withdrawal of the candidacy of the former goalkeeper and legend of Real Madrid and the Spanish side Iker Casillas.

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Where do Moroccans shop?

The Mass Distribution (GD) sector has changed the daily life of Moroccans, but the frequencies and reasons for frequentation are not always the same. This mainly depends on the characteristics of households in terms of income, but also on the nature of the products purchased (food products, maintenance and cleaning products, drinks, etc.). This is, in any case, the main conclusion drawn from a survey published on September 16 by the research firm Sunergia on the preferences of Moroccans with regard to Large and Medium Surfaces (GMS). A survey which focuses this time on the preferences of Internet users and not on the general population as was the case in the previous survey on mass distribution carried out in 2018.

It emerges, first of all, that 33% of Moroccans attend supermarkets at least once a week. This proportion is 43% in Casablanca where purchasing power is higher.

In contrast, 25% rarely or never go there, mostly low-income people.

Purchasing power vs frequentation of supermarkets

Another result from this survey, conducted among 1,024 people, is that the frequentation of supermarkets is directly correlated with purchasing power.

The majority of Moroccans frequenting supermarkets and supermarkets are part of an affluent socio-professional category (middle class and over) residing in the urban environment. Indeed, 53% of Moroccans receiving a monthly salary of more than 20,000 DH are those who do their shopping in supermarkets, while only 27% who receive a salary less than 6,000 DH go there.

For those who do not frequent these stores, or rarely frequent them, they turn to traditional circuits. On this subject, the survey reveals that 40% of followers of the traditional circuit shop at supermarkets once every 4 months. These followers are more young single women, customers of the neighborhood grocery store, who earn less than Dhs 6,000 and who live in all regions of the country.

As for occasional visitors, they rarely frequent supermarkets (once a month or more rarely), but 29% frequent the Turkish chain BIM.

What about the most frequented supermarket?

The Sunergia survey shows, moreover, that Marjane, the leading retailer, seems to hold a very special place in Moroccan consumption habits in the hypermarket category (45% go there most often to do their shopping. courses), followed by BIM, then by the French brand Carrefour in 3rd position.

Neighborhood grocery stores

Asked about their preferences in terms of product category, 6 out of 10 Moroccans prefer to go to neighborhood grocery stores to shop for water and drinks, and a third prefer to buy in large retail chains.

Regarding dairy products, 56% of respondents prefer to get them from the local grocer, while 37% buy them in supermarkets and medium-sized stores. Maintenance and cleaning products are also purchased in neighborhood grocery stores by 40% of Internet users, against 30% who buy them in supermarkets and 19% in medium-sized stores.

The survey also shows that 53% of respondents prefer to go to markets to shop for fruit and vegetables, 22% in neighborhood grocery stores and 11% in specialty stores. For their meat and fish purchases, 35% prefer the market, 30% specialty stores and 20% neighborhood grocery stores.

To conclude, the survey shows that the food e-commerce sector, although the Covid-19 crisis has accelerated digital transformation in all sectors, is still timid in the face of traditional commerce and in the face of large retailers. .

The players in this sector will have to increase their efforts to encourage Moroccans to move towards this new mode of consumption, the study recommends.

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The national team in concentration in Ifrane

From September 25 to October 10, the national handball team will start a preparation course in the city of Ifrane.
This internship comes as part of the preparations for the national team for the World Championship, scheduled for January 14 to 31 in Egypt, said the Royal Moroccan Handball Federation (FRMH) in a statement, adding that the national coach has called 18 players playing in national championship clubs.
In order to ensure an honorable and worthy participation of the Kingdom in this international sporting event, the Federation has scheduled a series of preparation courses inside and outside Morocco, including international friendly matches before joining Egypt. , said the same source.
The players and the technical staff will undergo, from September 15 to 22, the necessary medical visits before the start of the camp, added the FRMH, noting that the tests for Covid-19 will be carried out from September 22 to 24.

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Thomas Cook is reborn from its ashes … but only on the internet

In its new version, Thomas Cook keeps the golden yellow heart-shaped logo of its predecessor. The English tour operator, which had filed for bankruptcy after 178 years of existence, will now sell organized trips only online and by phone from Wednesday.

The new online company employs only 50 people, compared to 9,000 in the UK alone for the former group which had a network of branches, planes and hotels of its own.

“What happened last year was a personal tragedy for thousands of my former colleagues, our partners and of course our loyal customers,” commented Alan French, former strategic and technological director of the late group currently appointed director general of the group for the United Kingdom.

Mr. French also promises that customers of the new Thomas Cook can be assured that their money “is protected” thanks to its “robust financial structure”.

“We have reinvented one of the best-known names in UK travel. Our new business combines a fantastic UK customer base and a modernized business model ‘protected by Atol’s European Travel Guarantee and support from’ ‘an organization of several billion dollars “, he assured, acknowledging however” the short-term difficulties posed by the pandemic “.

Thomas Cook had suddenly declared bankruptcy on September 23, 2019, short of money after the failure of a final attempt at recapitalization. This had triggered an unprecedented repatriation operation for 150,000 vacationers around the world. Many customers had also had the greatest difficulty in seeing their reservations refunded.

The English tour operator only offers destinations that do not require travelers from the UK to quarantine on their return, such as Italy, Turkey and parts of Greece.

(With Agencies)

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Iraq: Rise in anti-American attacks

A statement released Monday evening by the Security Media Cell, affiliated with the Iraqi prime minister’s office, said the first roadside bomb exploded on a highway in the southern Iraqi province of Qadisiyah.

The second explosion also took place in Babil province in central Iraq. “The two roadside bombs targeted the convoys of trucks carrying the equipment of the international coalition (led by the United States),” the statement said, adding that the trucks were operated by drivers and transport companies. Iraqis.

