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The Year 2021: When the World Did Not Stop (2-2)


Tue 11 Jan 2022 | 03:18 PM
opinion .

Dr. Abdel Haq Azzouzi

We are still handling the most important events of 2021 which I consider deserving reflecting at its important features.

That year came in an international context that distinguished in ambiguity and uncertainty  especially with the indefinite repercussions of the  Corona pandemic:

The legislative election on 8 September 2021 in Morocco resulted in a new political map that gave the first place to the coalition of the National Gathering Alliance of parties of Al-Ahrar, Al-Assala, Al- Muassara, and Al-Istiqlal.

But Al-Adala wa Al Tanmeeah ( Justice and Development), a Moroccan party with an Islamic reference, retreated after last year's elections.

Some imagined, among them a number of leaders of the party, that they had impunity to escape any electoral punishment as they have sincere followers and missionary wings that will stay sincere for the party under all circumstances.

Leaders of the party also misinterpreted that the Moroccan electorate wrote them a blank cheque which enables them to stay in power forever.

This was a great illusion and a  mental disorder clung to it for those who are not fluent in the basics of political science.

The party is like the rest of the parties in Morocco, and it is judged through its actions and results; in a country where the vote on the election days is given to the decision of the Moroccan citizen, the voter.

The confidence in that party was withdrawn and its leadership was severely punished.

Moroccans brought this party to power in 2011 and 2016 and expelled it from the governmental and the legislative spheres, and the management of public and local affairs in 2021 without agitation and without stopping institutions, but rather in a great civilized way, and I mean that through democracy.

*The attack on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, two important trends which will continue in shaping US politics within the years to come.

Those trends crystallized in the rightist fanaticism and reunion of the extremist groups and their ideas so the federal government needs to cope with this new reality and intervene to deal with it.

* The US Department of Defense ( the Pentagon) needs to increase its production of hypersonic weapons and continue researching disruptive technologies.

So American strategists pointed out that the Pentagon must possess large numbers of operational hypersonic weapons to compete and deter China; Especially since China's recent test of a hypersonic nuclear-capable vehicle has received great attention.

The test showed that Washington lagged behind Beijing in the production race.

*The Middle East is no longer the main focus of US foreign affairs.

The US administration focuses on internal affairs and its conflict with China.

The political climate in America and China is increasingly hostile and suggests the difficulty of returning to the old normal.

*France did not take the strategic precaution to balance between words and intentions in its military presence in Mali.

French media outlets were threatening to withdraw;  this underlined  France's intention is to stay there, albeit by reducing the number of armies.

But what was not taken into account is the sovereign options that Mali can take without consulting France.   Malian Prime Minister Chogul Koukala Maiga gave a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in which he accused France of "abandoning" his country "midway" with its decision to withdraw its force Barkhane.

Maiga justified  his country's search for other partners, including "Russian private companies."

This is what has scattered papers and increased tension between Mali and France.

This made the Malian Prime Minister said: "The new situation that has risen because of the end of Barkhane, which puts Mali in front of a fait accompli and exposes it to a kind of abandonment in the middle of the road, leads us to explore ways and means to better ensure security with other partners."

He added that what is required is "to fill the void that will inevitably arise from the closure of some Barkhane sites in northern Mali," denouncing Paris' "lack of consultation" and a "unilateral" declaration issued without tripartite coordination with the United Nations and the Malian government.

It is worth noting that the words of the Malian Prime Minister endorse what international reports have confirmed that his government is close to contracting with a thousand armed elements from the Russian private security group Wagner, who are present in several countries, including Libya and the Central African Republic, which European countries accuse, by the way, of working for the Kremlin in locations. Where he does not want to appear officially.

*The opening ceremony of Expo 2020 Dubai is a matter of pride, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is organizing an exceptional and unprecedented version in Dubai as part of the first major global event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region, with the participation of 192 countries from around the world.

The exhibition impressed me personally when I visited it last October.

The exhibition is the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world. It extends over a half-year period and is based on three main pillars: “sustainability”, “mobility” and “opportunity”.

Translated by Ahmed Moamar