The explosions caused no damage and the convoys were not injured, he added.

Rocket attack near the US Embassy

Also early on Tuesday, a Katyusha rocket landed in the heavily fortified Green Zone of Baghdad, where the United States Embassy and many other diplomatic missions and government offices are located.

According to security sources, the rocket fell near the American embassy and sirens were heard from the building.

Meanwhile, a correspondent for the Amman-based Al-Hadath news agency claims that at least three of the missiles fired at the Green Zone were brought down by air defenses above the US embassy.

“Video captured nearby shows roaring air raid sirens as the Embassy’s counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) system engages incoming targets.”

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the new attacks, but they are the latest in a series of explosions that have hit US occupation forces amid anti-American sentiment in the country.

Tensions have risen in Iraq-U.S. Relations since January 3, when a U.S. drone struck a convoy at Baghdad airport, assassinating the former Quds Force commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. , Lieutenant-General Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Iraqi Leader Hashd al-Sha ‘abi force Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Just two days later, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously passed a bill requiring the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq.

Iraqi resistance groups have pledged to take up arms against US forces if Washington does not conform to parliamentary order.

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Trump indoor meeting, indignation of local authorities

US President Donald Trump held his first fully indoor meeting in months on Sunday, outraging local officials who warned the rally could violate coronavirus restrictions on the authorized gauge.

The meeting scheduled for Sunday in the city of Henderson, Nevada, drew the wrath of local authorities who reported that events involving more than 50 people were not allowed because of the coronavirus.

“The City of Henderson sent a formal letter and verbal warning to the event organizer explaining that the event, as scheduled, directly violated the governor’s Covid-19 emergency guidelines City spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said in a statement.

Trump used Sunday’s rally in Henderson, a suburb of Las Vegas, to applaud his own handling of the pandemic, which has killed nearly 195,000 Americans, the highest toll in the world.

“We have done an incredible job, we are getting absolutely no recognition for the work we have done,” Trump told the assembled crowd, adding that his leadership has “saved millions of lives.”

State Governor Steve Sisolak wrote on Twitter that “President Donald Trump is taking reckless and selfish actions tonight which is putting countless lives in danger here in Nevada.”

“It seems that the President has forgotten that his country is still in the middle of a global pandemic,” he said.

Gatherings worsen contamination rates

Donald Trump called Mr. Sisolak, a Democrat, an “amateur in politics” and urged the crowd to “tell your governor to open your state”.

The pandemic deprived the US presidential campaign of its usual flood of meetings, but with less than two months of the poll, Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden have accelerated the pace of their appearances.

Mr. Trump’s campaign team said that temperature measurements would be taken at the entrance to the meeting and that masks would be given to participants, encouraged to wear them.

“If you can join tens of thousands of people demonstrating in the streets, playing in a casino or burning small businesses in riots, you can assemble peacefully under the 1st Amendment to listen to the President of the United States,” he said. Donald Trump’s campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told reporters.

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The Champions League final scheduled for November 6

The CAF Champions League final will be held on November 6, a further postponement of three weeks after the dates announced in early August, the African Football Confederation (CAF) announced on Thursday.

According to the president of the African body Ahmad Ahmad, who was speaking at a press conference by videoconference from CAF headquarters in Cairo, the decisions were taken “after consultations with the various parties”.

In the African Champions League, Raja and Egyptian club Zamalek, as well as Wydad and another Egyptian team, Al-Ahly, will play their semi-finals on October 17 and 18 in Morocco, and the matches returns on October 23 and 24 in Egypt.

The final was set for November 6, three weeks later than the date announced in early August. The venue will be drawn if the final opposes a club from each of the two nations involved.
Regarding the Confederation Cup, the semi-final between the two Moroccan clubs HUSA and RS Berkane will be held on October 19, while the Egyptian club Pyramids will face the Guineans of Horoya on the 20th. The final is scheduled for the 25th. October.
The two competitions, African equivalent of the Champions League and the Europa League, had been interrupted in March, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the final tournament of the African Nations Championship, played by players playing in Africa only, will take place from January 16 to February 7, 2021 in Cameroon.

Asked Thursday during the press conference on his intention or not to run for a new term at the head of CAF during the elections in March, Mr. Ahmad, who took the head of the African body in March 2017 , did not comment.

The CAF 2021 Elective General Assembly will be held on March 12, 2021 in Rabat, Morocco.
In June, the authorities of African football, disturbed in recent months by the global pandemic, had already announced the postponement of the African Cup of Nations, its flagship event, for one year, which will take place in 2022 in Cameroon.

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An anti-fraud measure on age!

Meeting last Thursday by videoconference, the members of the executive committee of CAF, took a radical measure to fight against age fraud, unfortunately a widespread practice in sub-Saharan Africa.
So during the next Africa Cup of Nations under 17 (U17), which will take place in Morocco from March 13 to 31, 2021, MRI tests will be mandatory. All players will be subject to it before being qualified to participate in the competition.
Any team presenting a “trafficked” player will be disqualified. ! These tests will determine the biological age of each player, which must be in accordance with the administrative age on the players’ passports.
In the last edition, that of 2019, Guinea, finalist, was caught in the act of “cheating”. CAF then withdrew his ticket for the U17 World Cup and replaced it with Senegal.

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Amine Harit would leave Schalke 04 for Atalanta!

Schalke is said to be ready to sell Amine Harit for € 20m to Atalanta Bergamo.
According to Sky Italia, after its exceptional European season, and in order to strengthen its workforce, Atalanta has made Amine Harit one of its priorities.
Despite its roller coaster season, Harit’s image has remained intact. Its value is still highly rated.
Harit would be excited to join Atalanta. There remains the thorny problem, that of the financial agreement between the two clubs, Atalanta and Schalke 04.

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